After you purchase, we will email your administrator a welcome email that contains a link that all teachers in your school/district can click to associate their accounts with your school/district membership.
We do not have accounts for students. If you would like to give students access to a specific Mystery on their own device or at home, click the chain link icon at the top right corner of a Mystery title slide. You can use the link provided to give your students access to the student version of a Mystery. In the student version, students can watch the videos but cannot browse through the website.
Mystery Science is developing a complete K-5 science curriculum. We do not currently offer lessons for middle or high school. We would love to expand to include higher grade levels in the future but do not have a timeline.
Yes! We are working hard to ensure all of our Mysteries will prepare
students to meet the Performance Expectations set forth by the Next Generation
Science Standards (NGSS). We take very seriously the spirit of the Framework for
K-12 Science Education, the founding document for the NGSS. We believe that our pedagogical
emphasis on solving mysteries, collecting evidence, and conducting
investigations makes us uniquely suited to achieving the goals of the NGSS. Check out our NGSS alignment document to see how each Mystery aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The core of each Mystery is an activity plus a series of short videos and
discussions (we call the video-discussion an “Exploration”). The activity and
Exploration combined take about 45-60 minutes of class time;
these can be easily divided across two class periods, if needed.
The Mysteries within a unit build upon each other, so they are intended to be taught in order. Later Mysteries will often reference things discussed in earlier Mysteries. However, each unit is designed to stand alone so you can teach the units in any order you wish.
Yes, we work on new Mysteries every week! We’re releasing these new units this fall: Chemical Magic (NGSS Grade 5), Work of Water (Grade 2) and Our Changing Earth (5th grade). We’ll add new Mysteries regularly during the rest of the year. As soon as they’re released, we’ll let you know!
You can find all of the materials for a unit under the “Activity Prep” tab for each unit. Materials for individual Mysteries can also be found by clicking the “Get activity supplies” button on the Mystery page. Assessments and assessment answer keys can be found for a unit under the "Assessments" tab for each unit and on the "Optional Extras" page for individual mysteries.
Yes, please do! Click the "Download & Edit" button. You can then Copy to Google Drive or download as a PowerPoint document (.pptx) or Word document (.docx). You can then make and save changes to our documents.
We do not currently have a master supply list, however it is something we plan to add in the future. In the meantime, please consult the “Activity Prep” tab for a list of supplies for each unit. You can find a list of specialized materials here.
We do not currently have any kits of supplies available for purchase. We do our best to only use easy-to-find supplies. When we can’t resist including a harder-to-find supply (like a magnifying lens for a model eyeball!), we provide a link to an easy way to purchase them.
We have translated our student worksheets to Spanish. When you open a worksheet, click the "View Spanish" button to see the translated version. Translating all of our videos into Spanish is significantly more complex and we do not have a timeline for that yet.
During the 2016-17 school year, we will be releasing an initial set of kindergarten and 1st grade Mysteries. K-1 teachers are welcome to try out these Mysteries and send feedback using our lesson review feature.
As a teacher you first need to create a price quote. Next, email it to your administrator or purchaser. If you are purchasing a Classroom Membership for one of the teachers at your school, please contact the teacher and ask him/her to create a price quote using their account. Once you receive the quote from them, you can purchase using a PO or credit card.
Absolutely! Go to the online quote you’ve created and click “Submit Purchase Order.” Enter the PO number to generate your invoice. The web address for your online quote is at the bottom of your printed quote.
Download our W-9 here. If your district also needs us to complete a vendor application, please email the vendor application to us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will complete it and return it to you.
If you are teaching multiple classes you need to either purchase multiple Classroom Memberships or a School Membership. A Classroom Membership is designed for use by one homeroom teacher and up to 35 students.
We are doing our best to keep our membership prices as low as possible. We don’t want funding to be an obstacle to using Mystery Science. If our discounts are still beyond your budget, connect us with your administrator so we can speak directly with them about your funding situation. Email email@example.com with your administrator’s contact information.