This is exciting news! I’ve been a fan of the Everyday Science Mysteries for a long time, but it took time to cull through each volume to get the discipline-specific activities I wanted. In response to teacher demand, NSTA recently published the books for separate content areas: Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science.
These are great open-ended stories for your students that can lead them right into hands-on science demonstrations. In addition to the many stories included in the book are detailed explanations for how to use them and why you should. Each volume presents the following:
- Theory Behind the Book
- Using the Book and the Stories
- Using this Book in Different Ways
- Science and Literacy
But what will keep you coming back to these books time and again are the engaging stories and the science concepts they illustrate. Consider these examples:
- Grandfather’s Clock (Periodic motion and experimental design)
- The Crooked Swing (Engineering application of pendulums, improving a product)
- The Magic Balloon (Gas and temperature laws)
Read the free chapter: How Cold is Cold?
- Flowers: More than Just Pretty (Botany)
- What Did That Owl Eat? (Zoology)
- The Trouble with Bubble Gum (Health, nutrition)
Read the free chapter: Seedlings in a Jar
- What’s the Moon Like Around the World? (Astronomy)
- Where Did the Puddles Go? (Evaporation)
- Here’s the Crusher (Atmosphere)
Read the free chapter: The Little Tent That Cried
One of the primary purposes of these books is to relieve the overburdened teacher from the exhausting work of designing inquiry lessons from scratch. Another stems from the idea that the use of open-ended stories challenge students to engage in real experimentation about real science content. With those goals in mind, enjoy these activities right along with your students.