Teacher Review for Mystery Science

Explosive volcanoes...and non explosive ones, unlock the mystery!

Judy P.
Classroom teacher
PS 71, Bronx, NY
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used this as a center in my classroom for studying volcanoes. We were reading about Volcanoes in our non-fiction study as well as in our Science curriculum. I used this in the digital center throughout the unit. Students had an opportunity to view the video about the mystery question : Why do some volcanoes explode and others not? They watched the video, and the closed caption feature was very helpful for my ELL's There were simple experiments that students could try at home, or use as a jumping off point for their Science projects for the Science Fair. I used the assessmet as an exit ticket, and the reading print outs as next steps in my reading groups. The enrichment reading was perfect for my high group.
My Take
Bottom line: a bit overwhelming. There's so much for kids to explore, they can easily get lost or lose their focus. But as a center, it is a fabulous tool. The kids remain engaged because there are so many different types of learning available on each topic. I would provide the focus question at the center, for each topic, so students do have something to keep referring back to.