Mystery Science is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Each Mystery is aligned to a topic, performance expectations, science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting practices. This document explains how each Mystery is aligned to the NGSS standards.
Units of Study
Spaceship Earth: This astronomy unit helps students develop a new perspective on the world they’re standing on. They will be given evidence that the Earth beneath our feet is actually moving through space, both spinning on its axis, and traveling in a great orbit around the Sun. They will see how these movements account for the patterns we see in our sky (the paths of our Sun across the sky, the changing seasons, and the changing constellations). Accompanying us on this journey are the Moon and planets, which the students will observe have their own patterns of movement in the sky.
Web of Life: The food materials and energy that our bodies use for growth ultimately come from plants. Plants, in turn, derive their materials from air, water, and soil and their energy from the sun. Thus in a very real way, our bodies come from the earth and the sun. And when we die, decomposers return our materials and energy to the earth, to be used again by future organisms. The whole of nature forms a great system--the ecosystem.
Chemical Magic: This unit helps students develop the concepts of “substances” and “chemical reactions.” Students see that chemical reactions enable us to make new materials by transforming the ones we have. The results of these reactions are interesting and sometimes profoundly useful.
Watery Planet: This unit helps students develop the idea that water is a profoundly important natural resource, but one which requires surprising ingenuity to find and maintain.