I've been testing out a new program called Mystery Science with some classes. Mystery Science is a new online program that aligns with Next Generation Science Standards to provide videos, explainations, and directions for experiments. It starts every mystery with a question, such as, "How can you beat an elephant at tug-of-war?" and works to solve the problem with science! After, students do their own experiments to explore the topic.
Today, students in 3rd grade did a Mystery Science about magnets. They worked through a short video about magnets and then did some experiements with magents to see how they could make a paperclip levitate! They also were encouraged to find their own question and experiment to solve it!