Mystery Science is a site with “open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science”, geared to grades K-5.
- Hands-on — lead students in the doing of science and engineering.
- Less prep, more learning — prep in minutes not hours. Captivate students with short videos and discussion questions.
- Easy to use – made for teachers by teachers. Homeschooling parents can use this site easily, as well.
Every lesson begins with a Mystery that hooks your students. Then there is narration of an unforgettable story with stunning images and videos, and punctuated with opportunities for discussion. Every lesson concludes with simple hands-on activities designed to use supplies you already have (or are easy to get).
Here is how Mystery Science explains their mission.
Mystery Science is free to HCOS enrolled students.
Log in to Mystery Science and scroll down the page to see the mysteries available. Then contact your HCOS support teacher to have the mysteries assigned to your student(s).
NOTE: If parents want to be able to assign mysteries and have the entire site available to them, the only way to do this is for them to purchase their own access to the site. The first year is free and after that the cost is $ 69.00 US for one year.
“Free memberships are available to new teachers at schools that have not tried Mystery Science and new homeschool parents. Those who already received a free membership are not eligible.”
Teachers who want information on using the site can email Beth Johnson.
For information about starting up in the site go to Mystery Science – Getting Started.
To send a mystery to your families (which will include instructions for setting up the mystery and teaching it to your student), choose the “Student Link” option:
A list of correlations to American curriculum may be found by scrolling down to Mystery Science on this page: Subscriptions Curriculum Correlations. This is an American site and does not have BC curriculum correlations.
Mystery Doug is a weekly video series from the creators of Mystery Science that inspires students to ask questions! It’s the perfect five-minute break for morning meeting, snack time, or any transitions in your day. Teachers can find episodes under the “Mini-Lessons” tab in their account.