Author: Connie Gatlin
Product Code: 196
ISBN: 9781593634193
Pages: 88
Availability: In stock.

Watch your students come alive as they work together to solve these interactive classroom mysteries! The Mystery Science series for grades 3–4 was designed to meet the growing need in elementary school classrooms for hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The series combines interdisciplinary learning with field-tested, standards-based activities that encourage students to explore their surroundings, make observations, ask questions, and communicate their ideas at every step. Students will love sorting through evidence and making educated guesses as they learn to think like real forensic scientists!

The Case of the Missing Lunch challenges students to put the scientific concepts of chemical and physical change, classification, and cause and effect to practical use by solving the mystery of the missing lunch through observation, analysis, and simple chemistry experiments. Through the activities, students will gain confidence in their ability to examine evidence, synthesize information, and solve problems creatively.

Each book includes detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to stage the mystery in your own classroom, as well as reproducible handouts and a rubric for assessment.

Grades 3–4


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Review by: Anne Sumpter, Learning Magazine - January 1, 2011
Everyone loves a good mystery. Challenge students to use the concepts of chemical and physical change, classification, and cause and effect to solve this one! This book includes reproducible handouts, an assessment rubric, and instructions on how to stage the mystery.
Review by: Kimberly Elpers, National Science Teachers Association - September 21, 2010
The Case of the Missing Lunch is presented in an enticing format for children to learn about inquiry. The time you will spend setting up the crime scene will create a rewarding experience for students.
Review: Midwest Book Review - July 1, 2010
“Mystery Science: The Case of The Missing Lunch” provides about 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours of class activity time to complete all the experiments, examine the evidence, and solve the case. The content can be done in one day or divided into 2 class sessions. . . . “Mystery Science: The Case of the Missing Lunch” is an excellent example of a fun, hands-on curriculum idea to teach students critical thinking and evaluation skills, along with teamwork, communication, and cooperation.

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