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Hands-On Science Mysteries for Grades 3 - 6: Standards-Based Inquiry Investigations

ISBN: 978-0-471-69760-2
312 pages
August 2006, Jossey-Bass
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In Hands-On Science Mysteries for Grades 3-6, the authors connect science to real-world situations by investigating actual mysteries and phenomena, such as the strange heads on Easter Island, the ghost ship Mary Celeste, and the “Dancing Stones” of Death Valley. The labs are designed to encourage the development of science inquiry, in which students will observe, take notes, make diagrams, interpret data, and arrive at solutions, and include extensions for further investigation.
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About This Book.

About the Authors.

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

1. The Mystery of the Bed of Nails.

2. The Mystery of the High Wire Walker.

3. The Mystery of the Brooklyn Bridge Disease.

4. The Mystery of the Magician’s Flame.

5. The Mystery of the Desert Mirage.

6. The Mystery of the Human Cannonball.

7. The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

8. The Mystery of the Booming Desert.

9. The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.

10. The Mystery of the Flying Rods.

11. The Mystery of the Raining Frogs.

12. The Mystery of the Glowing Ball of Light.

13. The Mystery of the Green Flash.

14. The Mystery of Yellow Fever.

15. The Mystery of Greek Fire.

16. The Mystery of the Lindow Moss Bog Man.

17. The Mystery of the Vanished Cliff Dwellers.

18. The Mystery of Bigfoot.

19. The Mystery of Noah’s Ark.

20. The Mystery of Napoleon’s Death.

21. The Mystery of Lucy’s Dinner.

22. The Mystery of the Burning Oak Tree.

23. The Mystery of the Oak Island Money Pit.

24. The Mystery of the Black Death.

25. The Mystery of Galloping Gertie.

26. The Mystery of the Oregon Vortex.

27. The Mystery of the Taos Hum.

28. The Mystery of Cooking Without Heat.

29. The Mystery of Spontaneous Human Combustion.

30. The Mystery of the Long Island Typhoid Outbreak.

31. The Mystery of the Celt.

32. The Mystery of the Hot Springs.

33. The Mystery of Easter Island.

34. The Mystery of the Deadly Lake.

35. The Mystery of Magnetic Hill.

36. The Mystery of the C.S.S. Hunley.

37. The Mystery of the Dancing Stones of Death Valley.

38. The Mystery of Drowning in Quicksand.

39. The Mystery of the Hindenburg.

40. The Mystery of the Giant Pictures.

41. The Mystery of Stonehenge.

42. The Mystery of the Dragons of China.

43. The Mystery of the Woman Who Didn’t Drown.

44. The Mystery of the Sargasso Sea.

45. The Mystery of the Ice Fences of the Himalayas.

46. The Mystery of the Flashpoint.

47. The Mystery of the Island That Vanished.

48. The Mystery of the Circus Queen’s Fall.

49. The Mystery of the Bouncing Cannonballs.

50. The Mystery of the Mary Celeste.

51. The Mystery of the Great Molasses Flood.

52. The Mystery of the Penny That Knows Whether You’re a Girl or a Boy.

53. The Mystery of Nauscopie.

54. The Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance.

55. The Mystery of the Snake Charmer.

56. The Mystery of the Abyss.

57. The Mystery of the Fejee Mermaid.

58. The Mystery of Vermeer’s Camera.

59. The Mystery of the Roswell Incident.

60. The Mystery of the War That Never Happened.

61. The Mystery of the Floating Island.

62. The Mystery of the Disappearing Planet.

63. The Mystery of the Titanic.

64. The Mystery of the Little Georgia Magnet.

65. The Mystery of the Firewalkers.

66. The Mystery of the Human Fly.

67. The Mystery of the Mummy’s Curse.

68. The Mystery of the Floating Lights.

69. The Mystery of the Giant Squid.

70. The Mystery of the Singing Statue.

Answer Key.

References.

Index.

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James Robert Taris and Louis James Taris, Ed.D. are teachers, curriculum developers, and published authors with over 50 years collectively of experience in science education. James is currently a middle school and high school teacher in Massachusetts and Dr. Louis is a former professor of teacher training at Bridgewater State College and a former school superintendent.
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"Labs in this book get students investigating mysterious phenomena such as the Loch Ness monster, the Bermuda Triangle, and more while developing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Your scientists observe, take notes, make diagrams, interpret data, and determine conclusions, all while learning basic science concepts." (Learning Journal, Back-to-School 2007)

"In this brand new collection, Louis and James Taris have called upon science's most curious mysteries to provide food for critical thinking skills. Hands-on Science Mysteries is just what students and teachers need to connect science to real-world situations by becoming involved in the process of hands-on experimentation."—Professor C. David Luther of Cambridge College

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