I don’t know about you, but Science is one of those subjects that I’ve always struggled to squeeze in. I cover all of the standards, but I knew there was so much more I could be doing. Last year, I took a step in the right direction and started using Mystery Doug in my classroom. It’s a FREE resource of science mysteries for students and teachers. You can sign up here!
This is in not a sponsored post, I just absolutely LOVE this resource for classrooms. Even better, it will always be FREE! Every week we watched a video from Mystery Doug, and my students were so engaged! In fact, it became the part of our week that students were always reminding me about. The videos are 4-6 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time for elementary aged students. You can easily squeeze a 4-6 minute video in for morning meeting, transition time, at the end of the day, or even during a snack time. Doug, a former elementary school teacher encourages students to be curious while answering questions they’ve submitted! Each question is submitted by real students! The videos are kid friendly and engage students by asking questions, giving pause time for discussion, AND using real life visuals.
At the end of the video, Doug picks three questions from his question jar and your class gets to vote for the one they want to learn about. One of the best features of this program, is that your students can submit questions they’re curious about! Of course, it’s not guaranteed that the question will be selected BUT it’s such a valuable tool for you to see what your students are interested in learning about! I was blown away with the questions that my students came up with last year, but didn’t have a great way of collecting that information.
This year, I am creating a Science Wonders Chart to hang in my classroom.
This will be a resource that students can use when they’re curious about something or have a question. Students will write their thoughts or question on a sticky note, and place it on the chart.
I’ll share their questions with the class and if it’s something we want to learn more about, we’ll submit it to Doug!
I know this will be a great tool and encourage my students to work on their “questioning” and writing skills.
I really hope you’ll check out Mystery Doug! I know it will be a great addition to every elementary classroom!