Re: Mystery Site Activity - Day One


From: Jan Wee <jwee@mail.arc.nasa.gov>
Subject: Re: Mystery Site Activity - Day One
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 22:17:04 -0500


Dear discuss-lfm members,

Thanks to Charles Lindgren for sharing his overview of 
how the Mystery Site Activity is progressing at Gates
Intermediate School.   The activity is designed to promote 
higher level thinking skills and it appears that solving 
the site locations provides a real challenge. We have 
adjusted levels of difficulty -- increasing it for high 
schoolers by having them hone in on the latitude/longitude 
without choices of site locations, and easing the difficulty 
for elementary students by limiting the possible locations 
to three locales.

There are nearly 1000 students in grades three through
twelve registered for this activity.  We would enjoy hearing
input from more educators from all grade level ranges.

Is the activity challenging?  Do the younger students
have the skills to analyze Mystery Sites and eliminate
possible locations?  Please share your input!  What hurdles
do students face as they try to solve the Mystery Sites?
How will you evaluate student performance? Any suggestions 
that you can offer to those who are just starting the Activity?  
Thanks, Charles, for your suggestions!

Looking forward to hearing more!

Jan Wee, moderator