Class Update: April 16, 2004
Mission--Complete the Quest
Your ten secret Mystery Friends that are hiding somewhere around the World
are so excited to see if you have found them yet. Have you? Have you unlocked
all the secrets to locate them? Need a little more help? To help you complete
your mission, we have posted the FINAL sunrise/sunset data and FINAL clues
below. Good luck in your quest!
Don't Throw it All Away!
We know you
and your students have worked very hard on this Activity over the past several
months. So be careful not to give that all away by not following the rules
and instructions. The complete Instructions and Rules on how to prepare
and submit your class' answer are provided below. Be sure to follow these
Instructions carefully! And remember, your answer must be received no later
than Friday April 23! Don't be tardy--late entries will not be eligible
for the contest portion of Mystery Class.
Remember--Winning Isn't Everything!
Students sometimes focus heavily on "winning" the Mystery Class
Activity, so please be sure to remind them that first and foremost, Mystery
Class is about student learning. The contest portion is only a small part
of Mystery Class.
Take a look
at this video clip of Mystery Class Veteran Teacher and Journey North
Advisory Board member, Cathie Plaehn, reminding her students how far they
have all come since the beginning of the Activity!
Stellar Performance! Special Thanks
Before going any further, we want to send a special thanks to our astronomy
expert, Rod Nerdahl, for his invaluable assistance in making the Mystery
Class Activity run smoothly. For many years Rod has carefully researched
and provided us with standard sunrise/sunset and latitude/longitude data
to keep our weekly sunrise and sunset listings "on time". Plus
we thank Rod for sharing his insights about testing the Egg balancing on
the Equinox myth. Ad astra (To the stars), Rod!
World of Top Secret Thanks
We'd also like to thank the ten secret Mystery Sites which are located
in... oops! We almost let your secret out. Sorry we can't say where you
are--YET! Since you're still top secret, we'll save our full thanks to
you for a few more weeks. Then, we'll tell the world all about you. You've
all worked so hard, and we can't wait for everyone to finally meet you.
Week's Sunrise/Sunset Times
the secret Mystery sites recorded their times last Monday, the same day
you collected your own local sunrise/sunset data.
from Your Mystery Friends
is the second set of interdisciplinary clues from the Mystery Sites
Rules for Preparing Your Answer
When you submit
your students' answer on April 23,
it is essential that you follow the instructions and rules.
As teachers who give directions and instructions yourself, you understand
the importance of carefully reading and following directions. Now it's your
turn! Please read and follow all directions below carefully SO THAT YOU
SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS PROPERLY.
checklist of instructions is below, but here is quick Summary of Salient
NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE! Send your answer
IN THE BODY of an e-mail (don't send attachments!)
INCLUDE YOUR GRADE IN THE SUBJECT LINE of your E-mail (If you don't,
your answer will be judged with the Grade 12 entries.)
DEADLINE: ANSWERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN APRIL 23,
(To be fair to everyone, any answers sent after that date will not be
accepted. Why? See Mystery
4. WARNING: DO NOT SEND MORE THAN ONE VERSION OF YOUR ANSWER: Once you've
submitted your answer, you may not change it or try to send it in again.
Only one answer from each class will be accepted.
BE CAREFUL! DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ANSWER CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU SEND IT IN!
Make sure you have your answers the way you want them. Once your answer
is received, we cannot change or correct your mistakes (even simple
ones like transposed locations). So be sure to double check your answer
to Submit Your Answer: Instructions and Checklist
submit your answer, you will be following the same steps as when you answer
a Challenge Question, plus a few additional steps.
this list of Instructions as a Checklist, and check it twice before sending
in your answer. Good Luck!
YOU MUST COMPLETE STEPS 1-10
your answer in the body of an E-mail (NO ATTACHMENTS)
Subject line write: Challenge Question #6
the Subject line you MUST also
tell us your GRADE LEVEL.
Subject Line should look like this:
Question #6, GRADE ____
the BODY of the message, tell us who you are (teacher name, school
name, etc) and then answer this question:
"Where in the world do you think our 10 Mystery Sites are
Your answer MUST include ALL of the following information
about each Mystery site:
a) The name of city/town/borough. (For MC #6--just give
the name the Camp instead of a city; for MC #10--just give the
name of the Island instead of a city)
b) The name of country.
c) Its latitude and longitude
your answer for all 10 secret Mystery locations in ONE E-Mail
your answer before sending! After you've submitted your answer, you
may not change your answer and send it in again.
with several separate classes participating should submit a separate
E-mail answer for each of their separate classes. Be
sure to identify which specific class the answer is from (i.e. "Ms.
Johnson's 1st hour class", or "Ms. Johnson's 4th hour
forget: Because we judge the contest by Grade Level, you
MUST tell us YOUR GRADE LEVEL. If you do
not include your grade, we will judge your answer with the 12th grade
APRIL 23: To be fair to everyone, any answers sent
after that date will not be eligible for the contest.
yourself and your students on a job well done! You have worked very
hard and come such a long way from the beginning of this Activity.
Let us know what you think about the journey!
Ahead and Mark Your Clues Calendar
Here's the 2004 Mystery Class Schedule so you know what to expect from Journey
North. Please be sure to plan ahead.
23: Deadline for Your Answers!
late entries will be accepted (out of fairness to all participants,
Your Mystery Friends!
Next Mystery Class Update Will Be Posted on April 23, 2004
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