Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—today introduced a new edition of the award-winning Mystery Science service built for K-5 teachers across Texas. Aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state standards, the new Mystery Science Texas makes it easier than ever to integrate highly engaging digital resources into K-5 science instruction across the Lone Star state.
Available as a standalone product or through the Discovery Education platform, Mystery Science Texas provides K-5 educators simple to use, open-and-go, hands-on science lessons that inspire students to love science. Each lesson begins with a question that young students find interesting, such as Where do rivers flow? Why do the stars come out at night? and How far can a whisper travel?
Students then explore these questions through interactive videos featuring real-world visuals that foster a sense of wonder and actively support student engagement in the accompanying discussion prompts. Then, students participate in easy to prepare hands-on labs that use simple science supplies commonly found in classrooms or at home. Mystery Science Texas contains everything teachers need to get students engaged in hands-on science and make that subject the best class of the day.
With lessons organized by TEKS strand and searchable by specific TEKS, the new Mystery Science Texas simplifies prep for teachers, making the seamless integration of this resource into classroom instruction simple. Plus, all K-5 science lessons are now available in Spanish, with the accompanying videos featuring authentic Spanish narration and Spanish text-on-screen (for discussion questions, vocabulary words, and step-by-step instructions). Editable ready-to-use worksheets and assessments are also available in both English and Spanish.
“Elementary age children are naturally curious and eager to explore the world around them,” said Heike Larson, Vice President of Communications at Mystery Science. “The new Mystery Science Texas empowers teachers to make science fun and engaging and helps ensure the next generation of children in that state grow up and see that it’s an amazing world we live in, full of possibility and wonder—and that they develop the ability to figure things out for themselves.”
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