WHAT'S IT ABOUT? In 1833, amid rumors
of sickness, poison and madness, a British expedition to the Arctic disappeared
without a trace. Can you use the clues you find in the ice to determine
the truth of their fate, once and for all?
FORMAT: "Arctica" has four parts to
it. The story begins with Episode One, continues in Episode Two, continues
again in Episode Three, and wraps up in the Conclusion. Each episode presents
clues and culminates in a mystery question that the reader must answer.
INTERACTIVITY: The story responds
to each reader's choices, rewarding correct answers and presenting helpful
hints as appropriate. Each reader experiences the story in an individual
LENGTH: It takes an average reader
about 30-40 minutes to get to the "solve-it" page of each episode, and
20 minutes or so to read the Conclusion.
EXTRA MATERIAL: There are links to
illuminating sidenotes and appendices scattered throughout the story,
written by scientists and experts on the subject.
THEMES: Episode One emphasis: medical
science and human health. Episode Two: microbiology and life science.
Episode Three: biochemistry. Literacy, problem solving skills and deductive
reasoning are tested throughout.
IS IT TRUE SCIENCE? The narrative
itself is fictional, but the scenario is taken straight from actual history
and contemporary science research and discoveries.
HOW DO TEACHERS USE THIS MYSTERY?
Science mysteries such as Arctica integrate science learning within
an exciting narrative. They have wide appeal and are thus well-suited
to be a class activity. Typically a teacher will have students read and
discuss the first Episode during a class period, and allow
students to continue the story on their own.
Many teachers use the science mysteries
to engage advanced students, especially those who may normally shun science.
Teachers and parents can download
the mystery, so it can be used offline: go to our download
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