Teaching enquiry with mysteries incorporated

A set of tried and tested curriculum resources which aim to improve students' enquiry skills and increase engagement.  

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Murder of the jeweller

The mystery revolves round a detective story which the students gradually solve. A jeweller has been murdered: the suspects are his metal suppliers but the motive and the culprit are initially unknown.

Students have samples of the various metals with which the jeweller worked. They find out the metals’...

Mystery of Gibraltar

Students learn about the solutions of a particular substance which...

Disappearing lab report

This mystery deals with a laboratory report in which the written results suddenly vanished. The students need to find out how the writing vanished,  how to recover the vanished data, and what the secret of the pen is.

Curriculum links include Energy (exothermic and endothermic reactions), chemical...

Mysterious eggs

In this mystery, students make a hypothesis based on the old saying that a rotten egg floats when put in fresh water, and fresh eggs sink.   This is a good investigation to discuss margin of error and the validity of the results.

Curriculum links include density, Archimedes, buoyancy.

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