Dr. Richard Konicek-Moran
Educator, Biologist, Author

Everyday Science Mysteries, Inquiry-based Learning
On the NSTA
Best Seller List!
Dick’s first solo book
"Everyday Science Mysteries"

Dick’s second book
"More Everyday Science Mysteries"
Dick’s third book
"Even More Everyday Science Mysteries"
Dick’s forth book
"Yet More Everyday
Science Mysteries"
Dick’s fifth book
"Every Day Life Science Mysteries"
Dick’s sixth book
"Everyday Physical
Science Mysteries"
Dick’ seventh book
"Everyday Earth
and Space
Science Mysteries"
For more details and to buy the books and MORE go here!

The Everyday Science Mysteries series published by the National Science Teachers Association has been number one on the NSTA’s best-seller’s list and has been in the top 10 often since its debut in 2008.

What is in the Everyday Science Mysteries series?

What causes condensation? Does temperature affect how well a balloon will fly? How do tiny bugs get into oatmeal?

Through the 15 mystery stories found in each, these books illustrate science concepts for students and reinforce the value of learning science through inquiry. Each mystery presents opportunities for students to create questions, form hypotheses, test their ideas, and come up with explanations. Focused on concepts such as periodic motion, thermodynamics, temperature, energy and sound, these mysteries draw students into the stories by grounding them in experiences students are familiar with, providing them with a foundation for classroom discussion and inquiry-based learning.

The story format is used because it is one of the most effective ways to engage students’ attention right from the start. Each chapter includes a list of science concepts explored, targeted strategies for using the stories with children in grades K–4 and with older students in grades 5–8, and a key matching story concepts with corresponding standards in the NSES.

Included in every chapter is an extensive content background sections that explains the concepts in easy to understand language, and a list of misconceptions to expect from the students. A number of ideas as to how to present the concepts, activities and links to pertinent web sites are also to be found.

Books may be ordered through NSTA, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and many other bookstores. 
What reviewers say about Everyday Science Mysteries

These stories are bound to reveal the wonderful ideas all students have, give them the confidence to explore their own thinking, and provide opportunities for them to ‘do’ science rather than having science ‘done’ to them.
Page Keeley, NSTA President, 2008-9


Everyday Science Mysteries embeds inquiry experiences into stories that elementary students will enjoy. They are much like the stories that students this age love to read or hear read to them, featuring children, families, and animals--except they lack the final solutions. These contexts not only make the problems authentic but as the author suggests, help students to "care about science."
Ralph Peterson, Educator


My students love these stories! They have proven to be an exciting and interesting method of introducing new ideas., Heather Howell, Classroom Teacher

Tapping into the innately human interest in storytelling is pure genius. This book is very well organized and relates well with other useful resources (such as the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series) that are frequently mentioned throughout the text.
Richard Gilmore, Educator


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