Frequently Asked Questions
- About Us
- Field Research Missions
- Lesson Plans
- Managing your account
- Pre-mission materials for teachers
- Hypothesis videos
- Field Videos
- Live Chat Feature
- Publishing students’ work
- The Extraordinary Adventures of Curiosity Cat and Data Dog
- Music videos
- Report misuse of website
What is your mission statement?
Our mission is to make the world a better place! How? By teaching children to be effective questioners and evidence based decision makers, all things become possible for them and society.
What are your qualifications?
Beth is a Nationally Board Certified teacher, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and has a wall full of spiffy education awards. She has a degree in Human Ecology. Curtis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/earth sciences, Master’s degree in environmental science and economics, and a Juris Doctorate. He has published six research articles in peer reviewed journals on paleontology.
Are you really a teacher?
Yes! Beth has 25 years of classroom experience. Curtis is not a classroom teacher, but loves kids and doing presentations in schools.
How do I know your program works?
Beth’s use of the methods we are sharing via Go2Science routinely helped her students achieve the highest literacy and math performance in her district, though they usually entered among the lowest. Our band of Edu-Rockstars and extensive research confirm that what we offer supports maximum learning!
How do you adapt your curriculum for various ages?
We provide lessons and activities for PreK through second grade classrooms. In general, lessons for older children have a more academic feel as children can be more highly motivated to use literacy and math skills when they can do so for a real and compelling purpose. Activities for younger children are more play based.
Field Research Missions
How many missions do you go on each year?
We go on three diverse research missions every school year. Each one has a unique research focus and location.
Is every mission about the same topic?
No. We work with a range of scientists and topics.
When will you be rolling out new content?
Each of our three missions brings new content. Those missions go “live” in the fall, winter, and spring. Each new school year brings three new missions!
How do you decide where to go?
In our first year, we decided where to go based on what we felt would be engaging to kids while showing them diverse geography and cultures. Moving ahead, you will help us choose mission locations by voting.
Is there a schedule for when each mission will take place?
Yes! While it is subject to change, we’ll try to avoid that. Here is the most current schedule for the 2020-2021 school year:
- We will test this hypothesis: Deinonychus once lived in the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming.
- All lessons for the year (all three missions) to teachers by July 31.
- September 10 – Mission Dinosaur, week 1 materials to teachers
- September 15 – Live Stream Day 1
- September 17 – Live Stream Day 2
- September 17– Mission Dinosaur, week 2 materials to teachers
- September 22 – Live Stream Day 3
- September 24 – Live Stream Day 4
- September 29 – Mission Dinosaur, week 3 materials to teachers
- September 29 – Live Stream Day 5
- October 1 – Live Stream Day 6
- October 1 – Mission Dinosaur, week 4 materials to teachers
- October 6 – Live Stream Day 7
- October 8 – Live Stream Day 8
- October 8 – Mission Dinosaur, week 5 materials to teachers
- October 13 – Live Stream Day 9
- October 15 – Live Stream Day 10
- October 15 – Mission Dinosaur, week 6 materials to teachers
- October 20 – Live Stream Day 11
- October 22 – Live Stream Day 12
- Publication page remains open for posting and commenting and this mission is listed as “current” until Mid-December
- We will test this hypothesis: There are undiscovered colonies of penguins on the Galapagos islands.
- Selected pre-Mission materials to teachers in Mid to Late December
- December 31 – Mission Penguins?, week 1 materials to teachers
- January 5 – Live Stream Day 1
- January 7 – Live Stream Day 2
- January 7 – Mission Penguins?, week 2 materials to teachers
- January 12- Live Stream Day 3
- January 14 - Live Steam Day 4
- January 14 - Mission Penguins?, week 3 materials to teachers
- January 19 - Live Stream Day 5
- January 21 - Live Stream Day 6
- January 21 - Mission Penguins?, week 3 materials to teachers
- January 26 - Live Stream Day 7
- January 28 - Live Stream Day 8
- January 28 - Mission Penguins?, week 4 materials to teachers
- February 2 - Live Stream Day 9
- February 4 - Live Stream Day 10
- February 4 - Mission Penguins?, week 5 materials to teachers
- February 9 - Live Stream Day 11
- February 11 - Live Stream Day 12
- Publication page remains open for posting and commenting and this mission is listed as “current” until Mid-March
- We will test this hypothesis: There are 30-40 herbivores for every carnivore in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
- Pre-Mission materials to teachers in late March
- April 1 – Mission Safari, week 1 materials to teachers
- April 6 – Live Stream Day 1
- April 8 - Live Stream Day 2
- April 8 - Mission Safari, week 2 materials to teachers
- April 13 - Live Stream Day 3
- April 15 - Live Stream Day 4
- April 15 - Mission Safari, week 3 materials to teachers
- April 20 - Live Stream Day 5
- April 22 - Live Stream Day 6
- April 22 - Mission Safari, week 4 materials to teachers
- April 27 - Live Stream Day 7
- April 29 - Live Stream Day 8
- April 29 - Mission Safari, week 5 materials to teachers
- May 4 - Live Stream Day 9
- May 6 - Live Stream Day 10
- May 6 - Mission Safari, week 6 materials to teachers
- May 11 - Live Stream Day 11
- May 13 - Live Stream Day 13
- Publication page remains open for posting and commenting and this mission is listed as “current” until mid-summer
How long does each mission last?
Each "live" mission is designed to last at least six weeks. Live missions are the current missions listed on our website that have livestream events scheduled. Each mission has a six week live streaming phase, but you can continue the learning long after the live streaming portion ends with post mission activities. If you are doing a missions asynchronously (not a current mission), you can speed the mission up or slow down it to fit your needs because you'll be using the archived livestream events. Remember to publish your findings and share your work!
Are you testing an actual hypothesis?
Yes! While we try to keep them simple and often have a pretty good idea of what evidence we’ll find, each mission has a real hypothesis from a real scientist. It’s all about the process.
Can my class join a mission in progress?
Absolutely! We catalog all our field missions and lessons for you so you can easily go back to missed episodes or activities. We even save a live stream from each day so you can re-create the experience for your students.
What if my class misses a live broadcast day?
We’ve got your back! You can share just the field video or a whole live stream session with your class to catch up on missed content. Our lessons are designed to be stand-alones, that way you can skip a lesson if it works best for your class.
Does my class have to do all the lessons to follow a mission?
No! You are in charge of the content you deliver in your class. You could choose to do every lesson, or pick the ones that are most significant for your Go2Scientists! With our extensions and integration opportunities, you’ve got lots of flexibility!
Who designs the activities featured in each lesson?
Our lessons are designed collaboratively! What do you get when you combine Curtis’ science knowledge and curiosity, with Elizabeth’s fresh perspective, and Beth’s experience and practical knowledge? Super fun lessons that engage a wide range of students while keeping focused learning front and center.
Are the lesson plans aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards?
Yes! Every lesson builds on NGSS Crosscutting Concepts. These concepts extend far beyond the content of disciplinary core ideas. Many of those are also addressed. We show you how to integrate CCSS literacy and math standards into every lesson. This lets you choose the focus since you know what your students need most!
What do your lesson plans contain?
Our lessons k-2 lead with objectives and a NGSS connection. We highlight base knowledge, misconceptions, and vocabulary. We provide a list of simple materials and step by step directions for the hands-on portion of the lesson. Finally we show you how to take the learning further by integrating with literacy, math, the arts, and real world connections. In some cases there are game cards, journal pages, or maps you can print.
Do you provide rubrics?
Yes! Our rubrics are focused on journals and publication. They are aligned to standards and focus on building a growth mindset!
Do you have a lesson plan for each livestream?
We do, but don’t feel obliged to do each one. Remember we are your resource and YOU are in control.
How do the lessons help me teach ELA or Math?
Each lesson provides support in integrating at least one or two standards each for literacy and math. You can use them to adapt, replace, or extend any lesson in existing curriculum. As you select the lessons you want to do for each mission, you can pinpoint the needs of your students to give extra practice in specific content areas, too.
My district requires me to use a specific program for Math or ELA, can I still use your lessons?
Absolutely! We play well with others. (See above) We also have a handy tool on the Teacher Resource page to help you find lessons addressing specific standards.
Managing your account
What is my username?
You select your own user name when you begin your subscription. We suggest you use it as a class name as it will be visible to the community when you post and publish.
How do I create our avatar?
You will be guided to do this during account creation. Simply revisit your account if you wish to change the avatar at a later date. Click on “change avatar” below your current avatar in your account page.
How do I reset my password?
If you forgot your password, click “forgot password” and we’ll guide you to reset it.
How do I update my information?
All your account information can be edited by clicking on your avatar in the upper right corner of your screen.
Do students get their own accounts?
No. Only teachers and homeschool parents can create an account. We do this for a number of reasons but mostly to protect the privacy of students and to encourage classroom-wide discussions.
Do you keep any student data?
No. We do not collect or store any personal information about students. When you post a student’s work on our webpage, it is your responsibility to ensure there is no personally identifiable information regarding the student. If you post personal information about your student we may ask you to remove it.
Can my students access my account from home?
No. Go2Science is designed for classroom use only. Feel free to send home printable materials, but here at Go2Science we feel the best use of preK-2 time outside of school is to go out and play!
Who can subscribe?
Teachers, school administrators, and home school teachers.
Do you have a school or district subscription rate?
At this time we sell at the classroom level. If you are interested in purchasing for a school or district, please contact us at email@example.com with the subject line “group pricing” to discuss your options.
How do schools or districts subscribe?
Simply hit the subscribe button on the web site! We’ll walk you through it. You can use a credit card, check, or purchase order.
Do you offer a free trial?
Yes! We want you to try before you buy, so every new user can have one free trial which includes access to the full site for the current mission. Your trial period ends after two weeks of live mission time. Once that period has run out you will need to subscribe to our service to maintain access. Free trials do not include access to archived missions.
How much are subscriptions?
We are offering subscriptions at a special introductory rate of $299. Your subscription runs for a full calendar year, so if you sign up in the winter your subscription extends into the following school year. We will only offer 1000 subscriptions for the 2017-2018 school year.
Pre-mission materials for teachers
What are pre-mission materials for teachers?
We’re glad you asked! Pre-mission materials are your sneak peek at the week ahead. We provide vocabulary and definitions, printable word cards for word walls and other creative uses, lesson plans, upcoming field mission videos that will be featured in the livestream, and even quick teaching tips!
When do you provide the materials to teachers?
Each Friday during the active six-week live stream phase, teachers receive new pre-mission materials. We’ll give you a heads up about any special materials a few weeks before each mission starts so you’ll have time to get any unusual materials. (Such as saving a box for a future mission.)
Do you work with real scientists?
Yes! We try to find scientists who represent not only a variety of fields of study, but also a variety of ages, ethnicities, and genders.
Do you take suggestions for new hypotheses?
Sure! We’d love to hear from you. Email your suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mission Idea.”
How do you shoot the field footage you show us?
We use a Go-Pro on a telescoping selfie stick. While we usually just film each other, occasionally we have an extra person lend a hand.
How many field videos to you produce for each mission?
We produce 12 field videos per mission.
Can I watch the field videos at any time and stop and start them as needed?
Yes! We provide access to the videos to you outside of the live stream so you can do just that! Feel free to watch them at any time. Pause. Re-wind. Re-play to your heart’s content.
Do I need to schedule a time with you to watch a field video?
You can watch the videos at any time. They will also be featured in our livestream sessions that do happen at pre-specified times.
How can I use the videos to teach in my classroom?
These videos are super adaptable! View them before a livestream to help your students brainstorm outstanding questions. Watch them in their entirety or for just a few seconds to set the stage for our lessons. Use them as a hook before a writing workshop or math lesson. Pause the video for shared reading and concepts of print lessons. If you are projecting onto a white board surface, students can mark up the text slides to circle words, letters, or punctuation. You can even play word games! (Everyone stand up when they see a specific vocabulary word.)
Where can I find archived field videos?
Yeah…we’ve got a page for that. Each mission has a spot just for archived field videos. Link to it from the bottom of the mission page.
How often and at what times to do you livestream?
We livestream each Tuesday and Thursday during the active phase of each mission. We have multiple times available each day, so you can join the sessions that fit your schedule best.
Do I need to schedule a time to livestream with you?
No! We do love it when you click on the livestream you plan to attend to let the Go2Science community know how many folks are interested in each spot. We totally understand, however, that things come up and plans change at the last minute. If you need to attend a different livestream for any reason, no problem. Don’t be shy! Even if you did not click attending for ANY session, you are always welcome. You can even join a session in progress. Either start from the beginning, knowing we’re no longer quite live for you (so you may see questions in the chat about something you have not seen yet,) or slide the little dot in the viewing window all the way to the right to catch up to where we are.
What equipment do I need to join the livestream?
Not much! All it takes is a computer connected to the internet with a screen your students can see and audio they can hear. You could have a small group with an adult clustered around a laptop, or a whole class viewing the site projected with a data projector. If you have very slow download speeds you may experience some buffering.
Can you see or hear my students during a livestream?
No. This is a one way connection. You have no need to worry about student privacy…or background noise!
Can we pause your livestream?
Yes. One word of caution, however. Only the video pauses. The chat window does not pause. So, the longer you pause the video the more out of sync those elements become.
What do we do if the livestream fails for some reason?
Unfortunately, this is likely to happen. It is the internet. The good news is that this is an excellent teachable moment. The way you handle this situation is a great opportunity to model flexible thinking and problem solving to your students. Ask students what might have happened and how to solve the problem. Is your internet down? Did a storm knock out the connection from headquarters? Next, decide what to do. You can show the field video from the Pre-mission materials. You can join another live stream. You can watch the archived live stream the next day. You can whip out your Go2Science journals and write about what you think happened! Rest assured, if the problem is at headquarters we’re on it with our best flexible thinking, too.
Do you archive the livestream?
Yes! We archive one session for each broadcast day. That way you can review what happened or “make up” a lost day. Of course, the question feature won’t be live, but it is a great way to keep the flow going if you miss a day for any reason.
Live Chat Feature
Is there a limit on how many questions we can ask each day?
Technically, no, BUT we strongly encourage you to ask one or two really high quality questions. This is an excellent opportunity work with your students to understand what makes an outstanding question. We suggest you view the field videos prior to livestream and work with students develop questions that dig deeper into the topic. Nothing grabs our attention more than a great question!
Who can post questions?
We love questions! We encourage classrooms to work collaboratively to craft a couple of outstanding questions in advance of the live stream when possible. However, the teacher is the gatekeeper and the one who should enter the questions. Check out our PD in a Moment about asking questions!
Does someone moderate what is posted in the Live Chat Feature?
Yes! We screen every post and approve the questions we will answer on air. That slows the torrent of questions to an age appropriate stream and ensures only relevant and safe content appears on screen.
Can I delete or edit something I post to the livestream chat?
No, but never fear! If you’ve made an unfortunate typo or entered an off topic question, no one will see it but the moderator (a.k.a. Curtis and Beth.) We won’t approve anything that would be embarrassing, off-topic, or offensive to our community.
Can we scroll the chat blog?
Yes! You can scroll up and down during a live session. Once the session ends, users are directed to the next livestream session with an empty chat space. You will no longer be able access those blog questions.
How do we vote on a question?
Use the vote tool on the livestream page to register your class vote on the weekly question. You can also visit the Vote page to cast your vote and see results from previous polls. Simply read the question and click to select the desired response. This is a class response so you can either work to find consensus or vote within you classroom and cast you class vote based on majority rule.
How long do we have to vote on a question?
Vote questions are open Monday morning through Thursday evening (7pm Eastern time) each of the six weeks we livestream.
Can I change my vote after I have voted?
No. Just like on election day, once your vote is submitted, it is final.
How often can we vote?
Your class may submit one vote for each question.
Can we see the results of the vote while the vote is still open?
Yes. Votes are tabulated in real time.
Do you actually use the voting results to guide what you do in the field?
Do you have any suggestions for how the voting feature can be utilized by teachers?
We sure do! You can use the data for graphing activities. Use the process to discuss voting and civic responsibility. Build a collaborative classroom community by working to build consensus. We have more tips right on the Vote page, too.
Publishing students’ work
How do I publish my students’ work?
Simply snap a photo of the student work you wish to share and follow the steps on the “Publish It!” page. For now, you must upload a .jpg from a computer.
How do I remove my student’s work?
You will need to contact us. Send us an email with a link to the published work (and screen shot if possible) at email@example.com with the subject line “Remove Work.” We’re working on this so you can do it yourself…stay tuned!
Who can see my student’s work?
That’s up to you. You can either share student work with the whole Go2Science community (recommended) for comment and peer review or just your class (a great way for kids who have special privacy concerns to still feel included.)
How do I share my student’s work?
You’ll be prompted to select a sharing level as part of the publication process.
How do I keep my student’s identity confidential?
We ask that you use student nick names instead of real names. Also avoid personal identifiers when posting pictures.
How can I see and comment on other classes’ work?
On the Publish It! page, you’ll find thumbnail previews of uploaded work. Click on the thumbnail to expand the image and reveal a comment box.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Curiosity Cat and Data Dog
What are the reading levels and how did you determine them?
The comics are aimed at three reading stages within each document. The sounds effects (pop, pip, zoom) are geared to emergent readers. (Fountas & Pinnell Levels A-C, DRA Levels A-3) The speech and thought bubbles are for early readers. (Fountas & Pinnell Levels D-G, DRA Levels 4-12) While the text panels are targeted to transitional readers. (Fountas & Pinnell Levels H-M, DRA Levels 14-28) At the beginning of the year, we aim towards the lower end of each stage and increase in complexity as the year progresses. We use multiple tools to help determine levels, including Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score, comparison to anchor texts, and of course, experienced teacher smarts!
How can PreK students use the comics?
Of course, reading aloud to children is the best way to improve future literacy skills, so you can simply read the comics to them. We’ve gone a step farther though and provide the comics with all text removed, too. Wordless texts help pre readers build success as they read the pictures and make up their own story.
How can I use this for reading k-2 lessons?
That all depends on what your students need! If they need to work on medial vowel substitutions call their attention to the sound effects. Have them make up their own variations. If you need materials for small group instruction, distribute the comic in booklet form and have your groups read the text appropriate for their level. If you have a wide range of readers in your class, assign roles and have students work together to read the projected version as a choral reader’s theater! We’ll post other tips as comics are released.
Are the music videos original and who writes them?
Yes! Our musical master, Kate, writes and performs all our music. No matter what topic Curtis throws her, Kate comes up with something catchy! Beth produces the lyric videos.
Where can I buy the music videos?
The videos are not for sale. You can view them on our web site all you want! Kate may release an album in the future…stay tuned.
Do you have movements for the songs?
We encourage you to move and dance to the music, but do not have a set of specific movements for each song. Check out our PD in a Moment video for guidance in making up movements with meaning for YOUR class.
I have an idea for a song? Do you take suggestions or requests?
Sure! We love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Song Suggestion” with your fabulous ideas. Just remember, we only have one Kate and can’t promise every suggestion will get produced.
Report misuse of website
How do I report something I see on Go2Science that I think is inappropriate?
We appreciate your help keeping our community safe and productive. If you see something that is not supporting those goals please email us the link to the page and a screen shot (if possible) at email@example.com with the subject line “Misuse.” Thanks!