Interactive Reading Experiences in Science and Social Studies
The iPad apps by Kids Discover are packed with facts, figures, and stunning images. Each of the apps focuses on a single nonfiction subject in the natural or social sciences. Topics such as Cells, Ancient Greece, the US Constitution, and Space engage students and address core curriculum concepts. The apps include high-definition video, 360-degree virtual tours, scrollable animations, and select audio narration to help bring these core topics to life. Short quizzes and questions throughout each app help students retain facts and encourage critical thinking and deeper understanding of core concepts. Costs: From free to $2.99
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in North America. Those in the path of totality-parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina—will see the moon completely eclipse the sun. Observers in the rest of the contiguous United States will see a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse is a perfect teachable moment for students. Whether you plan to watch live with your students or plan lessons around the eclipse, here are a few resources for teaching about the solar eclipse.
You Be The Chemist Challenge, sponsored by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5–8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.
On August 21, citizen scientists will have an opportunity to make scientifically valuable observations of many aspects of animal behavior as the solar eclipse is in progress. They can join the California Academy of Sciences in conducting research into behavioral changes in plants and animals during a total solar eclipse.