Best Science Instructional Solution for Grades PK - 8

Recognizes the best instructional product that offers science curriculum and content for students in grades PreK-8. Includes managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction for all student learners so they can learn and apply science concepts and methods. The solution provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice. This category includes all science content areas and interdisciplinary science courses.

Mystery Science - Discovery Education

Mystery Science is a K-5 ready-to-use multimedia science and STEM curriculum resource used in more than 50% of United States’ elementary schools each month and 3+ million students to help educators turn the conventional approach of answering children’s questions on its head. There are 1 billion children in the world today—and Mystery Science is making it possible for them to explore any question they have, wherever they are. Mystery Science collects every question children ask and creates video explanations for all of them, plus step-by-step guides for anything they want to do. Each lesson begins by posing a question commonly asked by young students, which is followed by a series of brief videos and prompts used to guide class discussion. Mystery Science lessons cover a wide range of questions children wonder about, including Where do rivers flow? Could a volcano pop up where you live? Why do the stars come out at night? and How far can a whisper travel?  Mystery Science lessons conclude with a hands-on activity incorporating basic supplies commonly found in a classroom or at home.  The ultimate purpose of Mystery Science is to ensure the next generation of children grow up and see that it’s an amazing world we live in, full of possibility and wonder—and that they develop the ability to figure things out for themselves. Mystery Science curriculum supports Discovery Education’s ongoing effort to keep students and teachers connected to curiosity. Mystery Science complements Discovery Education’s other successful digital services supporting science education.

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  • ExploreLearning Gizmos - ExploreLearning

    Gizmos are online simulations that excite curiosity and invite interaction. We’ve got more than 400 Gizmos in our library covering topics and concepts in math and science for U.S. grades -12. Gizmos help students dig deeper into subjects and really understand challenging concepts. Gizmos give everyone something to visualize, manipulate, and compare. That’s hundreds of opportunities where students don’t just act like scientists and mathematicians. They are. Gizmos help students to make connections and draw conclusions with an interactive design that supports manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation. Every Gizmo comes with extensive teaching resources that help make planning and teaching easy. Whole group, small group, or 1:1 lessons, Gizmos has you covered. Play, explore, and experience the “ah-ha” moment with Gizmos. • Discover concepts. Interactive design allows for extensive manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation. • Analyze data. Visualizations and graphing tools help capture and compare results from experiments. • Go deeper. In-depth activities create more moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. Transform learning for ELL students—and students of all abilities ExploreLearning Gizmos are award-winning, interactive simulations that use research-based instructional strategies to bring key math and science concepts to life. With detailed graphics, vocabulary sheets, and customizable student lessons and activities, Gizmos can help address the challenges that English Language Learners and Special Education students face, and help all students reach their highest potential. Gizmos utilize research-proven best practices to support differentiated instruction: • Rich visuals and virtual models support student understanding • Allows for multiple modes of representation (discussion, pictures, graphs, writing, etc.) • Varied activity levels scaffold and differentiate learning • Provides opportunities for individual and guided practice • Connects concepts and vocabulary to real-world experiences We continue to add new Gizmos and Interactive STEM Cases to our library, update older Gizmos, and develop ways and resources to make it easier to teach and learn with Gizmos on a regular basis. In 2021, Gizmos were accessed 72 million times, while STEM Cases were accessed 2.4 million. We also added a Virtual Learning Community to our resources, allowing educators to collaborate with colleagues and ExploreLearning’s professional development team for best practices, tips, and fun activities in math and science.

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  • Science A-Z - Learning A-Z

    Science A-Z is an award-winning K-6 curriculum resource that blends science and literacy. The product delivers thousands of resources in Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Engineering, and Process Science. In addition to a robust library of multilevel informational texts, Science A-Z also provides engaging experiments and hands-on activities so students can think and act like scientists.

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  • Twig Science Next Gen - Twig Science

    Twig Science Next Gen is a complete pre-K–8 STEM program built for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It provides comprehensive coverage of 3-D science standards through engaging hands-on and digital investigations in which students take on the roles of real-world scientists and engineers, from earthquake engineers to playground designers. The program transforms 3-D standards into dynamic, visual, digital, and hands-on learning that students will enjoy and retain. It brings real-world science into students’ lives through interactive Twig Books, theater-quality video, and engaging multimedia. Just like real working scientists and engineers, students can use the program to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills through a range of investigation types, from hands-on activities and digital interactives to on-demand Video Labs, which allow students to experience hands-on science at any time and in any setting. Twig Science Next Gen is effective both in-person and in distance learning. As 5th-grade educator Kati put it, “The distance learning modules I have found are absolutely amazing. It was so simple just to log in, click ‘assign,’ and it went to all of my students. The problem we run into with homeschool families is that they don’t have all the supplies they need to conduct experiments like they would in class. Now, with the modules, everything can be done through the video and be watched by the families. This program is a game-changer for doing science with distance learning and our homeschool families and I’m so thankful you were able to create this for us.” A dynamic curriculum helps students of all abilities and preferences learn and retain subjects related to STEM. Elementary teacher Margie called Twig, “One of the best lesson sequences I’ve seen that includes science content with engineering standards. Lessons are really well thought out and designed!” According to Julie, a veteran 4th-grade teacher, the visual lessons were as engaging for her as they were for her students. “After teaching for 27 years,” she said, “Twig Science Next Gen has brought the spark back into teaching for me.” The program offers comprehensive print and online versions, both of which integrate with educators’ existing systems. Printed Teacher Editions and the online Lesson Explorer give educators an easy way to organize and navigate instruction with straightforward guides to standards alignment, differentiation options, and assessment. They also have access to the interactive presenter tools, accessibility tools, automatic rostering, and single sign-on functions. Whichever LMS an educator uses, it’s easy to integrate content and create assignments, and step-by-step guides demonstrate the process of using Twig Science Next Gen in conjunction with their LMS systems. Twig Science Next Gen benefits administrators, teachers, and students by providing a ready-made, comprehensive program to deliver the NGSS/3-D science standards.

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