Incorporate the ideas below and the topic-specific resources
in this Teacher Guide to use Science Explorations with students
in grades 310.
Before students begin working on a Science Exploration, use these
steps to introduce the topic:
From the home page for each Science
Exploration, have your students view the short documentary-style
introduction. This provides a snapshot of the subject matter,
includes key vocabulary words, and introduces the American Museum
of Natural History scientist.
Refer to the topic-specific Teacher
Guides for questions that will spark discussion and review what
students already know about the Science Exploration topic.
Review the Library for each topic and
share one or more references with students before you teach
with this activity.
Teach with the Activities.
Students can work on the Science Exploration
in groups or independently. Audio, text, photos, and video provide
interactive learning experiences that include:
- Student Interactives Virtual observation-based activities create
a fieldwork experience right in your classroom.
Students examine data and apply critical thinking skills to answer
- Words to Know Vocabulary lists offer relevant
support and reinforce key concepts.
- Scientist Top Tips Students
learn more about a topic or get pointers on good scientific habits
from an expert in the field.
Plan a more in-depth lesson on the Science Exploration topic or
encourage students to learn more about the subject on their own
using these resources.
- Exploration Library
Articles, photos with captions, short videos, and informative
links broaden and deepen students’ knowledge, propelling
their research to the next level.
- Exploration Exchange
Your class can share thoughts, questions, and ideas about science
with students around the world via a moderated bulletin board.
- Backyard Science
Off-line activities let students apply what they’ve learned
about a subject.
- Putting it Together
Clear advice and two step-by-step tools help students prepare
powerful research presentations.
- Featured Scientist Chats and Online Interaction
Bridge the gap between professional and student scientists with
moderated online chats, chat transcripts, and other special
features. Access information on the Science
- Scholastic Classroom Magazines
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