Science Explorations


This series of six Science Explorations covers:
  1. Animals, Adaptations, and the Galápagos
  2. Classify Insects
  3. Space
  4. Investigate the Giant Squid
  5. Bats
  6. Reptiles
Using Science Explorations in the Classroom

Incorporate the ideas below and the topic-specific resources in this Teacher Guide to use Science Explorations with students in grades 3–10.

Build Background
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.
  • Investigation — Students examine data and apply critical thinking skills to answer research questions.
  • 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.

Extend Learning
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 Explorations homepage.
  • Scholastic Classroom Magazines
    Expand your experience with SuperScience (grades 3–6) and Science World (grades 6–10). Subscribe and bring the latest science news and discoveries into your classroom all year long.