Teacher Review for Bill Nye The Science Guy

All the excitement of Bill Nye in smaller chunks.

c w.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
My students use this app for small group learning as well as individual review/practice. When they click on the t.v. they can watch short videos about chemical reactions, the heart, planets, gravity, earthquakes, magnetism, the sun, friction, light optics, and mammals. I like to assign them a video that works with our current unit. They are asked to watch the video and then complete a graphic organizer summarizing the main ideas. I have a list of questions available for each video. Students can choose to answer 2 of the questions. When they are working in small groups they choose, answer, and share. When they click on the Bill Nye bobble head he gives short snippets of information as well as posing questions for further research. This is a good way to get students to think and discuss. There are archeology, space and planet games. My students enjoy playing these games for a 'brain break'. Students must complete work before play. When clicking on the science book students can find experiments for static electricity, salt/water egg float, carbon dioxide, eggshell strength, atmospheric pressure, watching a chemical reaction by cleaning a penny. I like to use this app during science small groups or for students during individual work time. My students also ask to use this app when they finish work early.
My Take
My third graders love Bill Nye movies. I like to introduce a unit using a Bill Nye full movie in the classroom. Unfortunately, most of the time my students want to focus on the antics of Bill Nye and his comedy rather than the lesson. I love this app. It is a good transition into a specific lesson. My students get the fun of Bill Nye as well as the lesson being taught.