Teacher Review For Britannica Kids: Solar System

Enhanced encyclopedia for kids with videos and games

Jim V.
Classroom teacher
Marshall Elementary School
Wexford, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
When teaching, I would use this app as a resource for students to explore more facts and information about our solar system. As a supplement to my instruction, students could use the app as a reference source for a research project. Also, students could explore the features in space, watch videos, and play games when they finished a lesson relating to the solar system. In addition, this app would be a good resource to use for a scavenger hunt activity where students have to identify key facts about each item within the app.
My Take
Altogether, I think that this app is a glorified encyclopedia that is easier to navigate than the traditional book or online resource. Since there are only a limited number of items to explore on the app, students can easily navigate through it to find information. Also, even though there is a lot of useful information about the solar system, students who struggle with reading will need assistance to read the text in the app. There are many vocabulary terms and lengthy articles about each item. Perhaps the app developers could incorporate an audio recording of the text for students to listen to. In addition, the games in the app are simple games and do not stimulate higher level thinking.