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10 Best Science Tools for Elementary

Inspiring an interest in science at a young age encourages kids to question the world around them and make decisions based on logic and reasoning. As their skills develop and they get nearer to middle school, students will begin to craft more complex ideas and consider solutions that address common scientific phenomena. The apps and websites compiled here help elementary teachers build quality inquiry experiences for their students, laying the foundation for lifelong curiosity about how the world works and why. 

NOVA Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova
Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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BrainPOP Jr. Visit Website: https://jr.brainpop.com/
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
Grades K-3
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Price Paid
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Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Visit Website: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
First-class site for science games and investigations
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free
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Mystery Science Visit Website: http://mysteryscience.com
Big questions, kids' curiosity drive thoughtful science curriculum
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free
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National Geographic Kids Visit Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Journey North Visit Website: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
Long-standing citizen science site continues to inspire learners
Grades 1-8
Type Website
Price Free
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Space by Tinybop Publisher: Tinybop
Zoom into our solar system, solve mysteries with open-ended play
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Wonderfully engaging eco-sim lets kids become pollution fighters
Grades 2-4
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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littleBits Invent Publisher: littleBits Electronics Inc.
Top-notch tool empowers kids to invent, build, and control wirelessly
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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NASA Climate Kids Visit Website: http://climatekids.nasa.gov/
Kid-friendly, expert site explores key climate issues
Grades 3-6
Type Website
Price Free
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