Teachers can use the free resources on Discovery Education to supplement their existing curriculum. Teachers might post specific links to certain resources on their classroom website. Students will need direction to find tools that are connected to what they are doing in class. For example, kids who are designing their own scientific investigation may want to check out Science Fair Central, a free resource provided by Discovery Education. Another neat tool is the PuzzleMaker that allows teachers to use their own vocabulary to make cross word and other types of puzzles.
Teachers who are flipping their classrooms can assign specific videos or interactive activities to introduce new ideas at home. This will free up class time to explore the material more deeply with group work, class discussions, or experiments.Continue reading Show less
Discovery Education hosts an extensive set of Science, English, Social Studies, and Math assets including digital text, audio, video, and assessment resources. This review will highlight the free tools offered to teachers, parents, and students. Many other resources are also available for a cost.
Discovery Education’s Free Resources for Teachers provide ways for teachers to capitalize on student learning beyond the school day. These include lesson plans, worksheets, virtual field trips, and virtual labs. Teachers are connected with additional Discovery Education sites such as the Science Fair Central and Science of Everyday life. In addition there are lesson plans like Explore Galapagos that integrate both science and social studies concepts. While the integration helps kids make connections in their learning, this particular activity is almost impossible to read because of the small blue on blue text. As students and teachers work through the free tasks related materials that cost money are highlighted off to the side with links to their teacher store.
Parents have their own section of free resources. Included is WebMath, a free step by step help on topics from Elementary Math to Calculus. Be cautious though - In certain topics, such as Simplifying a Trigonometric Expression, kids can type in their homework problem and it will spit out the answer with work. The Parent Corner also includes Motivation Station and Summer Activities with articles and ideas for families to support learning from home.
Discovery Education has a section called Free Student Resources that features games and homework help. However at the time of the review there was only one game listed, “Heads Up!” that emphasized the dangers of distracted driving. But if you dig around in the Homework Help you can find more interactive activities in General Resources, such as the virtual lab “Ponder-This” that lets kids manipulate human impacts and see what it does to a pond. While these tools are fun and cool, it does not seem that easy for kids to get help on homework other than math. They will need direction towards targeted useful resources in science and social studies.
Key Standards Supported
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.