ExploreLearning Gizmos
 algebra
 equations
 fractions
 geometry
 astronomy
 biology
 chemistry
 physics
 hypothesistesting
 investigation
 partwhole relationships
 solving puzzles
Pros
Gizmos are simple to use, cover nearly every topic in math and science, and come with an array of supportive resources and assessments.Cons
Requires computers for every student (or group) or an interactive whiteboard to demonstrate, and the subscription cost is high.Bottom Line
This powerful set of math and science tools puts the learning in students' hands.Teacher dashboard includes:
 video demos and explanation of tools and features
 access to classes and student scores
 recommended simulations based on teaching subject
 a place to share lists of recommended tools with other teachers in the same school or district
Interactive and graphical activities will draw kids in and keep them playing.
Students make changes and observe the outcomes  a powerful way for them to learn how various factors are related.
A useful help section includes video demonstrations of the most important tasks on the site. Students get feedback in each activity as they complete the simulation.
After setting up a teacher account, educators go to the Me page, where they can create classes and assign individual Gizmos to each class based on what the students are learning at that time. Teachers browse Gizmos by Math or Science Topic, State Curriculum or Common Core Standard, or Textbook Alignment.
Each Gizmo has its own page with support materials contained in a Lesson Info tab. There are printable Lesson Plans, Vocabulary Sheets, Teacher’s Guides, and Student Exploration Sheets. Each activity also ends with an online assessment, the results of which are available to the teacher on the Me page. Not every Gizmo has every type of resource. Video support is available in many areas of the website. These brief, clear video clips explain how to perform an action or troubleshoot a problem.
Read More Read LessIt's difficult to describe the entire array of interactive simulation tools (called Gizmos) that ExploreLearning makes available on this site. Arranged by curriculum, topic, or textbook, these little applications explore hundreds of concepts that students learn in elementary, middle, and high school mathematics and science. From number sense to algebra and from biology to physics, there are enough tools here for students to try a different one each week for every school year.
Each Gizmo comes with extensive support through the site and printable resources to help with deployment. The Exploration Sheet includes some questions that activate prior knowledge and others that allow students to record their learning during an activity. An assessment is administered at the end of each Gizmo to measure student learning. All of these are of highquality and rigorous enough to be useful in any classroom.
Read More Read LessThe Gizmos themselves allow individual students to experiment and build their own understanding of the concepts involved. Alternatively, many are conducive to classroom demonstrations for a larger group, but this method loses the magic that comes from kids tweaking the settings of a simulation to see what happens. For example, the Archimedes Principle Gizmo is perfect for teaching the idea of buoyancy and displacement to middle school students. Student can adjust the size of a “boat” and then add masses until it sinks, and learn how these factors affect whether a boat floats.
On the downside, some Gizmos are less engaging than others. On a fairly typical screen resolution, the text size on several Gizmos was barely legible despite efforts to increase its size. And not every Gizmo includes all the support materials. However, ExploreLearning explains that the site is expanding, with more materials being added on a continuous basis. Educators should note that these tools are not free. Teachers can get a free 30day trial, and the company sells individual, school, and district licenses. ExploreLearning doesn't advertise their prices on the website.
Read More Read LessKey Standards Supported
Expressions And Equations  
6.EE: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Arithmetic To Algebraic Expressions.  
6.EE.2  Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. 
7.EE: Use Properties Of Operations To Generate Equivalent Expressions.  
7.EE.2  Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related. For example, a + 0.05a = 1.05a means that “increase by 5%” is the same as “multiply by 1.05.” 
8.EE: Work With Radicals And Integer Exponents.  
8.EE.3  Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 × 108 and the population of the world as 7 × 109, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger. 
Interpreting Categorical And Quantitative Data  
HSS.ID: Summarize, Represent, And Interpret Data On A Single Count Or Measurement Variable  
HSS.ID.1  Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). 
Measurement And Data  
3.MD: Solve Problems Involving Measurement And Estimation Of Intervals Of Time, Liquid Volumes, And Masses Of Objects.  
3.MD.1  Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram. 
4.MD: Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts Of Angle And Measure Angles.  
4.MD.5  Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement: 
Number And Operations In Base Ten  
5.NBT: Understand The Place Value System.  
5.NBT.1  Recognize that in a multidigit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left. 
4.NBT: Generalize Place Value Understanding For MultiDigit Whole Numbers.  
4.NBT.1  Recognize that in a multidigit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division. 
Number And Operations—Fractions  
5.NF: Use Equivalent Fractions As A Strategy To Add And Subtract Fractions.  
5.NF.2  Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions 
3.NF: Develop Understanding Of Fractions As Numbers.  
3.NF.2.b  Represent a fraction a/b on a number line diagram by marking off a lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting interval has size a/b and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line. 
Statistics And Probability  
6.SP: Summarize And Describe Distributions.  
6.SP.4  Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots. 
7.SP: Draw Informal Comparative Inferences About Two Populations.  
7.SP.4  Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. For example, decide whether the words in a chapter of a seventhgrade science book are generally longer than the words in a chapter of a fourthgrade science book. 
8.SP: Investigate Patterns Of Association In Bivariate Data.  
8.SP.1  Construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate measurement data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities. Describe patterns such as clustering, outliers, positive or negative association, linear association, and nonlinear association. 
Vector And Matrix Quantities  
HSN.VM: Represent And Model With Vector Quantities.  
HSN.VM.1  (+) Recognize vector quantities as having both magnitude and direction. Represent vector quantities by directed line segments, and use appropriate symbols for vectors and their magnitudes (e.g., v, v, v, v). 
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ExploreLearning Gizmos: Science Grades 912Online simulations captivate and extend learning; worksheets may tireCommon Sense Rating 3Teacher Rating 4Math, ScienceGrade 912

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ExploreLearning Gizmos: Science Grades 35Mostly ageappropriate manipulatives offer inquiry without the messCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating Not Yet RatedMath, ScienceGrade 35
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Teacher Reviews
 Interactive simulations in math and science that are aligned to state standards.15November 4, 2013
 Engaging Math and Science Interactives4December 28, 2015
 Hands on, student driven, without the mess.4July 11, 2014
 Great way for students to see applications of math.5June 13, 2014