Just in time for back-to-school: New distance learning resources are available on Wide Open School.
Teachers can use the site as in-class reading material to supplement units in science, math, and language arts. The readings are streamlined, age-appropriate versions of articles on the adult Science News site and provide helpful tools for tackling the task of reading scientific texts. The Going Deeper link for each article takes students to a related article on the companion Science News site with more detailed information. Kids can also use the simpler readings on Science News for Students as support articles to build their basic understanding before moving on to more complex text of the same topic. If you scroll to the bottom of the articles, many of them contain “Power Words” and their definitions. Reviewing the words in advance can help kids better understand the text. Some articles also contain questions for kids to answer while reading.Continue reading Show less
Science News for Students has engaging science news stories appropriate for elementary and middle school readers. It's the kids' version of the Science News magazine site by the Society for Science & the Public. The site can be a great source for kids who need practice analyzing and citing scientific text. Kids will find the topics interesting and relevant, from American cannibalism to predicting tsunamis. Readings are organized by science topic: Atoms & Forces, Earth & Sky, Human & Health, Life, and Technology & Math.
Science News for Students has support resources and extension activities to help teachers use the articles in their classrooms. Information is also available for those who want to follow or get involved in youth science and math competitions, including Intel Science Talent Search, Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS. Reading articles about past winners may inspire the budding scientist in your home or classroom.
Readings help kids think about complex scientific problems -- from how we calculate the age of the universe to how to build a better battery. Kids can also see examples of student research and learn tips on how to start their own research projects. Power Words at the bottom of each article give kids a tool to attack complex text and make sense of it. They can analyze scientific reading using questions provided and cite evidence from the article in their answers.
Science News for Students highlights news stories on the world’s leading youth math and science competitions. The resources provided to help kids with science fair projects can be useful for kids designing classroom experiments, too. The Science News for Students Competition portion is less organized, making it difficult to find what you need. The site would be improved if teachers could search by science standards to find related articles.
Key Standards Supported
Statistics And Probability
Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring. Larger numbers indicate greater likelihood. A probability near 0 indicates an unlikely event, a probability around 1/2 indicates an event that is neither unlikely nor likely, and a probability near 1 indicates a likely event.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.