Website review by Alicia Carter, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2012

StudyJams!

Fun videos and music help kids learn core math and science topics

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Grades
4–7
Subjects & Skills
Math, Science, Critical Thinking, Character & SEL

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Pros: Engaging videos and songs provide instruction and review for a variety of math and science topics at various levels.

Cons: Limited interactivity means that once kids view the material, they have few opportunities to build on it.

Bottom Line: Engaging math and science instruction is good for review and practice but has limited deep-learning opportunities.

StudyJams! is a fun resource for teachers in  elementary or middle school classrooms. You could easily incorporate videos into lessons. Try karaoke as a class to reinforce concepts. Post links to videos or songs for your students to watch at home. Videos and songs could be used as review for an assessment.

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StudyJams! is a place for kids to learn, review, and practice science and math topics. Engaging videos, songs, slide shows, karaoke songs, and quizzes cover a range of science and math skills. Good for fourth grade through middle school, topics include everything from number sense and geology to algebra and astronomy. This is a great resource for learning and reviewing key math and science concepts.

Getting started is simple, as no account is required. Kids simply choose the topic, such as volcanoes or integers, and then choose an activity from the menu for that topic. From within a lesson, kids can navigate to related topics or activities on the site.

 

Standouts:

Fractions Video: Learn about the parts and wholes of fractions using quesadillas, and apply the concepts to money or sports.

Addition and Subtraction Equations Lesson: Figure out how many more candles you need if Gramps is turning 83 and you have 42 candles.

Solids, Liquids, and Gases Karaoke: Sing along to learn the states of matter and the changes that can alter them.

Students will find the site easy to use and helpful for learning math and science concepts such as fractions and algebra or plants and the human body. Each video, song, or other activity is relatively short and should keep kids' attention. For example, the video on volcanoes covers basic vocabulary and the four types of volcanoes, has features and examples of each type, and shows how eruptions work -- all in less than four minutes. Although the site is a good resource for material, the content does not build on itself, so once kids view a particular "jam," they may not be drawn back to the site. Printable versions of lessons and song lyrics, as well as teaching guides, are available for most lessons.

Overall Rating

Engagement

High-quality videos, songs, and karaoke will engage kids in learning key math and science concepts.

Pedagogy

Educationally sound material provides a range of opportunities to explore the content. Concepts easily apply to real-world situations. Activities are engaging, but learning is a bit passive.

Support

Kids get feedback as they complete quizzes, but feedback over time isn't available. Opportunities to extend learning include printable versions of lessons, songs, and lyrics to karaoke songs.


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Alicia Carter Homeschool instructor

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Melissa Z. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Liberty
Springfield, United States
Great Review Activities That are Engaging!
This is a good kick off lesson, wrap up lesson, or review activity. Students can work independently or you can use it as a whole group or small group lesson. Students have always been very engaged as they do the activities and therefore is a great motivation to help them to learn!
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