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Thinkin' Science

FEATURES Kid-Friendly Research Tool The easy-to-use Science Web tells more about animals, physics and Earth science. Physics Becomes Child's Play! Experiment with ramps, catapults, and pendulums to learn about the physics of motion. What's Hiding in the Mystery Cave? Deduce what's in the Mystery Cave by using data on smell, texture, color, shape, size, and weight. How Well Can You Remember What You See? Sharpen your observation and memory skills by returning animals to where you first saw them! Who Made This Track?

Content Area: science
Grade Level: early elementary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

BBC Science Simulations 1 provides an opportunity for children to explore seven "virtual" science investigations. The simulations include making plants grow, exercise, building electrical circuits and more. This program is perfect for whole class instruction using a whiteboard and provides an excellent opportunity for students to predict, carry out, and evaluate investigations with the additional benefit of being able to simply reset them and start again. The "questions" portion of the program provides ideas for simulations.

Content Area: science
Grade Level: early elementary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math Statistics & Probability

BBC Science Simulations 2 provides opportunities for early elementary students to interact with seven virtual science investigations. Students can observe how shadows change over the course of a day, investigate which of four materials is the best thermal insulator, and much more. Students can develop their understanding of fair testing by controlling variables on screen and can see instant results by selecting to view a table or graph alongside the animation. A "Questions" section with full narration provides ideas for investigations that students can complete independently.

Content Area: science
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math Statistics & Probability, Measurement & Data

Sammy helps young scientists build their understanding of biology and time concepts with two new modules that explore stages of plant development over time and looking at how different animals age. All seven modules focus on discovering how to think like a scientist learning how to observe, analyze and test theories.

Content Area: science
Grade Level: early elementary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Classworks

Classworks is a web-based instructional software that provides interactive lessons, customized learning and assessment in K-12 Math, Reading, and Language Arts. Elementary Science lessons are also available. Classworks units are based on state standards and offer interactive instruction through a multi-sensory approach that includes voice, pop-up text, audio support, video, photographs, artist drawings, and animated clips. The multiple modalities may be helpful for those with limited English proficiency or learning disabilities, or as a Response to Intervention.

Content Area: math, reading, science, writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Web-based
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math Counting & Cardinality, Expressions & Equations, Functions, Geometry, Measurement & Data, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Number & Operations – Fractions, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Statistics & Probability, The Number System