“Science Explorations” offers rich, interactive content, developed by Scholastic in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History. Each exploration features audio, text (including related vocabulary words), photos, and videos — and help from an AMNH expert. These activities support curriculum standards and teach skills such as observation, finding and predicting patterns, classification, and inference.
The six topics covered are:
- Animals, Adaptations, and the Galápagos Islands (Grades 3–10): Students explore the islands, learn about Charles Darwin, discover how animals adapt to their environments, and more.
- Classify Insects (Grades 3–10): Students “dissect” a bug’s name, learn to classify animals, are introduced to entomology, and more.
- Journey Into Space (Grades 3–10): Students “activate” asteroids, discover what it would be like to play sports on the moon, and get tutorials on gravity, orbits, and space collisions.
- Investigate the Giant Squid (Grades 3–10): Students investigate this mysterious creature of the sea by writing a “squid plan” (questions they’d like answers to), exploring deep-sea ecosystems, and more.
- Soar with Bats (Grades 3–10): Students study these night fliers of the sky by creating a book about them, reading up on bat facts, going on a virtual bat watch, and more.
- Uncover Lizards and Snakes (Grades 3–10): Students browse a slideshow to discover “squamates” and learn what makes them similar and different from other animals.
In each of the six science explorations, students will:
- Learn grade-appropriate facts about the topic
- Build scientific thinking skills as they follow a guided path of inquiry and analysis
- Learn how professional scientists and experts conduct investigations and present findings
- Practice reading strategies and skills needed to decode and comprehend nonfiction and informational texts
- Develop skills for writing about research-based topics
- Strengthen research and critical reasoning skills as they gather, assess, and use data