What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Science News for Kids is the elementary and middle school version of the Science News magazine site by the Society for Science & the Public. It contains current science, math, and technology news stories. Science News for Kids also highlights news stories on the world’s leading youth math and science competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search. Reading articles about past winners may inspire the budding scientist in your home.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- text analysis
- using supporting evidence
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- asking questions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Articles are up to date and address fun topics that will intrigue kids, such as cool science jobs and cannibalism.
Kids can use the site’s articles to analyze and cite scientific text.
Info on student math and science competitions could inspire further research and learning. However, the extensions and resources section for kids is pretty limited.
What's it about?
Science News for Kids publishes science news articles for elementary and middle school kids. Topics are interesting and relevant, ranging from cool chemistry jobs to recycling organs. Science News for Kids also has support resources and extension activities to help readers understand the articles. The site also provides information for those who want to follow and get involved in youth science and math competitions. These include Intel Science Talent Search, Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS.
Is it any good?
Science News for Kids has engaging scientific text that's appropriate for elementary and middle school readers. It's a great source for kids who need practice analyzing and citing scientific text. Kids don't always love technical reading, but this site makes efforts to pick interesting topics like American cannibalism and predicting tsunamis.
When kids read about how a teen’s research has helped surgeons get a better view of cancer cells, they might be inspired to design their own experiment. There are a few resources, like a funny "Prepare for the Science Fair Cartoon" to help kids with do their own science fair projects. Unfortunately this portion of the site is less organized, making it hard to find what kids need.
Families can talk about...
Families can discuss how we know what we know. How do we come up with explanations for the world around us?
Families can also talk about the ways media typically portrays scientists. How do the student researchers from Science News for Kids challenge these stereotypes? Try using our resource, "Tips for Battling Stereotypes."
For families who love science and research, check out the local science fair. Maybe your kid will want to participate next time.