Science News for Kids

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Up-to-date STEM stories could inspire budding scientists.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

News articles feature kids making a difference in the world with their research.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Some advertisements from sponsors are visible when reading articles.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

If kids make comments or post anything to the site, they'll be identified by first name, age, city, and state.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • text analysis
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • probability

Science

  • astronomy
  • biology
  • geology
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • asking questions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Articles are up to date and address fun topics that will intrigue kids, such as cool science jobs and cannibalism.

Learning Approach

Kids can use the site’s articles to analyze and cite scientific text.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • text analysis
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • probability

Science

  • astronomy
  • biology
  • geology
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • asking questions

Kids can learn about science, math and technology from the current articles on Science News for Kids. Articles are organized into categories: Atoms & Forces, Earth & Sky, Human & Health, Life, and Technology & Math. 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. Science News for Kids articles are free, fascinating, and easy to read.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent Written bySilver Springer August 12, 2013
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For middle school and up, up, up

High school teachers also find the site useful--even for students in their advanced classes. When content is written well for a middle-school audience, it doesn't insult those who are older. That's why even community college profs like the content on this site. But middle-school teachers really appreciate that it speaks to their kids about amazingly current events, all without dumbing anything down.

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