Parents' Guide to

Science of Everyday Life

By Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Accessible family and school-oriented science activities.

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At first blush, videos such as "Land: Earth’s Important Resource" may not seem very interesting, but the site packs key concepts into two-minute clips, providing kids with the information they need to participate in engaging activities such as "Developing Possible Solutions -- Slippery Soil." For high school and middle school kids, student modules make attempts to connect with students' real lives. For example, "Taking the Energy Challenge" has kids compare the energy uses of two teenagers with realistic lifestyles. A few virtual labs are structured so students explore, plan, and experiment, mirroring NGSS scientific practices and encouraging students to think about designing their own investigations.

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