Ever wonder how the domed tortoise’s shell protects it from predators–or what Charles Darwin saw when he visited the Galapagos Islands? Scholastic.com recently launched a new section of its web site, called Science Explorations, as part of an ongoing partnership between Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History to promote science literacy among students in grades 3-10. Students who visit Science Explorations can take part in live chats with scientists from the museum, uncover clues in online investigations and activities, and keep a record of their discoveries in their own field journal. Science teachers will find an interactive way to supplement lessons that support students’ development of key science and cross-curricular skills, including observation, formulating a hypothesis, interpreting clues, critical thinking, vocabulary, writing, and reading comprehension. Interactive explorations are tailored to students’ grade level and feature a range of photos and videos, narration, diagrams, maps, and charts to help with the discovery process. In the first Science Exploration, called “Animals, Adaptation, and the Galapagos,” users got an up-close look at the animals, plants, and terrain that Darwin confronted when he visited the island. Additional Science Explorations to come will include “Zoom in on Insects,” “Journey into Space,” “Investigate Invertebrates,” “Beam up with Bats,” and “Research Reptiles.” Students and teachers can dig further on each topic in Scholastic’s classroom magazines, SuperScience (for students in grades 3-6) and Scholastic Science World (for grades 6-10).

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