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IXL expands science, social studies curriculum for grades 2-5

Since the expanded coverage launched, students have answered more than 85 million science and social studies questions

At the ISTE 2016 Conference and Expo, IXL Learning announced expanded coverage for IXL Science and IXL Social Studies, delivering an entire core curriculum of math, English language arts, science and social studies for grades 2-5. Students have already answered more than 85 million science and social studies questions since IXL released the new subjects.

“When you start with a steadfast belief that every student possesses an innate curiosity and desire to learn, amazing things can happen,” said Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning. “IXL Science and Social Studies aren’t one-directional teaching; rather, they are immersive experiences and a true celebration of our endlessly fascinating physical and social worlds. It’s impossible to spend time with these new subjects on IXL and not be intrigued.”

IXL Science

With IXL, complex science concepts are brought to life through interactive activities. Students can learn about changes of state with clickable diagrams, use real-life climate data to make weather predictions, examine photos of exotic birds to identify adaptations and more. IXL algorithmically generates questions and visuals so students can practice for hours and still discover new things to learn.

IXL Social Studies

IXL Social Studies challenges students to go beyond memorizing facts and dates. For example, learners develop critical thinking skills as they analyze diverse viewpoints on the Civil War through letters written by Union and Confederate soldiers. Skills about Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty allow students to explore American landmarks, and colorful photos bring cultural holidays such as Día de Los Muertos to life. Along the way, students will be delighted by fun facts that provide additional information and encourage them to keep learning.

Designed for the classroom

IXL skills are aligned to science and social studies standards for all 50 states and to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). And, with IXL Analytics’ intuitive and visual reports, it’s a breeze for teachers to track progress and pinpoint trouble spots so they can help students perform their best.

“IXL Social Studies was the missing puzzle piece for my classroom,” said Cassidy Cathey, a 4th grade teacher at Brunson New Vision Charter in Warren, Ark. “Students are driven by technology, and IXL is the happy medium between tech and textbooks. With IXL, I now teach a lesson, assign skills for review, and can easily see if a student is having difficulty. IXL has made it easier to meet the needs of each student where he or she is—and my students love it.”

Availability and information

IXL features 10 free practice questions each day for students not subscribed to IXL. IXL subscribers can practice unlimited questions across all grade levels. IXL also offers math and English language arts for grades K-12.

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