IXL Launches Science Social Studies Curricula for Elementary Students
IXL Learning has expanded the
list of subjects covered by its Web-based
program that allows students to work at their own pace in personalized
blended learning environments.
with existing curricula covering math, English and language arts, IXL
science and social studies for students in grades 2-5. IXL
said the curricula are aligned with standards in all 50 states and with
Next Generation Science Standards. IXL Analytics provides teachers with
real-time reports so they can track student progress and pinpoint
interactive activities in the science program, students can learn about
of state, use real-life climate data to make their own weather
examine photos of animals and birds. IXL algorithmically generates
and visuals that follow the student's progress.
social studies program, students are encouraged to develop critical
skills by, for instance, analyzing different viewpoints on the Civil
through letters written by Union and Confederate soldiers. They also
critical thinking skills while learning about Mount Rushmore and the
Liberty, among other American landmarks.
Science and IXL Social Studies aren't
one-directional teaching," said IXL Learning
CEO Paul Mishkin. "Rather, they are immersive experiences and a true
celebration of our endlessly fascinating physical and social worlds."
Cathey, a fourth-grade teacher at Brunson New Vision Charter School, said "students are driven by technology and IXL is the happy medium
tech and textbooks. I now teach a lesson, assign skills for review and
easily see if a student is having difficulty."