Academic journal article Science and Children

Antarctica

Academic journal article Science and Children

Antarctica

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By KIDS DISCOVER. $2.99. KIDS DISCOVER. New York. 2013.

Check out the new Antarctica app. Great pictures? Check! Good information? Check! interactivity? A little check. This app, published by Kids Discover, is a good introduction to the southernmost continent, if the classroom can afford multiple copies.

Several different topics are explained in the app, including the geography, history, natural life, and current explorations of Antarctica. The photography is superb, as you would expect. Within each of the sections, there is occasionally a "pop-out," indicated by a white plus sign in a blue circle. Pop-outs provide more information on a wide range of issues, from how dry and cold the weather might be to close-up photos of krill and the various types of penguins. These pop-outs allow users to decide how deeply they want to explore within the app and how much information they want to bring to the surface. The connections to science goals are not as clear as they might be, but with a little judicious research on the Kids Discover website, some goals can be found (free registration required). The teacher could make the links to geography, history, life science, geology, and the environment.

There is a section in the app with some activities like a word scramble for types of penguins, dressing a cartoon character for survival in the cold, and a description of how to make a glacier (assuming you live where there is snowfall in the winter). …

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