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Science Detective® Beginning App for iPad

Higher-Order Thinking • Reading in Science

Grades: 3-4


Full curriculum

Grades: 3-4


Full curriculum

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Science Detective® Beginning App for iPad


Description and Features


Description and Features

Teaches standards-based science as it develops reading and critical thinking skills!

Description and Features

The mind-building lessons and activities in this app teach topics and skills drawn from state and national science standards to prepare students for more advanced science courses and new assessments that measure reasoning and reading comprehension in science.

Students read lessons that include a variety of charts, tables, and graphs. Then they answer critical thinking questions to improve their understanding of the science concepts and develop their reading comprehension, inferential and deductive thinking skills. Students can't just scan the story for answers—they must carefully analyze and synthesize the information from the text and the charts, tables, and graphs to correctly identify and support their answers.

The questions in Science Detective® Beginning are modeled after questions found on science assessments but require more critical thinking. There is a growing trend to evaluate responses to open-ended questions in the context of logical reasoning, and many science students score poorly on these test items. The carefully designed questions in this book will not only develop thinking and reading skills, but will also familiarize your students with questions found on contemporary science assessments.

Concepts covered in Science Detective® Beginning include:

Physical Science
     •  Physical Properties: Observing, Measuring
     •  Change of Phase
     •  States/Classification of Matter
     •  Position, Distance, Motion
     •  Pushing, Pulling Forces

     •  Sound, Hearing, Force
     •  Light:  Reflection, Refraction
     •  Heat:  Sources, Conduction
     •  Electricity, Circuits/Symbols
     •  Magnetism, Electromagnetism

Life Science
     •  Animals, Plants, Environment
     •  Instincts, Behavior
     •  Plant, Animal Cells
     •  Plant Structure, Function, Survival
     •  Animals, Plants, Energy

     •  Animal Needs, Behavior
     •  The Five Senses, Survival
     •  Life Cycles: Plants, Animals
     •  Heredity
     •  Environment, Change

Earth Science
     •  Earth Science, Earth Materials
     •  Minerals, Soils, Rocks
     •  Objects in the Sky/The Sun
     •  Changes to Earth's Surface

     •  Atmosphere, Weather
     •  Measuring Temperature, Air Pressure, Humidity
     •  Motion of Objects in the Universe

App Features
     - Includes 41 activities
     - Self-tutoring: detailed instructions, hints, and explanations of answers
     - Saves students progress
     - Progress/Award certificates

Product Details

Item#: 05041HDJ
Author(s): Stephen David Fischer and Joseph Caroll
TOC: View Table of Contents
Subject: Science
Type: iOS App
License: iTunes App Store
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-751-7
Questions: 356
Play Demo URL:


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Test preparation available for the following:

Science Detective® guarantees top performance on assessment tests, including:

TerraNova (CTBS), TerraNova, the Second Edition (CAT/6)
Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/10)
Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Kansas State Assessments
Palmetto Assessment Challenge Test (PACT)
Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT8)
Maryland School Assessment (MSA)
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
Colorado Standard and Assessment Program (CSAP)
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)
Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)
Ohio Achievement Tests
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™)
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL)
Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
and many more!

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