Boost Your Social Studies and Science Lessons with Expedition: Learn

Boost Your Social Studies and Science Lessons with Expedition: Learn

Are you looking for a way invigorate your Science and Social Studies lessons? Expedition: Learn’s tailored, ready-to-implement lessons feature engaging articles and multimedia your students will love! And did we mention they’re grounded in the Science of Reading to help elevate understanding and comprehension?

Lesson Highlights

We’re sharing few of our favorite lessons and extensions curated especially for grades 3-5 and 6-8. From eclipses to ancient history, our standards aligned lessons are perfect for learning stations, reading intervention, project based learning, and learning extension.

Each Expedition: Learn lesson follows a four-step learning process:

Spark student interest and curiosity by introducing enriching lesson topics, activities, and key terms grounded in the Science of Reading framework.

Build understanding with topic deep dives and enhance reading comprehension with trusted articles and accommodate different reading abilities with four Lexile reading levels.

Connect learning and critical thinking with adaptable content that guides students to draw inferences and conclusions and appeals to their unique interests, experiences, and knowledge.

Learn more with additional Britannica resources that explore interconnected science and social studies content to accelerate inquiry-based learning, reinforce important concepts, and intrigue students to dive deeper.

Bonus! Expedition: Learn also supports teachers with an embedded toolkit featuring scaffolded lessons and data-driven reports.

Expedition: Learn’s vast resource collection:

  • Engages students with short videos, interactive activities, multiple articles, and learning extensions
  • Addresses a variety of English-Language Arts (ELA) skills, including Compare and Contrast, Identify Main Cause and Effect, Identify Main Ideas and Details, Make Inferences, Use Media, and Use Vocabulary.
  • Checks for understanding using interactive reading passages, vocabulary building activities, and ready-made assessments, which include fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions and answers.

Social Studies Lessons

Navigate the Globe with Latitude and Longitude

Social Studies Lesson for Grades 3-5

Remember the days before GPS, Google Maps, and Waze, when we would find our way by using roadmaps, a friend’s directions, addresses, and dare we say it, memory? Chances are, your students don’t. In a world with technology at our fingertips, younger generations may have a hard time imagining how to navigate the world without these location finders.

You can use latitude and longitude to not only make observations about location, but also generalizations about climate!

Help your students connect the dots between latitude and longitude using Expedition: Learn! From parallels to meridians, our four-step process will help your young learners feel like experienced explorers in no time!

What’s in this lesson?

Key Concepts

  • Latitude and longitude lines are imaginary lines that help us find locations on Earth. The equator and the prime meridian both equally divide the Earth into hemispheres.
  • People have used latitude and longitude for a long time. Latitude and longitude coordinates on maps and globes help everyone from pilots to engineers find exact locations.

C3 National Standards: D2.Geo.1.3-5, D2.Geo.2.3-5

Go Back in Time to Ancient Civilizations

Social Studies Lesson Collection for Grades 6-8

While a lot of men are apparently obsessed with the Roman Empire, most students probably aren’t – yet. Help your students delve into many of the most notable ancient empires and their enduring impacts on later civilizations, including our own.

Did you know? Early civilizations have lasting legacies in governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, literature and history, and more!

Explore the unique characteristics of early civilizations like those in India, Egypt, China, and Mesopotamia through articles and multimedia detailing their diverse governments, economic systems, social structures, religions, technologies, and agricultural practices and products.

Whether you instruct your whole group at once or allow students to engage in exploratory learning, Expedition: Learn has a wealth of resources to help your students examine the wonders of ancient life.

What’s in this lesson?

Key Concepts

  • Introduces prominent and influential civilizations that have existed for thousands of years, including their economics, cultures, technologies, and governments
  • Explains the similarities and differences among ancient ancient civilizations

C3 National Standards: D2.Geo.2.6-8, D2.Geo.5.6-8, D2.Geo.6.6-8, D2.Geo.8.6-8, D2.His.1.6-8, D2.His.2.6-8, D2.His.3.6-8, D2.His.4.6-8, D2.His.14.6-8, D2.His.15.6-8

Science Lessons

Experience Out-of-this-World Eclipses

Science Lesson for Grades 6-8

Did your students catch the solar eclipse this month? Don’t let their interstellar discoveries end there! Set your sights on uncharted worlds with a magical lesson to enhance their understanding of celestial bodies and their movements. Plus, they’ll get an in-depth look at solar and lunar eclipses.

  • Word of the Day: Syzygies. Eclipses are one type of syzygies, astronomical events in which at least three celestial bodies form a straight line.

Shine a special spotlight on these out-of-this-world phenomena with Expedition: Learn. This complete lesson features captivating articles, videos, and CFUs to ‘total-ly’ enlighten students!

What’s in this lesson?

Key Concepts

  • Eclipses of the Sun and Moon occur because of the motions of Earth and the Moon and basic explanations of what happens during each type
  • Introduces the relationships between movements of the Earth, Sun, and Moon.

NGSS National Standards: MS-ESS1-1

Adventure with Animal Travelers

Science Extension for Grades 3-5

Nature’s travelers are on the move! As the weather changes and winter looms, birds soar across continents, wildebeests travel across plains in search of water, and whales swim thousands of miles to warmer temperatures. Help your students discover the season’s mesmerizing migrations, driven by innate instincts and the will to survive.

Bonus Resource! Study animal behavior at its finest with related Britannica School article and media about migration, tailored specifically for middle schoolers.

Begin by introducing unique animal group behavior with this Expedition: Learn lesson. Then, dive deeper into the intriguing articles and videos about animal migrations with the lesson’s “Learn More” feature.

What’s in this lesson?

Key Concepts

  • Teaches students why animals engage in unique behaviors, such as migration, to get food, stay safe, or survive change.
  • Introduces the idea that animals form groups to help defend themselves and cope with changes.

NGSS National Standards: 3-LS2-1

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About The Author

Mickey Tennis

Education Consultant - Bilingual Specialist
Mickey Tennis is an Education Consultant and Bilingual Specialist. She is originally from Wisconsin but has worked and lived abroad for the past 9 years and currently lives in Mexico. She has been an English language teacher in Thailand, an Environmental Educator with the Peace Corps in Mexico, and an online educator to youth around the world. She is TESOL and TEFL certified, as well as a certified Environmental Educator.

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