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Helping Students Find Their Voice

Students who receive input about their learning will reward you with engagement.

For almost all students, their favorite classes are those in which they feel empowered in their learning. When I was in school, I know that when my teachers provided options, valued my opinion, and shifted the responsibilities of learning to me, my level of engagement increased dramatically.

Now I’m a middle school math teacher with my own room full of students, and I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of fostering student voice in my classroom. Especially during a time when so many of us feel like we don’t have as much control over our specific learning environment and what’s going on outside of the classroom walls.

One of my goals as a math teacher is to help my students see themselves, their ideas, and their thoughts reflected in the required curriculum. Student voice does not mean student takeover. To the contrary, the idea of students having a voice in what they learn, when they learn it, and how they learn it leads to collaborative opportunities to increase engagement and facilitate deeper student learning.

Even though my classroom is primarily built on structures that foster independence, it’s still a shift for me to scale back my own responsibility for student learning as their teacher and place it more with them as the learners. While I don’t have any hard and fast rules, there are some guidelines that I follow to help ensure that student voice is at the forefront of my instructional decisions.

Create Classroom Norms Together

Norms and rules are not the same things. Rules help to establish the practices and procedures that allow tasks to be completed in classrooms. Norms provide teachers and students with agreements about how best to support one another and learn from one another. They also help create a positive classroom culture for learning.

As I began to infuse student ideas and suggestions into our class expectations, I saw the value in co-creating these norms rather than creating them independently of my students.

Collaborating has helped me better understand what my students value and what is important to them. During the creation of our class norms, it was apparent that students appreciate the chance to give their opinions and thrive on the opportunity to hear what their peers think as well. These norms continue to provide structure for our class, and we review them periodically. We also adjust them when needed to better meet the changing nature of our classroom.

To this end, our classroom culture depends on the students’ accountability to uphold the norms that we create together. When students interact with each other during collaborative problem solving, it’s understood that each student is responsible for contributing to the discussions during the group work. Consequently, my students understand that every voice in the group is important and will be valued.

I do get students who, from time to time, deviate from the norm. But because I’ve established with my students the expected behaviors, they are quick to reset the conversation and get back to the business at hand.

Norms Don’t Need to Be Elaborate

I’ve found that establishing expectations for how students treat one another in class provides them with the opportunity to see and hear their voice reflected in our classroom practices. When I establish norms with my students, we focus on what language is and isn’t acceptable during classroom collaboration and the responsibility that each student has in contributing to their own learning and the learning of others. For example, my students understand that they are expected to advocate for themselves and ask questions accordingly. Their questions help me differentiate my instruction and enable me to reflect on my practices to better meet their needs. I expect my students to communicate with me and with one another, especially when things get challenging.

It’s also equally important that students learn to trust me and to trust their classmates. Our norms reflect my students’ deep desire to learn from one another and their willingness to take responsibility for their own learning.

Rules might govern student procedures in my classroom, but norms help to facilitate a classroom culture conducive to student responsibility and student learning.

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Foster Feedback and Flexibility

Perhaps no other educator tool has the potential to elicit change and facilitate student responsibility more than feedback between teacher and student and between the students themselves. In our classroom, feedback is given carefully and always through the lens of improvement. We focus on what students are doing well and address specific steps students can take to continue to improve.

If there is a specific goal a student is working toward, students feel comfortable enough to ask for suggestions from their peers to help them reach that goal. Feedback becomes the structure through which students become more involved in their own learning and the learning of others.

In my classroom, it is not uncommon to hear students reflecting on the lesson and sharing their thoughts about the curriculum, objective, and math concepts learned. We talk about the culture in class that must be present for my students to grasp challenging concepts. Recently, when my students were working together to defend the strategies that they used to solve a problem, several students thought it would be best if the groups were smaller than the 28 students in our classroom. Their theory was that the smaller groups would let each student ask questions about the strategies that were shared and not be rushed to hear everyone’s strategies. This was another example of the way in which my students began to take more ownership for their learning.

We tried it, and they were right. The smaller groups did help to facilitate better discussion and more engaged student-to-student conversations. The feedback I shared with them about the difference that this small shift made for student learning allowed students to feel comfortable making suggestions at other times as well.

Embrace Student Voice to Drive Engagement

I knew that I was on the right path when students began showing up in my classroom during lunchtime looking for extra support. But their true motives were revealed to me when they began to talk about why they liked our math class, how they felt important and believed that I genuinely cared about them. I noticed the shift to “our math class around the same time I noticed an increase in lunchtime visitors. My students were deeply involved in their own learning. They knew their voice not only mattered but was truly valued. In turn, my connection with students has never been better.

Student voice and student engagement are not, however, synonymous. While the first can lead to the latter, it’s rarely a straight path. To fully embrace the idea of student voice, teachers must be willing to do the work to ensure its continued existence in their classroom.

As I learn more about how to integrate student voice into my instructional practices, I continue to seek out additional resources and ideas, such as those found in Discovery Education’s Educator Supports or SOS Instructional Strategies Channel.

Improve the Classroom Experience with Their Voice

The small things that I did over the years to establish a culture of student voice continue to pay dividends for my students and for me. I’ve continued to refine my practices to include student-developed assessments, choice seating, and more personalized approaches to student learning. I truly hope that by working collaboratively with my students, I am helping to provide them with opportunities to own their learning and grow socially and emotionally—in my classroom and beyond.

Written by Kelly Collins-McCarthy, a middle school teacher based in Maryland

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District Communication Kit for Summer Learning

More than ever, keeping our school communities connected to one another, and students connected to learning, is a top priority—and we’re here to help.

We’ve prepared a resourceful ready-to-use toolkit that makes it easy for our partners to share engaging activities and meaningful summer learning opportunities with their leaders, educators, and students. Explore this page to find sample principal, parent, and teacher letters (in English and Spanish) along with graphics and text you can use for outreach like social media and SMS/phone messages.

Select the links below to download and share individual assets or download the full toolkit by selecting the bottom button.

Get Letter Templates

Share on Social Media

To add an image, simply click on it below to download. Then click the tweet button and add it to the pre-populated social post.

Grade K-5 version

PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged in learning this summer with exciting activities from @DiscoveryEd! ☀️ Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year from any internet-connected device.

Explore these fun + meaningful opportunities today!

Grade 6-12 version

PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged in learning this summer with exciting activities from @DiscoveryEd! ☀️ Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year from any internet-connected device.

Explore these fun + meaningful opportunities today!

Send an SMS/Phone Message

Use the copy below for mass text message communications to teachers and parents.

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District Communication Kit for Back to School

We’ve prepared a powerful, ready-to-use toolkit to make it as easy as possible for schools to get started with engaging activities and meaningful learning resources for leaders, educators, and students.

Explore this page to find sample principal, parent, and teacher letters (in multiple languages) along with graphics and text you can use for other types of outreach like social media and SMS/phone messages.

Click the links below to download and share individual assets or click the button at the bottom to download the full toolkit.

Get Letter Templates

Share on Social Media

To add an image, simply click on it below to download. Then click the tweet button and add it to the pre-populated social post.

Grade K-5 Image

Grade 6-12 Image

Back to School Tweet

With @DiscoveryEd, help your student start the school year off on the right foot! Explore exciting + educational content from any internet connected device across multiple languages.

Find a comprehensive guide for getting started with #DEexperience

Remote Learning Tweet

Whether your student starts the year in the classroom or #remotelearning from home, @DiscoveryEd ensures continuity of learning with our vast library of engaging digital resources.

Dig into #DEexperience with this step-by-step guide:

Send an SMS/Phone Message

Use the copy below for mass text message communications to teachers and parents.

PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged this school year with Discovery Education. Explore exciting and educational content from any internet connected device. Log in at

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New Student Resources to Support Virtual Learning

Unleash student creativity with support designed especially for them!

We’ve recently added an abundance of exciting learning opportunities and ready-to-use resources in the Student Center of Experience to help keep students fully engaged and continue building their confidence with digital content and virtual learning.

How Do You DE?

This collection of ready-to-use resources supports students with maximizing their Discovery Education experience. Each Studio board provides in-depth information that allows students to use Discovery Education with confidence.

Topics include:

  • Exploring Your Interests
  • Researching and Finding Information
  • Organizing Evidence
  • Studying and Review
  • Communicating Ideas

Virtual Field Trip Activities for Students

Use Virtual Field Trip activity boards and allow students to visit amazing places and extend their understanding with supporting resources. Popular and timely Virtual Field Trips transport students to places they want to visit and provide learning activities to fully engage them. After the Virtual Field Trip, they can extend their learning with additional content and activities.

Topics include:

  • NFL Play 60
    Follow the National Football League, the American Heart Association, and Discovery Education as we go behind the scenes of Super Bowl LIV in Miami to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • NBA Storytellers
    Join Discovery Education and the Jr. NBA for an exclusive NBA Storytellers All-Star Virtual Field Trip and meet the people who are sharing professional basketball’s most compelling narratives—from its powerful history, to its exciting present and its inspiring future.
  • Tundra Connections: Experience Polar Bears
    Explore the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International! Learn about the Arctic ecosystem, polar bear adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and more.
  • Discover Your Happy
    From LG and Discovery Education, Discover Your Happy equips you with the skills necessary to handle stress and create sustainable happiness in your life despite outside stressors and situations.
  • Generation Health
    Take a behind-the-scenes look at the pharmaceutical labs at AstraZeneca where scientists are continually working to create medical breakthroughs and find solutions to health problems that can affect us all.

Student Adventures

Students can explore popular topics through the use of rich digital media content and engaging Spotlight on Strategies activities. Each Studio board provides multiple learning opportunities and encourages students to think critically about each topic.

Topics include:

  • Weather
  • National Parks
  • Mars
  • Ancient Civilizations

Create with Studio

Students can design, build, and share content in new and creative ways with Studio.

Help students become more familiar with Studio, our safe collaboration tool within Experience, and show them how content and student-created video, text, images, and audio work together to stimulate creativity and demonstrate their understanding.


For more strategies and resources designed to save time and engage students, browse the Student Learning Activities channel in Experience or or request a demo today to get started!

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5 Ways to Support Remote and Hybrid Learning

When looking for ways to maintain continuity of learning and create impactful lessons for all students in any environment, consider these five ways Discovery Education Experience supports both educators and students in class, remote, and blended or hybrid learning.

1 Assigning Content

Flipped learning is easier when you have access to thousands of standards-aligned, vetted resources and reliable, high-quality content—especially if it’s all in one place. Experience provides an extensive repository of the best digital content for instruction, and lets you assign individual pieces and assignments or even a whole folder of content to your students no matter where they are.

Experience contains over 190,000 exciting resources and activities supporting many core concepts and subjects, including language arts, math, social studies, science, health, and visual or performing arts.

2 Take a Virtual Field Trip

Students may be stuck indoors, but you can still take them on a trip around the world, no permission slips required. Virtual Field Trips whisk students away to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences without ever leaving the classroom (or home!).

From polar bear habitats on the frozen tundra to factories of major manufacturers and the courts of the NBA, inspire students’ natural curiosity and introduce them to new interests and careers as they explore these exciting destinations.

  • Plan a Trip
    Access and assign virtual adventures organized by subject area and grade level.
  • Find Inspiration
    Hear how Discovery Educator Rita Mortenson uses Virtual Field Trips with her students.

3 Assign a Pre-Made Lesson Activity

Save time with thousands of tried and true grab-and-go lessons and pre-made activities that combine Discovery Education digital content with the strategies our educators love. Assign them as is or modify them for specific students or groups.

4 Design and Differentiate Your Own Multimedia Lesson

Use our powerful Studio tool to easily create, differentiate, and share lessons in a way that works best for both you and your students. Safely search for resources and add them to your Studio board, insert written, audio, or video instructions, and you’re ready to go!

5 Unleash Student Creativity

Challenge your students to select a topic they are passionate about, search for resources in the Discovery Education Student Center, and create a Studio board to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Students will be able to build their confidence with digital learning resources and demonstrate their understanding no matter where they’re working. Use the Twenty-Five Things You Didn’t Know SOS Student Learning Activity to get your students started.

  • Resources for Student Exploration
    Assignable boards for sharing Discovery Education with students, including ideas for exploring interests, conducting research, organizing evidence, and communicating ideas.

For more information on how Experience supports remote and hybrid learning, watch the 5 Ways Digital Content Supports Virtual Learning webinar, a special professional learning event in which educators and Discovery Education team members dove deeper into these tips to provide actionable ways to continue teaching and engaging students outside of the classroom. Originally took place on Wednesday, March 18 at 7PM EST.

Parents: Check Out the Daily DE

Looking for meaningful and engaging learning activities for your children? The Daily DE features a grade-band appropriate learning activity for every day of the week. From digital interactives to Virtual Field Trips, fun science experiments and more, these daily activities are great for keeping learning going at home. Download the Daily DE for your child’s grade band below.

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Discovery Education Experience, our flexible K-12 learning platform, provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources to give you everything you need to facilitate instruction and create a lasting educational impact.

Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics you teach and lets you reach and engage every student wherever learning is taking place.

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4 Traits Educators Look for in High-Quality Digital Content

As access to instructional technology continues to become the norm in schools throughout the world, educators are increasingly turning to digital content to enhance instruction and address the needs of their students. Understanding educators’ behaviors and requirements when they search for and use digital content in their classrooms is an essential part of the process of creating digital content for education.

What Educators Want

In 2019, Discovery Education conducted a comprehensive study to better understand how and why educators and students utilize digital content and identify the characteristics of content they see as high quality. Below are some of the key trends that emerged.

1 Student Engagement

Engagement is key. More than 98 percent of educators surveyed rated student engagement as an important or very important factor when deciding what digital content to use. The challenge is making sure we understand how educators define engaging content According to the educators we surveyed, engaging content will:

  • Hold students’ attention.
  • Stimulate student interest.
  • Use appropriate pacing.
  • Include current information that is relevant to students’ lives.
  • Showcase updated images, vivid color, and authentic video footage.

According to one educator, “If it doesn’t engage the kids, it doesn’t matter how much it connects with standards.”

Notably, when discussing their perceptions of Discovery Education’s digital content both elementary and secondary educators commented on the appropriateness of the content and the various features that would support and engage their students, including the quality of the imagery and the pacing.

2 Accurate, and Reliable Information

Get it right. Ninety-two percent of educators in the study look for content that has been vetted by a trusted source. Many participants called this a top priority, especially middle and high school educators.

3 Support for Diverse Student Populations

Reflect the diversity of the students we teach. More than 80 percent of educators in the study believe that it is important or very important that digital content offers multiple perspectives on sensitive issues, represents diverse populations, and avoids stereotypes. Additionally, teachers seek hands-on1, interactive content2 that allows students to participate fully and think critically throughout the learning process.

Educators also want digital content that includes functional features to support student learning and diverse audiences, such as questions embedded in the content, glossaries, graphics, and accessibility features like closed captioning and read-aloud. Participants also stressed the importance of translations, especially in Spanish.

4 Instructional Value

Provide guidance and strategic support. A majority of participants expect digital content to meet instructional standards, and many educators want instructional resources to support their use of digital content, including lesson plans and ideas, vocabulary support, questions to strengthen comprehension, and ready-to-use resources for students.

When looking at needs by grade level, K-5 teachers want assets that include questions to focus understanding of content and closed captioning and vocabulary to support students, while grade 6-12 teachers value the usefulness of content that goes beyond that they might normally provide in their classroom, such as current events, information on careers related to their subjects, and information that might lead to further research or exploration.

Discovery Education is Determined to Deliver

At Discovery Education, we are always learning from our users and constantly exploring what educators want, need, and expect in their quest for digital content and instructional technology. The dynamic Discovery Education Experience platform was built for teachers by teachers, and continuously refined to meet the changing needs of the classroom.

Our high-quality content is carefully curated, paired with relevant strategic resources, and designed around the Universal Design for Learning framework so educators can easily and seamlessly differentiate instruction to meet the unique needs of every class and every student. With Experience, educators are armed with the tools they need to draw powerful connections between students’ everyday lives and the subjects they are learning, bringing new excitement and opportunities to the classroom—and beyond.

Find the high-quality content educators want and students need by exploring Experience today

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1McKnight, K., O’Malley, K., Ruzic, R., Horsley, M. K., Franey J. J., Bassett, K. (2016). Teaching in a digital age: How educators use technology to improve student learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(3,) 194-211. DOI: 10.1080/15391523.2016.1175856

2Dobler, E. (2015). E-textbooks a personalized learning experience or a digital distraction? Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 58(6), 482-491.

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Teaching Black History Month: Creative Ideas & Resources

Black History Month offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the many remarkable people, events, and accomplishments that have shaped our nation and changed our lives forever.

As you bring new dimension to these powerful milestones, consider ways to go beyond what’s commonly covered to help your students draw more meaningful connections to the materials. Introduce your class to the first African American women to travel to space or dig into the impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Offering new perspectives and experiences will drive deeper cultural understanding and help your students seem themselves in the history.

Black History Month Content Channel

Find everything you need in this comprehensive collection of high-quality content and vetted instructional resources found through our immersive Experience platform. Like this one, each themed channel is carefully curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts, differentiated by grade level, and packed with a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Grade 9-12 Lesson Starters
PDF  |  Grades 9-12
Take advantage of these unique lesson starters designed to engage older students and kickstart critical thinking. The lesson starters include three grab-n-go strategies for educators, including the SOS strategy “Instagram-in.” This creative exercise encourages critical thinking and active participation by combining concepts from the popular social media tool with videos, discussion questions, and drawing prompts to help guide instruction.

Hidden Figuras: How Mae Jemison Diversified Space
Video [03:42]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Introduce students to Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut to travel to space and one of the most accomplished women of her time—in addition to astronaut, she is also a doctor, engineer, author, and philanthropist! In 1992, Jemison traveled to space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Since then, nine other African American astronauts have followed in her path, only two of them women.

This video is also a part of our new BESE channel, a curated collection of digital resources that recontextualize narratives around how young people connect to today’s America. Founded by actress Zoe Saldana, each series from BESE promotes inclusivity and navigates the American tapestry of cultures, identities, and nations.

Honor the Red Tails
Video [1:04:00]  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Share the incredible true story of the Red Tail Squadron as told by Colonel Charles McGee, one of the last living members of the Tuskegee Airmen. The first part of the program examines the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and showcases the accomplishments of African American pilots during World War II. The video details how the Red Tails fought not only to protect American lives, but to also end segregation and racism in the United States Armed Forces. The second portion of the program features a panel discussion with Colonel McGee and his fellow Tuskegee Airman, Cadet William T. Fauntroy, Jr., as well as Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones, the first woman in the U.S. Army Reserve to reach the esteemed position.

African American History: Achievement in a Hostile Era
Audio [03:35] | Grades 3-5, 6-8
Celebrate the achievements of black advancement and pride at the turn of the twentieth century with this insightful audio clip. From George Washington Carver to ragtime musician Scott Joplin and writer Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the track reviews the accomplishments of African Americans in the arts and sciences while going on to explain the contrasting ideologies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, two leaders who made a lasting difference in American history and culture.

NEW! Curiosity: Rosa Parks
Video [03:50] | Grades K-2, 3-5
One of the newest additions to the Discovery Education Curiosity series, this animated video for younger students expands on the incredible life of Rosa Parks and highlights the many remarkable contributions she made to the civil rights movement. The program shares how Parks fought against segregation and Jim Crow laws as a young woman, made history in 1955 when she refused to give up her bus seat for white passengers, and then continued to stand up for civil rights until her death in 2005 at the age of 92.


This is only a small glimpse into the exciting content available through our growing line of Discovery Education products. Simply log in to take advantage of all the powerful, ready-to-use resources available, or schedule a demo to start exploring today!

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Presidents’ Day 2020

Celebrate Presidents’ Day and promote the importance of the 2020 Presidential Election with new content from Discovery Education!

We’re releasing brand-new content just in time for Presidents’ Day. Starting this week, you’ll be able to access fascinating titles from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association that delve deeper into the life of George Washington and the important decisions he made to encourage fair and just politics in America.

Why Didn’t George Washington Become King?
Video [2:09]  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
After being elected as the first president of the United States, George Washington had the option to stay president after his first term. Douglas Bradburn, CEO and president of Mount Vernon talks about the significance of his decision and how it reflected the newly formed society.

Object Spotlight: The Acts of Congress
Video [02:47]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Explains the significance of George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress. Learn what it reveals about the first president, and how it demonstrates Washington’s dedication as he became the first leader of the United States.

Justice Kennedy on George Washington
Full Video [17:29]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Honorable Justice Anthony Kennedy discusses the important role that George Washington played in the establishment of the Constitution and the office of the President of the United States. Watch the full video or pick and choose one of the following segments.

Understanding the Constitution
Video [03:21]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Justice Anthony Kennedy details the differences between Article I and Article II of the Constitution and reveals some of the issues that occurred during George Washington’s first term as President of the United States.

Limitations of Power and the Presidency
Video [05:27]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Justice Kennedy discusses George Washington’s encouragement of the limitations of power and the presidency written into the U.S. Constitution.

George Washington and the Constitution
Video [03:51]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Highlights George Washington’s presidency as Justice Kennedy discusses Washington’s impact on the development of the U.S. Constitution.

Presidents’ Day Channel

You can find this and much more in our existing Presidents’ Day Channel in the immersive Experience platform. Each themed channel is made up of a comprehensive collection of high-quality content and instructional resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Choose from a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, and text!

Lastly, don’t forget to explore the exciting new Election 2020 channel that goes live on Presidents’ Day! Teach students the process behind the presidential election and the importance of voting and exercising their civic responsibility while letting their voice be heard.


Check out the full spectrum of engaging content and ready-to-use resources available through the dynamic Discovery Education Experience platform.

Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.

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Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip

On February 18, at 1:00 PM EST, join the American Nuclear Society, U.S. Department of Energy, and Discovery Education for the Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip!

Take students on a journey inside Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s lead lab for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment. Here, scientists and engineers create fuel particles to enhance space exploration, research and improve energy production, and design the next generation of nuclear technology and equipment.

Once inside, we’ll visit the Advanced Test Reactor, the world’s most powerful research reactor that scientists from all over come to use in their experiments. Next, we’ll go inside the Hot Fuel Examination Facility to learn about what’s new with nuclear fuels, and lastly, we will pop into the INL glass shop to see how one man uses creativity and artistry to serve the science community.

Students will also meet STEM professionals with diverse and engaging careers and see that there is no one path to a career in this exciting and ever-evolving industry. Give your students a front row seat so they can see the unlimited possibilities of a career in nuclear science.

Visit the event page to register and remember to join us live on Twitter during the event @ANS_org and @DiscoveryEd using #NuclearReimaginedVFT.

Get ready for the Virtual Field Trip with dedicated resources from the American Nuclear Society. Found through our immersive Experience platform, the Navigating Nuclear content channel contains standards-aligned activities that invite students to explore the many applications of nuclear science, as well as its impact on energy, healthcare, food, and the environment.

STEM Project Starters

Strengthen student interest in STEM with these ready-to-use project starters. Each one contains lesson objectives, guiding questions, detailed procedure instructions, as well as student handouts and connections to NGSS. Current activities include:

  • From Atoms to Electricity: How does the energy stored in an atom’s nucleus transform into electricity that powers our lives?
  • Fusion and Fission: How can nuclear fusion and fission reactors change how we power our lives?
  • Radiopharmaceuticals: How can a pill that uses radiation help doctors diagnose and treat diseases?

Career Profiles

Get to know nuclear careers with ANS career profiles! Each one provides background on a specific career in the nuclear field, what it takes to get there, and an interview with a real person in the field. This section currently spotlights:

  • Mechanical engineers, featuring Natalie Zaczek McIntosh, fuels reliability engineer at Exelon
  • Radiochemists, with M. Alex Brown, PhD, chemist at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Nuclear researchers, spotlighting Sukesh Aghara, PhD, associate professor of chemical engineering and the director of the Nuclear Engineering program and the Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Digital Lesson Plans

Supplement STEM curriculum with these middle school lesson plans. Currently featuring guides on Nuclear Energy and Measuring Radiation, each one including guiding questions, in-depth instructions, connections to standards, student handouts, and teaching slides.


To see all upcoming Virtual Field Trips—including the one above—check out the Discovery Education Events page! You can also find past Virtual Fields Trips and a wide array of ready-to-use resources through our ever-evolving Discovery Education Experience platform.

Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.

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Show Students the Power of the Periodic Table

On February 7, celebrate National Periodic Table Day with new interactive content and ready-to-use resources for every grade level.

The periodic table was one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history! For the first time ever, scientists had a way to easily access a massive amount of information about the elements and all the ways they relate to one another with just one, easy-to-use reference tool.

Today, students and modern scientists can use the table to:

  • Identify trends and elements that share similar characteristics.
  • Predict the properties of elements, even those that have not been discovered!
  • Balance chemical equations and better understand the laws behind chemical reactions.

Whether you’re introducing its importance or celebrating its national holiday—or simply looking for a way to get students to use it—we have a wealth of resources to help promote the power of the periodic table.

NEW! The Interactive Periodic Table

Science Tool  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Newly released in 2020, this interactive science tool from Discovery Education and Blue Coral Learning lets students swipe and tap their way across the periodic table for quick stats on each element. Students can also search the table by name or symbol, click into each element for its “full stats,” and even recolor the table with patterns based off of properties like boiling point, melting point, and atomic radius.

The Periodic Table Channel

Available through Science Techbook and Experience
Investigate the periodic table using this comprehensive collection of high-quality content and vetted instructional resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Choose from a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Is It Sugar, or Is It Salt?
Audio/Song [2:00]  |  Grades K-2, 3-5
Use this playful song that touches on the periodic table and how different elements can be joined together to make different compounds that may look alike but are chemically very different, like salt and sugar!

Grade 6-8 Lesson Starters
PDF  |  Grades 6-8
Find new inspiration with this detailed strategy packet that includes lesson objectives, recommended resources, classroom connections, and three different engaging activities to guide or supplement your lesson plan.

Outrageous Acts of Science: Epic Elements
Full Video [38:48]  |  Grade 6-8, 9-12
Liven up your lesson with this exciting video that showcases epic displays of the periodic elements. Watch as a team of biologists, chemists, engineers, and physicists explain the science and engineering behind mind-blowing displays of the elements.


Gear up for Periodic Table Day—and so much more—by checking out the full spectrum of engaging content and ready-to-use resources available through the dynamic Discovery Education Experience platform and the all-new Sciencex.

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