The following is a sponsored post from The Critical Thinking Company. I received a copy of Surfing the Net for our family’s use and review. Opinions are my own.
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We were given a downloadable copy of Surfing the Net: Science for our family’s use and review. Although it is meant for grades 3-6, it worked well for my daughter who is older and has a learning disability. Because of her developmental issues, I had been reluctant to let her do much online. Additionally, because we were spending so much time on therapy and remedial issues, it became too easy for science to get put on the back burner.
Knowing how to research the largest information source in the world – the Internet is of vital importance to students in our day and age. Surfing the Net: Science will teach students how to use the Internet to research science topics. They can then use the principles they learned toward other research projects.
Surfing the Net: Science proved to be a good fit for our family. We watched the introductory video so that she could learn some researching basics and about different web browsers. Then it was time to move onto the lessons.
This ebook contains 256 pages of inquiry based worksheets for free Internet videos, articles and games. The areas of science studies in this book included Animals, Atmosphere, EcoSystems and Habitats, Energy, Geology, Plants and Space. There is an answer key in the back.
The ebook provided direct links to various science sites. We printed out the worksheet portions that required writing. It gave us the opportunity to discuss key words and how to use them in research. Some pages give the student a direct link to watch first and then answer a variety of questions based on the video that they’ve watched. Students will fill in a variety of graphic organizers, tables and worksheets as they move through the lessons.
Even though direct links have been provided, there is no substitute for parental supervision when a student is on the Internet. Investigate Internet filtering software as it is very easy to come across unwanted content without even searching for it.
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