Calling all science lovers: new science skills available!

Plus, new language arts and Spanish skills

November 14, 2017


At Home, In the Classroom, For Admins

We’ve just expanded our science offerings with a variety of new skills for elementary and middle school! This content places an emphasis on exploring science in the real world. Topics include ecology, genetics, engineering-design, chemical models, and more. Keep reading for a sampling of the new content, then try out these new skills on IXL!






Investigate primary succession on a volcanic island (grades 6–8)

In this narrative skill, students learn about the volcanic island of Surtsey, which formed off the coast of Iceland in the 1960s. Students will discover how the first plants and animals came to live on the new island through a process called primary succession. They’ll also engage with real research data and draw conclusions about how and why the organisms that live in a place change over time.

Evaluate tests of engineering-design solutions (grades 6–8)

Students read about real-world applications of the engineering-design process in this skill. By evaluating what can be learned from a test, students both refine their understanding of the engineering-design process and see how it is relevant to their lives.

Bonus! New language arts and Spanish skills

We’ve also released some new skills for language arts, focused primarily on spelling, and a few new skills for Spanish.

What new skills are you most excited to try?

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All Comments (2)

Samuel Sena December 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

This is awesome ! My son is 9 and my daughter is 6. They loooove science and learning. We would love to sign up for science learning/tutorials


The IXL Team December 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

Hi Samuel–If you’d like to sign up for IXL Science (available in our U.S. edition), we’d be happy to help! You can explore our skills here: or contact us with any questions you may have at


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