Put a spring in your step with new social studies and science skills!

New skills focus on U.S. history, world history, physics, earth science, and more

April 18, 2018

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Our latest release for social studies and science is here and features expanded middle school skills! Find out all of the details below, then head to IXL to spring into practice.

New social studies skills

Brush up on U.S. history, world history, civics, and economics with 87 new middle school skills, and 7 new economics skills at the elementary level. This release features new world history skills that help students think like a historian, and our first personal financial literacy skills!

Here are a few examples, and you can view the rest of the new skills here.

Comparing Athens and Sparta: part I (grades 6-7)

These skills round out IXL’s coverage of ancient Greece and help strengthen students’ ability to compare and contrast sources. As students encounter primary and secondary sources, they’ll identify the main ideas in order to draw conclusions and deepen their understanding of each topic.

Banks (grades 4-8)

Our first personal financial literacy skills introduce students to banks and the products and services they offer. While learning about creditworthiness and how to read account statements, students will encounter fun visuals and colorful scenarios so they can make connections between the material and their own lives!

New science skills

We’ve released 130 new skills across grades 6-8, as well as 4 skills in grade 5 so students can sharpen their scientific thinking! This content expands our coverage of topics in physics, chemistry, and earth science.

Check out some examples below and try out the rest of the skills for yourself.

Identify phases of the moon (grades 6-8)

You asked for it, we listened—our new skills cover requested topics such as the rock cycle, waves, astronomy and more! In this astronomy skill, students will use models to make sense of phenomena they can observe in their daily lives, such as the phases of the moon.

Understanding an experimental protocol about evaporation (grades 6-8)

Our new skills about designing experiments help students gain confidence with vocabulary and methods they need to be successful before engaging in a lab activity.

Have you tried our new social studies and science skills? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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