Spark your interest in science with new skills from IXL!

Plus, introducing new phonics skills for each international edition of ELA

June 19, 2018


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Exciting news for science lovers: new middle school science skills are now available on IXL! And for our global users, we’ve released new phonics skills for each international edition of ELA. Continue reading to learn more about the new skills, then head to IXL to try them out yourself!

New science skills

We’ve released 12 new science skills for grades 6-8! These skills cover topics such as weather and climate, particle motion and energy, natural selection, and engineering practices.

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


How do air masses form?

In these skills, students explore detailed maps for real-world weather conditions and learn how air masses form and behave.

Introduction to natural selection

This skill uses engaging illustrations to introduce students to natural selection and prepare them for more advanced statistics-based skills that follow.

New language arts skills

Exciting news for our global learners: we now offer comprehensive phonics coverage for each English-language edition of IXL! Now, budding readers and writers can practice 140 new grade 1 and grade 2 phonics skills focused on reading, phonics rules, and spelling patterns.

Try the skills out yourself and see some examples below!

Complete the poem with a word that rhymes

In this whimsical skill, students practice building their reading fluency and comprehension. After reading a short poem, students will complete the poem with a word that rhymes.

Spell words with open and closed syllables

This skill teaches students how to read and spell longer words by understanding their syllable structure. After listening to an audio recording that demonstrates how to divide the syllables, students can put two syllable tiles together to complete a word.


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

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All Comments (12)

monica June 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

can you please add more reading comprehension and add more math please and thank you


The IXL Team June 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Hi Monica — Thanks for your feedback! We’ll pass it along to our team.


Noah June 26, 2018 at 9:05 am

Can you add awards for subjects BESIDES Math and Language Arts? Thank you.


The IXL Team June 26, 2018 at 10:33 am

Hi Noah — we’re glad you enjoy the awards! We’ll be sure to let our team know that you’d like to see them for more subjects.


Noah June 27, 2018 at 9:46 am



Mithun June 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Are the IXL servers down today? The questions will not load on the app, and I can’t log in using the web browser.


The IXL Team July 2, 2018 at 11:52 am

We apologize for the inconvenience! Our servers did experience some brief downtime over the weekend but everything is back up and running now. If you have any other issues, we’d be happy to help–just contact Technical Support at


Julia July 6, 2018 at 7:36 am

I entered the contest (study in the sun), and I’m afraid i’m going to be disqualified since i’m doing pre-k. The reason is that I want to do every single skill (starting with math) in every single grade. So, I start with the lowest grade: Pre-k. I just wanted to say that.


The IXL Team July 6, 2018 at 9:05 am

Hi Julia,
For students in the PK-4 grade range of the contest, questions in all grade levels will be counted. For students in the 5-8 grade range, questions from grade 3 and above will be counted, and for students in the 9-12 grade range, questions from grade 7 and above will counted. If you have any other questions, please take a look at our contest blog post or send an email to


Michelle September 21, 2018 at 3:36 pm

What happened to international edition? You used to be able to use an international edition, in English, which had euro and the metric system. Now I apparently have to either choose French or German edition and pay the same price for fewer grade levels with less content in each, or deal with dollars, imperial, which my European children have no use for as they are not learning them in school. My children like to learn all of the medals so just ignoring them would frustrate them. Is there ANY version I can use that either has no money or euro and no imperial and Fahrenheit but that actually has more than up to sixth grade math? I don’t care if American or British spelling is used, and we are looking just for math mainly.


The IXL Team September 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Hi Michelle — The UK edition ( or the Ireland edition ( may suit your needs. If you have any further questions, please reach out to and our team would be happy to help find the edition that’s best for you!


Michelle September 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Thank you for your response. The Ireland edition does in fact suit our needs. It looks almost exactly like the old international edition and has only content that will be of use to us. I know that we’ll have a good time using it this school year. Keep up the good work.


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