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How to Use Science Journal for Kids in the Classroom – and Why

Science Journal for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making science accessible for all K-12 students. We provide free resources to increase science literacy in classrooms, ensuring educators and students have access to the latest scientific research and findings.

We strongly believe that Science Journal for Kids could benefit your curriculum, but don’t just take our word for it! Hear from other educators and students about how and why they use adapted research articles and accompanying resources in the video below.

Science Journal for Kids has adapted and published hundreds of articles from various scientific disciplines.

Use the Advanced Search Filter to find the one that is right for your needs and interests. You can narrow down your search by: 

  • Reading level (e.g. middle school, upper-level high school)
  • Keywords (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, insects)
  • Scientific field (e.g. biology, social science)
  • Scientific method used in the research (e.g. lab experiment, mathematical model)
  • Type of scientific figure used to illustrate the results (e.g. bar graph, map)
  • NGSS alignment
  • Correlation with AP Environmental Science or IB Biology topics
  • Geographic location of the original research by continent
  • Academic affiliation of the researchers (e.g. Yale University, World Health Organization)
  • Non-English language translations (e.g. Spanish, Greek)

Each article contains the following elements:

  • The main text, including Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion – the structure of a standard academic paper
  • Conclusion providing ideas about the impact of this research on students’ lives
  • Photos of the studied organism, lab set up, etc.
  • Adapted results graphs and maps
  • Glossary of key terms related to this research
  • Post-reading assessment questions + a teacher’s key (in a separate PDF)
  • List of references (including a link to the original paper)

Each article’s page contains:

  • Download links for the article and the teacher’s key
  • An audioversion (read-aloud) of the article
  • A short YouTube video suitable for the beginning of class
  • Download links to the article in any additional language (if available)
  • List of additional recommended resources (e.g. lesson plans, datasets)
  • Link to the original paper
  • Meta information about the article (e.g. brief summary, reading level)
  • NGSS, AP and IB curricula alignment


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