WHAT IS IT
ThoughtCo features accessible articles for students connecting the content we teach to the real world, with accompanying resources for educators. These articles enrich STEM instruction by explaining concepts with easy-to-read tips written by highly qualified professionals. Accompanying projects offer creative alternatives to traditional science instruction. The site includes worksheets in the form of printable PDFs with tips on how to use them in units or lessons.
WHY WE LIKE IT
EMPOWERMENT—Many articles are written by and for educators.
FLEXIBILITY—One of ThoughtCo's core values is that its readers come first. This means that they publish clear, jargon-free content that makes complex content as accessible as possible.
CURIOSITY—Covering a huge range of topics, ThoughtCo resources are designed to spark the curiosity of learners of all ages.
UTILITY—ThoughtCo readings are easy to search and navigate. Each article contains a "key takeaways" section that shows main ideas at a glance. Readers can also link to related articles by clicking on keywords.
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Articles can be used as enrichment, prompts for class discussion, or integrated into mini-lessons.