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Explora for Primary School Students Explora for Primary School Students

Find magazine articles, book chapters, biographies, primary source documents, images, videos and more at Explora for Primary School Students.

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Explore a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports at Explora for Middle School Students.

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Interactive videos, books, science experiments and more for students grades 4-9 at ScienceFlix.

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Kids in grades 3-5 can explore science and social studies topics through introductory videos and texts at TrueFlix.

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Social Studies Fact Cards: California Edition

Fact Cards are quick reference resources for students grades 4 through 8. For the past ten years, printed Fact Cards have been used extensively in California elementary and middle schools. Now this information is available online!

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Bone music

"At an early Neolithic site in Jiahu, China, archaeologists excavated what may be some of the world's oldest playable musical instruments. They found six complete bone flutes, and fragments of perhaps 30 others. Carbon-14 analysis by Chinese and American scientists has established that the flutes are between 7,000 and 9,000 ..." [More]

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