Britannica's latest teacher's assistant is here to ignite scientific curiosity and build connections across science disciplines.
About LaunchPacks Science
- The ultimate teacher’s assistant is here and it can help you save time and round out content-area understanding with 1700+ carefully curated LaunchPacks.
- Each Science Pack includes a variety of multimedia resources to match the PreK-12 science curriculum and build connections between science disciplines.
- LaunchPacks Science combines up-to-date, curriculum-aligned content sets with tools that make it easier for teachers to differentiate instruction and for students to understand core PreK-12 science topics.
- Annotation tools, curriculum-focused images and videos, and expertly-curated science content allow teachers to facilitate close reading, build critical-thinking skills, and enhance student literacy skills, while teaching core science concepts.
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Did You Know that with LaunchPacks you can...
- Browse 1,700 content sets
- Choose from 3 reading levels
- Translate into 80 languages
Features of LaunchPacks Science
Here are a few ways LaunchPacks can power up teachers:
Personalize instruction for every student.
Find content sets in four grade band levels, adjust the reading level difficulty for every article, or have text read aloud. Modify text size, translate into over 80 languages, and click on any word to hear its pronunciation and read its definition.
Meet content area literacy standards.
Annotation tools, curriculum-focused images and videos, and expertly-curated science content allow teachers to facilitate close reading, build critical-thinking skills, and enhance student literacy skills, while teaching core science concepts.
Round out content area understanding with diverse, curriculum-aligned content.
Each of the 1,700 Packs available has been carefully curated by Britannica editors and educators to match the Pre-K-12 science curriculum. Each Pack includes a variety of multimedia resources
Best of all?
Build connections between science disciplines through one tool that allows searching across all science concepts.
If you want to jump-start learning then Britannica’s LaunchPacks are staunch and resourceful digital allies with active engagement tools to boost the learning experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will LaunchPacks Science cost?
LaunchPacks pricing is based on a per student cost. Buyers may receive discounts for purchasing a Britannica Digital Learning product for more than one school and/or by purchasing more than one product, for example, both LaunchPacks Social Studies and LaunchPacks Science.
The best way to get a quote based on your unique needs is to e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-621-3900 to speak to one of our sales specialists, available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm PT.
How can I order an annual subscription to LaunchPacks Science?
We’re so excited you’ve decided to subscribe! You can:
• Call 1-800-621-3900 and speak to one of our sales specialists, available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm CT.
• E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Place an order through our shop available 24/7.
If you are ordering for more than one school or library building, it is advised that you speak to a sales representative to ensure you receive any available discounts. To get started, please call 1-800-621-3900 or e-mail email@example.com.
How do I learn more or set up a free trial?
Not ready to order but interested in learning more? You can activate your 30-day free trial today. There is nothing better than diving in and getting a hands-on experience. When you fill out a free trial form, a sales representative will connect with you within two business days. Whether you are a teacher, librarian, or administrator, you will also have the option to share your access information with others at your institution.
For district-wide pilots, we also offer extended trial periods, professional development training, and dedicated support. E-mail our team to set up a district-wide pilot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re not ready for a free trial but want to learn more, don’t hesitate to get a closer look at our features with select product videos.
What if I need help with understanding how to best use LaunchPacks Science?
Don’t worry! We offer free training for all. Britannica’s Professional Trainers offer expert recommendations and guidance. Participants are invited to our 30-minute online training sessions, scheduled throughout the school year. Discover how to easily integrate LaunchPacks Science into the classroom for inquiry-based teaching and learning. Certificates of attendance are available.
Are the content Packs aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and state standards?
Britannica LaunchPacks Science are designed to help teachers systematically meet learning objectives specified in PreK-12 Science content standards. LaunchPacks offer targeted coverage of topics that directly relate to the different strands of PreK-12 science: physical science, life science, earth and space sciences, and STEM. Each Pack contains a variety of resources that have been thoughtfully selected by Britannica editors to meet the curriculum needs of students at all grade levels. These resources include articles, photographs, videos, interactives, diagrams and illustrations, and more.
The topics for LaunchPacks were determined through several rounds of careful review of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core English Language Arts Literacy frameworks and various state science frameworks. Britannica editors methodically analyzed individual standards for relevant topics, including important structures, processes, relationships, and figures. Teachers may feel confident that LaunchPacks directly support their work in science classrooms and can serve as a key tool in helping their students master required instructional goals.
What are the ways teachers can personalize LaunchPacks?
Teachers can schedule reminders in their personal calendar. They can build their own calendar and schedule “My LaunchPacks” reminders for future dates. Stay on top of upcoming events with Britannica “Recommended Packs.” Customize any pack by adding notes, documents, or instructions.
Do I need to create Packs from scratch or are they pre-built for easy use?
The beauty of LaunchPacks is that it has been built around the K‒12 curriculum, so teachers do not need to spend time reinventing the wheel. Instead, they can customize core content with their own articles, links, activities, or by removing Pack content. Plus, to keep up with an ever-changing world, resources in LaunchPacks are continuously updated to ensure the content is fresh, current, and relevant. Britannica’s editors encourage user requests for other Pack titles and content to add to the comprehensive set of content Packs and the assets within them.
How can I add my own resources to Packs or focus on a particular asset within a Pack?
Teachers may choose to present a Pack as is, or they may choose to customize a particular Pack to make it align more closely to their specific students’ needs. Teachers may add or remove content pieces, insert notes, edit reading levels, or insert questions to guide students’ work and thinking, or they can upload additional documents or Web sites to make a Pack their own.
Can I provide the same content to students but at varying levels? If I provide student resources at different levels, is it possible to not display the level to the students, so students who find something more challenging are not embarrassed?
Yes! This is one of the many benefits of LaunchPacks. Teachers can differentiate Packs through a variety of ways. The Packs themselves are available at different levels, so if a teacher wants to provide more content types to accelerated students and more focus to other groups of students, they are able to do that by discretely modifying the reading level of articles within a Pack, without any changes to the actual article interface.
What resources are available to me, as a subscriber, to help my students take advantage of LaunchPacks Science?
Our resource center is chock full of help, with very specialized resources dedicated just to LaunchPacks Science.