PowerKnowledge Life Science is an online science resource specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, PowerKnowledge Life Science promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills while offering research, report, and homework help. If you do not find the answer to your question in our extensive help section, please contact us for further assistance.
The following browsers are compatible with PowerKnowledge Life Science:
Internet Explorer 7 and higher
Safari 4 and higher
Firefox 3 and higher
Chrome 8 and higher
PowerKnowledge Life Science is iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and netbook compatible.
Text to Speech
For computers Flash 8 and higher is required for text to speech. If flash is not present an mp3 file of the audio can be downloaded. IOS devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) will do text to speech using a HTML5 player.
Games on this site require Flash 9 and higher to play.
Accessing the Site
PowerKnowledge Life Science is a subscription-based Web site. You can log on to the site in three ways: via username and password, referring URL, and IP authentication.
If you have trouble accessing the site, please contact the person inside your school, library, or institution in charge of database access. If you need further help, please contact us. When contacting us, please have ready your account information, including the name of the institution or individual on the account.
Compelling, authoritative Life Science content from Rosen Publishing’s PowerKids Press—a gold standard in nonfiction resources for over fifty years—is available online for the first time with PowerKnowledge Life Science.
In keeping with PowerKids tradition, all content in PowerKnowledge Life Science is written and designed expressly for learners in grades 3 to 6. Information throughout is presented in an accessible, interactive manner, which makes Life Science real, relevant, and engaging for this unique population. “Think Green” Fact Boxes highlight thinking, and living, green. The “Think Like a Scientist” feature encourages critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of key concepts. Promoting digital literacy and contemporary and traditional research skills, PowerKnowledge Life Science is an invaluable learning tool for 21st-century learners.
PowerKnowledge Life Science provides comprehensive curricular support. Correlated to state and national science standards, and Canadian provincial learning outcomes, PowerKnowledge Life Science is a rich, reliable source for Life Science research and reports. Content is sourced from a talented range of science experts, educators, and authors with experience tailoring material for grade 3 to 6 learners. Dynamic photos and videos partner with this age-appropriate text to offer learners Life Science content that is both required and inspired. PowerKnowledge Life Science covers the subjects that are high-stakes and high-interest for today’s students and tomorrow’s scientists.
PowerKnowledge Life Science draws on PowerKids's extensive and growing list of more than 500 new and backlist books from its most trusted and respected series. Through a rigorous editorial process, all content is thoroughly revised and updated for online use. Content is written by professional writers, experienced in communicating to a student and with expertise in a range of Life Science subjects and themes.
PowerKnowledge Life Science does not accept advertising.
Resources for Teachers/Librarians
PowerKnowledge Life Science offers an extensive array of resources to help librarians and educators most effectively use this online resource. From curriculum correlations and promotional materials, to lesson plans and printable research logs for your students, you will find all the tools you need to support both your colleagues and your grade 3 to 6 users here. Click any link on the left navigation of the Resources for Teachers/Librarians page to explore the many resources available to librarians and educators.
You can also access your usage statistics; download Web widgets and buttons; and subscribe to the free, bimonthly PowerKnowledge Life Science Customer Newsletter.
At PowerKnowledge Life Science, we are committed to ensuring that our products are accessible to all users, including persons with disabilities.
PowerKnowledge Life Science meets all level-one guidelines of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is also designed to meet Priority 1 and 2 of the Web 3 Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Compliance with each of these guidelines has also been documented and reviewed during the visual design build phase.
If you have trouble accessing or reading any part of this site, please contact us.
External Links and Resources
All recommended Web sites and organizations are annotated and reviewed by Rosen Publishing Digital's team of editors, professionals experienced in creating content for grade 3 to 6 learners.
However, since Web content is constantly changing, the Rosen Publishing Group recommends that children check with their parents or teachers before visiting any linked Web sites.
Recommended nonfiction books are based on careful assessment of the quality, accuracy, and currency of available age-appropriate titles, as well as suggestions from teachers and librarians.
The PowerKnowledge Life Science homepage includes engaging, interactive activities that are updated on an ongoing basis. To reach the homepage from anywhere in the site, simply click the PowerKnowledge Life Science logo on the upper left of any page.
Take a Closer Look
This section features dynamic, high-interest videos to help learners connect Life Science to everyday life. Clicking the “Learn More” link will take users to a featured article.
Check It Out!
This section features interesting or fun facts and content, with the goal of drawing users into the resource and encouraging scientific inquiry and curiosity.
Brain Teasers/Vote Now!
Brain Teasers allows users to test their knowledge of Life Science topics. After choosing an answer, you’ll see if you are right and find more information about the correct answer. You can also click to an article about the topic. Vote Now! allows you to share your opinion on a topic. After voting, you will see the poll results, which will include your vote. You can then also click to an article about the topic.
PowerKnowledge Life Science has created a variety of fun, pedagogically based games to reinforce skills and Life Science content. To play, click the Games badge on the homepage or in the left navigation bar of any article.
Science Fair Projects and Activities
These fun and fascinating projects and experiments will help users learn the detailed steps of the Scientific Method and the how-to's of creating a great science fair project.
Navigation and Search
PowerKnowledge Life Science allows users to find articles by visual browse, text search, and media search.
Visual browse is accessed through the homepage. To begin, click on any of the categories in the left navigation bar.
The visual browse screen displays all of the categories at the top of the page, allowing users to switch between subject areas. Subcategories and articles are shown in a column below. Subcategories are graphically shown with a thumbnail image, a title, and a double arrow symbol (>>). Clicking on a subcategory will open another level of articles and subcategories.
Articles are displayed with a thumbnail image and a title, but do not include the double arrow symbol. Clicking on the article title will take the user to the first section of that article.
You can search for an article from any page using the search box in the top right corner. Simply type in your search term(s) and hit enter or click on the magnifying glass. This will produce two types of search results: Text search and media search. Text search results will appear on the left side of the page. Media search results (images, video, and audio files) will appear on the right side of the page.
If your search does not return any results, the site will try to suggest other search terms that will return better results for you. Your results page will display “Did you mean” with up to three choices of alternate searches. Click any of those terms to start a new search with the term. You can also click the link to browse subjects by Visual Browse. From the Visual Browse page, select a category to navigate through the site.
Text Search Results
Text search results appear on the left side of the page in a numeric list. The search term is highlighted in the search results. Users will view the title of an article, as well as content from the article that corresponds to the search term. Clicking on a title will take the user to the article section that contains the search term.
If no results are found, the site will suggest a possible alternative or direct the user to the visual browse.
Media Search Results
Media search results appear on the right side of the page. Users will view an image, video, or audio file that corresponds to the search term. Clicking on the item will take the user to the article section where the image, video, or audio file appears.
All articles are laid out in the same format to allow for easy reading and navigation. The left side of each page features buttons that allow you to print or email the article. The Cite This Article button lets you view the article citation in MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) format.
The article table of contents appears below these buttons. Click on any section in the table of contents to navigate to that section. You can also click on the Investigate section to read about topics similar to the current article.
Each article contains a Find Out More section with Web sites and recommended reading annotated and reviewed by Rosen editors.
Links to Previous Section and Next Section allow you to navigate backward and forward through the sections of the article.
At the bottom of each section, you can find the article citation in MLA or APA format.
All articles contain visual elements, including “Think Green” Fact Boxes, “Think Like a Scientist” features, and images. To view an image in a larger format, click the “View Larger Image” link. A new window will open with a larger version of the image. This is especially useful for viewing images that contain labels. From this window, you can print the larger version of the image.
PowerKnowledge Life Science contains hundreds of high-interest videos that bring the content to life and support visual learners. All videos are designed to work with Flash or HTML5 compatible browsers using the H264 codec.
To play a video, click on it or select the play icon from the video controls displayed along the bottom of the video. In Flash, a video player known as JW Player is used. The video controls include play/pause, location control, time stamp, volume, and full screen mode. For HTML5, the player’s video controls are determined by the browser and the operating system. Please see the player documentation for each device.
PowerKnowledge Life Science features more than one hundred animal sounds to enhance and extend learning. To play an audio file, click on the “Hear Now” button in that article. Audio files follow the same technical guidelines as the video files.
PowerKnowledge Life Science is proud to offer text-to-speech by ReadSpeaker. Text-to-speech helps newer, struggling, or ESL readers by allowing them to listen to the text as it is read aloud.
Text-to-speech can be activated in two ways. First, by clicking the Listen button at the top of each article section. This will open a window that displays the play controls, settings, and a “No Sound” link in case the audio does not play. Text-to-speech is also activated by selecting text in an article and clicking the pop-up button.
When you click the Settings link, you can choose whether you want the text highlighting option to be on a word per word and/or sentence basis, or if you don’t want any highlighting. You can also adapt the speed of the reading and select a male or female voice. The “No Sound” link can be used if your system requirements do not allow for text highlighting to work and will download an mp3 file of the audio for that article section.
In all articles, the Print button in the left navigation bar will open a new window that allows you to either print the current section of the article you are viewing or to print the entire article. Images and the article citation will be printed.
You can also print the current section by going to your browser’s File menu and selecting the Print option. If you have difficulty printing, please check your printer setup.
Click the Email button in the left navigation bar to email an article to yourself or someone else. When you click this button, a new window containing a form will open. You must enter your name, your email address, and the recipient’s email address. If you wish to send the article to yourself, put your own email address in the field for the recipient’s email address.
You may also enter an optional greeting/message to the recipient and attach images from the article to your email if you wish. The article citation will also be included in the email in MLA (Modern Language Association) format or APA (American Psychological Association) format.
Email messages, in rare cases, may take up to an hour to be received after they are sent. If you have trouble receiving email sent from the site, please check your email junk mailbox or filter, or check the spelling of the email address to which you are sending.
Click the Cite This Article button in the left navigation bar to see the article citation in MLA (Modern Language Association) format or APA (American Psychological Association) format. A new window will open to display the citation.
Each article has a glossary that features key terms found in that article. To view the glossary for any article, click the Glossary link that appears in that article’s table of contents in the left navigation bar. To view key terms within an article, place your cursor on the bold text.
The article glossaries have been custom-created by Rosen editors to be age-appropriate and relevant to Life Science content for grades 3 to 6.
Usage statistics will be available for PowerKnowledge Life Science in March 2011.
You can view your account information and usage statistics from throughout the site. First, log into the site as a subscriber. Then click the link to Resources for Teachers/Librarians in the left navigation bar. From the Resources for Teachers/Librarians page, click the link to Usage Statistics in the left navigation bar. Then simply log in with your administrative username and password to access your account information and usage statistics.
If you need further site help, you can contact the PowerKnowledge Life Science support team in several ways.
Contact us via email.
Contact us toll-free by phone at (877) 381-6649.
Contact us by mail at:
PowerKnowledge Life Science
29 East 21 Street
New York, NY 10010