Top 10 Learning Objectives

The following are the top ten learning objectives (or lesson plans) on the Legends of Learning platform. Each summary has a link to a longer description of the lessons covered, and a list of game titles for that topic. You can access the actual games via the Legends of Learning platform.
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1) Atoms and Elements

Atoms and Elements – Learn about the building blocks of matter. Everything in the universe is made up of atoms. Atoms are the smallest units of matter, and the different types of atoms make up different elements. They can exist on their own, or bonded together in molecules. (Eight games)

2) Factors Influencing Motion

Factors Influencing Motion: Newton’s First and Second Laws – Learn about net forces and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. A force is a push or a pull acting on an object. It is a vector quantity, which means it has both a magnitude and a direction. The sum of all forces acting on an object is called the net force, and when it equals zero, the forces are balanced. (Nine games)

3) Cells and Life

Cells and Life – Learn about cells and the vital functions they serve. Every living thing is made up of cells, the most basic unit of life. Unicellular organisms, like bacteria, archaea, and most protists, only have one cell. Multicellular organisms, like plants and animals, are more complex. (Nine games)

4) Lunar Phases

Lunar Phases – Learn about the what, how, and why of the Moon and its cycles. We only see one side of the Moon because it rotates at exactly the same rate as it revolves around the Earth. The Moon reflects sunlight, so as its position changes relative to the Earth and the Sun, it cycles through the different lunar phases. (Seven games)

5) Food Webs in an Ecosystem

Food Webs in an Ecosystem – Learn how organisms consume and transfer energy in an ecosystem. Organisms like algae and green plants, known as autotrophs or producers, use photosynthesis to convert the Sun’s energy into usable energy for themselves. Heterotrophs, or consumers, cannot make their own energy, so they have to consume it from other sources. Herbivores get their energy directly from eating plants, so they are first-level consumers. Small carnivores that eat herbivores are second-level consumers, and larger carnivores that eat them are third-level consumers. (Nine games)

6) Parts of the Cell

Parts of the Cell – Learn about the different organelles in the cell and the functions they perform. Cells contain specialized structures, called organelles, that perform specific functions. Prokaryotic cells, like bacteria, do not have many organelles, while eukaryotic cells have defined organelles. All cells have a semi-permeable cell membrane that lets them absorb nutrients and get rid of waste. (Eight games)

7) States of Matter and Their Structure

States of Matter and Their Structure – Learn how the states of matter are distinguished. Atoms and molecules are the particles that make up matter. A substance’s state of matter — solid, liquid, gas, or plasma — depends on how its molecules move and maintain their volume and shape. (Nine games)

8) Our Solar System

Our Solar System – Learn about all kinds of celestial objects within Earth’s immediate surroundings — from the Sun all the way down to meteoroids — and their size, composition, internal layering, and surface features. (Seven games)

9) Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics – Learn about Earth’s geological history, the maps that scientists use to model it, and the evidence that helps them create those maps. Earth’s continents and ocean basins have changed a great deal over time. Geologists create historical maps to visualize this change. (Eight games)

10) Natural Selection

Natural Selection – Learn about the ways species adapt to survive. Natural Selection is the scientific theory that organisms are more likely to pass on traits that increase chance of survival. (10 games)

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