Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know: Grades 2-3Spring 2015 Doing & Learning
Scientific studies show that something called "spaced repetition," or repeated exposure to information, can be one of the most powerful ways to embed information in your memory. And that's one reason why, even in this age of fancy and high-tech digital learning, old-fashioned flash cards continue to offer an effective learning alternative to the classroom textbook and other resources.
Collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution, Printer Row Publishing has created a handsome, high-quality, brick-like box of 275 educational flash cards targeting grades 2-3. The cards are categorized, including topics from Geography and The Human Body to Dinosaurs and United States Past and Present. So how do fossils form? Do flying fish really fly? What is the Great Barrier Reef? And which U.S. president is the only president born on the Fourth of July?
Trivia lovers of any age will be engaged by this box of knowledge. But more importantly, young second and third graders will be fascinated by the beautiful images and photos on each card, and the succinct knowledge byte on the opposite side. And there's the upside of a learning tool like this that can easily include a parent and a child.