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Earth Primer App

Earth Primer App

Launch Tool

  • iPad
  • $9.99

This highly interactive and visually appealing science app helps you discover how Earth works through play. You can create volcanoes, sculpt mountains, push around tectonic plates, form glaciers, and control the forces of nature with your fingertips.

The app helps you do this by combining aspects of science books, toys, simulations, and games into an interactive experience that joins the guided quality of a book with open-ended simulation play.There are 20 different tools that you can unlock as you move through the app's chapters, which include Earth's Interior, Surface, Water Cycle, Biomes, and Sandbox. Each chapter is organized into content areas that focus on certain topics.

In order to move through the app, you need to unlock the chapters in order. That is, all previous chapters must be completed before you can go on to the next one. The Sandbox chapter, though, can be unlocked once you complete the first chapter and the tutorial for the second.


Going Further


For Educators

This app can help your students learn the basics of earth science. You can use Earth Primer as a supplement to a earth science unit. You can have your students work with a partner to explore a chapter, making sure they take turns with the interactive features. Then discuss what they learned as a class and have kids make an illustrated glossary for each chapter.

Model Volcanoes
3-5 | Hands-On
Shape It Up
3-5 | Interactive
Earthquakes
6-8 |
How Sedimentary Rocks are Formed
6-8 | Hands-On
The Water Cycle at Work
3-8 | Website

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Tool Details

Grades Themes Type Project 2061 Benchmarks National Science Standards
AAAS