TEACHERS: Try our Lessons free get a 30 Day Premium Trial
Living creatures can be found in every habitat on Earth, from oceans, deserts, and rainforests to prairies, caves, and urban backyards. Animals have managed to survive in these varied climates and conditions through adaptation – the process of changing as a species over time to become well suited to the environment. Sometimes these changes take place slowly, over many generations, as more successful animals survive and pass their traits to their offspring. Other times, a quickly changing habitat forces animals to make swift behavioral adaptations in order to survive. This collection showcases different types of animals – insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, marsupials, and even humans – and the adaptations that have helped them succeed.
Like humans, animals engage in certain behaviors for reasons of basic survival – to nourish, avoid predators, and reproduce – as well as to socialize and even play. This collection opens a window into the variety of behaviors that help animals survive and thrive. There are stories of dolphins that learn important skills from their friends, bumblebees and spiders that play tricks to protect themselves from predators, and a story filled with the sounds of creatures – gorillas, rats, and parrots – laughing. Listen to hear about the surprising and ingenious behaviors that help animals thrive in their environments.
Biographies open windows into the lives of people who have made an impact on the world. Some of the people featured in this audio story collection have achieved excellence in sports, business, politics, science, or technology. Others stand out for their exceptional public service or desire to help those in need. Still others have sparked social change through activism or showed strength in the face of enormous challenges. Their stories illuminate different times and places, offering new perspectives to listeners. They reveal the many paths one might take, and the choices one might make, to achieve success. And they suggest that the qualities needed to accomplish great things – curiosity, creativity, passion, persistence – reside in all of us. Listen to learn about individuals representing many areas of human life whose stories will amaze, instruct, and inspire.
The study of Earth and space covers a wide range of topics including stars, moons, the atmosphere, geology, weather systems, and so much more. Even though scientists have been studying these phenomena for thousands of years, there are still new discoveries happening every day. The study of space, or astronomy, can help answer some long standing questions about new planets and black holes. The study of Earth’s tectonic plates and weather patterns can help predict future natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanoes. As technology advances, scientists are able to learn more about the Earth and the solar system than ever before. This audio collection highlights some of these exciting new discoveries and some of the ongoing unsolved mysteries as well.
Humans depend on the natural world to sustain them – for food, water, and the oxygen they breathe. But the way humans interact with the environment can sometimes have detrimental effects on the health of the Earth. This collection showcases stories about environmental problems facing humans such as a warming climate, more extreme weather, and rising pollution. It also highlights the ingenious and hopeful solutions people have developed to address these challenges, like feeding seaweed to cows to reduce methane gas and substituting bugs for meat at the dinner table. The stories in this collection can promote awareness of today’s environmental issues and empower students to help address them.
What does it take to be a ballerina? Why would a scientist collect poop? How might a Black, female police officer feel about the state of policing today? No two jobs require the same set of skills and interests. This elementary collection features the voices of workers as they describe various aspects of their jobs, including why they chose their work, what tasks their job requires, and what it takes to be successful. These stories detailing the passion many workers feel toward their jobs, as well as the teamwork and determination they bring to the workplace, will open students’ minds to some of the many possible career paths ahead of them.
Math is the study of numbers, quantities, and space. For centuries, humans have used math to make sense of the world, by deriving formulas, taking measurements, and noticing patterns. While inventors have employed math to develop some of history’s greatest innovations, math is also essential in everyday life – to calculate distances or predict the weather, for example. Mathematics is important to the study of physics, engineering, economics, and many other fields. This collection features audio stories about mathematicians who have made a difference, math in popular books and movies, and the many ways math is applied in the world today.
Every body is different, as is every brain. Everyone has strengths and challenges that impact their daily lives, and some are more outwardly visible than others. This collection features stories of people with diverse abilities and health conditions. Many of these audio stories offer examples of how being different, while sometimes challenging, can also be a source of strength. The collection illuminates the experiences of people who are neurodiverse or differently abled. It includes stories of how individuals with disabilities advocate for themselves, lead fulfilling lives, and combat stigmas surrounding ableism.
Kids and teens are not afraid to take on the challenges facing society. With more opportunities to connect with others and seek out information, today’s youth are using their voices to promote positive change. This audio story collection features kids and teens who are leading the way to solve problems in their communities, their country, and the world. Their stories are impressive and inspiring.
Young people use their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to turn their dreams into reality. Keeping their goals in mind, some kids capitalize on their talents and hobbies to launch successful businesses. Others notice what adults have missed and make big discoveries. Still more have taken the lead in media and technology innovation to address problems that matter to them and their peers. This audio story collection features kids and teens whose actions show leadership and ingenuity.
Youth culture often shapes popular culture, and young people’s interests and beliefs are a preview of what society will become. In today’s world, technology has amplified youth voices more than ever before. This audio story collection features kids and teens sharing their perspectives on topics like literature, adults, and trends. These stories showcase this generation’s influence, self-reflective nature, and resilience.