Iowa Area Education Agencies

Using TrueFlix to Support Learning

February 27, 2015

TrueFlix logoArea students and teachers are expanding their learning using TrueFlix, one of Iowa AEA Online’s Resources.

TrueFlix (grades 3-5) leverages the Scholastic True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process.

All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images and text.

“As a fifth grade teacher, I have absolutely loved using TrueFlix for our Native American research,” said Bobbie Janssen, Echo Hill Elementary, Linn-Mar School District.

“We have used it to find factual, up-to-date and accurate information during our final project for our Native American unit,” she said. “Students enjoyed using this database because it was an online resource, and showed them information in a new and exciting way.”

Janssen continued, “I also loved being able to access the information because it is something we study directly in social studies. It is not easy to find accurate, up-to-date and on grade level material for fifth graders to use to study Native Americans, so TrueFlix was where it was at for us.”

“TrueFlix provides additional support in about 2/3 of the social studies curriculum,” Katie Merulla, teacher-librarian at Echo Hill Elementary, agreed. “Students are excited to use the resources.”

Merulla’s fifth graders use TrueFlix for units on Native Americans and the 13 Colonies.

“The fourth grade studies different regions of the United States,” Merulla continued. “Students in third grade use TrueFlix as an extension for different ability groups, while the second grade students utilize the extreme weather unit.”

For information about TrueFlix or any of Iowa AEA Online’s resources, contact your local AEA library or visit the Iowa AEA Online website.




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