Activities Grades 4 to 8

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Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

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What It Is like to Be Autistic | Move to Include

Learn more about autism spectrum disorder through 26-year-old Tyler Leech’s story.

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Five Senses

In this Science Trek, host Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests will answer students’ questions about our five senses.

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Do Leaves Breathe?

How similar are we to leaves? Create an environment to observe leaves breathing.

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Things Explained: Personal Protective Equipment

In this episode of Things Explained, we talk with a Georgia nurse who is caring for coronavirus patients and examine why PPE is in such high demand during the global pandemic.

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Can You Water Plants with Other Liquids?

Most seeds need warmth, light, and water to start growing. But what happens when you replace water with other types of liquids? Test them out using this experiment!

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Social and Emotional Learning with Arthur

Use these Arthur resources to take action and improve your world!

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Pollen in Spring

Why does everything turn yellow in spring? Try this activity to find out!

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How Does a Soda Geyser Work?

Try it yourself with step by step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout.

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What’s in an Owl Pellet?

See how our Science-U campers did it, then try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout.

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Strategies of Women’s Suffrage

Learn about the groundbreaking strategies women used to give rise to the largest expansion of voting rights in American history.

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Odd Squad Collection

Odd Squad agents use effective mathematical practices and critical mathematics concepts and skills to ultimately solve each case. In other words: Odd is the problem, math is the solution.

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Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings

“Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings” follows 13 young people in a genetics and genealogy camp as they explore their family history and DNA ancestry with techniques never before used in an educational setting.

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How Do You Drop an Egg Without Breaking It?

Try it yourself with step by step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable student handout.

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Slavery and Freedom

This virtual journey explores the complexities of slavery and freedom in antebellum Savannah through the lens of the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.

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How Do You Drop an Egg Without Breaking It?

Try it yourself with step by step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable student handout.

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The Big Sale Game

Solve unit rate problems to determine the best deal per ounce of grocery items.

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

You can encourage healthy eating by talking to your kids about nutrition, involving them in their food choices, and leading by example.

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Does Backwash Really Happen?

Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable student handout.

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Woven Heart Baskets

Learn how to make these lovely baskets and fill them with sweets or greeting cards for Valentine’s Day!

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Can You Transform a Regular Car into a Pullback Car?

Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials.

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Building a Snow Shelter

This DragonflyTV segment illustrates how snow and clouds affect air temperatures and serve as insulators against extreme cold and heat.

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The Questioning Cube

Practice reading comprehension by asking questions about short stories and passages.

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What Affects Blood Pressure?

Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

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 Presidential Inauguration

This episode of Social Studies Shorts explores what happens on this exciting day and looks at interesting moments from past inaugurations.

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History of Magnification

Understand the unpredictable way that innovation works, and explore the cascade of advancements in disease control and astronomy that 16th-century innovations in lens making prompted.

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Bird Journal

Winter is a fun time to watch birds in your yard. Many feathered friends even enjoy the snow, and you can keep track of them with this journal.

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STEM Careers Collection

Watch as some people in STEM careers profile their positions in STEM and what it entails.

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Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

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Spiced Oatmeal Muffins

This hearty and healthy snack will power your child’s daily adventures.

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New Year’s Eve Origami Popper

To close out the year and welcome a new one, celebrate with some paper poppers! And learn how to say “Happy New Year” in different languages.

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Mission: Materials Science

The Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science is developing a new interactive website with informal educational content to explore how materials have unexpected behaviors that lead to new, innovative technologies.

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Kindness Campaign

Watch and listen to these inspiring one of a kind kindness stories. Then download the Kindness Bingo cards to spread kindness in your community!

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The Detective’s Notebook Game

You get to be a detective! Sort through clues in a story to predict what will happen next.

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Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

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Energy Carousel

Make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

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All About Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and how it is observed today.

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Thankful Tree

Celebrate the beauty of fall by creating a festive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!

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Reaction Time

Who in your family has the quickest reaction time? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to experiment with different family members!

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Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

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Who are the Northern Arapaho?

In this video and accompanying lesson plans, students will learn how the Northern Arapaho came to Wyoming, what are the Arapaho values, and why were Arapaho tribal names changed?

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Do leaves breathe?

In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening in leaves!

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Create a Kindness Tree

Kindness can grow! Create a Kindness Tree in your house to watch your kind acts multiply.

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Energy Carousel

Make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

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Arthur and Francine Go to War

Watch this Arthur episode to learn about the complexities of the voting process. 

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Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

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How to Use Children’s Books to Talk About Race and Racism

Picture books help create a safe place to start when talking to children about race and racism. Use this list of suggested books to start your conversation.

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Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with a few household ingredients!

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Build it From Nature

The natural world serves as inspiration for human inventions, such as scuba fins, the Bullet Train, and VELCRO. Use this worksheet to learn more examples, and then search for more in your neighborhood.

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Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

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DragonFly TV – Leaves

Why do leaves change color in the Fall? In this video, the students explore to find out!

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Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

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Chef Cookie Pops

Create these delightful desserts for your cooking-themed party! Let every little guest enjoy their very own delicious ‘chef’ cookie pop.

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Blood Pressure

Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

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Personal Protective Equipment Explained

In this episode of Things Explained, we talk with a Georgia nurse who is caring for coronavirus patients and examine why PPE is in such high demand during the global pandemic.

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Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

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Play a Storytelling Game

In this activity, your child will use her imagination and practice storytelling by rolling homemade dice to tell a unique story!

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Square Bubbles

Most bubble wands are circular, so is that why bubbles come out round?

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DIY Fun Time Spinners

Sometimes parents need children to play quietly while they work or take a break. Create a Fun Time Spinner with activities your child can do alone, and one with family activities!

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Pancake Science

Breakfast can be a learning experience! Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

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Helping Kids Cope with Back to School Anxiety

“STOP” is a 4-step plan you can use to gain more control over anxiety-causing situations like back-to-school.

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Pull Back Cars

Can you transform a toy car into a pull back car?

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Exploring Hot and Cold Changes

You and your child can investigate what happens when you heat solid materials and then cool the materials.

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Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

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Nature Paint Brushes

You need a paintbrush to paint your nature-y masterpiece! What will you use to make your paintbrush?

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Air Pressure Rockets

How do you launch a rocket without using fuel?

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Exploring Weather

Does your child like to splash in rain puddles or watch the clouds as they move across the sky? You can help your child learn about weather by making a simple weather chart together and observing the weather with all their senses!

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Do leaves breathe?

Plants use their leaves to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into food for themselves and oxygen for us. In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening!

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Watch a Seed Grow

When seeds are in the soil, it is impossible to observe all of their growth. Use fast-growing seeds in this experiment, and you and your child can closely monitor all of the stages of growth a seed experiences!    

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Magic Milk

What makes food coloring dance in milk?    

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Make Glowing Water 

Create “glowing water” by adding the contents of a non-toxic highlighter to water. This project is a great way to learn about bioluminescence in nature.    

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Mentos Explosion

What is the secret behind the reaction between carbonated cola and little mint candies that makes such an explosion? Try it!    

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Outdoor Water Blob

Make the perfect activity for hot summer days: a water blob!    

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Energy Carousel

Have you ever ridden on a carousel or merry-go-round at an amusement park? Usually, these rides are powered by electricity, but you can make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.    

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 Forces of Gravity

In this interactive, student driven lesson, students watch videos about gravity and investigate the motion of falling objects on Earth and on the Moon.     

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Reaction Time

How fast does the eye send messages to the brain and the brain send messages to your hand muscles to react in time to catch a falling object? Find out using the ruler test!

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Arthur Takes a Stand

Watch this episode of PBS Kid’s show Arthur, where Arthur thinks his school cafeteria worker is being treated unfairly and seeks guidance from Congressman John Lewis

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Bumblebee Bonanza

Penn State entomologists visited Science-U Nature Camp and took the campers to the Penn State Arboretum to observe bumblebees in action. Campers share how to safely observe bees.

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Build a Bug Hotel

Try making your own insect home – or ‘hotel’ – out of upcycled items, to give bugs somewhere to live in your yard. They’ll repay you when they help control pests and pollinate your plants.

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Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

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Celebrate World Cultures with Let’s Go Luna!

Hear stories, play through situations, and learn how to make crafts from cultures near and far.

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Air Pressure Rockets

Can you make a rocket and figure out how to launch it without any fuel? Try it!

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Think Creatively Like Ben Franklin

This lesson will help you discover more about the many creative endeavors of Benjamin Franklin and imagine what his modern-day social media posts might look like.

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Pancake Science

Math can be delicious? Cooking up a plate of fluffy buttermilk pancakes isn’t just a great life skill, it’s also an opportunity to work in some serious math and science lessons.

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The Return of Symmetric Al

Odd Squad airs at 5:00 p.m. weekdays, where you can see the zaniest, craziest team of kid investigators around! Help the Odd Squad solve the mystery of Symmetric Al with this printable activity.

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Energy Carousel

Have you ever ridden on a carousel or merry-go-round at an amusement park? Usually, these rides are powered by electricity, but you can make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

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Practicing Teamwork with Arthur

These two simple games use household items to help children learn the importance of cooperation and working together.

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Do Leaves Breathe?

Plants use their leaves to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into food for themselves and oxygen for us. In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening!

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Exploring Animal Life

If you want to investigate your backyard like the Kratt brothers, this list of activities from PBS Parents can get you started.

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Design Squad Global

Be creative and help people with engineering at DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL. Watch videos, play games, try activities, and share designs with the community.

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