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CTC: Student Inventor

CTC: Eighteen-year-old inventor Ryan Patterson is truly a young scientist. He designed a sign language translator glove that works by sensing the hand movements of the American Sign Language and sending the data to a device that displays the words on-screen. The glove allows a deaf person to communicate easily with anyone. Ryan’s invention won first place in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competition!

Science: The Importance Of Biodiversity

Ecological and habitat diversity is critical to the survival of humans. In this curated collection, learn how different species evolve to changing conditions and how humans impact endangered species. Use these resources in your science classroom to help students think critically about how to change the human behaviors that threaten plant and animal species.

Science: How Disruptions Affect Animal Populations

Students explore the effects that ecosystem disruptions can have on animal populations. In this interactive lesson, students learn about the disruptions that have driven three species—the Madagascar fish eagle, the Iberian lynx, and the rowi kiwi—to the brink of extinction. They also discover the impacts that a shift in the population of one animal can have on others in an ecosystem. As a final assignment, students use evidence they’ve gathered from media, text, and other lesson elements and produce an essay or visual model.

Social Studies: Asian Americans

Told through intimate and personal lives, Asian American will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story. With over thirty lesson plans based on the series you’ll find this collection to include the stories behind the Chinese Exclusion Act, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, Filipino American Farmworkers, the fight for civil rights and much more.

Science: Exploring Endangered Species

In this lesson, students learn about ecosystems, food webs, and human impact on ecosystems as they develop a plan to protect an endangered species that lives in their state.

Social Studies: Memorial Day

Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday’s history.

Science: Endangered Eastern Black Rhino

Learn all about the endangered eastern black rhinos why they have the characteristics that they have. This fun, informative video will encourage young explorers to investigate the world and discover the many wonderful ways we can interact with animals and their habitats.

Social Studies: Meet The Species!

In this Dinosaur Train clip, the Pteranodon kids and their friends, the “junior conductors,” travel to the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic Periods in one day.

Science: Paws For A Minute

This collection of one-minute videos features a range of animals housed at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Each video profiles a specific animal, and demonstrates a number of physical and adaptive features and behaviors.

Math: Describing Nature With Math

NOVA Online’s Peter Tyson writes, “If you’re like me, you understand readily how one can describe nature’s wonders using poetry or music, painting or photography. Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” richly depict their natural subjects, as do Monet’s water lilies and Ansel Adams’ photos of Yosemite. But mathematics? How can you describe a tree or cloud, a rippled pond or swirling galaxy using numbers and equations?” Find out more in this article.

Math: Wild Fractions!

Wild Fractions are animations and games using animals that feature vidual models for fraction multiplication and division. Providing real-world connections and opportunities to think more deeply about math.

Math: Clash of the Iguanas

Calculating rates of change can be tough! See if you can figure out why Pete’s claim that his iguana grew more than Pauly’s is wrong. Use what you know about measurement, fractions, and rates to figure out which iguana grew more in this real world application of math.

Math: Count On It!

Count On It! is a fun and innovative way to teach children mathematics. Blossom and Snappy decide to plant a garden. They go to Calloway Gardens to learn about different types of plants and flowers, as well as butterflies and hummingbirds.

Math: That’s A Pattern

In this interactive, children are asked to complete a series of six simple, random patterns by choosing the missing image. The player can pick between four themes: space, polar animals, insects and flowers, and dinosaurs. This interactive is available in both English and Spanish. Launch the game to choose your language and play.

Health & PE: Personal Trainer

Turns out we aren’t active enough and it gets worse the older we get. To find a little more motivation for moving, Margaret speaks with Gina Shaffer, a certified personal trainer, to learn more ways to stay active.

Health & PE: Obstacle Course

Amanda Stein, a summer camp counselor at South Hills Interfaith Movement, builds an obstacle course in her driveway using chalk and some items she found around her house.

Health & PE: Dot’s Spot Stretches

Get your kids moving with these fun stretches in this short warm-up video from PBS Kids.

Health & PE: Exercise For A Healthy Me

In this short video Miss Kelsey encourages kids to go outside and exercise. Keeping our body healthy provides energy and is a great way to love ourselves. Get your kids excited to go outside and exercise!

English Language Arts: Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan’s first novel, The Joy Luck Club, was inspired by her mother’s stories and is based on their relationship. A central theme in this book is mother-daughter relationships. In this multimedia presentation, students can walk through a Google Slides deck to engage the four mother-daughter relationships in The Joy Luck Club. Activities and reflection questions are paired with each relationship. Teachers can edit this slide deck to align with their own unit of study around the novel.

English Language Arts: American Stories Teens and Immigration

In this blended lesson , students watch documentary video about four teens who immigrated to the United States. Students explore the factors that drive immigration and the challenges immigrants face in the United States, particularly in learning English. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. 

English Language Arts: Be An Inventor

View an inventive way to learn to read with the text feature, timelines! Be informed, persuaded, and entertained as you learn an author’s purpose for writing. See the Inventors’ Wall of Fame! Meet an owl whooooo wants to invent something too!

English Language Arts: Super Inventions

In this Martha Speaks interactive story, learn how animal abilities have inspired inventions over the years. Birds inspired people to invent the first airplanes. A lizards sticky feet led to the invention of special glue for bandages. Chameleons helped give us the idea for camouflage clothing.

English Language Arts: We Are Water Protectors

Read Carole Lindstrom’s We Are Water Protectors with Claire Fleitz from NYC Children’s Theater. This book is inspired by indigenous-led movements to safeguard Earth’s water.

Career Readiness: Web Designer

Watch three web developers explain how teamwork and a creative mindset are the building blocks of their trade in making computer code efficient and their websites intuitive and user-friendly.

Career Readiness: Inventor

Eighteen-year-old inventor Ryan Patterson is truly a young scientist. He designed a sign language translator glove that works by sensing the hand movements of the American Sign Language and sending the data to a device that displays the words on-screen. The glove allows a deaf person to communicate easily with anyone. Ryan’s invention won first place in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competition!

Career Readiness: Forest Canopy Researcher

When Forest Canopy Researcher Nalini Nadkarni was young, she studied dance and biology. Now she puts on climbing gear and spends her time high up in the forest canopy of Washington State. The canopy is one of the last frontiers on Earth, and Nalini is studying how some plants in the canopy–called epiphytes–survive without having their roots in the ground.

Career Readiness: Dairy Scientist

Did you know that making ice cream is a science? That’s Dairy Scientist Phillip Tong’s specialty. As a researcher at California Polytechnic State University, it’s his job to find ways to improve the process for making ice cream, and to come up with tasty new flavor ideas

Art: Asian Americans in The Arts

During the 1970s, arts and culture became vehicles for elevating the narratives of Asian Americans, a term first used in 1968 during the struggle to establish ethnic studies at California universities. Under this new pan-Asian identity, a generation of young Asian American organizers, academics, and artists emerged, ready to define themselves and their history to the rest of America. The arts reflected the spirit of, and supported, the Asian American Movement in the fight for social and racial justice, ethnic studies, and visibility.

Art: Crystal Sparkle Paint

Crystal Sparkle Paint is a fun activity that combines science and art for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.

Art: Color Exploration

Color exploration is a hands-on science and art activity for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.

Art: Bubble Prints

Bubble Prints is a hands-on science and art exploration for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.

Create Classroom Community Through Song

Create and learn with artists from the touring production of Small Island Big Song, being presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State. Explore how songs and chants can be integrated into your classroom to support your community of students. Experience, through song, the themes of the performance—including the importance of indigenous knowledge, global musical influences, and a strong emphasis on the environment and the importance of caring for it.

All About the Outdoors 

Help your child discover and protect the natural world around them in these printable activities from Nature Cat! From starting a plant journal to completing a “Recycling Challenge”, they will see their neighborhood and the great outdoors in a whole new light.

How to Make a Seed Ball 

Learn about Monarch butterflies, the host plants they need, and how to make a seed ball with Iowa PBS and the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Habitats and Pollinators 

In this lesson plan and activity, students learn how the garden provides habitat for a variety of different animal species. Through making observations and collecting data, students determine which species inhabit the garden (especially pollinators), investigate relationships among them, and identify factors that may affect them.

Square Bubbles

Is a bubble always round? What happens if you use a different shaped bubble wand?

Backwash 

Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink? Test it for yourself using powdered drink mix and see what happens!

Fearless Female Scientists 

Margaret introduces us to female scientists who pushed past prejudices to make amazing discoveries – Marie Curie, Marie Tharp and Jane Goodall. 

 

Foam Fountain 

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with just a few household ingredients! 

 

WPSU Women in Science Profiles 

WiSci Files introduces viewers to five local women in diverse STEM careers through a series of short video profiles that feature aspects of their personal and professional lives, aiming to dispel stereotypes about who STEM professionals are and what their lives are like. 

 

Smooshy Slime 

Who doesn’t love slime? Slime is oobleck’s ooey-gooey cousin, and another example of a non-Newtonian fluid. When all of the ingredients in this activity are combined you get a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh. Try it!

Simple Sorting 

It is easy to forget that math is a part of our everyday lives. Use this activity to help your child notice differences, follow simple directions, sort objects, and identify patterns. These are important steps for data collection and analysis – which are a part of the scientific method! 

 

 

Marie Curie 

Learn about Marie Curie, two-time Nobel Prize winner, with this video clip, printable biosketch reader, and support materials.

Math in the Workforce 

In a world where we have calculators and search engines, why is math still a necessary skill to have in many career paths? From fashion design to astrobiology, math is the backbone of those jobs, and this collection will show you exactly why. 

 

Pull Back Cars 

Pull back vehicles use springs to store energy. When the vehicle is released, the energy stored in the spring moves the vehicle forward. Can you make any toy vehicle into a pull back vehicle? 

 

Flashlight Constellations 

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the sky and told stories about the stars twinkling in the night. The most famous constellations in Western culture come from the Greeks. In this activity, your child can learn more about several well-known constellations as you talk about the stories and science behind them. 

 

Math + Arts 

A “Math Mess” is an everyday problem that requires an inquisitive mind, determination and a little number sense to solve. Math Messes can pop up when you least expect them — and in each short, animated Math Mess video, you’ll meet some mathematically-challenged characters who are right smack in the middle of one. 

 

Math Mess 

A “Math Mess” is an everyday problem that requires an inquisitive mind, determination and a little number sense to solve. Math Messes can pop up when you least expect them — and in each short, animated Math Mess video, you’ll meet some mathematically-challenged characters who are right smack in the middle of one. 

 

Bumblebee Bonanza 

What do bumblebees do all day? Using the Science-U campers’ tips as a guide, you can safely observe bees at home and learn what bumblebees do all day! 

 

Popsicle Stick Explosion 

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness!