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Thankful Tree

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Blood Pressure

What affects blood pressure? Gather a group of friends or family to find out!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Harvest Shakers

Make it then shake it! Create two to make a musical duo and have twice the fun.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Learn About Relatives

The holidays are a great chance for children to learn about family culture. Encourage them to mingle and learn their family history by having them engage with their relatives.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Backwash

Does backwash really happen? Experiment around the Thanksgiving table to find out!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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 Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Pancake Science

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Whip liquid cream into a solid with this easy and delicious kitchen science activity!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Who is Molly of Denali?

Molly of Denali can be your personal guide to learning about Alaskan natives, the Alaskan wilderness, and as a bonus, literacy skills! Check out her podcast.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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How does Tribal Government Work?

The Tribal Government on the Wind River Reservation is in a state of flux. In the accompanying lesson plans,  learn how the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes govern their people. What is the relationship between Tribal, State, and Federal government?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Kindness BINGO

Pick a day or a week, and see who in your family can fill out their Kindness BINGO card first!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

What happens when you replace water with other types of liquids?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Being Kind for Kindness’ Sake

In this daily news story, PBS NewsHour Extra looks at the impact and meaning of community service and why the winter break may be a more challenging time for students than many people may realize.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Create a Kindness Tree

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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How do plants “drink” water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Pull Back Cars

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

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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To Vote or Not to Vote?

Students explore the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and arguments for the importance of voting.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Energy Carousel

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Arthur and Francine Go to War

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Interactive Storybook: The Election Problem

In this interactive storybook your child can watch and count along as the chickens vote for their favorite candidate.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Smooshy Slime

Make a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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What is Race? Having the Conversation With Young Children

Families should be talking more about race. Dr. Aisha White talks about what race is and how to discuss it with young children.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Mentos® Explosion

How does a soda geyser work?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with a few household ingredients!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Exploding Baggies

Combine a liquid and a solid and watch the chemical reaction that’s BIGGER than the components themselves!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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. Make a second spinner filled with family-friendly activities you can do as a family after work or on the weekends.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Sweetness: The Botany of Desire

Students consider the nature of sweetness and create a scale that allows them to measure and compare the sweetness of several types of apples, potatoes and soft drinks.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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DragonFly TV – Leaves

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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13 Children’s Books for Celebrating Fall

As we say goodbye to summer, let’s share the wonders of autumn with these 13 fall-themed children’s books.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Doodle Cake Pops

Get creative with these doodle cake pops! Whether you have them ready before the party starts or allow your party guests to decorate as part of a craft, everyone will be delighted with these tasty treats.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Pancake Science

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Whip liquid cream into a solid with this easy and delicious kitchen science activity!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Make a Recipe Book

Molly of Denali loves cooking, and has created a recipe book with some of her favorite recipes. Print them out and try them, and then add some of your own. 

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Dental Decay

Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks with pH test strips, then soak shark teeth or eggshells in each drink to see if the acid weakens tooth enamel. Try it!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Virus Hunter

Jon Epstein is a virus hunter – he chases viruses that can cause outbreaks of infectious disease. Follow Jon as he hunts the path of the Nipah virus from fruit bats to humans in Bangladesh.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Does Backwash really happen?

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!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Meet the Helpers

The Meet the Helpers toolkit is designed to introduce “helpers” and explain the role they play in emergency situations.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Binary Bracelets

Using the binary code, you can show off your name on a really cool bracelet, key chain, or necklace.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Why are your poems so dark?

Linda Pastan’s poems use very simple language and plain statements to describe everyday situations, but she ends up uncovering the dark worries and threats that hide just below that quiet surface of daily life.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Pattern Power

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Simple Sorting at Home

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!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Make a Book About Friends Activity

Young children are learning what it means to be a friend. Making a book can help children learn about friendships and what it means to have and be a friend.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Bouncing Egg

We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Career Hacks for Workforce Readiness

Use this interactive collection to build strengths in key career skills, such as problem solving, leadership, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Square Bubbles

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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You’ll Feel Better Again Jar

Use this activity to talk with your child and find out about the activities that make them feel better.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Marvelous Meringues

Your kitchen is a great place for family time and learning math and science! In this experiment, change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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How to Support Your Child for a Very Different School Year

There’s a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. This article has some practical ideas.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Pancake Science

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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STEM Teaching Tips for Parents

You can do this! Inspire kids to learn about science with these tips and tricks.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Back to School Checklists

Help students prepare for the year ahead with these checklists for back to school and learning at home.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Lemon Batteries

Can you get power from a lemon?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Energy Transfer in a Roller Coaster

In this interactive lesson, students watch videos and use an interactive activity to learn how energy moves roller coaster cars along a track.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Pull Back Cars

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!  

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Spina-ma-Jigger

Your child can use sight and sound to explore the properties of different materials in this set of 8 games from The Cat in the Hat. 

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Owl Pellets

What do owls eat for dinner? Find out by dissecting their pellets!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Native America: Nature to Nations

Learn how Native Americans connected to their environment and how the early U.S. government got lessons from these connections.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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I Spy!

The next time you’re on the road or waiting for a meal, give these classic hidden object games a mathematical twist

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Solar Oven S’mores

Can you cook a s’more without a fire or electricity?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Clouds and Weather

Learn about the relationships among the Sun, clouds, and weather in this video excerpt from NOVA’s Cloud Lab.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Air Pressure Rockets

How do you launch a rocket without using fuel?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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 Flashlight Constellations

Learn about the stories and science behind some well-known constellations.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Experience the Weather With Your Senses

When you are out and about, invite your child to feel how warm or cool it is, feel the wind on her skin, listen for the rain or wind and smell the air.  (There is no link for this one! Try it!)

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

 

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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!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Rain Gardens

This video and support materials shows how a rain garden at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest slows down the flow of water from the forest’s parking lot and helps prevent soil erosion. 

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!    

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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How do plants “drink” water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need? Try this experiment to learn how!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Colorful Flower Garden Art

Make a colorful flower garden masterpiece with your child by stamping flowers with different objects found throughout your house.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!    

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Magic Milk

What makes food coloring dance in milk?    

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.    

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Sink or Float

This easy science activity can be done anywhere you can put a container of water. Try it in your backyard, the bathtub, or the kitchen sink!    

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Walking Water

With just a few ingredients, your child will be able to see water “walk” up paper towels then down into an empty jar.  

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Solar Oven S’mores 

Transform a pizza box into a solar oven to make a s’more (melted chocolate and marshmallow between two graham crackers).     

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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The Science of Summer

Get ready for summer by exploring the science behind some of your favorite summer activities.     

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!    

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Outdoor Water Blob

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Exploding Baggies

Combine a liquid and a solid and watch the chemical reaction that’s BIGGER than the components themselves!    

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Paper Plate Aquarium

Feeling a little bummed out that you can’t go on you beach vacation this summer? Use paper plates to bring the magic of an ocean to your own home!    

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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?    

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Invent Apps to Help Others

Design your own app to address a problem facing your school or community.    

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.    

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.     

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Oobleck

Explore, oobleck, a Non-Newtonian fluid or solution that changes its state of matter under pressure! It’s easy to make and super fun to play with. Try it!    

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Pushes and Pulls

Use these activities with your young child to explore pushes and pulls in your world!    

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Bouncing Egg

We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Confront Racism

There resources will help you understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in your family and communities.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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 Pattern Power 

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

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Play Pretend to Resolve Conflicts

Sometimes we do things that scare others or make them mad — and sometimes we get scared or mad, too. Let’s practice using our words to say we’re sorry to explain why we are upset.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Caterpillar Senses

It doesn’t look like caterpillars have ears, noses, and eyes like humans. So how do they find food? Try this experiment to learn how caterpillars use their senses.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Write a Poem in Two Voices about Bees

A poem written in two voices allows you to experience a new perspective. Try this activity to make connections about your personal experiences with our pollinating friends.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Magnificent Mimicry

Did you know Monarchs taste bitter to predators, so Viceroys look like them for protection? Try this experiment to explore mimicry!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Fruit and Veggie Caterpillars

Does your child love all things nature? Add some friendly insects to your backyard party invite list by assembling these tasty fruit and vegetable snacks that look like caterpillars.

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Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Uncovering Overt and Systemic Racism

Use these materials from PBS NewsHour with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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How do plants drink water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need? Try this experiment to learn how!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Coping with Feeling Left Out

Using imaginary play, you can help your child work through the disappointment of being excluded – and learn how to include others!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Mars Egg Lander

NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground? Try it!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Making Music with Iconic Women of Country

Iconic Women of Country premieres on Monday, June 1, at 9:30 p.m. on WPSU. If you’re inspired to learn more, try writing country music lyrics with this activity.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Air Pressure Rockets

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Flashlight Constellations

In this activity, your child can learn more about several well-known constellations as you talk about the stories and science behind them.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Family Time Hosted by Pinkalicious

Gather your family around for this game hosted by Pinkalicious that you can all play together!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Marvelous Meringues

Go from slimy egg white to fluffy foam to a crunchy solid and delicious cookie while learning about the science behind the marvelous meringue.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Decoding Algebra

Do you have questions while solving your algebra problems from home? This collection from PBS Learning Media contains videos on many topics covered in algebra that just might answer your questions!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Pattern Power

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

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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See How Shadows Work

You use math every day, sometimes without even realizing it. Try this activity in your backyard and discover the secret of shadows. Why does their length change throughout the day?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Mars Egg Lander

NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the MarsExploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Speaking Grief

WPSU’s Speaking Grief website contains resources on grief and grief support for all ages. ​Note: Please consider this subject matter may be upsetting for certain audiences.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Dancing Raisins

Learn about density and displacement with this fun, easy experiment. Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Exploring Emotions with Daniel Tiger

Watch Daniel Tiger explore his own and his friends’ emotions, then make these cute and easy dolls with your children as a way to teach them about emotions.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Deadly Carnivorous Plants

Watch Plants Behaving Badly at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 on WPSU’s main broadcast channel to learn more about carnivorous plants, and learn even with this video and discussion questions.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Kratt Brothers

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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Magnificent Mimicry

Mimicry occurs when a plant or animal looks like another species to help it survive. Try this experiment to explore how Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Planting a Garden

Spring is a time to look for plants growing in your yard, and maybe even plant some of your own. After watching Nature Cat, help Daisy decide what to plant in her garden with this printable activity.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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