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Why Do We Have Seasons? 

Explore what causes seasons on Earth in this interactive adapted from NASA materials that features four cities at different latitudes. Use this resource to view how Earth’s axial tilt causes seasons from different perspectives.   

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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Do Leaves Breathe? 

Before all the leaves change color and drop grab a green living leak off a tree and try this simple experiment in your home.   

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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The Hungry Caterpillar 

Determine what caterpillars eat and what senses they use to find their food in this hands on experiment.   

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Apple Donuts

Snack Hacks are fun healthy recipes to make with your child that provide positive experiences with healthy foods. Make this fun, healthy twist on the fall favorite apple donut.   

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Just Breathe 

A tropical rainforest’s ability to take a deep breath depends in large part on a somewhat surprising factor—the age of its leaves. Explore more about the connection between the seasonal variation in Amazon rainforest productivity and its possible resilience to climate change in this interactive infographic.   

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Salsa: Spanish for Children

SALSA is a series of videos that blends puppets, animation, live action and music to create a unique experience for first-time learners of Spanish language and culture.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Latino Americans

Explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans in this collection of lesson plans and videos.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular, raw egg into a “bouncy ball” in this simple, yet fun experiment.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Bumblebee Bonanza

Take a trip outdoors and spend some time observing bee behavior. Learn how to be safe when watching bees while learning about these amazing insects.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Solar Oven S’mores

Before the weather starts to cool off, dive into the fun experiment in which you create your own solar oven from a pizza box.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Diversity In Latino Culture

Explore the rich diversity within Latino culture in this interactive lesson that presents the variety found within Latino food, music, and art.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Code Your Way Through the Galaxy

Children apply geometry concepts to create patterns and shapes to program their ship to race through the galaxy, learning about computer programming along the way.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Binary Bracelets

Learn how to make a bead bracelet (or necklace or keychain) that spells your name in binary code.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Coding with Peanut Butter & Jelly

Learn the basics of coding with this fun video in which Valerie Brock builds a PB&J. Children are then encouraged to solve fun, simple coding sequence puzzles.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Pattern Power

Can you follow the code? Work with you child on pattern recognition in this interactive activity in which you create a pattern with cutout shapes and have them replicate it.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Debugging the Code

Get immersed in a multi-level adventure game cleverly designed to introduce computer programming concepts and improve problem-solving skills. To save the motherboard, players create a custom hero character and fight bugs!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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 9 to 12

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Family Food Traditions

Jalani and his mom talk about cooking together and their family’s cooking traditions in this video. Use the Health Eating handout that accompanies the video to guide a discussion with your child.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Pancake Science

Pancakes are a popular family breakfast item, and making them together provides a chance to use math and science skills.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Our Favorite Day reading

Our Favorite Day

Watch a reading of the book Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh. Then share and draw some of your favorite days together.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Tracing Ancestry

In this interactive web activity your task it to complete a family tree by comparing the DNA sequences of Y chromosomes of known men to the sequences of their relatives.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Family Plaster Cast Handprints

Plaster casts are used by professionals like crime scene investigators. Learn how to create plaster casts and cast each of your family members handprints.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Family Sharing

Families share many things, but does that include germs? Discover if drinking straight from the milk carton really does leave backwash behind in this fun at home experiment.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Mars Egg Lander

How do you drop an egg without breaking it?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Oobleck experiment
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Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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How to be Civically Engaged

In this collection of videos and activities, explore the different (and interesting) ways you can become more civically engaged.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Water Filter

Can you make muddy water crystal clear?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Arthur – All About Community: Making a Difference

Learn with Arthur and friends on how to make a difference in your community and connect with your neighbors.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Culture Creates Community

Explore videos about artists and arts organizations that maintain or adapt traditional art forms, and that build a sense of community through their art practices. Create your own classroom community through meaningful art experiences.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Managing Worries

Effectively managing worries is a building block for successful problem solving and making good choices in the future. Try these activities for confronting negative thoughts and help “turn down the noise” made by anxiety.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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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First Day of School Sign

Celebrate the first day of school by completing this poster! Keep it in a scrapbook to see the changes over the years.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Your Brain and Emotions

Learn about how our brain participates in our social-emotional selves and what students and teachers need to understand about emotions.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Watch a Seed Grow

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 Pre-K to 3

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Creating Modern Dance

Creating Modern Dance

Using the videos from the Dance Arts Toolkit collection learn everything from the elements of dance to ensuring healthy dance practices.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Dancing Raisins Experiment
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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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Bath Fizzies
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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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Dances of the Americas

Through live performances and interviews, the collection represents a wide variety of cultures and styles of dance among Native American tribes.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Create a Yup’ik Dance Fan

Explore an Alaska Native dance tradition with your child by making a Yup’ik dance fan together.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Magic Milk

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen.

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 4 to 8

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The Big Sale

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Odd Squad Mathroom

Make Your Own Mathroom

This Odd Squad craft supports fine motor skills while learning about operating with numbers and introducing children to fractions.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Square Bubbles

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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What are the Odds? And What are the Chances?

These flexible interactives provide opportunities to practice identifying simple, compound, and/or dependent probabilities using answers in the form of fractions, percentages, and/or decimals.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Binary Bracelets

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

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Using Technology to Treat Social Anxiety

Learn about ways to treat social anxiety and the elements of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Do leaves breathe?

Create an environment to observe leaves breathing.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Simple Sorting at Home

Turn everyday tasks into math activities.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Back to School

These back to school-themed activity sheets allow children to choose their own learning adventures.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Relaxation & Breathing

As we begin to think about school starting we may feel a little anxious. Try these breathing techniques to calm your mind and body.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with a few household ingredients!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Creating Routines

It’s always a good time for children to brush up on everyday routines like greeting friends, picking up toys, and getting ready for bed. This collection is filled with tips and ideas!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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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Reading and Sharing Stories

Words can take you anywhere! Use the activities in this collection to help build literacy skills and create and share family stories.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Summer of Reading

Get summer started on the right page with PBS LearningMedia’s Summer of Reading collection!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Reaction Time

How fast does your brain send messages to your body?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Read to Lead

Try these digital learning games that promote literacy and leadership in an immersive virtual workplace.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Plaster Casting

Can you make a plaster cast like a crime scene investigator?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Animal Chefs

The chefs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium prepare meals daily to feed a variety of animals. Learn how these chefs work to tempt the taste buds of thousands of species.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Caterpillar Senses

How do hungry caterpillars find food?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Amazing Animal Superpowers

Joe Hanson, host of It’s Okay to be Smart, explores animal superpowers, from radiation-resistant bacteria to geckos who climb glass using atomic adhesion to a shrimp that can shoot a bubble the temperature of the sun.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Investigating Animals

Crawl like an ant, jump like a frog, and gallop like a horse!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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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Experiment With Walking Water

This fun science activity introduces basic concepts of physics and gravity.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Pennies and Water

Test how many pennies you can put in a full glass of water without letting any leak over the edges.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Density Tower
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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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Bath Fizzies
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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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Illustration of Water Conductivity

Explore how water conducts electricity through a variety of experiments.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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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Space Day

Here from a member of the US Space Force and an Astronaut! Learn what it takes to travel to space.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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 Space

Travel to the moon and beyond with these activities all about space.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Color Mixing and Liquid in Space

Learning doesn’t stop when you reach outer space, learn about color mixing aboard the International Space Station.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Mars Egg Lander Experiment
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Mars Egg Lander

How do you drop an egg without breaking it?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Invent Apps That Help Others and Build Empathy

Discover how new apps are improving the lives of people with a disability or illness and helping to raise empathy.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Watch a Seed Grow

Explore the Stages of Seed Growth.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Being a Good Friend & Neighbor

There are lots of things kids can do to celebrate neighbors and friends.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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13-year-old’s Invention Helping the Blind to Read

Dive into a new invention allowing the blind to print Braille more easily than ever.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Binary Bracelets
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Binary Bracelets

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

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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The Creative Corner

Explore new topics through the lens of the visual and performing arts, with step-by-step instructions for at-home activities.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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How do plants “drink” water?

How do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need?

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Sharing Your Creativity

Spark creativity as you explore all of these games and activities!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Cartoon Academy

Practice drawing cartoon characters while learning educational facts on the cartoon subjects by cartoonist Joe Wos.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

Water seeds with other liquids and see if they grow.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Do leaves breathe?

Create an environment to observe leaves breathing.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Nature: At-Home Activities

Try out these activities to learn more about animals in nature.

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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Observing Nature

Enjoy a variety of activities all about nature with PBS KIDS Summer of Possibilities

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Generation Nation: Self-Reflection & Interviewing Activity

In these activities, students will draw inspiration from Generation Nation: A PBS American Portrait Story to complete a self-reflection about their life, goals, and anxieties.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Family Traditions Bingo

Learn how sharing our family traditions helps us to respect the diversity of our community.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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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Sensorial Writing/Sense of Place

Students will explore vivid sensorial writing while considering how to write about smell, taste, or sound in a setting.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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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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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Soil: Garden Activity Guide

How does soil texture and fertility contribute to the overall health and productivity of a garden? In this activity, help students explore the details of garden soil and learn about the different ingredients that help fertilize growing plants.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Watch a Seed Grow

Explore the Stages of Seed Growth

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Garden Health and Maintenance

Learn about what a garden needs to remain healthy. Explore the choices that lead to a thriving garden like choosing the best location, preparing the soil, and knowing when to water the plants.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

Water seeds with other liquids and see if they grow.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Plant a Terrarium

A terrarium is a micro-environment: moisture evaporates, then condensates and falls back down (just like rain) in an enclosed glass container. Bring the great outdoors inside!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Do Leaves Breathe?

Create an environment to observe leaves breathing.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Yoga for Kids

Practice these meditative breathing exercises meant to help you focus, relax, and feel energized.

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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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating helps keep a healthy mind. Learn more with the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating.

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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Youth Mental Health

For Mental Health Awareness Month, explore resources that can help you meet the mental health needs of students at school and at home.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Moon Landing Game

With a “rocket”, brain power, and teamwork, you’ll be blasting off with fun playing this game!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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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Living and Working in Space

Explore the International Space Station (ISS), a unique laboratory that orbits 250 miles above the Earth at a speed of five miles per second, seeing a sunrise every 90 minutes!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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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Is There Life in Space?

Discover how scientists find distant planets and moons and how they determine whether those astronomical bodies could be habitable.

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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Dancing Raisins

Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Bird Migration

Learn about migration, the seasonal movement of animals from one location to another.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Beneficial Bats

Learn how bats play a key role in Texas agriculture as predators of crop-destroying pests such as the corn earworm moth.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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The Butterfly/La Mariposa

This Mexican folktale that explains why butterflies do not live in houses and why they migrate. Story told in Spanish and English.

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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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Your Child’s a Poet, and Here’s How to Show It

Develop children’s literacy skills by reading and writing poetry.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Oratory Tips and Tricks

Looking to give a speech? How you use your voice makes a huge difference.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Magic Milk

What makes food coloring dance in milk?

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Poetry Everywhere

Explore the power of language, look at the world with a fresh sense of wonder, and build reading and writing skills.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Watch a Seed Grow

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 Pre-K to 3

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From “Screen” to “Green”

Encourage outdoor exploration with these free apps from PBS and beyond.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Create Leaf and Bark Art

Take a walk around your neighborhood and look at the trees you see in a new way!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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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Outdoor Art

Use this collection of resources to explore the elements of outdoor art, and maybe find some inspiration to create your own.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Can you water plants with other liquids?

What happens when you replace water with other types of liquids when watering plates? Test them out using this experiment!

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 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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What It Is like to Be Autistic | Move to Include

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Susan Levy on Advances in Autism Research

Listen as Susan Levy discusses advances in autism research.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Flashlight Constellations

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

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Creating Special Times for Everyone

Setting up a comfortable space and doing activities that bring out each child’s strengths can create special times in helping a child with autism.

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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My Five Senses

Teacher Sabrin Abedin reads the book, “My Five Senses,” by Aliki.

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Backwash

All about taste! Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink?

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Sweetness

Students will explore the nature of sweetness and create a scale to measure and compare the sweetness of several types of foods and drinks.

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Solar Oven S’mores

Harness the sun’s energy to treat your tastebuds! Transform a pizza box into a solar oven to make a s’more.

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Do Leaves Breathe?

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Meet the Helpers Collection

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

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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 4 to 8

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Healthcare Crisis: Who’s at Risk?

In this lesson plan, students research the critical problem that approximately 1/3 of Americans are without adequate or any healthcare insurance.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Watch a Seed Grow

It is garden season! Try this experiment to see how a seed grows underground.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Social and Emotional Learning with Arthur

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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!

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The Rise of Social Networking

In this video segment from FRONTLINE: “Digital Nation,” teens talk about why they use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Caterpillar Senses

How do hungry caterpillars find food?

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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.

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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Seasons on Earth

Students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth’s tilted axis.

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Tissue Paper Flower Bowl

This craft is great for a wide range of ages, and is perfect for Mother’s Day or to create as a fun spring craft!

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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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Is a Bubble Always Round?

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.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Women’s History Month Collection

This collection celebrates Women’s History Month by focusing on women and girls around the world.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Amelia Earhart Reader

Print and fold this 2-page biosketch about Amelia Earhart into a booklet! Then discover other famous women with the Xavier Riddle Collection.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Women in Science Profiles

Learn about five women in STEM careers, and watch them answer questions from students like you.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Dental Decay

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

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Finding Math in Everyday Places

In her exuberant way, Peg (and her side-kick Cat), reminds us that we are surrounded by math!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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The Plants and the Bees

Here’s how the vascular plants (ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms) reproduce, from ancient to modern times.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Watershed Lesson Plan

Learn about watersheds, the factors which can pollute them, the modern-day problems facing watersheds (including pollution), and the ways in which watersheds can be protected, in this lesson plan from Liquid Assets.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Cryptology Files

Cryptologists solve puzzles and crack codes to find solutions. This game from WPSU puts you in the role of a cryptologist to decode clues using pre-algebra skills and track down spies around the world.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Geospatial Revolution

The Geospatial Revolution Project, from WPSU Penn State public broadcasting, provides schools with a look into GPS data gathering, which influences nearly everything. Explore these resources!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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History Detectives – Blacks on the Battlefield

Spotlight on a letter from a young Union soldier interested in a commission with an African American regiment.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Geospatial Revolution

The Geospatial Revolution Project, from WPSU Penn State public broadcasting, provides schools with a look into GPS data gathering, which influences nearly everything. Explore these resources here!

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Can Something Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?

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

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Can Something Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?

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

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Black History BINGO

Identifying contributions of people, past and present is important. We learn to celebrate individuals and the part they play in our lives.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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The Big Sale Game

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Set Up a Healthy Media Relationship

Navigating technology in our homes has certainly become more interesting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ideas on how to think about your family’s relationship with technology.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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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The Hamburger Game

The Hamburger Game helps students practice attentive reading by choosing the main idea—or “meat”—from a passage of text and dragging it to the center of a sandwich.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Using Emojis to Express Emotions

These yellow faces are everywhere these days, and a familiar language to our little ones.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Cryptology Files Game

Take on the role of cryptologists to decode clues using pre-algebraic substitution and order of operations.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Heart Apple Chips

A crunchy, sweet Valentine’s Day treat that won’t earn your kids a trip to the dentist!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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WPSU Women in Science Profiles

Watch as WPSU Profiles these five women with careers in STEM fields.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Citrus Peel Roses

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these beautiful citrus peel roses! Place them in a bowl with other dried items for decoration.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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What Makes Food Coloring Dance in Milk?

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

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Homemade Snow Globes

A homemade snow globe is a childhood must!  

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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 Can You Get Power from a Lemon?

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

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Snowpack Drinking Water

Find out how climate change is significantly altering the precious water source from snowpack in the mountains.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Is a Bubble Always Round?

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

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Train Game

This train cannot travel down an uncompleted track! Choose the correct words to complete the sentence and get the train moving.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare as performed at Penn State, including lesson plans to teach each Act and Scene.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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The Questioning Cube

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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What Affects 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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What Makes Food Coloring Dance in Milk?

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen. Why?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Jim Lovell at the Morehead Planetarium

The astronaut returns to the planetarium that had trained him in the art of celestial navigation before his two moon missions.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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The Half Mile Long Microscope

Learn how scientists turn a half-mile long particle accelerator into a microscope in this video from SciTech Now.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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How do voters decide?

Use this video and lesson plan to learn how voters make the important decision about who should lead their country.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Make your own Magnifying Glass

Magnify the fun with a closer look at the world through a homemade magnifying glass.

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Your Vote Counts!

Video reading of the book Your Vote Counts! and a classroom lesson plan for discussing campaigning, voting, and democracy.

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Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Documenting Winter Stories

Create a documentary to inform viewers about the winter in your area.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Oobleck

Explore Non-Newtonian fluids – solutions that change their state of matter under pressure!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Ice Towers

Sneak in some science with these fun ice towers. Simply place them outside to freeze.

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STEM Careers Collection

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

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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Encouraging Curiosity With Elinor Wonders Why

Elinor and her friends have fun engaging with plants, animals, and nature, asking simple but probing questions to figure out why and how things work – early STEM skills!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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WPSU Women in Science Profiles

The Women in Science Profiles created by WPSU highlight five women in STEM careers and their career journeys.

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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Exploring Hot and Cold Changes

Will a solid material melt? Can you change it back to solid again? Investigate what happens when you heat solid materials and then cool the materials.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Building Self Confidence with Goal Setting

Help your child set a goal and work towards achieving it.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Spiced Oatmeal Muffins

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

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Holiday | Craft in America

HOLIDAY embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Marvelous Meringues

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

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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ScratchJr

Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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The Gift of Life

Ahmed Khatib was killed by the Israeli army in 2005. Ahmed’s father decided to donate his son’s organs and help the Jewish families who received them.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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!

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Make Your Own Thank You Cards

With your help, have your child think about someone who has done something nice or helpful for them. Talk about how one of the ways we can show we’re thankful is by giving thank you cards.

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5 Amazing Stars

While Jupiter and Saturn are aligning to create a bright “star” in the sky on December 21st, learn about five actual stars that light up the sky nightly.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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Cryptology Files

Can you crack the code and stop an international smuggling ring? The activity integrates geography and algebra, and is best for grades 8 – 12.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Word Machine Game

By matching sounds to letters, your child can make the Word Machine function.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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Pattern Power

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

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Binary Bracelets

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

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Simple Sorting at Home

Turn everyday tasks into math activities.

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Make a Kwanzaa Card with Elmo

Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.

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Pull Back Cars

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

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Flashlight Constellations

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

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Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni

Japanese celebrate Oshogatsu on the first day of the New Year. For this holiday families head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.

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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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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.

Suggested for Grades 4 to 8

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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. 

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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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!    

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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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.

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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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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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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