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grades 7–12

The Infinite Life of Pi

Learn all about this important ratio. What is pi? When was it discovered? And how can we use it?

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grades 6–12

Make a Book Trailer

Turn the last book you read into a movie-style trailer that'll entice others to give it a read.

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grades 6–12

Reflect and Create a Plan

Use this planner to reflect on your learning experiences and figure out a productive and positive path forward.

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Family Newsletter

Make and send out a family newsletter. It can be digital or just stapled paper. Try including a variety of stuff: news, interviews, history, recipes, and more.
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grades 3–7

Sally Ride, American Astronaut

Learn about Sally Ride and her incredible journey to become the first American woman astronaut to fly in space.

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grades 3–8

Flying into Thin Air

Design a paper helicopter that can fly on Mars without the lift provided by our atmosphere. Test different blade sizes. Which size flies best?

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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grades 7–9

Transform Words into Numbers

Find out how to take a math problem that's in words and transform it into numbers called an expression.

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grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

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grades 6–12

Family Legends

After you read the poem, write about your own family legend or story with as much detail as you can.

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Thankful Pictures

During the week, take pictures of things you're thankful for. Then combine them into a slideshow, collage, or other collection to revisit and add to.
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Mount Vernon

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grades 6–12

Learn About Mount Vernon

Take a trip to George Washington's historic estate that served as his home with Martha Washington—and the home of hundreds of enslaved people.

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grades 6–10

Fortnite Funky

Get in the game with this Fortnite dance! Learn the moves step by step and then put it all together so you can "Last Forever."

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grades 8–12

Found Object Art Re-Creation

Browse the Getty Museum's collection, then re-create something you've found using objects (and people) from your home. See the Twitter feed for inspiration!

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grades 6–12

Mystery Numbers

Figure out the numbers each symbol represents by using the clues. Don't check the key until you've figured out your answers!

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grades 8–12

Dig Deeper Into Science News

Use this video and discussion guide to understand how headlines shape the way we interpret science–and health–related news.

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grades 3–12

Five Minutes to Focus

Print and shuffle these cards featuring seven exercies for the mind. Pull one out each day to center yourself and let go of stresses.

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Gratitude Jar

Decorate a gratitude jar. When you feel grateful, write or draw the reason on a paper and put it in the jar. Read the results each week.
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grades 3–12

1620: America Before the Pilgrims

Learn about the people of the Wampanoag Nation, whose territory the pilgrims happened upon in 1620.

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grades 6–8

Bone Whispering

Learn from Kari Bruwelheide, an anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History, how human skeletons can tell you about how people lived and died.

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grades 6–12

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Wiggle into the world of earworms, songs that get stuck in our heads. Then listen to a song you love, and see if it sticks.

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grades 6–12

Math Symbols + Explanation = Whoa!

Find out how symbols like the equal sign came to be and why we use so many unusual symbols in math equations.

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grades 7–12

BBC iReporter

Play this game, and then share what you learned with a family member or teacher. What'd you learn about newsrooms? What’s one way to be more critical and responsible online?

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grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

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Help Out

Ask an adult how you can help for 15 minutes. Or set a timer and find something to clean, wipe, or put away until the alarm sounds.
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grades K–8

Share the Fun of Food and Cooking (Weekly)

Dig into this newsletter for food fanatics. In this edition about tomatoes, you'll find recipes, facts, activities, and more.

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grades 3–8

What Came First

Try out these art-based brainteasers. Choose between two images and decide which came first.

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grades 6–12

What Makes Muscles Grow?

With over 600 muscles in our bodies, we must learn how to give them attention and stay active to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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grades 6–8

Every Day Math

Bookmark this slide deck and use the math problems each day to give yourself a challenge. Check your work with your teacher.

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grades 6–12

The Great Depression, Ken Burns in the Classroom

Examine this gallery of photos taken during the Great Depression. Use the Photo Analysis Worksheet to guide your thinking.

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Preschool–grade 12

Found-Object Music

Listen to this holiday jingle using wrenches. What songs can you recreate with objects found around your house? Pots, pans, bottles, or glasses with water are a great start.

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Call an Elder

Call a grandparent, a neighbor, or a friend of the family to check in on them and make their day. Maybe tell them a joke!
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grades 3–6

Make Up a Move

When ice skaters do a cool, new move, it's named after them. Make up your own moves—jumps, tricks, and poses—and show them off!

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grades 3–8

Forgotten Elephants of Deep Time

Learn how factors like body size, tooth shape, and habitat each played a role in the evolution of the elephant.

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grades 6–12

Protecting Your Privacy

Learn how your private info can end up online, whether you intended it to or not.

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grades 3–8

Square Challenge

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Try it and then watch the video for the answer.

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grades 6–12

How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive

Learn how writers use descriptive language to engage a reader's senses. Then try some of the techniques from the video in your own writing.

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Preschool–grade 12

Snowball Fight!

Ball up socks, pieces of paper, yarn, or other soft things. Decide on teams and rules, and let the epic "snowball" fight begin!

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Self-Appreciation

Write about or draw pictures of things you appreciate about yourself. What are some reasons you're grateful you're you?
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grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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grades 3–6

360-Degree Video Virtual Farms

Help kids learn where food comes from with these farm tours. Reflect on and discuss what you saw. Note: Fur and pig farms are featured.

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grades 3–7

Cooking Up Culture

Choose from a variety of recipes from around the world. Then explore some tasty traditions from different cultures.

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grades 3–12

Discover a STEM Career Path

Browse this site's videos featuring inspiring women discussing their work. Which careers seem most interesting to you? How might you pursue them?

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grades 7–12

Making Sense of Spelling

Ever wonder why "two" sounds like "to" even with the "w" added? Watch and discover the relationship between words and spelling.

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grades 4–6

Money-Making Movies

Use facts about these popular holiday movies to practice some math skills and graph your results.

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Thinking About Traditions

Write down your family traditions, whether they're for holidays, birthdays, or other special reasons. Are there new traditions you'd like to create?
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grades 3–8

Phases of the Moon

Keep a monthlong journal of the phases of the moon. Observe the moon and draw its shape. Can you predict what will happen next?

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

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grades 6–12

Step into Shakespeare

Watch modern interpretations of classic plays and dive into the Bard's lasting legacy with this virtual exhibit on performing Shakespeare.