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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 1–12

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Listen to all two hours and 44 minutes of Scarlett Johansson reading this classic tale of madcap adventure.

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grades 9–12

What If It's Us

Press play on this sweet romance between two teen boys in NYC for the summer. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Pocket-Sized Gratitude

Find a small object like a button or marble and keep it with you. Whenever you touch it, think of something you're grateful for.
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Preschool–grade 12

Create with Colors

Click on a color and see famous fine art that contain it. Then pick a color to feature in your own art! (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity)

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grades 3–12

Environment Channel

Take a deeper look at the natural systems that sustain life on earth and find new ways to participate as good players in the system.

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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 6–12

Statistically Relevant Studies

Discover all the components of a valid study in this mini-course. Learn what makes a relevant sample, the difference between correlation and causality, and more.

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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

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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I'd Like to Toast …

The next time your family gets together, take a minute to toast each other. What specific things do you appreciate about each person?
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grades 1–12

Hidden Worlds in Our National Parks

Explore five equally impressive and varied national parks in these interactive, ranger-led virtual tours.

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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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grades 9–12

Tiny Desk Concerts

Watch your favorite musicians give live performances at the desk of All Things Considered host Bob Boilen.

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grades 8–12

What's Going On in This Graph?

Check back each week to dig into a new fascinating graph connected to current events. What do you notice about it? What do you wonder?

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grades 7–12

Why You Should Read Lord of the Flies

Explore author William Golding's motivations for writing his most notable novel. Then read the novel and decide whether you agree with the novel's worldview.

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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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Screen-Free Substitutes

Dream up and then do offline versions of your favorite online activities (Instagram = old-school letter, Call of Duty = strategy board game, etc.).
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grades 10–12

Important Afro-Latinxs

Find out about the accomplishments of eight extraordinary Afro-Latinx people. From artists to activists, each person honors the legacy of the African diaspora.

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grades 9–12

The Variations of Viruses

Explore the structure, hosts, transmission and more of nine viruses in this interactive app that's great for AP Bio students. Download the worksheet to guide learning.

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grades 6–12

Explore Ancient Drawings

Step inside the Chauvet Cave, a 36,000-year-old gallery of ancient human art. See what we can learn from what our ancestors left behind.

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grades 9–12

POC Entrepreneurship

Calculate the percent change of POC-owned businesses from 2015 to 2016. Consider factors that could have influenced these changes. Ponder what business you could start!

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grades 9–12

What It Means to Teach

After you read this poem, think about the best teachers you've had, and whether or not you agree with what the poem says about the best teachers.

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grades 10–12

Native Son

Listen to this classic novel by Richard Wright about race, violence, and being Black in America.

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Finding Your Balance

Pay attention to how you feel after you've been using a screen for a while. Write about what you notice. What's a good balance for you?
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grades 11–12

How to Clean a Car's Exterior

Learn how to keep a car looking spiffy. Then clean your parent's or a neighbor's car, or just bank this wisdom until you have your own someday.

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grades 6–10

The Hidden History of the Cowboys

Watch this video to uncover the buried Black roots of cowboy culture and learn how contemporary artists are assuming this legacy today.

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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 10–12

Meaningful Math

Explore how mathematics can help us make sense of the world. After viewing, describe how math could increase someone's score in a game of pool.

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grades 9–12

Food and Climate Change

Find connections between what we grow, eat, and throw away and the impact of climate change.

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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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Check Your Settings

Take a minute to check and adjust the settings on your favorite apps or devices. Is it using your location? Can anyone send you a message?
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Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

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grades 9–12

Survey Methods

Learn about scientific research methods by evaluating actual research conducted on African elephant populations. Start with the interactive presentation, then dig into the worksheet.

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grades 6–12

News Feed Defenders

Understand the essential qualities of good journalism, how news goes viral, and common tactics employed in news to deceive or manipulate reads.

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grades 6–12

How Far Away is the Sun?

Use your hands and a mathematical ratio to estimate sizes and distances of far away objects. Start with objects close to you as a baseline.

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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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grades 9–12

Make a Device-Free Dinner

Prepare a meal for your family, and then enjoy it together. The catch: All devices should be locked away.

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Privacy's the Best Policy

Find and read the privacy policy of your favorite app or game. What information do they collect? Do they sell it? What else do you notice?
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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 4–12

The Stories of 103 Orchard Street

Explore how this New York tenement's history mirrors the story of immigration in the U.S. Then, dig into more resources from the Tenement Museum's site.

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grades 9–12

Sharpen Your Knife Skills

Learn some basic techniques for safer and slicker use of a chef's knife. Try them out tonight by helping your family cook dinner.

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grades 9–12

Census Calculations

Examine and compare histograms to understand characteristics of American life during a given time. Use mean, median, standard deviation, and more to interpret the data.

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grades 10–12

The Art of a Good Interview

Boost your citizen-journalist skills with this brief intro to interviewing. Then practice by interviewing a family member, either in person or by phone or video.

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grades 10–12

Keeping the Peace During a Pandemic

Cooped up with family or friends? Consider ways to carve out some privacy for yourself and respect those you live with.

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Your Dream Vacation

Where would you go? Why? Research the details of a city or town and then create a travel brochure!
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grades 3–12

Soap and Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are surrounded by the same type of membrane that surrounds human cells. Learn how disrupting this membrane with soap or alcohol inactivates the virus.

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grades 3–12

Healthy Meals Remix

Choose three of your family's favorite meals, and see if there's an even healthier spin you can put on them. More veggies? Less salt? Try your new recipe!

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grades 9–12

Discover Street Art

Check out the vibrant world of graffiti and other street art with this virtual exhibit. Discover how murals connect to social movements and communities.