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grades 6–12

The Map of Computer Science

Take a journey through the history and development of computing in this brilliant visual mapping of the key concepts and fields within computer science.

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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

What Matters

Print out these cards that each represent different values. Use the activities to reflect on which values matter most to you and then express why.

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What Do I Want to Know?

Write down one question you have from this week that you'd like to explore next week.
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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 3–8

Picture-Perfect Pieces

Use cardboard tubes to create a light-minimizing viewer. What do you see when standing still? How does it change when you're moving side to side?

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grades 6–12

Using Science to Wash the Water

Take a walk with Kenny Swift Bird, a hydrologist who draws on his background as a Native American to work toward clean water for all.

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grades 6–12

Studying Has Never Been Funnier

Check out the "free stuff" for math, English, and more. As you learn, enjoy the sometimes sarcastic commentary about studying.

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grades 3–8

Lost and Found

After you read the poem, think about what it's like to find something that was lost. Create something (poem, art, etc.) that captures that feeling.

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grades 6–12

Cooking with Family

Browse the featured recipes on this page for ideas. Or have an adult download the free digital cookbook.

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From Thought to Story

Get a pen and one sheet of paper. Find a quiet place and start writing whatever comes to mind without stopping. Now try to make that into a story with a clear start and end.
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grades 3–8

Ellis Island Virtual Visit

Follow an immigrant's footsteps in this virtual tour, and read firsthand stories about what it was like to emigrate through Ellis Island.

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grades 3–8

Get Moving with Langston Galloway

Join Detroit Pistons' Langston Galloway and teacher Ms. Jourieh for an at-home workout. Watch until the end for a poem from Langston's namesake.

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grades 2–6

Cardboard Creations

Watch the video for tips, and then upcycle some cardboard into a new creation using the strengthening strategies you learned.

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grades 3–12

Math in Three Languages

Choose a language -- English, Spanish, or Portuguese -- then click on a math concept to get some information. Explore other topics, too!

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grades 6–12

Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano Genius

Browse and read—or learn about—the work of Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano artists, activists, and more. (Note: Some texts require sign-in.)

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grades 5–9

Why Be Grateful?

Watch this video to find out why being grateful makes us happier. Then take a minute to focus on the things you're thankful for.

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Media Matters

Write down your favorite things to watch, read, or listen to. Why do you like each of them? Do they all share a common theme?
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grades 3–12

The Immortal White Snake

Learn about Bai Su Zhen, the mythic immortal white snake, and her husband Xu Xian. Can you name one key theme the myth represents?

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grades 3–8

Size and Scale

Create a list of objects, smallest to largest, most of which our eyes can't see. Why can we see an ant but not an antibody?

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grades 8–12

Meme Maker Tutorial

Play through Vidcode's super-simple but fun tutorial that focuses on creating custom social media-style filters.

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grades 1–12

CK-12 (For Students)

Choose a subject and specific topic to practice or learn some math, science, or social studies.

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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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grades 6–12

Reflecting on What We Have

What are you grateful for? Use a journal to write down the things—big and small—that are going well in your life.

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Notice Something

Get outside and look closely at something you've never noticed before. What's special or interesting about that thing? Take a moment to appreciate its uniqueness.
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grades 7–12

News Literacy Quiz

Test your critical-thinking skills with this free app that uses actual examples of deceptive (and not) media.

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grades 3–6

Stories Behind the Stars

Discover the family stories and cultural traditions behind some of Disney's stars.

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grades 6–12

Investigating Coral Bleaching

Use actual data to better understand how rising sea temperatures are affecting coral reefs, some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth.

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grades K–6

A Snail's Pace

Play this game and see which snail will win the race. Use mental addition, probability, and patterns to move your snail to the finish line!

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grades 6–10

Langston Hughes' "Harlem"

Introduce yourself to Hughes' most famous poem and his use of figurative language. Then write your own "Harlem"-inspired poem.

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grades 6–12

My Stories of Success

Learn from your own experiences by reflecting on a past successes. What happened? And what did you learn?

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Snail Mail

Pick a friend or family member and write them a letter the old-fashioned way. Use a pen, paper, envelope, stamp, and your brain—no computer! Make sure to ask them to write back before you drop your letter in the mailbox.
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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

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grades 3–8

Marvelous Mucus

Discover how mucus is actually beneficial to our health. Watch the videos to learn more, and grab some Jell-O to conduct an experiment at home.

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grades 6–12

Avoid Common Online Issues

Watch these videos that tackle lots of online issues like cyberbullying, sharing photos, and online identity from teens' perspectives.

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grades 2–6

Which One Holds More?

Grab two sheets of paper and create two different-size cylinders. Predict which one will hold more Legos, beads, or other objects of your choice!

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grades 5–6

Penguin Census

Discover how scientists are counting chinstrap penguins in Antarctica. It's part of a global penguin census that will help researchers better understand the Antarctic environment.

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grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

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Family Fridge Quotables

Each week curate a collage of quotes—from family, friends, or famous people—on your fridge. You can use sticky notes or get creative with your own cutout shapes. Discuss why you chose them.
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grades 3–12

The Future Forest Is Made of Plastic!

Visit this inspiring garden made of plastic waste. How can you use old toys or plastics from the recycling bin to make your own sculpture garden?

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grades 3–12

Yosemite Virtual Tour

Discover Yosemite Valley's mountains, meadows, and waterfalls in this virtual tour that's as close to breathtaking as one can get without being there.

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grades 6–12

Crash Course, Taking Notes

Learn the nuts and bolts of good note-taking—a skill that'll come in handy over the next few weeks and all your life!

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grades 6–12

Math History

Discover the history of mathematics with this timeline. Read the stories behind the math and see how what we know today evolved over time.

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grades 6–12

How Big Is Your Voice?

Read this poem and consider the voice or perspective it represents. What voice might you describe? Use this poem as inspiration to write your own.

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grades 3–12

Family Photo Album

Take some time together to curate your best family photos, and put them into a digital or old-school album. Create a theme or just choose your favorites.

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Visual Essay

Go out (or stay in) and take photos -- or make drawings -- of your world that you'd like to share with someone. Add short reflections to each photo or drawing and email your special person the essay.
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grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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grades 6–12

Mason Plumlee Gets Moving

Wide Open School Exclusive:
NBA Denver Nuggets player Mason Plumlee shares his stuck-at-home workout, plus some fun games you can set up with ordinary household items.

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grades 6–8

Analyzing El Niño

Work through this interactive lesson that'll help you understand how scientists use data to better understand El Niño events and how they affect weather.