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grades 6–8

A Running Advantage

Determine whether height affects an Olympic runner's speed. Download the student handout and click on the teach button to find out.

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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 3–6

Your Hero Writes You a Response Letter

Imagine your hero responded to a letter you wrote them. What might they say?

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Plank High Fives

Grab a family member and each get in plank position on your elbows. Balance on one forearm, and high-five your partner five times. Then switch sides.
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Sneaker Challenge

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grades 3–8

Eco-Friendly Sneaker

Can you design and build a sneaker that's environmentally friendly? As you work, consider the effects of the materials you're using.

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grades 6–12

Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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grades 6–7

Probability Predictions

Play games while learning about probability at the same time. Take your knowledge offline with dice or coins and see if you can beat the odds.

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grades 6–12

Letters, Undelivered

Write a letter to someone important that you'll never actually send. Afterward, reflect on the experience.

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grades 5–12

George

Listen to this tender tale about a transgender girl in the fourth grade. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Guess the Animal

How does a penguin walk? A giraffe stand? A puppy behave? Choose an animal to mimic and walk around the room until the answer is guessed.
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grades 3–12

United States Postal Service

Follow the journey your letters take through high-tech machines that process 30,000 pieces of mail each hour.

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grades 6–8

Wake Up, Warm Up, Work It Out

Start your day off right—or boost your spirits in the afternoon—with this energizing warm-up and workout.

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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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grades 6–12

Math Visualized

Plug in an equation and watch it transform on a graph. Expand your skills with videos and challenges, or even complete a scavenger hunt.

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grades 6–12

Explore Trap Music's Rise

Watch this video and complete the discussion questions to learn more about the history behind this ubiquitous, influential music genre.

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grades 5–9

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Channel Weird Al

Choose a popular song and write a parody version. Listen to Weird Al for inspiration, and perform your song for your family.
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grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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grades 6–12

Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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Interactive

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 5–8

How Much Toilet Paper is Enough?

Find out how much TP you actually need. Also, see if there's a correlation between the number of sheets and the roll's diameter.

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grades 6–12

Important Activist: Frederick Douglass

Visit this online exhibition to read about Frederick Douglass and see the actual documents he wrote.

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grades 3–6

Hello, Universe

Listen to this charming tale involving four kids, Filipino folk tales, and bravery. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Squiggle Fun

Find someone to draw with. Each person draws a curly line—long or short. Trade paper and create a picture from your partner's drawing.
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grades 3–8

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 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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grades 4–8

The Thing About Luck

Listen to the sweet tale of a migrant worker girl who must face big responsibilities. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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grades 1–12

Math Made Accessible

Read, watch, and solve math problems in algebra, geometry, statistics, calculus and trigonometry. Complete an activity, open a digital textbook, or try a practice problem.

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Preschool–grade 12

Thank You / Holiday Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you or holiday card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

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Audio

grades 3–6

Listen, Slowly

Put on this audiobook about a girl's trip to Vietnam, where she learns about her family's past. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Treat Yourself Right

Take some time for self-care. Shower or take a bath. Scrub your feet. Clip your nails. Clean out your ears.
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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 6–12

Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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grades 6–8

Bystanders and Upstanders

When we see digital drama or cyberbullying, we have a choice: We can be bystanders or upstanders. Talk through a few ways you can be an upstander.

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Preschool–grade 12

Independent Math

Choose the grade level that's right to get started.

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grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

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Audio

grades 8–12

Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda

Enjoy this sweet tale of a gay high school boy that was turned into the hit movie Love, Simon. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Create Something From Recycled Materials

With the help of an adult, check the recyclables that you have at home. Now think, what can I make with those? Create something for a family member!
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grades 1–6

Meet the Met

Get ready to explore over 5,000 years of art from across the globe.

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grades 3–12

United States Postal Service

Follow the journey your letters take through high-tech machines that process 30,000 pieces of mail each hour.

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grades K–8

The First Step to Sustainability

What does it mean to live sustainably? Learn to distinguish between needs and wants, and consider how things are used or wasted.

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grades 7–12

How to Make a Hexaflexagon: The Definitive Guide

Follow along with this video (and use the printable linked in the description) to do a fun, quick craft activity perfect for fidgety types. It also has some secret math in it.

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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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Audio

grades 6–12

A Long Walk to Water

Dive into this gripping story of an 11-year-old boy in Sudan during the civil war, based on a true story. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Make a Map

Illustrate a map of your block or neighborhood. Mark things you'd want to show a visitor and spots that are important to your family.
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grades 6–12

Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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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 6–12

How to Tune a Guitar for Beginners

Give that guitar a tune-up! With this easy-to-follow video, learn to tune a guitar, even without an electric tuner.