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grades 1–5

Dorothy Vaughan: Pathbreaking Mathematician

Check out this video and article on Dorothy Vaughan, the supervisor of a group of boundary-breaking African American women whose calculations got astronauts into space.

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Preschool–grade 3

No Mirrors in My Nana's House

Listen to this poetic story of a child's love reflected in her Nana's eyes. Plus hear a musical version at the end of the video.

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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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Secret Messages in Invisible Ink

Find two pieces of paper and put one over the other. Now write something with a pencil, applying as much pressure as possible. The bottom sheet now has the secret message. Shade it gently to read it!
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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 K–3

Recycle Roundup

Practice recycling by sorting items into the correct bins.

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grades K–5

Who Invented Pizza?

Enjoy this quick investigation into one of the world's most popular foods. Then, vote for another upcoming question, or submit your own!

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grades 3–8

Experiments with Mobius Strips

How do you create interlocking papers with a single strip? Watch this video and see if you can recreate these mathematical experiments.

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grades 3–12

Essential Black History Texts

Browse, select, and read from this great collection of nonfiction and fiction texts written by Black writers, artists, and activists.

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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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DIY Putt-Putt

Using items from around your home, create a mini-golf course. Find objects to use as a club and golf ball, and then put it to the test!
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Preschool–grade 3

M&M's Factory Tour

Take a trip to the M&M factory and learn how this popular candy is made.

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grades 3–8

West African Dance

Practice some simple and fun moves from West African dance. Do you see the influence of these moves on modern dancing?

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grades 3–5

A Winning Team

Meet the president-elect, Joe Biden, and vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, and learn more about their lives.

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grades 5–8

So Many Berries!

Find out a bit about how cranberries grow. Then, use math to estimate how many berries are actually in the bog.

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grades 3–6

Seaweed Solution

Can kelp farming help slow climate change? Learn about the pros and cons of producing this underwater resource.

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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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Wrap Around the World

Use a basketball or another object and see how many times you can pass it around your waist without it touching your body.
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grades 3–4

Social Media Debate

Is social media good for society? Read these kids' thoughts, and then write down your thoughts or discuss with friends or family.

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grades 4–6

Kites Need Tails!

Try this kite-building activity you can do at home! Be sure to check out the resource on how tails help a kite to fly.

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grades 4–6

My Media Balance

How are some media choices more or less healthy than others? What does media balance look like for you? Learn more in this video.

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grades 3–5

Turn Up the Volume

Use the beaker to select the amount of liquid you'll need to fill up the cubes. Count the cubes to help out.

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grades 3–6

Family Interview Project

Use these questions (or write your own) to interview a family member. Write down or record their answers, and share with the whole family.

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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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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 3–5

Looking Forward

What are you looking forward to? What goals do you have? Find a way to show or explain the things you want to make happen.

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grades 3–5

Explore Europe

Find one fun fact from the text and share it with a caregiver, friend, or sibling!

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grades 5–12

Outwit Your Friends

Play this trivia bluffing game with the whole family or connect with others over video chat.

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grades 4–5

Agrinautica

Build your math skills by terraforming a planet. Each plant, animal, fungus, and mineral you add represents a unique mathematical expression.

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Article/Ebook

grades 1–5

Get the Scoop!

Print out this monthly magazine filled with interesting articles, activities, puzzles, and more!

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grades K–5

Draw Your Feelings

Find some markers and paper and turn your emotions into art. What color is joy? Sadness? Boredom? Love?

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Impersonate Your Favorite Personality

Choose a famous person that you admire and study them. How do they move? how do they speak? Practice in front of a mirror and then showcase your new talent to your family.
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grades K–5

This or That

What's your favorite fruit? Color? Depending on your answer, you might need to do jumping jacks or tree poses in this fun physical activity.

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grades 3–12

The Age of A.I.

Watch this docuseries hosted by Robert Downey Jr. all about artifical intelligence. Free on YouTube Premium.

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grades 3–5

Private & Personal Information

What type of information about you is OK to share online? What type of information isn't? Learn about the differences in this video.

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grades 3–8

Social Math Battle

Use your math skills to battle your friends (or the computer) in this virtual card game. Choose your level, and defeat your opponent!

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

And the Winner Is …

Find out who declares the winner of an election, and how they can declare a winner before all the votes are counted.

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Preschool–grade 5

Simple Stress Busters

Try out one of these simple activities to de-stress, release tension, and relax.

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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 K–5

Art for Kids

Learn to draw all kinds of cool stuff by following these video tutorials.

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grades K–12

How Toilet Paper Is Made

Visit a huge factory that makes toilet paper, tissue, and paper towels. You'll get to see how something so simple is actually complex to manufacture.

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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 5–10

World's Tallest Building

Find out about the architecture, materials, and process used to create the world's tallest building. Then explore the math problems and social justice activities.

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Preschool–grade 4

The Cookie Girl

Gather around to listen to the story of a girl who wanted cookies for dinner, plus several other fun short stories in this audiobook.

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Preschool–grade 5

Painting with a Single Stroke

Watch as Kyoto-based artist Keisuke Teshima beautifully paints dragon bodies with a single stroke using a sumi-e style brush across paper.

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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 2–6

Mysterious Microbes

Search for six microbes in this online coloring activity. Pick a different color to represent each virus. Are you able to identify the missing one?

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grades 3–12

Work Out with a Paralympian

Join four-time Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson for this 34-minute, full-body workout. Note you'll need a couple of common household items, so preview the workout first.

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Preschool–grade 7

Vietnam's Ancient Lithophone

Listen to the beautiful sounds from Vietnam's ancient lithophone, or the đàn đá, made from granite, stone, wood, and corals.