Resources for Grades 3–5

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milly zantow

Video

grades 4–12

Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Ever wonder what the number on the bottom of plastic items means? Learn about the plastic numbering system and why it came to be.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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Video

grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Kids vs. Plastic

Take the Kids vs. Plastic pledge to get your Planet Protector certificate and find out what you can do to fight trash.

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sally ride

Video

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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secrets of the sea

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grades 3–6

Secrets of the Sea

Adventure into a coral reef and discover creatures from the tiniest plants to the largest hunters. Watch, interact, and explore what makes a healthy underwater ecosystem.

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dorothy vaughn

Video

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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penguins

Article/Ebook

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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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Penguins vs. Puffins

Read all about penguins and puffins, then vote for your favorite!

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an astronaut in space

Article/Ebook

grade 3

What Is a Spacewalk?

Learn what a spacewalk is, why astronauts do them, and how they stay safe.

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covid-19

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

The Race for the Vaccine

Find out what scientists are doing to develop a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible.

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bioturbation in action

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Bioturbation in Action

Watch these time-lapse videos to see earthworms and other small critters do the important work of bioturbation, the mixing up of soil and sediment.

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powered by poop

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Powered by Poop

Watch how the Straus Family Creamery transforms "cow pies" into renewable energy and compost to fertilize pastures.

Activity

grades K–5

Tree ID

Try to identify as many trees as you can around your neighborhood. What is unique about the bark or leaves? Which type of tree is your favorite?

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Activity

grades K–5

Flower Safari

Walk around your neighborhood and see how many different types of flowers you can find. Draw them or take a picture of each and try to identify them when you get home.

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Activity

grades K–6

Think Like a Computer

Create a set of picture cards that show every step of a task, similar to how a computer works. For example, what steps do you take to brush your teeth?

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a foil boat with pennies inside

Activity

grades 1–4

Foil Penny Boats

Design and build boats that hold as many pennies as possible without sinking. All you need is aluminum foil and pennies!

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cutouts to make a paper computer

Activity

grades K–3

Build a Paper Computer

Learn about the different parts of a computer with a fun maze activity and a cut-and-paste craft where you put all the computer parts together.

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kid holding a tube

Activity

grades 3–6

Marshmallow Blaster

Design a tube that launches marshmallows, and consider how air pressure works to propel them higher, faster, and farther.

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items used for a science experiment

Activity

grades 3–6

Cloud in a Bottle

Don your wizard's cloak and conjure a cloud with some basic household items. Make sure to work with an adult on this one.

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Preschool–grade 3

Photosynthesis in Action

Reveal the secrets of photosynthesis by doing this simple experiment using some leaves and a bowl of water.

Activity

Preschool–grade 3

Exploding Baggies Experiment

Try out this exciting outdoor activity. Ponder how and why it happens, using skills like observation and deduction.

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person doing arts and crafts

Activity

grades 3–8

How to Make a Pinhole Camera

Sunny out? Using card stock and foil, build a way to project images—like the sun on a piece of paper.

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paper-made rocket

Activity

grades K–3

Rocket Release

Create a paper rocket, then grab a straw and launch it! Record the distance traveled and modify your design. How far can it go?

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person creating origami

Activity

grades 5–12

Space Origami

Fold a piece of paper to find out how rockets can carry a starshade as big as a baseball diamond to take pictures in space.

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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Kids vs. Plastic

Take the Kids vs. Plastic pledge to get your Planet Protector certificate and find out what you can do to fight trash.

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penguins

Article/Ebook

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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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Penguins vs. Puffins

Read all about penguins and puffins, then vote for your favorite!

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an astronaut in space

Article/Ebook

grade 3

What Is a Spacewalk?

Learn what a spacewalk is, why astronauts do them, and how they stay safe.

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covid-19

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

The Race for the Vaccine

Find out what scientists are doing to develop a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible.

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seaweed solution

Article/Ebook

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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a woman with two dogs

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

Speak, Fido

Read this article about new, high-tech vests being developed to help service dogs communicate with people. Then consider some other potential uses for this technology.

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picture of astronaut andrew morgan

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

Astronaut Andrew Morgan Answers Kids' Questions

Find out from an astronaut what it's like to take a 272-day trip to the International Space Station and then come home to a pandemic.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Animals

Explore types of animals and choose three to learn about. Write down some facts about each to share with your family.

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Equipment for Science Classroom

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 5

10 Best Science Tools for Elementary School

Lay the foundation for lifelong curiosity about how the world works and why.

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radiolab for kids podcast

Audio

grades 1–6

Radiolab for Kids

Get your mind swirling with these fascinating podcast episodes that ask wacky questions and find fascinating answers.

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but why podcast

Audio

grades 3–8

But Why?

Listen to this kid-friendly podcast to find out whether llamas are ticklish, why baby teeth fall out, and so much more.

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Two Whats?! and a Wow!

Audio

grades K–5

A Science Game Show—for Your Ears!

Tune into this quirky, daily podcast for curious minds. Complete the cool STEAM challenges to apply what you listened to.

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Audio

grades 1–4

Answering Kids' Questions About Coronavirus

Check out this podcast where kids' practical questions about the coronavirus get answered by real scientists.

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Audio

grades K–5

Science Podcasts for Kids

Choose a podcast from Brains On! featuring science for kids and curious adults. There's no need to download anything—you can listen online!

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Audio

grades 3–6

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry

Gather the whole family to hear LeVar Burton narrate Neil deGrasse Tyson's educational and entertaining read about the universe.

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secrets of the sea

Interactive

grades 3–6

Secrets of the Sea

Adventure into a coral reef and discover creatures from the tiniest plants to the largest hunters. Watch, interact, and explore what makes a healthy underwater ecosystem.

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lava

Interactive

grades 1–12

National Parks

Explore some of the most beautiful places in the USA, guided by National Park Rangers.

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diagram indicating which parts of the brain control the body

Interactive

grades 3–12

How Does the Brain Work?

Play around with these brain-boosting interactives to find out fascinating facts about different parts and jobs of the human brain.

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elephants in a museum

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Field Museum

Take a virtual trip to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, and explore their animal exhibits using Street View.

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the Sơn Đoòng cave

Interactive

grades 3–8

Explore the World's Largest Cave

Journey to Vietnam's Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park and the stunning Sơn Đoòng cave, the world's largest natural cave.

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jungle rangers

Interactive

grades 1–3

Find the Rainforest Animals

Follow Plum's directions and snap photos of the rainforest animals to learn more about them.

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Animated picture of a garbage truck

Interactive

grades 3–8

Personal Planning for the Planet

Find out how you can save the planet's resources for future generations by conserving energy, food, and water and by making your purchases last longer.

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Google Earth satellite view of an island

Interactive

grades 1–8

The Alphabet on Earth

Take a trip around the globe and notice that the Earth actually knows its ABC's! Explore different areas that look like letters from outer space.

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Interactive

grades K–3

Recycle Roundup

Practice recycling by sorting items into the correct bins.

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Interactive

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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Interactive

grades 3–8

Who Made That Sound?

Listen to the different sounds animals make and guess which one it is. Then take a virtual trip to see where it lives.

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a child using a laptop

Interactive

grades 3–12

PhET Interactive Simulations

Illustrate difficult-to-understand concepts with this huge collection of excellent (and free!) science and math simulations.

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a caterpillar

Lesson

grade 3

Plant Adaptations

Compare and contrast two separate informational texts about plants with unique adaptations for survival.

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greasy bag

Lesson

grades K–5

Fatty Foods

Determine which foods are the fattiest in this hands-on experiment. Grab a brown paper bag and some of your favorite snacks to find out!

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animated animals dancing

Lesson

Preschool–grade 12

Hour of Code

Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.

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the ocean

Lesson

grades 3–5

How Deep is the Ocean?

Tour the depths of the ocean to find out how scientists explore regions that are hard to reach and discover the creatures that exist beneath.

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sample image of coding

Lesson

grades 3–12

Quick Coding Course

Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.

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cup of slime

Lesson

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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cat being petted

Lesson

grades 3–5

The Purr-fect Pet

Discover why cats purr. Is that sound a lawn mower or your cat? Play the bonus to learn more amazing facts about these furry felines.

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Lesson

grades 3–5

Mosquito Madness

Design solutions to save a town from an invasion of mosquitos. What could have brought them there? Use the problem solver's sheet to find out!

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Lesson

grades 3–5

Why Do the Stars Change with the Seasons?

Make a paper model of the solar system that helps you visualize Earth’s yearly orbit around the Sun.

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Lesson

grades K–5

Sending Secret Messages

Find out how to communicate over a distance in this hands on activity. Grab some markers and a flashlight and get your secret message out.

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lava

Lesson

grades 3–5

Can You Make Lava?

Watch the video to discover the answer and learn a little about lava along the way.

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Lesson

grades 3–5

Think Fast

Test your reflex skills with these fast but fun experiments. Discover how long it will take your body to get the message from your brain.

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milly zantow

Video

grades 4–12

Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Ever wonder what the number on the bottom of plastic items means? Learn about the plastic numbering system and why it came to be.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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Video

grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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sally ride

Video

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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dorothy vaughn

Video

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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bioturbation in action

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Bioturbation in Action

Watch these time-lapse videos to see earthworms and other small critters do the important work of bioturbation, the mixing up of soil and sediment.

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powered by poop

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Powered by Poop

Watch how the Straus Family Creamery transforms "cow pies" into renewable energy and compost to fertilize pastures.

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future forest is made of plastic

Video

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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flip flop sculptures

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Video

grades 3–12

Flip-Flop Sculptures

Watch how Ocean Sole is cleaning up the ocean by taking washed-up flip-flops and transforming them into beautiful sculptures.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

Astronauts Answer Kids' Questions

Journey up to the International Space Station and join two real-life astronauts orbiting the planet as they answer kids' fun, quirky, and fascinating questions.

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lewis latimer

Video

grades 1–5

Lewis Latimer, Inventor

Find out about the genius African American inventor who contributed to the creation of the lightbulb, telephone, and more.

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mushrooms at work

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Video

grades 3–8

Mushrooms at Work

Where do inventors come up with their great ideas? Find out how mechanical engineer Eben Bayer thought of a compostable alternative to Styrofoam.

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doing research, breaking barriers

Video

grades 3–12

Doing Research, Breaking Barriers

Find inspiration in the story of science educator and graduate student Adania Flemming, who studies marine life at the University of Florida.

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learn by doing

Website/App

grades K–5

Learn by Doing

Explore the educational challenges other kids are doing, and try some yourself. Make and upload videos only with permission!

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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STEM career path

Website/App

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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Boy working on problem - Knowledge on the Go

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Great Minds: Knowledge on the Go

Build knowledge with these high-quality, daily instructional video lessons for ELA (grades K–8), math (grades K–12), and science (grades 3–5).

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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a man hiking

Website/App

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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Shark and National Geographic logo

Website/App

grades K–5

National Geographic Kids

Explore all of these fun resources to learn more about the natural world.

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illustration of people in a classroom lab

Website/App

grades 4–10

Frontiers for Young Minds

Read and discuss articles on cutting-edge science discoveries written by scientists and reviewed by kids and teens.

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Website/App

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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Website/App

grades 1–4

Plum Landing Games

Play! Explore! Create! And discover the wonders of our amazing planet with your friends from Plum Landing.

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Website/App

grades 3–5

Be an Animal Expert

Explore types of animals and choose three to learn about. Write down some facts about each to share with your family.

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Worksheet

grades 3–5

Wow in the World Podcast Activities

Listen to any episode of the Wow in the World podcast, and turn it into a STEAM learning adventure with this free printable!

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illustration of a plant's needs

Worksheet

grades 1–3

What Do Plants Need?

Learn what plants need and design a journal to keep your drawings and other important information you've learned.