Resources for Grades 6–8

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9 top youtube channels to boost classroom lessons

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

9 Top YouTube Channels for Classroom Lessons

Find great videos to bring the world and all of its wonder to your students.

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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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turning vegetables into clean energy

Video

grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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Video

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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investigating coral bleaching

Interactive

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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saving earth

Video

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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analyzing el nino

Interactive

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.

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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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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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journey through an exploded star

Interactive

grades 7–12

Journey Through an Exploded Star

Step inside an explosion of a massive star and explore the forces that connect each of us to the stars.

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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.

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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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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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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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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satellite view of Mars

Activity

grades 6–10

Moving on Mars

Develop a game to make a rover move on Mars. Download a free Scratch account to start, then add code for targets, hazards, and more!

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making a paper helicopter

Activity

grades 3–8

Flying into Thin Air

Design a paper helicopter that can fly on Mars without the lift provided by our atmosphere. Test different blade sizes. Which size flies best?

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a full moon

Activity

grades 3–8

Phases of the Moon

Keep a monthlong journal of the phases of the moon. Observe the moon and draw its shape. Can you predict what will happen next?

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arts and crafts

Activity

grades 3–6

Living Room Spacecraft Landing

Find out just how hard it is to land a spacecraft in this project. Make sure to design, build, test, and redesign.

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picture perfect pieces

Activity

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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size and scale

Activity

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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drawn out idea

Activity

grades 3–9

Helpful Invention

Dream up an invention you think could help make people's lives better. Design it, then build it. Check out the two examples for inspiration.

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9 top youtube channels to boost classroom lessons

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

9 Top YouTube Channels for Classroom Lessons

Find great videos to bring the world and all of its wonder to your students.

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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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La carrera para desarrollar una vacuna

Article/Ebook

grades 6–8

How to Develop a Vaccine

Learn about the steps scientists are taking to develop a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible.

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jerry lawson

Article/Ebook

grades 8–12

Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

Read this article about inventor and engineer Jerry Lawson, who developed the first interchangeable, cartridge-based video game system—before Atari and Nintendo!

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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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message in a bottle

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Message in a Bottle

Read an article and watch a video about the impact of plastic bottles on the environment. Then explore some of the possible solutions.

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microbeads

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Microbeads: Huge Problem

Find out how people worked together to ban the use of a dangerous ingredient in cosmetics. Are there movements you want to help?

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people digging for dinosaur bones

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Digging for Dinosaurs

Travel to Antarctica with a team of paleontologists and find out first-hand how dinosaur bones are found.

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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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person holding a small electronic item

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Small (but Mighty) Tech

View this photo essay about some teeny high-tech innovations designed to perform highly specialized tasks. What other applications for micro-size tech can you dream up?

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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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middle schoolers working on science

Article/Ebook

grades 6–8

10 Best Science Tools for Middle School

Find a new tool to let student scientists play with simulations, engage in citizen science research, and gather and analyze data from around the world.

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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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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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investigating coral bleaching

Interactive

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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analyzing el nino

Interactive

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.

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journey through an exploded star

Interactive

grades 7–12

Journey Through an Exploded Star

Step inside an explosion of a massive star and explore the forces that connect each of us to the stars.

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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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deep data

Interactive

grades 6–8

Deep Data

Work through this activity that will get you exploring, analyzing, and drawing conclusions based on the data of rising sea levels.

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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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screenshot from game

Interactive

grades 8–12

Solve the Outbreak

This engaging game can help older kids learn the methods epidemiologists use to determine the source of a disease and how to stop it from spreading.

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penguins

Interactive

grades 6–12

Evolution Lab

Explore the roots and branches of the tree of life in this interactive lab focused on phylogenetics, the study of evolutionary relationships between species.

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Sample graph of spending habits

Interactive

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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periodic table

Lesson

grades 8–12

Table Trends

Explore the periodic table in this short course. Can you explain how the elements are classified or describe the properties of each group?

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Teacher

Lesson

grades 7–8

Daily SEL, STEM, and PE Lessons (Grades 7-8)

Work through 20-minute, teacher-led lessons featuring videos, activities, and extensions. The intriguing topics range from eco-friendly design to the importance of water to our bodies.

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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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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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students dancing

Lesson

grades 6–8

A Symbiosis Dance

Model interactions between different species in an ecosystem while practicing your dance moves. Can you do the bee waggle? How about the bear scratch?

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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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a foot on a distortion pedal

Lesson

grades 6–12

Design a Distortion Pedal

Discover the history of the distortion pedal, a little box that changed rock music. Then learn about what distortion is and design your own pedal.

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Lesson

grades 6–8

Sustainable Solutions

Design efficient bus routes, and compare the environmental impacts of fuel types. Download the student activity guide and watch the video to start your calculations.

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Lesson

grades 6–8

Earthquake-Proof Engineering

Explore engineering techniques with this hands-on learning activity. Collect and compare movement data with your cellphone to create designs that prevent earthquake damage.

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Lesson

grades 6–8

Baseball Physics

Discover what Newton's laws of motion and baseball have in common. Watch, practice, and discuss how watching sports is a science in this learning module.

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Lesson

grades 8–12

Dig Deeper Into Science News

Use this video and discussion guide to understand how headlines shape the way we interpret science–and health–related news.

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shooting lasers from space

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Video

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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turning vegetables into clean energy

Video

grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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clean energy

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Video

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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saving earth

Video

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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mushrooms at work

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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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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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earth school

Website/App

grades 6–12

Earth School

This eco-minded site has 30 quests to complete over six weeks, each with a video, questions, and ways to dig deeper.

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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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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 7–12

Stars in Your Backyard

Become a citizen scientist from your bedroom window by measuring the light pollution in your area. Record your observations with your device and share.

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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 6–8

Getting Started With Motion

Download this free app and complete this short activity to learn how to track motion. Then take your phone outside and check out the data.

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bats

Worksheet

grades 6–12

Blood-Sucking Bats!

Use this downloadable worksheet to suck some math practice out of these fun facts about vampire bats.