Resources for Grades K–2

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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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A kid enjoying nature

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Nature Notebook

Hunt for natural items and draw what you see in a notebook. You'll be surprised at how much you find, even staying close to home!

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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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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Penguins vs. Puffins

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

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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.

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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winter wiggles

Activity

Preschool–grade 1

Winter Wiggles

Try out these winter-themed activities that'll get you moving and learning science along the way.

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edible water bottles

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Edible Water Bottles

See how one company came up with an alternative to single-use plastics: the Ooho edible water bottle made of seaweed!

Video

grades K–5

Exploring the Coral Reef

Although they might not swim or move like fish, coral reefs are actually living organisms that play an important role in the ecosystem.

Video

grades K–5

Flash the Sloth

Meet Flash, a two-toed sloth, and learn more about the habitat and habits of these cute mammals.

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A kid enjoying nature

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Nature Notebook

Hunt for natural items and draw what you see in a notebook. You'll be surprised at how much you find, even staying close to home!

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winter wiggles

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Preschool–grade 1

Winter Wiggles

Try out these winter-themed activities that'll get you moving and learning science along the way.

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?

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Build it!

Create a structure with blocks, LEGOs, or other materials. How strong and tall can you make it? Destroy it! How fast can you clean up?

Wide Open School's logo

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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cartoon skeletons dancing

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

¡Huesos! Find Out More About Your Bones

¡Mueve tu cuerpo y aprende sobre los huesos!

Move your body and learn about bones!

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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marbles in sand

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Create Some Craters

Make a planet's surface with household items, and then drop marbles or small rocks to create craters. Drop from different heights, and draw the results.

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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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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

grades K–2

Observe, Sketch, and Study Clouds

Identify different types of clouds in this activity that'll get you outside (or curled up by a window) studying and sketching the sky.

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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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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Penguins vs. Puffins

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

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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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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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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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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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screenshot of video game

Interactive

Preschool–grade 2

Sort, Build, and Explore

Practice problem-solving with your favorite wacky cat, and build some basic STEM skills.

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plum's creature connector

Interactive

grades K–2

Creature Connector

Learn about ecosystems and how animals and plants depend on one another in this simple game.

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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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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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A girl demonstrating how to use a pan balance

Interactive

grades K–1

How Can We Balance?

Play this game to learn how to use a pan balance.

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Sea otter game tokens

Interactive

grades 2–5

Sea Otters and Ecosystems

Play this tossing game to learn about sea otters, urchins, kelp, and the ecosystem they share.

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Interactive

grades K–5

Science Quizzes

Find out how much you know about sharks, space, or other science topics, and then share the most interesting facts you learned.

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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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animated snail

Lesson

Preschool–grade 2

Quick Coding Course for Pre-Readers

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

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laughing animals

Lesson

grades K–2

Laughing Animals?

Watch this video to find out if animals can laugh. What do you find funny? After, play the bonus to learn even more animal facts.

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Lesson

grades K–2

Amphibians in Audio

Listen while you learn to determine if the sound frogs make depends on where they live. Ribbit, ribbit, can you guess who's calling?

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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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Lesson

grades K–2

Shifting Shadows

Grab a flashlight to see if you can make a paper gnome's shadow dance. Take your findings outside and test on a sunny day.

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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.

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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edible water bottles

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Edible Water Bottles

See how one company came up with an alternative to single-use plastics: the Ooho edible water bottle made of seaweed!

Video

grades K–5

Exploring the Coral Reef

Although they might not swim or move like fish, coral reefs are actually living organisms that play an important role in the ecosystem.

Video

grades K–5

Flash the Sloth

Meet Flash, a two-toed sloth, and learn more about the habitat and habits of these cute mammals.

Video

grades K–5

How It's Made: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you know some cookies are made in factories, not in restaurant kitchens? Watch this "sweet" tour on how large-batch cookies are mixed and shipped.

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what's your favorite season

Video

grades K–2

What's Your Favorite Season?

Spring, summer, fall, and winter: Learn about the Earth's tilt and why we have different seasons.

Video

grades K–5

How It's Made: Candy Canes

Watch how these delicious and sweet holiday treats are made, processed, and packaged.

Video

grades K–8

Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra

Travel to the Canadian tundra to see some migrating polar bears and hear from the scientists who study them.

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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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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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screenshot of video game

Website/App

Preschool–grade 2

Build, Test, Improve

Solve the engineering puzzles in this free app to learn the process of iteration—making, testing, and improving—that contributes to coding.

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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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teacher helping a student

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

First 8 Studios

Check out these free math and science apps that explore some of the basic skills that lay a solid foundation for their future STEM concepts.

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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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cartoon characters on a seesaw

Website/App

Preschool–grade 2

Peep and the Big Wide World

Explore this excellent science-focused site for little kids. With resources for families in both English and Spanish, it's a great place to learn basic science concepts.

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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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Peep characters on slide

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Ramp Up, Roll Down

Check out this free app in English or Spanish to learn about ramps, and then use the activities to take learning offscreen.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Juegos! Vídeos!

Videos and games starring the characters of the TV Show Peep and the Big Wide World. Learn about science and math in Spanish or English.

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Worksheet

Preschool–grade K

We're Going on a Nature Walk!

Explore your yard or neighborhood and discover cool things! Check off, circle, or color the items on your list once you've found them.

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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.