Resources for Grades 3–5

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grades 3–8

Protecting Our Oceans

Celebrate Earth Day with members of the National Geographic Pristine Seas team! The world's marine ecosystems are suffering greatly from human impact. Learn how creating marine sanctuaries can preserve and improve the health of these vital ecosystems.

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milly zantow

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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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Preschool–grade 3

Dance of the Triangles

Watch how triangles can make more triangles. Cut out your own triangles, pause the video at different points, and make the shapes you see.

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square challenge

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grades 3–8

Square Challenge

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Try it and then watch the video for the answer.

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why we say ok

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grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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how to address an envelope

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grades 3–5

Address an Envelope

Learn the steps of this important skill. Then, write a letter to friends or family—they'll be delighted to get it in the mail.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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sally ride

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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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grades 1–5

Celebrating Pi Day

Find out what this math holiday is all about. Then ask yourself, "How do I use circles in my everyday life?"

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grades 4–8

5 Women Artists' Stories

Learn about Sonia Boyce, Barbara Hepworth, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dayanita Singh, five women artists who have changed the art world.

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how lego is made

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grades K–5

How Lego Bricks Are Made

Take a trip through the Lego Duplo factory in Hungary and watch how almost 5 million bricks and characters are made each day.

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grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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sally ride

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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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grades 4–8

5 Women Artists' Stories

Learn about Sonia Boyce, Barbara Hepworth, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dayanita Singh, five women artists who have changed the art world.

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grades K–5

Paper Lantern Crafts

Make your own paper lanterns to decorate for Lunar New Year. All you need is paper, scissors, and a stapler or tape!

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future forest is made of plastic

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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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Jazz Hip-Hop

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grades 3–12

Jazz: The Mother of Hip-Hop

Sit down with jazz musician Robert Glasper, as he shows the jazz origins of famous hip-hop samples and tracks.

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a new republic

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grades 3–12

A New Republic

Discover how artist Kehinde WIley redefines traditional portraits with his paintings of Black men and women. What do his paintings communicate? What questions do they raise?

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grades 5–12

The Blues as Building Blocks

Did you know your favorite songs are probably influenced by the blues? Learn more about this music genre and its roots in Black history.

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found object music

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Preschool–grade 12

Found-Object Music

Listen to this holiday jingle using wrenches. What songs can you recreate with objects found around your house? Pots, pans, bottles, or glasses with water are a great start.

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grades 2–5

Tower of Turkeys

Gather some markers and paper, then watch this video to learn how to draw a stack of turkeys with different faces.

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grades K–5

Paper Weaving

Learn how to weave paper together to make a 3D design. Just gather some paper, scissors, pens, and maybe some glue.

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grades K–5

Miniature Stage Play

Learn how to make a tiny theater you can use to stage miniature plays.

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online news

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grades 4–6

Reading News Online

What are the different parts of a news article or website? Learn how to identify them and make sure you're consuming more trustworthy info.

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What does it mean to be a digital citizen?

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Preschool–grade 8

What Does It Mean to Be a Digital Citizen?

Reflect on your digital life as you watch this video. Think about how you will act, create, learn, and lead. How will you be a digital citizen today?

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digital life

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grades 4–6

Digital Life 101

Use this video to reflect on the media you consume, create, and share. Consider drawing out a map similar to the one in the video.

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super digital citizen

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grades 3–5

Super Digital Citizen

Discover the Digital Citizens -- superheroes that solve digital dilemmas in responsible ways.

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keeping games fun and friendly

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grades 3–5

Keeping Games Fun and Friendly

Find out how to stay positive and have fun while playing online games, and help others do the same.

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power of words

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grades 2–4

The Power of Words

See how even silly words exchanged online have real power, and learn what to do when faced with cyberbullying.

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internet safety

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grades 3–5

Internet Safety and Smarts

Enjoy this fun animated series that showcases kid characters in a fantasy world as they navigate common internet issues.

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comparing bullying and cyber bullying

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grades 4–6

What's Cyberbullying?

What counts as cyberbullying? Learn what it is, and what it isn't, and give kids important tools they'll need to combat the problem.

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socializing responsibly

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grades 5–7

Who You're Talking to Online

One of the great things about online games and social media is connecting with others, but it's important to do so safely and responsibly.

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presenting yourself

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grades 5–7

Presenting Yourself Online

Being yourself on social media is complicated. Explore the benefits and drawbacks of experimenting with your identity, and how you present yourself, in digital spaces.

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balancing life and technology

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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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private and personal info

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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 K–4

Be Like a Hummingbird

Listen to the tale of the hummingbird, shared by Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. This excerpt from Dirt! The Movie inspires us to do the best we can.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

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grades K–8

Visit an Animal Shelter

Visit this animal shelter in Sacramento, California, and find out how pets are taken care of before they get adopted and find a new home.

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grades 5–9

Why Be Grateful?

Watch this video to find out why being grateful makes us happier. Then take a minute to focus on the things you're thankful for.

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Preschool–grade 5

Mindful Moment

What do you see, feel, hear, and smell where you are right now? Quiet your mind and focus on your senses.

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finding your yeti body

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grades K–3

Finding Your Yeti Body

Learn how to slide into your yeti body to get you better prepped to practice mindfulness, meditate, or just chill out.

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your amazing brain

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grades K–3

Your Amazing Brain

Watch this video to learn how to grow your brain's power by sticking to things and calming down when you get frustrated.

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keys to empathy

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grades K–5

The Keys to Empathy

Watch this video to learn how you can use empathy to better understand and support others.

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what is mindfulness

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grades K–3

What Is Mindfulness?

Find out what it means to be mindful. After the video, take some time to practice what you learned.

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managing worry

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grades K–3

Managing Worry

Learn how to wrangle worrying in this video that'll get you to wonder less about "what if" and focus more on "what is."

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take on the day

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grades 3–5

Take on the Day

Start the day by harnessing energy and focus with this energizing breathing video!

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

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Preschool–grade 3

Private I. Guana

Follow along to help solve the mystery of the missing chameleon. Use the included teacher's guide for suggestions and ideas to extend learning.

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Little kid peeking under the bed

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Preschool–grade 3

I Need My Monster

Celebrate the love of reading by listening to actress Rita Moreno read this story about friendship, imagination, and bedtime routines.

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how lego is made

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grades K–5

How Lego Bricks Are Made

Take a trip through the Lego Duplo factory in Hungary and watch how almost 5 million bricks and characters are made each day.

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usps

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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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history of the pencil

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grades 3–12

The History of the Pencil

Get an inside view into the history and making of pencils at the Derwent pencil factory in England.

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grades 4–12

Behind the Scenes in the Tesla Factory

Find out how the Tesla Model S is made with a tour of this state-of-the-art factory.

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behind the signs

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grades K–5

Behind the Signs

Learn how a sign shop in Queens makes more than 10,000 signs a month for New York City -- for everything from crosswalks to highways to parking!

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peek into the white house

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grades 2–12

Peek into the White House

Take a tour of the West Wing of the White House in sign language. See just what the president's 45-second commute looks like.

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grades K–5

Niagara Falls

Explore Niagara Falls and learn more about this natural wonder on the border of the U.S. and Canada.

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grades K–8

Visit an Animal Shelter

Visit this animal shelter in Sacramento, California, and find out how pets are taken care of before they get adopted and find a new home.

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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.

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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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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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grades K–5

How It's Made: Candy Canes

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

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grades K–5

Make Up a Dance Routine

Improvise some moves, then use them to design a new dance performance that's all your own.

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workout with Madison Keys

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grades K–5

Move like a Champ

Get active with this jump, squat, and turn around routine with tennis champ Madison Keys!

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hip hop for the holidays

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grades K–3

Hip-Hop for the Holidays

Watch Blazer Fresh spin a wheel of fun, holiday-themed challenges. Then try them yourself!

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holiday happy dance

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grades K–3

Holiday Happy Dance

Get your groove on and dance along to wiggle out the winter chill.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

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grades K–5

Simple Stretches

Get ready for your day with these arm and leg stretches.

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grades 3–12

Home Workout with Jerome Williams

Wide Open School Exclusive: Get court-ready with NBA legend Jerome Williams in this workout series covering fundamentals from jumping jacks to burpees.

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grades 1–8

Create Your Dance Passion Project

Design your dream dance performance in this interactive workshop that shows how ideas can be expressed through movement.

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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 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

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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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people being active

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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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how to address an envelope

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grades 3–5

Address an Envelope

Learn the steps of this important skill. Then, write a letter to friends or family—they'll be delighted to get it in the mail.

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family baking time

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Preschool–grade 12

Family Baking Time

Make "snoball" cookies with this winter-inspired video and cookie recipe. Don't forget to write down the ingredients as you see them pop up.

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grades 3–6

That's a Wrap!

Watch this video to learn how to wrap gifts. All you'll need is a box, paper, scissors, and tape. Pause the video as you go.

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managing worry

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grades K–3

Managing Worry

Learn how to wrangle worrying in this video that'll get you to wonder less about "what if" and focus more on "what is."

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fresh and clean

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grades K–5

So Fresh and So Clean

Say hello to good hygiene with this video that explains how getting clean isn't just about looking good but feeling well.

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grades 3–8

Community Farms

Find inspiration in Melvin Parson's community-based farming project, which he sees as a path to healthier communities and better futures, especially for the formerly incarcerated.

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wash your hands

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grades K–5

Hand-Washing Review

Reinforce what most kids probably already know at this point—the utmost importance of hand-washing—with this fun hip-hop video.

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grades 3–12

Pizza-Tossing Tournament!

Learn from champion pizza chef Tony Gemignani in this somewhat old, yet informative video. Watch Tony teach the basics; then try tossing your own pizza.

Activity

grades K–5

North, South, East, West

Practice your cardinal directions while you hop around with this simple game.

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grades K–3

Wash Your Hands

Join Cartoon Network for a fun way to wash your hands and keep everyone around your healthy.

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dance of the triangles

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Preschool–grade 3

Dance of the Triangles

Watch how triangles can make more triangles. Cut out your own triangles, pause the video at different points, and make the shapes you see.

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square challenge

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grades 3–8

Square Challenge

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Try it and then watch the video for the answer.

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grades 1–5

Celebrating Pi Day

Find out what this math holiday is all about. Then ask yourself, "How do I use circles in my everyday life?"

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dorothy vaughn

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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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experiments with mobius strips

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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 4–5

Mixed Up About Mixed Numbers?

Learn how to use a visual, step-by-step approach to transform improper fractions into mixed numbers.

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grades 4–5

Modeling Multiplication

Watch this video that shows off a visual process for approaching multiplication problems. Use that process on other multiplication problems, including pictures!

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calculating area and perimeter

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grades 3–5

Calculating Area and Perimeter

Learn a couple methods for figuring out the perimeter and area of a rectangle in this sci-fi-themed video.

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grades K–5

Playing Card Math Games

Learn these math games that only require a deck of cards. Play with a brother, sister, or family member to test your skills.

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Women presenting / giving a speech

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grades 4–8

Women Solving Wonders

Watch this video to learn about the women who made space travel possible. What were the calculations that helped America advance in the space race?

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how to address an envelope

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grades 3–5

Address an Envelope

Learn the steps of this important skill. Then, write a letter to friends or family—they'll be delighted to get it in the mail.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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grades K–3