Resources for Grades 6–8

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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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shooting lasers from space

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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eliminating single-use plastics

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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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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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a tribute to free speech

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grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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how to write fiction that comes alive

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grades 6–12

How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive

Learn how writers use descriptive language to engage a reader's senses. Then try some of the techniques from the video in your own writing.

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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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a hero's journey

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grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

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a tribute to free speech

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grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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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 6–12

Shantell Martin: Follow the Pen

Take a glimpse at Shantell Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings. With a marker, use words and lines to make your own creative expression.

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sissieretta jones

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grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

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grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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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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grades 6–12

Dance as Protest

Be moved by the 400-year-old history of bomba, a style of music and dance created by enslaved people that resisted colonial culture.

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grades 6–12

The Obliteration Room

Watch as Tate Gallery visitors take part in Yayoi Kusama's interactive art exhibit. Visitors transform the white room by covering it with dot stickers in different colors.

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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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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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grades 6–12

How to Fact-Check History

Learn from a professional fact-checker how to verify information—including events that happened a long time ago.

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grades 6–12

How to Choose Your News

Learn how opinions and facts affect the news and how to tell them apart.

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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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grades 6–12

Protecting Your Privacy

Learn how your private info can end up online, whether you intended it to or not.

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avoid common online issues

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grades 6–12

Avoid Common Online Issues

Watch these videos that tackle lots of online issues like cyberbullying, sharing photos, and online identity from teens' perspectives.

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sexting and risks

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grades 8–12

Sexting, Relationships, and Risks

Watch teens' honest -- and sometimes frank -- thoughts about the pressures and risks that come with sexting. How would you react in similar situations?

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oversharing

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grades 7–9

Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint

Listen to other students' thoughts and experiences with social media. Do you think you're an oversharer?

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digital footprint

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grades 6–8

What's in Your Digital Footprint

Find out what a digital footprint is and how you should think about it before posting and sharing information online.

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what is digital citizenship

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grades 6–12

What Is Digital Citizenship?

Learn what skills you need to become an awesome digital citizen.

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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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saving earth

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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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grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

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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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grades 6–12

Breathe in the Music

Learn and practice this simple meditative exercise guided by composer Chad Lawson and his piano.

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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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cartoon girl

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grades 6–8

How to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Learn and practice these three confidence-boosting tips that'll help you tackle challenges and face the world with resolve.

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managing online use

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grades 7–9

The Pressure to Stay Connected

Hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked." Do you feel the same way? How might you manage your use?

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maintaining friendships online

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grades 6–8

Friendships and Social Media

Consider how social media affects your friendships. In what ways does social media help, hinder, or just complicate our connections and communications with friends?

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Preschool–grade 12

Grand Canyon Trek

Chill out on this awe-inspiring (and long!) Grand Canyon hike featuring great footage and vibes. If you're up for it, walk along with the video!

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holding hands

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grades 6–12

Perspectives on Race

Recognize how our understanding of race affects people in different ways, and hear personal perspectives from a handful of Flocabulary's rappers.

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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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urban bee farms in detroit

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grades 6–12

Urban Bee Farms in Detroit

What do you think a beekeeper looks like? Detroit Hives is challenging stereotypes and supporting new growth and a healthy food culture in Detroit.

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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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behind the scenes in the tesla factory

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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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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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sneak peak

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grades 6–12

Sneak Peak

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a museum? Get an insider view of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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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 6–12

Virtual Tour of the White House

Did you know the White House has a bowling alley? Take an animated virtual tour of the White House and see if you can count all the rooms!

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grades 6–12

Indigenous Traditions, Contemporary Culture in Oklahoma

Join indigenous hip-hop artist Quese IMC on this day of music, family, art, and history exploring the enduring traditions of the Pawnee and Seminole peoples.

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grades 6–12

The Eiffel Tower Animated Tour

Learn about the various floors and shops located inside this amazing tower, located in Paris, France. Did you know it was almost torn down?

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grades 6–12

Tallest Building in the World

Take a journey inside an animation of the world's tallest building—the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai—reaching over half a mile high!

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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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grades 6–10

Fortnite Funky

Get in the game with this Fortnite dance! Learn the moves step by step and then put it all together so you can "Last Forever."

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grades 6–12

What Makes Muscles Grow?

With over 600 muscles in our bodies, we must learn how to give them attention and stay active to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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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 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 6–12

Work Out with Avery Williamson

Dips, high knees, push-ups, and more—get moving with this quick set of exercises led by an NFL linebacker.

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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 6–12

Mason Plumlee Gets Moving

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NBA Denver Nuggets player Mason Plumlee shares his stuck-at-home workout, plus some fun games you can set up with ordinary household items.

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grades 6–12

Learn to Ollie

Pop into this helpful explainer video, and see if you can learn this most basic (yet very challenging!) of skateboard tricks.

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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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Working Out With a Paralympian

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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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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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grades 6–12

Cook Eggs

Learn how to cook eggs—scrambled, fried, hard-boiled. This skill will come in handy. We promise.

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cartoon girl

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grades 6–8

How to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Learn and practice these three confidence-boosting tips that'll help you tackle challenges and face the world with resolve.

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grades 6–12

Learn to Ollie

Pop into this helpful explainer video, and see if you can learn this most basic (yet very challenging!) of skateboard tricks.

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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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grades 6–12

How to Tie a Tie

Ditch the clip-on and learn one way to easily tie a tie, and class up your wardrobe for graduation, job interviews, weddings, and beyond.

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grades 8–12

Getting to Know Deepfakes

Find out what deepfakes are and how they might affect our world. What are three things you can do to avoid getting fooled by them?

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motivating yourself and having self-confidence

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grades 6–8

Practice Self-Care and Compassion

Help kids decrease stress and boost happiness, especially during these trying times. Use this video to introduce the concept of self-compassion.

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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.

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grades 6–12

How to Sew on a Button

Watch this no-frills video and learn how to properly sew a button onto fabric or a piece of clothing.

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grades 6–12

Crash Course, Taking Notes

Learn the nuts and bolts of good note-taking—a skill that'll come in handy over the next few weeks and all your life!

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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 7–12

The Infinite Life of Pi

Learn all about this important ratio. What is pi? When was it discovered? And how can we use it?

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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 6–12

What's Inside a Rubik's Cube?

Ever wonder how a Rubik's Cube works and functions? Take a look inside this tricky puzzle and see if you think you can solve it!

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why can't you divide by zero

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grades 6–12

Why You Can't Divide By Zero

Learn how the simple combination of an everyday number and a basic operation can result in a mind-bending problem.

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grades 7–9

Transform Words into Numbers

Find out how to take a math problem that's in words and transform it into numbers called an expression.

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grades 6–12

Math Symbols + Explanation = Whoa!

Find out how symbols like the equal sign came to be and why we use so many unusual symbols in math equations.

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grades 6–12

The Map of Computer Science

Take a journey through the history and development of computing in this brilliant visual mapping of the key concepts and fields within computer science.

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grades 6–12

Find the Fun and Beauty in Algebra

Whether you struggle with algebra or already love it, join mathematician James Tanton on this nontraditional exploration of the foundations of algebra.

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grades 7–12

How to Make a Hexaflexagon: The Definitive Guide

Follow along with this video (and use the printable linked in the description) to do a fun, quick craft activity perfect for fidgety types. It also has some secret math in it.

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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 Write Fiction That Comes Alive

Learn how writers use descriptive language to engage a reader's senses. Then try some of the techniques from the video in your own writing.

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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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