Online Learning Support and Resources

Evidence of Weather (Science - Kindergarten)

Observe and annotate various images of weather phenomena in this interactive drawing tool produced by WGBH. Weather is the combination of various factors—snow or rain, wind, sunlight and clouds, and temperature—that happen in a specific location at a specific time. As the combination of factors constantly shift, the condition changes and leaves behind evidence that shows how the weather has changed. Students can use the images in this interactive tool to observe weather conditions and document evidence of weather that happened earlier in the day.

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Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Ratio, Proportion and Percent (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Chances are good that when you think of beauty and objects that are most pleasing to the eye, you aren’t thinking of ratio, proportion or percent. But this unit, which is inspired by the work of artist Chuck Close, might change that.

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Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Interior Angles of Triangles and Quadrilaterals (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Our diverse buildings, diamond jewelry, traffic patterns, modern art, classical furniture, Broadway stage designs and simple tools of daily living are all constructed of angles. Understanding angles increases both artistic appreciation and comprehension of function.

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Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Sound Energy (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Controlling sound is important to health, mood, entertainment and especially communication. Mark Mothersbaugh, an original member of the rock band Devo and an Ohio native whose work has been featured at the Akron Art Museum, was the inspiration for this unit. Both he and the museum are interested in the art of sound. A beginning understanding of the basics about the transmission, reflection and absorption of sound waves would be useful to anyone. This unit is designed to support and focus your lessons.

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Make a Web - Wild Kratts (Science - Kindergarten)

Use this Wild Kratts video to teach children how spiders make their webs, the types of silk they spin, and how they capture prey. Chris and Martin show us how to build a spider's web while talking about all the different kinds of spider silk. Use the activities as you build your observation and writing skills when you see what is outisde your front door.

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Mechanical Waves (Science - High School)

Learn about mechanical waves, which transfers energy from one place to another through liquids, gases and solids, with this interactive lesson.

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Albedo Decrease Linked to Vanishing Arctic Sea Ice (Science - High School)

This visualization from NASA shows the correlation between a decline in Arctic sea ice and the resulting decrease in planetary albedo over the past few decades. Use this resource to stimulate thinking about the impact that changes in sea ice cover can have on Earth’s albedo in the Arctic and to visualize data on Arctic sea ice.

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Cracking your Genetic Code (Science - High School)

In this interactive lesson, students examine technologies that help scientists better understand and manipulate the human genome—the complete set of genes that all of us possess. Students also learn about the ethical concerns that some people have over how these technologies are being used today and how they may be used in the future. The lesson contains videos that feature scientists, doctors, patients, and ethicists, whose stories and opinions reveal a range of perspectives. The lesson concludes with a final assignment that asks students to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of genetic technologies.

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Cloud Typing Interactive (Science - High School)

Try your hand at classifying clouds in this interactive from the NOVA Cloud Lab. Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? This Cloud Lab interactive challenges you to look closely and classify each cloud type, from cirrus to cumulus to altostratus.

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Reclaiming Habitat for Honey Bees (Science - Middle School)

Explore the role of pollinators in the ecosystems they are a part of. In this interactive lesson, students will develop a written response to one of three questions about the importance of honeybees. They will gather evidence from reading assignments and video segments about Coal Country BeeWorks’ efforts to reclaim surface mining sites. Those efforts and the introduction of new colonies of honeybees have been mutually beneficial in Eastern Kentucky.

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Why Isn't There an Eclipse Every Month? (Science - Middle School)

Investigate how the orbits and relative positions of the Moon, the Sun, and Earth produce eclipses using this interactive lesson. Students will work with a variety of models of the Earth–Sun–Moon system to understand the mechanics of lunar and solar eclipses and explain why they are rare.

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SciGirls: Habitat Havoc (Science - Middle School)

Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of the lab. The SciGirls talk with a mentor working in the field of ecology about her project comparing native willow trees and non-native palm trees. They also get some ideas about what they can study.

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Aquaponics: Reducing Impacts of Overfishing (Science - Middle School)

Analyze data that convey the effects of decades of fishing and learn how one girl designed an aquaponics system as a solution to overfishing in this PBS KIDS video. This resource provides opportunities for students to visualize and analyze data on a human impact to ocean life as well as obtain and communicate information about a design solution to help alleviate the effects of overfishing.

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Rare Creature Cards (Science - 4th Grade)

Explore a set of digital trading cards featuring photos by Joel Sartore and learn more about endangered animals in this Creature Cards interactive from WGBH. The cards provide stunning images and detailed information about each animal. Click on them to turn them over! Make your own card using the blank card found in Support Materials.

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Man vs. Elephant (Science - 3rd Grade)

Read like a detective and solve a BIG problem on the island of Sumatra where man and Asian elephants struggle to live together and get along! This self-paced lesson is interesting for all ages (and the BIG solution at the end may surprise you.)

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Animals and Plants can Live in the City (Science - 2nd Grade)

Guide students as they explore how animals and plants meet their basic needs in a city, with help from Plum and her friends from PLUM LANDING. In this interactive lesson, students learn that animals need air, food, water, and shelter, while plants need air, sunlight, and water. Students watch videos and engage with drawing and sorting activities to reinforce their learning. This lesson is designed for teachers to present to students.

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Butterfly Life Cycle (Science - 1st Grade)

Students explore how butterflies change and grow throughout their life cycle in this interactive lesson from NATURE. Through captivating video content and interactive activities, students will discover the amazing transformation process from a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.

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The Dirt on Dirt (Science - Kindergarten)

In this episode of Sid the Science Kid, Sid and his friends lean that dirt is really important to the Earth because it helps things grow, and it's also filled with tiny rocks, pieces of leaves, and even living things like bugs and worms!

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Whatever Floats Your Boat: Teacher Guide | The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (Science - Kindergarten)

The Cat in the Hat helps create engineering adventures for you and your students! In Whatever Floats Your Boat, the Cat invites you and your students along to help solve a problem.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Restaurant (Grades 3-6)

Restaurants and school cafeterias buy and prepare large quantities of food every day. How do they know what to buy and prepare when they don’t know exactly how many people are coming to dinner?

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Math and Science Gumbo: Bake Shop (Grades 3-6)

There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh, hot baked goods, right out of the oven. In this section, students will learn about units of measurement, fractions and the physical and chemical changes of baking.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Pizza Shop (Grades 3-6)

Hot, fresh pizzas are more than just delicious! Their different shapes are perfect for learning about fractions, remainders, percentage and area. Plus, a pizza’s baking process is the perfect way to learn about elapsed time.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Food Preservation (Grades 3-6)

Preserving food to prevent spoilage involves chemical and physical changes. It also requires knowledge of units of measurement, volume and food safety.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Grocery Store (Grades 3-6)

Many good recipes require the cook to purchases items at the grocery store. Smart shoppers understand unit pricing, estimation and computation, economics, multiples and the various methods used for paying for purchases.

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Fish Force Game | The Ruff Ruffman Show (Science - Kindergarten)

Use science inquiry to predict and investigate forces and motion to help rescue Ruff's plushie from the penguins' ice rink in this sports science game from The Ruff Ruffman Show.

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The Physics of Baseball: The Pitch (Grades 6-10)

The first program in this series takes a look at the physics of the pitch. There's a lot of exciting physics to explore in the 60-feet-6-inch path from the pitching rubber — 10 inches above the playing field — to the batter standing at home plate. The Pitch takes a look at gravity, air drag and the Magnus force (three forces controlling trajectory once the pitcher releases the ball) and how the pitcher can use these forces to manipulate the path of the ball.

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The Physics of Baseball: The Hit (Grades 6-10)

The second video picks up where the first one left off; this one emphasizes the perspective of energy. The Hit focuses on kinetic energy, the coefficient of restitution and Newton's laws of motion, as well as how the quantity of energy of speed and mass changes as a result of the batter hitting the ball.

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The Physics of Baseball: Running the Bases (Grades 6-10)

What's baseball without players running the bases? The third program looks at how ball players apply Newton's first and second laws when they are running the bases. While base running is strictly between the runner and the clock and has nothing to do with the forces between the bat and ball, there's still plenty of physics to explore. Running the Bases takes a look at the concepts of force, mass, inertia and acceleration.

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The Physics of Baseball: The Flight (Grades 6-10)

The final program is devoted to the ball's flight after the batter's hit. The Flight takes into consideration perfect projectile motion, launch angle, air drag, turbulence, temperature, air density and, of course, the Magnus force — all the factors that go into sending a baseball from home plate over the fence more than 350 feet away.

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The Energy Lab Interactive (Science - High School)

Use scientific data to design renewable energy systems for cities across the U.S., in this interactive from the NOVA Energy Lab. In the research challenge, investigate what energy is, how it can be converted into useful forms, and why some sources are running low. You'll also have the chance to compete with others to see whose designs can produce the most power.

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Covalent Bonding (Science - High School)

This interactive activity from ChemThink describes covalent bonding—a type of chemical bond that involves the sharing of electrons. Investigate the attractive and repulsive forces that act on atomic particles and how the sharing of electrons can keep atoms together. See how two hydrogen atoms interact with each other to create a covalent bond. Learn about trends in the periodic table and how electrostatic potential energy determines the bond length. Also, learn about naming conventions for covalent compounds.

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NOVA: Cracking Your Genetic Code | The Promise and Perils of Genetic Technologies (Science - High School)

In this interactive lesson, students examine technologies that help scientists better understand and manipulate the human genome—the complete set of genes that all of us possess. Students also learn about the ethical concerns that some people have over how these technologies are being used today and how they may be used in the future.

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Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather? | Above the Noise (Science - High School)

Fluctuations in weather happen all the time. But sometimes, those fluctuations can get extreme, making disasters like hurricanes and heatwaves more intense. What role does climate change play in extreme weather?

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How Disruptions Affect Animal Populations (Science - Middle School)

Students explore the effects that ecosystem disruptions can have on animal populations. In this interactive lesson, students learn about the disruptions that have driven three species—the Madagascar fish eagle, the Iberian lynx, and the rowi kiwi—to the brink of extinction. They also discover the impacts that a shift in the population of one animal can have on others in an ecosystem.

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Gross Science | See Microbes with This DIY Phone Microscope (Science - Middle School)

Learn how to see microbes with your phone, in this episode of Gross Science from NOVA. You will need a smartphone, a laser pointer, poster tack, a piece of white paper, clear plastic packaging, a flashlight, and some water from a puddle.

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NOVA: Frozen Frogs (Science - Middle School)

Learn how the common wood frog survives the cold winter. Wood frogs are found in the northern United States and Canada and must endure freezing cold temperatures for parts of the year. In order to survive the cold, they have a special adaptation—they are able to freeze solid without damaging their cells. Sugar acts like a natural antifreeze in their bodies, allowing them to spend the winter frozen and then resume function in the spring.

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Moon Phases Simulation Viewed from Earth and Space (Science - Middle School)

Investigate why the Moon appears to rise in the east, move across the sky and set in the west and/or why the Moon is visible during the day and night.

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Views of Earth Features from Space. (Science - 4th Grade)

Analyze and annotate select features of Earth in photographs taken from space by NASA astronauts. Features, including rivers and mountains, appear differently based on the scale in which they are viewed. This resource gives students the opportunity to analyze four images of Earth from a less familiar perspective so they can identify and label landforms and water features.

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NATURE At-Home Activities: Polar Bear Slip and Slide. (Science - 3rd Grade)

Families can use this NATURE at-home activity to learn how a mother polar bear’s feet help her cross the ice and snow. Examine how different textures provide grip on slippery surfaces with this fun slip and slide activity!

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Peep and the Big Wide World: The Very Big Rock (Science - 2nd Grade)

Explore landforms and water bodies in this animated video from PEEP and the Big Wide World. Three adventurous friends—Peep, Chirp, and Quack—have a firsthand encounter with a very big rock stuck on the steep slope of a hill. Students can use the video to observe, identify, and describe characteristics of a landform (hill) and two bodies of water (pond, stream).

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Light Sources - Explore natural and human made light sources (Science - 1st Grade)

Explore natural and human made light sources in the environment in this live-action video. The video can help children observe and identify light sources and describe objects that are visible in the light’s path.

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Peep and the Big Wide World: Weather Factors (Science - Kindergarten)

Students can make observations of weather conditions on a windy day and identify evidence of wind in this animated video from PEEP and the Big Wide World.

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Making North America | Interactive Map (Science - 8th Grade)

Discover how North America took its shape by visiting geological sites across the continent, searching for clues in the landscape, and viewing episodes from the broadcast series Making North America, in this interactive produced by NOVA.

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Sound Waves (Science - 7th Grade)

Learn about sound waves, which move vibrations from one place to another through liquids, gases and solids, with this interactive lesson.

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The Anatomy of the Sun | NOVA Labs

In this video from NOVA’s Sun Lab, learn about the Sun’s composition and structure. The Sun is a plasma, primarily made of hydrogen with smaller amounts of other elements. Animations and images illustrate the physical and behavioral properties of the Sun’s six regions: the core, radiative zone, convective zone, photosphere, chromosphere, and corona. The two outer layers (chromosphere and corona) that make up the Sun’s atmosphere were not observed regularly until recently; they provide valuable information and may be crucial to understanding solar storms.

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Water Cycle Animation | Clue into Climate

The water cycle is a critical part of life on earth. All people and organisms depend on the water cycle. See what happens when there are changes in the regional water cycle.

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Plum Island Explorer: Land and Water

Students must follow a map of the island to explore various landforms and bodies of water in this interactive game.

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Changing Position of the Sun in the Sky

Observe how the Sun appears to rise in one side of the sky set in the opposite side. Put together a puzzle to show the path of the Sun in the sky.

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Physical Science

Explore motion, energy, light, and more in Physical Science. Engineering design can be introduced through a video on "Funny Boats," potential and kinetic energy can be investigated with catapults and roller coasters, and sound waves can be experimented with using the resources in Physical Science. Additional topics include the periodic table, thunder and lightning, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Life Science

From single-celled organisms to giant redwoods, Life Science explores all of Earth's life forms. Use interactive, animated activities to identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem, design a Venn diagram to compare the migrations of monarch butterflies and red knot shorebirds, and take a virtual field trip to a solar farm. Resources in Life Science gives you a wide range of topics, including the cell cycle, genetic disorders, and bioethics.

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Earth and Space Science

Delve into the study of plate tectonics and journey to the outer edges of the universe in with lessons and learnings in Earth and Space Science. Students can debate whether there is life in outer space with an interactive lesson from High-Adventure Science, analyze videos to compare the formation of tornadoes and avalanches, and follow directions to make a "Biome in a Baggie." Earth and Space Science examines the history and formation of the universe, the prediction of hurricanes and other types of weather, and the categorization of rocks and minerals.

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Instrumentation, Measurement and Units

Discover how hurricane hunters, astronauts, and farmers all use science to examine the world that surrounds us. How is thermal imaging used to help predict volcanoes? How do meteorologists use high-altitude balloons and satellites? How does a x-ray microscope allow scientists to see cells in 3D? All of these questions and more are investigated in Instruments, Measurements, and Units. Additional topics include the mapping of the brain, quantum mechanics, and the different units of measurement.

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Practices and Nature of Science

Have you ever wondered how fast your brain sends messages to your body? Or why it is bad to have high blood pressure? Practices and Nature of Science explores the big hows and whys of science. Exploring everything from how to best teach science to the mystery behind the declining bat population, Practices and Nature of Science takes a deep look at scientific methods, systems, and thinking. Additional topics include lab safety, the limitations of science, and building hypotheses.

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