Looking for additional activities in Social Studies, Science, STEM or other areas of interest?
Take Home Kits
Last week America watched with excitement as US Astronauts returned to space. This week, you can be a space explorer and learn more about the planets of the solar system with this webquest. To learn more about space, explore these links:
The official website of NASA is packed with information. You can learn about different missions, see amazing photographs and more.
Watch this video to see what happens with Nickelodeon Slime in space. (You NEED to watch this! It’s so cool!)
Take a virtual field trip to The Earth and Science Center Hudnall Planetarium.
Here’s a short History Channel video about the constellations.
Print a constellation map so you can identify stars in the night sky.
Water on a Penny Activities
The next enrichment kit is a science experiment to see how many drops of water you can fit on a penny. You can pick up a kit with everything you need at food service sites beginning on Monday, May 18. If you don’t participate in the food service program you can find the experiment directions here. For more science fun, check out these links:
- Just what is surface tension and how does it affect daily life?
- How do water striders walk on water?
- Use surface tension to make "fireworks" and other experiments with simple household items; some need parent supervision. (YouTube link)
- Encyclopedia Britannica has more in-depth information for older students.
Additional "Prepare with Pedro" Activities
This week’s enrichment packet included a booklet of activities from the American Red Cross. With spring come storms. This is a good time to review your family’s emergency preparedness. Check out these links to the American Red Cross, and the National Weather Service to learn more. We’ve also added some fun learning links for weather and maps.
- Red Cross Kids: https://bit.ly/redcrosskids
- Make a family emergency kit: https://rdcrss.org/2WdDlmX
- National Weather Service Education learn weather science and safety: https://www.weather.gov/owlie/
- Laugh at these weather jokes: https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-jokes.htm
- Learn about weather maps: https://kids.kiddle.co/Weather_map
- Ideas for kids who are interested in maps: https://imaginationsoup.net/geography-activities-kids/
- Make an online map with The Cat in the Hat: https://bit.ly/cathatmap
- If you loved drawing your own map, you might like getting “crafty” with a map: https://bit.ly/mapcrafts
Additional Time Capsule Ideas
History and Writing
We are living in historic times, and activities like the Time Capsule are a great way to capture memories for the future. You might be interested in learning more about history or other ways to journal or make your own books. Here are some links to check out!
History for Kids: World and US history
US History: https://www.americanhistoryforkids.com
National Geographic Kids: Learn about historical events and famous people from the past with these articles, games, and videos.
Tons of ideas for writing in your journalhttps://www.journalbuddies.com/
- This YouTube video shows you how to make an 8-page mini book from 1 sheet of paper.
Additional Animal Activities
This week's activities are all about identifying animals! Extend your learning with these links:
- Switch Zoo: Make new animals, listen to music performed by animals and more!
- National Geographic Kids has a whole section devoted to animals!
- Learn about the animals living at the Smithsonian National Zoo.
- Test your animal knowledge with the World Wildlife Fund animal trivia games. Earn badges and challenge your family!
- Feeling crafty? Try out some of these activities.
- Just for fun—funny animal videos!
- For the younger set, listen to an animal story.
States & Places Activities
This week you can host your own family game night with US States and Capitals BINGO! If you don’t participate in the food service program you can get your BINGO kit here. Want to learn more about states and other places? Check out these links!
The US Census Bureau has all kinds of state facts for kids. Click each state to learn more.
National Geographic Kids has facts and photos of all the states plus the District of Columbia.
Fact Monster includes tons of information in state profiles.
If you are a list and fact fanatic, you’ll love this kid-friendly site.
A “weird fact” for every state.
Wind Walk Travel Videos takes viewers on virtual walking tours all around the world.
Google Expeditions is a free app (available in Google Play and the Apple App Store) that lets you go on virtual trips or explore objects—you can even swim with sharks!
Additional Plant Activities
The remote learning enrichment packet for the week of May 25 includes a kit to grow your own beans and an interactive notebook to learn about the parts of a plant. Check out the instructions here! Continue your learning about plants with these links: Plants that eat bugs? Check out this list of YouTube videos for kids: https://bit.ly/3bfCtDM Did you know you can grow flowers you can eat? https://bit.ly/2SKJ1nB
Learn all kinds of cool things about plants: https://science4fun.info/plants/
Plant experiments, games, facts and more: https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/plants.html
Easy Science for Kids has tons of interesting information on different types of plants.
Take a virtual field trip of the Great Lakes Wetlands.