Teaching and Learning from Home with OLogy. Here is a sample of resources for all K-5 grade levels that support classroom learning from home:
- A Whale of a Tale – Students can read about the Museum’s 94-foot long star attraction! In this colorful article, students can obtain information about what a blue whale needs to survive.
- They Glow! – In this activity, students can learn about the function of bioluminescence in marine animals by looking at photographs, listening to information, and singing along with a video.
- Make Your Own Weather Station – Students can plan and carry out investigations of local weather patterns by building their own weather stations to collect observations of various weather conditions: rainfall, wind direction, and air pressure.
- Moon Flip Book – By making a flip book, students can see the moon in action and discover why our view of it changes nightly. Students can then analyze their flip books to observe, describe, and predict patterns in the sky.
- Find My Plankton Baby Picture – By observing photos of plankton at different life stages, students can obtain information that will allow them to construct evidence-based accounts of how parents and offspring don’t always look alike.
- Ocean Creature Feature – In this interactive quiz game, students can read clues about adaptations that allow marine animals to survive and thrive. After considering the structure and function of each animal, students can match it to one of three photographs.
- A Walk Through the Ruins of Petra – This interactive presents images and discussion questions about the ancient city of Petra. Among other lines of inquiry, students can analyze and interpret data to determine the type of building material that would be best suited for use in various climates.
- Map Your World – Students can follow these easy steps to develop a model (drawing) of their room and the things in it. Then they can broaden the drawing to include their entire floor, apartment, or house.
- Grow Rock Candy – Students can carry out an investigation using sugar and water to determine whether heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. This activity reinforces the ideas that the properties of materials can change when heated and that sometimes those changes may not be reversible.
- What Makes You, YOU? – In this short animated video students zoom inside their cells for a fascinating look at chromosomes, DNA, genes, and more. The video provides a clear and basic explanation of how offspring inherit traits from parents.
- What’s This? Life at the Limits – In this interactive article, students can discover some of the remarkable ways that species have evolved to survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. In many cases, cause and effect relationships are identified and used to explain adaptations.
- Living Large – This engaging game about dinosaurs allows students to analyze and interpret fossil data, as well as engage in argument from evidence. The game helps students to understand that fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and the nature of their environments.
- Plates on the Move – Volcanic eruptions, massive tsunamis, powerful earthquakes… students can examine how plate tectonics affect our world. By watching animations, reading stories, and answering questions, students analyze and interpret data to find patterns among Earth’s features.
- All About Jade – What makes the prized rock called jade so special that people have used it for so long, and in so many different ways? By responding to questions in an interactive quiz, students can communicate their knowledge of planet Earth, its features, and changes that occur through several natural processes.
- What Do You Know About Earth? – This interactive quiz challenges students to assess their knowledge of planet Earth, its features, and the changes that occur through natural processes.
- Build the Big Dipper -Using common household objects, students can build a mobile to see what the Big Dipper would look like from outer space. Students can then analyze their model to describe the difference in scale among the stars in the Big Dipper constellation.
- What’s the Big Idea About Water? – This comprehensive article provides information about the physical properties of water, the importance of water as an Earth material, the processes and cycles that water undergoes on Earth, its importance to life on Earth, and why we should protect our water sources.
- Train of Thought – These thought experiments (mental models) illuminate the laws that describe the phenomena of orbit, gravity, and the speed of light.
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