• Suggested Learning Activities

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 3/16/2020

    Hello Students and Parents,

    Below are some suggested learning activities for students of all ages.  Happy Exploring! I hope you and your families stay well and healthy.

    Ms. Ignoffo


    The Tech Interactive Website

    Check out the Summer Unplugged Series.  There are 5 summer-themed design challenges to try:  Frozen Fireworks, Sunshade, Water Course, Travel Destination and Your Biggest Fan.  

    Summer Unplugged!


    Science Buddies Summer of STEM  

    Each week Science Buddies will be posting fun, engaging activities with related books, videos and science kits.  Bookmark Summer of STEM

    Week #1-Carnival Science

    Week #2-Gadgets and Gizmos

    Week #3-Wizards and Magic

    Week #4-Artists and Makers

    Week #5-Fireworks and Picnics

    Week #6-Water Play

    Week #7-Super Hero Science

    Week #8-Strange but True Science

    Week #9-Mission to Mars

    Special Mystery Science

    This show will be all about SPACE–including a special video cameo by astronaut Jessica Meir, who answered real student questions Doug sent to her while she was aboard the International Space Station!  The interview will be available after the live show at the same link.


    To watch this special mystery open this website link:



    Observation Journals

    Observation is the key to doing science.  For all students, observe something in nature (maybe a section of the yard or garden, a plant, your pets, etc...) and record words, create scienctific illustrations or drawings in a journal or sketch book.  What do you notice? What do you wonder?  What happens when you revisit this spot at different times?  You could use your journal with the live webcams too.


    Live Webcams Around the World

    On the Explore.org website are links for many webcams setup around the world to view animals.  You can select specific animals or places to view.  You can see the new baby condor chicks in the nest in Ventana.  What is happening?  Check this camera at different times of day.  Do you notice other things? What questions do you wonder?


    Montery Bay Aquarium

    Learning At Home Activities

    Is It alive? This activity plan is geared to help K-2 students explore living and nonliving things.

    Do Science!  Use the Habitat in a Bucket plan to explore observation and questioning skills.  (K-5 appropriate)

    Kelp Forest Exploration Students will use the live webcam on the kelp forest exhibit to learn about ecosystems. (3-5th grade recommended)

    Games & Activities Free online and printable games and activites, like coloring pages, make a sea otter puppet or penguin headband and more.


    Online Learning Courses

    The musuem educators have created 2 courses.  One course explores tide pools for (K-2nd grade students) and another course focuses on being a scientist (3-6th grade students) through ocean habitats.  You’ll be prompted to create a free account before you can begin. You can use the same account for multiple courses.

    Tide Pool Scientist (Kinder-2nd Grade)

    Explore Like a Scientist (3rd-6th Grade)


    Exploratorium Website

    1.Earth Day  

    The 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day is April 22, 2020.  The Exploratorium will live stream a Virtual Earth Day Celebration from 1-2:30pm (PDT) to explore some of the big ideas about the science of Earth's systems.  There are also a number of activities to celebrate Earth Day where ever you are.


    2.  Science Snacks

    Visit the Science Snacks section of the SF Museum's website.  There are many projects and activities, called Snacks, to explore.  Snacks use easy to find materials to explore science concepts. 


    3. Learning Toolbox

    You can also check out activities in the Learning Toolbox section, like Experience the Exploratorium at home, Tinker around your house, Construct some science and Kitchen Science.






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