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.
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.
Steve Spangler Science
Experiment of the Week: Bubble Snakes
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 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.
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.