“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ~John Locke
PBS Learning Media has abundant #STEM resources to take your students on a learning adventure and inspire a lifelong love of science!
Wild Kratts follows the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe! Explore Collection
Animal Adaptations / Grades: PreK-3
How are some birds able to survive winter weather while others have to fly North? Why are Polar Bears and Walrus’ able to survive on land and water? Discover Wild Alaska with the Kratt Brothers! Students will learn about animals in Alaska and how they adapt, survive, and thrive in the wild. Discover More
Ready Jet Go! / Grades: PreK-3
This space-themed collection includes fun, educational video clips about planet Earth, the other major planets in our solar system, and the characteristics that set them apart. Discover More
Earth Science / Grades: K-2
From different weather patterns to land formations, help your students learn more about how the Earth works and how it was formed with this collection from NASA. Discover More
Here is a vital instructional video, 2 minutes long, regarding the eclipse: https://youtu.be/GD2Znr7kFG4
Lots of curricular connections for the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years: timelines, equations featuring 99, songs with moon, sun, 99 lyrics, dances with rotations, spinning tops, tweets with only 99 characters… use your imagination!
Or, simply make a keyhole camera:
And add 21st century decorations:
“Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” ~Ray Bradbury, in the foreword to Fahrenheit 451
Summer To-Do List: Join a Virtual Book Club and/or Join the Summer Reading Clubs @ Your Library!
It’s officially summer and libraries across the country have summer reading clubs, groups, ‘fests, and promotions. Want to save a tree this summer? Go online and join a reading group. Goodreads has many, many, many engaging and welcoming reading clubs. I’ve blogged previously about the one I’m in and it is the best one!!
Do you prefer to kick it old school? Reading clubs are usually divided by age: (up to Grade 5), the Teen Reading Club (Grades 6-12), and the Adult Reading Club (Ages 18+) and by genre. There’s something for everyone this summer, and often you’ll have the chance to earn prizes for continuing to read during the summer break.
Don’t pass up on all of the great activities because, whatever you do, don’t be caught not being a part of our club!