Dear Dolphin Swimmer and Time Traveler Families,
I am sorry that ODE has ended for this year, and that I didn’t get a chance to say good bye to the students. They have been a lot of fun to work with!
In the final session I had planned to do experiments including composting, recycling, solar power, wind turbines, tree identification, erosion, and so on, but I had not yet fully planned those lessons. Below I shared some of the resources I have used this year. They are probably ones that you already use, and hopefully there are a couple of new ideas!
A couple of classes ago, before the virus became so widespread, the students all learned how to wash their hands properly. I hope that lesson is being practiced! Please take care of yourselves!
Generation Genius (requires a subscription, but they have a free trial) – science videos, lesson plans, and simple DIYs for K-5.
Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.
NASA has materials grouped by grade level.
Museum of Science and Industry hosts Summer Brain Games each year. Usually themed, there are DIY activities in downloadable PDF format.
Field Museum’s online resources
Brookfield Zoo weekdays at 11 am on Facebook Live: “Bringing the Zoo to You”. You can also see them on YouTube.
Atlanta Aquarium sponsors Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin. The Jeff Corwin Experience is his old series on Animal Planet.
“The Brain Scoop” by the Field Museum on YouTube is for slightly older kids. Some of the videos involve dissection, but the videos generally warn you about that. The videos explore the work of the scientists at the Field and the collections housed there.
“It’s OK to be Smart” on YouTube is for slightly older kids, but would be great for the families to watch together.
“Brain Games” on the National Geographic channel or on YouTube.