Teachable Moment (6th - 8th Grade)

The following collection of lessons and activities have been identified as appropriate for the grade level listed and may also be suitable for learners of other ages and levels. Click on the activity title below to access the activity or lesson.

These lessons and activities are provided for educational purposes only. There may be risk involved with replicating the experiment or activity. Individuals demonstrating the experiment or activity do so at their own risk. Attention needs to be given to all parts of the video and all steps in the video need to be followed. Children should be supervised by a responsible adult if replicating the experiment or activity.

Looking for online or unplugged options? Look for the orange stars on our page to indicate unplugged activities or lessons.

Subject: Science

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
Astronomical Society of the Pacific 6-8 Science-rich, astronomy activities, materials and kits with downloadable documents, video and audio links for educators and families.
Hot Ice 6-8 Combine baking soda and vinegar to make sodium acetate, or hot ice!
NASA At Home 6-8 Let NASA bring the universe into your home with e-books, activities, games and more. You can even build your own Apollo moon capsule craft or land a spacecraft on target!
Science Center of Iowa - At Home 6-8 Experience the Science Center of Iowa at home with fun resources for learners of all ages. Make everything from slime to bubbles with these fun kitchen chemistry experiments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Technology

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
CS Discoveries 6-10 An introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving and fun.  
Popfizz 6-8 Explore the world of coding. In just a few hours, you'll create awesome projects. Learn Geometry and Python with Turtle Graphics. Available in English and Spanish.  
Tech for Learners 6-8 Games, activities, software and other learning options that is searchable by age, subject area and delivery mode (synchronous or asynchronous).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Engineering

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
American Society of Civil Engineers 6-8 Inspire the next generation of civili engineers and experience hands-on engineering at home!
DiscoverE 6-8 Engineering activities to download for students of all ages. The Foil Boats challenge has participants design and build a boat, learning about buoyancy, density and displacement.
Lego Challenge 6-8 That Brick Life has put together a 30 days of LEGO play calendar. Challenge your kids to use their imagination and to create something new everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Mathematics

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
Desmos 6-8 Activities, webinars and more! Dilation Mini Golf allows students to explore what happens when they dilate a single point from a center through playing rounds of mini golf!  
ST Math 6-8 Resources to mathematically equip all students, support schools and families and explore math outside of the classroom.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subjects: STEM

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
4-H At Home Learning Resources 6-8

Youth-led learning resources offer weekly challenges, interactive online experiences and much more.

Bootstrap 7-12 Engaging introductions to computer programming. Integrates with math concepts in prealgebra, algebra and data science with no prior coding experience. Compatible with PCs, Macs and Chromebooks.  
National Inventors Hall of Fame 6-8 Activities and lessons that will turn any room into classroom. Take this quiz to find out what kind of inventor you are, then do an activity for each style of inventor.
PAST Foundation 6-8 After completing a simple registration form, explore a wealth of simple hands-on design/construct/build activities, including a highly relevant "Germs and Soap" activity at the kitchen table.  
Raytheon Technologies 6-8 Get advice directly from today’s innovators at Raytheon Technologies. Make crystal formations, form honeybee hotels and more!
STEM Literacy Blog 6-8 STEM book recommendations from librarians and readers. Many of the books are connected to STEM activities, for example the windmill activity.

 

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