Teachable Moment (Preschool - 5th 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 PreK Research-based, science-rich astronomy activities.
Dancing Rice Experiment PreK-5 Make rice dance like magic in this super simple kitchen science experiment.
Egg Experiments PreK-5 Use one egg and a few simple kitchen items for some seriously egg-citing results!
Muddly Puddly PreK-5 Visit this Instagram page for sustanable play ideas and lessons.
NASA At Home K-4 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 PreK-5 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.  
Surface Tension Experiment PreK-5 Check out this fun experiment with food coloring, milk and soap that demonstrates how surface tension works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Technology

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
CS Fundamentals K-5 Students will create their own games, art and digital stories that they can share - all while developing problem-solving, collaboration, persistence and computational thinking skills.
Screen Free Coding PreK-5 Teach kids to code with only a deck of cards.
Tech for Learners PreK-5 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
DiscoverE PreK-5 DiscoverE has several engineering activities to download. The Foil Boats challenge has participants design and build a boat, learning about buoyancy, density and displacement.
Iowa State Engineering Fun 2-5 Easy to do activities designed specifically for kids and families. The Programming Cartoons activity will have students working through programming, sequencing, software engineering and more!  
Lego Challenge PreK-5 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.
Marble Run PreK-5 Build a marble run with an unlikely material…play dough!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject(s): Mathematics

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
ST Math K-5 Resources to mathematically equip all students, support schools and families, and explore math outside of the classroom.  

Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

PreK-2 Mathematics games for educators to download, print, cut out and play. Cooking with children explores properties of ingredients and how properties changes when mixed, heated or cooling.
Can You Make It? Math Game K-5 Each player attempts to create an equation that equals the chosen 2 or 3 digit number.

Subjects: STEM

Activity Title Grade Level Description Unplugged Option
4-H At Home Learning Resources PreK-5 Youth-led learning resources offer weekly challenges, interactive online experiences and much more. The Chick It Out Challenge explores the stages of a chicken's life cycle.
Carolina STEM Curriculum K-5 Weekly lesson plans with free resources for science – life, earth and physical.  
Hand2Mind K-5 Downloadable daily lessons and videos by grade level, including this decimals and fractions mathematics activity.  
National Inventors Hall of Fame PreK-5 Activities and lessons that will turn any room into a classroom. Take this quiz to find out what kind of inventor you are, then do an activity for each style of inventor.  
PAST Foundation PreK-5 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.
STEM Literacy Blog K-5 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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