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Moon Units
Category: Science
Tags: supermoon moon cycle moon pictures moon facts moon landing

(Photo by Guzmán Barquín on Unsplash)

Moon in the News: ​It's been 50 years since the launch of Apollo 8, the first mission to bring humans to the moon, and the one when the famous "Earthrise" picture was taken. Look back on the momentous event in this Tween Tribune article.

China launched a probe that reached the far side of the moon. Read about it in this New York Times article.

Read about "supermoons" in this Popular Mechanics article. 

And check out these free moon resources: 

Smithsonian's Apollo to the MoonInformation about the space race, history of the space program, life in space, the Apollo missions, experiments performed on the moon, and objects from the Apollo missions on display at the museum. There is also information on a new state-of-the-art exhibit that's set to replace the current one and scheduled to open around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions.

Exploring the Moon: 158-page PDF guide with background information on the moon and activities. Divided into 3 units: Pre-Apollo, Learning from Apollo, and the Future. Suggested for grades 5 - 12.

Observing the Moon Infographic: 

Moon FactsList of interesting facts.

Moon CraftsInstructions for making a flim canister rocket, hovercraft, and moon dust.

Moon Phase Interactives: 

McGraw-Hill

PBS LearningMedia


Summer Learning
Category: Academics
Tags: summer learning summer activities smithsonian institution summer homeschool ideas

In an effort to help parents stave off the dreaded "summer learning loss," a variety of free programs are available online, and more are popping up all the time. Here's a list of some of the ones I've come across to help keep your kids learning and occupied throughout the summer: 

Start with a BookThis site has printable Reading Adventure Packs for grades K - 3, covering a variety of topics, including Bugs, Birds, and Animals; Flight; Time and Time Travel; and others (24 altogether). You'll also find links to hands-on activities, writing prompts, websites and mobile apps.

Newsela Summer Reading ClubsFor grades 2 - 12, students can join clubs on a variety of interests, including animals, technology, movies, and more.

Explorer HQBecome an intrepid explorer and complete a variety of unusual missions to earn badges.

Science of Summer: Explore the science behind summer activities at this PBS LearningMedia site. Topics include the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the science of blowing bubbles, the mineral composition of sand, and the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and roller coasters.

Maker CampFeatures a collection of projects to make at home.

Camp WonderopolisExplore wonders about music and how it relates to other fields, such as science, math and history.

Electric CompanyTheir summer learning program includes YouTube videos and corresponding worksheets for math and vocabulary. A guide and other PDF resources can be downloaded from the main summer learning page. 

Camp GoNoodleEach week in July, you receive an email with  new adventures and activities, both online and off, and the ability to earn badges. 

Self-Learning for KidsNot really a program, but a very long list of free, self-learning online resources for kids in pre-K through sixth grades. There are 75 resources, organized by type.

(More resources listed in comments sections below)



Happy Independence Day, America!
Category: Misc.
Tags: 4th of july fourth of july independence day independence day holiday 4th of july holiday

(photo by Lou Gold on flickr)

American Revolution: Free resources and activities for exploring the causes, plus a grade 4 reader and activity book, additional history readers, and links to animations and games.

Scholastic illustrated Mini-Books includes topics beginning with the discovery of the Americas to Ellis Island.

Flag Day Resources: Free, downloadable readers on the U.S. flag, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Statue of Liberty.

Oh, say can you see: This unit on “The Star Spangled Banner” is comprised of two parts: the origin of the anthem, and the symbolism of the flag. Discuss importance of the flag, what it means, how the lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner” match real events. There are a lot of resources here to cover the topic broadly or as in depth as you like, with background on the War of 1812, and links to additional image, document and web resources such as Smithsonian’s “Star Spangled Banner” site.

War of 1812: Grade 2 Reader: Begins with a pictorial timeline of the founding of the U.S., and ends with chapters on the National Anthem and Dolley Madison, and a glossary.

4th of July Binary Bracelets: Use different color beads to represent “0,” “1,”, and “space” to encode our nation’s birthday into a wrist band. In so doing, learn how to change base 10 numbers into binary. Make  more personalized bracelets by encoding individual birthdays or ages.

 
Anatomy of fireworks  interactive from Nova
 

WatchKnow 4th of July Videos 

4th of July Jokes, Facts, Games

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