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Cooking Eggs on Sidewalks -- And Other Free Sun Resources Tags: summer activities ideas summer activities kids summer ideas fun summer activities free summer activities

With the approach of summer, many home educators continue to look for activities to keep their kids learning, and occupied, through those long, steamy days. One place to try for some ideas is Wonderopolis,† a site that attempts to ignite that natural curiosity in children by answering questions about-- and providing instructions for experimenting with -- various "wonders of the day," such as:

Can You Really Cook An Egg on the Sidewalk?

How Hot is the Sun?

How Does the Sun Make Energy?

Can You Collect Sunlight?

More Free Sun Resources:

Check out these reading resources from DKfindout! about the sun in our solar system, light and heat energy, uses of sunlight, and sun worship.

DIY Sun Science Activities:†

Ancient Sun Observations

Make a Prism

Solar Oven Smores

Free Readers:





Memorial Day
Category: Social Studies
Tags: memorial day


Readworks:Free reading passages on the holiday, with vocabulary and question sets.

Memorial Day Videos and Activities

Free Readers:

Science In Your Garden
Category: Science
Tags: science for kids garden earth science life science

If youíre looking for some hands-on activities to study earth and life science, head out to a garden. Itís a living lab that affords all kinds of opportunities to observe science concepts in the natural world, such as:

  • interdependence in an environment

  • life cycles and changes

  • adaptations and biodiversity

  • human impact on the environment.

While in the field, kids get a chance to be the scientists by asking questions, making observations, and coming up with explanations for what they see based on evidence. They can define problems they may encounter in a garden (eg. a plant-damaging pest), and gather additional information to brainstorm solutions.

For an idea of the kinds of investigations that can be done in a garden, visit Nature Works Everywhere, which provides a variety of video lessons and activity guides for topics such as:

The site also has several How-To Garden Videos.

Here are some free garden exploration units for grades 1 - 4. Each unit - Pondering Plants, Soil Stories, Garden Pollinators, and Garden Habitats - includes six lessons.

Additional free resources:

Here are some more ideas from KidsGardening.

Free Readers

chapter on dirt:

(Get the full Dirtmeister's book here).

For Middle and High School Grades

Learn about diversity by tallying how many different species live in your neighborhood.†

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