We had another great week with Schoolhouse Daily, discovering new things as we watched videos from PBS Digital Studios like “Space Food: The Final Frontier” – in addition to testing cool math and science activities — from making giant bubbles to discovering pitch with a water xylophone – and more. See what you might have missed this week below:
Bizarre Spinning Toys
Spinning toys and tops have unusual behaviors. The famous tippe top flips itself over and spins on its stem. The PhiTOP stands up on its end, which you can also do with a hard-boiled egg. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Physics Girl."
”The Art Assignment: Surface Test”
Kim Beck views rubbings as field recordings. She wants you to take a snapshot of a particular place by making a rubbing of the ground you're standing on. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "The Art Assignment."
“It’s Okay to Be Smart: How to See Time Travel”
Build your own cloud chamber particle detector, and test relativity at home! Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "It's Okay to Be Smart."
“Serving Up Science – Space Food: The Final Frontier”
When you think of space food, what comes to mind? Probably dried ice cream, jell-o and food in a tube. It turns out space impacts your body, so it’s not just food variety that astronauts need, but nutrient dense meals high in iron and vitamin D. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Serving Up Science."
“Above the Noise – Endangered Species: Worth Saving?”
Species are going extinct at crazy high rates. Does it matter? Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Above the Noise."
For a fun activity that kids of all ages can do, make these huge, mega bubbles with Mya, The Full-Time Kid! A big activity for the littlest kid in all of us.
When Sally and Nick go on adventures with The Cat in the Hat, they practice three basic science skills: they wonder, they observe, and they experiment. See how these habits build upon children’s natural desire to understand how the world works in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
Investigate ways to create different pitch, tones and sounds by creating your own glass bottle water xylophone.
Use Molly of Denali's Field Guide to Birds to identify and learn more about birds in your neighborhood. Then seek out additional information, and create your own pages to add to Molly’s guide.
Daniel and his friend Baker Aker surprise Mom Tiger with her favorite banana bread, because making something is one way to say "I love you."
Odd Squad agents have a special number on their badges. Find yours in this downloadable activity!
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Animals can do so much—and they can serve as teachers. See the valuable lessons our pets can teach us in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
Research shows that participating in art activities like music, painting, drawing and dramatic play is associated with better academic outcomes, including higher reading, writing, science and math scores. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
Picture books present a perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the language of visual composition and its power to inform. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
Help your kids learn about shapes with these fun picture books that children of all ages will love! Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
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