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Schoolhouse Daily Weekly Roundup – May 8, 2020

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We’ve had an awe-inspiring week packed with new educational videos, games, and activities. We learned some things like why hydrangeas change colors and how fish scales can power our cellphones thanks to PBS Digital Studios. We celebrated Apollo 11 – the space flight that put the first people on the moon – with a board game that is out of this world! Plus, we had fun playing kindness bingo and making hand garlands. By using Schoolhouse Daily resources, you can help kindle your child’s natural curiosity and creativity. If you missed a day this week, take a look below, there’s so much learning happening this spring!

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool?

Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Idea Channel."

Electronics Powered by Fish Scales

What should you do with stinky old fish skins? How about powering your cellphone? Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Gross Science."

How Do Hydrangeas Change Colors?

Savvy gardeners know that they can fine-tune the color of their hydrangea blooms by just changing the soil pH. But what does pH have to do with color? Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Reactions."

Hydrangeas and the Science of Do-Overs

Yesterday you saw how chemistry could possibly change hydrangea flowers from red to blue, but it didn’t work the first time. Science: It’s all about the do-over. Because experiments aren’t just for fun – the whole point is to learn something about the world around us! Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Reactions."

These Crazy Cute Baby Turtles Want Their Lake Back

Turtles grow up without parents, which might sound lonely. But, for threatened baby turtles raised in a zoo it's an advantage: they can learn to catch crickets all by themselves. When they are ready to leave the nursery, there is little wilderness where they can make a home. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Deep Look."

SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

Science Craft for Kids: Exploring Gravity

Explore gravity with a catapult! On "Ready Jet Go!," Jet and his friends learn about gravity, the force that brings us back down when we jump. In this activity, your child can explore gravity by launching a ball from a catapult and then watching gravity pull the ball back down to Earth.

“The Right Stuff” Moon Landing Game

Celebrate Apollo 11 – the space flight that put the first people on the moon – with a board game that is out of this world!

MATH/ART ACTIVITIES

Create Pattern Jewelry for Mother’s Day

Here’s a craft that doubles as a fun math learning opportunity! Kids will love making and giving these colorful pattern bracelets and necklaces.

Play Kindness Bingo

Say something nice, help clean up, take turns – all of these will help you earn a BINGO (and have a really good day).

Family Hands Garland

Get the entire family involved making this festive hands garland! Once finished you can hang your garland and celebrate just about any occasion.

ADVICE TO PARENTS

How to be Kind When Your Feel So Mad

Radical kindness can give you relief. It empowers you to look at your child with empathetic eyes, realizing how hard it is to be little and not in control of almost anything. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

10 Early Learning Books About Forces and Motion

Parents can encourage early investigations by using scientific vocabulary and guiding children through the scientific method to find the answers. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

How Kids Can Learn Through Dance

Music and dance help kids practice essential school readiness skills, such as self-regulation and flexible thinking, and learn to connect with others in spontaneous and natural ways. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

Using and Creating Informational Texts at Home

Field guides, maps, calendars and photos. What do these items have in common? They are informational texts! Informational texts play an important role in children’s school success and our everyday lives. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

What Mother’s Day Cards Don’t Say

Here's what the greeting cards don't say about what moms do every day. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.