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Grades 3-5

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Crash Course? (SuperScience)

Introduce younger students to space objects and how gravity affects them. Then have them explore the effects of this force with the Gravity Game. 

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Article

All That Glitters (SuperScience)

Did you know miners must dig up and process as many as 30 tons of rock to make a single gold ring? Take a dazzling look at how gold is mined and transformed.

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Classroom Activity

Describing Oak Leaves

Test your classification skills with this leafy challenge. Examine drawings of 12 oak leaves, and see if you can determine the common and scientific name for each one of the dozen.

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Classroom Activity

Name That Critter

Can you name the mystery arthropod named for its hundred-some legs? More important, do you know what physical and behavioral characteristics it shares with a shrimp or honeybee?

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Article

Planet Disaster? (SuperScience)

The world's climate is changing. Scientists say the effects of these changes could be devastating to living things on Earth—including humans. See what scientists are doing now, and learn ways to help.

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Activity

Climate Change Circle of Consequences

"Greenhouse effect" and "global warming" are becoming household phrases but how, exactly, are they linked? Explore the interconnections and consequences of climate change.

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Classroom Activity

Be a Trackway Detective

What can you tell from looking at a fossil record of dinosaur footprints? Everything from which dinosaur was there first to what they might have feasted on.

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Article

Horse Power (SuperScience)

Try to imagine a world without horses. For starters, what would Paul Revere have used to make his midnight ride on, a cow?

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Curriculum Materials

Bigger Than You Think

Not all dinosaurs were enormous like the 84-foot-long, 30-ton Apatosaurus. TheCompsognathus, for example, approximated an eight-pound chicken. Size up two others.

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Curriculum Materials

What is a Fossil?

The most common fossils are bones and teeth, but not all fossils are body parts. Explore the wide-ranging evidence of ancient life that scientists use to understand Earth's prehistoric past.

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