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Grades 3-5


Hands-on Activity

Crazy Camouflage

Unlike humans, some animals can instantly change the color or pattern of their skin. Take a hands-on look at how the masters of disguise known as flounders can don several different looks.


Curriculum Materials

Building a Cloud Chamber (Cosmic Ray Detector)

Wouldn't it be cool if you could create a rain cloud? Or call cosmic rays into view? Well, you can do both! All you need is an aquarium, a slide projector, dry ice, and a few other easy-to-get supplies.


Classroom Activity

How Does Where You Live Shape How You Live?

With access to products and information from around the world, our range of choices is seemingly endless. But how would life be different if you lived in a different time and an isolated place?


Classroom Activity

To Rot or Not to Rot

From hot deserts to frozen tundra to underwater caves, archaeological sites can be as diverse as our planet’s environments. See why some evidence from past cultures survives over time and some doesn’t.


Classroom Activity

Making Mosaics

Vivid mosaics of stone and glass cubes—some enhanced with precious gold leaf—once gleamed from the floor, walls, and ceiling of the Petra Church. Learn how to make your own colorful masterpiece.


Classroom Activity

Make a Scale Drawing

It’s time to excavate the contents of your desk—that is, after you first create a scale drawing of the site. Explore how precise mapping helps archaeologists keep track of their finds.



What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

Did you know that you have more than 30,000 genes? Or that DNA carries all the information a cell needs to make you uniquely you? Take a look at the science of where it ALL begins.



What Do You Know About Genetics?

How much do you know about what makes you you? Test your genetics knowledge with this interactive quiz. Then, take a nurturing look at the answers when you're done.


Hands-on Activity

Make Your Own Astronomy Stationery

Looking for an easy way to add some star power to your letters and notes? These ready-to-print letterheads are astronomical in every way but their cost! 


Hands-on Activity

Make Your Own Genetics Stationery

Your DNA carries your unique imprint. Shouldn't your stationery? Add your name and address—and anything else you want to say—to these colorful letterheads.


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