Grades 6-8

Gopher Tortoises: My Endangered Fellow Floridians

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Gopher Tortoises: My Endangered Fellow Floridians

Saddle up for a visit to the Circle F Dude Ranch, where this 7th-grader from Florida will introduce you to ... gopher tortoises. These burrowing reptiles have shovel-like forelimbs.

The Growth Patterns of Aspens

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Growth Patterns of Aspens

Is an aspen's diameter affected by its distance from the center of the grove? The search for the answer to this question sent this 8th-grader from Colorado on a two-year-plus expedition.

Exploring Density

Activity

Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

Exploring Density

Activity

Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

Launching and Recovering Meteorites

Activity

Launching and Recovering Meteorites

Throwing water balloons on school grounds in the name of science? Absolutely, if you do it safely, and apply what you learn to the science of finding and recovering meteorites.

Curriculum Materials

Booklist: Native American Myths

Compare contemporary myths with those from the 19th century. Read trickster tales from 55 tribal groups. And peruse illustrated Haida myths. 

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Discovering Vietnam's Ethnic Diversity

Did you know that Vietnam has 54 officially recognized ethnic groups, speaking more than 50 languages? Explore the country's rich diversity with a look at the many traditions that define contemporary life in Vietnam.

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Discovering Vietnam's Biodiversity

Now that peace has firmly taken hold in Vietnam, scientific research is flourishing once again. Meet some of the country's diverse animal and plant life, including many rare and endangered species.

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Classroom Activity

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.

Shoebox Archaeology

Classroom Activity

Shoebox Archaeology

How does one generation stack up to the next? Find out why it’s easier for archaeologists to answer this question when a family settles in one place.

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