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Teaching and Learning from Home with OLogy

We hope that OLogy can be helpful to engage your students in standards-aligned online content during this challenging time. Below is a sample of resources at all K-5 grade levels that support classroom learning from home.

KINDERGARTEN

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A Whale of a Tale 
Students can read about the Museum's 94-foot long star attraction! In this colorful article, students can obtain information about what a blue whale needs to survive.

They Glow! 
In this activity, students can learn about the function of bioluminescence in marine animals by looking at photographs, listening to information, and singing along with a video.

Make Your Own Weather Station 
Students can plan and carry out investigations of local weather patterns by building their own weather stations to collect observations of various weather conditions: rainfall, wind direction, and air pressure.

GRADE 1

Moon Flip Book 
By making a flip book, students can see the moon in action and discover why our view of it changes nightly. Students can then analyze their flip books to observe, describe, and predict patterns in the sky.

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Find My Plankton Baby Picture 
By observing photos of plankton at different life stages, students can obtain information that will allow them to construct evidence-based accounts of how parents and offspring don’t always look alike.

Ocean Creature Feature 
In this interactive quiz game, students can read clues about adaptations that allow marine animals to survive and thrive. After considering the structure and function of each animal, students can match it to one of three photographs.

GRADE 2

A Walk Through the Ruins of Petra
This interactive presents images and discussion questions about the ancient city of Petra. Among other lines of inquiry, students can analyze and interpret data to determine the type of building material that would be best suited for use in various climates.

Map Your World
Students can follow these easy steps to develop a model (drawing) of their room and the things in it. Then they can broaden the drawing to include their entire floor, apartment, or house.

Grow Rock Candy
Students can carry out an investigation using sugar and water to determine whether heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. This activity reinforces the ideas that the properties of materials can change when heated and that sometimes those changes may not be reversible.

GRADE 3

What Makes You, YOU?
In this short animated video students zoom inside their cells for a fascinating look at chromosomes, DNA, genes, and more. The video provides a clear and basic explanation of how offspring inherit traits from parents.

What's This? Life at the Limits
In this interactive article, students can discover some of the remarkable ways that species have  evolved to survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. In many cases, cause and effect relationships are identified and used to explain adaptations.

Living Large
This engaging game about dinosaurs allows students to analyze and interpret fossil data, as well as engage in argument from evidence. The game helps students to understand that fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and the nature of their environments.

GRADE 4

Plates on the Move
Volcanic eruptions, massive tsunamis, powerful earthquakes... students can examine how plate tectonics affect our world. By watching animations, reading stories, and answering questions, students analyze and interpret data to find patterns among Earth's features.

All About Jade
What makes the prized rock called jade so special that people have used it for so long, and in so many different ways? By responding to questions in an interactive quiz, students can communicate their knowledge of planet Earth, its features, and changes that occur through several natural processes.

What Do You Know About Earth? 
This interactive quiz challenges students to assess their knowledge of planet Earth, its features, and the changes that occur through natural processes.

GRADE 5

Build the Big Dipper
Using common household objects, students can build a mobile to see what the Big Dipper would look like from outer space. Students can then analyze their model to describe the difference in scale among the stars in the Big Dipper constellation.

What's the Big Idea About Water?
This comprehensive article provides information about the physical properties of water, the importance of water as an Earth material, the processes and cycles that water undergoes on Earth, its importance to life on Earth, and why we should protect our water sources.

Train of Thought
These thought experiments (mental models) illuminate the laws that describe the phenomena of orbit, gravity, and the speed of light. 

OLogy and ReadWorks

You can also use OLogy to support reading comprehension in your classroom. Through a partnership with ReadWorks, a leader in providing free research-based curriculum materials for educators, we have created dozens of OLogy articles and paired them with vocabulary lessons and formative assessments. These units cover Earth, life, and physical science content and are available for elementary through high school students.

Example of Articles:

"Creatures of the Reef" (3rd grade)

"Wonderful World of Wasps” (5th grade)

"Paleontology: The Big Dig” (7th grade)

"Unearthing Pterosaurs" (11th-12th grade)

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