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Why Do I Live Here?
  • Deer in Woods

Why do deer live in places with trees? Learn why a forest is the perfect habitat for deer.

K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

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First Grade

Just Like Animals
  • Turtle Walking

How can acting like an animal help us? Learn about the amazing ways we learn tricks from animals to keep us safe and to help in our everyday lives.

1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

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Second Grade

Seeds Everywhere!
  • Squirrel eating nut

What is the purpose of seeds? They help plants reproduce! Learn about the amazing ways plants get animals to help them spread seeds everywhere.

2-LS2-1 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

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Third Grade

Safety in Numbers
  • Penguins huddled together

Why do some animals live together in groups? Learn about the ways animals stick together to stay safe.

3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members to survive.

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Fourth Grade

Stunning Sinkholes
  • Sinkhole in road

How can sinkholes suddenly appear out of nowhere? Learn how things like erosion and weathering can cause both manmade and natural sinkholes to occur.

4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

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Fifth Grade

Keeping Track of Your Shadow
  • Camels walking in the desert

Have you ever wondered why shadows look different at different times of day? Learn about how the sun's position in the sky affects shadows and why it's cooler in the shade than in the sun.

5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

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Social Studies


Now and Then
  • Steam Engine Train

Do you want to go back in time? What things were different? What things were the same? Join Clara in 1890, Keith in 1970, and Maria in 2020 to learn how some things change while others stay the same.

Essential Question: What things were different in the past and what things were the same?

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First Grade

Farm to Market
  • Child holding strawberries

Have you ever looked around at all of the fresh fruits and veggies at your grocery store? Learn where they are grown and how they get to your store.

Essential Question: How do stores get fresh fruits and veggies when it is winter?

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Second Grade

Tools of Technology
  • Cowboys on horses

Did you know mail used to be delivered by riders on horseback and then by train? Learn how technology has changed over the last 100 years, and discover the many ways it affects our daily lives.

Essential Question: How can the past help us predict the future? How have past inventions impacted your daily life?

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Third Grade

Farms Made of Dust and Selling Bird Poop: Exploring Why People Move
  • People around old car

Did you know there were once huge dust storms in the MidWest? Did you know people from the United States once moved to Peru to sell bird poop? Explore these two events to learn one of the main reasons people decide to move.

Essential Question: Why do people move? How do they decide where to go?

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Fourth Grade

Chew on This
  • Various pieces of bubble gum

Did you know the first chewing gum was made from boiled tree resin, and it tasted terrible? Learn how innovation and competition have made the chewing gum industry what it is today.

Essential Question: Why are there many different varieties of some products but not others?

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Fifth Grade

Significant Moments and People in Disability History
  • Track running with one prosthetic leg

Did you know NFL football player Shequem Griffin has only one arm? Learn how activists and protestors have helped to make the world better for people with disabilities.

Essential Question: What roles and responsibilities do citizens have to take on in order to affect change? Which tactics are the most successful in affecting change?

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program.