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grades 3–12

Game Coder

Explore some of the tutorials in Microsoft's MakeCode Arcade. These step-by-step guides show how to modify and create simple games using drag-and-drop code blocks.

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grades 10–12

Hollywood Screenwriter Attempts To Write A Scene in 7 Minutes

Watch this video where a pro writer creates a scene in just seven minutes. Then give it a shot yourself, either using her prompts or just going off the cuff.

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grades 9–12

Good Hair

Watch Chris Rock's documentary exploring the societal and cultural ideas behind African American hair. Free on Kanopy.

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grades 6–12

Visual Essay

Go out (or stay in) and take photos -- or make drawings -- of your world that you'd like to share with someone. Add short reflections to each photo or drawing and email your special person the essay.

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grades 6–12

Digging for Dinosaurs

Travel to Antarctica with a team of paleontologists and find out first-hand how dinosaur bones are found.

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grades 10–12

King Tut's Flat Head

Learn why King Tut had a flat head, how head binding works, and why head binding was popular in the first place.

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Preschool–grade 10

Daily Math Problem

At any time of day, use the daily math problem, presented at a variety of levels, to practice math skills and problem-solving.

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grades 7–12

BBC iReporter

Play this game, and then share what you learned with a family member or teacher. What'd you learn about newsrooms? What’s one way to be more critical and responsible online?

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grades 5–12

Living on One Dollar

Watch this earnest, eye-opening documentary about rural poverty in Guatemala.

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grades 6–12

Versailles: The Palace Is Yours

Read the stories and see the art, gardens, decor, and more of this extravagant French palace.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

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grades 9–12

Online Art Tours

Tour galleries and exhibition rooms of the Louvre like "Egyptian Antiquities" and "Remains of the Louvre's Moat."

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grades 7–12

The Infinite Life of Pi

Learn all about this important ratio. What is pi? When was it discovered? And how can we use it?

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grades 6–12

The Great Depression, Ken Burns in the Classroom

Examine this gallery of photos taken during the Great Depression. Use the Photo Analysis Worksheet to guide your thinking.

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grades 9–12

Mental Health Check

Take some time for your mental health. Watch this video, then choose one of Jolie's tips to try out.

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grades 3–12

The Myth of Arachne

Listen to the Greek myth about the world's first spider. What do you think is the meaning -- or metaphor -- behind this myth?

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grades K–12

Tour the International Space Station

Join astronaut Suni Williams on a guided tour of daily life inside the International Space Station.

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grades 9–12

Explore a Country Through Art and History

Choose a country, read about it, and then explore the art and images that help define it. (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity.)

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grades 6–12

What's Inside a Rubik's Cube?

Ever wonder how a Rubik's Cube works and functions? Take a look inside this tricky puzzle and see if you think you can solve it!

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grades 8–10

Self-Care

Read this article to learn some coping strategies for our anxiety-inducing times. Afterward, work through the supporting questions.

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grades 9–12

Coping with Stress During Uncertainty

Manage stress and stay healthy during the pandemic with this informative video on dealing with anxiety. Then, use the tips to develop a self-care plan.

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grades 6–12

Cook Eggs

Learn how to cook eggs—scrambled, fried, hard-boiled. This skill will come in handy. We promise.

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grades 6–12

From Good Jobs to Juggling Gigs

Learn about the "gig economy" and how it fits into the history of labor exploitation.

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Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

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grades 6–12

Blood-Sucking Bats!

Use this downloadable worksheet to suck some math practice out of these fun facts about vampire bats.

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grades 6–12

Explore Trap Music's Rise

Watch this video and complete the discussion questions to learn more about the history behind this ubiquitous, influential music genre.

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grades 9–12

Our Choices and the Common Good

Reflect on what it means to behave in ways that promote the common good with this lesson on our actions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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grades 3–12

Healthy Meals Remix

Choose three of your family's favorite meals, and see if there's an even healthier spin you can put on them. More veggies? Less salt? Try your new recipe!

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grades 6–12

Evolution Lab

Explore the roots and branches of the tree of life in this interactive lab focused on phylogenetics, the study of evolutionary relationships between species.

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grades 8–12

Is Breaking News Broken?

Work through this lesson plan that'll help you consider how social media has affected breaking news as well as elections and voting.

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grades 5–10

World's Tallest Building

Find out about the architecture, materials, and process used to create the world's tallest building. Then explore the math problems and social justice activities.

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grades 6–12

Letters, Undelivered

Write a letter to someone important that you'll never actually send. Afterward, reflect on the experience.

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grades 10–12

The Science of Envy

Explore the science behind envy, a sometimes shameful emotion we all feel. Then, consider both the negative, and positive, consequences of envy in our world.

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Preschool–grade 12

Art Coloring Book

Reimagine and re-color famous paintings with the click of a mouse.

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Preschool–grade 12

Mount Rushmore Virtual Tour

Bring little ones (and bigger kids!) on a virtual tour of this iconic landmark. Afterward, look up some info about the nearby Crazy Horse monument.

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grades 6–12

Learn to Ollie

Pop into this helpful explainer video, and see if you can learn this most basic (yet very challenging!) of skateboard tricks.

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grades 6–12

Transformations and Symmetry

Discover how symmetry can explain some of the most fundamental laws of nature.

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grades 9–12

The Universe

Work through this 50-minute lesson on the universe's origins that kicks off Big History's multidisciplinary curriculum.

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grades 9–12

Far from Home

Immerse yourself in this slideshow from 2015 about the Syrian refugee crisis. Afterward, read the lesson's "Delving Deeper" questions and discuss with a family member.

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grades 6–12

How Do We Know the Earth Is Round?

Discover the science behind how we know the Earth is round. Then consider all the ways this knowledge affects various aspects of our lives.

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grades 3–12

Home Workout with Jerome Williams

Wide Open School Exclusive: Get court-ready with NBA legend Jerome Williams in this workout series covering fundamentals from jumping jacks to burpees.

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grades K–12

Four Notes That Changed Music with Ezinma

Watch as violinist Ezinma honors the history and legacy of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony—and its famous four notes—in this awesome modern take.