Discovery Resources for Kids and Parents

Homeschool resources to keep kids close to science and discovery

Hi,

This document is all about keeping kids engaged and learning while school is out. It is for parents and caregivers who have to find a way to occupy everyone’s minds with good quality content.

Make your own Canadarm Grappler (NASA activity sheet)

A quick craft that I saw demonstrated at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. Really neat to try:

https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/675573main_Technology%20Activity-SOS.pdf

Here is a video of how the real thing works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqgxfFlQ3D0

Chris Hadfield’s tour of the Canadarm on the International Space Station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7NvsxcoDKo

Anturus hands on experiments

Focused on climate and exploration, including your own physical and environmental health. Volcanos, glaciers, geology, climate, atmosphere, personal fitness, it’s an Earth explorer focus with videos and activity sheets great for full lessons:

https://www.anturus.org/experiment/

Ingenium Canada Museums: at-home experiments

A variety of try-at-home experiments using common craft supplies:

https://ingeniumcanada.org/channel/articles/ten-science-activities-you-can-do-at-home

Your name in Egyptian hieroglyphs

From the Royal Ontario Museum: write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/learn/activities/classroom/hieroglyphs

Canon Creative Park

Printable, foldable paper crafts for all skill levels including animals, aircraft, cards, hats, masks, puzzles and games. Download and print the PDF on your printer and get to folding

https://creativepark.canon/en/contents/CNT-0024601/index.html

Scratch: An fun intro to programming using ‘blocks’

This is a well known, classic way of visually assembling a program like Lego™ with a big library of examples.

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tutorial=getStarted

There is also for ages 5–8ish, there is ScratchJr for mobile and chromeOS at https://www.scratchjr.org/

Worksheets (Caution, may contain work)

Grades preschool through 5 covering math ,science, reading, writing: https://www.greatschools.org/gk/worksheets

Ontario’s Learn from Home e-Learning portal for all grades:

Includes parent and caregiver guides for learning at home

https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

All about Coral Reefs

The coral presentation: shorturl.at/fty03

Activity pack (to print): shorturl.at/awVX1

Online quiz: shorturl.at/cjmp2

NASA at Home

A collection of videos, activities, lesson plans, ebooks, podcasts

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html

Nature of Things CBC : 10 family friendly docs:

https://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/m/blog/stay-entertained-and-informed-this-march-break-with-family-friendly-docs-fr

An astronaut’s guide to life in space

A Canadian Classic: Chris Hadfield wonderful YouTube playlist of 49 experiment, questions and answers from on board the International Space Station:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPfak9ofGSn9vOEkIz328i4xQQq7e0kjc

How It’s Made

The original Canadian show that gives a view into the factory — big, small, all over the world. Mesmerising to watch from food to toys to machinery:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCELt4nocnWDEnYJmov4zqyA/videos

PBS Deeplook

Youtube channel zooming in on nature

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3SbfTPJsL8fJAPKiVqBLg

Science Max

Like mythbusters but more education/kid oriented and still great production value:

https://www.tvokids.com/school-age/videos/season-3-science-max/hydraulics

And the channel on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbprhISv-0ReKPPyhf7-Dtw

National Geographic Science Playlist

A part of their sprawling youtube presence that focuses on science, exploration, from big to small:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbMhR9JUPuI&list=PLivjPDlt6ApS90YoAu-T8VIj6awyflIym

The Magic of Chemistry

Old-school Royal Institution presentation by Andrew Szydlo like Dumbledore at Hogwarts. Really a captivating watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g8lANs6zpQ

PBS EONS YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzR-rom72PHN9Zg7RML9EbA

All about the earth, and everyone and thing that lives on it — it is the big picture over millions and billions of years with a huge variety and library from giant sharks to when the Earth was a giant Iceball

Banff mountain Film Festival online

An annual short film festival that tours the world and attracts thousands of viewers is now online for 2020. It’s all about travel and adventure and lives lived in concert with nature from outdoor sports to magnetic cultures and people:

https://civictheatre.ca/blog/banff-mountain-film-festival-online/

Listening

CBC podcasts for kids

Including Thai Asks Why and The Secret Life of Canada

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/cbc-podcasts-in-class-free-education-resources-for-canadian-kids-1.5264962

Interactive developer for science and data outreach, github.com/jufa