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Science Resources for Learning from Home, Grades K–5

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Carolina Biological Supply Company is committed to support parents, teachers, and school districts with learn-from-home resources during this challenging time. Explore the resources below for elementary and middle school students from Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science™ 3D, Innovators in Science, and Smithsonian Programs.


Watch these videos to learn more about the free resources being offered from the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Building Blocks of Science™ 3D.

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™ for Grades K–5

Smithsonian Resources

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom

Click on the Smithsonian Resource links in the chart below to find resources that support the program's modules. Here you will find videos, activities, downloadables, articles from Smithsonian magazines, and more.

Smithsonian Science Stories for Grades 1–5

Click on the links in the chart below to access informational text eBooks that present phenomena in real-world contexts by incorporating art, history, world culture, and popular culture and utilizing the vast resources available through the Smithsonian museums and archives. Available in English on-grade and below-grade, and in Spanish. When using these links, do not create an account on Carolina Science Online.

New! Integrate Language Arts into your science instruction using literacy selection discussion questions for grades 3–5. Click on the Discussion Questions links in the chart below to access questions that check for understanding, extend ideas, and promote discourse. These questions can be used with the English on-grade and below-grade and Spanish readers.



Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™ for Grades 1–5


Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science Engineering Design
Grade 1
How Do Living Things Stay Safe and Grow?
Smithsonian Resources

Survival Stories eBook
On-grade
Spanish
How Can We Predict When the Sky Will Be Dark?
Smithsonian Resources

Sky Patterns eBook
On-grade
Spanish
How Can We Light Our Way in the Dark?
Smithsonian Resources

Shining the Light eBook
On-grade
Spanish
How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?
Smithsonian Resources

Beats and Banjos eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish
Grade 2
How Can We Find the Best Place for a Plant to Grow?
Smithsonian Resources

Blossoms, Bees, and Seeds eBook
On-grade
Spanish
What Can Maps Tell Us About Land and Water on Earth?
Smithsonian Resources

Mapping Earth eBook
On-grade
Spanish
How Can We Change Solids and Liquids?
Smithsonian Resources

Art in Science eBook
On-grade
Spanish
How Can We Stop Soil from Washing Away?
Smithsonian Resources

Changing Earth eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish
Grade 3
What Explains Similarities and Differences Between Organisms?
Smithsonian Resources

Patterns of Life eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Do Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives?
Smithsonian Resources

Raindrops and Rooftops eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion?
Smithsonian Resources

Motion and Magnets eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes?
Smithsonian Resources

Changing Habitats eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
Grade 4
How Can Animals Use Their Senses to Communicate?
Smithsonian Resources

Sending Signals eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
What Is Our Evidence That We Live on a Changing Earth?
Smithsonian Resources

Rock Stories eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Does Motion Energy Change in a Collision?
Smithsonian Resources

Speed Bumps eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes?
Smithsonian Resources

Everyday Energy eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
Grade 5
How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems?
Smithsonian Resources

Go with the Flow eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Can We Use the Sky to Navigate?
Smithsonian Resources

Sailing Under the Stars eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties?
Smithsonian Resources

What’s Cooking eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions
How Can We Provide Freshwater to Those in Need?
Smithsonian Resources

Water Works eBook
On-grade
Below-grade
Spanish

Discussion Questions

Resources for Grades K–8

Get more from the Smithsonian! Grades K–8

Click on the link below to discover additional free resources offered by the Smithsonian. Find educational videos, games, and more! https://www.smithsonianstc.com/smithsonian-science-resources-172N7-41355L.html#ssec


Support for Current Customers with Access to Carolina Science Online: If you're a current Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™ educator who needs a refresher on using the resources you already have access to on Carolina Science Online, go to https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/help to view some tutorials. If you need additional help, reach out to cso_support@carolina.com.



Resources for Grades K–5

Resources from Building Blocks of Science™ 3D for Grades K–5

Click on the links in the chart below to access downloadable PDF card sets, downloadable and printable PDFs of Literacy Articles, Take-Home Science Activities, and Science in the News. Instructions for how to use these resources over the next several weeks are available using the Instruction links.

  • Unit Card Sets feature real-world phenomena, get students thinking and talking about science in the world around them, or in places they’ve never been.
  • Literacy Articles discuss real-life applications of science content or phenomena.
  • Take-Home Science Activities are science investigations students can do with their family. Each includes a family letter and activity sheets for students to record their observation and data.
  • Science in the News prompts students to research and report on the science news of the day! Challenge older students to find a current event to research and report on. Assign an age-appropriate research project from today’s news for younger students.
  • Click on the unit title to access the downloadable PDFs in English and Spanish.

Kindergarten

Push, Pull, Go
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Living Things and Their Needs
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities
Unit Card Set

Weather and Sky
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

1st Grade

Light and Sound Waves
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Exploring Organisms
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities
Unit Card Set

Sky Watchers
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

2nd Grade

Matter
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Ecosystem Diversity
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities
Unit Card Set

Earth Materials
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

3rd Grade

Forces and Interactions
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Life in Ecosystems
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities
Unit Card Set

Weather and Climate Patterns
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

4th Grade

Energy Works
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Plant and Animal Structures
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities
Unit Card Set

Changing Earth
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

5th Grade

Structure and Properties of Matter
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities

Earth and Space Systems
Instructions
Cross-Curricular Activities
Unit Card Set


Phenomena Videos from Building Blocks of Science™ 3D

Access Videos

Support for Current Customers with Access to Carolina Science Online: If you're a current Building Blocks of Science educator who needs a refresher on using the resources you already have access to on Carolina Science Online, go to https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/help to view some tutorials. If you need additional help, reach out to cso_support@carolina.com.



Magnifier

Science Magnifier™ eBooks for Grades 3–5

Science Magnifier™ eBooks help students find out more about the science topics they are investigating while developing their math skills and literacy abilities related to informational text.

Click on the links below to open the eBooks. They're available in English and Spanish!
When using these links, do not create an account on Carolina Science Online.


Access English: https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/resource/science_magnifier_interactive_ebook/preview

Access Spanish: https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/resource/science_magnifier_interactive_ebook_esp/preview


Printable resources for the Science Magnifier™

Using the Science Magnifier: A Guide for Students

Science Activity Sheets for the embedded Science Magnifier™ activities.

Additional activities that go with Science Magnifier content.


Innovators

Innovators in Science, Grades K–5

This digital literacy and information resource houses a continually growing library of biographical readings about scientists from a variety of disciplines. Change the face of science for students as they read about scientists who are as diverse as they are and the valuable contributions each has made to society and science. (Use as a read-aloud for grades K-2)

When accessing this resource, do not create an account on Carolina Science Online.

Let your student select their favorite and conduct research to learn more. https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/resource/bbs_innovators_in_science/preview





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Carolina offers many materials and activities that can be used outside the classroom. All should be used with adult supervision. For safety, users should follow all instructions and should not attempt to substitute or reuse materials unless the instructions say to do so. Supervising adults must review the activities provided, ensure they are appropriate for the student’s maturity level, and ensure all safety recommendations are followed by students. Safety is paramount whether at school or home.