Free Activities

A collection of free activities for your science classroom.

  • Get schooled on coronavirus with McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Get schooled on coronavirus with McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    This comprehensive resource from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience gives you facts and the latest science on coronavirus. A go-to resource as you develop real-life lessons integrated into STEM topics.

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  • 26 hands-on science activities to do at home or school – plus a FREE 5-in-1 Science Activity Power Pack

    26 hands-on science activities to do at home or school – plus a FREE 5-in-1 Science Activity Power Pack

    Check out 26 of our most popular science activities and the convenient activity-pack download. Covers classroom or distance-learning lessons for chemistry, biology, physics, geology & earth science.

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  • Dig deep into Paleontology with McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Dig deep into Paleontology with McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    An in-depth resource on paleontology with engaging facts for budding earth scientists in your class, as they explore the fields of geology, biology, ichnology, ecology, and more.

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  • Explore Mendelian Genetics with McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Explore Mendelian Genetics with McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Explore Mendel's laws of heredity, inherited traits in plants, and biological traits. A great resource to help prepare genetics lesson plans for your biology class.

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  • Think outside the box with these outdoor science activities

    Think outside the box with these outdoor science activities

    Students convert their backyard into an outdoor science lab to study everything from leaf chromatography to a microorganism-filled compost pile. Engage their natural curiosity about their world.

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  • Styrofoam cups vanish into thin air with this activity

    Styrofoam cups vanish into thin air with this activity

    Grab this Styrofoam-meets-acetone activity, so the science investigators in your class can make observations about the concept of dissolving and how to distinguish it from melting.

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  • Hovercrafts aren't just science friction with this activity

    Hovercrafts aren't just science friction with this activity

    Your students will get a rise out of building a hovercraft to explore the principles behind gravity, air resistance, and friction.

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  • Weigh the Possibilities: 3 Quick Experiments Using Scales and Balances1:06

    Weigh the Possibilities: 3 Quick Experiments Using Scales and Balances

    3 class activities using scales and balances for middle schoolers learning foundations of science. Teach chemistry, biology, and physics with easy-to-do-experiments.

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  • Looks like a moon but tastes like a cookie, it's a moon phase activity

    Looks like a moon but tastes like a cookie, it's a moon phase activity

    Harness your students' curiosity and imagination with this fun activity where students use observation skills to model Moon phases and learn concepts on gravitation and relativity, light, and spectra.

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  • Our favorite free online resources for science teachers

    Our favorite free online resources for science teachers

    Our must-see list of online activities and resources for teachers planning remote learning for their students during school closure and looking for professional development.

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  • Heat things up with this greenhouse effect activity

    Heat things up with this greenhouse effect activity

    If your students aren't familiar with the greenhouse effect, don't sweat it, we've got you covered. In this simple activity, students can use common household items to simulate the greenhouse effect.

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  • Set the kitchen table for science time

    Set the kitchen table for science time

    There's a plethora of science experiments hiding in our refrigerators, pantries & junk drawers. If you're looking for creative science experiments for distance learners, then you're in the right place

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  • Double (helix) the fun with this DNA activity

    Double (helix) the fun with this DNA activity

    This hands-on DNA activity uses common household supplies to teach students a technique for extracting the DNA that makes them who they are.

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  • Rock it at home with this rocket activity

    Rock it at home with this rocket activity

    A fun distance learning activity using simple household items that helps teach concepts on chemical reactions, gravity, rockets, thrust, pressurization, and carbon dioxide.

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  • Rockhounds agree - this mineral activity rocks

    Rockhounds agree - this mineral activity rocks

    Using various testing methods, students will learn the properties that distinguish one mineral from another, how minerals are classified, how they occur in nature, and how they're used in daily life.

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  • How to teach osmosis and diffusion with agar cubes – a free activity

    How to teach osmosis and diffusion with agar cubes – a free activity

    Virtually all living cells are dependent on diffusion and osmosis processes. This free activity will enable students to explore the relationship between diffusion and cell size.

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  • Keeping a great laboratory notebook - an epic lesson

    Keeping a great laboratory notebook - an epic lesson

    Students learn to use laboratory notebooks to keep consistent and accurate notes that record and reflect on their inquiry-based observations, activities, investigations, and experiments.

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  • Discovering exoplanets in a galaxy not so near you – a free activity

    Discovering exoplanets in a galaxy not so near you – a free activity

    Students practice science observation skills, data collection, and more as they learn how to hunt for planets outside our solar system with this free activity.

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  • How does road salt affect our environment? A free activity to investigate a slippery dilemma.

    How does road salt affect our environment? A free activity to investigate a slippery dilemma.

    Road salt keeps icy roads and sidewalks safe, but how does it impact our environment? In this activity students investigate how to keep roads safe while keeping our ponds safe, too.

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  • When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    In this extension of Ward’s Effects of Drugs on Daphnia Kit, your students will be discovering the effects of an energy drink on a living water flea Daphnia.

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