Learn at Home

Inspire students to explore science wherever they are with these student and parent-friendly resources that are easy to incorporate into distance learning lessons.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How does handwashing help prevent illness? The science of soap.

    How does handwashing help prevent illness? The science of soap.

    The good news is that by simply washing our hands, we can help decrease the spread of coronavirus and other things that make us sick.

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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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  • The Magic of Crystals: The wonderful world of crystal formation1:01

    The Magic of Crystals: The wonderful world of crystal formation

    Science teachers: Bring your middle-school and high-school students into the wonderful world of crystal formation with this short video and crystal growing kit from Ward’s Science.

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  • 8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    Want to teach food chains and predator-prey relationships with owl pellets? Don’t miss these “insider” tips.

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  • The Ewww Experiment, or why you should wash your hands before dinner.1:01

    The Ewww Experiment, or why you should wash your hands before dinner.

    Elementary and middle-school teachers: Show your young science students the importance of cleanliness with this short video, then download our free classroom activity to try it for yourself.

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  • Hank's Lab: The physics of projectiles1:21

    Hank's Lab: The physics of projectiles

    Science teachers: Join Ward’s World’s favorite lab assistant, Hank, as he introduces high school students to the physics of projectiles – then download our free classroom activity to join in the fun.

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  • Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo3:24

    Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo

    Beware! This demonstration is dramatic (and we know students love drama!). Here’s a spooky Halloween demonstration to teach on exothermic processes, catalysis, and more.

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  • Inside the Ward's Lab: Tarantula Molting1:08

    Inside the Ward's Lab: Tarantula Molting

    Join the small handful of teachers who have a tarantula as a classroom pet and experience this yourself. Or just take a look at this cool video of tarantula molting.

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  • Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Give your students hands-on experience with a vital skill in this microbiology / general biology activity. They can use simulated media instead of actual bacteria. Will they “keep it clean”?

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