Elementary School Science

Our science page covers topics from Earth’s oceans to the distant stars.


bayvilleStudents explore the Chesapeake Bay through digital tools, and serve as virtual research assistants for a video production company looking for stories about the science of the bay. (Grades 6-9)

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Other Resources

Every Animal Needs a Home

Students discover what rainforest animals and plants need to survive, and they use an online tool to build a habitat for an animal. (Grades PreK-K)

Ready Jet Go!: Mission Earth

Examine Earth with Mindy as she take pictures of Earth's features to share with her friends on planet Bortron 7. (Grades K-3)

Plum Landing: Feed the Dingo

Create a balanced desert ecosystem so that each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days. (Grades 1-4)

Plum Landing: Rocky Mountain Roundup

Complete a series of missions to photograph plants and animals living in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and learn how they adapted to the ecosystem. (Grades 1-4)

Plum Landing: Mangroovin’

Pretend you are a baby grouper who needs to find food without getting caught by hungry predators like sharks and herons. (Grades 1-4)

Ruff Ruffman's Ring of Fire Travel Guide

Learn about volcanoes in the Ring of Fire and their relationship to earthquakes and mountain ranges with this game featuring PBS KIDS character Ruff Ruffman. (Grades 3-5)

Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Variations

In this interactive lesson, students compare the seasonal weather at their location with another U.S. location by collecting and recording the data for the two locations in order to find patterns. (Grades 3-5)

Ways of Watersheds

In this interactive lesson, students learn about the four phases of the water cycle, the ways in which watersheds are crucial to healthy water, and the best ways to manage local watersheds. (Grades 4-5)

Illuminating Earth over a Year

In this self-paced lesson, students build on knowledge of observed seasonal changes as they analyze data—and look for patterns—on the changing duration of daylight throughout a year. (Grades 3-5)


In this interactive lesson, students compare and contrast renewable and nonrenewable energy, make awindmill and discover the answer to the burning question, “What on earth is a nutria?” (Grades 3-5)

Animal Survivors!

In this interactive lesson, students practice making comparisons and using cause and effect to learn about physical features and adaptations that help living creatures survive. (Grades 3-5)

Rock Star!

In this interactive lesson, students learn the rock cycle, view gorgeous rock formations, find natural geometric shapes, watch rock artists at work and write thier own rock song. (Grades 3-5)

Teacher resources

Ready Jet Go! All about Water Teacher Guide

With a little help from Jet and his friends Sidney, Sean, and Mindy, your students will explore the various properties of water in both its liquid and solid forms as they broaden their understanding of material properties.

The Ruff Ruffman Show Kitchen Guide Teacher Guide

Learn about kitchen chemistry alongside Ruff Ruffman in this Teacher's Guide. Students will use videos, games, and activities from The Ruff Ruffman Show to investigate solids and liquids, and explore the science behind heating and cooling.