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Weekday Wonders

Weekday Wonders is a series designed for parents and other adults who are interested in engaging children in science at home.

 

Explore our archive of carefully curated educational content meant to provide additional support to caregivers who have found themselves with a virtual learner this school year. Weekday Wonders provides fun, educational activities and resources to supplement virtual (or in-person!) learning. These resources are written in a way that is easy for caregivers to facilitate, even while working.

Designed for young scientists in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, Weekday Wonders provides activities and journal prompts for each day of the school week. You will find 18 weeks of resources linked down below that can be done in any order that works best for your scientist. Many of the activities include support on how to adjust the activities to be easier for the youngest scientists or more challenging for scientists in grades 4, 5, and beyond.

The activities require minimal preparation and materials. Many young scientists will be able to complete the activities with instructions from an adult followed by time on their own.

 

Nature on the Page:

Day 1: What are the traits and features of a character? PDF

Day 2: How do you develop a setting for a story? PDF

Day 3: What is the plot for a story, and how does it develop? PDF

Day 4: How can a story show action? PDF

Day 5: How do you end a story? PDF

Weird and Wacky Nature:

Day 1: How do animals hide from predators? PDF

Day 2: How do animals eat their food? PDF

Day 3: How do animals care for their young? PDF

Day 4: What are some of weird and wacky ways that animals use their sense of taste? PDF

Day 5: What are some of the weird and wacky ways that animals use their eyes to see? PDF

Nature Detectives:

Day 1: Can you spy living things outside your window? PDF

Day 2: Can you find evidence of residence? Or, how can you tell where animals live? PDF

Day 3: Who left that trail? PDF

Day 4: What has been eating outside my window? PDF

Day 5: Why do plants come in so many different shapes and sizes? PDF

Mad Scientists:

Day 1: Why do plants look wilted or die if they do not get water? PDF

Day 2: How do boats float on the water? PDF

Day 3: What happened to the ice pop on a hot day? PDF

Day 4: Why is the sun important? PDF

Day 5: How can you discover preferences of wild animals that share your outdoor space? PDF

Water Warriors:

Day 1: How much water do you use in a day? PDF

Day 2: Could your water usage affect others? PDF

Day 3: How do everyday activities affect water quality? PDF

Day 4: How does water quality affect wild animals? PDF

Day 5: What are some ways you have fun with water? PDF

Wild World of Art: 

Day 1 – What kind of art can you make with rocks? PDF

Day 2 – What kind of art can you make with dirt? PDF

Day 3 – What kind of art can you make with water? PDF

Day 4 – What kind of art can you make with sticks? PDF

Day 5 – What kind of art can you make with leaves? PDF

Wonders of Nature: 

Day 1 – Have you ever wondered about the power of the sun? PDF

Day 2 – Have you ever wondered why the moon changes shape in the sky? PDF

Day 3 – Have you ever wondered how plants can live in such interesting places? PDF

Day 4 – Have you ever wondered why insects’ wings come in so many shapes? PDF

Day 5 – Have you ever wondered how insects can have such different lifestyles? PDF

STEM Around Us:

Day 1 – How does a bird’s wing help it fly? PDF

Day 2 – How does STEM help animals? PDF

Day 3 – How do man-made buildings mimic nature? PDF

Day 4 – How can we explore color in the world around us? PDF

Day 5 – How can I build a machine to move objects? PDF

Animal Olympics:

Day 1 – Do you have the speed of an animal champion? PDF

Day 2 – Can you compete in the jumping events? PDF

Day 3 – Can you hit the mark? PDF

Day 4 – Do animals work out or exercise? PDF

Day 5 – Are there animals that would be good at several Olympic events? PDF

Looking for more fun? Check out our previous weeks of Weekday Wonders!

Living Things:

Day 1 – What are living things? PDF

Day 2 – What do animals need to live? PDF

Day 3 –  What do plants need to live? PDF

Day 4 – How do living things rely on each other to live?  PDF

Day 5 – How do plants and animals share resources where they live?  PDF

Diversity in Ecosystems:

Day 1 – Where do animals live in the ocean?  PDF

Day 2 – Where do animals live in rivers and streams? PDF

Day 3 – Where do animals live in the forest? PDF

Day 4 – Where do animals live in your backyard? PDF

Day 5 – What’s the difference between and ecosystem and a habitat? PDF

Changing Ecosystems:

Day 1 – What things change in your neighborhood?  PDF

Day 2 – How do the places where animals live change? PDF

Day 3 – How do places where other animals live change? PDF

Day 4 – How often do ecosystems change? PDF

Day 5 – Why is a diverse ecosystem healthier than one that has only a few living things?  PDF

Watershed Wisdom:

Day 1 – Where does water come from?  PDF

Day 2 – Where does water go? PDF

Day 3 – What watershed do I live in? PDF

Day 4 – What else lives in your watershed? PDF

Day 5 – How can you protect your watershed?  PDF

Diversity of Living Things:

Day 1 – What physical characteristics do animals have?  PDF

Day 2 – How are all animals similar and different from each other? PDF

Day 3 – How can knowing the characteristics of animals help sort them and know what they are? PDF

Day 4 – How are the characteristics of animals of the same kind similar and different? PDF

Day 5 – Why is it important for animals of the same kind to have different characteristics?  PDF

Inherited Characteristics:

Day 1 – What characteristics do animals have?  PDF

Day 2 – How are parents and offspring the same, and how are they different? PDF

Day 3 – What characteristics can be passed on from parents to offspring? PDF

Day 4 – Why are only some characteristics of offspring the same as their parents’? PDF

Day 5 – How does the environment affect characteristics?  PDF

Adaptations:

Day 1 – What characteristics or adaptations do animals have?  PDF

Day 2 – What characteristics help an animal to survive? PDF

Day 3 – What characteristics help and animal to survive where they live? PDF

Day 4 – Why do different animals have different adaptations for the same environment? PDF

Day 5 – Why are there differences among animals of the same species?  PDF

Growth and Development:

Day 1 – How do animals grow and develop?  PDF

Day 2 – What is a life cycle? PDF

Day 3 – Are there different kinds of life cycles? PDF

Day 4 – Do plants have life cycles? PDF

Day 5 – How does the environment affect living things’ life cycles?  PDF

Biodiversity and Me:

Day 1 – What resources do humans and wild animals share?  PDF

Day 2 – How do humans and animals rely on each other to survive? PDF

Day 3 – Why is it important for humans to share resources with other living things? PDF

Day 4 – How do humans take care of the animals at the Tennessee Aquarium? PDF

Day 5 – How can humans help animals where we live?  PDF

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