Stay at Home Science

As we all do our best to stay home and flatten the curve, WCS Education understands how difficult these times can be. That’s why we want to support all of you out there with some engaging science activities that you can do anywhere. Teachers, you can use this in your remote learning with students. Parents, you can use these activities with your own kids at home.

All of these activities come from WCS Education programs, so if you like what you see, join us for more programs in the future! We hope you enjoy these weekly doses of science, and reach out to us on social media if you have any thoughts or ideas you want to share with us! @WCSEducation on Twitter and Instagram. Stay safe and do science!


Activity Videos

Animal Movements

This activity uses movement to get students thinking about animal adaptations. How do animals move? Can we move the same way they do? What about their bodies lets them do the things they do to survive? This comes straight out of our Zoo Animals and Teaching the Elementary Curriculum course, so if you like this, consider learning more fun ways to explore science in engaging and hands on ways with our Zoo Animals professional learning course running April 13-18 online!

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Animal Movements

Tracking Animal Behavior

At zoos and aquariums and in the wild, scientists carefully observe animal behavior in order to learn more about those species. By observing animal behavior, we can learn more about what a species eats, when it is usually awake or asleep, and what role it plays in an ecosystem. You can do this same kind of science investigation at home by observing the behavior of a pet or someone you live with!

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Animal Behavior Tracking

Act Like An Insect

These activities will give you a peek into the life of an insect and let you try to experience the world from their perspective. This type of activity is great for a variety of reasons – it lets kids learn in an engaged, hands on way, plus it builds empathy and connection to different animals by pretending to be them, all while learning science concepts and having fun!

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Act Like An Insect

Happy Earth Day

This activity encourages you to make a pledge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but this is a wonderful activity to do even after Earth Day has passed. After all, the Earth needs our help every day of the year!

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Happy 50th Earth Day

Questions In Science

Scientists create questions based on what they observe in their surroundings. In this activity, you will act like a scientist and create questions that you could research based on what you see! You’ll observe animals (in your home, outside of your window, or on your computer) and write down what you see. Once you have observations, you can begin to create questions about what you’d like to learn more about. There are several types of questions that can be created and you’ll get to choose the question type that fits best! If you want to do even more, you can begin to think about how you might go about answering your question like a scientist would! Good luck, scientist!

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Questions in Science

Migratory Bird Day

Migratory birds are birds who migrate, or fly long distances to move from one location to another with the changing seasons. May 9th, 2020 is International Migratory Bird Day! A day to celebrate those hard working migratory birds and the ways that all of us can help them in their journey. There are so many different ways to celebrate birds, and this activity is here to give you some ideas and you can choose!

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Migratory Bird Day

Orangutan Masks

The primary threats to orangutans in the wild are habitat loss and fragmentation, fires, and illegal hunting/trafficking. This activity, adapted from the resourceI Heart Orangutans…Do You? created by OSAFE, is designed to engage children at home in a craft that is simple, entertaining, and that connects them to orangutans.

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Orangutan Masks

Classification

Identification and classification are critical parts of being an ecologist. These skills take lots of practice. They help us to learn about different kinds of wildlife - their features, what similarities they have, and what makes them diverse. You can build up your own classification skills by observing wildlife and trying your hand at identifying what you see while looking out the window or taking a walk around your local park

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Classification

Pollinator Garden

Pollinators play a vital role in the world around you! Pollinators like insects, birds, bats, and small mammals travel from plant to plant looking for food and, in the process, help new plants grow. Pollen from one plant sticks to these animals and falls off on a different plant, beginning the process of growing the fruits and seeds that produce new plants. Pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat and serve many important ecosystem roles from carbon sequestration to preventing soil erosion. You can help support pollinators and their work by building your own pollinator garden at home!

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Pollinator Garden

World Oceans Day

The world’s oceans are an incredible resource, as well as the home to over 90% of the species living on earth. June 8, 2020 is World Oceans Day. One way you can celebrate World Oceans Day is by taking the time to share something you think is interesting or important about the ocean with the people you know! Good science communicators make a plan for their message, their audience, and the platform that they will use to send that message.

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World Oceans Day

Activity Worksheets

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Use this worksheet to go on a nature scavenger hunt from your own window! You might be surprised to discover what animals have their own homes next to yours
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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Wildlife Insights

Go on a virtual vacation with Wildlife Insights. Explore animals found by scientists all over the world and investigate camera trap photos.

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Wildlife Insights

Bird From Home

Use this guide to spot common local birds. Count how many you see a day and post them on your eBird account. What you discover will be collected and shared with all the other scientists using the site. Scientists use your bird count to help determine things like bird species diversity and how many of each kind of bird can be found all over the world.

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Bird From Home

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