Distance Learning

Discovery Lab has produced a variety of educational resources, exploring a broad range of topics including experiments, musical engagement, and open-ended challenges. Content will continuously be added, so check back often.

Each of our resources lists the associated Oklahoma Academic Standards.

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Health and Wellness

Tune in with your kids to see the importance of hand-washing. In this video, our educator shows how and why we should properly wash our hands to reduce the spread of germs using UV lotion and a black light!

  • Pre-K – 2nd:
    • 1.2.1 Identify that healthy behaviors affect personal health (e.g., healthy eating, adequate sleep, physical activity, positive peer interactions).
    • 1.2.3. Describe ways to prevent communicable diseases.
    • 7.2.1 Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
  • Grades 3 -5:
    • 1.5.1 Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
    • 7.5.1 Identify responsible personal health behaviors.

Mathematics

Break out the playing cards! Watch Mr. Dusty demonstrate a card trick that you can use to impress your friends and family. It looks like magic, but all it takes is a bit of math. Can you master the trick?

  • PK.N.1 Know number names and count in sequence.
  • K.N.1 Understand the relationship between quantities and whole numbers.
  • 1.N.1 Count, compare, and represent whole numbers up to 100, with an emphasis on groups of tens and ones.
  • 2.N.3 Explore the foundational ideas of fractions.

Chemistry

Learn about chemistry in this fun experiment using baking soda, vinegar, and balloons!

  • PK.S.2 Make observations of the physical and natural world.
  • 4.PS3.4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.*
  • 5.PS1.4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

Follow along with Dr. Ray Vandiver to complete this simple and fun Dancing Popcornexperiment! Test different types of vinegars and watch the reaction!

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • 2.PS1.1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
  • 5.PS1.3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • 5.PS1.4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

Following these step-by-step instructions, you can complete this chemistry experiment with just a few common household goods.

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • 2.PS1.1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
  • 5.PS1.3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • 5.PS1.4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

In this video, we’re taking a look at the properties of dry ice!

  • PK.S.2 Make observations of the physical and natural world.
  • 4.PS3.4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.*
  • 5.PS1.4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

Physics

This activity is brought to you by our friends at Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance! Dr. Ray Vandiver will walk you through how to make a hoop glider in just a few easy steps.

Try experimenting with different paper and compare the results.

  • 4.PS3.1 Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
  • 5.PS2.1 Support an argument, with evidence, that Earth’s gravitational force pulls objects downward toward the center of the earth.
We will be putting together a kite provided by Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.
Learn about the parts of the kite, the physics that make it work, and watch it fly!
  • 4.PS3.1 Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
  • 5.PS2.1 Support an argument, with evidence, that Earth’s gravitational force pulls objects downward toward the center of the earth.

In this lesson, you will build a pendulum and create your own artwork in a demonstration of motion, gravity, and Newton’s laws.

  • 4.PS3.1 Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
  • 5.PS2.1 Support an argument, with evidence, that Earth’s gravitational force pulls objects downward toward the center of the earth.

We’re making our own bubble solution and talking science! Experiment with different items as bubble wands. Which works best?

Science:

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • 2.PS1.1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

Math:

  • 1.GM.1.4 Recognize three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres.
  • 3.GM.1.1 Sort three-dimensional shapes based on attributes.
  • 4.GM.1.3 Given two three-dimensional shapes, identify similarities, and differences.

Earth Sciences

Experiment with different methods of making condensation to create your own clouds!

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS.2.1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
  • ES2.S1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
  • 5.PS1.4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

Experiment with different methods of making condensation to create your own clouds!

  • K.PS3.1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
  • 2.ESS1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
  • 3.ESS2.1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
  • 4.ESS3.2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.*

Take a look at the way sunlight interacts with objects in relation to their positioning with the light and on the Earth to create shadows.

  • PK.S.2 Make observations of the physical and natural world.
  • K.PS3.1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
  • 1.PS4.3 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
  • 1.ESS1.2 Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight and relative temperature to the time of year.
  • 4.PS4.2 Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.
  • 5.ESS1.2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in the length and direction of shadows, in addition to different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year.

Make a rain gauge with Dr. Ray Vandiver using a few simple items. Learn the importance of tracking weather to study our climate.

  • PK.S.2 Make observations of the physical and natural world.
  • 2.ESS1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
  • 3.ESS2.1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
  • 5.ESS3.1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environments.

Make your own rain cloud in a jar with just a few household items.

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS.2.1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
  • 2.ESS1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

In this NISE Net activity, you’ll create Paper Mountains and simulate snow melt and rainfall to take a look at how water travels.

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • 2.ESS2.2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kind of land and bodies of water in an area.
  • 4.ESS2.1 Plan and conduct investigations on the effects of water, ice, wind, and vegetation on the relative rate of weathering and erosion
  • 5.PS2.1 Support an argument, with evidence, that Earth’s gravitational force pulls objects downward toward the center of the earth.
  • 5.LS2.2 Use models to explain factors that upset the stability to local ecosystems.

In this activity we’ll be conducting a simple demonstration of the impact Rising Sea Levels have on landforms.

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • 2.ESS2.2 Develop a model to represent the shapes and kind of land and bodies of water in an area.
  • 4.ESS2.1 Plan and conduct investigations on the effects of water, ice, wind, and vegetation on the relative rate of weathering and erosion
  • 5.PS2.1 Support an argument, with evidence, that Earth’s gravitational force pulls objects downward toward the center of the earth.
  • 5.LS2.2 Use models to explain factors that upset the stability to local ecosystems.
We went on a nature walk to discover and gather plant specimens to use in our Suncatcher project!
Remember, when taking natural specimens to use in your box, be mindful that you are looking for fallen limbs and leaves or a type of wildflower that is plentiful in your area – we do not want to do any damage to the environment around us.
Construct your Suncatcher with a recyclable box, some parchment paper or plastic, scissors and tape. Put your treasures in your box and see how they catch the sun!
  • PK.S.2 Make observations of the physical and natural world.
  • K.PS3.1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
  • 1.PS4.3 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
  • 4.PS3.2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • 5.PS1.3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • 5.ESS1.2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in the length and direction of shadows, in addition to different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year.
Using hot water and ice, we will demonstrate the interaction between hot and cold air flows that cause thunderstorms.
  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS.2.1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
  • 2.ESS1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
  • 5.ESS3.1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environments.

What causes lightning? Watch to find out!

  • PK.S.6 Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS.2.1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
  • 2.ESS1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

May 1st is a cross-quarter day, signifying the end of the spring equinox and the start of the summer solstice. In early civilizations, stars and constellations were relied on to know the time of the time of the year.

Create your own flashlight constellations and a constellation viewer to spot stars in the night sky!

  • 1.ESS1.1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
  • 2.ESS1.1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
  • 3.PS2.2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
  • 4.LS1.2 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
  • 5.ESS1.1 Support an argument with evidence that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.
  • 5.ESS1.2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in the length and direction of shadows, in addition to different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year

Take a look at the geometry created with yarn and found natural materials!

Grade Level: Early Childhood & Caregivers (together)

Science Topics: Earth Science, Sensorimotor Development

Process Skills: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication

Engineering

At Discovery Lab, in our Floor is Lava exhibit, we’ve set up a course to get you from one side of Main Hall to the other without touching the floor.
We’ve used ropes, colored dots, steps, a cave, balance beams and more.
We want to see you be the engineer!

Design a course to get you from one side of a room to the other—it can be any room in your house and you can use anything to help you: chairs, pillows, a towel, even a piece of paper! Be sure to ask your parent for permission first.

Remember, the floor is lava!

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS2.2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • 3.PS2.1 Plan and conduct investigations on the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

Build your own city and create a flood barrier! How many days of rainfall can your river withstand?

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS2.2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • 2.ESS2.1 Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.*
  • 3.ESS3.1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.*
  • 4.ESS3.2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.*
  • 5.LS2.2 Use models to explain factors that upset the stability to local ecosystems.
  • 5.ESS3.1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environments.

Imagination Playground blocks make great forts—they are stable, stackable, and offer endless building possibilities.

We want to challenge you to build a fort using things you have at home: blankets, couch cushions, chairs, tables, or anything else that may be used in your fort structure.

Think of ways to stabilize the walls and keep the ceilings high enough for you to sit inside comfortably.

To make your fort engineering extra challenging, build a fort with two rooms!

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS2.2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • 2.PS1.3 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.
  • 3.PS2.1 Plan and conduct investigations on the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

Discovery Lab uses tape, yes, packing tape, to create our famous tunnels and slide!

The tape is strong enough to hold many adults. There are miles of tape in our tunnels and slide! When we make the tunnels, we stretch the tape on the top, bottom, and sides, and then we wrap tape around the tunnel to give it strength.

We know you love this tape creation, now we want to see what wonderful creations you can design using tape!

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • K.ESS2.2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • 2.PS1.3 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.

Music

Dance and sing along with Dr. Ray Vandiver to You Are My Sunshine.

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • 1.PS4.1 Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

Grab your instruments and play along with Dr. Ray Vandiver to Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day.

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • 1.PS4.1 Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

Sing along with Dr. Ray Vandiver to I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.

  • PK.S.1 Engage in play to explore the physical and natural world.
  • 1.PS4.1 Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.