Free Online Science Learning Activities for Kids (Kindergarten–High School)
Many students find that their ability to learn and retain information improves when they enjoy the learning process. Supplemental online learning activities can be a great way to make learning fun. If your students say they don’t like science or are not able to learn it, maybe they just haven’t discovered the learning tools that work best for them. Introduce them to new ways they can learn challenging subjects, and you may find their learning ability vastly improves.
Try these online science activities, listed in order of grade level, to reinforce school lessons and introduce new concepts.
Kindergarten: Recycling Game
Teaching good habits is an important building block for kids. Practice identifying what materials should be recycled in this activity and separate each material into the correct bin. If you don’t have specific recycling bins in your home, this could be a fun project for kids to make. Make a recycling bin for each material by matching the colors in the activity.
This activity is part of a K12 kindergarten science course. Visit K12.com to learn more about K12 kindergarten courses.
First Grade: Identify Insects Activity
Dr. Wigglesworth is an entomologist—a scientist who studies insects. In this activity, you’ll take on the role of lab assistant by helping him identify insects. First, sort the list of animals and insects, then help him place each creature in the correct tank or cage. Click on the speaker icon at the top left to begin this activity.
This activity is part of a K12 first-grade science course. Visit K12.com to learn more about K12 first-grade courses.
Second Grade: Richter Scale Activity
The Richter Scale, named for Charles Richter, measures the amplitude of waves recorded by seismographs. For each whole number (1, 2, 3 …) the magnitude of the earthquake is ten times greater. Earthquakes most frequently appear on or near fault lines.
Learn more and track earthquakes on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website. Try more free online second-grade science activities on Learning Liftoff.
This activity is part of a K12 second-grade science course. Visit K12.com to learn more about K12 second-grade courses.
Third Grade: Eclipses
In this science activity, learn the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse.
This activity is part of a K12 third-grade science course. Visit K12.com to learn more about K12 third-grade courses.
Fourth–Fifth Grade: Food Web
In this science activity, you’ll be asked to identify each animal’s food source. Can you complete the game by making all the connections?
This activity is part of K12 science courses. Visit K12.com to learn more about K12 fourth and fifth-grade courses.
Sixth–Eighth Grade: Biomes
A biome is a geographic area that has similar climatic conditions. Learn about seven major biomes around the world. Discover each region’s abiotic and biotic factors, including the average temperature range, precipitation, vegetation, and type of wildlife.
High School: Gay Lussac’s Law
In this activity. you will explore Gay Lussac’s correlation between temperature and pressure. In chemistry, there are several gas laws, which are rules that all gasses, regardless of chemical properties follow. Manipulate the temperature and visualize the effect it has on the pressure.
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