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Mini-Lessons

Explore different topics with your little one using our online resources! The below activities are great for preschool through second graders. 

Access library resources in these mini-lessons with your library card and PIN:


Chromatography Mini-Lesson

Explore boats and different materials that sink and float!  

a moldy mystery
gotcha
kid science chemistry experiments

 

Read

Gotcha by Jennifer Dussling

A Moldy Mystery by Michelle Knudsen

Our Seasons by Grace Lin and Ranida T. McKneally

 

Watch

Kid Science Chemistry experiments

All Kid Science videos

Electromagnetic Spectrum video

Geomagnetism video

 

Activity

DIY CSI: Ink Chromatography: try your hand at ink chromatography using washable markers, coffee filters, and water.  

Coffee Filter Butterflies with Miss Heather: you can also use ink chromatography to make coffee filter butterflies, Miss Heather shows you how!

 


Boat Mini-Lesson

Explore boats and different materials that sink and float!  

sinkingandfloating
boats
bigfishlittlefish

 

Read

Sinking and Floating by Natalie Rosinsky

Boats by Darlene Still

Listen

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Old Town School of Folk Music

Big Fish Little Fish by Karl Williams

Activities - download worksheet

1. Sink or Float - Items needed: 

  • Large bowl or tub of water
  • Assorted items from around the house that sink or float. Fruit and vegetables work well. 
  • Recording page
  • Towel to dry off items

2. Tin Foil Boat Challenge - Items needed:

  • Large bowl or tub of water
  • Tin foil
  • Pennies

3. LEGO Boat - Items needed:

  • Large bowl or tub of water
  • An assortment of LEGO
  • Pennies

Animal Mini-Lesson

Explore different types of animals with your little one using our online resources! The below activities are great for preschool through second graders. 

i am josephine
30 nursery rhymes
Pandas

Read

I Am Josephine and I am a Living Thing by Jan Thornill

Listen

Visit Freegal to download the song “Animal Sounds” and practice imitating different animals

Activities

Print a worksheet from Lakeshore Learning and practice classifying animals in different ways.

Take a look at the America's Biggest Zoos chart on Infobits. Can you find a zoo with a livestream of your favorite animal? 


Musical Instruments Mini-Lesson

Experience musical instruments with your little one using our online resources! 

Once Upon A Breath
Dance of the Violin
    
Guitar Craft

Read

Once Upon a Breath by Aaron Zevy

Dance of the Violin by Kathy Stinson

Listen

Sing along to BINGO, Apples and Bananas, and Down by the Bay in TumbleBook Library.

Activities

Make a recycled band using household materials following these DIY guitar instructions from Gale. What other recycled instruments can you find around your home? 


Mariachi Music Mini-Lesson

Learn about mariachi music using our online resources! 

Mariachi Book
Mariachi Listen
Mariachi activity

Read

The Best Mariachi in the World by J.D. Smith

El mejor mariachi del mundo (Spanish) by J.D. Smith

Listen

16 Tradicionales con Mariachi

Activity

Make music with these maracas from items around the house.


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