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Science Resources for Learning from Home, Grades 6-8

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Carolina Biological Supply Company is committed to supporting parents, teachers, and school districts during this educational disruption with learn-from-home resources for middle school. Below you’ll find free science activities for teachers and students that are safe and require minimal materials. In addition, you will find parent resources and links to activities that can be purchased and used safely and productively at home with middle-school-aged kids.

Smithsonian's STCMS™ for Grades 6–8


Watch this video to learn more about middle school resources from the Smithsonian Science Education Center

STCMS™ Research Modules

These research modules are perfect for middle schoolers learning science from home. Research projects guide students to think and work like real scientists and engineers to explain real-world phenomena as they learn how to do a research project.

Honey Bees

Why Are Honey Bees Disappearing?

Unit Driving Question: Why are honey bees important, and what can we do to minimize human impact on these populations?

Using their research of honey bees, students design solutions to lessen human impact on colony collapse disorder (CCD) and develop a communication plan to educate their community about CCD. Access resources.


What Evidence Suggests Similarities Among Organisms?

Unit Driving Question: Where did whales come from?

Using their research about the ancestors of whales and their analysis of the fossil record, students make an evidence-based claim to explain how present-day whales evolved. Access resources.


How Can We Use Technology to Monitor Aquatic Ecosystems?

Unit Driving Question: How do phytoplankton affect aquatic ecosystems, and how can we use technology to monitor them?

Using their research of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in a specific region, students make proposals to minimize human impact or mitigate harmful effects. Students describe the evidence and scientific reasoning that supports the claim that human activity contributes to HABs. Access resources.

Additional STCMS™ Resources

Visit the Smithsonian's STCMS™ website to find resources that support the program’s modules. Here you will find videos, activities, downloadables, articles from Smithsonian magazines, and more.

Have questions about STCMS? Contact Us

Support for Current Customers with Access to Carolina Science Online: If you're a current STCMS™ educator who needs a refresher on using the resources you already have access to on Carolina Science Online, go to https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/help to view some tutorials. If you need additional help, reach out to cso_support@carolina.com.

Get more from the Smithsonian! Grades K–8

Click on the link below to discover additional free resources offered by the Smithsonian. Find educational videos, games, and more! https://www.smithsonianstc.com/smithsonian-science-resources-172N7-41355L.html#ssec


Innovators in Science, Grades 6–8

This digital literacy and information resource houses a continually growing library of biographical readings about scientists from a variety of disciplines. Change the face of science for students as they read about scientists who are as diverse as they are and the valuable contributions each has made to society and science.

When accessing this resource, do not create an account on Carolina Science Online.

Let your student select their favorite and conduct research to learn more. https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/resource/bbs_innovators_in_science/preview

Free interactive digital resources for your students.

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At Home Activities for All Middle School Science Teachers and Students

Use these hands-on, 3D activities, demonstrations, investigations, and articles to support science instruction while students are at home. To use appropriately, teachers can provide these links to each student, or download the activity and share on a teaching platform.

Life Science

Life SciencePhysics

Adaptation, Survival, and Reproduction

Structure and Function

Flow of Energy and Cycling of Matter

Survival and reproductive success




Earth, Space, and Environmental Science

Earth, Space, and Environmental Science



Waves and Wave Behavior

Electromagnetic Waves and Light

Middle School Remote Teaching Products

Free Apple iPhone and iPad Apps

A variety of science activities, images, videos, information, diagrams, and exercises available via Apple app downloads. Learn more...

iOS apps

Science Resources for Learning from Home, Grades K–5

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Carolina offers many materials and activities that can be used outside the classroom. All should be used with adult supervision. For safety, users should follow all instructions and should not attempt to substitute or reuse materials unless the instructions say to do so. Supervising adults must review the activities provided, ensure they are appropriate for the student’s maturity level, and ensure all safety recommendations are followed by students. Safety is paramount whether at school or home.