Curious George STEM

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Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them. As students ask questions, predict outcomes, share observations, and formulate theories, they establish the science skills and “habits of mind” that lead to academic success and lifelong learning. You may also want to check out the interactive whiteboard games specifically designed for teachers!

 

  • Curious George: "Blast Off!"

    Curious George is the only one who can restock the International Space Station with supplies, which means he’s going up to space in a rocket! After students watch the video, they build and launch their own air-powered rockets, which they test and retest to determine the best design.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Build a Wall"

    In the video “Keep Out Cows,” Curious George tries to build a wall to keep the cows from munching on a flowerbed. He uses newspapers attached to a clothesline, but will they be strong enough to keep Leslie Cow and her friends away? Students explore various building materials as they plan, construct, and then test out their own walls.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Pigeon Perch"

    In the video “Curious George’s Home for Pigeons,” Curious George wants to make Compass the pigeon the perfect perch so the bird can feel right at home. But it takes a lot of research to figure out how to build a tall object that won’t collapse. Students learn about the design process by researching their ideas outdoors, experimenting with what it takes to make a tall object stand upright and be stable, then comparing and documenting their work.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Ramp-n-Roll"

    In the video “Hundley’s Great Escape,” Curious George and the cat, Gnocchi, can easily climb out through a window in the basement when the door closes behind them. Now George must figure out how to build a ramp so that Hundley, a little dachshund, can get out, too. Before watching the Curious George video, students play with ramps and things that roll in order to understand simple machines. Afterwards, they conduct additional experiments with ramps.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Sort It Out!"

    When Curious George invites a group of dogs home from the Dog Show, he has to figure out a way to sort them so that he can count them correctly. After watching the video, students learn about classifying objects that have common attributes and then practice by doing a variety of sorting and grouping activities.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Sail a Boat"

    In the Curious George video “Junky Monkey,” George sees treasures where others see trash. He transforms his “junk” collection into a masterpiece—reusing and recycle items from the street. Will the mayor declare George and his friends the winners of Pretty City Day? Using materials that might have otherwise been discarded, children reuse them to make and sail a boat. They also learn about how air can make an object move.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Tool Time"

    In the video “Camping with Hundley,” Curious George needs to use his camping skills after a storm knocks out the electricity that powers the Doorman’s van. He uses a mallet to build a shelter, a lighter to start a fire, and sticks to cook hot dogs. After children explore what tools are, who uses them, and how the design of a tool matches its function, they play a game in which they match (and categorize) tools used by different professions. Children then imagine a job they’d like to do someday and a tool they might use.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Measure Up"

    In the video “George Measures Up,” Curious George needs to measure a tall building for Chef Psighetti. First he uses himself and then realizes he can use a measuring tape instead. As children explore the concepts of measuring, they learn about using same-sized units to measure by creating and then using standardized pictures of Curious George and the cat, Gnocchi, to measure things around them. They then experiment with measuring tools to measure and compare uncooked spaghetti strands.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: "Five Senses"

    Explore how people and other animals use the five senses to learn about the world around them in a video excerpt from Curious George: “Oh Deer." Follow George and his friend, Bill, as they use the five senses to search for a way to keep deer from eating the garden flowers. Then celebrate with George and Bill as they find a solution to the problem by using the sense of taste. After watching the video, have children identify and record mystery items by using their five senses––smelling, touching, seeing, hearing, and tasting.

    Grades: PreK-1

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