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  • All About Ants

    Plum sends Brad and Clem on a mission to observe a group of ants, in this animated video from PLUM LANDING. Brad describes the ants as “awesome monster creatures” that start an ant war with another colony. But Clem sees the ants working together as a team to gather food. So what are ants: scary creatures or cute, friendly insects or a little bit of both? 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Biodiversity Bingo

    A group of students participate in a scavenger hunt activity to explore and document biodiversity in an urban park, in this video from PLUM LANDING. As they walk around in search of various plants and animals, they also find litter and talk about its negative impact on animals.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Brad Befriends a Bilby

    Not all deserts are hot, but the desert in Australia’s outback, where daytime temperatures can top 118°F (48°C), sure is. How do some of its furry residents beat the heat? In this animated video from PLUM LANDING, follow the bilby—a mouselike marsupial that lives in the hot desert—to its underground home and learn why it lives there. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Break It Down

    Bring on the ants! Players send leafcutter ants and mushrooms—two important rainforest decomposers—into the leaf litter that is built-up on the forest floor, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. In the process, they make healthy new soil that will provide nutrients for other organisms.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Build a Rain Barrel

    Sisters Kiana, Kaya, and Kalea care for their garden throughout the summer, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They document their garden by taking photographs, making sketches, and building a simple rain gauge to measure how much rain falls every week. Later in the summer, they build a rain barrel to help their garden survive a dry spell. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Build a Watershed

    Students build a simple model of a landscape to see how water droplets flow and how the shape of the land helps collect water, in this video from PLUM LANDING. By adding materials such as food coloring or paper to their landscapes, they also see how water carries pollutants.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Can You Dig It?

    Players take on the role of bilbies, rabbit-sized Australian marsupials, as they race through the landscape looking for food and avoiding predators—and trying not to run into rocks—in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. They also learn about the bilby’s life cycle and the plants and animals that share its ecosystem.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Catch Me If You Can

    Ella and her friends experience how animals use the features of their habitats, such as trees, bushes, or rocks, to hide from predators or to help them sneak up on prey, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They also see how an animal’s size affects how it moves through its habitat. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Clem Marvels at a Mangrove

    Clem documents the many different animals living in a tree in a mangrove swamp—in the canopy, on the trunk, and among the roots—and discovers that it is like an “apartment house for animals,” in this animated video from PLUM LANDING.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Cooper Hunts for H2O

    Cooper accidentally bubbles himself to the jungle without his water bottle and panics—what if he gets thirsty? But he quickly sees that the jungle is actually teeming with sources of water for other living things, from rivers to dewdrops to juicy plants, in this animated video from PLUM LANDING.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Discover the Desert

    Learn how desert plants and animals access water and beat the heat, in the four videos in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. Join a group of friends as they head into Australia’s hot, dusty, and dry outback to complete a series of mysterious missions from Plum. Along the way, they see how desert plants and animals access enough water in a place where it sometimes seems you can’t find any. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Discover the Mountains

    Join two families as they learn how mountains change from the bottom to the top while hiking in Massachusetts and Colorado, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. Throughout their mountain adventures, the families use mathematics and model science process skills such as observing, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and communicating results. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Earth to Blorb: Mountains!

    Learn how mountains change from the bottom to the top, in this video from PLUM LANDING. As Plum explains in this video postcard, the climate changes and oxygen levels drop as you travel from the base of the mountain to its peak, and these factors affect the plants and animals in a mountain ecosystem.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Earth to Blorb: the Desert!

    Learn what makes a desert a desert in this video from PLUM LANDING. In a video postcard to her friends on planet Blorb, Plum describes deserts around the world and explains the adaptations that help plants and animals survive.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Earth to Blorb: the Jungle!

    Learn why rainforests are not only full of life, but also important to life, in this video from PLUM LANDING. Plum describes to her friends on planet Blorb why rainforests are home to so many plants and animals, and how some of the oxygen in the air you breathe might have come from rainforest plants thousands of miles away. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Earth to Blorb: Water!

    Learn about the water cycle and the age of Earth's water supply (it's really old!), in this video from PLUM LANDING. As Plum explains in this video postcard, there is no new water being made on the Earth—water is constantly reused through the water cycle—meaning that the water that we drink is the same water dinosaurs drank millions of years ago.  

    Grades: 1-4
  • Ecosystem Challenge!

    In this lesson, students play a series of online games in which they model how the plants and animals in an ecosystem depend on one another.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Evaporation Station

    Three sisters paint with water outside on a sunny day and experiment to see how sunlight and shade affect how their water paintings evaporate, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They also compare how the water evaporates on different surfaces and what happens when water evaporates inside a sealed plastic bag. They talk about where the water goes after it evaporates. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Explore the Jungle

    A group of friends heads into Borneo's rainforest to document the sights, sounds, and smells of the jungle, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. They explore biodiversity in a tropical rainforest and learn how the sun provides the energy that keeps this ecosystem buzzing.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Explore the Outback: A Photo Scavenger Hunt

    Players are challenged to complete a series of missions to photograph desert plants and animals in the Australian outback, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Through the clues that Plum provides, players learn about desert ecosystems, the plants and animals living there, and how they are adapted to desert life.

    Grades: 1-4

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