Curious George STEM


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!

    George travels in a rocket to the International Space Station in this video excerpt from Curious George’s Rocket Ride. In the accompanying lesson plan, children build and launch their own air-powered rockets, exploring air’s power to move objects and testing different designs.

    Grades: PreK-4,13+
  • Curious George: Blast Off! Lesson Plan

    Children build air-powered rockets to explore how air can move objects in this lesson plan featuring a hands-on activity and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George is preparing to blast off in a rocket. The children discuss different objects that are moved by air, and then watch a teacher-led demonstration of how to launch a homemade rocket. Next, they build their own rockets, and then test and evaluate how the rocket launches as they adjust its design. They conclude by discussing the most successful designs and the importance of testing. 

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

    George tries to build a wall strong enough to keep cows out of his flowerbed in this video excerpt from Curious George: Keep Out Cows. He uses newspapers attached to a clothesline to make a barrier, but will that be strong enough to keep Leslie Cow and her friends away? In the accompanying lesson plan, children explore various building materials as they plan, construct, and then test out their own walls.

    Grades: PreK-4,13+
  • Curious George: Build A Wall Lesson Plan

    Children explore how materials and design affect the strength of a structure in this lesson plan featuring a hands-on activity and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George tries to build a wall to keep cows out of his flowerbed. Next, they build newspaper walls like George did and try out different solutions for making them stronger, testing each with a toy car released down a ramp. The children then work in groups to build new walls out of various materials. They conclude by designing and conducting fair tests of the different walls’ strength, rebuilding or reinforcing their walls as needed.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Pigeon Perch

    George wants to make Compass the pigeon the perfect perch so she feels right at home in this video excerpt from Curious George’s Home for Pigeons. In the accompanying lesson plan, children learn about the design process by researching their ideas outdoors, experimenting with building a tall structure that doesn’t collapse, then comparing and documenting their work.

    Grades: PreK-4,13+
  • Curious George: Pigeon Perch Lesson Plan

    Children explore the engineering design process while trying to make an object stand upright in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George tries to build the “perfect perch” for Compass, the homing pigeon. The children discuss how engineers make different kinds of poles stand up, and then go outside to investigate how poles and other structures, like playground equipment, remain stable. Next, children begin a challenge to make a tall object stay upright: First they choose materials and then design, build, test, and modify their structure. They conclude by looking at their classmates structures and comparing what they have in common and then documenting their work.

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

    George must figure out how to build a ramp so that Hundley, a little dachshund, can get out of a basement window in this video excerpt from Curious George: Hundley’s Great Escape. In the accompanying lesson plan, children play with ramps and objects that roll in order to understand simple machines.

    Grades: PreK-4,13+
  • Curious George: Ramp-n-Roll Lesson Plan

    Children explore how various objects behave on ramps in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by learning about ramps and inclines. They predict how several objects will behave when placed at the top of a ramp, then test them out, sorting the objects by the results achieved. For the objects that roll, children make predictions about how they will behave when placed differently (e.g., sideways) and then test them out. Next, they watch and discuss a video in which Curious George must build a ramp to help Hudley, the dachshund, get out of a basement window. The lesson concludes with children predicting and testing what will happen if a ramp is raised or lowered and how to vary the rate at which things roll.

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

    George has gone to a dog show and invited many of the contestants home to meet The Man with the Yellow Hat in this video excerpt from Curious George, Dog Counter. When chaos ensues, George decides to sort the dogs according to certain characteristics. In the accompanying lesson plan, children practice classifying objects by various attributes and then sorting them.

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

    Children explore grouping and sorting in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George has to sort dogs according to certain characteristics. The children then look at a set of small objects and discuss the different ways they could sort them. They then sort and label the objects into categories. Next they play two different games that focus on identifying objects’ common attributes. Finally, children cut out pictures of dogs and discuss how they would sort them according to the dogs’ different attributes.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Going Green

    George transforms his "junk" collection into a work of art and helps his friends become the winners of Pretty City Day in this video excerpt from Curious George: Junky Monkey. In the accompanying lesson plan, children make boats with materials that might have otherwise been discarded. In sailing their boats, they also learn about how air can make objects move.

    Grades: PreK-4,13+
  • Curious George: Sail a Boat Lesson Plan

    Children explore reusing and recycling materials, and wind power, in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George gathers trash to help clean up the city streets and discovers that he can create something special with his found treasures. Children then use recycled materials to build toy boats that can sail. They discuss ways to make objects move with wind, then use child-generated wind power to move their boats in water. They conclude by sharing their boats with each other and brainstorming other ways in which they could recycle materials in the classroom.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Tool Time

    George needs to use tools and his camping skills after a storm knocks out the electricity powering the Doorman's van in this video excerpt from Curious George: Camping with Hundley. In the accompanying lesson plan, children learn what tools are, who uses them, and how a tool’s design matches its function. They then play a game matching (and categorizing) tools used by different professions. Finally, children imagine a job they'd like to do someday and a tool they might use.

    Grades: PreK-1,13+
  • Curious George: Tool Time Lesson Plan

    Children learn how the form of a tool relates to its function in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. Children begin by examining various real or toy tools and think about how the tool’s form is related to how it is used. They watch a video in which Curious George has to use tools to build shelter and cook food when he and his friends lose electrical power on a camping trip. Next, they use a deck of tool-related cards (PDF provided) to match different tools to the jobs where they would be used. Children conclude by drawing pictures of a job they might have when they grow up, including a tool they would need to help them do that work.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Measure Up

    George needs to figure out how to measure a building’s height in this video excerpt from Curious George: George Measures Up. In the accompanying lesson plan, children use pictures they’ve drawn on different-sized pieces of paper as nonstandard units to measure larger items at school. They then experiment with tools that use standard units to measure different-sized pieces of spaghetti.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Curious George: Measure Up Lesson Plan

    Children learn about the concept of measuring and using standard and non-standard units in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin sharing prior knowledge about concepts related to measuring. Next, they watch and discuss a video in which Curious George needs to figure out how to measure a building’s height. Children then draw pictures of Curious George and Gnocchi, the cat, and use them to measure various items they’ve selected from around the school. They compare these measurements to their predictions for each item.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Five Senses

    George and his friend Bill use their five senses—smelling, touching, seeing, hearing, and tasting—to figure out a way to keep deer from eating the garden flowers in this video excerpt from Curious George: Oh Deer. In the accompanying lesson plan, children use their five senses to record information about and identify a variety of mystery items.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Five Senses Lesson Plan

    Children explore how people and animals use their senses to learn about the world in this lesson plan featuring a hands-on activity and a video excerpt from Curious George.  The lesson begins with children talking about the five senses, using examples from their own experience. Then they watch a video in which Curious George and his friend Bill use their five senses to search for a way to keep deer from eating the garden flowers. Next, children work in pairs to try to identify items at five “mystery tables” using their five senses. They conclude by sharing their observations on a chart and talking about the results.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Fan and Blow

    Investigate how wind (air) can move things using the video excerpt from Curious George: Muddy Monkey. In the video, George learns that bubbles are created when air moves through a wand, causing soap to expand into a bubble. In the accompanying lesson plan, children use their breath to explore how “wind” moves objects across a surface. They test and retest to answer the question: How many breaths does it take to move an object across a space?

    This resource is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Curious George: Fan and Blow Lesson Plan

    Children explore how wind can move things in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin to explore different ways to move air (such as blowing, waving, and fanning). Next, children explore different ways to make an index card move across a table. Children then work in groups to investigate how many breaths it takes to move various items across a floor or table. Finally, they watch a video in which George discovers that moving air from a fan can make bubbles, and then discuss what kinds of “breaths” work best. 

    Grades: PreK-4

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