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Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez 46266 Points

Teachers and families across the country are facing a new reality of providing opportunities for students to do science through distance and home learning. The Daily Do is one of the ways NSTA is supporting teachers and families with this endeavor.

Each weekday, NSTA will share a sensemaking task teachers and families can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning. We encourage families to make time for family science learning (science is a social process!) and are dedicated to helping students and their families find balance between learning science and the day-to-day responsibilities they have to stay healthy and safe.

Each Daily Do has a collection of resources (most free) that you can use at home or in your classroom.

Use this discussion thread to share your impressions, questions, and ideas about NSTA's Daily Do and how you are using them with your family and students. 

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Emily Faulconer Emily Faulconer 5295 Points

These are great! I am finding myself both teaching remotely and homeschooling my children. I will use the Daily Do informally to supplement my son's learning since all that has been provided by his teacher are worksheets with no engagement with the real world around him. 

We have been taking daily walks with a different purpose each day. Today's purpose will be to spot living creatures on our walk and discuss how they choose their home (even though I'm late since this was last Thursday's Daily Do).  

Ellen Samuelsen Ellen Samuelsen 10 Points

I have just learned about the Daily Do's from the webinar series on distance learning presented by the NSTA.  I am excited to start implementing the Daily Do's but wonder how I access the e-books used in them, and how I make those e-books accessible to my students at home?  Thanks for your help!

Ellen Samuelsen


Erika Alcoser Erika Alcoser 30 Points

The Daily Do's are superb and helpful for any child wanting extra help for their science class. These Daily Do's allow students to access basic topics that are science-related topics. Some of the topics that interest me are "Why do some objects stick to the refrigerator?", "How Does Our Neighborhood Provide for Its Wildlife?", and "How can a helicopter fly on Mars?".

Claudia Gonzalez Claudia Gonzalez 240 Points

Hello Flavio Mendez, Daily Dos are important for students because they should be engaged in learning science, and it should be fun. How much are the Daily Do resources, are there different prices, even though some are free?


Janelle Lopez Janelle Lopez 275 Points

Daily Do's are such an easy way to get students engaged and interested in what they are going to learn! As a substitute teacher, I have seen how eager students are to complete their daily do's because they see this as an academic challenge for themselves! This is an easy way to motivate your children at home as well. It is important that we incorporate a quick run through based on what the student has learned such as incorporating daily do's at home.


Will families be able to share their students work from home such as upload photos or documents of their childrens daily do's and share with their educators?

Gloria Torres Gloria Torres 415 Points

As a mom and a future teacher, I found The Daily Dos a great resource to guide teachers and parents different ways of teaching children. These lesson plans make it easy for parents to understand science and make it fun for the children. 

Science has become a scary subject for many teachers, parents and students. The Daily Dos will help improve the wrong impression many have of the subject and make it fun and from the comfort of home. This is the best free science resource for everyone who need ideas and guidence teaching science. 

Sarah Campbell Sarah Campbell 375 Points

Hi Flavio Mendez, 

My name is Sarah Campbell and I am currently a third-year elementary education major at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. As I am enrolled in Science Methods right now, we are focusing on how to integrate more science into our curriculum and ways in which students learn best. At this time of uncertainty that we are currently in, this post could not have come at a more perfect time. Right now I have field experience and have found it be a concern for most teachers about the students who are at home, and if they are completing everything that is being asked. Sending the link to the NSTA Daily Do website to parents would be an efficient and easy way to get them on the same page and involved. When I was looking through the website, I thought it was a clever idea to have a "for families" tab. 

This website is a reference that I will keep in mind from now on because the topics of lesson plans that they have would keep the students engaged. I would make changes to the lesson plans provided based on the students, resources, and space that I have in my classroom. The lesson plans on the website also allow students to explore their learning and deepen their understand which is crucial. Overall, I think that every educator should have knowledge of this website and use it for a resource when implementing science into the classroom. 

Thank you, 

Sarah Campbell

Kaeli Myers Kaeli Myers 275 Points

As a future educator, summer nanny, and a very involved aunt, I was very excited to find this post. I am constantly looking for fun, educational activities to do with my nanny kids and my niece and nephew. These kids are very interested in the world around them, and finding activities to do like these helps me to encourage their investigations. I love the wide variety of activities that are addressed. I also like that there are different tabs from elementary, middle, high school, and family. This would allow for me to be able to always have access to activities as these kids continue to grow up and also allows for me to be able to have access to activities for my future classroom students and their families. This is a resource that I will be able to bookmark and come back to frequently for fun and engaging activities to keep my kids engaged in sciences their whole lives.  

Mary Potter Mary Potter 715 Points

The daily do's that students, parents, and teachers have access to are amazing tools. It's a great way to keep your brain engaged in science, even through online learning!

Matt O'Brien Matt O'Brien 510 Points

The 'Daily Do's' or Do Now's is one of my go to's for distance learning also. Basically, a students can offer a synopsis of the previous days learning in a paragraph.  During the classroom days, before March 17 (spring break) Do Now's were my thing at the start of each period.  Do Now's reflect on the previous classes subject matter in a short concise manner that has students write down responces to questions that are usually on the whiteboard or on a slip of paper. This can lead to further discussion upon reviewing student responses for accurateness.  Then, the opportunity to clear up misunderstandings or reteaching a subject altogether is made more apparent to the teacher. Daily Do, should be a 'go to' for any classroom that reflects upon previous days subject matter for post-understanding.

Emily Banken Emily Banken 330 Points

What a great resource! Sharing the Daily Dos will help to get students engaged and excited about science, even if they can't be in the classroom. 


Rebecca Montgomery Rebecca Montgomery 580 Points

Thanks for sharing this resource!

My education classes often discuss how learning must be a social activity in order to generate intrinsic motivation for students to continue learning. Allowing students to work towards their own understanding of these complex topics by engaging them in class discussions will be a great asset in the classroom. I have enjoyed looking through each of the Daily Do prompts and I'm excited to try this out in the future.

-Becca Montgomery, preservice teacher, Wartburg College

Autumn Miller Autumn Miller 580 Points

I love the idea of these Daily Do's! I think that these are helpful for teacher and students as well as parents too! I was wondering if you have seen examples of people who have replied of videos that they have done to show you how well it went? 

Katelyn Hansen Katelyn Hansen 1320 Points

I enjoy that the Daily-Do's give parents, teachers, and students new information and ways to teach the information! I love that they change and you can find almost any resource you need. 

Kayla Cavazos Kayla Cavazos 825 Points

I love the idea of taking big questions (because we all know that kids have an infinate amount of questions) and turning it into a learning experience. I kept finding myself clicking each To Do just becuase I myself found the question intriguing. One of the Daily Do's that I am going to implement in my After School program is "Why Do We All Have to Stay Home?" Obviously it is relevant to the lives of students but what I really enjoyed about this lesson is that it takes something that could be considered scary for kids.. (ie the constant threat/ fear of thier schools closing, misinformation they heard at home or on tv, testing, quarantine, isolation) and it explains how these things are actually beneficial. Explaining covid in the classroom could help ease the anxiety around the disease and make it feel a little less terrifying. I feel like elementary schools (or at least just the schools I have observed) are not having these types of conversations about what is going on in the world around us and alot of schools are missing out on some really amazing teaching moments. We are all affected by covid, so why not take it as a collective learning experience too? 

Susana Castillo Susana Castillo 1515 Points

I really like the idea of the Daily-Dos because it gives the chance for parents, teacher, and students to have access tools that can be helpful for them to learn and how to teach it. For me personally, I didn't have a hands-on experience with science because the students are teaching virtually online. It's really hard to keep the students engage when teaching a lesson, and I don't want that for my studnets when I have my own classroom. Thank you for sharing the information. 

Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez 46266 Points

Reflecting on Week 1' Daily Do - check out the blog authored by Korei Martin summarizing the first week of NSTA Daily Do.  

"If we want our students to do science outside of the classroom, we’ve got to give them something to figure out!"

Titles include:

  • Why do we all have to stay home?
  • What's in an egg?
  • How do we find patterns in weather?
  • Why is my shadow always changing?

Explore a Daily Do with your children/students today!

Take care.

Katherine Prammer Katherine Prammer 8170 Points

Thank you for life changing resources for students and teachers.  My Safari browser cannot find the link  "check out the blog"  Could you update this?

Brittany Wolford Brittany Wolford 1122 Points

I like the "Why Do We All Have to Stay Home?" ad "What's in an Egg?" Daily Do's. I work as a teacher candidate in a fifth grade classroom, and they have done egg drop experiments so that ties right in! The 5th grade students are split up into groups due to covid19 (1/3 kids come 2 days a week, a different 1/3 come 2 other days a week, the last 1/3 stays is all E-learning). Having this e-resource is something great to be able to give each kid in a link to refer to with their families or even access on their 1-to-1 technological device. My four-year-old son and I have also touched on these topics, since I am frequently asked why we have to stay home, or not hug, etc. 

Autumn Miller Autumn Miller 580 Points

I like the "Why do we all have to stay home?" Daily Do! I think that it gives us a great persepctive on what is happening around us right now. I think that it is important and crucial that we keep up with what is going on today especially because there are people who are more at risk than most. 

Josette Andrews Josette Andrews 285 Points

This is awesome, great class starters.  My classes are going to be in week 3 and I am always looking for new ways to bring science to them since I cannot be in a classroom with them.

Matt O'Brien Matt O'Brien 510 Points

Due to the virtual classrooms going on today, I have relied on designing my own Google Classroom with each day outlined clearly for my sciences (zoology, env. sci. and biology) but I have found a few extremely valuable web sites helpful: has sooo many resources that are printable with activities and exams too. Worksheets for following videos etc. Once all set on G. Classroom the teacher becomes more of a facilitator than a teacher, and students seem to appreciate the style of computer learning. One should always add in some hands-on activities to supplement the electronic learning to help support the more tactile learners.

Tyler Stark Tyler Stark 465 Points

Thank you for sharing the Daily Do's, I am going to start assigning these for my students to supplement the Amplify Science curriculum that I am currently using, which gets redundent.

Sarah Monda Sarah Monda 375 Points

I am going to start using these during our CORE/Homeroom class time. I was running out of ideas and this just gave me a ton of new concepts and ideas to work with. 



Autumn Miller Autumn Miller 580 Points

So, I was just wondering if you ever did end up using this in your CORE/homeroom class time? If so, how did it go? Was there anything that you thought went well or did not go so well? 

Paige Purvis Paige Purvis 335 Points

Hello, all of these ideas for remote learning are very helpful. Having a Daily Do will help teachers keep their students interest in the subject of science. This allows for students to use some extended thinking. This also ensures students are getting some of the same type of extended thinking practices at home. This makes it easier for the parents, by having the Daily Do's already created and ready to share. These could be used outside of remote learning as well! They could also be used to start the school day as morning work. Thank you for sharing these ideas!

Lily Albertson Lily Albertson 520 Points

These are great activities for students. It can also help parents get involved with their students work in a fun way.

Abby Scheel Abby Scheel 2520 Points

Wow - this is a great resource. So glad this was put together so quickly, especially in light of COVID-19. I think one of the greater things I have seen come from this pandemic is that families with young learners have come together to work on school-administered content. One of the biggest content areas I've seen featured is science! This resource is a great way to get children engaged in what NSTA called "sensemaking." I especially love the content, such as the "Why is our fruit turning brown?" Daily Do! When students see firsthand experiences of scientific principles in such a natural context, their understanding becomes that much deeper. This is a great tool that I will definitely pass on!

Allison Charnecky Allison 60 Points

Such a great resource!!  I am looking forward to utilizing it next year in my lesson planning with the PLC.  Have already shared it with the department!!

Destiny Myers Destiny Myers 640 Points

I love the Daily Do's! I think they are extremely helpful to everyone, not just educators. The one that I was most impressed with was the "Why do we all have to stay home" one, simply becuase I think that this is a topic that SO many people are struggling with right now. It's hard to explain to younger children why we have to stay home, and it seems that no matter what we do or say they just may not understand, so I love that this resource is available to others for the guidance! 

Naydeline Guerra Naydeline Guerra 280 Points

I think Daily do are an awesome thing to incoporate inside a classroom or even at home. With this pandemic I think parents should consider daile do to get their kids excited about science.

If parents get an access to NSTA how can they mark their children's progress, or is there no way to do such thing?

Katie Andrews Katie Andrews 675 Points

As a future educator, seeing this page was awesome! In my school years, I did not have a lot of hands on experiences with science and I do not want that for my students. I want them to fully engage and enjoy themselves while learning about science. I love all of the ideas the Daily Do page gives! Thank you so much for sharing!

Kelsey Funkhouser Kelsey Funkhouser 1280 Points

As a future teacher, I really enjoyed looking through this post and seeing all of the different lesson plans that this post has to offer. These are very fun and educations lesson plans and activities. I really enjoyed the wide range of lesson plans that there were to offer. This will be somethig I will be using when I am a teacher in the future, and maybe even this year as I am also participating in my feild experience! 

Madalyne Felton Madalyne Felton 2200 Points

I love that the education field is so collaborative and that educators want to help other educators succeed in being effective. This post as many different plans that would be very helpful! This is an excellent resource that I am so grateful to have as a future educator. I can't wait to get inspiration from these plans and create personalized ones that would work in my classroom and my field experience!

Brittany Wolford Brittany Wolford 1122 Points

I'm a mother of a four year old, and currently working with 5th graders in my field work studying for Elementary Education! I'm loving these helpful resources to use for my future students and my own children! What a great compilation!


Madeline Henderson Madeline Henderson 285 Points

I love that this allows future educators to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. The Daily Do's provide helpful tips and lesson plan ideas that will definitely be implemented into my teaching career. It is a great resource to learn from. 

Mitchell Crothers Mitchell Crothers 280 Points

I think the Daily Do's are great tools for educators to implement into their classroom and I think it is especially important right now. I's sure educators are struggling to find ways to make their lesson work in a virtual setting and i think these could help teachers find creative ways to teach their students. I would love to use these in my classroom when I become an educator.

Kelsey Funkhouser Kelsey Funkhouser 1280 Points

I am still really enjoying all of the reasources that this discussion gives us, it is a great especially right now due to many schools having to teach both virtually and in person. This can be super helpful for teachers out there and future teachers!

Hannah Moore Hannah Moore 845 Points

As a future educator I love seeing all of these resources and discussion boards for teachers. I love finding communties of educators that are dedicated and passionate about helping and inspiring other educators.These are such wonderful resources that could be easy to implement into the classroom. I am considering subbing and these would a great resource of activities if they were needed.

Amber Boddie Amber Boddie 80 Points

Thank you for sharing information in regards to the Daily Do. We are currently providing an in-person instructor; however, this is an exceptional resource for quarantined students. With the threat of blended and remote learning, I have added several lessons to my collection for later use.

Aida Nichols Aida Nichols 1250 Points

Thank you so much for sharng this amazing resource! I am finding so many wonderful resources on this website.



Noah Christians Noah Christians 320 Points

I really like some of the daily do's that deal with topics in Cancer cells and Henrietta Lacks. I plan to use these lessons when teaching Biology!



Wenjing Guo Wenjing Guo 1738 Points

Thank you so much for sharing! I wish china has this good website. I really learned something from here!



Madeline Henderson Madeline Henderson 285 Points

The daily do's are helpful because educators can share their ideas during distance learning, which is a new concept for everyone. This is a great place to communicate with others to find ways to cope with different requirement than what most are used to. 

Sehar Sohail Sehar 880 Points

I think distance learning is the way of the future. Even before the era of COVID-19, distance learning has been empowering students everywhere.

Andrea Myers Andrea Myers 3585 Points

I find distance learning to be draining, but it seems the students learn better...actually.

Andrea Myers Andrea Myers 3585 Points

Still trying to figure out how not to go back to the same post.

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