Grades 6-8 Remote Learning Summer Science Activities: Great Outdoors

Welcome to the Great Outdoors! We’ve provided a variety of learning activities for you to begin exploring!

Kick-Off With Monday Media!

Plant Scientist

Watch the video (below) Plant Scientist to learn about plant scientists and some of the things they do.

After the video: Discuss with a family member or remotely with a friend what you learned from the video about plant scientists. If you were a plant scientist, what questions would you want to explore about plants? Write down your questions to research, then explore online to complete your research.

The Producers of Florida Bay

Watch the video (below) The Producers of Florida Bay to learn about sea grass.

Exploring the Great Outdoors with Labs and Activities

Field Investigation of Plant Quantity and Diversity

This activity is outdoors and can be done alone or in a small group. The observations can be completed in a short or long period of time depending on the depth of your investigation.


Biodiversity All Around Us

This activity is outdoors and can be done alone or in a small group. The observations can be completed in a short or long period of time depending on the depth of your investigation.

Careers in the Great Outdoors

Dr. Kenneth Krysko, Wildlife Ecologist

Dr. Kenneth Krysko is an ecologist who tracks Burmese pythons in Florida. Read about his work. With a parent or guardian’s guidance, contact an ecologist working in your area for an interview, or conduct internet research to learn more about what wildlife ecologists study.

Restoration Ecologist

Restoration ecology is a field that focuses on restoring freshwater, marine, and land ecosystems that have been damaged by human activity. Read to learn more. With a parent or guardian’s guidance, work alone or with a small group to outline a restoration project in an area in your community.

Talk about what you learned about the great outdoors this week with your friends and family!

Keeping Up with COVID-19

To keep current with the science behind the COVID-19 virus, check out "Stopping the Spread of Infectious Disease: A Lab Activity Approach." You’ll find age-appropriate activities for your child to learn about stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.