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Phenomena Video Gallery

What are phenomena? They’re observable, naturally occurring events that are everywhere. A sunset, your breath on a cold morning, and the fizz of baking soda and vinegar are all phenomena.

Scientists build on knowledge to explain or predict phenomena; engineers design solutions to problems that arise from phenomena. And in the classroom? Phenomena are engaging opportunities for the three-dimensional teaching and learning that are core to the NGSS.

Each of the short videos in this gallery invites students to observe a phenomenon that sparks curiosity and can prompt student-generated questions. Use these questions as lead-ins to lessons and investigations. Then guide students to apply scientific and engineering principles, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas to explain the phenomenon—just as scientists do.

Additional Reading: What are Phenomena?

Phenomena-based activities for high school

Carolina Kits 3D® Flex Digital provides teaching and learning resources for high school–level biology, chemistry, or earth and space science labs that work toward meeting the Next Generation Science Standards*. Each Flex Digital investigation starts with a phenomenon and reviews students’ prior knowledge. Detailed lab videos allow students to make observations, collect data, and then share results virtually with peers.

Phenomena-based kits for elementary and middle school

Building Blocks of ScienceTM 3D can help you confidently teach the three-dimensional lessons called for by the Next Generation Science Standards for grades K–5.

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Smithsonian Science Education programs offer coherent story lines, proven results, and teacher support for grades K–8 instruction.

Additional Reading: Explore Phenomena with Phenomenal Explorations

Phenomena Videos

Phenomena-Based Digital Lessons

If you are looking for a little more of a guided-inquiry approach with the phenomena videos, these lessons can help. Ask students to observe the DCI-linked phenomenon in the video and complete the student sheet prior to discussions.

Investigating Phenomena: Why Does the Candle Relight

Investigating Phenomena: How Do Earthworms Move

Investigating Phenomena: Why Do Fish Swim in Schools

Investigating Phenomena: How Does Structure Relate to Function

Investigating Phenomena: What Causes the Colored Solution

Investigating Phenomena: What Causes the Dry Ice Explosion

Investigating Phenomena: What Causes the Whoosh

Investigating Phenomena: What Is Elephant Toothpaste

Investigating Phenomena: How Can the Sun Set at Midnight

Investigating Phenomena: How Does a Platypus Find Food

Investigating Phenomena: How and Why Do Birds Coordinate Flight

Investigating Phenomena: How Do Bacteria Survive Harsh Conditions

Investigating Phenomena: Why Does Hot Water Freeze Faster

Investigating Phenomena: What Is Bioluminescence

Investigating Phenomena: How Do Plants Grow

Investigating Phenomena: What Causes Flowers to Open

Investigating Phenomena: How Is the Silver Formation Explained

Investigating Phenomena: What Causes pH Color Changes

Investigating Phenomena: Why Do Bees Dance

Investigating Phenomena: How Can You Balance an Object

*Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, these products.

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