New Distance Learning Resources: Grades 3-5

These resources were developed specifically to support teachers transitioning to distance learning. We are continuing to develop new content and will update this page as more resources become available. Lessons are marked as to whether they require access to technology for completion (digital) or are designed for students with limited or no access to technology (pdf).

Limited or no access to technology

Operation Curiosity and Wonder (pdf)
Using our powers of observation is the first step in investigating and learning about the natural world. The purpose of “Operation Curiosity and Wonder” is to connect learners to the natural world around them through the Minnesota Department of Education’s rigorous academic standards, provide opportunities for equitable non-digital options and social- emotional learning, and deepen learner understanding about how the world around them works using accessible everyday phenomena.

Each lesson includes a weekly plan of instruction and an easy to use calendar with short and simple directions to help families facilitate learning.

Download materials for teachers, families and students:

Third Grade Curriculum and Supporting Resources
Fourth Grade Curriculum and Supporting Resources
Fifth Grade Curriculum and Supporting Resources
Animal Extensions (3rd-5th Grade)

Access to technology

Seesaw (digital)
Seesaw is a digital platform used to develop content to teachers and remote learners throughout the country. These lessons were designed to aid elementary school teachers in providing content around life science to their students remotely.

Lessons include:

Minnesota Zoo: Biomes, Habitats, and Ecosystems

Videos (digital)

Biomes, Habitats and Ecosystems
Predator vs. Prey
ZOOMS Mini-Design Challenge