TED-Ed lessons and ideas, suitable for the primary age range, have been developed and many are shared in short animations.
“Browse hundreds of TED-Ed Animations and TED Talks – designed to spark the curiosity of your learners. You’ll also find thousands of other video-based lessons organized by the subjects you teach.”(TED-Ed)
To access the educator resources you need to signup and verify your email address.
Once on the site, there are several opportunities to sign up for emails about lessons and there is also an age filter and a search facility. Much of what is there is of pure interest – children may be interested in the titles but it often doesn’t fit the curriculum. However, there are gems and it is well worth doing a quick search on a topic’s keywords.
Earth in Space brings up the ‘What it’s like to live on the International Space Station’ – the video is a fraction over 6 minutes but very interesting. The questions that follow are fine for primary-aged children. There are lots more videos on this theme available.
I typed Tsunami in the search and it came up with How Tsunamis Work. Then there is Real Life Sunken Cities, which is ideal if you are studying Ancient Egypt, Greece, or earthquakes, and children would find The Colossal Consequence of Supervolcanoes really interesting. Natural disasters would be a great topic to explore with Extreme weather, earthquakes, and tsunamis!
There is also a set of Superhero Science Lessons; it is a playlist of science lessons that feature explanations of what would happen in various scenarios if you had superhero powers like flight, strength, and speed.
The first video in the Superhero Science playlist is embedded below.
“What if manipulating body mass wasn’t just the stuff of epic comic book stories? Is it scientifically possible to manipulate your body mass? In this series, Joy Lin tackles six superpowers and reveals just how scientifically realistic they can be to us mere mortals.” (TED-Ed)
With more questions about strength, immortality, super speed, and flight!
All of the animations in the Ted-Ed lessons and Ideas are around 4 minutes long, followed by a few questions and then discussion points. Every lesson can be customised by the teacher.