What is a BrainVenture?      

Starting out with a driving question, BrainVentures take a child on a visually guided, scaffolded learning adventure. BrainVentures give a child choices of learning activities, provide multiple learning modalities, engage a child in constructing animations, videos, photo albums, stories and in exploring field trips, games and simulations. From music to math, from science to the arts, BrainVentures light a child’s imagination and increase a child’s understanding of the world. BrainVentures are fully compatible with Google Classroom, Schoology, etc. BrainVentures are fun – providing interactive educational opportunities outside of school – and they are free!

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More BrainVentures for Grades K to 2!

 

Adventures

 


LEGOLAND

Can I build a city out of LEGOs?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/503
 
 


Boats

How can big boats float on water and not sink?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/515
 
 


Crayons

Will there be crayons in the future?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/527
 
 


Space

Where do astronauts live?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/480
 
 


Dinosaurs

Where do dinosaurs live today?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/533
 
 


Sculptures

Can sculptures sing and dance?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/516
 
 


Pyramids

What’s inside a pyramid?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/542
 
 
Animals

 


Sharks

Are you afraid of sharks?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/500
 
 


Sea Turtles

Do sea turtles ever leave the water?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/499
 
 


Monkeys

Why do monkeys swing on trees?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/505
 
 


Chameleons

How does changing colors help a chameleon survive?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/511
 
 


Foxes

What does the fox hear?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/507
 
 


Wolves

Why are wolves always the bad guy in stories?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/502
 
 


Sloths

Why are sloths so SLOW?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/509
 
 


Giraffes

How can a giraffe drink with a neck that long?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/510
 
 


Tigers

How do stripes help a tiger?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/519
 
 


Owls

Whooo is it? Owls!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/524
 
 


World’s Ugliest Animals

Why are some animals ugly?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/528
 
 


Dinosaurs

Where do dinosaurs live today?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/533
 
 


Artic Blast

How do Artic animals survive in the FREEZING cold?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/547
 
 


Alligators vs. Crocodiles

Is it an alligator or a crocodile?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/570
 
 

Dogs vs. Cats
Which is the BEST pet: a dog or a cat?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/617
 
 


Frogs

Are frogs secretly tiny superheroes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/580
 
 


Savanna

Are frogs secretly tiny superheroes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/620
 
 
Art

 


Crayons

Will there be crayons in the future?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/527
 
 


Colors

How can I see so many colors?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/557
 
 


Sculptures

Can sculptures sing and dance?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/516
 
 


Music

How do you make music?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/577
 
 


Poetry

Can you put a poem in your pocket?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/588
 
 

Animations
Can you make your own animation?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/630
 
 
Earth

 


Space

Where do astronauts live?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/480
 
 


Deep Sea

Can you swim to the deep sea?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/520
 
 


Underground Mystery #1

How long can you live in a cave?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/545
 
 


Desert Escape

How can you live in the desert?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/481
 
 


Rainforests

How many different habitats does a rainforest have?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/518
 
 


Underground Mystery #2

Can you dig all the way to China?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/560
 
 


Artic Blast

How do Artic animals survive in the FREEZING cold?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/547
 
 


Earth Day

Why do we celebrate Earth Day?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/567
 
 


Savanna

Who lives in the Savanna?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/620
 
 


Seasons

Why do we have seasons?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/656
 
 
Food

 


Chocolate

How do they make my chocolate bar?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/532
 
 


Cereal

How much do you know about your breakfast bowl?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/536
 
 


Peanut Butter

Are peanuts really nuts?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/543
 
 


Pizza vs. Ice Cream

What are you bringing to the next class part, ice cream or pizza?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/548
 
 

Maple Syryp
Who first made maple syrup?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/644
 
 
Life Skills

 


Friendship

Friendship: How does it work?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/591
 
 


Money

Get Yo Money Right!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/586
 
 


Listening

What does good listening look like?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/610
 
 


Online Safety

How can I stay safe online?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/584
 
 


Brushing Your Teeth

Why should you care for your teeth?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/616
 
 

Growth Mindsets
How can you help your brain grow?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/648
 
 
Science & Technology

 


Colors

How can I see so many colors?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/557
 
 


Playground Science

How can science help you on the playground?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/571
 
 


Online Safety

How can I stay safe online?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/584
 
 

Animations
Can you make your own animation?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/630
 
 
Social Studies

 

George Washington
Did George Washington have wooden teeth?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/608
 
 

US Flag
Will the US flag stay the same?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/618
 
 

Maple Syryp
Who first made maple syrup?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/644
 
 
Space

 

Space
Where do astronauts live?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/480
 
 

Moon 101
Where does the moon go when we can’t see it?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/602
 
 

Sun
Why do we need the sun?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/651
 
 
This vs. That

 

Pizza vs. Ice Cream
What are you bringing to the next class part, ice cream or pizza?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/548
 
 

Alligators vs. Crocodiles
Is it an alligator or a crocodile?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/570
 
 

Dogs vs. Cats
Which is the BEST pet: a dog or a cat?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/617
 
 
Other

 


World’s Ugliest Animals

Why are some animals ugly?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/528
 
 


Underground Mystery #1

How long can you live in a cave?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/545
 
 


Underground Mystery #2

Can you dig all the way to China?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/560
 
 


Poetry

Can you put a poem in your pocket?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/588
 
 
More BrainVentures for Grades 3 to 6!

 

Adventures

 


Steel Vengeance

What is Steel Vengeance?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/486
 
 


National Parks

How can I become a junior ranger?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/460
 
 


Greenfield Village

Do you have what it takes to be an innovator?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/531
 
 


Boston

How do these places affect the start of the Revolutionary War?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/529
 
 


Washington D.C.

What in Washington D.C. makes you proud to be an American?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/492
 
 


Pyramids

What’s inside a pyramid?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/522
 
 


Silver Lake

Take a ride… At Silver Lake Sand Dunes!!!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/555
 
 


Crayola

Will there be crayons in the future?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/526
 
 
Animals

 


Sharks

How can I learn about sharks?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/466
 
 


Dolphins

How can I learn about dolphins?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/488
 
 


Gorillas

How can I learn about gorillas?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/465
 
 


Snakes

Are you afraid of sssnakes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/496
 
 


Foxes

What do you know about clever foxes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/489
 
 


Wolves

How can I learn about wolves?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/471
 
 


Sloths

Why are sloths so SLOW?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/506
 
 


Giraffes

How can a giraffe drink with a neck that long?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/491
 
 


Tigers

Why are tigers grrrreat?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/487
 
 


Owls

What makes owls great predators?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/525
 
 


Everglades Mystery #2

Does a sea cow Moo?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/512
 
 


Hermit Crabs

Are hermit crabs nomads?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/461
 
 


Dogs vs. Cats

Is a dog or cat the BEST domestic pet?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/493
 
 


Chicken Eggs

How does a chicken’s appearance determine the color of eggs it will lay?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/562
 
 


White Tiger

Myth of the White Tiger: Where do White Tigers live?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/569
 
 


Alligators vs. Crocodiles

Is it an alligator or crocodile?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/568
 
 


Ducks

How can I learn about ducks?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/467
 
 


Wanda & Winky

Should we keep animals in zoos?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/621
 
 
Art

 


Crayola

Will there be crayons in the future?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/526
 
 


Crayons

How are crayons made?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/521
 
 


Poetry

Celebrate Poetry Month with the TOP 5 “Kid-Voted” Types of Poems!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/585
 
 


Music

How do you make music?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/632
 
 

Animations
Can you create your own animation?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/631
 
 

Paper
What can you do with a piece of paper?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/636
 
 
Earth

 


National Parks

How can I become a junior ranger?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/460
 
 


Everglades Mystery #1

What are these things poking out of the ground?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/494
 
 


Everglades Mystery #2

Does a sea cow Moo?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/512
 
 


Hurricanes vs. Tornadoes

How do you prepare for a Tornado or Hurricane?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/546
 
 


Space

How do rockets overcome gravity to go to space?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/530
 
 


Pacific Garbage Patch

Can computers help solve the problem of the Pacific Garbage Patch?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/495
 
 


Earth Day

Ask not what the Earth can do for you, but what you can do for the Earth.

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/566
 
 

Tsunamis
How does an earthquake cause a tsunami?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/634
 
 
Life Skills

 


Friendship

How does friendship lift us up?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/589
 
 


Money

Get Yo Money Right!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/596
 
 


Leadership

What does leadership look like?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/611
 
 


Online Safety

How can I stay safe online?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/582
 
 


Brushing Your Teeth

Why should you care for your teeth?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/615
 
 

Growth Mindsets
What is your mindset?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/649
 
 
Science & Technology

 


Engineering

How can you become an Engineer?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/572
 
 


Sound

Can kids hear better than adults?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/578
 
 


Pacific Garbage Patch

Can computers help solve the problem of the Pacific Garbage Patch?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/495
 
 


Online Safety

How can I stay safe online?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/582
 
 

Animations
Can you create your own animation?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/631
 
 

Playgrounds
How can science help you help you on the playground?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/594
 
 
Social Studies

 

Branches of Government
How does our government control its own power?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/606
 
 

Lansing State Capitol
Lansing State Capitol Scavenger Hunt!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/619
 
 

Boston
How do these places affect the start of the Revolutionary War?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/529
 
 

Washington D.C.
What in Washington D.C. makes you proud to be an American?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/492
 
 

Great Lakes
What’s so great about the Great Lakes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/645
 
 

Great Lakes
What’s so great about the Great Lakes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/646
 
 
Space

 


Space

How do rockets overcome gravity to go to space?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/530
 
 


Moon 101

Where did the moon come from and where is it going?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/604
 
 


Moon Travel

How can you get to the moon?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/605
 
 

Sun
Why do we need the sun?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/650
 
 

Solar System Escape Room!
Can you finish the solar system escape room?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/657
 
 


Moon 101

Where did the moon come from and where is it going?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/603
 
 
Other

 


Everglades Mystery #1

What are these things poking out of the ground?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/494
 
 


Everglades Mystery #2

Does a sea cow Moo?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/512
 
 


Peanut Butter

Is peanut butter made from nuts or legumes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/523
 
 


Dogs vs. Cats

Is a dog or cat the BEST domestic pet?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/493
 
 


Ireland

Why is St. Patrick’s Day called St. Patrick’s Day?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/469
 
 


Chicken Eggs

How does a chicken’s appearance determine the color of eggs it will lay?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/562
 
 


Alligators vs. Crocodiles

Is it an alligator or crocodile?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/568
 
 


Poetry

Celebrate Poetry Month with the TOP 5 “Kid-Voted” Types of Poems!

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/585
 
 


Sweets

Do you have sweet smarts?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/613
 
 


Moon 101

Where did the moon come from and where is it going?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/603
 
 

Great Lakes
What’s so great about the Great Lakes?

 
  https://start.roadmap.center/#/brainventure/646
 
 

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