At-HOME learning resources

It's a challenging time. We are not sure when schools will reopen and parents are finding themselves in a new role...educator. Working with students at home, while certainly challenging, can provide amazing opportunities for exploration and growth. In an attempt to provide some level of support for those struggling to fill the time with meaningful activities, we've vetted a list of resources that you may find interesting and useful.

reading, writing, literature, film, graphic design, story telling

SCHOLASTIC

classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?caching

Each day provides a number of things to do including readings, videos, and activities

Level: All levels

PBS LEARNING

www.pbslearningmedia.org

Videos and readings on a variety of subjects.

Level: All levels

BEST PODCASTS FOR KIDS

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/the-best-podcasts-for-kids

Common Sense Media has compiled a list of the 25 best podcasts for kids.

Level: All levels

STORY ONLINE

https://www.storylineonline.net/library/

This is a great resource with videos and prompts for discussing stories! You can choose a story to have your child watch. When they are finished watching the video, you can discuss the book together. They are encouraged to illustrate/write a response in their journals.

Level: Elementary

TEACH YOUR MONSTER

TO READ

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

There are three games in this app. If you click on the blue button that says “More” underneath each game, you will find details to help you make the best choice for your child. Once you open the app, your child designs a monster avatar and completes phonics challenges that require sound. Make sure the volume is on!

Level: Lower Elementary

MONKEY WORD

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monkey-word-school-adventure/id565951597

This app has short engaging phonics activities that keep up the pace. The benefit from this app is that it moves players through challenges based on their prior performance. The six activities repeat, but the level of increasing challenge keeps it fun for kids.

Level: Lower Elementary

MONTESSORI LETTER SOUNDS

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/montessori-letter-sounds-phonics-in-english-spanish/id479243891

This app gives you practice shaping letters in addition to simple letter sound practice.

Level: Lower Elementary

COMMUNICATION

Literacy

GAMES

games, games, games

LITTLE ALCHEMY

https://littlealchemy.com/

Combine basic elements to create hundreds of new things. Challenge yourself to create LIFE, SURFERS, ENERGY, or even the GRIM REAPER?

Level: All levels

 

GEO GUESSR

www.geoguessr.com

Engaging exploration using Google Maps. You're dropped in the middle of nowhere...how can you use observation and critical thinking to find out where you are?

Level: Upper elementary - high school

ABCYa

https://www.abcya.com/

Tons of games sorted by grade level and topic

Level: All levels

museums, farms, zoos, etc...

MEET OUR ANCESTORS

https://go.cloudplatformonline.com/NJ004Gvo0004LtW2Whc0u3k

Chauvet Cave in Ardèche (France) has 36,000-year-old prehistoric cave paintings. Closed to the public since its discovery in 1994, but now with Google Arts & Culture you can explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Level: All levels

HERITAGE ON THE EDGE

https://go.cloudplatformonline.com/g50uchk0v304JW0oG002XtL

‘Heritage on the Edge’ looks at the impact of climate change on cultural sites. This Google Arts & Culture project has overviews of the sites, issues, and preservation steps. A resource for history, culture and environmental awareness.

Level: All levels

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Twelve famous museums are offering virtual tours of their exhibits

Level: All levels

THE CINCINNATI ZOO

https://www.facebook.com/events/2915534028492292/

The Cincinnati Zoo posts a live Facebook stream “Home Safari” every day at noon (PT).

Level: All levels

APRICOT LANE FARMS

https://www.instagram.com/apricotlanefarms/channel/

Apricot Lane Farms (which is in California, and was the subject of the documentary, The Biggest Little Farm, is doing live farm tours every Friday at 10am.

Level: Elementary

SO CAL VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

https://socalfieldtrips.com/

Virtual field trips of Southern California's most interesting attractions.

Level: All levels

VIRTUAL TOURS

Patterns and

modeling

mathematics, numeracy, number sense, patterns, problem solving

PRODIGY

https://www.prodigygame.com

Prodigy is a fun way to get your child engaged in math! It uses quest-based gaming so kids can level up and earn badges while practicing age-appropriate math skills.

Level: Elementary - Middle School

MATH BEFORE BED

https://mathbeforebed.com/

This website is run by a Canadian math teacher, Jon Orr. There are many great “What do you notice, What do you wonder?" kinds of problems here. There is a free e-book, and right now (due to the virus), Jon is offering many other digital resources for free in the “shop” area. This is a wealth of resources.

Level: Elementary

NRICH MATH

https://nrich.maths.org/

Interactive games and activities at all levels.

Level: Elementary

IXL

https://www.ixl.com/

Allows students to answer 10 total questions a day for free. (After that you must buy a membership) Covers many subject areas and has a wide variety of activities.

Level: Pre K-Calculus

DIDAX - VIRTUAL MANIPULATIVES

https://www.didax.com/math/virtual-manipulatives.html

Virtual Manipulatives are a great way to enhance at-home learning. Simply drag the manipulatives into position to see math concepts come alive! These are always free to you and will continue to be available throughout the 2020/21 school year.

BEYOND

integrated sites that allow for a variety of skill and knowledge-based inquiry

SCRATCH

scratch.mit.edu

Scratch is a great way to get into programming. Students can try out games others have produced and post their own projects. Scratch can be used to teach math, control technology, creativity, and instructional writing. Very simple to use and intuitive for kids.

Level: All levels

HOUR OF CODE

hourofcode.com/us

Learn to code in an engaging and scafolded format. Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.

Level: All levels

 

BRAIN POP

brainpop.com

BrainPop contains fun videos and games for a variety of subjects.

Example: https://www.brainpop.com/science/cellularlifeandgenetics/bacteria/

Level: All levels

KHAN ACADEMY

khanacademy.com

Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.

Level: All levels

D!NG

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClq42foiSgl7sSpLupnugGA

YouTube series with interesting, educational, and just plain odd and wonderful content. DIY projects and things explained.

Level: Upper elementary - high school

PRIMER

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKzJFdi57J53Vr_BkTfN3uQ

YouTube channel on evolution, natural selection, economics, calculus with fun blobbies!

Level: All levels

STEM INVENTIONS

https://www.stem-inventions.com/

Fun and easy DIY STEM projects for kids.

Level: All levels

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