resources for parents with children in grades prek - 12
U.S. Department of Education: Parents
Early years and up: Information includes Early Childhood, Special Education, Reading Resources, and How to Help Your Child to Learn.
American federation of Teachers (aft):
Free Online Resources for Educators, Parents and Students
Library of Congress
Grades 8-12: The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Resource can be used by students and is currently free.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. You can choose Vimeo or SchoolTube instead of YouTube to view the videos for an ad free experience.
PreK-5: BrainPop provides engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities aligned to key ELA skills and knowledge. This resource can be used by both parents and students and is currently being offered for free!
PreK-12: Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for middle and high school students. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers to create engaging lessons for students.
Common Sense Media
All Ages: Tools to help parents and caregivers keep kids focused and learning at home.
• Khan Academy
• Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors for Homework Help
• Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites
Hand-picked, age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged:
• Best Music Apps and Games for Kids
• 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12
• Best Family Movies
• Best Documentaries for Kids and Families
• Apps, websites, and video games that inspire running, jumping, and more to stay active.
PBS and MPT’s collections for teachers and parents to support kids learning at home:
• PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
Grades 3-12: Free access to complex digital texts with differentiated levels and standard aligned, text dependent questions for students. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers.
PreK - 12: Comprehensive resources for ELA instruction that allows students to work remotely while teachers check their progress, see what supports they are using, and provide feedback on their writing. They are providing these resources for free for the remainder of the school year. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers.
PreK - 12: Curriculum Associates provides printable at-home activity packs that are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade. These resources are being offered for free for the remainder of the school year.
PreK-12: Scholastic provides targeted solutions for use in every area of the literacy block, featuring a wide range of authentic text and research-based instruction. The wide variety of programs can be used in conjunction with existing materials or together as an integrated literacy framework. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers. They are providing these resources for free for the remainder of the school year.
English Learners (ELs)
PreK - 12: These sites provide English lessons and games students can do alone or with their parents/family.
- ESL Tower: Vocabulary Worksheets
- ESL Lesson Materials for Kids
- English 4 Kids Worksheet
- Games to Learn English
- Games to Learn English
PreK - 12:
- The Cornell Lab - Live Bird Cams and Videos - Live video of birds with a repository of archived videos
- NOAA Just for Kids - Activities and resources from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
- Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tours - Virtually tour some of the main attractions around the park
- Live Streams inside Baltimore Aquarium - Visit the Blacktip Reef, Jellies and the Pacific Coral Reef virtually
- Virtual Farm Tour - Virtually visit a Canadian farm, its animals, and its operations
- National Zoo Webcams - Webcams of the lion, giant panda, elephant and mole-rat exhibits within the National Zoo
- NASA ClimateKids - Interactive website for students to engage in climate science
Grades K - 8:
- Recycle City - Interactive website exploring how residents of Recycle City recycle, reduce and reuse water.
- National Geographic Kids - Interactive website with a focus on nature
- EnviroMysteries: Interactive Problem Solving (Some activities require Adobe Flash)
- Kids Environment, Kids Health - Resource for kids, parents and teachers to find fun educational materials related to health, science, and the environment we live in today.
- Wind Farms and Maryland - Interactive case study to explore the use of wind energy in Maryland
- Nitrogen and Deep Creek Lake - Interactive case study to determine how nitrogen can affect a business
- NASA Global Climate Change Interactive Archive - Interactive activities related to climate change
Grades K - 12: CREATIVE IDEAS, AND FILE-BASED RESOURCES
- MSDE Fine Arts: MD-Resources - This depository was created collaboratively by Maryland arts education stakeholders, including Fine Arts Supervisors, arts educators, community arts partners, and professional associations. Please examine the resources to ensure they are appropriate for your intended use. The resources are sorted by category on three tabs.
- Online Resources: Hyperlinks to FREE Fine and Performing Arts Online Resources. Examples include virtual field trips, videos of performances, study tools, and online courses.
- Creative Ideas: Artistic ideas for students and families to explore. Examples include art challenges, family activities, or prompts.
- File-Based Resources: Files of resources for students, families or educators. Examples include PPTs of self-guided instruction, PDF lesson plans for synchronous learning, printables of asynchronous learning projects, and resource documents.
Gifted and Talented
Grades K-12: These sites provide many learning opportunities and much information for self- study. Some of the materials are designed or labeled for teachers to use as resources or as lesson plans, but all can also be used by students and their parents/guardians to provide additional enrichment or learning opportunities at home. Guidance may be necessary for younger students.
- Amazing Space
- GSFC Images
- Discover Magazine
- The Stock Market Game - this is for older students
- Quiz Hub - Many gifted students love taking quizzes on topics they know a lot about. This is a great website that has quizzes about many different subjects.
- Know it All - These are enrichment suggestions and activities for parents to use with their students.
- Field-Trips - Virtual field trips for students. Some may be taken by the student and some may require a parent to assist.
- MENSA for Kids - Site provides free activities for students.
- Games for Change - Catalyzing Social Impact Through Digital Games
- CSI: Web Adventures - Based on the T.V. series, this immersive adventure allows you to solve your own forensics case. Levels range from beginner to advanced.
- CDC: Solve The Outbreak - With all of the attention right now on the Coronavirus, this is a great time to play disease detective with the interactive online game from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This has long been available as an iPad app, but now it is available to play online.
- Storyline Online - The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. You can choose Vimeo or SchoolTube instead of YouTube to view the videos for an ad free experience.
Grades 7 - 12:
- Kids health in the classroom - all aligned to National Health Education Standards, and based on expert-approved, age-appropriate articles and videos.
- Scholastic Choices - Empower kids to make positive, real-world decisions related to health, social-emotional learning, and life-skills with Choices magazine.
PreK - 8:
- Math Game Time - a wide variety of games for many mathematics concepts and skills. Parents can sort the games by grade and by topic. (Student interactive)
- Bedtime Math - 5 minutes of math fun for your students. Each day presents a fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can participate. Free Bedtime Math App
- 25 Fun Maths Activities And Games For Kids To Do At Home For Free! - a variety of free activities and games for your child to do to practice and reinforce their math skills.
- The Mathematics Shed - activities for students to practice grade level mathematics concepts.
- NRICH - a variety of tasks, problems, investigations that help students think and practice many mathematical topics. (PreK-5).
- Archived: Helping Your Child Learn Math: Activities-Math in the Home - website explains how your home is filled with opportunities to explore math with your child. Activities use things you have in your home to learn math concepts. (PreK - 3).
PreK - 8:
- GoNoodle: Movement Powers Change - Movement and mindfulness videos with minimal space and equipment.
- Rob Pohlner - Forest Lake ES: PE Online Learning - At home exercises, games, and activities.
PreK - 12:
- We Can!: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - helpful information and dozens of valuable resources for your family, including tips, worksheets, and tools, all designed to help your family stay healthy. Learn more about healthy weight basics and how to help your family eat right, get active, and reduce screen time.
- HHPH: Resource Center: HipHop Public Health - Health, nutrition, physical literacy, physical activity, Mental health and wellness videos and teaching guides
- Open Phys Ed, Tools for Creating an Active Home - tools and resources designed to help families enjoy physical activity together as a way to enhance physical and emotional health and well-being.
- Fitness Calendars - West PE with Mr. T - Daily exercise tracker
Additional Resources in the District of Columbia:
- Find distance learning resources for your grade level or course
- Connect with DC Public Library for online resources and materials
- Connect with Thrive by Five DC for online, early learning resources
New learning at home videos for K-2 school that run on weekdays from 9:30am to 11am and rerun from 1pm to 2:30pm on the following channels:
- Comcast Channel 99
- RCN Channel 18
- Verizon Channel 12
- Watch Live at bit.ly/DKNLive
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