As part of my job as the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development in a small school in Connecticut, I started working on a Plan for Continued Learning for students who attend school virtually during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.
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Below are links offering free resources to teachers, parents, and students during this time. Some, like Khan Academy, are a staple and have always been open access, but other companies are opening their doors to help children continue to learn while they are at home.
Each resource will have the discipline, ages or grade levels, sponsoring company, description, and a link.
Math for Pre-K to 10th grade by MATH FOR LOVE Games and math activities created by teacher for teachers. I love their periodic emails!
Science for K-5 by MYSTERY SCIENCE is normally a paid subscription. Now offering free, easy science for remote learning at home
Reading/ELA by author Kate Messner. My friend and former colleague created a website filled with links to videos of authors reading books, as well as lesson plans tied to popular books. Books include fiction and non-fiction offerings.
ALL SUBJECTS (science, social studies, reading, and more) for PreK to grades 6 and up from Scholastic. The publishing giant is providing 20 days (at the time of this writing) of free lessons for teachers and families for ALL Subjects for grade levels indicated.
Also from Scholastic, here are a series of child-friendly resources (articles, infographics, etc) explaining COVID-19, arranged by grade groupings from Pre-K to Seniors.
This link explains to teachers and parents how Khan Academy can help during school closures. Allowing students to review concepts and move at their own pace is beneficial to both emerging and excelling learners.
AS NEW RESOURCES BECOME AVAILABLE, I WILL ADD THEM HERE
First of all, I LOVE LISTS! This list is a great one – apartmenttherapy.com has an article listing 94 things you can do when you are stuck at home, with 24 of them specifically for children!
Guidelines for Teachers – Global Online Academy has a great article for educators on 15 Strategies for Online Learning. Two of my favorites deal with Pacing (not dumping assignments) and Creativity. This is a must-read for all teachers!
Fellow educators in China have had extensive school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We can learn much from the learning techniques they are employing in a difficult time. Here is an article about five considerations for emergency learning.
NEWSELA is a fabulous site that offers leveled texts on current events, science, health, social studies, English, and more. While one or two sections are normally available to all, newsela has opened the site up to all educators, free of charge, for the remainder of the school year.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has created a page with videos, resources, activities, games, and more. In addition, they have tech support and access to current content. Scroll WAY DOWN to see QUICK START guides for teachers and families. Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Literature, Social Studies, and Spanish.
The National Science Teaching Association is offering a free membership to educators, providing access to more than 12,000 digital professional learning resources and tools. It’s a veritable treasure trove of science for all grade levels!
Discovery Ed is a wonderful website, normally by subscription only. Starting now, a superintendent or principal can request FREE access for the district at the link. If you are a parent, please share the link with your school’s administration so all children can get access to this amazing resource!