A compilation of links and ideas for keeping kids engaged in learning while school is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Section 1: List of On-line Activities and Tools
Make sure to check out the “Multiple” resources like Khan Academy, which have many different subjects
Print out this chart in your bathroom and practice proper washing (sing “Happy Birthday twice” for about the right amount of time so they don’t rush through it).
Art for Kids Hub [Free]
Art videos for kids to follow
The Art Sherpa - [Free]
Live streaming and previously recorded videos that teach a variety of painting techniques and projects.
Art with Everyone - [Free]
Drawing and painting tutorials for all ages and skill levels.
Smithsonian Art & Design - [Free]
iCivics - [Free]
Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor - students learn how government works by experiencing it. They step into the role of a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist, even the President of the United States - and do the job they do. Students gain civic knowledge and skills through this fun and challenging online platform.
Code.org - [Free]
codeSpark Academy - [Free]
At home coding platform for K-5. Used by over 80,000 teachers in the US. If teachers register for a free account they will get instructions for how to share free at-home use codes with students and they will get a code for free computational thinking PD. Parents can sign up immediately for 3 free months here with the code “schoolclosed”.
Scratch - [Free]
Online coding platform developed by MIT Media Lab for children using intuitive drag and drop visual interface that teaches coding basics. Kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community.
Organize an online groups of 2-3 kids from grade to get together virtually to do study groups, with scheduled breaks. Keeps them on task and gives them a social outlet. Example: a book club with 4 students - they read a certain number of pages per day then discuss online.
Google Classroom - [Free for personal use]
Can be used free for personal use to get groups of kids on the same schedule
Zoom - [Free limited version, Paid options]
Video conferencing and document sharing. Works on cell or wifi. This has very high ratings, and would be good for getting a larger group of classmates together… The free version lets you do a 40 min meeting of up to 100 people. For 1-on-1 video chat it’s unlimited time.
Skype - [Free]
Online videos/training to help Middle-school and above kids learn how to collaborate and use online tools. One fun idea from the program: Build a collaborative adventure story using Google Slides. Kids learn how to work together to write a story/graphic choose-your-own-adventure story.
PBS Kids - [Free]
Great videos and games for preschool through grade 3 from one of the most trusted sources in early learning and fully accessible to all.
The Stock Market Game - [Free]
Should be interesting right now! An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance. Typically better with a team of a few students.
The Fiscal Ship - [Free]
“A perfect game for now.” Players captain a “fiscal ship” and, as laid out on the game’s Web site, “to win you must find a combination of policies that address the [national] debt while meeting your chosen ideological views.” This is definitely one to be played for the long haul while we are all on lockdown — and as a bonus, it provides a less-scary entry point for you to talk to your kids about what’s happening in the world. Ages 14 and up. Web-based.
GoNoodle - [Free]
remote gym class. Perfect for days indoors with no real physical activity, GoNoodle’s suite of funky games — including Flo Yo’s Bubble Pop and Squatchy Berger’s Rock and Roll — gets kids waving their hands and moving their bodies. Ages 4 and up.
Kong Academy Parkour Movement [Free streaming]
A Kong Academy coach, live on FB to share fun games and movements for everyone so we can all stay healthy and active indoors! Streaming LIVE starting daily at 1:30pm.
We will begin adding short videos to our YouTube channel to give parents ideas how to keep kids entertained and moving during the school closure. Please take a moment and subscribe to our channel so we know you are interested.
Seattle public library has online learning resources, and a program called Mango for languages. Login using library card.
Duolingo - [Free]
Learn close to 25 different languages using a fun and intuitive app that incentivizes learning through points and levels.
Kids Garden Activities - [Free]
Ideas for gardening, seeds, plants, animals, and more
Reach for the Sun - [Paid, $6]
A plant growth learning game aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. Grow your plant from a seedling, defend it against insects, and help it struggle through the seasons to pollinate and produce flowers.
Schoology [Free through some school districts.]
Click on the link and select the Schoology button.
(Seattle Public Schools: Your child should have a username @seattleschools.org and password.)
Night Zoo Keeper - [Paid, $13/month, 1 week free trial]
Online writing tool and library of interactive lessons. Fun, engaging games that increase vocabulary and improve spelling. Puzzles and challenges that develop grammar and structure skills. Inspiring prompts and story creation lessons that spark imaginations.
Reading Eggs - [Paid $60 annual, 2 week free trial]
Grades 1-5. Learn to read with online games and activities.
Starfall - [Paid $35 annual]
K-3 reading and educational games platform. Stories, songs, and other activities.
Story Pirates - [Free]
Podcast of stories by children and story writing inspiration.
Teach Your Monster to Read - [Free]
Very early reading lessons. Adventure-based game that teaches phonics and reading along the way. Help your monster rescue a friend from the goblin king as you travel through the galaxy. So fun you will want to learn to read all over again!
Brainchild - [Paid - Netflix subscription]
Science educational programming
Math For Love –
Math Playground [Free]
Hundreds of math games and logic puzzles
Beast Academy - [Paid, $15/month]
Online math and problem solving for ages 8-13. Fun, comic-book style format.
Dragonbox - [Paid, apps are $5-8 each]
Math apps developed by educational experts, dedicated teachers, game developers, designers, cognitive scientists, writers and artists who are passionate about creating innovative and engaging game based learning tools.
Dreambox - [Paid, $13/month, has free 1 month trial]
Adaptive, online K-8 math program that is personalized and standards aligned.
Global Math Project - [Free]
Join students from around the world on a global math project (Exploding Dots) that is mathematical story that starts at the very beginning of mathematics, assuming nothing, and swiftly takes you on a “wondrous journey” through grade school arithmetic, high-school polynomials algebra, infinite sums, and advanced mathematics and unsolved research problems baffling mathematicians still to this day. Ages 10+. Free.
Prodigy Math - [Free]
Engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform for grades 1-8. Game-based, adaptive, and personalized.
Highly recommended - Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.
Kahn just put together a suggested schedule for school closures with grade-level plans from preschool through High School.
IXL - [Free through Seattle Public Schools, your child should have a login]
Skills-based, adaptive, personalized learning for PreK-12 in math, language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish.
Outschool - [Paid, around $5/class]
Small group classes. They offer both flex classes where the teachers pre-record the class and students watch on their own schedule, and classes where all the students video in simultaneously.
Curiosity Stream - [Paid, $20/year]
Lots of documentary video content
Scholastic Learn at Home [Free] - 20+ days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.
Arcademic - [Free games, paid option too]
Arcade-like games that teach a variety of subjects for grades 1-6.
BrainPOP - [Free ACCESS DURING COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURES]
Highly recommended - K-8 and ELL online resource for learning almost every subject. Courses include videos, games, quizzes, vocab, and related reading.
Give your info and email and request a code to get free access.
Preschool through 5th grade activities and lessons. Skills based and syncs with standard school year calendar.
Mystery Doug - [Free]
Short (~5min) videos that investigate and explore questions asked by real students.
Outschool - [Paid]
Highly recommended - Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18. Small group video chat classes—created and taught by inspiring teachers. Variable cost starting at $5/class.
PBS Learning Media - [Free]
Standards aligned videos, interactive lesson plans, and more for just about every subject. Early learning through high school.
Teachers Pay Teachers - [Free]
Over 3 million free and paid resources, created by educators, on the full spectrum of subjects and grade levels. Search for curriculum or activities to do at home.
The Great Courses - [Paid]
Online repository of courses in almost every topic for all ages.
Multiple (Science, Art, Math, Emotional Learning)
Playful Learning -
Overdrive - [Free]
Provided through Seattle Public Library, get e-books on your device for free (with library card). SPS also gives access to Lynda, although that seems like higher-level classes.
Note: If you'd like to find what reading “level” a book is, you can check the Scholastic Teacher’s Site (not all books are leveled, but most leveled books are listed there)
See the Guided Reading Leveling Chart to see what is typical grade-level reading.
Kids A-Z/Raz Kids [Free for some schools], typically sign in with teacher username and class password.
Leveled reading materials.
Quill - [Free]
Writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.
[Source: Bush School using for reading/literacy]
Cosmos 4 Kids - [Free]
Universe, galaxy, stars, systems, solar system, and exploration.
Biology 4 Kids - [Free]
Cell structure and function, microorganisms, plants, animals and animal systems.
Chemistry 4 Kids - [Free]
Matter, atoms, periodic table, elements, reactions, biochemistry.
Minecraft Chemistry - [Free - SPS students get free access to education edition]
Discover the building blocks of matter, combine elements into useful compounds and Minecraft items, and conduct amazing experiments with new lessons and a downloadable world.
Tyler DeWitt - [Free]
Research scientist and educator who creates chemistry and microbiology videos shared on his personal site and YouTube.
Teach Engineering - [Free]
Digital library comprised of standards-aligned engineering curricula for K-12 educators to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design.
The Science Guys - [Free]
Educational science videos that can be done at home and for all ages. We explain all concepts and experiments using fun animations.
Science Max - [Free]
YouTube series that explores common science experiments kids do at home and “turbocharges” them.
Smithsonian Science & Nature - [Free]
Earth and Nature reading/content
Geography 4 Kids - [Free]
Earth energy and structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, climates, and more.
Geography Games - [Free]
World geography games
Physics 4 Kids - [Free]
Motion, heat & thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, light, modern physics.
Big History Project - [Free]
Online social studies course for middle and high school students
Social/Ethnic Studies-Native History & Culture
The Duwamish Tribe - [Free]
The Tulalip People - [Free]
Social/Ethnic Studies-US History
The 1619 Project - [Free]
An ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
Zinn Education Project - [Free]
Middle and high school - For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.
Social/Ethnic Studies-World History
Big History Project - [Free]
A free, online social studies course that encourages students to have a big-picture view of the world and emphasizes skill development as students draw “mind-blowing connections” between past, present and future.
Dancing Mat from BBC - [Free]
There are four levels to play, each divided into three stages. You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. Kids love it!
Write a letter to a friend or get a new pen pal [Free] - List of multiple sites to get started.
All Kids Network Worksheets - [Free]
Thousands of fun kids activities like kids crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more
Take a break!
Chrome Music Lab - [Free]
Lots of fun music experiments. Even more online music experiments and synthesizers:
Cool Math Games - [Free]
Section 2: In-home Activities
Ideas for At Home:
Khan Academy just put together a suggested schedule for school closures with grade-level plans from Preschool through High School.