Learning Resources and Activities
These OPTIONAL resources and activities are suggestions for our students to engage in while we adjust to distance learning.
Thanks to our friends in Eden Prairie Schools for starting this collection of resources.
PBS Kids Watch is a collection of videos, creative tasks, building and design challenges grounded in engineering and science. Watch a video as a launch that will activate learning and connect to the activity. There are options like creating a Rube Goldberg Machine , design projects and build challenges..
Mo Williams, author of books featuring the characters of Pigeon, Elephant, Piggie and more, hosts a drawing lesson at lunchtime! New episodes will be posted each weekday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Access episodes here Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.
The Zentangle Method of drawing is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Zentangling increases focus and calms our bodies and minds while creating stunning masterpieces. View these videos to get started with your own Zentangles!
In the Build a Helping Hand science project, you will design and create your own prosthetic hand model and put it to the test. Creating a prosthetic hand that performs all the tasks a human hand can handle is clearly a daunting task, so in this science project you will select only a couple of tasks to work on.
Read and Write
RAZ Kids is an online library that is very popular with our younger students. If your child doesn’t already have access through school, Raz is offering free subscriptions for the rest of the school year.
Scholastic Learning at Home is developing day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. These segments are grounded in a meaningful story or video and include four different learning experiences. If asked for login information to Scholastic’s Book Flix, the user name is: Learning20 and the password is: Clifford
Abdo Digital is offering free access to their libraries for elementary and secondary students.
The natural curiosity of children makes them excellent candidates for nature journaling. It’s a fun family activity and an excellent way to develop a child’s awareness and appreciation of the earth. It integrates science, art, writing, and research skills and slows us down so we pay attention to our surroundings in a different way.
Storyline Online streams videos featuring well-known actors reading children’s books
The Smithsonian offers intriguing news articles across grade levels - TT Junior for grade K-4, TweenTribune for grades 5-8. There is no need to register to read grade-appropriate stories from reputable organizations about current events, history, art, culture, and science.
Inspires all kids to be active and mindful with a wide range of offerings that appeal to kids' different ages, interests, skills, and abilities
A yoga, mindfulness and relaxation resource designed for kids.
Brains On! is an award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults. Listen to their episode that answers the question Why does the sun make some people sneeze?
NPR’s Wow in the World podcast guides curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. The episode Bored Out of Your Bonkerballs? makes the case for why being bored sparks creativity.
NPR’s But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids answers questions that have been submitted by kids. This episode investigates the question Why is fire orange? and is one of multiple questions answered by a firefighter (for all ages).
Smash Boom Best is a debate-oriented show for kids and families. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together, and lets you decide which is best. Listen to Pizza vs Tacos and see what you think.
Think About It
Look at four pictures and think of reasons why one doesn’t belong with the others. Challenge yourself and think of a reason why each of the four doesn’t belong...then create your own challenge!
Explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development. Get ready to bring your own magic as you design a theme park of your very own! Follow the course as written or watch the videos and design on paper.
Wonderopolis®, is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.
The Kid Should See This is a collection of 4,300+ kid-friendly videos to share smarter, more meaningful media. They include content from museums, organizations, and creators who celebrate curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages.
Mindful Schools is offering a free Live online class Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. You must sign up ahead of time to participate in real time. They will be posting the sessions online in case you are unable to participate in the live session.
This resource has a range of easy to difficult experiments that use many common household supplies.