COVID Crisis Teaching at Home – Resources for All Students
COVID Crisis Teaching at Home – Resources for All Students
The COVID pandemic has forced us into – not “Homeschooling,” but – Crisis Teaching at Home, which has been challenging for all students in some way. Before you explore these resources for teaching all students at home, check out my overall thoughts and suggestions for “Homeschooling” during COVID school closures by visiting this page.
Some notes about the info below for ALL STUDENTS:
For thematic learning, you can use several of the resources listed below to help you easily develop entire lesson plans around the topic. I indicated resources that are especially useful for thematic learning with [TL].
Unless otherwise stated, assume these resources are free (some are always free; some are just free during school closures). Please keep in mind that many businesses are struggling to stay open and pay their workers. So, if you enjoy the resources and are able to donate to the organization, please do – especially at a time like this.
For those sites that have a related app for your phone or tablet, I have added [App] so that you can search for it by name in your device store. Please note that the apps, while often more convenient, usually have more limitations of free access.
Some activities are live streamed at certain times on certain days. I have indicated those in italics. For most of these, the videos are available at least 24 hours afterwards also.
Hands-on learning creates stronger memories and understanding. So have your children try the activities that can be done “In Real Life” [IRL]. Keep in mind that this may mean going to a website to read about a hands-on lesson, order materials, or print a worksheet.
Pro Tip: Put printouts in plastic sheet protectors and have your children use dry erase markers so that you can do the sheets over and over.
Note: I usually create my own content in pdf form because linking to other websites often results in unforeseeable changes like altered content, modified pricing, broken links, etc. If something I posted below has changed or is not correct, please email me so I can correct it.
Gutenberg has ebooks made available to the public [TL]
Literati’s “kids book club delivers exceptional books across five book clubs for children 12 and younger.” You get one week to explore 5 books per shipment and then you return the books for free. $9.95/month. [IRL]
Read Theory has “Personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ESL students.”
Storyline Online “Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. . . . Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.” [TL] [App]
Storytime from Space has videos of astronauts reading books from space while the pages of the book are displayed so kids can follow along. “ Within each unit you will find science background information for educators, science activities and cross-content activities (such as Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Ed. etc.) that help support the STEM concepts.”
Scholastic Education: “Every day includes four separate cross-curricular learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.” You can also search books and activities by subject, genre, theme, category, or grade. [TL] [IRL]
LitPick Lessons is a growing collection of curriculum-based lesson handouts and teaching guides in categories like Careers, Faith, and STEAM. [TL] [IRL]
Audible has children’s books that are read aloud. [TL] [App]
Story Nory has audio stories for kids, including fairytales, original stories, myths, poems, music, history and audiobooks all read beautifully by professional actors. [TL]
Harry Potter at Home has activities, games, puzzles, reading opportunities & more provided by JK Rowling. [IRL]
Storytime with author James DeanM-F at 11:00am CST on Instagram @PeteTheCatOfficial (videos are also saved there for viewing anytime). Visit the website for Pete the Cat songs, animated videos and downloadable activities.
@Josh Gad and #GadBookClub on Twitter – Frozen actor Josh Gad reads nightly at 6:30pm CST (videos are also saved there for viewing anytime)
On YouTube, search “Read aloud books for __” and choose the age/grade of your children.
Common Sense Media has “trusted ratings and reviews for what your kids want to watch, created with families in mind.” [TL] [App]
Kinder Art has downloadable and printable lessons and activities for children PreK-8. [TL] [IRL]
All Kids Network has thousands of crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, mazes, hidden pictures, etc. [TL] [IRL]
“Mo Willems Lunch Doodles” on YouTube – “Learners can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually every” M-F at 12pm CST. Download the day’s activity page here.
Harptoons: “Each lesson starts with a number or letter. These letters and numbers are magically turned into animals, monsters, and funny characters by just adding a few simple lines and shapes” which can be transformed “into ideas for stories or comics.” Steve Harpster also draws online on his facebook page @harptoons every M-F at 1pm CST.
5-20 minute kids drawing exercises via Draw Together with WendyMac on M-F at 12pm CST on Instagram Live. Available for up for 24 hrs in stories.
Art teacher Cassie Stephens goes live M-F at 11am CST with weekly themed art projects.
Artist Lindsay leads virtual art lessons M-F at 10am CST on Facebook live.
Ms Jesion’s Artroom has grade level specific sketchbook prompts, classroom information and art class assignment links. [IRL]
Author Nick Bruel Bad Kitty activities and videos.
The Library of Congress is collaborating with Captain Underpants author and illustrator to create weekly videos on F at 7am CST for drawing, creating characters, and acting out scenes. [IRL]
Scratch: Kids can create stories, games, and animations, and then share them with the world. [TL]
Student Treasures allows children the opportunity to become published authors. Just order a free kit, let your kid get creative, submit the final product, and they will send you a hardcover book. [TL] [IRL]
Write the World allows budding writers to connect, get writing prompts and advice. [IRL]
StoryBird is a short story creation website with engaging prompts created by experienced teachers. [IRL]
Knunckleball Comedy has improv video tutorials on YouTube so kids and parents can play games at home with only a few people!
PlayMakers Laboratory Theatre goes online every MWF at 3pm CST with PlayMakers Media Lab to share their hilariously adapted stories online for all ages.
Magic Dave is hosting mini magic shows on W at 9am CST that are “full of magic, silly characters and lots of fun” and Story Time on F at 1pm CST where Magic Dave reads a fairytale story (but Charlie the Cheetah thinks he knows the story better).
“Create impressive videos in minutes with Animoto’s drag-and-drop video maker. No video editing experience necessary.” [App]
The Paintbrush “incorporates music appreciation into hands-on art appreciation lessons to teach students about the lives and the works of influential artists from the past and modern day, from all over the world.”
“SmartMusic is a web-based suite of music education tools that support efficient practice, helping musicians to develop and grow.” [App]
Mr. Selfridge is a professional saxophone player and music teacher who posts videos to help students learn the basic skills of playing all the band instruments. With school closures, he has been doing live band classes on YouTube MWF at 2pm CST.
Incredibox allows users to compose their own music through avatars. [App]
Groove Pizza allows users to create music using math concepts like shapes, angles, and patterns.
Chrome Music Lab “makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments that explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more.”
Virtual Field Trips:
This Virtual Field Trips list has fun and wonderful websites that will show you different parts of the world, famous landmarks, beautiful works of art, historic marvels, science adventures and so much more!
Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. [TL] [App]
Game On! Sports resource page is a great place to find options to keep your kids active, moving, and thinking! They offer fitness & active fun videos, sports skills videos, printable activity sheets, printable sports fact sheets, motivational & education videos, and even a few videos for the parents. It is an easy and fun way to replace P.E. or an after-school activity with little to no equipment! You can also subscribe to their YouTubechannel.
Kids do exercises based on the spelling of their name (or other words you pick each day) using this or this. [IRL]
Go noodle: “Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.” [App]
Sworkit: Sign up for “Kid Workouts” that are customizable and have student examples. [App]
Open Phys Ed: “Games and calendarsfor families to use to make their home an Active Home,” as well as “resources to . . . provide meaningful movement opportunities that progress students toward physical education and social & emotional learning outcomes.” [IRL]
“The Kids Coach is an app developed by an Occupational Therapist and Personal Trainer to get your child up and moving with fun, regular fitness programming in the comfort of your own home.” [App]
PBS Kids and Arthur provide “resources to help you and your family understand the basics of staying fit and healthy.”
Laboratory Collective’s Virtual Wizarding School “blurs the lines between subjects, seamlessly connecting literature, history, art and design, writing, role play and popular culture and brings it to life through math and science. Our immersive storylines empower students to use math and science to solve problems that are engaging and interesting to them.
Hills of Milk and Honey are amplifying the Regeneration Movement with “online modules to guide families through lessons in regenerative agriculture. No need to own a farm or have access to land. We bring the concepts to life on your screen and provide ways for your family to get involved in your own neck of the woods.” [IRL]
England-based science presenters Maddie Moate and Greg Foot have launched a half-hour LIVE YouTube show every M-F at 6am CST. The videos are posted to YouTube afterwards.
NASA: Space stories, videos, images, and STEM projects. [IRL]
Space Racers is a “NASA-funded, award-winning preschool television series that follows young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Space Academy as they explore the solar system. Episodes of the TV series — along with educational content; science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities; and educator-approved lesson plans — are now available online.”
Discovery #MindBlown app helps kids explore the world around us with videos, hands-on experiences, and games. [TL] [App] [IRL]
The Royal Academy of Engineering has collaborated to launch the Great Exhibition at Home, a seven-week home science project looking at how science and engineering can help protect the planet. They also have global at-home projects and free resources. [IRL]
How to Smile: Theme-focused STEM lessons include national standards, big idea lists, popular media content, and concept maps. [TL] [IRL]
Girls Who Code’s weekly at-home activities range from beginning to intermediate.
CodaKid is a kids coding platform that teaches kids how to use real programming languages and professional tools while creating games, coding apps, programming drones, building websites, and more. CodaKid provides a 14 day free trial.
Snapology offers 1hr online “instructor-guided programs that provide fun, focused activities for students who have access to LEGO bricks and other creative materials” for $10 on M-Th at various times in the afternoon (CST). They are also offering 5 online classes M-F at 4pm CST for $35.
Delish‘s editorial director Joanna Saltz and her kids will be going live on Instagram M-F at 12pm CST to share cook-along videos for parents and children. The videos are saved on Instagramfor 24 hours afterwards.
The Kids Table is offering Virtual Healthy Cooking Classes via Facebook Live every MWF at 11am CST.
Taste Buds Kitchen releases new recipe video every Tu and Th at 1pm CST made with simple ingredients you hopefully already have in your pantry.
Type Tastic has 700+ typing activities for all grade levels.
Nitro Type helps students “Improve typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world.”
Kidz Type has “Dance Mat Typing” organized by skill level
Muzzy “works for preschool to high school age kids because the stories are engaging & it is designed for children to go at their own pace.” [App]
Rosetta Stone is offering a 3 month free subscription for K-12 students to learn one of 25 languages.
Duolingo uses short, mini-lessons to teach a new language in a way that is fun and effective.
Memrise allows users to “watch and learn real conversational language from native speakers” and “get a personalised learning experience that gives you just the right level of challenge to keep you motivated.” [App]
Popplet is a mind-mapping tool that can be especially helpful for kids who have problems with organization and visual memory. The app allows kids to insert words, images, and their own drawings to help kids who benefit from visual presentation. [App]
Anki‘s Flash card app that automatically spaces flashcards based upon confidence with material to track mastery. [App]
“JIRA Jr. is the best way to track being a kid. Track baseball cards, tea parties, boo-boos, poo-poos, and more.” This helps children organize, plan, and schedule their priorities. [TL]
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