COVID Crisis Teaching at Home – Resources for HIGH SCHOOL
COVID Crisis Teaching at Home – Resources for HIGH SCHOOL
The COVID pandemic has forced us into – not “Homeschooling,” but – Crisis Teaching at Home, which can be especially challenging for high school students. Before you explore these resources for teaching high school students, check out my overall thoughts and suggestions for “Homeschooling” during COVID school closures by visiting this page.
Some notes about the info below for HIGH SCHOOL 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.
You will notice that my content for Students with LDs and High School students is sparse. I will keep adding to these categories when I find generalized resources. However, I truly believe these students benefit most from individualized assistance with a live/online tutor who can personalize the learning methodology to help the students become more confident, independent learners. Please contact me if you would like to discuss our tutoring options in more detail.
How To Budget For a Home: An Interactive Workbook for Teens created by The Simple Dollar. This interactive workbook is designed for teens to go through real-world scenarios of the home buying process, in order to understand the value of financial management. They also include a list of additional digital learning resources to help educators and parents teach their children. [TL]
Science and Math:
Explore Learning has over 400 math and science Gizmos that teach how to graph, measure, compare, predict, and prove. Free 60 day trial.
Brilliant.org: Build problem-solving “quantitative skills in math, science, and computer science with fun and challenging interactive explorations.” Free trial available. [App]
Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12.
http://mw.concord.org/modeler/index.html – Molecular Workbench has visual, interactive lessons for teaching and learning science. It has hundreds of simulations and embedded assessments for physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.
NoRedInk builds writing skills “through interest-based curriculum, adaptive grammar and writing exercises, and actionable data.” [TL]
LightSail is a digital educational reading platform with 6,000 texts from different subject areas and topics that is designed to engage students in grades K-12 to develop and reinforce their reading skills. Each student is given a customized library based on their Lexile reading level and reading interests. Students earn badges based on total minutes read, the different types of genres or topics they engage with, or the number of embedded questions that they get correct.
Quill provides interactive writing and grammar activities.
Big History Project has “social studies curriculum that gets beyond facts” by emphasizing skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future, thereby improving in writing and critical thinking skills.
The Fiscal Ship allows the student captain to “find a combination of policies that address the [national] debt while meeting your chosen ideological views.” Good for ages 14+.
Seneca’s smart learning algorithms help students to remember math, science, history, english, Spanish etc. topics better. “If you get a question wrong, we’ll show you the content again but in a different format. We’ll even do it at a time when it’s optimal for you to learn it. We’ve also hand-selected the best GIFs and memes on the internet so revision makes you laugh instead of stressed. [TL] [App]
PBS has standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more in PreK-12 science, math, social studies, ELA, engineering & technology, health, art, etc. [TL] [IRL]
Use ixl.com to search any math, language arts, science, social studies, or Spanish concept for grade-specific, student adapted problems with detailed explanations. [TL] [App]
Wolfram Alpha uses AI and algorithms to provide step-by-step solutions to problems in math, science, technology, art, history, finance, etc. [App]
Ck12 has interactive K-12 learning activities and practice in science, math, and social studies that adapts to individual student performance. [TL]
Discoveryk12 is offering 180 days of free online non-Common Core curriculum for PreK-12th covering all subjects and including quizzes and tests. [TL] [IRL]
HippoCampus has over 7,000 videos in 13 subjects areas including English, Math (through Calculus and Statistics), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Economics, Government, and Sociology. [TL]
Khan Academy has scheduledself-paced, interactive content–exercises, videos and articles and in most major subject areas 6-9th grade
Crash Course has entertaining YouTube videos on physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history. [TL]
Mr Azfar is offering live streaming Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and English lessons M-F from 4-6:50am CST.
Wide Open School has videos, lessons,and printables to help with scheduling, emotional well being, life skills, and all core subjects. [TL] [IRL]
Braingle has “over 15,000 brain teasers, riddles, logic problems and mind puzzles.” [IRL]
“Puzzle Prime’s mission is to provide students and adults of all ages the opportunity to develop their mental skills in fun and engaging ways with puzzles (including Brain Teasers, Detective Mysteries, and Optical Illusions) that will challenge your analytical thinking and boost your passion for science.”
Brain Den helps users test logic skills and have fun with brain teasers, riddles, puzzles, and optical illusions all sorted by category.
Character Strong’s curricula is focused on fostering the Whole Child with vertically-aligned lessons that teach social-emotional learning (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making) and character (Character Development: Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Commitment, Humility), side-by-side.
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