Making sure our parents and community members have access to free, digital platforms is one way to help keep our students engaged and learning during this difficult time. Below are sites that have been shared by teachers and parents to help fill our days with meaningful activities. Parents should also watch for email communication from teachers! Please contact Kelli Heneghan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a site to add to our growing list.
Online Learning Resources for Students:
It's time to keep a schedule! This color-coded schedule geared toward elementary age students incorporates physical activity, chores and quiet time. Encourage your older student to create their schedule and evaluate how they are doing.
Khan Academy Daily Schedules and other resources for grades PreK-12
GVSU Charter School Office Family Resources for Learning at Home list
Omni Calculator - Your life in 1341 Calculators. This site is so COOL!
Google Arts & Culture provides virtual museum tours . Many museums, cultural sites, and historical sites offer virtual tours. Here are a few, but an internet search will reveal many others:
The Kennedy Center is posting daily "Lunch Doodle" videos hosted by beloved children's book author Mo Willems.
Scholastic offers free Learn at Home activities to keep young minds active.
Coursera has hundreds of free courses!
History website for students: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/amex/
25 Free Online Education sites geared toward high school students and adult learners.
PBS Kids Games provides fun, engaging games that foster learning, movement, social-emotional development, collaboration, and creativity. Sign up for their daily newsletter with free tips and activities here!
Make any room a classroom with BrainPOP
Switcheroo Zoo helps kids learn about animals by playing games.
Physical Education tools for creating a fit & active home.
Smithsonian's History Explorer offers hundreds of free, innovative resources for learning about American history.
Poetry can be a wonderful refuge during difficult times. Sign up for daily emails at poetryfoundation.org or visit poets.org for a range of poetry.
Sharemylesson.com isn't a website just for teachers. Parents can find many useful free lesson plans and ideas for keeping your student learning.
Here is a great resource on the many virtual tours and livestream events happening now!
WGVU - PBS has an at-home education series running an updated weekly schedule.
PBS Learning is bringing the World to you!
J.K. Rowling has launched an online hub called Harry Potter At Home for children and families.
Need a quick stress break? Here are literally dozens of free colouring pages from Canadian artists.
Unique lessons and experiences by artists and organizations are being offered online right now — for free
Staples, Holland Store is printing 50 black and white pages for educational purposes for free per family (visit).
Fun activities form CBC, Canada
Between the Lions Early Reading Collection
Ed Merz with BR tech team submitted this helpful article on how to improve your internet speeds.
Chris Hadfield answers kids' questions about living and staying healthy in space.
Seven podcasts that both kids and adults will enjoy together at home.
Great article with helpful teaching tips by home school parents.
Broadway-themed activities to do at home.
Scientists can record teeny-tiny earthquakes, thanks to lockdown quiet
Apollo 13 was a near-disaster that became a triumph — now you can experience it in real time
The SciTech Institue has created an educational resource page with a great selection of learning aids and activities. You can access it at http://scitechinstitute.org/2020-quarantine-resource-page/
New podcast series 'The Show Must Go On' brings the theatre experience home.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has new online educational handouts and other resources for grades 3 through 6. Students can learn how to measure a horse, design their own brand, find out how horses see the world, unscramble Western words and find some new books on the museum booklist. Online resources can be found at cowgirl.net/education/resources
MetaMetrics is offering free premium access to various tools, including Lexile Find a Book and Quantile Math@Home. Find a Book matches a student’s reading ability and personal interests with book search results. The Math@Home tool allows parents and students to access free math resources that are tailored to a student’s individual state, grade, math topic and Quantile measure or math level. Resources include activities, online games, tutorial videos and worksheets. Learn more.
Accessibyte is offering free access to its entire platform of accessibility tools, which features assistive technology apps for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or have reading difficulties.
Boeing is taking us on a virtual field trip!
Eleven Genius Productivity Ideas
Check Out ThoughtCo. - Dedicated to lifelong learning
Reading resources (new)
Through June 30, ABDO is providing free access to its online digital libraries for grades preK-6 and grades 5 through 12. Also available are Zoom Online Databases that include various topics, such as animals, animales in Spanish, biographies and STEAM. Gain instant access.
Beanstack Distance Learning Reading Challenge
For grades 2 through 5, this challenge promotes independent student reading through digital learning resources with free access to the Lerner Sports Database, which features athlete biographies using digital literacy tools that correlate with curriculum standards. Join the challenge.
Morning Meet-Up and Story Time
These 15-minute sessions feature children’s book readings and topics about breath work and emotional health. Live sessions take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am CST. Past guests include children’s book author Katie Jaffe and Taylor Ellison of CBS Austin. Watch live or view archived episodes.
- Heron Books
Heron Books is offering 10, free, downloadable courses covering math, grammar, geography, history and more for ages 4-12. All course materials, including the learning guide that gives students a path to learn a subject independently, can be downloaded and printed.
Through July, schools and districts have free access to the Classic subscription, which allows teachers to track student progress remotely. Schedule a demo.
- Smarty Ants
- For grades preK-2, this digital solution provides personalized instruction in foundational literacy, from phonics and fluency instruction to sight-word vocabulary activities. Request Smarty Ants.
Reading Plus is offering free instant access to over 200 teaching resources for teachers and parents. Printable packages help develop reading comprehension in essential comprehension skills, including close reading, main idea and themes, interaction of ideas, use of language, structure, point of view, imaging scaffolds, reasoning and rhetoric, and comparative reading.
- The Learning Network
The New York Times and Verizon have granted 14 million high school students, and every high school in America, with free access to Times journalism, including all archived materials. These resources will help high school students identify and combat the spread of fake news. Additionally, millions of students and teachers will be provided with the resources and tools they need to teach and learn through The Learning Network.
- Learning Ally
Through August 1, districts can receive complimentary access to this platform that helps students with reading deficits succeed. The program includes a library of human-read audiobooks, a collection of literacy-based activities and professional learning opportunities and a multi-sensory literacy system for PreK-1 learners that uses adaptive phonics instruction. Learn more.
- Read to Know
Available for the rest of the school year, this weekly current events-based program presents stories from around the world in a newsmagazine format. Students learn geography, history, civics, arts and culture, and science in the context of the news stories. Enter brain for the username and spring for the password. Log in.
- Reading Horizons
Reading Horizons is offering a library of virtual webinars and lessons for free. Past webinars such as Best Practices for Virtual Reading Instruction will be available on-demand on YouTube, as well as upcoming webinars revolving around student progress monitoring in a virtual setting and how to best support children during school closures. Access the library.
- LeVar Burton Kids e-books
Skybrary is offering free 30-day access to nearly 1,000 LeVar Burton Kids e-books for children ages 2 through 9. Start a month free trial.
- Texting program
Reading Partners has created a free family texting program and a variety of other resources. The texting program, available in English and Spanish, sends literacy-focused text messages to all students. Sign up to receive texts.
- Humane Heroes e-books
This series of free e-books for elementary, middle and high school students tells stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation and humane conservation and includes lesson plans that teach English Language Arts and social-emotional learning skills To download free copies of the Humane Heroes book series and their companion curricula, visit: www.ChickenSoupForTheSoul.com/AH.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul e-books
Each e-book in this free three-book series contains 12 age-appropriate stories for K-12 students. The Chicken Soup for the Soul website includes supplemental photos and videos and worksheets. Download the free eBooks at chickensoup.com/ah.
InferCabulary is providing two months of free access to its online visual vocabulary tool that helps learners infer deep meanings of nuanced words by analyzing and interpreting the common thread among carefully chosen images and provided captions. The approach, which mimics avid readership, is designed to teach the many contexts of new words in a fraction of the time, which in turn, accelerates student comprehension
across the curriculum. To sign up for free access, click here.
- Museum coloring books
Many art museums are providing free printable coloring pages representing the works of famous artists. Read this blog for more information.
- Weekly Welcoming Schools lessons
Each week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity. The featured books will focus on embracing all families, and being an ally and respecting differences inclusive of LGBTQ identities. For its first week, HRC is offering a lesson plan and digital reading of Todd Parr’s The Family Book. HRC will provide a link to online readings of each book. View the current lesson plan and digital reading assignment.
Achieve3000 is offering free remote learning resources. Achieve3000 Literacy at Home Digital provides access to non-fiction articles at three reading levels. Topics range from science and social studies to current events. Literacy printable packets contain comprehension questions that add up to one month’s worth of content that have been differentiated for students who are at-, below-, and above-grade-level readers.
- Sora app
Schools that are not OverDrive partners can sign up for a 60-day free trial to access over 100 ebooks and audiobooks on the Sora app. Teachers can use the app to assign ebooks and audiobooks to students who then download them onto tablets, smartphones or desktops. Students can read these titles on or offline. Start a free trial.
There's now a YouTube channel dedicated to Canadian children's books, called Bibliovideo
Resources Submitted by our Spanish Department:
Spanish Resources for ELE Students
Spanish Resources for MS/HS Students
Sr. Wooly Website
Student Engagement Activities through the Student News:
Looking to engage with your peers? Students and teachers alike are publishing fun and entertaining news for The Current, our student news website, which you can find at brpscurrent.com.
New student polls are published each week, and commenting is open so that students can respond to each other's publications. This week's feature: Ms. Stephens' cat makes some observations about the new world order.
Students can also submit their own work for publication here. Don't miss out!
Low income internet deals:
Local area WiFi hotspots:
xfinity wifi hotspot map:
West Ottawa Bus Hotspots: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1uKtE77hSFgxSKAGcnmRya1UuM93Pi6jl&ll=42.81692491768018%2C-86.10680524692269&z=14 (email Kelli Heneghan for the map)
Spectrum wifi hotspot map: https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots (email Kelli Heneghan for the map)