We want to be clear. The last thing parents are expected to do is replace teachers. We know you already have work you need to accomplish and you’ve added caring for children to the load. What we want to do is provide age-appropriate, high-quality resources, should you choose to have your student engage in learning activities online. These links are meant to support, not burden, families. We hope you’ll browse through and see if there’s something that will meet the unique needs of your family.

We also want to be clear that these learning activities are suggestions to help keep students engaged during the school closure. These activities will not be assessed or used as a measure of student learning. However, we want to provide you with some recommendations to help keep your children academically and intellectually active.

NOTE: this page will be updated weekly by our teaching and learning staff.


General Resources

General K-12 Student Resources

Typing Club
Typing Club- Learn to Keyboard

The Kids Should See This
Smart Videos for Curious Minds of All Ages

Virtual Museum Tours
What if we told you that some of the world’s greatest museums are still open to the public, and you can visit them today—right now!—without ever leaving your living room? Thanks to incredibly high-definition virtual tours, the Louvre’s Egyptian Antiquities, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Fossils, and the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel are all just a click away. Happy browsing!

PBS Learning Media
Iowa PBS and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more.

TED Talks for Kids
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Farm Food 360
Immerse yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours

Chess.com
Play and Learn Chess

STEM Videos
MIT and K12 Videos is an educational media program that seeks to spark curiosity and a love of learning among kids and kids at heart.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Our program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Our Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.

Parent Resources

How to Keep Kids Learning When They’re Stuck at Home
Tips and resources for setting up a daily schedule.

CEMC at Home
CEMC at Home has been developed to support teachers, students and parents during these challenging times. Most weekdays, we will post something for each of four grade levels: Grade 4 to 6, Grade 7/8, Grade 9/10 and Grade 11/12. The goal is to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do mathematics and computer science while at home practicing social distancing. The resources will include games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.

IowaCore.gov
Website supporting Iowa’s academic standards.

Iowa Core Parent Guides

Learning In The Time Of COVID-19
by Learning Policy Institute President Linda Darling-Hammond

Caring for Children – CDC
Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 DHS Resources
Iowa Department of Human Services

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Child Trends

SEL Resources During COVID-19 – CASEL

Stress and Coping – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – CDC

Miscellaneous/Uncategorized Resources

AP Review Classes – College Board
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

At the bottom of the page are course schedules. We’ll be adding more soon.

WWF Wild Classroom
Connecting educators and parents with the tools and resources they need to help kids explore and understand the world around them. Together we can inspire the next generation to build a future where people and nature thrive!

Preschool & Early Childhood Education

Preschool & Early Childhood Education Resources

Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades PreK-K
Scholastic Learn From Home provides active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for students

Unite for Literacy
Free access to over 400 books. Titles that celebrate languages, cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. More than 30 languages; includes Special Education and ELL.

Math Before Bed
Math Before Bed – Or Anytime! Math Before Bed brings math into your family conversations.180 High-quality image math prompts, covering mathematical strands at your fingertips all in one file. Each prompt is designed to spark numeracy conversations among your family. The beautiful images open a doorway for you and your family to talk about math concepts easily. Math prompts are sorted by topic, Number Sense, patterning, geometry, measurement, Data Management & Probability.

PBS for Parents

Literacy and ELA Resources

K-5 Foundational Literacy Resources

Decodable Readers
This portal is offered as a free resource to help facilitate online reading instruction and learning during this challenging time of school closures due to the Coronavirus outbreak. No sign-in required. Each book has optional “homework” activities to accompany each reader. These can be printed at home by families if that is an option for them.

ReadingShire Campout
ReadingShire Campout includes 4 mini-games that have children identifying letter sounds to improve their phonemic awareness and alphabetic knowledge.

Sight Words Games
This collection of sight words games gives children opportunities to practice their sight words and build toward mastery while also keeping them engaged and having fun. In general, we recommend using a mix of recently introduced words and some older words for review.

K-2 Literacy Resources

Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 1-2
Scholastic Learn From Home provides active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for students.

Unite for Literacy
Free access to over 400 books. Titles that celebrate languages, cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. More than 30 languages; includes Special Education and ELL.

Heartland AEA Online Resources
BookFlix, Discovery Education Science, Learn360, PebbleGo,ScienceFlix,TrueFlix are among some of the resources available.

3-5 Literacy Resources

Story Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 3-5
Scholastic Learn From Home provides active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for students.

Heartland AEA Online Resources
BookFlix, Discovery Education Science, Learn360, PebbleGo, ScienceFlix, TrueFlix are among some of the resources available.

6-8 Literacy/ELA Resources

ReadWriteThink
Provided by the National Council of Teachers of English, the parent/afterschool tools provide podcasts, games and interactive digital writing tools, printables all searchable by grade-level.

NoRedInk
Grammar and writing tools that support student’s in mastering topics through adaptive exercises that grow with each student.

9-12 Literacy/ELA Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab
OWL at Purdue is highly-vetted expert resource for writing instruction and formatting. OWL Exercises range from grammar, punctuation, organization, and style.

Math Resources

K-5 Math Resources

Math Before Bed
Math Before Bed – Or Anytime! Math Before Bed brings math into your family conversations.180 High-quality image math prompts, covering mathematical strands at your fingertips all in one file. Each prompt is designed to spark numeracy conversations among your family. The beautiful images open a doorway for you and your family to talk about math concepts easily. Math prompts are sorted by topic, Number Sense, patterning, geometry, measurement, Data Management & Probability.

Illustrative Mathematics: Talking Math K-5
Looking for ways to spark math discussions at home? Illustrative Mathematics is sharing images and questions you could ask your students or discuss with your family. Slides offer different grade-level-aligned options. New slides daily!

Online Mathematics Resources
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

6-8 Math Resources

Open Middle
Puzzle-like problems sorted by grade level and standard categories.

Khan Academy – Illustrative Mathematics
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

9-12 Math Resources

Open Middle
Puzzle-like problems sorted by grade level and standard categories.

Khan Academy – Mathematics
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 

Crash Course
At Crash Course, we believe that high-quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college-level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.

Science Resources

K-5 Science Resources

OLogy: a Science Website for Kids
A science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. A wide variety of topics with stories, games, hands-on activities and videos or nearly all.

Heartland AEA Online Resources
BookFlix, Discovery Education Science, Learn360, PebbleGo, ScienceFlix, TrueFlix are among some of the resources available.

Studio Code – Learn Computer Science

Just for Kids – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Ocean Service (NOS) education team engages formal and informal education audiences to build environmental literacy through products and programs that incorporate the applied science of NOS. The team supports teacher infusion of NOS content into local curricula through professional development opportunities at conferences and through Web-based avenues.

6-8 Science Resources

How To Smile
Search over 3,500 of the very best science and math activities on the web. Find handpicked activities from your favorite science museums, public television stations, universities, and other educational organizations. All activities are available to anyone, free of charge. Start searching now and filter by age, material costs, and learning time to find exactly what you need for your class, educational program, or family.

Tyto Online
In Tyto Online, students directly engage in science as they learn. Solve a food shortage using genetics or figure out that animals are sick from microplastics by examining the ecosystem and collecting data and many more quests.

9-12 Science Resources

NOVA Labs
NOVA Labs combines video with interactive tasks and real data sets in creating the Sun, Energy, Cloud, RNA, Cybersecurity, and Evolution labs. The labs place content learning within a simulated “research challenge” Videos are used throughout the labs to share content and tasks; they are also helpfully available from both the site and the lab home pages.

Most labs begin with structured, sometimes game-like activities (e.g., building phylogenetic trees), and progress to more open-ended opportunities (e.g., querying recent weather data). A digital lab report records quiz answers and notes and is saved if the student is logged in (guest access is also available). The site also provides access to relevant professionals (Meet the Experts), related resources and events (Opportunities), and Educators pages.

Smithsonian Learning Lab
Welcome to the Smithsonian Learning Lab! Understand history, art, culture, and the sciences through inquiry and analysis.

Crash Course
At Crash Course, we believe that high-quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college-level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.

Social Studies Resources

K-5 Social Studies Resources

State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets
Through a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, the State Historical Society of Iowa developed Primary Source Sets to help educators meet the Iowa history standards within the Iowa Core in Social Studies. These Primary Source Sets address national and international history as well as Iowa’s history within each set.

Native Knowledge 360: National Museum of the American Indian
Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. Most Americans have only been exposed to part of the story, as told from a single perspective through the lenses of popular media and textbooks. NK360° provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples—their cultures, their roles in United States and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences, and literature. NK360° offers a view that includes not only the past but also the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today.

6-8 Social Studies Resources

State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets
Through a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, the State Historical Society of Iowa developed Primary Source Sets to help educators meet the Iowa history standards within the Iowa Core in Social Studies. These Primary Source Sets address national and international history as well as Iowa’s history within each set.

Black History in Two Minutes
Brief and concise historical episodes of the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and executive produced by Robert F. Smith. A new two-minute video premieres every Friday. Most recently Henrietta Lacks: The Woman with Immortal Cells was the area of study(3/20). Upcoming topics and people include: Kathrine Johnson (3/27), Frederick Douglass (4/3), Abolition in the North | Elizabeth Freeman Sues for Freedom (4/10), and African American higher Education (4/17). Past topics of videos cover people and events such as Madame CJ Walker, The Double V Campaign, The Birth of Jazz, and The Tulsa Race Riots; just to name a few.

9-12 Social Studies Resources

State Historical Society of Iowa Primary Source Sets
Through a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, the State Historical Society of Iowa developed Primary Source Sets to help educators meet the Iowa history standards within the Iowa Core in Social Studies. These Primary Source Sets address national and international history as well as Iowa’s history within each set.

Black History in Two Minutes
Brief and concise historical episodes of the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and executive produced by Robert F. Smith. A new two-minute video premieres every Friday. Most recently Henrietta Lacks: The Woman with Immortal Cells was the area of study(3/20). Upcoming topics and people include: Kathrine Johnson (3/27), Frederick Douglass (4/3), Abolition in the North | Elizabeth Freeman Sues for Freedom (4/10), and African American higher Education (4/17). Past topics of videos cover people and events such as Madame CJ Walker, The Double V Campaign, The Birth of Jazz, and The Tulsa Race Riots; just to name a few.

Crash Course
At Crash Course, we believe that high-quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college-level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.

Performing Arts Resources

K-5 Music Resources

PBS Music Learning Media
Students explore resources to perform, analyze, and appreciate music from various time periods and cultures. Young learners can play Bubble Beats, an interactive lesson that challenges students to differentiate between beats. Careers in music, music in world cultures, and music institutions are among the additional topics explored in Music.

Learning Lab Collections: Elementary Music
The Smithsonian Learning Lab houses resources from the the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers, the National Zoo, and more. This collection includes music for elementary students.

6-8 Music Resources

PBS Music Learning Media
Students explore resources to perform, analyze, and appreciate music from various time periods and cultures. Young learners can play Bubble Beats, an interactive lesson that challenges students to differentiate between beats. Careers in music, music in world cultures, and music institutions are among the additional topics explored in Music.

Music Theory
Pitch and Rhythm videos for students to explore and practice.

9-12 Music Resources

PBS Music Learning Media
Students explore resources to perform, analyze, and appreciate music from various time periods and cultures. Young learners can play Bubble Beats, an interactive lesson that challenges students to differentiate between beats. Careers in music, music in world cultures, and music institutions are among the additional topics explored in Music.

Sight Reading Factory
Students create and practice sight reading exercises at varying difficulty level.

9-12 Theater Resources

PBS Theater Arts Learning Media
Discover the world of Theater with videos, interactive activities, and more. High school students will get an inside look at the life of a theater actor as they complete a four-square graphic organizer and watch a video in the lesson plan, “John Leguizamo’s Tales From a Ghetto Klown – An Actor’s Life.” Theater styles, the history of theater, and theater in world cultures are a few of the additional topics explored in Theater.

Learning Lab Collection: Theater
The Smithsonian Learning Lab houses resources from the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers, the National Zoo, and more. This collection includes music for high school students.

Visual Art Resources

K-5 Art Resources

Art For Kids!
Welcome to our family YouTube channel, Art For Kids Hub! We love doing art together and hope you follow along with us. Many of our lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies!

PBS Visual Arts Learning Media
Explore the many forms of visual art, from basket weaving to painting, and glasswork to furniture, with resources that encourage analysis, research, and practice. Preschoolers can practice their colors and discover how colors change when mixed with a lesson from the Abracadabra series.

6-8 Art Resources

SchaeferArt
a YouTube channel focused on learning basic Oil Painting, Drawing, and Watercolor Painting techniques and processes. You’ll find plenty of Painting Tips, Drawing Tips, Drawing Lessons, Painting Lessons, Art Tutorials, Plein Air Adventures and Artist Vlogs showing a day in the life of an artist.

PBS Visual Arts Learning Media
Middle school students can explore topics such as Shapes & Patterns, Perspective Drawing, and Totem Poles.

9-12 Art Resources

MIT Introduction to the Visual Arts
This class will introduce students to a variety of contemporary art practices and ideas. The class will begin with a brief overview of ‘visual language’ by looking at a variety of artworks and discussing basic concepts revolving around artistic practice. The rest of the class will focus on notions of the real/unreal as explored with various mediums and practices. The class will work in video, sculpture and in public space.

Smithsonian Visual Arts Learning Media
High school students can explore Filmmaking, photography, and architecture, in addition to careers in art, the history of visual arts, and art institution, are all also explored.

Physical and Health Education Resources

K-5 PE & Health Resources

Mind and Body Calendars
Mind and Body Calendars are a resource to help provide a structured opportunity for families and students. The calendars encourage students to stay physically active while working on aspects of mental wellness too.

Physical Education At Home
Healthy home activities focusing on eating healthy, mental health, being active, and healthy sleep.

6-8 PE & Health Resources

Mind and Body Calendars
Mind and Body Calendars are a resource to help provide a structured opportunity for families and students. The calendars encourage students to stay physically active while working on aspects of mental wellness too.

Dimensions of Wellness
6-week photo and voice journal to address the dimensions of wellness. The project will enrich prior knowledge and allow you to dive deeper into your social and emotional learning. Reflecting on personal experiences by capturing pictures and images, discussing different topics, and collaborate on skill-building opportunities in health.

9-12 PE & Health Resources

Mind and Body Calendars
Mind and Body Calendars are a resource to help provide a structured opportunity for families and students. The calendars encourage students to stay physically active while working on aspects of mental wellness too.

Dimensions of Wellness
6-week photo and voice journal to address the dimensions of wellness. The project will enrich prior knowledge and allow you to dive deeper into your social and emotional learning. Reflecting on personal experiences by capturing pictures and images, discussing different topics, and collaborate on skill-building opportunities in health.

World Languages Resources

K-5 World Languages Resources

Salsa
Short epidoses of Spanish learning shows with puppets (like Sesame Street)

Spanish Children’s Stories
Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.

Rosetta Stone for Students
With 3 month free access to Rosetta Stone for Students:

  • They’ll learn through immersion, making their new language accessible whether they are in kindergarten or prepping for college
  • They’ll get instant feedback on their pronunciation
  • You’ll be able to see how they’re coming along with progress data and printable reports

6-8 World Languages Resources

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
Six-minute video of relaxing breathing techniques lead in Spanish by a professor.

La maestra loca- YouTube (momentos con Maestra series)
Novice (beginner) level Spanish from an elementary Spanish teacher in Louisiana. Focused on contextual, comprehensible language.

9-12 World Languages Resources

English Language Learners Resources

K-5 ELL Resources

Fredisa Learns
FredisaLearns™ is a multi-level English language program. Every lesson is a specific language theme. Each theme develops English vocabulary, grammar, spelling and communicative skills around a topic.

6-8 ELL Resources

Colorín Colorado
Books for young adults

9-12 ELL Resources

BrainPOP ELL
This is BrainPOP’s English language instruction site for English Language Learners of all ages. The curriculum is comprised of short, animated movies as well as games, quizzes and interactive features. Users practice the four principle language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

VOA Learning English
Learning English is a multimedia source of news and information.  Students choose from beginning, intermediate, or advanced level of English to engage in current event articles and videos.  A U.S. history tab is also available which includes interactive quizzes.

Exceptional Learner Resources

K-5 Special Education Resources

Audible Stories by Amazon
Audible Stories by Amazon has hundreds of titles available completely free for as long as schools are closed. The collection offers a screen-free option that includes a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0-18.

K-5 Education/GT Resources

Starfall
Starfall is a free educational website that teaches phonics. Young children diagnosed with learning disabilities will load fun activity lessons from letter recognition to reading full-length books. Students can also download swinging sing-alongs, including “Wheels on the Bus,” for fine-motor coordination.

Which One Doesn’t Belong
This is Which One Doesn’t Belong?, a website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn’t belong.

6-8 Special Education Resources

Audible Stories by Amazon
Audible Stories by Amazon has hundreds of titles available completely free for as long as schools are closed. The collection offers a screen-free option that includes a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0-18.

6-8 Education/GT Resources

News for Kids
News for Kids ages 8-15

9-12 Special Education Resources

Audible Stories by Amazon
Audible Stories by Amazon has hundreds of titles available completely free for as long as schools are closed. The collection offers a screen-free option that includes a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0-18.

9-12 Education/GT Resources

edX – Free Online Courses by Harvard, MIT and More
Access to 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions. Free.

Career and Technical Education Resources

K-5 CTE Resources

Computer Science Fundamentals Express Courses
Interested in computer science or coding? Try out fun computer science tutorials, watch videos about computer science concepts, and even build your own projects!

Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans
These Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans (Lesson Plans) are designed to introduce students to a broad range of critical career readiness knowledge and skills, leading to the development of a personal career action plan.

6-8 CTE Resources

Computer Science Fundamentals Express Courses
Build an app, a game, or a website using the power of coding.
 

Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans
These Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans (Lesson Plans) are designed to introduce students to a broad range of critical career readiness knowledge and skills, leading to the development of a personal career action plan.

9-12 CTE Resources

Computer Science Fundamentals Express Courses
Build an app, a game, or a website using the power of coding.
 

Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans
These Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans (Lesson Plans) are designed to introduce students to a broad range of critical career readiness knowledge and skills, leading to the development of a personal career action plan.