Online Learning Resources

DmpsathomeThere are countless online learning resources available on the internet. DMPS educators have compiled what they feel are some of the best, not only for their content but to also make sure they are easily available to students and parents. We will be adding new items to this page each week. This information is organized by subject area with online resources geared for different grade levels within each section.

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.

The Yucky Bug
The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook Helping children understand COVID-19 in Kid friendly terms.

The We Do Listen Foundation
The We Do Listen Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Corporation. Our intention is to enable children to enjoy inner peace and communicate in a more effective way.

Entertaining, educational books, videos, games and songs to help young children become better listeners, learn important life lessons and feel good about themselves. Children who learn these skills will grow up better informed to resolve conflicts and empowered to change the world.

The Imagine Neighborhood
The Imagine Neighborhood. A podcast where we use our imaginations to talk about the things that matter, with the people that matter most.

Des Moines Public Library Digital Library Card
Due to the Des Moines Public Library being closed to the public, we are now offering people the opportunity to sign up for a digital library card.
A digital library card will work as a temporary, three-month card that will allow you to use our digital materials – eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, databases, and other resources such as free access to The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Some digital materials, including all streaming video and some downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, are only available to residents of Des Moines and rural Polk County.

Once the card expires, digital cardholders will need to come to the library with a photo ID and proof of address and get a new physical card.

NOTE: Due to COPPA, cards are only available for people age 13 and older.

CAN I STILL USE THE LIBRARY’S PUBLIC WIFI?
We know our public WiFi is important to many of our patrons, and while you cannot enter our buildings at this time, the WiFi is still turned on, and if you’re willing to park outside or nearby to access it to get some work done, we encourage you to do so.

https://www.dmpl.org/library-closure-faq

Journaling to Cope With the COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal Prompts to Facilitate Coping with the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

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

100+ Free Video Read Alouds
Wherever you are, read along stories are a great way to fill what can be hours of waiting, into a lot of fun! Listed below are more than 100 video read alongs from old classics like Where the Wild Things Are to newer favorites like Little Jumbo. It’s story time online!

Suggestions from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
Providing emotional support to children during a pandemic

Time to Come In, Bear
Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing

Making Life Easier
The “Making Life Easier” series is designed specifically for parents and caregivers. This series of tipsheets contains valuable information on how to make often challenging events easier to navigate, and even enjoyable, for both caregivers and children.

Natural Reader – Chrome Extension
An extension for Google Chrome Browser to allow the browser to convert typed text you select to be read aloud.

EVERFI Digital Lessons for Remote Learning
Parent and Family Resources for Physical Education and Health

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!

Smart Games – Set Game
Online version of the game Set

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

PBS for Kids

Time to Come In Bear
Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing

A social narrative explaining to children the need to stay home during this time.
English | Spanish

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.

Around the World Stories
Original audio stories for kids about other countries and cultures

Half-Pint Readers
Make learning to read a joyful adventure with Half-Pint Readers, a unique series of easy-to-decode phonics books. Half-Pint Readers open your child to a whole world of learning, as each set of decodable books revolves around an exciting theme. Teaching with themes is a wonderful way to integrate math, science, technology, social studies, art, music and movement, as well as, authentic literature.

Teach Your Monster How to Read
There are three Teach Your Monster to Read games to play, covering 2 years of the reading journey.

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colorful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is a free, fun educational program that will inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery for young children. Kids ages 2-7 engage with thousands of interactive activities aligned with the Head Start Learning outcomes Framework and Common core Standards, for Preschool through first Grade. The curriculum includes reading and literacy, language, math, social-emotional development, executive functioning skills, physical development, and creative expression.

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.

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.

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.

Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

Pebble Go Next
Visit www.pebblegonext.com and click “Log In”
Username: engaged
Password: learning

Time for Kids

Jarrett Lerner Activities
Screen free activities available for free download, and are to be used in educational and/or private home . You will find: Blank Comic Book Pages, Special Activities, “Finish This Comic!” Comics, and Drawing/Writing Prompts.

Grace Lin – YouTube
Listen to author Grace Lin read aloud some of her books.

Audible.com
Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

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.

Schmoop
Test prep, literature study guides to hundreds of iconic texts, video breakdowns of iconic texts, essay help and college prep resources

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.

Schmoop
Test prep, literature study guides to hundreds of iconic texts, video breakdowns of iconic texts, essay help and college prep resources

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

Splat!
Splat! Highly interactive number sense strategies.

NCTM Illuminations
Quality standards-based resources including Lessons and Interactive tools, games, and brain teasers.

Khan Academy
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.

ST Math
ST Math is a game-based learning system for K-8 Students. The developers have created software, based on science, that specifically strengthens spatial and visual skills in students and closes the gaps for all subgroups through learning math in a conceptual manner and cognitive progression. One of the key design features is that math problems are first introduced to students with language, numbers and symbols removed to be reintroduced later, enabling students to access and use critical thinking and problem-solving which are at the heart of mathematics. Students actively learn by doing and are engaged in critical thinking and rigorous problem-solving.

Please click on the Free Parent Access button

Complete the form and be sure to add ALL your children BEFORE you check out.

Access is 100% FREE – however, parents need to fully complete the checkout process in order to complete the process.

Once you complete the checkout process, you will receive a welcome email on how to get set up within 2-6 hours (please check your spam filters, as the emails are automated)

Math Toolkit
Printable Math Tools

Thinking With Numbers
Dr. Ed Rathmell, University of Northern Iowa Math Education Professor Emeritus, has developed a series of math lessons that help students make sense of mathematics and develop fluency with addition and subtraction basic facts. During this trying time Dr. Rathmell is providing these lessons free for all parents to use with their students. The lessons are user friendly. The site offers a guide on how to access the lessons and assessments, how to use the lessons, and how to determine which lessons to use. The lessons do not represent a computer game for the students to play. The lessons are intended for parents to use with their students giving them the structure needed to provide an authentic math experience.

Great Minds Eureka Math – Knowledge on the Go
Knowledge-building resoures from Eureka Math/ Engage NY Math curriculum- and open education resource. Every day, newly recorded lessons customized by grade K-12. These consistent and complete video lessons, delivered by experienced teachers, will be viewable on any device.

Starfall.com
Math practice in basic skills

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.

Open Up Resources 6-8 Math
A problem-based math curriculum with Family and Student support sections (Spanish version also available).

How to Learn Math
How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines important information on the brain with new evidence on the best ways to approach math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math. This class will give learners of math the information to become powerful math learners, correct any misconceptions about what math is, and will teach them about their own potential to succeed.

IM Talking Math 6–8: Resources for Weekly Re-engagement
Each week we will publish an open-ended prompt or image that invites math conversation, and a series of 3–5 questions. The questions are designed so that all 6–8 students have an entry point for the first question, and all students will find something both familiar and challenging in each set.

Exploding Dots
Do you have 15 minutes… for some uplifting mathematics? Join more than 5 million students, teachers, and friends that already have tried this astounding mathematical experience! See mathematics like you’ve never seen it before and take part in a global math conversation with your students.

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.

How to Learn Math
How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines important information on the brain with new evidence on the best ways to approach math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math. This class will give learners of math the information to become powerful math learners, correct any misconceptions about what math is, and will teach them about their own potential to succeed.

Exploding Dots
Do you have 15 minutes… for some uplifting mathematics? Join more than 5 million students, teachers, and friends that already have tried this astounding mathematical experience! See mathematics like you’ve never seen it before and take part in a global math conversation with your students.

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.

FOSS Webs Home/School Connections
FOSS Webs Home/School Connections library by grade level. Has an ideal fit with the FOSS units they likely experienced in school.

Notice & Wonder Walks – Learn about the World Around You
A notice-and-wonder walk can be a great addition to your weekly learning routine. Everyone tunes into the details in the world around them and revives curiosity by asking “How…?” and “Why…?” questions. Students practice writing and researching answers to their questions.

NSTA Daily Do
Each weekday, NSTA will share a sensemaking task families can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning.

NASA’s Climate Kids
NASA’s Climate Kids website brings the exciting science of climate change and sustainability to life, providing clear explanations for the big questions in climate science. Includes interactive games, hands-on activities, and engaging articles that make climate science accessible and fun. With a special section for educators, Climate Kids is great for parents and teachers as well.

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.

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

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.

Big History Project
Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. It’s a story about us. An idea that arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole. This growing, multi-disciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.

Zooniverse
A vibrant community. Zooniverse gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects. Work with 1.6 million registered users around the world to contribute to research projects led by hundreds of researchers.

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.

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.

CNN-10
Help your student stay informed about what is happening in the world right now. Daily 10 minute news overviews for students. Ask your student what they learned and what they are wondering about after they watch.

Crash Course
Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube! From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter.

Ben’s Guide
Ben’s Guide to the Us Government

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.

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.

CNN-10
Help your student stay informed about what is happening in the world right now. Daily 10 minute news overviews for students. Ask your student what they learned and what they are wondering about after they watch.

Crash Course
Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube! From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter.

Freedom – A History of US
History videos and interactive games

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.

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.

Crash Course
Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube! From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter.

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.

Classics for Kids
This site is designed to help you introduce your child to classical music. Music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul; it can help children to think more creatively, develop craftsmanship and discipline and learn the value of excellence. The Parents section contains information that will help you guide your child’s interest in music and its study successfully.

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.

Learning Lab Collection: Middle School Music
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 middle school students.

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.

Learning Lab Collection: High School Music
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.

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.

Stream Broadway Shows Online
Free 7-day trial to enjoy 10 classic Broadway shows

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.

Smithsonian Visual Arts Learning Media
The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning.

#MetKids
#MetKids, made for, with, and by kids and The Met! Whether you’re in New York City or across the globe, you’ll get to:

  • Explore The Met using an interactive map
  • Watch behind-the-scenes videos that feature kids just like you
  • Travel through more than 5,000 years of art in our time machine
  • Discover fun facts about works of art—from dragons to dancers, and from mummies to masks and more!
  • Try out creative projects for at home or in the galleries
  • Stay up-to-date with our #MetKids blog

Draw Every Day with JJK

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.

Smithsonian Visual Arts Learning Media
The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning.

Takashi Murakami
Assorted resources about the artist Takashi Murakami and his artwork. Particular attention is paid to his collaborations with pop and fashion icons such Kanye West, Usher, and Louis Vuitton.

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.

Open Yale Courses HSAR 252: Roman Architecture, Lecture 9 – From Brick to Marble: Augustus Assembles Rome
Professor Kleiner discusses the transformation of Rome by its first emperor, Augustus, who claimed to have found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble. The conversion was made possible by the exploitation of new marble quarries at Luna (modern Carrara) on the northwest coast of Italy. The lecture surveys the end of the Roman Republic and the inauguration of the Principate and analyzes the Forum of Julius Caesar and the Forum of Augustus.

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.

Hy-Vee Kids Fit
Hy-Vee KidsFit is committed to improving the mental and physical health of students across the Midwest, and protecting their health is always our primary concern. As a result, we have compiled our best free, digital resources with your students and parents at the front of our minds.

Mind Yeti
Mind Yeti – research-based guided mindfulness video sessions

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Kids, this comic is for you. It’s based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Healthy screen time aligned to self-regulation, focus, and empathy. Active and engaging yoga infused lessons.

Iowa KidStrong
Virtual Run opportunity for all students and families. Including a finisher certificate. There are free movement resources for home activity.

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.

Wellness Inventory
Questions to score your current overall wellness and health behaviors as it relates to the current pandemic.

Open PhysEd
Open PhysEd is a free standards-based curriculum where you can download specific lessons, videos that provide meaningful movement opportunities that progress students towards physical education and social & emotional learning outcomes.

HyVee Kids Fit

Iowa KidStrong
Virtual Run opportunity for all students and families. Including a finisher certificate. There are free movement resources for home activity.

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.

Open PhysEd
Open PhysEd is a free standards-based curriculum (focused on PE/Health) where you can download specific lessons, videos that provide meaningful movement opportunities that progress students towards physical education and social & emotional learning outcomes.

Parent and Family Resources for Physical Education and 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

United for Literacy
Leveled readers in English or Spanish. The English readers have narration in many languages (Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, and many more).

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.

Spanish Listening
Listen to native Spanish speakers from every Spanish speaking country. Search by country, topic, or level. Non-heritage students would likely practice in the ”Beginner” level

9-12 World Languages Resources

Lyrics Training
Listen to your favorite songs in a different language. See if you can get to the expert level! Free app. Lots of languages.

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.

Colorín Colorado
Help Your Child Learn to Read

Learning Chocolate – Vocabulary Learning Platform
Vocabulary activities based on categories.

6-8 ELL Resources

Colorín Colorado
Books for young adults

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.

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.

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.

TeenBookCloud
An online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. Some of our Saddleback books are included.

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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.

Tar Heel Reader
Tar Heel Reader is an online collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a range of topics. Each book can be read using built-in speech synthesis and accessed using multiple interfaces including touch screens, switches (1-3), and eye-gaze. Read books without registering.

ASL Storybook Readings: Ages 5 & Up
This link provides read aloud texts with side-by-side ASL interpretation.
ERCOD – The Napping House Reading, Vocabulary, & Multiple Meaning Words

ASL Math Storytelling
This link provides read aloud texts with side-by-side ASL interpretation and embedded story problems. RMDS – Math ASL Storytelling: Where the Wild Things Are

Storyline Online
Storyline Online streams videos featuring famous actors reading children’s books. Children can see the book pages and read along with these award-winning books. Children of all ages and their parents will find new books to love and old favorites on this site.

RAZ KIDs and Headsprout
Online reading program and digital library of leveled books and quizzes. (free 3 month trial)

RMDS – Math ASL Storytelling: Where the Wild Things Are
This link provides read aloud texts with side-by-side ASL interpretation and embedded story problems.

RMDS – Math ASL Storytelling: The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
This link provides read aloud texts with side-by-side ASL interpretation and embedded story problems.

Unite for Literacy
This link provides accessibility to stories in English and ASL

RMDS – Math ASL Storytelling: The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
This link provides read aloud texts with side-by-side ASL interpretation and embedded story problems.

Many Deaf Children, One World
This link shows diversity in deaf children across the world.

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.

Mathwire Problem Solving
K-8 Problem-Solving Math Tasks

Renzulli Learning
Differentiated learning for advanced learners.

KWTG News
News for Kids ages 8-15

Gifted Guru – Learning at Home
Learning at Home Resources: Ideas for Parents/Students from the Gifted Guru-Lisa Van Gemert

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.

Tar Heel Reader
Tar Heel Reader is an online collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a range of topics. Each book can be read using built-in speech synthesis and accessed using multiple interfaces including touch screens, switches (1-3), and eye-gaze. Read books without registering.

ASL Nook – Idioms
For students who use ASL, idioms can be hard. This resource teaches about idioms in a fun way using ASL.

Interpreted and CC “How to Fight the Next Pandemic”
This is from the Canvas Social Studies curriculum and provides an interpreted and captioned access to explaining how to prepare for the next pandemic.

6-8 Education/GT Resources

News for Kids
News for Kids ages 8-15

Mathwire Problem Solving
K-8 Problem-Solving Math Tasks

Learning at Home Resources: Ideas for Teachers and Parents
Learning at Home Resources: Ideas for Parents/Students from the Gifted Guru-Lisa Van Gemert

ReadWorks.org
Non-fiction articles and fiction stories by grade level, reading level, or topic

Renzulli Learning – Total Talent Development
Differentiated learning for advanced learners.

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.

Tar Heel Reader
Tar Heel Reader is an online collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a range of topics. Each book can be read using built-in speech synthesis and accessed using multiple interfaces including touch screens, switches (1-3), and eye-gaze. Read books without registering.

Success For Kids With Hearing Loss
For students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Students will learn the meaning of the terms advocacy and self-advocacy, and will learn three reasons for developing self-advocacy skills.

Deafverse
Deafverse is a digital game that teaches DHH teenagers to advocate for themselves in a variety of communication situations.

9-12 Education/GT Resources

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

10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online

ReadWorks.org
Non-fiction articles and fiction stories by grade level, reading level, or topic

Gifted Guru – Learning at Home
Learning at Home Resources: Ideas for Parents/Students from the Gifted Guru-Lisa Van Gemert

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.

Kuder Galaxy
Kuder Galaxy – an online career awareness system for elementary students that makes learning about the world of work fun by igniting the playful spirit of young learners through a series of educational games, activities, and experiences. Galaxy features an outer space theme including astronauts, characters, spaceships, and base stations from which students launch into planets representing work environments.

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.