Online Learning, Teacher Support

eLearning/Remote Learning/Homeschooling Online Resources

Looking for resources to support your students learning or resources to help teach your own kids here is a great list of online resources.

This list (which is in no way exhaustive) will be updated regularly. If you have a suggestion of a good resource to add please email your suggestion to literacymasterydiscovery@gmail.com.

Updated: 18/01/2021

Some General Ideas (see my blog on homeschooling for more details):

  • Check out paid educational websites. Some offer free trials and many of these are offering free premium accounts, given the current health crises.
  • Check out the TPT store as many retailers have created free resources or are running sales. Resources can be adapted to an online platform.
  • Many paid apps for phones and tablets have websites where their activities are free
  • Many organizations have online resources for teachers (if your child is interested in dogs for example you can check out the the human society or the AKC for educational resources)
  • Many authors have free readings on YouTube or copies of the texts available free on their websites
  • Have students generate content. If you have a reluctant learner, have the child teach a lesson. Have them start with what they know about the topic and lessons will develop from there. E.g. Tell me what you know about dogs–>show and tell with an online picture or actual object (video tapped using flipgrid, SeeSaw or other online platform if teaching a class), then gear lessons to their interests or have them find resources for you):
    • art-youtube video on how to draw your favorite dog
    • science: label the parts of your dog or research why dogs need to take flea/tick medications
    • language arts: write a story from the perspective of a dog or watch a video on dogs (eg. rescue videos) and discuss and then write about what can be learned from the scenario about dog behaviour or how people should behave.
    • social science: research how we ended up with dogs as pets?
    • math: Have them figure out how much does a small, medium, large dog eat a day, a moth, a year. Find out the cost of dog food and figure out how much would it cost to have each type of dog a year?


ELA

This list is a mix of grade levels.  To access my curated list specifically for high school English, please see Free 2ndary ELA Resources

READING


English OR ELA

EPIC!

https://www.getepic.com/

Free for teachers, students access at home with class code during school day.

30 day free account for parents. (FREE WITH TEACHER INVITE DURING CORONA)

Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more.

Overdrive

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? Borrow and read free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from your library using your phone or tablet. You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. It’s easy to get started―all you need is a library card!

  • Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more cards for each library.
  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.

Sora (The student reading app for schools, free trial)

Getting ebooks and audiobooks from your school is quick and easy with Sora. Just sign in with your school account, then borrow and open books with one tap.

Libby https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

Overdrive https://www.overdrive.com/

If you use one iOS or Android device to browse, download, and read or listen to digital books, we recommend trying Libby. It’s a great one-device experience.

“If you like to read books on many devices, or prefer to browse for new titles on your computer, stick with the OverDrive app for now. Also, if you make use of accessibility features in the OverDrive app, you’ll need to stick with that until more accessibility features get added to Libby. If you’re concerned about excluding mature content in your digital reading app, stick with the OverDrive app. If you want the kids in your life to be able to browse only for kids’ books, and not see other titles, you’ll want to stay with the OverDrive app as well.” (http://wccls.libanswers.com/econtent/faq/177424)

Teach your monster to read

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

Paid app but free on website for all (check out the websites of paid apps to see if the web version is free)

Learn and practice reading with this game on their website.

Children’s authors read their stories

https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/

Beginning Readers

http://www.clarkness.com/index.htm

Free for all.

In need of leveled readers for a child who is just beginning to read this resource if for you.

Audible (audiobooks)

Amazon has made audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.

Free eBooks – Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired (mostly classics). Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

https://www.gutenberg.org/

Raz Kids App

https://www.raz-kids.com/

Free for all until the end of the year

The award-winning website where K-5 students go to read — anytime, anywhere! Tons of leveled books.

Reading A-Z leveled books

https://www.readinga-z.com/books/leveled-books/

Free for all

Ensure success in your classroom and beyond with engaging, developmentally appropriate leveled books at 29 reading levels. Graduated levels of difficulty build students’ confidence while increasing comprehension and fluency. Key to any leveled reading program, leveled books support instruction in comprehension, vocabulary, close reading of text, and more.

Also available in Spanish French British English Polish Ukrainian Vietnamese

Newsela

https://newsela.com/

Non fiction articles with multiple choice and questions (editable by teacher).

Prepare for distance learning with Newsela. Whether your school is teaching through a closure or building plans to prepare, we’re here to help you ensure that learning doesn’t stop. We’re offering free access to Newsela’s entire product suite for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. Get free access Authentic content from the most trusted names. 10 new texts published every day.

Lit2Go

https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

Free for all

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom. #Lit2Go

diversebooks.org Resources

https://diversebooks.org/covid-19-resources/?mc_cid=2afeff85c5&mc_eid=6db0554431

A curated list of resources for parents and educators (go to bottom)

Curriculum Associates

Curriculum Associates Free Downloadable Reading Packets Printable at-home activity packs that are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade. i-Ready’s engaging online lessons can support at-home learning.

Myon

Myon a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.

StoryKit

StoryKit is a simple storybook creation app, with a private online sharing tool. It caters to students in grades 1-4 and above, and allows them opportunities to create stories, add pictures, and infuse recordings of their own voices.

Open Culture

Open Culture allows visitors to download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you’ll find great works of fiction (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_fiction), poetry (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_poetry), and non-fiction (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_non-fiction), by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.

Librivox

Librivox – Free Public Domain Audiobooks features recordings of books in the public domain (https://librivox.org/pages/public-domain/) read by volunteers from around the world.

CommonLit

CommonLit – Free reading passages in all literacy and nonfiction genres for grades 3-12.

ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink Free Mobile Apps helps students engage in literacy learning using tablet devices. No internet connection is required once the apps are downloaded. Offers resources for grade levels K-12.

ReadWorks

ReadWorks, driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks aims to create world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. They leverage cognitive-science research to create high-impact instructional materials and tools that are designed for immediate use within the practical realities of current U.S. classrooms.

Levar Burton podcast

http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/

Levar Burtan, from Star Trek & Reading Rainbow fame, reads short stories.

Blackout poetry online:

https://blackoutpoetry.glitch.me/#


WRITING

Model Texts

https://www.teachwire.net/news/the-best-free-model-texts-for-ks2-english-lessons

9 of the Best Free Model Texts for KS2 English Lessons – from Creative Writing to Poetry and Non-Fiction Save time scrambling about for the perfect adventure story with fronted adverbials, or a persuasive writing passage with the best hyperbole ever, we’ve rounded up some of the finest free examples going…

https://www.lessonplansdigger.com/2016/09/06/exploring-model-texts-to-improve-writing/

5 ways to explore model written texts featured in coursebooks (Writing Reference section) to help students work on their writing. 

https://www.literacywagoll.com/

Our new Mentor Text series spotlights writing from The Times that students can learn from and emulate. This piece is by an English teacher at Central Bucks High School South, in Bucks County, Pa., who uses The Times as a mentor text frequently.

Moving writers Mentor Texts

Mentor Text Dropbox

British Council

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/writing

Here you can find activities to practise your writing skills. You can improve your writing by understanding model texts and how they’re structured.

The self-study lessons in this section are written and organised according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). There are different types of model texts, with writing tips and interactive exercises that practise the writing skills you need to do well in your studies, to get ahead at work and to communicate in English in your free time.

No Red Ink

https://www.noredink.com/

Limited access. Free trial. (FREE UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR DURING CORONA)

Unleash the writer within. NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data.

See link for list of free resources available: https://noredink.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040461472

Whooose Reading

https://www.whooosreading.org/

Limited access. Free trial.

Accelerating reading comprehension and writing skills has never been easier… or more authentic.

Think outside the bubbles. Get your students thinking independently with open-ended quiz questions for every book, instead of filling in A, B, C, or D.

Give feedback beyond pass or fail. Let our program remind your students, while they write, to do things like cite evidence and answer all parts of the question, so you don’t have to.

Suggestions for use during covid: https://whooosreading.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040708972

Nanowrimo

https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Free for all

Resources to support younge people in writing their own novel

Book Creator App

https://bookcreator.com/

Unleash student creativity Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins. Combine text, images, audio and video to create: Interactive stories, Digital portfolios, Research journals, Poetry books, Science reports, Instruction manuals, ‘About me’ books, Comic adventures…

Offering premium aspects during covid: https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/support-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/

Scholastic Story Starters

Scholastic Story Starters is a creative writing prompt generator for children in grades K-6.

Response Questions

Independent Reading Response Ideas is a 2-page document with Independent Reading Response Questions.

New York Times

The Learning Network (New York Times) Each week the Learning Network offers new ways for students to practice reading, writing, and thinking using Times journalism – at no charge. Daily writing prompts for students to respond to are provided, as well as other activities for students, as well as resources for teachers.

StoryBird

StoryBird is a storytelling platform to help students develop their writing.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Purdue Online Writing Lab provides guidance for students writing academic papers, including guides for formatting, citations, analysis, and revising work.

Writing Feedback

POSITIVE COMMENTS FOR STUDENT PAPERS Use these sentences when giving feedback on writing.

Feedback stems Use these sentence starters when giving feedback on writing.


DIGITAL RESOURCES

@nadinegilkison’s resources

Teaching Digitally- A free resource guide to help any K-12 educator. https://t.co/a04WmM2WEo

Tech Dashboard: Consolidates items she’s been sending out to our staff during COVID. As new items are added/emailed, I then add them to the dashboard as well. Use or tweak https://t.co/U5lUQ7sYd3


MATH

Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/

Free for all.

Use coding to create stories, games, and animations. Share with others around the world.

Prodigy

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Free for all.

Prodigy Math is a free, highly adaptive math program that integrates Common Core, MAFS, STAAR, England & Ontario math standards into a fantasy style game.

Join 51 million students and 1 million teachers on Prodigy by signing up for your free account at

STEAM

https://www.wcdsb.ca/STEAMDays/

Free for all.

Each day of the week will be dedicated to sharing fun questions, finding great answers and learning subject specific home activities. Let’s challenge each other and have fun as we work our way through some STEAM related activities and questions. Post your questions, answers or fun home activities on social media and use #STEAMDays to share with the community.

We will be pulling in content from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to this web page each day. You can also search #STEAMDays on each app to see the latest posts from everyone participating.

Mathletics

https://www.mathletics.com/ca/

Free trial.

Interactive activities, games and challenges. Students find engagement through purpose and reward. Mathletics provides learners with the chance to put their mathematics skills to use through activities and challenges that are relevant and attention-grabbing. Teach your way. Mathletics is designed to support teachers and parents to deliver lessons in their own time and way. Go by the numbers. Mathletics provides in-depth reporting that will help you see the progress of classes and individual students, helping you assess now and plan for the future.

Knowledgehook

https://www.knowledgehook.com/

During school closures, all teachers get Premium access for free!

Assessments Students Love

Run a whole class GameShow™ that encourages classroom discussion or differentiate assignments and let students work at their own pace using Missions™. Unlock expert teaching strategies from student assessment data. Use teaching strategies the next day to close student gaps. Develop expertise on every student’s learning needs. Make evidence-based investments on building teacher capacity. Support teachers with just-in-time professional development.

Pearson Publisher Canada K12

Free resources

https://www.pearsoncanadaschool.com/

Nelson Publishers

https://www.nelson.com/learningonline/k12.html


PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mental Heath

Headspace
Free

https://www.headspace.com/educators

Stress less, sleep soundly, and be more resilient. Your Headspace Plus membership will help you learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness, to use whenever you need it most.

Mindfulness

https://www.shambhala.com/sittingstilllikeafrog

Try some mindfulness activities with the kiddos.

Go Noodel

https://www.gonoodle.com/

Free for all

GoNoodle Games Good Energy At Home Learn More Educator Login Movement Powers Change® GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Kids Bop Dance along Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKE0Xnj818IDaHvIcRiq0Bg

Have a KIDZ BOP Dance Party in your living room to get the wiggles out! KIDZ BOP Dance Along videos are the best way to incorporate music + movement into your daily routine.

BAAM

https://www.facebook.com/2070304436620561/posts/2566820306968969/?sfnsn=scwspmo&extid=daTUAcfaLGcP2AmG

BAAM would like to offer support, comfort and an ear to listen and/or a form of physical activity to relieve cabin fever.

Big Life Journal (printable freebies & podcast)

https://biglifejournal.com/pages/freebies

https://biglifejournal.com/pages/podcast


SCIENCE

ScienceFlix

https://sdm-sfx.digital.scholastic.com/?authCtx=U.794217314

Free for all

From the weather to our cell phones, science is all around us! Have your kids watch, read, and explore hundreds of science topics today with ScienceFlix!


Various Grade & Subject Resources

PBS k-12 Resources

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/new-school-routines/

Scholastic projects

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Free for all.

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

Virtual Tours

https://totallythebomb.com/you-can-take-virtual-tours-of-museums-for-an-online-field-trip-with-your-kids

Free for all.

You Can Take Virtual Tours of Museums For An Online Field Trip With Your Kids

Flocabulary
https://www.flocabulary.com/subjects/

Free trial.

Flocabulary is a library of songs, videos and activities for K-12 online learning. Hundreds of thousands of teachers already use.

Get access to Flocabulary & attend our daily webinars.

Request access:  https://t.co/nJgKh2bAed

BBC Bitesize learn and revise resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Whether you’re at #home or #school, you can use @BBC_Teach’s resouces for free! Their website is packed with #literacy Live Lessons for all age groups https://t.co/YkAQvrG9HE #BBCLiveLessons

Free for all.

Has learning resources for all grade levels and all subjects.

Typing

https://www.typing.com/student/games

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Websites include lessons and games.

3PLearning:

https://www.3plearning.com/

Free trials.

Welcome to the home of 3P Learning, we’re a global leader in online education and we truly love learning. Our suite of learning resources is designed for schools and families, covering mathematicsspellingliteracy, science and e-safety. We’re a global team of passionate education and technology gurus, and we’re proud to have been improving the learning outcomes and sparking a love of learning in millions of students for more than a decade.

Starfall App

https://www.starfall.com/h/

Paid app. Free on website.

Kindergarten to grade 3

Our children’s activities are available via a desktop browser at www.starfall.com. All essential activities for learning to read are free. Complete access to over 900 activities, including expanded math and reading content for Pre-K–3rd grade and additional songs and rhymes are available with an inexpensive Starfall membership.

Ministry of Education-Ontario Resources

https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

https://www.osapac.ca/dlr/

https://resources.elearningontario.ca/d2l/loginh/

https://courses.elearningontario.ca/d2l/loginh/

http://www.edugains.ca/resourcesTELO/TELO_Home/index.html#/Professional_Learning_Resources/

Ministry of Education-Ontario Resources

Curio.ca

https://curio.ca/en/

A subscription-based educational streaming platform targeting educational institutions from primary through to post-secondary levels across Canada. You can now access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada on a provisional basis.

COVID-19 situation: Complimentary access to Curio.ca.
BBC, National Geographic, News in Review and Curio info channels not included.

Museum collection

The ROM has throusand of artifacts logged in their online catalogue.

https://collections.rom.on.ca

TrueFlix

https://sdm-tfx.digital.scholastic.com/?authCtx=U.794217314

Free for all

PEOPLE, PLACES, & HISTORY Are your kids fascinated by extreme weather or crazy about reptiles? Want to know more about your state or outer space? Start watching, reading, and exploring today with TrueFlix!

CK12 (math and science, grades 6-12)

https://www.ck12.org/pages/top-concepts/

Free for all.

REMOTE LEARNING CAN BE CHALLENGING. WE’RE HERE TO HELP.

We’ve hand-picked lessons in math and science that are popular during the month of March. We’ll keep this list updated in the months ahead.

Explore the lessons that matter to you. Share them. As always, our resources are completely free.

Core Knowledge

Core Knowledge provides open access to an exemplary curriculum for preschool through eighth grade.


Helpful Blogs

How to teach your kids at home

https://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/how-to-homeschool-beginner-guide/

Suddenly Homeschooling? This is Your Survival Kit.

Has schedule suggestions and links to resources.

Afrocentric Homeschooling Black Children

https://a2zhomeschooling.com/religion/afrocentric-homeschooling-black-children/

Support for mothers and fathers of color who have decided to homeschool their children.

A collections of hundreds or resources

Free for all.

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

A collection of resources compiled by teachers.

Resources that Support Distance Learning

Part of the COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools published on March 17, 2020.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/appendix1.asp

Huddle Up

https://mlsehuddleup.com/

we’re all in this together The Toronto Argonauts, Maple Leafs, Raptors, and TFC have joined forces with Canada’s leading authority on bullying prevention, PREVNet, to bring bullying education and awareness into schools. The Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program is an all-encompassing initiative for students to influence positive change in their school community.

Back to School Mental Health Kit

http://cmho.org/back-to-school/

While back-to-school is hard for most children and youth in a normal year, this year our kids are facing extraordinary circumstances relating to the pandemic and infection control measures. We know parents are experiencing unprecedented stress and are worried about their kids’ mental wellness.

To help, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has prepared a Back-to-School Mental Health Kit. We want to empower families who are concerned about their child’s mental health and help you find further mental health supports if you need them.


Teach from Home

Google

https://teachfromhome.google/intl/en/

A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

5 Virtual Learning Strategies

https://www.middleweb.com/42522/5-virtual-learning-strategies-weve-developed/

Zoom

Here’s how teachers, administrators, and students can successfully spin up virtual classrooms, participate in online classes, and use Zoom for distance education. Resources: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html

K-12 School Verification Form Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. Here’s how to get access for your school. https://zoom.us/docs/ent/school-verification.html?return=success

For more resources see:

Free 2ndary ELA Resources

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