Fun Stuff To Do Online

So many companies have opened up their collections and stepped up their game during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here is a list of handy links full of educational resources you can use to fill your family’s extra time at home!  This will be updated periodically, so keep checking back for new additions!

12-Story Library has opened up access to our full library of ebooks, each of which are paired with a unique resource web page with content updates, live news feeds, videos, image galleries, and lesson plans.  3rd-8th.

Abdo Books is making their entire online digital collection free through June of 2020.  These are the full-text digital versions of their books.  Searchable by genre, subject, and grade level.  Grades PreK – 12 included.  

Author Kate Messner’s webpage has a long list of links to videos and websites with authors reading from their own books, offering writing tips, and prompts and more! Primarily for independent readers, but LOTS of good stuff here for everyone.  

Bedtime Math has made their after-school math club activities available for families to use for free:  Families can also download the free Bedtime Math app on iOS and Android. Primarily K-5.

University of Nebraska State Museum is partnering with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to offer FREE, interactive programs for homebound students in grades K-6th.  Programs will be offered starting Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th from content providers all over the country.

Crayola has creative Lesson Plans, Animated Video Lessons (Parent and Student-friendly), Parent Hand-outs, and Free Weekly At-Home Learning Webinars (for Parents AND Teachers)!  

Ed Helper.com is offering daily free learning worksheets focusing primarily on math, English, spelling, and reading.  Primarily for PreK – 6th grade, although middle and high school resources are also available.   

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is currently closed to the public. However they are offering free activities so that we can all “Do the Zoo” from home. 

Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie creator/author Mo Willems is doing a daily You Tube video, Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.  

National Geographic for Kids has articles and videos that explore subjects in science and culture around the world.

Rocket Spelling is gamified spelling education for elementary students. Ideal for independent practice at home (with a dashboard to view student progress).   Free subscription for the rest of the school year. Use coupon code “covid19” when you register! 

Rosetta Stone is offering FREE access to students for the next 3 months.  

Scholastic is offering these free classes for children. 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. Primarily PreK – 9th grades.

TumbleBooks has given libraries free access to its book databases through August 31, 2020.  TumbleBooks’ databases cover all ages, are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home!