Resources for families on non school days

Learning & Enrichment from Home 

Looking for educational resources and opportunities to use with students when schools are closed? Check out these fantastic resources from Common Sense Media! Each link below includes age-appropriate websites, apps, and other resources that will keep students learning even when they can’t be in the classroom. 

District subscriptions for math and literacy include IXL and Lexia. Both apps can be accessed through the Clever App or using the teacher’s email login. 

 

IXL

 

Lexia Core 5

 

 Fitness and fluency

K-2 Reading & Math Topics & Movement Breaks 

Superpowered: transform anxiety into resilience

NASA library
NASA's entire collection of images, sounds, and video

Amazing educational resources
List of education companies offering free subscriptions

Kids activities blog
List of education companies offering free subscriptions

VT by Jungle Creations
List of education companies offering free subscriptions

Virtual field trips
Visit the San Diego Zoo, Mars, Yellowstone National Park, and more.

Khan Academy
Online learning tools for kids and adults

Dakota County Library online help
Virtual story times, online learning, and more

ELibrary Minnesota
This library gives Minnesota residents access to magazine, journal, newspaper and encyclopedia articles, as well as media, including images, videos, and audio files.

Scholastic Learn At Home
Free thematic books and activities (PreK - Grades 6+); weekly units on different content areas

Readtopia
Free 4-week unit (Working Together); combination of literacy/match activities;middle/high School material w/lower reading level

Raz-Kids/Headsprout
Offering free trial for rest of school year; can create individual student logins that can be shared with parents

Newsela
Leveled texts on social studies/science/ current events with activities; updated frequently with new content

National Geographic Kids
Reading/videos/activities about animals and different science topics

Epic
Free for teachers (can create student logins and share with families); access to thousands of online books (print and read aloud) at different reading levels

Chrome Music Lab
Interactive music activities

Coloring Nature
Access to free nature-themed coloring pages

Dreambox
Great program for math lessons; adapts based on student needs and performance

Lalilo
Online phonics program with individualized lessons. Gamified so motivating for students

Be Internet Awesome
Free, online resource about internet safety that plays like a video game for students to complete missions. 

Mystery Science
K-5 level mini-lessons and full lesson plans on different engaging science topics (includes easy experiments with household materials)

Read Naturally
Read Naturally is a reading fluency intervention and they are providing free access to their online program through April 30th.  They are working on its third-party screen-sharing capacity so that teachers can listen to their students read and provide online guidance/correction remotely.  

 

Sample schedule for elementary

Sample schedule for secondary students

Other tips:

  • It is a good idea to get in a routine of regular handwashing (washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds) throughout the day. Try setting an alarm to remind you.

  • Watch the news and stay up to date on what is being expected of you as a member of your community. It is important to get your information from trustworthy sites.  Fact check information you are getting from social media before passing it on.

  • It is helpful to keep a healthy, regular sleep routine. Setting an alarm to wake up in the morning and making sure to go to bed at a regular evening time are great ways to stay healthy and maintain good sleep patterns.

  • Making sure to get regular exercise and movement throughout the day is important for physical health and overall well-being.  

  • While this can be a scary and uncertain time, it is a great time to shift your focus. Try something new-hobby, craft, game, recipe, or activity. Connect with family and friends over social media to decrease in person transmission. Do activities you enjoy or practice new calming strategies to help manage stress and worry during this time. Not sure what to do? Seek support from your school social worker or school counselor for ideas.