Educational Resources

Educational Resources
Posted on 03/17/2020

Educational Resources

MASD encourages parents to keep their child(ren) engaged in educational activities during the school closure. This page contains general websites that can be used to enrich students during the COVID-19 closure. Please see the Google Classroom or Canvas page(s) for your child to access specific assignments and enrichment or review activities designed by the teacher. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher via email.

The following resources are examples of high quality free websites that offer fun, interactive activities for children of various ages. If you are looking for things to do with your children at home to keep them engaged and entertained, consider some of these options. Please note that NONE of these are required or assigned; they are simply suggestions for parents who are seeking assistance with activities to engage their children.


The Capital Area Intermediate Unit has additional PARENT RESOURCES posted here.


Cool Math 4Kids

Coolmath4kids is for kids from kindergarten to sixth grade. Kids can work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions through online math games, quizzes, manipulatives, and more. For kids 13 and up, visit their sister site at coolmath.com.

          

Duck Duck Moose

If you’re looking for some new apps, we recommend Duckduckmoose for the preschool to kindergarten set. Graphics and interface are engaging and easily accessible for children. From puzzles, maps, to fun music apps where you can learn notes and rhythm, kids gravitate enthusiastically to this sister site of Khan Academy.

How Stuff Works

We all know kids can ask the craziest things. But what if… gasp… you do not have the answer? Send them to Howstuffworks.com. From How the Shamrock Shake Became McDonald’s Mintiest Legend (who knew!) to What’s the Difference Between a Mountain Lion and a Cougar? We can’t promise this site has the answer for everything, but it comes pretty darn close.

      Met Kids Art

We recommend this resource for kids ages 5 and up. An extensive catalog of content, as well as a tool to partake in a virtual tour of the museum, will give kids a dose of art and culture. Kids can learn about a particular period or collection and explore art via the “Time Machine,” starting as early as 8000-2000 BC to present time with fun facts and videos.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science is offering free memberships for up to one year, with engaging lessons in a variety of science‐related areas, including timely topics such as, “How do germs get inside your body?” Video lessons are complemented by hands‐on experiments and downloadable activities.

       Nanowrimo

This site is for the young writer who is itching to write a novel… in 30 days. Common Core-aligned lesson plans from prewriting to publishing help kids to develop and fine-tune their writing skills. This resource is perfect for students who are up for using their imagination to create another world or simply tell their story. From lower elementary to high school.

PBS Kids

For toddlers up to pre-k students, parents will love the collection of printable materials that are geared to support kids in learning. Kids can also hop on their favorite shows such as Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train, where games are designed to enrich their education.

       Project Gutenberg

A free library of over 60,000 free eBooks that include a children’s literature category where kids can download or read online classics like Little Women and Peter Pan.

Science Friday

For elementary to high school students with lessons that engage through stories and podcasts. Segments in categories like Physics & Chemistry, Earth Science, Brain and Biology, and more will provide kids with a new way of seeing science. 

  Smithsonian for Kids

Many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution and especially its open access Learning Lab, offer free, online resources and activities for learners. Check out the websites of your favorite museums to see what free, digital education tools are available.

 Tynker

Tynker is offering free access during the COVID19 closure! Anyone can Tynker! There's no "right" age to learn how to code. We typically find that 3rd grade students, who can read, write, and understand cause-and-effect relationships, are perfect candidates to start Tynkering. However, kids as young as 1st grade have successfully created projects with Tynker.

  ZooAmerica

ZooAmerica will launch a Facebook Live event every day at 11:00 AM on weekdays. Each day, a new animal will be featured, enabling students to virtually visit the zoo.



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