NEED Resources for your students to use while they are learning from Home?
Homework Hotline understands the importance of keeping your students engaged and learning while they are at home. We have reached out to districts to collect resources that can help. We hope you find them useful and that you’ll reach out to Homework Hotline Mondays through Thursdays between 4pm-8pm CST if your students need additional help. Click on the titles to go directly to the pages.
CORE SUBJECT RESOURCES
Adventure Academy (K-8) This MMO game gives kids something other online learning resources may lack: a sense of community. Students up to age 13 play games to learn across a range of topics (math, reading, social studies, science, and more), while also creating their own online persona and interacting with others in the game. They have a 30-day free trial, but Age of Learning is currently also offering Adventure Academy free to schools closed due to the outbreak.
Books by the Bushel (PK-1) Books by the Bushel offers FREE literacy activities for young students. They are very simple, but many would need to be printed at home.
CILC Community of Learning (K-6) CILC is providing free core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students. According to their website, “Beginning March 23rd we will offer, free of charge, interactive, live-streamed programs from 9:30am to 3:30pm Eastern time. The programs are delivered by our highly professional content providers.”
CK-12 (K-12) CK-12 offers online learning resources covering all core subjects. Lessons can include reading, activities, videos, and more to engage students. They also have free online textbooks. CK-12 is always free for all users.
Curriki (K-12) Curriki provides teacher-vetted, open-resource lesson plans and materials on a wide array of subjects. It’s a good place to find online learning resources for students to use at home. Curriki is always free to use.
Dad’s Worksheets (K-6) Dad's Worksheets offers a growing collection of over 9,000 printable math worksheets, online math games, puzzles, and tools such as calculators, converters, and timers. All of these are completely FREE.
edHelper (K-6) edHelper is an online service that provides printable worksheets to teachers and homeschooling parents. edHelper is providing daily free workbook pages for grades K-6. Click to see the offering today! Feel free to call Homework Hotline’s teachers for help with these!
Education.com (K-5) While this site has a premium option, many worksheets and activities for any core subject are accessible with a free, quick account creation.
Great Schools (K-5) Great Schools provides free printable or electronic worksheets covering reading, math, science, and writing for students in grades K-5.
IXL (PK-12) IXL provides a comprehensive K-12 curriculum and has several online activities that are graded as students go, giving them immediate feedback on their understanding. You do not have to create an account to complete these activities. Simply click learning or scroll down on the home page and select the grade level and subject of activity you want to complete.
Junior Achievement (K-12) Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee prepares and inspires young people to be financially literate, career ready, and entrepreneurially minded. Virtual resources for students and families include lessons about economics, budgets, and business plans, as well as career exploration. Student resources are organized by grade level for students in Grades K-12.
Khan Academy (K-12) 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. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan Academy is always free.
Mystery Science (K-5) Mystery Science has compiled a set of their most engaging science lessons for parents. These are available without logging in. According to their website, “All of the lessons below are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. We have short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.”
Scholastic Learn at Home (PK-6) Scholastic’s Learn at Home website is a free resource that “provides…children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family.”
Storyline Online (Elem) “Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.”
Virtual Nerd: Video lessons covering middle grades math through algebra 2.
Xtra Math (K-12) Xtra Math is a nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all with activities for achieving math fact proficiency. Membership is always free.
ADDITIONAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
TN DOE YouTube – The Tennessee Department of Education secured a partnership with the state’s PBS stations to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students during COVID-19 school closures. This partnership will provide all students with access to daily learning opportunities right in their own homes. Starting April 6, Tennessee’s six PBS stations—WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS, and Chattanooga WTCI—will deliver two hours of programming with high-quality instructional content from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. Four hours of content will also be streamed overnight, which viewers can watch live or record. You can find more information here.
Center for Puppetry Arts – Center for Puppetry Arts has expanded its Digital Learning platform to include live streaming. You can enjoy curriculum-based workshops and Digital Learning interactive puppet shows from the safety and comfort of home. All you need is an internet connection to join their Zoom rooms.
DIY Science – Sponsored by the Adventure Science Center, this website “offer[s] DIY Science lessons and experiments the whole family can enjoy! Each lesson provides instruction, a materials list, and ideas for activities to get hands-on with science, including sample questions to get those gears turning. Check back for more lessons!”
FabuLinga – FabuLingua teaches Spanish through interactive stories on mobile phones and tablets. Their unique method is designed to introduce new languages in a way that subconsciously develops the child’s ear, comprehension, and reading skills. They offer a new charming interactive story from Latin America or Spain every month, along with associated games and a Magic Sticker Book where they get to create their own compositions. FabuLinga offers the first month free when you subscribe. Click here from your mobile device to go straight to the app. Or download them from the App Store or Google Play.
FristKids – Provided by the Frist Art Museum, this site is perfect for students interested in knowing more about art. They have several videos, and each video has an art project you can make at home.
Kid’s Activity Blog – This is a blog with a long list of free educational resources for students as well as several posts about creating schedules for your students so that they don’t lose the sense of a routine while at home. MANY of the free educational resources must be requested via your school or school district. Investigate the list for yourself and reach out to the appropriate stakeholders in your district so that they are aware and able to apply.
Nashville Symphony – Provided by the Nashville Symphony, this site includes lesson plans and additional resources for music learning. They will be posting weekly lessons, and have begun with Meet the String Family.