Learning Resources

Websites and Apps to Support Learning

The following resources have been compiled by the Curriculum Department, teachers, and staff. Please click on the underlined title to be taken to the website. 

A document with learning standards and resources broken down by grade level can be found here.

Resources for Early Learning

Free, science-based tips and tools help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future.

Storyline Online
Award-winning children’s literacy website that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. 

PBS Kids
Educational videos, games, and tips for children and parents. 

Learning 4 Kids
An online resource where parents, educators and teachers can find a useful box of activities and play ideas to do with their children that will also help promote learning and development that are fun!

Free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. Children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. We

Resources for all Learners K-8

Khan Academy
Just click on Learner or Parent and create an account. Videos tied to lessons, assignments, and quizzes for the following:
  • Illustrative Math (6-8) 
  • Eureka Math (3-8)
  • General Math by Grade and Standards (K-12)
  • ELA
  • Arts and Humanity
  • Computer Programming
Khan Academy Kids App (Early Literacy, Early Numeracy and SEL)  More  learning for Ages 5 & under.
Apple Store
Google Play

Great Minds and Wit and Wisdom-Knowledge on the Go
Written materials for math (Grades K-12) and daily instructional videos for English language arts (Grade K-8), math (Grades K-12) and science (Grades 3-5). New videos and content updated daily.
Frequently Asked Questions

Mystery Science
Awesome videos, lessons, and fun learning!  All of the lessons 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.

BrainPOP offers developmentally appropriate on- and offline activities and ideas that are simple, meaningful, and best of all… fun! Click your child’s grade level to begin.

Kid Science Videos
Crash course videos on topics and engineering

TCI Science and Social Studies
Online Social Studies Alive! programs teach students about the world around them and how our cultures were created through interesting and engaging activities and lessons

Click on “Get Started” and create an account under “Individual”
Provides hands-on instruction and immersive digital learning. Teacher talk and videos embedded within the learning. More about ZEARN.
Common Lit
A free website which includes over 2,000 English/Spanish reading lessons for grades 3–12. CommonLit.org has become a go-to resource for English, Science, and Social Studies teachers who are looking for high-quality poems, short stories, and informational texts.

Southcook ISC Resource Page

Sora Plus Public Library Connect
Sora student reading app’s Public Library CONNECT feature, kids can access age-appropriate ebooks and audiobooks from the local public library in addition to their school’s digital collection.

A collection of current event articles that are adapted from vetted news sources like The Washington Post, Scientific American, and the Associated Press. Available in Spanish and English, these digital articles span history, science, and ELA.

A question of the day blog that provides answers to frequently asked student questions.  Includes texts with a read-to-me function and a paired video.

Tween Tribune & TTJunior
News articles curated by the Smithsonian covering a variety of topics.  Features an adjustable text difficulty.
Grades K-4
Grades 5-6
Grades 7-8

Epic Books
A free resource for digital books, audio books, read-to-me books and videos. Offers a variety of fiction and non-fiction books for students to access.

Dogo News
Student news sites with many images and video to accompany articles.  Articles can be sorted by a subject of interest, interest levels range from third through eighth grade. Offers a computer-generated audio reading in an adjustable voice.  Easy sharing to Google Classroom.

Science News for Students
This site, perfect for middle school and up, offers articles on current issues and developments in science.

Kate Messener
Read, wonder, and learn! Favorite authors & illustrators share resources for learning anywhere.

Scholastic News
Subscription-based news magazine with a digital component by grade level.

National Geographic Kids
Subscription-based print magazine. Free resources include an interactive world map, animal profiles, and videos.

Sports Illustrated Kids
Sports news just for kids.

Anagram Solver
A tool to help students learn vocabulary and solve anagrams.

Websites for Images   

Photos for Class
Bank of age-appropriate images that can be used by students in digital project work.

Pics 4 Learning
Bank of age-appropriate images that can be used by students in digital project work.

Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
Daily astronomy photos from Nasa

Websites for infographics

Kids Discover
Infopackets featuring infographics can be accessed with a free account.

A wide variety of health-related infographics.

Informational Podcasts for Students

Wow in the World
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids by Vermont Public Radio 
Tumble Science Podcast for Kids
The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified
Brain’s On

Resources for Video 

The Kids Should See This
A collection of thousands of videos for curious minds. All videos are intended for elementary age children and highlight science, technology and the arts.

The Literacy Shed
A collection of visuals resources to pair with comprehension lessons, genre or book study.

Youtube Channels  

World Ahoy Animation: Series about a variety of topics in history and science.
Smithsonian Channel: History and Science videos for older students.

Resources for Maps & Data 

Native Land
Explore the native lands of indigenous populations through territory, language, and treaties

Tech Tools for (Almost) Any Device

A free video recording tool that provides a place for students to record short videos in response to a topic, question, or prompt from the teacher. Teachers can create multiple grids on an account and have multiple topics per grid.

Book Creator
Enables students to create digital books; including text, images, videos and more. Students can easily collaborate on projects and teachers can push book creator templates out to the class to be used as digital notebooks for any subject.

Adobe Spark
The Adobe Spark suite consists of three useful applications; Post, Page, and Video. Adobe Post is useful for creating single images that blend pictures and text, text animations are also available. Adobe Page is a simple way for students to create professional looking websites. Adobe video is a functional and easy to use video editing tool.

One of our favorite video creation apps! Record easy to edit short clips that work together for a longer video project. Lots of editing and creative possibilities. Apple iPad only.

Powtoons enables students to create animated videos using a variety of free templates. Computer only.

Children’s Literature Websites

We Need Diverse Books Organization
Offers resources to help educators and librarians find high-quality books featuring diverse characters and storylines.

¡Colorín colorado!
A website with a variety of resources to support bilingual educators and families. They have a variety of book lists organized by age range.

Grades 6-8 Specific

The school version of TED talks, TEDed sparks curiosity and passion in all learners. A series of lessons to learn from as well as opportunities for students to share their voice with the world by creating their own TED-style talks.

What’s Going on in This Graph?
From the New York Times and Learning Network, this site provides weekly graphics and visuals each Monday for students to closely read and analyze. Throughout the week classrooms around the world engage in discussion via the comments section of the site. On Thursdays, the site reveals the origin of the graph and explains what data the graphic represents.

Google Arts and Culture
Art and culture online exhibitions as curated by Google. Student access dependent on topic and age range.

Digital Public Library of America
Images, texts, videos, sounds, and text sets from United States history. Student access dependent on topic and age range.

Association for Middle Level Education
Activities designed by middle level educators to help students continue to develop personally while they are out of the classroom.
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