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Here you'll find tools and guidance for virtual teaching from our trusted authors and expert educators. This page will continue to be updated as more helpful resources become available. Sign up for their biweekly newsletter, Connections, to get updates and alerts as soon as new resources become available - go to bottom of the web page to sign up.

Topics Covered

  • Literacy

  • Math

  • Teacher Wellness

  • Patterns of Power

  • Teacher's Toolkit for Independent Reading

  • Facilitating Rich Math Tasks Remotely with Graham Fletcher

  • Who's Doing the Work Lesson Sets

  • The Daily CAFE

  • Miscellaneous

Global Oneness Project

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The Global Oneness Project (globalonenessproject.org)

The Global Oneness Project is an amazing multimedia platform which offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans as pedagogical tools to inspire growing minds (Gr 4-12). You will find collections of films, photo essays, and articles that consider cultural, social, and environmental issues from around the world with a humanistic lens. Some topics: Migration, Climate Change, Indigenous Cultures, Nature, Inspiring People, and Creativity.

Aligned to National Standards and Frameworks, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Their films and lessons have been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Smithsonian.

Wide Open School

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Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for children, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time. [Common Sense Education]

  • Digital Passport: award-winning suite of six interactive games addresses key issues kids face in today's digital world. (K-3)

Brain Pop

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Brain Pop offers a wide variety of learning materials in all subject areas and all grade levels.

BrainPOP is now offering free access for schools and families impacted by school closures

BrainPOP Jr. (K-3) BrainPOP ELL

Open School BC - Keep Learning

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  • This site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction.

  • A preliminary list of free resources teachers, parents and student may want to choose from to support family learning. Many are always free, but some are only being provide at no cost during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. This site will be updated frequently as we identify more resources and new information to share.

  • Keep Learning | K-12 Resources

PBS Kids For Parents (Age 2-8)

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PBS KIDS aims to improve educational outcomes for young children. It is committed to supporting the entire ecosystem in which children learn, which relies on their parents, caregivers and teachers — as well as local organizations that support education, including PBS member stations. This community-based approach is grounded in research that shows that when the adults in their lives are engaged, kids’ learning outcomes improve.

EMOTIONS & SELF-AWARENESS | SOCIAL SKILLS | CHARACTER | LITERACY | MATH | SCIENCE | ARTS

Learning Creative Learning

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Learning Creative Learning: A community of educators, designers, and tinkerers exploring creative learning through projects, passion, peers, and play

  • Previous materials are still available here

National Geographic - NatGeo@Home

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Each day NatGeo@Home offers new quizzes, videos, science experiments, and even at-home classroom resources. Ideas and activities for parents and kids to experience together.

Home Learning Ideas - Various Subjects

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Literacy

The Daily CAFE - Reading

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  • Parents are looking to you (now more than ever) to help guide their children so they don’t fall behind. And we know as teachers that the most important thing a child can do each day to help them succeed is to read. Share this free video series with parents to help students build stamina for reading at home.

Scholastic

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POPEY

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POPEY is a British Columbia Ministry of Education Outreach Program for the Early Years POPEY’s mandate is to increase K-3 educators’ capacity to support all primary English literacy learners, particularly diverse and struggling students in the classroom.

Read*Draw*Create*Youtube Community (Gr 3-6)

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Kids Ask Authors

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  • Kids Ask Authors (subscribe here!) is a weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader. Most episodes will end with a book review, poem, short story or a joke by kids! They are always collecting submissions from kids! If you know a kid that has something to share, please encourage them! We’d love to hear from them!

Submit a question HERE!

ReadWriteThink

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ReadWriteThink hosts a wide variety of resources for teachers and parents

Classroom Ressources:

Parent and After School Activities

Writing Resources

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Grades K-12

Grades 1-4

  • Writing Camp with Hoppy and Ranger - 22 Sessions - Teacher and writer Tammy Mulligan has generously pledged to support writers at home with an ongoing virtual writing camp. Tammy’s lessons are engaging and intended for writers grades 1-4. She has linked a Padlet on which she posts her own writing and allows students to do the same (should they wish to do so – it is completely student-safe). Students that post writing can even receive feedback from her! Check it out

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Reading Resources

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  • Audible/ an Amazon Company Stories Help - (K-12) Kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

  • Keeping Story Time Alive in the Pandemic [Edutopia] Story time is a powerful tool for helping preschool and elementary kids and their families feel connected during distance learning.

Gr K-3

  • Story Studio at Home: A set of read aloud links (K-3)

  • Beginning Reads by Text Project: (K-3) Texts for beginning readers with an emphasis on phonically regular words to allow readers to successfully apply their letter-sound knowledge. Free books can be downloaded and printed or read on iBooks. Includes follow-up resources for teachers and parents to extend learning

  • Capstone Interactive: (K-3) Teachers sign up for a free account during COVID 19 so they can provide a standard username and log in info to kids who can then access guided reading style texts. Emphasis on non-fiction texts with real pictures.

  • Raz - Kids: (K-3) Free, full access to literacy resources for the remainder of the school year. A supplemental tool.

  • Headsprout: (K-3) Free, full access to this reading program for the remainder of the school year. It includes interactive online episodes to teach students reading fundamentals and comprehension skills. A supplemental tool.

Gr 4-7

  • Newsela: (Gr 4-7) (free until end of June) - free news articles & text sets - 5 reading levels for each article

  • Tumble Books: (Gr 4-7) This is Tumble Books for older students - middle to high school: Teen Book Cloud Graphic novels, novels, audiobooks at many reading levels appropriate for upper intermediate to grade 12.

  • Read Works: (Gr 4-7) Short non-fiction & fiction passages & texts with comprehension questions

  • Tween Tribune: (Gr 4-7) Smithsonian Junior: Short reads in varying text complexity on a variety of topics

  • Common Lit: (Gr 4-7) Short literary & informational texts with comprehension questions. Gr. 3 -12. All subjects. Paired Text sets. Suggests texts to pair with popular books. Discussion questions. Related video, audio & other multimedia connections. Parent Guide - outlines what students are doing in class

  • Reading for fun links curated list (Gr 4-7) for students to use to enjoy online reading

Mathematics

Khan Academy

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100% free | Find standards-aligned content | Assign practice exercises, videos and articles | Track student progress

Into Math: Learn it Fast (Gr 5-9)

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ABCYa (Numeracy & Literacy)

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ABCYa is a collection of Math and Literacy games for all Grade levels.

PRE-K; Gr K; Gr 1; Gr 2; Gr 3 Gr 4 Gr 5 Gr 6+

* Requires Adobe Flash - You may need to enable

NRICH

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Math At Home

Youcubed

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Youcubed provided a variety Math Problems/Tasks for all grades. Curated by Jo Boaler and Stanford Graduate School of Education | 100% free

Some Non-Screen Activities

  • Neighbourhood Numbers (K-5): As you are walking with your child there are many conversations you can have about the numbers on the houses and apartments around you. You can ask: What is that number? How do you say it? Are the numbers getting bigger or smaller? By how much? What do you think the next number will be? What do you notice about the numbers on the other side of the street? Are there any patterns? Where are the even numbers? Odd? How do they increase? Is there a starting point?

  • Nim Games (3-12): Mathematical games are often simple to play, but hard to master and Nim Games are no exception. You only need a handful of beans or coins to play but with so many variations, Nim Games can bring entertainment for hours.

  • Finger Painting (K-8): Is there really mathematics in finger painting? Yes, of course there is! From finger discrimination and counting to systems thinking about mixing colours this art activity includes mathematics at every stage.

  • Estimating (K-12): Estimating might sound like an activity from young children, and although it is fantastic for them to estimate how many pieces of candy are in a jar or how many crackers come in a box, older students can also benefit from these and take them to the next level.

  • Emoji Graph (K-12): Lessons

  • How Tall Is That Tree? (2-12): How many times have you come across a tree and thought: that tree is humongous? What do you measure with? Have a discussion with family and friends when outside about different strategies to determine the height of trees you’re curious about.

  • Fraction Hunt (2-6): Fractions are all around us! Walk around the house, yard, and neighbourhood with your child. Where do you see fractions? What would you call one part of the whole? What if the objects are different sizes? Can they still be represented as a fraction?

  • Apple Orchard (4-12): This layout based on how apple trees are planted in orchards leads to some interesting explorations of area, patterns, and growth rates. Younger students can model the situation with beads or beans, while older students can graph the growth rates they find.

  • Pixel Art On Windows (K-12): We've been inspired by the beautiful art many people are making on their windows with sticky notes or squared pieces of paper to cheer up their neighbours during this time. In this task, we explore some of the math involved and pose a challenge for students to tackle.

Math BC 2020 Continuity of Learning - Richmond School District (K-9)

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Source: Richmond School Board Blog: BC 2020 Continuity of Learning

Weekly Math Plans

Instructional Routines

Math Games

Online Resources

To Share with Families


Source: Math Games for Learning – compiled by Ruth Parker

Math Resources

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  • Facilitating Rich Math Tasks Remotely Podcast: Graham Fletcher talks about remote ways to facilitate 3-Act Math Tasks. Learn ways that allow you to connect with your students, create spaces for them to share their ideas, and engage students in productive math thinking from home.

  • A variety of Mathematics Blackline Masters Grades P to 9

  • Creating an Inviting Virtual Math Classroom [Edutopia] Focusing on connections—both conceptual and interpersonal—helps teachers work well together to create engaging math work for students.

  • Delta Learn Online Primary Math for Fun: A curated list of sites that parents can use to support their child deepening their understanding of numbers through online and offline games and activities at home.

  • Mathology Little Books: Simple online tool with rich math activities

  • Math At Home - Daily Math Activities and other printable resources. The Daily Math Activities introduces math routines and exploring math in the home. Great examples and ideas provided for easy to implement learning.

  • SD38 Math Resources: A starter collection of K-7 weekly plans, instructional routines, math games, resources to share with parents and a link to additional vetted online resources.

  • Pirate Math Equation Quest: (K-3) an extension of the Pirate Math program developed by Vanderbilt University. Includes: single-digit and double-digit additive and multiplicative word problems that include four schemas: Total, Difference, Change, and Equal Groups. It is now available online for free, including the manuals and training videos. Download now while it’s available.

  • Delta Learn Online Math for Fun: (Gr 4-7) A curated list of sites that parents can use to support their child practicing math and problem solving at home through online and offline games and activities.

  • Nelson Canada: (Gr 4-7) Access to all of Nelson’s Math & Science resources.

  • SD38 Math Resources: (Gr 4-7) A starter collection of K-7 weekly plans, instructional routines, math games, resources to share with parents and a link to additional vetted online resources.

Research / Inquiry / Sc /SS

Bill Nye The Science Guy

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Bill Nye the Science Guy website offers all of the original Bill Nye The Science Guy series. Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world.

Kids News

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Presented by News Corp Australia. Child friendly articles across most subject areas

The Kid Should See This

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The Kid Should See This is an unprecedented collection of 4,300+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. And thanks to our members, it’s free for everyone.

Selections are grown-up-friendly, too. TKSST champions smart STEAM, history, and culture-focused content by museums, organizations, and creators who celebrate curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages.

Crash Course Kids (Gr 4-6)

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Crash Course Kids is a collection of short videos discussing Earth science, physical science, biology, astronomy, and engineering at the Grade 4-6 grade level. Science focus: Engineering, Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science & Space Science

Specialist Subjects - Art, Music, PE / Play / Wellness

Kids Activities

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  • Kid’s Activity Blog - (K-12) Kids Activities have activity ideas for all personality types and skill level. Indoor activities, outside activities, games, crafts, and even screen-time recommendations. Check out these links!

  • The site has compiled a comprehensive list of other educational apps that are currently available for free.

BC-SPCA - Learn From Home

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  • BC-SPCA Learn From Home - (K-12) The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Specially has designed activities to entertain animal-loving children while they explore interesting and important ideas about all things animals. New activities will be added weekly

  • Join their private Facebook group

Drawing & Art

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Drawing & Art (K-3)

  • LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! For little artists (of all ages) out there, Kennedy Centre Artist in Residence Mo Willems is doing live lunch video doodles daily at 1pm.

Drawing & Art (Gr 3-5)

Drawing & Art (Gr 6-8)

PE/Health & Wellness

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Gr 4-7

  • PE with Joe Playlist: (Gr 4-7) Join Joe everyday for a 30 minute home workout aimed at kids.

  • Avengers HIIT Fitness Warm Up: (Gr 4-7) offers choice of activities for set periods of time

  • Pass The Cup - Zoom Challenge : (Gr 4-12) - A fun cooperative game to play with a class on Zoom.

  • Fit Dice: (Gr 4-7) Use dice to determine what exercise and how many reps

  • Sworkit: (Gr 4-7) Kids is an exercise and fitness app aimed at students in elementary and middle school, though it can be used for students of all ages and even adults. The app guides students through exercise routines focusing on strength, agility, flexibility, and balance, such as doing the crab crawl, squats, or side plank. You can also create your own workout.

  • Jump It: (Gr 4-7) A jump rope app with over 50 individual and group task cards (apple / android). No rope? Here’s a DIY project.

  • Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit (Gr 4-12) The Stigma-Free Society is a Canadian Charity registered since 2010. The new COVID-19 based Online Wellness Program has been created to answer the call of supporting youth mental health at home.

STEM/Design

Nasa for Students

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Nasa for Students has a variety of STEM and Space Science information and activities for children for all age groups. Besides a variety of space/STEM topics, there are videos, image galleries, podcasts and more.

Let's Invent with Frankie Sparks: The Class Pet (Gr 3-6)

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Let's Invent with Frankie Sparks is a video that asks students to solve a problem relating to having a class pet. Megan Frazer Blakemore describes the design process and encourages students to use it to invent a solution when solving their class pet problem. It's a cool project that students can do at home. They could even try to build their invention.

Digital Resources

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  • 3 Tips for Humanizing Digital Pedagogy

  • Remote Learning with Seesaw - Resources designed to support schools, educators, and families who want to use Seesaw for remote learning.

  • Teach From Home - Google digital Resources - A temporary hub of information and Google tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

  • Scratch - (K-7) is a great resource that has always been free. With this MIT-developed tool, kids can learn the basics of coding (and you can learn right alongside them!) It has guides to help you get started and you can make games, animations, and interactive stories, and then share them with the community.

  • Learn Use Grow - A Blog that harness the power of technology to empower students.

Assessment

Assessment Resources

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New BC Rubrics K-12 [ELA, Math, Science]

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Source: New BC Rubrics K-12 (Drafts, Sept. 2019)