Digital Learning Resources
Stenhouse Remote Resources(Click/Tap to View)
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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
Global Oneness Project(Click/Tap to View)
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(Click/Tap to View)
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)
Open School BC - Keep Learning(Click/Tap to View)
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.
PBS Kids for Parents (Age 2-8)(Click/Tap to View)
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.
National Geographic(Click/Tap to View)
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.
Grade K-2 Lessons for Young Learners: Biology, Ecology, Earth Science, Geography, Physical Geography, Social Studies
Grade 3-5 Skill Building Exploration: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Geography, Physical Geography
Grade 6-12 Interactives, Short lessons, Full Units: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Geology, Geography, Physical Geography, Social Studies
Home Learning Ideas - Various Subjects(Click/Tap to View)
SD 73 Kamloops/Columbia Parent Resource Page - (K-12) There are numerous links to blogs and virtual tours to be explored, including museums, NASA and Smithsonian collections. Links to astronauts reading books to kids and access to free ebooks and audiobooks. There’s even a link to the Paris Opera, which will be live streaming performances.
Getting Started with myNelson Resources Open Access - (K-12) Nelson Publishing is providing open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning via myNelson. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020. They will be continuously adding more resources.
5 Home Learning Experiences for the Elementary Grades [Edutopia] - Activities that incorporate speaking and listening, reading and writing, math, music, science, art, and drama—and are parent-friendly.
How to Teach Kids About Money - [Annuity.org] (K-12) - Teaching kids about money when they’re young lays the foundation for responsible money management later in life. Children whose parents emphasize the importance of financial literacy and encourage them to spend and save thoughtfully develop a healthy perspective on money.
Learn How to Tie All the Knots That Every Camper Should Know - [non screen activity] This short instructional video from Michael McQuilton of MCQ Bushcraft includes demonstrations of several knots that help simplify life in the outdoors (ie. securing tarps, hammocks and more).
The Daily CAFE - Reading(Click/Tap to View)
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.
POPEY(Click/Tap to View)
Kids Ask Authors(Click/Tap to View)
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!
Writing Resources(Click/Tap to View)
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
Printable graphic novel/comic templates - From author Jarrett Lerner, writers can create conversations for characters, comic book drawings, silly illustrations, etc. on a variety of click and print images or templates.
Melanie Meehan’s Writing Workshop Resources - Author, teacher, and Two Writing Teachers co-author Melanie Meehan has generously collected, curated, and posted an impressive array of Writing Units of Study resources for upper grade writers. Melanie’s collection includes both videos and charts.
Reading Resources(Click/Tap to View)
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.
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.
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
Khan Academy(Click/Tap to View)
100% free | Find standards-aligned content | Assign practice exercises, videos and articles | Track student progress
Into Math: Learn it Fast (Gr 5-9)(Click/Tap to View)
NRICH(Click/Tap to View)
Math At Home
Feature packed math activities with activities and games suitable for learners to work on at home without a teacher. LINK
The NRICH Maths Fair is a set of free, hands-on resources. They are designed to be set out simultaneously around a room for children to engage with and move around freely. However, they can be used in a variety of ways and settings, including at home with family members.
Youcubed(Click/Tap to View)
Youcubed provided a variety Math Problems/Tasks for all grades. Curated by Jo Boaler and Stanford Graduate School of Education | 100% free
The site also has a free student online math course.
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)(Click/Tap to View)
Source: Richmond School Board Blog: BC 2020 Continuity of Learning
Weekly Math Plans
Weekly math tasks for each of the following grade bands: K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6&7. These will include five tasks for each week connected to one foundational math concept and big idea with connections to BC curricular content and competencies. They are intended to be shared with families as one choice for their week’s learning opportunities in mathematics.
Grades 8&9 (developed by Shaheen Musani)
Information about instructional routines such as fraction tasks, number talk images, etc. Links to websites where teachers can download images and tasks to share with students are provided.
Math games that focus on foundational concepts and computational fluency that can be used across the grades and require very few materials
Documents with vetted online resources to support your instruction including instructional routines and math problems and tasks that you can use to provide parents with daily or weekly tasks; curated resources being made available by publishers and other organizations; curated list of online learning experiences for students
To Share with Families
Documents created specifically to share with with families, most with an elementary focus; lists of suggested games and online learning opportunities as well as ways to engage in mathematical thinking at home in the kitchen, through sports, connections to art, etc.
Source: Math Games for Learning – compiled by Ruth Parker
Math Resources(Click/Tap to View)
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.
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.
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(Click/Tap to View)
The Kid Should See This(Click/Tap to View)
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)(Click/Tap to View)
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
More Science Websites (Gr 3-6)(Click/Tap to View)
Specialist Subjects - Art, Music, PE / Play / Wellness
Kids Activities(Click/Tap to View)
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(Click/Tap to View)
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(Click/Tap to View)
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)
Author Jarrett Krosoczka’s Free Webcast: For those writers who aspire to create their own graphic novels or comics, they can find a wonderful lesson posted each weekday on Jarrett Krosoczka’s Youtube channel. Drawing tutorials will be posted for at least a couple of weeks.
Instructables: lots of ways to make things - with clear instructions alongside video or images
Drawing & Art (Gr 6-8)
PE/Health & Wellness(Click/Tap to View)
How to Help Students Improve Executive Functioning During Hybrid Learning | Edutopia| March 18, 2021 | Students who struggle with executive functioning may find hybrid learning difficult, but there are simple ways to make it easier.
Go Noodle - Short movement breaks with easy dance moves and great messages
Cosmic Kids - Yoga led by a dynamic storyteller
Learning Station - Great brain breaks for primary students!
Anxiety Canada - Information and activities to help children cope with anxiety; includes several app suggestions
CASEL - Ideas and resources for both caregivers and educators
SEL Resources with links to free printables for a variety of SEL-related topics (eg. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, etc.)
Mindful Lessons: MindUP - MINDUP Lesson 1 begins with How Our Brains Work, followed by: awareness, listening, seeing, smelling, tasting, movement, optimism, and more.
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.
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.
Nasa for Students(Click/Tap to View)
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)(Click/Tap to View)
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(Click/Tap to View)
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.