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An interactive and playful environment designed to support reading comprehension and encourage the mastery of phonetic skills.
Visually enchanting and great for independent and group instruction in the classroom, library, and at home, Early World of Learning provides printable activities in English and in Spanish to support ESL initiatives, games to reinforce comprehension and reading skills, and an entire section devoted to classic fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and songs.
Gale in Context: Elementary
Delivers trusted, age-appropriate digital content. Through newspaper and magazine articles, videos, images, and graphics, elementary students can learn about everything from animals and outer space to famous artists and favorite athletes. The database is visual and intuitive, and rewards students’ efforts by developing comprehension and research skills to prepare them for middle school—and a lifetime of learning.
Live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation, study tools, and even collaboration tools like virtual study rooms.
Choose from a new selection of Junior Library Guild Gold Standard books to read each month. Includes fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels for all levels.
Arcademic Skill Builders – Fun and free online multi-player educational math games and language arts games for students and teachers!
DK Find Out – Online learning from DK.
Fact Monster – Homework helper.
Free Education Resource Directory Bound to stay bound books created this directory during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes authors and publishers offering free books, activities, and virtual storytimes.
Hippo Campus – Educational resources covering middle school through college
Khan Academy – Over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history, as well as practice exercises.
PBS Learning Media – Trustworthy educational resources. Access class-ready, curriculum-targeted games, videos and interactive resources that span all subject areas.
Practical Money Skills has a page full of games to help children learn financial skills.
Switcheroozoo – Watch, listen, and play games to learn all about amazing animals.
Watch Know Learn -Educational videos arranged by topic.
Wide Open School – Wide Open School is a compilation of lessons, videos and activities, as well as links to other educational websites to help parents educate their students at home in a wide range of subjects. The subcategories allow parents or students to choose subjects and then the activity or lesson they want to learn about. Some lessons include learning about colonial America, increasing vocabulary and reading comprehension, learning about how circuits work and much more.
YouTube Learning: Learn @ Home
Connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. Covers both fiction and nonfiction, provides read-alikes, series information, and extra content like reviews and book discussion guides. Can be searched by age, reading level, grade, and more.
DaybyDayVA – Family literacy calendar.
Kid Lit TV – features reading aloud, children’s podcasts, activities and more
Lexile Framework – Find a book that matches your Lexile level.
Starfall – Fun activities for Pre-k and younger to practice literacy, emerging phonics and reading at home.
StoryBlocks – Songs and rhymes that build readers.
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, Betty White and dozens more. Each book includes supplemental curriculum as well.
America’s Story American history from the Library of Congress.
American Rhetoric – Indexes a database of full text, audio and visual versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, interviews and other recorded media events.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.
Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) The Library of Virginia’s initiative to get documents into classrooms. Using primary sources, teachers can make history relevant to students while helping them learn and understand state standards.
EdSITEment Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Provides web access to some of the worlds great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities.
Egyptian Tomb & Pyramid Tours Explore the tombs of ancient Egyptian royals in 3-D tours made by The Giza Project at Harvard University. Tomb of Queen Meresankh III; Tomb of Menna in the Theban Necropolis; The Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Global Oneness Project believes in the power of stories. The site houses a rich library of free interdisciplinary multimedia stories incorporating award-winning films, photo essays, and articles, and includes a companion curriculum for teachers. With timely topics such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability, the site emphasizes our common humanity and facilitates the development of students’ critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills. Grades K and up.
History Comics and Comics in Education: Teacher Tim Smyth has a list of free online educational comics and resources on a variety of topics.
iCivics Exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning.
Presidents Learn more about American presidents.
ProCon.org – Pros & Cons of current issues.
Air and Space Anywhere The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Anywhere web page provides virtual tours of the museum, and educational podcasts, games and activities about aircraft and spacecraft.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers online learning materials for science fans of all ages. Their Ology science website provides games and activities for kids and covers a range of science topics, including archaeology, paleontology, astronomy and marine biology.
Be Internet Awesome offers elementary school students a path to digital citizenship and a way to become smart and safe users of the Internet. They will enjoy participating in the game Interland, and traversing Reality River, Mindful Mountain, Tower of Treasure, and Kind Kingdom to learn the fundamentals of online ethical use and safety. Grades 2-5.
BlocksCAD This simple block coding program uses code to make 3-D objects. With standards aligned lessons, this is an amazing resource for teaching math concepts. The lessons are included in a premium membership, but the tool is free. All files also export as an SVG, so printing them out on the 3-D printer is a breeze. Middle school and up.
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
CoBuild At Home The CoBuild website and Facebook group offers a wealth of online maker activities. Even better, they include concepts from luminaries in the making world including Adam Maltese, Erin Riley, Joel Bruns, and compile work from the Amazeum, the Tech Collective, and other sources. All ages.
The Community Science Workshop Network This resource is low in technology, but high in engagement and reliability. All the projects can be made with low cost or recycled materials. The bagpipe is particularly fun, as is the unique take on the spaghetti/ gumball project that involves balance. Check out the project library for STEM-rich ideas. Upper elementary through middle school.
Dancemat Typing Fun typing tutor from the BBC.
Exploratorium The well-organized site from San Francisco’s Exploratorium investigates everything from skateboard engineering to cookie subduction (i.e., using an Oreo cookie to demonstrate what happens when continental and oceanic plates shift). It is heavily science focused and follows the scientific method closely. Upper elementary and up.
Fun Brain – Play games while practicing math and reading skills.
Google Arts and Culture Collection – More than 2,500 museums around the world have made their collections accessible online.
Google Experiments This archive of experiments is a rabbit hole of awesome fun things. Curated into collections, the experiments are easy to use and share, require little to no equipment, and are deeply entertaining with a firm curricular foundation. Middle school and up.
MakeCode Microsoft’s MakeCode program includes both physical computing with the Micro Bit and virtual coding and app development. Easy to use with limitless possibilities, it’s a great block coding interface. It even has Minecraft coding! Upper elementary through middle school.
Math Playground Math games galore!
NASA Kids’ Club helps children in Pre-K to 4th grade learn the ins and outs of NASA’s missions using hands-on educational games. There is also a “Now in Space” slideshow that introduces budding astronauts to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.
National Marine Sanctuaries Virtual Dives – Tour marine sanctuaries and ocean habitats with a collection of virtual dives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dive into colorful coral reefs, swim with seals, or explore a shipwreck.
Pencil Code introduces computer coding concepts in an accessible, straightforward environment. Students can bolster their coding ability by creating art, music, or other imaginative projects. Extensive teacher resources are available, including guided tutorials and printable resources. Grades K and up.
Science Friday provides free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for all learners, making science fun for everyone! Science Friday will spark students’ curiosity at a visceral level, on topics from Frankenstein to the La Brea Tar Pits, and from shrinking polar bears to an online rock collection (#neatrocks). Grades 3 and up.
Scratch – In partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education, the site includes an archive of activities for Scratch that includes 323 math activities, 302 visual arts ones, plus examples and stories to help build classroom community and support curricular content. Elementary through middle school.
Tinkercad – CAD software to design 3D objects, such as prototypes, toys, practical tools, replacement parts, Minecraft models, jewelry, and more. Users can create objects from scratch with the site’s building blocks, from the extensive collection of community designs, or by importing and modifying 2D or 3D object files. Help and tutorials support beginning users. Grades 2 and up.
Tinkergarten At Home – Educational DIY activities and virtual classes to foster at-home learning that is easy and fun.