Education Roundup: Online, Accessible Resources

School’s out for the foreseeable future, and parents are surely grappling with the ins and outs of home education. Luckily, there are loads of resources available for virtual learning. Here’s a round-up of all we could find:  

Virtual Tours   

The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids, with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! 

A list of Zoos doing free live streams can be found here. 

Tour Yellowstone National Park, or explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.      

Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip. Likewise, this virtual tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.  

Educational Games  

Enjoy this Next Generation Science video game, focused on middle school, where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. 

Math and Reading games can be found here. 

Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss here, or play with your favorite PBS show characters while you learn.  

Play games and learn all about animals at Switch Zoo, or get “into the book” with these games. More educational games for K-12 can be found here.  

Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance can be found here.  

Worksheets and Activities   

Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access can be found here. 

Choose between kid-friendly workouts — from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, or create your own custom kid workout. 

Here, you can find science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology.  

Quick & easy at-home projects curated for kids 2 and up are here, while daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own can be accessed here.  

80+ science activities can be found here, free printable library with activities for children 0-6 here, or printable board games, activities, and more for phonics and reading – all using evidence-based methods can be customized to any student’s needs, including creating flashcards for other subjects.   

Language Arts  

Access spelling for grades 1-4 can be found here. Meanwhile, the Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts.   

ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students K-12.  

Here, access online curriculum that builds better writers.  

A safe research site for elementary-level readers is offering free 24/7 access:  

USERNAME: read (case sensitive) 

PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)  

Engage in reading games for grades 2-8 combine strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.   

Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions can be found here.   

Math  

This K-5 curriculum builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students. 

Practice math. These other elementary math games include logic puzzles and educational resources.  

Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and this site will show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly – 2nd grade through college.  

Here are more math videos with lessons, real life uses of math, and famous actors.  

This K-8 online math program looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique, individualized learning path. 

Lastly, make math a fun part of your daily family routine here.

By Sam Schultz