The current wave of school closures across the United States are leading parents and teachers to search for quality educational activities and online resources for children and students of all ages to continue learning at home.
Whether you’re a parent, a teacher or a school district leader, the recent spike in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases in the US, along with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) designation of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, has certainly affected your daily routines at home and at work. Education Week’s map for coronavirus-related school closures reports “at least 57,000 schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 25.8 million students.”
With so many school closures across the country, online learning or distance learning is becoming a key alternative in ensuring that students and teachers have access to online lessons and activities. Here are 20 online learning and educational websites that teachers and parents can offer as activities for students during the COVID-19 school closures.
Khan Academy is a great online learning website for students of all ages. The site offers short video lessons on thousands of topics, and their programs are personalized to allow children to learn at their own pace. To top it off, all videos and resources are free for all users. Check out their daily schedules for students ages 4-18.
Learn to code online! Code.org provides free K-12 computer science lessons and games to help students learn how to code at an earlier age. Code.org is supported by tech company donors, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many more.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features fun games, riddles and puzzles, to supplement any online learning for young children.
Who doesn’t love Sesame Street? Students have access to hundreds of video clips and games that help them with phonics, rhymes, colors and more.
PBS Kids is a great online learning option for K-12 students who love interactive content, including sing-along videos, TV series, games, virtual lessons and more. You can also download their PBS Kids Video app for live-tv streaming.
CoolMath.com offers online math games that help students ages 3+ with basic math lessons, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12 and CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for pre-K students.
What could be cooler than learning about animals? On National Geographic Kids, students of all ages can enjoy science experiments, animal watch cameras and a ton of activities to keep them busy for hours.
Starfall.com is a great online resource that helps pre-K to 3rd grade students with language arts and math lessons. It also offers a parent-teacher resource center for free, downloadable worksheets and more.
TheKidzPage.com is the perfect online resource for parents and teachers who are looking for word games, coloring activities and puzzles to try with their students. Check out their printable section for off-line activity sheets as well.
How Stuff Works is a comprehensive articles-based site that introduces and informs on a variety of topics like culture, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos are also available to supplement the articles.
You can play games, create your own comics, and more. Most importantly, Scholastic features an online discussion board for your students to connect with friends online.
Fun Brain is designed for pre-K to 8th grade students to explore topics in math and reading through fun videos and games.
Exploratorium (yes, the same one as the museum in San Francisco) has a website that teaches students about science and art. Help your students go far into the galaxy or deep down to the bottom of the ocean on this site.
Students can walk through ancient history, or choose specific countries for more deep learning. BBC History for Kids is an adventure through time.
15. Nick Jr.
Beyond the television network, Nick Jr. offers many educational printables, games and other activities (yes, it includes Peppa Pig) for students to love.
Learning Games for Kids is all about games that can teach students about a variety of topics and subjects. Game lovers will be thrilled.
17. TIME for Kids
TIMEforKids.com offers interesting articles, photos and videos on topics like politics, the environment, entertainment, sports and health.
Mickey Mouse and friends will keep your students busy for hours with games, coloring pages, videos and more.
Looking for a language learning site with fun games and creative lesson plans? Duolingo offers a rewarding, personalized learning experience in more than 20 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and more.
20. Highlights Kids
Highlights Kids offers online ways to play, read and craft with animated stories and more. According to their website, they are on a mission to “help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight and foster joyful learning.”
New Resources Added March 18,2020
Google has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits. So while your students are at home, they can still take a virtual field trip to some of the most famous museums across the world.
Audible by Amazon has hundreds of titles available completely free for as long as schools are closed. The collection has been handpicked by editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. These stories offer a screen-free option that may help break up the day for families with students home from school.
Lucid for Education is a collaborative platform that makes classroom activities resemble the real world. Enable critical thinking, creativity and communication in your school. Trial accounts for in-classroom use are available for free.
Consider unveiling a new resource each day during the duration of the school closure. Do you recommend any other great online resources? Share in the comments below!
Do you work at a school or district? Check out our list of education companies offering free subscriptions and online content in response to the coronavirus.
Swing Education offers a staffing application to provide qualified substitute teachers for K-12 schools. We recruit, screen, and permit educators to fill teacher and support staff absences. Schools and substitutes are matched through Swing Education’s online marketplace, with substitute teachers selecting job opportunities via text or a mobile app. To date, Swing Education has helped more than 2,500 school partners and over 5 million students.