Author Read Alouds:
Plus: Josh Gad Book Club on Twitter
Josh Gad (voice of Olaf from Frozen) reads a new picture book every day
Follow @joshgad or search for #GadBookClub
Also on Twitter: Romper put together “Operation Storytime” with read-alouds from enough authors to fill a virtual library.
Instagram: Mac Barnett (“Sam and Dave Dig a Hole,” “Mac B: Kid Spy”) will read daily at 3 p.m. EDT and Oliver Jeffers (“Stuck,” “Here We Are”) at 2 p.m. EDT.
Peter H. Reynolds, author of “The Dot” and “ish” will have daily Facebook Lives.
Kate Messner, author of the new middle grade novel “Chirp” and picture book “The Next President” with Adam Rex, shares an array lessons from other authors on her website.
Authors who are planning new read-alouds and lessons are sharing their schedules in a google doc created by literacy advocate Olivia Van Ledtje, and more are sharing resources with the Twitter hashtag #kidlitquarantine.
And major children’s publishers, including Penguin and HarperCollins, are planning daily read-alouds and activities. For more information, click here.
YouTube: Mo Willems, of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” and “Elephant and Piggie” fame, will be hosting “lunchtime doodles” at 1 p.m. EDT.
Jarret J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series and the National Book Award finalist “Hey, Kiddo,” is hosting daily drawing webcasts on YouTube at 2 p.m. EDT for all ages.
Mark Kanemura, a former backup dancer with Lady Gaga and contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance,” is offering virtual dance parties on Instagram.
Cosmic Kids Yoga has free yoga resources for young children. And Go Noodle features short videos to get kids moving.
Audiobooks & Podcasts:
The streaming audio service Pinna is offering families and teachers two free months of access to their audio streaming service for kids ages 3-12. To activate, go to Pinna and use the promo code: PINNA4KIDS.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
Duolingo’s free, bite-size lessons feel more like a game than a textbook, and that’s by design: Learning is easier when you’re having fun.
But Duolingo isn’t just a game. It’s based on a methodology proven to foster long-term retention, and a curriculum aligned to an international standard. Explore how language learning happens with Duolingo!
Free, easy science for remote learning
To help educators during this time of coronavirus, we have pulled our most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed. Copy and paste the links below into your documents and use them however they might be helpful! Mystery Science is the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. We’ve curated this starter set of science lessons that you can use remotely or share with parents. If you need more lessons than what is listed below, you can sign up up for a free account:
Teacher Sign-up for Full Lessons | Parent Sign-up for Mini-Lessons
All of the lessons below are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. We have short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home
Crash Course Kids
Welcome to Crash Course Kids! We are extremely excited to announce this new channel from the creators of Crash Course. We’ll be talking about 5th Grade Science to start, then adding in more subjects as the channel grows. We’re so happy to have you along for the ride with us and can’t wait to get started!
National Geographic Education
At National Geographic, we teach kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place. Our Resource Library offers high-quality, standards-based, educational resources and activities. Many of our free maps, lesson plans, imagery, interactives, and reference materials have been curated into collections grounded in the bold and transformative approach that National Geographic takes around science, exploration and storytelling.
BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
Tynker is the #1 Kids Coding Platform, where millions learn to code. Tynker offers self-paced online courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as specially designed curriculum for schools and camps.
Amazing Educational Resources
Many educational websites are offering free subscriptions during school closures. The Facebook group Amazing Educational Resources gathered them into a public spreadsheet. It includes resources for reading, math, history, Chinese, coding, music and more.
Free textbooks, movies and audiobooks and links to free online courses from professors
Used by many school districts, Prodigy Math has free video game style math learning.
Age-appropriate lessons in all subjects for different grades