Free Instructional Materials
FASTalk. A tool to better connect teahers, parents and students around daily classroom learning. Families receive weekly curriculum-aligned activities sent via text to their cell phones. During current school closures, FASTalk can be especially helpful by providing:
- Activities that will be sent by text message. Parents do not need to have a smartphone or download an app to participate.
- Text messages available in 100+ languages.
- Tips for parents to support social and emotional learning, including managing stress and anxiety.
Learning Ovations Home Literacy Coach. An online platform for K-3 reading instruction that includes quizzes and activities designed by teachers for parents. While schools are closed, this resource is being offered free of charge.
Kidappolis. An app that enables parents to use screen time as deep learning time through interactive early learning opportunities. Personalized, curated app recommendations foster specific early learning, literacy, and numeracy goals. Until the 2021 school year begins, this app being offered for free, using code: FREE.
Zearn. Online math lessons customized for K-5 grades, including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers.
Khan Academy. Educational resource and guides that includes daily live streams on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for students, parents, and teachers navigating school closures.
Eureka Math. Online resources for math, English language, and science broken out by grade level.
Scholastic Learn at Home. Keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video.
Mystery Science. A starter set of science lessons from the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. Short mini-lessons are completely digital and full lessons include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
Mindful Schools. Live online classes designed for K-5 grade students that include mindful activities, movement, and read-alouds.
Resources for Educators. A curated list of standards-aligned curricula that are highly rated, free and available online, as well as other select supplemental resources for educators.
Podcasts for Kids
History Chicks. Hosted by two moms, each of their hour-long episodes tells the story of a famous woman from history.
Brains On!. Encouraging kids' natural curiosity and wonder using science and history, Brains On! helps to find answers to facinating questions about the world.
The Past and the Curious. Bite-sized episodes share true stories of inspiration, humor, and the incredible achievements of all types of people.
The Punies by Kobe Bryant. Featuring an eclectic group of neighborhood friends known as The Good Ol' Gang, each episode shares important life lessons on how to play with joy and limitless imagination, the way sports should be played.
Ear Snacks. A musical podcast that considers music, science, art, and culture in a fun-filled family-friendly way.
Wow in the World. A show from NPR that explores fun and fascinating topics in the world of science and technology.
Educational YouTube Channels
Liberty's Kids. A narrative account of the American Revolution, spread over 40 episodes.
Crash Course Kids. Short videos that explore the world of science, with new videos every Tuesday and Thursday.
Mark Rober. A former NASA engineer who comes up with fun and engaging ways to explore science and engineering.
Raising Wonder. Free art lessons, printable activities, stories, and more.
PBS Kids Learn & Grow. Whether it’s learning empathy, honesty and self-confidence, or reading, music and problem solving, there are opportunities and challenges at every age. Help them thrive at every stage with tips and activities for ages 2 to 8.
Virtual Museum Tours. Top museums around the world are offering online tours and exhibits.
Cosmic Kids Yoga. Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+.
Libby. Borrow ebooks and audiobooks for free through your local library.
Cooking with Kids. How-to videos in English and Spanish, recipes, and tips can help bring children into the kitchen to participate in making meals.