Help at Home, Back to School Edition

Whether you’re back to school online, in real life, or a hybrid, we’re still collecting resources to help you and your learners.

First of all, we’ve extended our read-aloud permissions through the end of the year. Take a look at all the videos we’re collecting from authors and educators on our Read-A-Loud-A-Palooza page, and save your favorites to share with your students. If you’re interested in doing your own read-aloud, check out our permissions page for more information.

Do you miss hanging out at your local library? Turns out it’s for the birds. Check out the live feed of the Bird Library, a popular hangout spot for sparrows, starlings, and other feathered friends.

Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages, put together by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke at the University of South Carolina.

Amazing Escape Rooms…in Google Docs! So easy even we could create them – but surprisingly challenging and fun to complete!

2020-2021 Book Based Activity Calendars from Growing Book by Book – just 50 cents each!

Our Sibert Honor-winning author Patricia Newman put together a great video on how to integrate STEM into curriculum in schools.

Create with Code – a free program for teaching computer science and Unity development, which includes lesson plans, educator materials, guided labs and more.

Central Minnesota Library Exchange has been putting together excellent daily lists of activities for everyone. From STEAM projects to daily exercise routines, indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts and virtual museum visits, there is something for everyone.

Wide Open School from CommonSense Media – Free learning activities by grade level.

Sesame Street’s Caring for Each Other hub. Sesame Workshop says, “In response to the unprecedented uncertainty facing young children and families, Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families throughout the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources.” If you’re looking for a mindfulness book to go along with these resources, we recommend Calm Monsters, Kind Monsters.

And two helpful items for teaching media literacy: 10 Non-Partisan Fact Checking Sites and the SIFT Method: Information hygiene for the Covid-19 infodemic (and well beyond!).

Catch up on all of our Help at Home resources here. If you found this post helpful, would you share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn?

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