Free Online Learning Resources for Teaching Your Students Virtually

 

funbrain

 

Featuring the kidSAFE Seal, FunBrain is an educational website managed by Sandbox Networks since 1997 with xciting arcade games. Children with learning disabilities in grades K-8 can watch lesson videos and practice their skills in attention-grabbing games like Penguin Drop. Game directions are conveniently illustrated to assist struggling readers too.

www.funbrain.com

 starfall Launched in 2002 by the Polis-Schutz family, Starfall is a free educational website with an optional low-cost membership program that teaches phonics. Young children diagnosed with learning disabilities will load fun activity lessons from letter recognition to reading full-length books. Students can also download swinging sing-alongs, including “Wheels on the Bus,” for fine-motor coordination.

www.starfall.com

do2learn  Attracting over 11 million views monthly, Do2Learn is an unparalleled special needs resource website started in 1996 through a NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant. Learning disabled youth access thousands of free elementary-level worksheets for literacy, math, visual discrimination, behavior management, and more. There are also printable picture cards available to promote functional communication in children with Autism.

https://do2learn.com/

storyline  Published by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online is an excellent resource for children with learning disabilities like dyslexia. This website records free videos of narrators, and sometimes well-known actors like Eva Longoria, reading children’s books aloud. Students develop their literacy skills by following along with text as the literature comes alive.

www.storylineonline.net

monster
 

Trusted by over 150,000 teachers, AdaptedMind was established by Stanford graduates for exercises that adapt to exceptional children’s needs. From first through eighth grade, students will discover hundreds of amusing reading and math activities illustrated by goofy monsters. Children will start with a quick pretest before engaging in video lessons and taking a confidence-boosting progress assessment.

https://www.adaptedmind.com/index.php

abcmouse   ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a comprehensive, research-validated curriculum for preschool through second grade, available on all major digital platforms and used by tens of millions of children to date.  Adventure Academy is a first-of-its-kind educational massive multiplayer online game, serving elementary and middle-school aged children with thousands of learning activities in a fun and safe virtual world. ReadingIQ is a digital library and literacy platform for children 12 and under-designed by reading experts to improve literacy skills, with many thousands of expert-curated books from leading publishers.

Free Services Offered: Free Full Access

How to utilize: Fill out this form on the website.

brainpop  BrainPOP is a playful, educators focused platform that has learning games, animated movies, and activities that cover universal topics.  There are three platforms: BrainPOP Jr (K-3, encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas in STEM,

Social Studies, Reading/Writing, Health, and arts); BrainPOP (Upper Elementary and Middle School, STEM, Social Studies, English, Health, Arts & Music); and BrainPOP ELL (proficiency-based English language learning program appropriate for all ages with vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading & writing activities).

Free Services Offered: Free, unlimited use during your closure.

How to utilize: Fill out this form on the website and watch for an email with instructions.

Bonus: BrainPOP is currently offering free access to their new Coronavirus Topic and accompanying lesson plan.

scholastic  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 build 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!  This resource offers 5 days of cross-curricular journeys for the following age groups: Pre-K and K, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.

Free Services Offered: Full access for 5 days worth of activities for each age range

How to utilize: Visit the website to choose your grade level.  The directions will walk you through creating any necessary free accounts.

pbs  What It Is: This site uses curated PBS videos along with lesson plans, interactive materials, and more to cover lots of subjects in an engaging fashion

What They’re Offering: PBS Learning Media is always free for teachers. Sign up here.
 abcya ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. We even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.
 khan 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. 
 almanc The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features fun games, riddles, and puzzles, to supplement any online learning for young children. 
 nickjr

Beyond the television network, Nick Jr. offers many educational printables, games and other activities (yes, it includes Peppa Pig) for students to love.  

 duolingo 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. 
 Conj For those who don't have a paid account, Conjuguemos offers some free vocabulary, grammar, and listening activities in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin for students at all levels.
 eduT Parents with kids in grades three through 12 can get access to Edu-Together videos that span all academic subjects, like languages, science, history, and math.
 epic Dubbed the "leading library for kids 12 and under," Epic! gives parents access to 35,000 different books, videos, and quizzes.