Middle School Resources

General Topics

Great Minds – Knowledge on the Go is working to create knowledge-building resources for parents and caregivers. They are providing lesson and content updates daily: written materials and instructional videos for math (K-12), instructional videos for English (K-8), and instructional videos for science (3-5). Information is provided in module form and is organized and well connected from one lesson to the next.

Does your student need a little tutoring help? Khan Academy provides the next best thing through a library of lessons and important information created by content experts. Khan Academy delivers free, supportive, and interactive content. Currently, Khan Academy is being especially attentive to students learning at home and helping families create helpful schedules.

*Provides Spanish Content

 

TEDEd gives parents access to hundreds of videos, articles and blogs that allow for exploration of almost any topic imaginable. In addition, TEDEd has developed daily lesson plans and series that help support parents during the COVID-19 school closures. The Student Talks Program will help students create their own talks, which can be used to complete at-home projects, explore passions, and develop public speaking skills.

Learning Heroes is partnering with families to help support learning at home. With a focus on reading, math, and life skills for families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Learning Hero resources include links to websites, pdf documents, videos, and information from reputable sources. This is an excellent site to explore when beginning a search for helpful websites and links. 

*Provides Spanish Content

Scholastic, famous for their at-school book fair sales, has created a free, online resource to support families who are continuing learning at home. They’ve created day-by-day projects to help students continue to learn, with a focus on children in elementary and middle grades. Weekly lessons include videos, story reading, puzzles, and resources for an even deeper dive into subject areas.

Wonderopolis is an online student-driven resource that allows children of all ages to ask questions that focus on “the World of Wonders.” Students can find out about topics linked to math, science and social studies. Current onsite questions include “Why do bees make a hive?”, “Did Shakespeare Write His Own Plays?”, and “What was the first virus ever discovered?” Students are also able to watch “Wonder of the Day” videos that feature “Charlie” – who shares such information as “How do you purify water?” and “Who invented paper?”  This is a wonderful resource for kids to do some safe, educational exploring on their own, or to watch and learn along with family.

Study Island offers learning enhancements that focus on math, language arts, and science and are aligned to state standards. Because of the COVID-19 school closures, Study Island is offering a free year of service to all new accounts.

While schools are closed students everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

English Language Arts and Reading

Want to find great books and stories that will appeal to all the young readers in your house? MyON® can help with that.  We have worked with Renaissance to provide myON® Reader at no charge to families for a limited time.  Renaissance myON® Reader is an online reading platform with over 6,000 books available.  Students can also download up to 20 books at a time and read offline.  Titles are matched to each student’s interest, grade and reading level.

Login Information:

School Name: Berea College Partners for Education Reads
Student Username: reads
Student Password: reads

If you have questions about myON® Reader or need additional support please contact: pfe_data@berea.edu

Time for Kids is an online, weekly magazine for elementary school kids which shares age appropriate stories and information, as well as instructional materials aligned to Common Core and other state standards. During this time frame, they are also providing a free digital library with a focus on grades K- 6. Subject areas include the arts, health, the world, and community. They are also providing supportive teaching materials for educators and families based on the grade range of the students you are working with.

STEM

Learning Blade offers a toolkit of online lessons, projects and activities that help students explore STEM and technology information and careers. Currently, Learning Blade is supporting parents and students via at-home lessons and downloadable worksheets. All lessons are aligned with state standards.

For Schools in Berea’s service area – teachers please request your license at  www.learningblade.com/KY

For those who want access to our offline FREE lessons that ANYONE – parents and/or teachers can download these lessons.

www.learningblade.com/Remote

If you are not sure if you are covered with a license or for more info please contact us at

info@learningblade.com

Code.org® is a nonprofit organization that utilizes a website to teach elementary aged (and above) students computer science skills via tutorials and projects. A full course catalog of code learning is offered, based on age and experience of the student – there are even opportunities for kids who are not yet reading! Code’s hope is that every student has the opportunity to learn computer science. This is a great opportunity to help kids of all ages become familiar with coding and computer science, and for families to learn these skills alongside of their students.

Well-being

As we face this global health event, many parents and teens are looking for guidance on how to stay healthy during this time.

HealthCorps has created kid and teen friendly resources for parents and families regarding how they can protect themselves against coronavirus, how to keep health-related anxiety at bay, and tips and tricks for leading a healthy life while at home.