Tuesday, April 7, 2020

FREE Keeping Healthy Resources for Kids and Online Learning



As a reading specialist I've been using this FREE awesome resource for a while now, because I can print and choose leveled passages and articles geared towards each of my students' reading needs and levels. If you aren't familiar with ReadWorks.org check them out. I also have a free video explaining how I use  it that I saved to IGTV on my Instagram. What has been great about this website is that I can now connect it to my Google Classroom for remote learning, and assign reading this way. Students can then read to me what I sent on video chat.



Another reading resource I love is using Reader's Theatre scripts. My students really enjoy these and because it's fun makes it where they don't feel as self-conscious about reading in front of everyone. When I tell them they have to decide what kind of voice their character might have they really get into. I love having an informal assessment of their progress and they are none the wiser. For struggling readers make sure they have a chance to read their script and practice decoding before reading aloud. If you search online you will find plenty of free reader's theatre scripts. This website is my favorite because they turn popular picture books into scripts. I can download them then add them to Google classroom so they have a copy to read from on their side. Another website focuses on Folktales and Fables. 



I'm not teaching math this year but my other favorite online resource that I love is Prodigy Math. My previous 5th grade and 3rd grade students alike loved this website. It's absolutely free and aligns to Common Core Math Standards. The best part is that students can play on mobile devices making it more accessible. There is a premium version but you don't need it unless your school wants to pay for more features like tracking progress and re-ordering units.


For science I recommend these Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) aligned lessons and videos from a former science teacher at Mystery Science. I also used these with my third graders in the past and they loved it. 



BrainPop and BrainPopJr. have always been an amazing resource I have used for over a decade. They have free videos of the day, and free access during the Covid-19 shutdown. Their informative coronavirus video for kids is free to view without signing up for anything and happens to go with the lesson I created. They have videos related to any subject you can think of including art.

 BrainPop Coronavirus video


Before school was canceled I created these posters and lessons on keeping healthy for my classroom. You can access this eight page freebie in my subscribers' library by signing up to my email newsletter. 



I'm hosting one giveaway on my Instagram for a $10 TpT gift card and two picture books and another with my teacher friends for a chance to win $100 TpT gift card. Head over to my Instagram to enter and win! The first giveaway ends April 6th, 2020 and the second one for $100 ends April 13th, 2020. If you missed this book giveaway there will be more opportunities as I am giving away even more picture books in the near future.



Just head over to An Apple for the Teacher to participate. 

April Giveaway

I hope you found this post helpful and informative. Sending wishes for good health to you and your family.