Coronavirus has shuttered schools–some for the rest of the school year–and left many educators in limbo and parents to take a more active role in their child’s learning, often without internet access or books. We know there is a lot of information out there. We’re working to provide you a list of highlights from across the Internet – resources for you as an educator, and resources that can be shared with your students and their families. Please use this page as a source for tips and information that can be used in varying circumstances.
We will continue to update this list regularly. Please bookmark it and check back often. We’re all in this together.
You can learn more about First Book’s response to coronavirus here.
At-home Resource List for Educators and Kids
For Educators at Home
1. Self Care
2. Connect with educators online via Social Media
- Search Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the following hashtags to find support, free downloadables, and more for you and your students. #teachertipscovid19, #freeresourceloop, #OperationStorytime, #KidLitQuarantine, #QuaranTeaching
3. Professional Development
- Professional Learning Resources from National Council of Teachers of English
- Share My Lesson – Professional development & lesson plans
- Point Made Media – Access content for educators and high school students for free (through April 30) to understand race in the United States.
- Liberate and Chill* is an online learning experience for educators seeking to grow and develop their understanding of antiracist and liberatory pedagogy in today’s world. The Liberate and Chill* experience offers six weeks of dynamic content, community dialogue, and resources to educators, activists, consultants, and writers. Fee requested and scholarships available.
For Students Learning at Home
1. Free Internet Access
3. Web-based Learning
3.1. Resources for all subjects:
- Free Online Resources from We Are Teachers
- Ms. Leibling’s First Grade Resources (First Book member)
- Resources from Save the Children, and More
- Resources from Bestselling Author Cynthia Leitich Smith
- Chapter and picture book read alouds, mini-lessons and more
3.2. The Arts, Movement, and Mindfulness:
- Daily drawing classes on Instagram with NYT bestselling illustrator Wendy Macnaughton
- Summary of live virtual concerts from NPR
- Museums – 12 world famous museums offer virtual tours
- Live nightly streams of the Metropolitan Opera – https://www.metopera.org/
- Movement & mindfulness for kids – GoNoodle
- Calm for kids
3.3. Reading & Math:
- Practice Math at home with DreamBox for 90 days free
- Students 13 yrs old + respond to daily writing prompts from the New York Times newspaper
- Khan Academy – daily schedules and activities for PreK – 12th grade
3.4. Read Alouds by Authors & Illustrators:
- Publisher guidelines for reading books online during COVID-19
- Picture Book Read Aloud videos for lessons
- List of KidLit authors and their live events
4. Staying in Touch with Students & Families
- Remind – mass texting service
5. Spanish Language
- The Spanish Experiment – Stories read aloud in English or Spanish
Support educators supporting kids in need during school closures. You can help here.