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.
- *Webinar* (April 17) Helping Children Manage Emotions During Uncertain Times presented by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Our students and our own children are experiencing a range of emotions. As the adults in their lives, it’s critical to make space for their feelings and support them in managing them. Learn more during this webinar.
- *Virtual Conference* (May 1 – 2) – The Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual celebration of authors, books, and readers that brings the book festival experience to everyone! The virtual festival includes two FREE full days of live and pre-recorded sessions with your favorite picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors. https://everywherebookfest.com/
- Free Webinars from Teaching Tolerance on topics such as Rights & Activism, Race & Ethnicity, Bullying, Bias and more.
For Students Learning at Home
1. Free Internet Access
- Comcast: Internet Essentials
- EveryoneOn – Enter your zip code to see low-cost internet service & computers in your community.
3. Web-based Learning
3.1. Resources for all subjects:
- E-Learning tools for distance education from Yale University:This list of resources includes general e-learning tools for educators, subject-based tools for students, and extensions to assist students with learning differences.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
- Teacher & Family Resources from Springboard Collaborative: Free activities that support family engagement, lessons for students, and more.
- Wide Open School: A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids from over 25 organizations curated by the editors at Common Sense.
3.2. The Arts, Movement, and Mindfulness:
- Daily drawing classes on Instagram with New York Times-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
- P.E. with Joe: Join the “International PE Teacher” for daily 30 minute kid-friendly workouts on YouTube.
3.3. Reading & Math:
- Free Summer Audio Books for Teens Ages 13+ from April 30 – July 29. Learn more at https://www.audiobooksync.com/.
- Practice Math at home with DreamBox for 90 days
- The New York Times is available for free to educators and high school students from April 6 – July 6.
- The National Council of Teachers of English Children’s Literature Assembly offers a bi-weekly blog with resources for preK-university educators. Each entry highlights a great online resource available for teachers and how it might be effectively utilized or offers a description of a short lesson using children’s literature that educators can use in their newly located classes. https://www.childrensliteratureassembly.org/blog
- Students 13 yrs old + respond to daily writing prompts from the New York Times
- Khan Academy – daily schedules and activities for PreK – 12th grade
- #QuaranTeens from Words Alive! – Writing prompts and activities to help teens cope with the impact of COVID-19
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. For Students & Families
- Remind – mass texting service
- Child Mind Institute’s resources support parents, guardians and families during COVID19. The list includes daily Facebook live chats with expert clinicians, remote evaluations and telemedicine, parenting tips during COVID19 and more.
5. Spanish Language
- The Spanish Experiment – Stories read aloud in English or Spanish
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