The goal of the JDS@Home Program is to prevent JDS Students from slipping into a "Summer Slide" (or COVID-19 Slide). We believe our JDS@Home Program, with daily online lessons and assignments from JDS Teachers and resource links on this webpage, is a sustainable program that will prevent a "COVID-19 Slide" while not adding to the stresses of our students and their families at home.
 
Mr. Sean Boyle, JDS Distance Learning Coordiantor for our JDS@Home Program, will provide links to free websites that are providing lessons and other educational services during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
Check back daily as more links are added!

 

  • How to use Google Meet

    This is a presentation that explains how to join in and participate in Google Meet. Teachers will be using Google Meet to communicate with JDS Students daily.

  • Free Audio Books

    Kids 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.

  • Scholastic Learn at Home

    Scholastic offers Prek-6th grade+ students four daily learning experiences built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own or with their families.

  • Free STEM Resources

    Check out these free STEM resources gathered from around the web! Use the links to filter resources by category.

  • Aerospace Micro-Lessons

    These lessons are easily digestible lessons focused on aerospace principles. Each lesson is broken down into grade levels and are meant to spark conversation and interest in aerospace.

  • Storyline Online

    Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

  • PJ Library Resources for families

    One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home.

  • Example Daily Plan during COVID-19

    Julie Mason - Head of Content and Curriculum at TeacherVision outlines a daily plan to keep you and your kids focused, productive, and positive in this unprecedented scenario.

Art

 

Drawing Lessons by Author/Illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka-  Every weekday at 2 PM ET he will be livestreaming drawing lessons on YouTube. The streams will be saved on his channel for later viewing.

 

McHarper Manor- This art studio is offering daily art/craft classes streamed on their Facebook at 1 PM every Monday-Friday. Each lesson will be uploaded to their Facebook directly after the streaming, in case you miss it. 

 

Met Museum Art Lesson Plans-  

 

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings- Music lesson plans to explore music across the world and throughout history.

English

 

Apple Books- Apple Books offers ‘stay at home’ collection of free read-alongs for kids, cozy mysteries, and audiobooks.

Checkology- The News Literacy Project- is providing free access to Checkology, a browser-based platform for students to develop news literacy skills.

CommonLit- CommonLit’s Literacy Model is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, complemented by aligned interim assessments, growth-oriented data, and expert-led teacher development.

 

Epic!- Digital Library for kids 12 and under. While Epic! has always been free for teachers, they started allowing teachers to provide free remote access to their students. Instructions for signing up and providing students with access are available here.

 

Flipster- Read magazines online through your library or school accounts.

 

Lalio- An online K-2 literacy program, with a strong focus on phonics and comprehension. It is accessible through computers and tablets.

 

My Capstone Library- A collection of interactive eBooks with read-aloud features. The books cover a variety of different subjects, genres, and reading levels. Also included is their service “Pebble Go”, a specialized K-3 service for interactive learning. They are currently offering free school accounts.

 

NewselaNews articles, social studies content, and science contentCreate your account by clicking this link and then clicking Join Now at the bottom of the box.

 

Open Culture- 1,000 free audiobooks available to listen to.

 

Overdrive- Access free eBooks, magazines, and audiobooks through your library. Also compatible with the Libby app.

 

Project Gutenberg- A library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free ePub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

 

Raz Kids- Specifically geared towards K-5 students, this website allows for students to READ while away from our beautiful stocked libraries. 

 

RedShelf- In collaboration with the academic publishing community, RedShelf is providing students with free, convenient access to their learning materials and eBooks.

 

Rocket Spelling- Games to teach spelling to K-5 students.Anyone may use coupon code covid19 when registering in order to set up free accounts.

 

Storyline Online- Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

 

YA Authors/Celebrities Reading- A collection of YA authors and celebrities reading stories, such as John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Neil Gaiman, and more.

Exercise/Movement 

 

Breathe for Change- Breathe for Change offers free mindfulness, yoga and social-emotional learning lesson plans and classes to support educators, students, and parents during this time of heightened stress and uncertainty. It requires teacher facilitation while students are using it; it can be assigned by a teacher and used independently by a student.

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga- Guided yoga activities videos designed for children

 

Go Noodle- Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts

History

 

Britannica Social Studies LaunchPad- Explore historical events and topics through curated articles, images, videos.

 

Europeana- Europeana works with work with thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research. It provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.

 

National Museum of the American Indian- Digital lessons about Native Americans

 

New American History- An interactive educational website to explore American history.

 

Smithsonian History Lessons & Activities- K-12  lessons and activities spanning a variety of different historical topics 

Internet Access Resources

 

* FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots *

 

AT&T - COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers,

and $10/month plans to low income families

 

Charter - Free Internet offer for 2 months

 

Comcast - COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families

plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time

 

Sprint - COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing

customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).

 

T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).

Verizon - COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

 

Judaics

Educational Resources for Pesach- Pesach related links, coloring pages, recipes, and more.

 

JI Tap- JI Tap- Online games, videos, and activities to learn Hebrew and Jewish-related topics. Here are two games to learn about preparing for Pesach (x) (x). They have additional Pesach content curated on their home page.

 

Livestreaming Services, Torah Studies, & More-  A spreadsheet of shuls who have committed to doing online services

 

Pesach Song Playlist- A Spotify playlist with 169 Pesach songs

 

Pesach Videos- A collection of kid-friendly videos about Pesach

 

Sefaria- An online open source free content digital library of Jewish texts

 

Language Learning

Babbel- The language learning website is now offering three months of free language learning to U.S. students through mid-June 2020 in any of its languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English

 

Duolingo- A language learning website that you can access on your phone and computer. Multiple languages, including Spanish and Hebrew, are offered.

 

JI Tap- Online games, videos, and activities to learn Hebrew and Jewish-related vocabulary. Here is the first lesson of learning the Hebrew alefbet , and here is a link to learn Pesach vocabulary.

 

Mango Classroom- Resources for teaching and learning modern foreign languages. Request access  here.

 

Math

 

Education.com- Educational games to practice math.

 

Free Math- This no-frills site requires students to show their work on math problems, step-by-step. When it’s time to grade, you can take a look at their work to see exactly where things went wrong and correct problems quickly.

 

Desmos- Desmos offers free, accessible calculators (graphing, scientific, four function), as well as classroom activities for synchronous and asynchronous mathematics instruction. 

 

Legends of Learning- Games to practice math and science.

 

MangaHigh- A popular game-based site for math online learning resources. It covers algebra, geometry, statistics, and more. 

 

Mathigon- Mathigon is an award-winning online textbook for middle and high school mathematics. The unique content format makes learning more interactive than ever before, and a virtual tutor gives personalized help. It can be assigned by a teacher and used independently by a student.

Multiple-Subject Resources

 

130+ Amazing Online Learning Resources- A growing list of online learning resources.

 

ABCmouse- This program offers self-guided lessons in a variety of subjects for students in pre-K through second grade. Certain programs are free for all schools and teachers in the United States.

 

Amazing Educational Resources- Massive list of free services now offered due to COVID-19. The list is frequently updated.

 

Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum- Lesson plans for pre-K to 12 for Art, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology.

 

Crash Course- A YouTube channel with lessons on a variety of topics, such as world history, psychology, literature, and more.

Curriculum Associates- A website that has made printable at-home activity packs available for students that include self-directed and practice exercises. Reading and math packets are available for each grade from kindergarten through grade 8. Teacher guides have also been made available.

 

Curriki- A library of free and open teaching and learning resources for multiple different subjects, pre-K to 12.

 

Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian- Using the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers.

 

Follett- is delivering free at-home e-learning materials during the outbreak. 

 

Gale- has launched a COVID-19 resource center, with curriculum-aligned resources for students in pre-K through college, professional development eBooks, and more.

 

Khan Academy- the nonprofit that offers short videos on thousands of topics for kids of all ages, is having daily (weekdays) livestreams at 12 p.m. EST on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to assist students, parents, and teachers navigating school closures. They also have an app for kids that features fun games and activities.

 

PBS Learning Media- The nonprofit is an online resource offering interactive lesson plans for students from pre-K through high school.

 

Scholastic-  The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from pre-K through high school.

 

Smithsonian Open Access- Digital access to images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. There are currently 3 million 2D and 3D digital items in the online collection.

 

Starfall Education- This colorful website is designed for preschoolers and students in pre-K through third grade. The activities are arranged by discipline, season, or curricular topic, and include some free options.

 

Sum Dog- Personalized math & spelling practice for students.

 

TIME for Kids- The school-based publication that has provided quality, trusted journalism to millions of students in elementary classrooms for 25 years, announced that it will bring TIME for Kids to homes for the first time. Each week, the free digital library will offer four grade-specific editions, including K-1, 2, 3-4, and 5-6, of Time for Kids. Every edition of TIME for Kids and Your $ published in 2020 will also be available in the digital library.

Recreational 

Academic Skill Builders- Online games designed to support academic learning 

 

Broadway Musicals/Shows- 15 Broadway plays and musicals that you can watch from home

 

Disney Movie Activities- Activities to do at home alongside your favorite Disney movies

 

Virtual Field Trips

Science

 

ABDO- An educational publisher who is providing free access to its eBooks on illness prevention and facts, with titles on vaccines, epidemiology, and past outbreaks.

 

Alchem.ie- Students can explore and manipulate the components of chemical reactions. App is free during COVID-19 closures

 

American Association of Chemistry Teachers- In response to the growing need to teach chemistry remotely, selected AACT resources are unlocked and freely available to the chemistry community through March 31. These resources include activities, animations, projects, simulations, and videos for middle school, high school, and Advanced Placement/general chemistry.

 

American Geophysical Union- Lesson ideas and resources provided by the American Geophysical Union

 

“Ask An ____” Series- Arizona state has two interactive websites to teach kids about anthropologists and biologists. Comes with teacher resources.

 

At-Home STEAM Activities- STEAM activities and experiments that students can do individually, outdoors, at a safe distance from others.

 

Home Safari Facebook Live- Each day at 3 PM the Cincinnati Zoo will host a livestream featuring an animal and an activity for children to do at home. 

 

Mystery Science- Mini, at-home science lessons

 

NASA- Here is a database of educational resources provided by NASA and here is a collection of at home activities for students to do, also provided by NASA, such as crafts, coloring, and online games.

 

Ocean Related Lesson Plans- Provided by the Smithsonian 

 

OLogy- A science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History with games, videos, and hands-on crafts

 

Virtual Voyages at the Virginia Zoo- Join the zoo for a voyage every day at 2 PM., through March 30. You can go behind the scenes, tour the zoo, and cure your curiosity with animals, keepers, and education staff. 

 

Storytimes & Podcasts

Authors Everywhere!- A YouTube channel where authors perform storytimes as well as guide accompanying workshops, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.

 

Brains On! Podcast- An award-winning audio show for kids and families. Each week, a new question is explored about the world. Their mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history.

 

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids- This podcast takes questions from kids about all kinds of topics, both small and large, and answers them. This episode has a good, kid-friendly explanation of COVID-19 and the science behind soap.

 

Rebel Stories for Rebel Girls- The podcast is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder. The stories are about inspirational women, both historical and modern.

 

Stimola Live- A website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. Starting March 23, events will be streamed live from a variety of platforms and archived on the Stimola Live YouTube Channel. Events will include livestreamed readalouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations between 9 AM to 4:45 PM EST.

 

Stories Podcast- A weekly free podcast delivering family-friendly stories read aloud.

 

Technology 

Adobe- The software company is offering free remote access to schools that currently have only lab access, through May 31.

 

Code.org- An organization that provides free online coding classes for students of all ages. Students can learn to program while completing online modules.

 

Common Sense Media is offering free tips and tools for families and educators during this time in English and Spanish

 

Crowdmark- A platform for online grading and analytics, is providing free access to educators through May 31.

 

Edmodo- Edmodo brings all of your classroom tools together into one nifty platform. Feels Facebook-y and Google Classroom-y into one. 

 

GoGuardian is offering free access to GoGuardian Teacher, a classroom management tool, through the end of the school year and has assembled best practices for remote learning.

 

Google Hangout- The video-chat service by Google is now providing free access to Hangouts Meet for G Suite for Education customers through July 31.

 

Jamboard- Google’s Jamboard is an online whiteboard with simple drawing tools. Why not set up a ScreenCastify to record what you’re writing so that your students can feel like they felt in the Classroom? This is useful if you do not have access to SmartBoard software on your laptop or if you have a substitute laptop that lacks resources.

 

Kahoot!- The creation tool for online learning games and trivia quizzes, is offering Premium Kahoot! for school use free of charge during the outbreak.

 

Loom-  Loom is similar to Zoom, where it provides you with access to free screen and video recording. It’s a Chrome Extension - so can easily be downloaded onto any device but they also offer a Desktop version with better Video + Sound quality.

 

Microsoft- is offering educational institutions its Office 365 Teams chat and video calling function for free.

 

NearPod- You create a lesson (which can incorporate audio, video, slides, documents - You name it!) and your students get a code. That code allows them access to your lesson and transforms their device into an educational trampoline where they would have individual access to EVERYTHING in one sweet spot! This requires less link-sharing, switching between programs etc that the others sometimes require. With NearPod, as long as they have the code to your lesson, it can be accessed from ANY device (Phone, iPad, etc). Google also makes a nifty Plug-In to ease your access.

 

Pronto, the chat and video communications hub, is currently available for free.

 

Quizlet This free app lets users create virtual flashcards that cover a variety of topics.

 

Remind- Remind is a communication platform that helps every student succeed. By using Remind to reach students and parents on any device, educators can support meaningful communication, drive family engagement, and protect their communities. Remind is free to use for teachers, professors, and educators- just as it has always been. It requires teacher facilitation while students are using it. The full product is accessible via a mobile device (phone/tablet).

 

Seesaw- Their website provides free resources and assistance to help you with online instruction. An activity library provides you with options of activities to use if you’re lost. User-friendly platform allows students to record themselves showing you what they’re working on. Can be used for all subjects, all ages.

Screencastify- Screencastify is a Chrome Extension that records your SCREEN on your computer. You could technically use your SmartBoard software and have ScreenCastify open to show the students exactly what you’re doing - similar to how you’d use it in a traditional classroom. You could record how you are using one of these programs listed to show students HOW you got on, how you logged-in, etc. I anticipate using it to allow for the Group to play Kahoot!, Gim Kit, or games you’ve created like a Jeopardy board through JeopardyLabs


Screencast-O-Matic- This program will allow you to record videos of your screen. It will also allow you to edit those videos by adding text, images, and captions and save them onto a Cloud type server. You can record your screen or via your webcam or both at once.

 

Vocaroo-  Online voice recording only. No login required. Simply click a button and GO! The student is then provided with a URL they can copy/paste wherever they please and you can hear their response.