All K- 12 Activities

Art Activities

Grace Lin Art Lessons

YouTube art lessons and readings. Learn to draw a dog using the number 5 or learn to draw a Chinese dragon.

Why do bears cross the road?

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade: submit entries of art work and descriptions for compilation in a collaborative book describing mother grizzly bear and her two cubs to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. May 1, 2020 deadline.

Draw Every Day

Jarrett J. Krosoczka YouTube channel offers daily lessons for drawing and games along with other videos about his books.

Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting

Watch and learn from the 403 Bob Ross videos painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees.

Lunch Doodles with Book Author and Illustrator

Watch Mo Willems doodle. Each day, over the next several weeks, author and illustrator Mo Willems will teach you how to create a doodle masterpiece. You can access the day’s downloadable activity page with step-by-step instructions. And if you like, you can send questions to him at LUNCHDOODLES@kennedy-center.org.

Hello Artists

A guide to enjoying art at home with Love and Creativity from @MrsVelazquezArt 

Art Contests: Submit your art for cash prizes.
Museums: Take a virtual field trip to world museums and stream Operas.
Art Games: Compete against yourself and others.
Digital Art: Create art on your device.
Art Education: Learn about art.
Art at Home: Art tutorials for you to create where you are.

Books and Reading

LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection

Search or browse by title, author, genre, or language. LibriVox is a community of volunteers from all over the world who record public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works, in many different languages.

Adam Gidwitz on Pinna

Older kids can enjoy Adam Gidwitz’s spooky fairy tale podcast, Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest. 60 days free with the promo code PINNA4KIDS.

Project Gutenberg

Everything from Project Gutenberg is completely without cost to readers. Read with Kindle, Nook, cell phone, and other mobile devices.

OverDrive - Library eBooks & Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library using OverDrive on your Windows 8/8.1/10 device or your Android device. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive.

Audible

Audible Books to listen to are available for as long as schools are closed. For all ages and in many languages.

Storynory Classic Authors

Read Stories and poems by classic authors including Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and others.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Library of Congress

Read stories at the Library of Congress. Story of the Week stories available online. Read the current story or search by title or author.

Authors Everywhere!

Authors Everywhere is a YouTube channel started by Susan Tan for middle-grade readers which includes activities, writing workshops and readings from authors.

NASA ebooks

Download NASA ebooks: Earth (Feb. 2019): A photo-essay from NASA’s Earth Science Divisio:. Hubble Focus: Galaxies Through Space and Time (Aug. 2019): Hubble’s recent discoveries about galaxies. Earth at Night (Dec. 2019): How humans and natural phenomena light up the darkness. Beyond Earth, A Chronicle of Deep Space Exploration (Sept. 2018): Robotic travelers beyond Earth orbit. The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini (Sept. 2017): Cassini mission captured about 450,000 spectacular images.

Science

Zoo Universe

Zooniverse projects succeed because they’re the collective work of many thousands of you who come together to collaborate with research teams. You can sign up to help with watching Penguins, fighting resistance to antibiotics, explore the life of Wood Ducks, and many other projects. Sort through photos with Wildwatch Kenya. Look through images of Gorongosa National Park.

Planet Four = Mars

Come explore Mars and mark surface features in images taken by the HiRISE instrument on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It's a new Zooniverse project.

NASA Videos and Media Library

Watch NASA videos. Learn about space missions. Check out NASA's Media Library.

 

 

Videos and Movies

New Day Films

New Day Films offers free streaming of many their films until June 1. See the overview as well as a list of FAQs. Find a list of available films here.

Skype a Scientist

Skype a Scientist sessions are held once weekly. Sign up for live sessions here. All sessions are available on the Skype a Scientist YouTube channel.

Nature and Wildlife

Wall of Birds

Cornell Lab of Ornithology presents The Wall of Birds. Click on birds to learn more.

Watch Birds through Nest Cams

Decorah, Iowa nest cam offers of Bald Eagles. Another option is Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The National Eagle Foundation offers four bald eagle cams, including nests at Dollywood and the National Arboretum.

50 Bird Species and the Sounds They Make

AAA State of Play: Click the bird image and hear their song.

Explore Live Cams

Watch everything from Bald Eagles to Kittens to Ocean Life. There is a new Baby Eagle. Watch Polar Bears, Brown Bears and Pandas or animals in Africa, just click the links at Explore.com.

Stream the Animal Kingdom

A list of sites with animal cams. You can see bears, penguins, elephants, pandas, manatees, and lots more.

Global Flyway Network

Global Flyway Network summarizes the work of researchers affiliated with the research groups of Theunis Piersma at the University of Groningen and the Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and collaborators.This map uses tracks of one bird in each flyway to take you along to where the projects on "tracking and tracing shorebirds" are hosted.

Cornell Lab Bird Cams

Cornell Lab Bird Cams channel on YouTube offers 13 live streams including Feeder Watch, Panama Fruit Feeder, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Albatross and more.

Butterfly Rainforest

Observe the Butterfly Rainforest any day of the week through the exhibit’s live web cams: Bird’s eye view from above the canopy or New butterflies emerge in the Rearing Lab.

Learn about Plants and Animals

Fill in your state and quiz yourself on plant and animal identifications.

Sharks 4 Kids

Lots of free activities: Crafts, Coloring Sheets, Posts, and more

 

Sprout People

https://sproutpeople.org/growing-sprouts/ Learn about growing sprouts. See Sprouting Instructions for detailed instructions on how to grow every seed. Our Help page offers answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a glossary of sprout and plant terminology. Seed Taxonomy will lead to a chart that clarifies the family relationships of seeds.

California State Parks

Learn about California's unique cultural and natural diversity in the context of state parks. Pre-registration is required for each program; clicking on the class will take you to registration. Have a parent pre-register their student for these virtual opportunities. These free 30-45 minute home learning programs are offered Tuesday – Thursday. Each program can host up to 500 attendees. K-2nd grade, 9:00 a.m. 3rd-5th grade, 10:00 a.m. Middle School, 11:00 a.m. High School, 12:00 p.m. California time zone.

Dr. Ross Piper, Zoologist

Download PDF copy of Animal Earth. Animal Earth is an impartial celebration and exploration of animal diversity, drawing on the latest research (published 2015) into how the animal lineages are related, how they live and their origins.

Chuq Von Rospach, Photographer

"And the Geese Exploded . . ." Free ebook with over 100 photos of the California greater Bay Area wildlife refuges and short essays about birdwatching.

More Activities

Schoolhouse Rock

200 short videos created by Disney Educational Productions covering grammar, math, science, and other topics

Big Life Kids Podcast

A growth mindset podcast for children. It teaches about persisting through challenges, believing in yourself, learning from your mistakes — and much more! In the first episode of the new season, children learn about mindfulness — why and how to enjoy the present moment and stay calm.

Build your own Booklet

Create an eight-page story booklet with your words and pictures. Upload text and images, then print and fold to complete.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic offers opportunities to enjoy games and videos, learn about animals and explore other countries.