Extending the Learning

As humans, we are always learning. Mostly we engage with the learning that is meaningful and interesting to us. We can instill in young people the love of lifelong learning, especially when you see these cool resources available for engaged learning. Pick a favorite, or two, for the summer!

Below are links to sites with many links to learning opportunities and activities.

Activities Links

KTVA List of Alaska artists and makers activities.

Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Digital Directory of Virtual Author/Illustrator Visits and Workshops.

Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Digital Directory of Fun Activities for Kids.

Fitness by the Sea: 101 Summer Activities for Kids from Camp Directors.

National Association of Secondary School Principals: List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

National Park Service: Games and Challenges.

Contests: Art, Writing, Cooking contest links.

Children’s author and illustrator Dav Pilkey shares new activities and exciting videos every Friday.


Art and Drawing

Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Digital Directory of Art Projects for Kids.

Kitchen Table Classrom: Art and Learning at Home.

Alaska Airlines Coloring Book.

CB Creative Blog: Pencil Shading Techniques.

Art Starts for Kids: Dot Drawings for young children.

Adobe Coloring Book.

For free online art lessons for children at Twitter #DrawWithRob.


Books & Reading Links

Library of Congress Engage with Authors.

Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Digital Directory of Audio and E-books for Kids.

Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Digital Directory of Online book readings.

BBC: History Podcasts.

Washington Post: List of Public Radio and Television learning programs.

Tiny Owl: Free teacher resources, packed full of brilliant ideas to help you use their books.

Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids.

BookBub: Publishers and others offering free digital content.

New York Public Library: At-Home Family Literacy Activity Guides for Early Grades.

Stories with Steve: A collection of read aloud stories.

Random House Canada: Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events.

Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, shares his passion for storytelling, GRAB THE MIC newsletter and "Write. Right. Rite.," a twice-weekly "Grab the
Mic" video series.

Poets Laureate Joy Harjo, Robert Pinsky, Natasha Trethewey and Juan Felipe Herrera talk to Ron Charles of
The Washington Post about "The Poetry of Home" in a series for National Poetry Month.

Find more ways to engage with authors and connect to the Library of Congress resources.

Tiny Owl’s books are being read aloud via their YouTube channel.

Lantana has made several of their diverse picture e-books free.


Math & Arithmetic

Math Solutions: Learning Math at Home.


Science and Nature

The Kid Should See This: 22 videos about botany.

The Kid Should See This: 919 videos about nature.


Some of Everything

Anchorage School District resources for Preschool to High School.


Virtual Tours

Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park .

WeAreTeachers: Online Activities, virtual trips, authors.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Free Lessions.

Atlas Obscura: A Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders.

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.


Watch and Listen

Atlantic Magazine list of culture writers’ top free picks.

BBC World of Sounds, Radio, Podcasts and Music Mixes.

Medium's 46 Most Intellectually Stimulating Sites.

National Geographic Educational Resources.

YouTube Kids.

The Kid Should See This: Videos on many topics.



WeAreTeachers: Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing.

WeAreTeachers: Ultimate Guide to Student Writing Contests.

New Pages: Young Authors Guide.

Curtis Brown free weekly writing workouts .