Below is a list of educational resources available to parents to help during the COVID-19 closure. These sites are not affiliated with our District and parents should always monitor what their children are doing online.
We have also created a resource center outside of school with hard copies of materials for parents to pick up. If your child has resources waiting to be picked up, your child’s teacher will contact you.
April 1, 2020
The ongoing COVID-19/Coronavirus public health emergency has challenged us to find new ways to support our students in their journey through K-12 education. A longer than expected closure of our schools – currently through at least April 14 – means students’ at-home learning will continue for the foreseeable future.
While instruction will not be the same as in a traditional classroom, our goal is that students will have opportunities to be engaged and continue learning new material guided by their teachers, in preparation for a return to their regular classrooms.
In support of this endeavor, our district has collaborated with Capital Region BOCES and its 23 other component school districts to curate and/or develop high-quality, standards-based lessons and resources focused on the most essential curriculum for our students in K-8 ELA and math, middle-level science and social studies, and Regents courses. The concepts and lessons provided are those that are foundational to students’ future learning. We will be using these resources in our district as a springboard for our teachers to customize their own lessons with their students as appropriate.
As a region, we have also collaborated to define reasonable and practical expectations for students’ at-home learning, given these less-than-ideal circumstances. This includes significantly reduced expectations for how much time students spend on at-home learning each week and a simplified, non-traditional model of grading based on measures of student learning.
Our expectation is that students’ at-home learning time (including time spent learning new material, watching video lessons, participating in class discussions and completing assigned work and activities) fall within these recommended time allocations:
- Grades K-2: 2.5 hours total per week for ELA and math, with an additional one hour per week for learning in other disciplines (3.5 hours per week total)
- Grades 3-5: 4 hours total per week for ELA and math, with an additional one hour per week for learning in other disciplines (5 hours per week total)
- Grades 6-8: 2-3 hours each per week for ELA, math, science and social studies, with an additional 1-2 hours per week for all other subject areas (10 hours per week total)
- Grades 9-12: 3 hours per week for each credit-bearing course (24 hours per week total)
- Click to view informational flyer regarding new Learning at Home Standards
- Click to view video regarding Learning at Home Standards, with Ms. Dzembo.
A daily condensed schedule will provide structure and routine for students and parents, while also giving students flexibility to work outside of scheduled times.
We will also forego “formal” grades while schools are closed. We will emphasize the importance of feedback and formative assessments. As a result, students will receive one of two options:
- Complete - There is evidence of learning. The student has demonstrated learning of essential curriculum based on what was taught and assigned.
- Incomplete - The student has not completed an assignment, or work completed does not yet demonstrate learning of essential curriculum. The student will be given the opportunity to redo and resubmit work to demonstrate learning.
The most important expectation we hold for our students is that they participate daily and connect with their teachers so that learning can continue. As parents and guardians, you are important partners and digital role models for your children to help them develop new routines to remain engaged in their learning during these unprecedented times.
Together, we can continue our mission on behalf of our students.
Director of Curriculum
WMHT is offering an educational programming block and online resources targeted at students pre-k through 12. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit: wmht.org/homeclassroom
Storyline Online: FREE children's literacy resource featuring the world's best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. https://www.storylineonline.net/
The Indianapolis Public Library 100+ Free Video Read Alouds: https://www.indypl.org/blog/for-parents/free-video-read-alouds
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems-- authour and illustrator of the Pigeon books as well as Elephant and Piggie books: Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 1:00 p.m. ET. Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ to watch all of Mo's videos, find activity sheets to print out & follow along, and more!
Starfall: Is very similar to ABCMouse. It is good for Grades K-2 https://starfall.com
Storynory: Is a podcast and a website with audio streaming. https://storynory.com
Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Social Emotional Learning
Headspace - Meditation for Kids - https://www.headspace.com/meditation/kids?fbclid=IwAR2poZwjmPo1ma0pveVPGxVvhUov20WWDqNMUHEUkaY8Fx5CvgOO-5-2BuM
CosmicKids Yoga - Yoga videos specifically made for kids - https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Centervention - Social Skills Resources for Parents & Free lessons and activities - https://www.centervention.com/social-skills-resources-for-parents/ https://www.centervention.com/social-emotional-learning-activities/
GoNoodle - gonoodle.com - Engages kids with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free.
Academic Related Websites
Have Fun Teaching - https://www.havefunteaching.com/ - With a free account, you get access to purchase thousands of teaching resources, including worksheets, activities, songs, videos and more!
BedTimeMath - http://bedtimemath.org/ - Bedtime Math is a nonprofit operating foundation funded by private donations. Parents can sign up by email, on the website, and on their free app. “Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics.”
Scholastic Learn At Home - https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.htm - 20 Days of Free activities that integrate reading, science, and social studies topics.
PBS Kids - https://pbskids.org/ - Activities for Elementary-aged children
PBS Learning Media - https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/mathematics/k-8-mathematics/ - Activities specific to K-8 Math
Greg Tang Math - https://gregtangmath.com/ - Take part in the Spring Math challenge or play some math games!
Wide Open School - https://wideopenschool.org/ - A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
- British Museum London
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
- NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia
- NASA Ohio’s Glenn Research Center
- National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia
- National Museum of the United States Air Force
- Louvre, Paris
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- Pergamon Museum, Berlin
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
- Google Arts (list of online museums)
- Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
- San Diego Zoo Live Webcams
- Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo
- Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam in Tuscon, AZ
- Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland
- Penguin tours Shedd Aquarium
- Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
- Georgia Aquarium
- National Aquarium Baltimore, MD
- New England Aquarium