For my overall thoughts and suggestions for “Homeschooling” during COVID school closures, please visit this page.
Some notes about the info below for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
- For thematic learning, you can use several of the resources listed below to help you easily develop entire lesson plans around the topic. I indicated resources that are especially useful for thematic learning with [TL].
- Unless otherwise stated, assume these resources are free (some are always free; some are just free during school closures). Please keep in mind that many businesses are struggling to stay open and pay their workers. So, if you enjoy the resources and are able to donate to the organization, please do – especially at a time like this.
- For those sites that have a related app for your phone or tablet, I have added [App] so that you can search for it by name in your device store. Please note that the apps, while often more convenient, usually have more limitations of free access.
- Some activities are live-streamed at certain times on certain days. I have indicated those in italics. For most of these, the videos are available at least 24 hours afterward also.
- Hands-on learning creates stronger memories and understanding. So have your children try the activities that can be done “In Real Life” [IRL]. Keep in mind that this may mean going to a website to read about a hands-on lesson, order materials, or print a worksheet.
- Pro Tip: Put printouts in plastic sheet protectors and have your children use dry erase markers so that you can do the sheets over and over.
Note: I usually create my own content in pdf form because linking to other websites often results in unforeseeable changes like altered content, modified pricing, broken links, etc. If something I posted below has changed or is not correct, please email me so I can correct it.
Visit the following links for resources for:
You will notice that my content for Students with LDs and High School students is sparse. I will keep adding to these categories when I find generalized resources. However, I truly believe these students benefit most from individualized assistance with a live/online tutor who can personalize the learning methodology to help the students become more confident, independent learners. Please contact me if you would like to discuss our tutoring options in more detail.
For HIGH SCHOOL children:
WorldWise Tutoring’s Student Handbook Science resources [IRL]
WorldWise Tutoring’s YouTube Science videos
Algodoo gives you the opportunity to play with physics. Use your own hands and simple drawing tools to design, construct and explore the world of physics. [TL] [App]
The Physics Classroom has a set of instructional pages for each physics topic that is written in an easy-to-understand language and complemented by graphics and Check Your Understanding sections.
BioNinja has easy to understand summaries, presentations, slideshows, and activities that breakdown complex biology topics.
Biology Simulations helps students to learn about biology and practice data analysis skills by completing simulations that allow students to easily gather data from multiple trials.
The American Chemical Society has articles on chemistry for high schoolers.
Academy4SC has videos covering topics in psychology, philosophy & civics for grades 6-12.
Tynker offers lessons for High School ranging from beginner to advanced. [TL] [App]
Also see resources listed under “STEM/STEAM” of ALL students
WorldWise Tutoring’s Student Handbook Math resources [IRL]
WorldWise Tutoring’s YouTube Math videos
Can Figure It is a “highly interactive tool that provides an easy-to-use workspace where students can practice proofs while exercising their deductive reasoning muscles.”
Flipped Mastery allows students to demonstrate mastery of all concepts in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, and Calculus.
PhotoMath is an App that allows you to scan a math problem for the step-by-step solution. [App]
Compilation of lessons from Intuit to teach your kids about financial literacy, budgeting, frauds, and other practical money skills. [IRL]
Science and Math:
Explore Learning has over 400 math and science Gizmos that teach how to graph, measure, compare, predict, and prove. Free 60 day trial.
Brilliant.org: Build problem-solving “quantitative skills in math, science, and computer science with fun and challenging interactive explorations.” Free trial available. [App]
Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12.
http://mw.concord.org/modeler/index.html – Molecular Workbench has visual, interactive lessons for teaching and learning science. It has hundreds of simulations and embedded assessments for physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.
WorldWise Tutoring’s Student Handbook ELA resources [IRL]
WorldWise Tutoring’s YouTube ELA videos
NoRedInk builds writing skills “through interest-based curriculum, adaptive grammar and writing exercises, and actionable data.” [TL]
LightSail is a digital educational reading platform with 6,000 texts from different subject areas and topics that is designed to engage students in grades K-12 to develop and reinforce their reading skills. Each student is given a customized library based on their Lexile reading level and reading interests. Students earn badges based on total minutes read, the different types of genres or topics they engage with, or the number of embedded questions that they get correct.
Quill provides interactive writing and grammar activities.
Big History Project has “social studies curriculum that gets beyond facts” by emphasizing skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future, thereby improving in writing and critical thinking skills.
The Fiscal Ship allows the student captain to “find a combination of policies that address the [national] debt while meeting your chosen ideological views.” Good for ages 14+.
Seneca’s smart learning algorithms help students to remember math, science, history, english, Spanish etc. topics better. “If you get a question wrong, we’ll show you the content again but in a different format. We’ll even do it at a time when it’s optimal for you to learn it. We’ve also hand-selected the best GIFs and memes on the internet so revision makes you laugh instead of stressed. [TL] [App]
PBS has standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more in PreK-12 science, math, social studies, ELA, engineering & technology, health, art, etc. [TL] [IRL]
Use ixl.com to search any math, language arts, science, social studies, or Spanish concept for grade-specific, student adapted problems with detailed explanations. [TL] [App]
Wolfram Alpha uses AI and algorithms to provide step-by-step solutions to problems in math, science, technology, art, history, finance, etc. [App]
Ck12 has interactive K-12 learning activities and practice in science, math, and social studies that adapts to individual student performance. [TL]
Homeschooling resources organized by grade, subject, theme, etc. [TL] [IRL]
Discoveryk12 is offering 180 days of free online non-Common Core curriculum for PreK-12th covering all subjects and including quizzes and tests. [TL] [IRL]
HippoCampus has over 7,000 videos in 13 subjects areas including English, Math (through Calculus and Statistics), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Economics, Government, and Sociology. [TL]
Khan Academy has scheduled self-paced, interactive content–exercises, videos and articles and in most major subject areas 6-9th grade
Crash Course has entertaining YouTube videos on physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history. [TL]
Mr Azfar is offering live streaming Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and English lessons M-F from 4-6:50am CST.
Wide Open School has videos, lessons,and printables to help with scheduling, emotional well being, life skills, and all core subjects. [TL] [IRL]
TED Talks for kids. [TL]
WorldWise Tutoring’s FREE virtual proctored ACT/SAT testing and FREE score report with consultation. Contact us for details.
Procreate is a professional-level medium for digital artists. Its 48 brushes include sets of pencils, inks, paint brushes, and digital tools to produce incredibly high resolution work. [App]
Breakout EDU has K-12 escape room digital games.
Braingle has “over 15,000 brain teasers, riddles, logic problems and mind puzzles.” [IRL]
“Puzzle Prime’s mission is to provide students and adults of all ages the opportunity to develop their mental skills in fun and engaging ways with puzzles (including Brain Teasers, Detective Mysteries, and Optical Illusions) that will challenge your analytical thinking and boost your passion for science.”
Brain Den helps users test logic skills and have fun with brain teasers, riddles, puzzles, and optical illusions all sorted by category.
Character Strong’s curricula is focused on fostering the Whole Child with vertically-aligned lessons that teach social-emotional learning (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making) and character (Character Development: Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Commitment, Humility), side-by-side.
And remember… if you’d like one of our expert tutors to help devise, teach, monitor, and assess lessons for your child, we are here to help! CONTACT US.