Granite District teachers have planning days scheduled for January 28th, March 11th, and May 6th, 2022. For at-home learning opportunities during these days, or for any time you would like to supplement your student’s learning, below you will find links to some of our recommended educational resources.
Directions: Scroll to the subject areas you are interested in and click on the links to the resources and activities. You will find multiple grade-level activities across subject areas.
- UEN Learn at Home (K-12) – Repository of free resources offered through UEN and public media like PBS.
- Learn at Home with YouTube (K-12) – Curated list of educational video channels as well as a schedule of live educational events
- Clifford Interactive Storybooks (K-1) – Early readers practice important phonemic awareness and phonics skills as they listen to words read aloud and select which words to include in their Clifford Interactive Storybooks. Skills: phonemic awareness, consonant sound-spellings, common sort and long sound-spellings, and high-frequency words.
- Between the Lions Early Reading (K-1) – Video segments from Between the Lions focusing on early reading skills. Skills: fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, text comprehension, vocabulary.
- Khan Academy Kids app (Pre-K, K, 1) – An educational highly interactive app focusing on subjects like math, science, reading, social studies, and more. Skills: early literacy, reading, writing, phonics, vocabulary. Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store
- PBS Kids (K-1) – Resources to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. This link will take you to a list of games organized by topic. Look for their PBS Kids video app and PBS Kids Games app in the Apple Store and on Google Play. Skill: rhyming, alphabet knowledge, reading, vocabulary, spelling, etc.
- Reading Bear (K-1) – Reading Bear teaches beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English. Skills: phonics skills (short vowels, blends, digraphs, diphthongs, long vowels, r-controlled, 1-4 syllable words).
- Teach Your Monster To Read (K-1) – This game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colorful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. Skills: matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words, and reading full sentences.
- Undersea ABC: An Alphabet Learning Game for Kids (K-1) – Larry Lobster tells you which letter bubbles to click on. A perfect score frees the trapped submarine from the bottom of the ocean. Skill: alphabet knowledge.
- Starfall (K-3) – Provides interactive games and free resources for parents and students. Look for the Starfall.com app in the Apple Store and on Google Play. Skill: phonemic awareness, phonics, common sight words, decoding practice, word recognition, fluency.
- Storyline Online (K-4) – Videos from the Screen Actors Guild featuring celebrated actors reading more than 50 popular children’s picture books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Each book has accompanying lesson plan ideas and activities. Skills covered: early literacy, book awareness, reading comprehension, verbal and written language skills.
- Into the Book (K-5) – A reading comprehension resource for elementary students using engaging interactive activities. Skills: summarizing, visualizing, questioning, evaluating, prior knowledge, synthesizing, making connections, and inferring.
- mCLASS Home Connect (K-6) – Resources for families to practice and reinforce important literacy skills with their children. Skills: phonological awareness, phonics, accurate and fluent reading, and reading comprehension.
- Start with a book (K-6) – Start with a Book offers parents, caregivers, and librarians lots of engaging ideas for getting kids hooked on reading, exploring and learning all year long. Skills: vocabulary, fluency.
- Sora eBooks for Reading (K-12) – A reading and listening app through which students can access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks in Granite School District’s collection. Students can read or listen to these books using a Chromebook, desktop computer, or personal mobile device.
- UEN Student Interactives for Language Arts (3-6) – Links to various interactive games and activities in language arts. Skills: spelling, vocabulary, reading and grammar, writing.
- CommonLit for Parents & Guardians (3-12) – CommonLit is a nonprofit organization on a mission to ensure that all children have the reading and writing skills to succeed in college and beyond. Browse the free collection of available reading passages in all literary and nonfiction genres.
- IXL (Pre-K, K-12) – From phonics and reading comprehension to writing strategies and more, IXL helps learners develop the communication skills needed for success in school, college, and career. Includes activities for Math. Skills: reading foundations, reading strategies, writing strategies, vocabulary, and grammar/mechanics.
- Salt Lake County Library – OverDrive (K-12) – Connect to Overdrive using your Salt Lake County library card. Access a large collection of eBooks and audiobooks for independent and self-directed reading. You can read or listen to these books using a Chromebook, desktop computer or personal mobile device.
- Read Theory (K-12) – ReadTheory’s reading comprehension practice is adaptive and caters to individual’s needs. The system automatically recognized the student’s reading level and matches them with appropriate text and questions. Requires parents to set up an account. Skills: comprehension.
- Free Rice (K-12) – Test kids on their vocabulary knowledge. They also donate free rice to third world countries. Skill: vocabulary.
- Math Resources for Families (K-12) – Three pages full of links to activities and resources with QR codes and descriptions of each one.
- Curious George Number and Counting Games (K-2) – Games of Number and Counting with Curious George. Includes guide to games and printable activities.
- PBS Kids – Cyberchase (3-6) – Animated lessons, activities, games, and videos that teach math concepts in a fun way.
- Utah Middle School Math Project (7-8) – Math materials that align with the 7th and 8th grade math core.
- Scholastic Learn at Home (K-9) – Leveled books, activities, reading quests, non-fiction readers
- NASA at Home (K-12) – Grade level science and STEM lessons and activities
- Utah OER Science Textbooks (3-12) – Free, pdf textbooks that are aligned to the new Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) standards.
- PBS Kids – Design Squad (3-8) – Videos and hands-on activities that support science and engineering.
- Disney On Stage (K-12) – Integrated science and drama lessons tied to popular Disney Movies.
- Science Lessons from UEN Learn@Home (K-12) – Simple science lessons that are presented on Google Slides. Students go through each slide to observe and investigate with items find at home or outside.
- Science Activities from Utah’s Informal Science Education Centers (K-9) – Science lessons, activities, and virtual field trips provided by organizations such as the Hogle Zoo, Natural History Museum, and Ogden Nature Center.
- National Geographic Learn at Home (K-12) – Curated collection for learners. Can be implemented at home with minimal supplies and includes engaging, fun, and skill-building lessons in social studies, geography, science, and more.
- WeAreTeachers Learn at Home (K-5) – Hands-on activities for parents to do with kids at home.
Social Studies Resources
- PBS Learning Media (PreK-12) A collection of standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. You can search by topic, they even have a collection of Ken Burns documentaries.
- Kid Citizen (K-5) Growing set of interactive Episodes where K-5 students work with primary source photographs to explore Congress and Civic Engagement
- National Constitution Center (5-12) Take a virtual tour of the National Constitution Center and explore the Interactive Constitution. There are lots of articles, videos, blog posts, and podcasts that you can check out to learn more about the Constitution and how the U.S. Government works.
- iCivics (1-12) iCivics has a collection of activities that can be completed independently or as a family to help your child learn more about civics. Great for ages 7 and up.
- Fun with Geography (2-12) Geography doesn’t mean studying maps and memorizing state capitals! From making a treasure hunt to keeping a sensory journal, get ideas for how to have fun with geography in your daily life. These great ideas are brought to you by National Geographic.
- Virtual National Parks Tours (2-12) Use Google Earth to take a virtual tour of a national park. There are 31 different virtual tours to choose from.
- 360 Cities (3-12) Students can travel to cities all over the world through this crowd-sourced collection of panoramic photos of buildings and sites in cities big and small.
- U.S. Mint Home (K-6) Browse the U.S. Mint Coin Classroom’s educational resources to find at-home activities, lesson plans, and more. Use coins to teach kids math and finance concepts, as well as general information about the Mint and coins.
- Financial Football (5-11) Visa and the National Football League have teamed up to create Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them personal finance skills. The latest release features 3D graphics and game-changing opportunities with audibles, blitzes and long yardage plays. The game is available to play for free through iOS and Android apps and online, and is designed for ages 11 and up.
- Smithsonian OurStory (PreK-8) A project of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
- Colonial Williamsburg (5-8) Colonial Williamsburg has collections of interactive timelines and videos of their re-enactors that can be viewed by anyone to experience life in colonial America.
- Smithsonian Natural History Museum (3-12) This national site hosts past and current exhibits at the Smithsonian.
- National Archives Online Exhibits (5-12) The National Archives is the nation’s record keeper. Type in your topic and explore hundreds of exhibits.
- Holocaust Museum Online Exhibits (6-12) Explore several different online exhibits including Anne Frank, Nazi Propaganda, Nazi Book Burning, and several more.
- National WWI Museum Online Exhibits (5-12) These online exhibits engage audiences in remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.
- National WWII Museum in New Orleans (5-12) Watch previously recorded electronic field trips. Topics include Japanese American Experience in WWII, the Manhattan Project, D-Day, African American Experiences in WWII, Pearl Harbor, and Students during WWII.
Performing & Visual Art Resources
- Exploratorium (K-12) – The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception. Explore our vast collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity and education resources supporting online teaching and learning.
- Mets Museum art online – Met Kids (K-8) – Explore The Met using an interactive map.
Computer Science Resources
- Code.org at Home (K-6) – Free self-paced coding activities for students.
- Preschool Pioneer (Preschool) – Repository of developmentally appropriate preschool resources.
- Lakeshore Learning Channel (Preschool) – videos with skill based activity ideas.
- Lakeshore Resources (Preschool) – skill based activities.