Summer is here! If you’re looking for some learning resources and opportunities for your child, here are some that we recommend.
- 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
- National Association for Gifted Children (K-12) – Enrichment activities that foster creativity
Art, Performing & Visual
- 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. (
- Lincoln Center (K-12) – Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center.
- Mets Museum art online – Met Kids (K-8) – Explore The Met using an interactive map
- Behavior Response Support Team (BRST) (K-12) – BRST is providing simple and quick behavior and social emotional learning tips for families to use at home.
- EDUTOPIA Social and Emotional Supports for Parents (K-12) – Excellent resource for teaching parents about social and emotional needs during COVID-19
- Prevent Child Abuse America (K-12) – Parenting tips to promote social and emotional learning
- Teaching Tolerance (K-12) – Excellent resource for teaching social justice, civil rights, and related topics that promate family discussion.
- Code.org at Home (K-6) – Free self-paced coding activities for students
- 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.
- Start with a book (K-3) – Start with a Book offers parents, caregivers, summer program staff and librarians lots of engaging ideas for getting kids hooked on reading, exploring and learning all summer long — and beyond. Skills: vocabulary, 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.
- UEN Student Interactivies 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.
- ReadWriteThink – Parent & Afterschool Resources (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.
- app.imaginelearning.com (K-12, Multilingual Learners) – Available through July 31, 2020 to all Granite District students (not just multilingual learners). Programs works to develop foundational literacy and language skills through personalized learning pathways. Through a comprehensive, systematic scope and sequence, students build proficiency in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and academic language.
- Preschool Pioneer (Preschool) – Repository of developmentally appropriate preschool resources
- Scholastic Learn at Home (Preschool-K) – videos, storybook reads, activities
- Lakeshore Learning Channel (Preschool) – videos with skill based activity ideas
- Lakeshore Resources (Preschool) – skill based activities
- Utah Middle School Math Project (7-8) – Math materials that align with the 7th and 8th grade math core.
- Go Math (K-6) – Math lessons and activities including Interactive Student Edition, Math on the Spot Videos, Mega Math, Curious George or Carmen Sandiego.
- 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.
- VROOM (Preschool) – Parent friendly, brain building tips to help parents boost their child’s learning during time they already spend together
- Sora ebooks Summer Reading (K-12) – Granite eBook library
- Start with A Book (K-6) – Summer reading and science activities for kids
- Scholastic Learn at Home (K-9) – Leveled books, activites, 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 Eductation (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 summer activities for parents to do with kids at home