It's Friday! I can't believe it.
Is it just me, or did this week go by in a blur? I feel as if every day I woke up and something more concerning had happened. Yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot updated us Chicago Public Schools will be closed until April 20th. Today we learned that California issued an order last night asking people to stay home and New York has just done the same. The reality is we are going to be at home for a while.
There are a lot of tips out there to help us cope with this change. We think it's essential to keep your minds active so we don't have the time to worry about what we cannot control. Over the past couple of days, I have been curating a list of additional resources for parents and students to keep learning and growing at home. I will continue to add to this list and will post updates when we do. Be well, friends, stay home, and keep learning.
Download the CPS AT HOME KIT
Apps from David L. Hoyt
Just 2 Fun is the perfect app for kids that like to solve puzzles -- kids that can think outside of the box to arrive at word answers to visual clues!
Word Search World Traveler is great fun for players of all ages- it's even something the whole family can take part in!
Apps and Resources from Literacy Experts
Informable from the News Literacy Project.
Boost your news literacy know-how with Informable! Test your ability to sort fact from fiction, and score points for accuracy and speed across three levels of difficulty and four modes of information. You’ll develop news-literate habits of mind by practicing four distinct skills: distinguishing news articles from opinion pieces, advertisements from other types of information, false evidence from sound evidence, and fact-based statements from opinion-based statements.”
Download Informable on Google Play
Download Informable on Apple's App Store
The American Writers Museum, the first museum solely devoted to celebrating American writers and their works, debuts a first-of-its-kind app designed to help teachers and students engage with the museum's unique field trip curriculum.
Write In: A Teacher-Curated Tour is an interactive app designed to help teachers and students have a more meaningful and rich experience. It is meant to serve as a supplement to traditional field trips. Teachers can create lesson plans in advance of their visit to American Writers Museum. Since the curriculum is not age-specific, it can be tailored for each classroom so students from elementary school through college can have a tailor-made experience.
Write In: A Teacher-Curated Tour was co-created with former CPS teacher and current Leyden Township librarian Gina Caneva and is available for FREE through the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
HMH FUSE Algebra 1 HMH Fuse Algebra 1 Common Core Edition gives every student a personalized learning experience using video tutorials, MathMotion step-by-step examples, homework help, quizzes, tips, hints, and many other integrated features to teach, review, and assess all concepts. Winner of the “Distinguished Achievement” Award in the category of Mobile Device Application honoring “outstanding resources for teaching and learning” presented by the Association of Educational Publishers.
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Download it for FREE on the Apple App store.
May soon be available on Android. Keep checking the HMH FUSE website.
King of Math Troubi Entertainment *** The #1 Math trainer for Android ***
"This is one of the best educational apps out there." - famigo.com A professional brain trainer. One that is both efficient and fun to use. Have you ever wanted to be the "king" of something? Of course you have! We want to show you that mathematics is far from boring. It's awesome! It's fun! It makes sense. You just found what you were looking for. A professional brain trainer, one that is both efficient and fun to use. Strengthen your mental abilities, improve your ability to stay concentrated over long periods of time and sharpen your perception skills
To name just a few of the categories available:
» Addition » Subtraction » Multiplication » Division » Powers & Roots » Average & Median » Equations » Fractions » Smallest & Largest
Download it now on Google Play!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems free video series
Play Smart Literacy Pinterest Boards
We have 64 boards filled with playful learning ideas to build language and relationships through play!
There is a board for each of our weekly Play Themes. Also boards for subjects like Literacy, Science, Math, even 10 Parenting Tools...ALL THROUGH PLAY :)
Visit PlaySmartLiteracy.org for more info- free registration, SHARE your #TalkAndPlay at home, or follow us on social media for ideas and connection.
Stop Breathe Think
A meditation app for kids! (There is one for adults, too!)
Read Ask Chat
Download ReadAskChat from the iTunes App Store or Google Play
The wonderful folks at Read Ask Chat are making access to the full library FREE! to families through the end of May.
After loading the FREE app, enter the code YNC2SN during registration to unlock ALL of their stories and conversation starters.
The Poetry Foundation
Download their free app that allows people to find poems for different categories or use the Spin function to encounter a poem at random.
The Poetry Foundation has also published a collection of resources for educators and guardians trying to keep learning and morale up.
The Cincinnati Zoo is doing Home Safaris on Facebook Live
Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
The CCLC has published this list of resources:
Coronavirus Lesson Plan from esllibrary.com
InternetEssentials.com 60 days of free Internet Essentials service for new customers
ProLiteracy: prepare for, protect from, and prevent COVID-19 activities
Chicago Digital Learn
Northstar Digital Literacy