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Category: Academics
Tags: summer learning summer activities smithsonian institution summer homeschool ideas

Keep your kids learning and occupied throughout the summer with a variety of free programs. Scroll down for printable math and reading booklets.

Learning at Home: Hands-On activities, online resources, printables, apps and more.

PBS Summer LearningA collection of videos and interactives.

Legends of LearningThis site is providing 10 weeks of free math and science activities that are game-based. They are also running STEM competitions. For grades 1 - 8.

Wide Open SchoolA collection of online learning sites organized by grade (pre-school through 12) and subject.

Smartpegs8 weeks of free science activities

Start with a BookThis site has printable Reading Adventure Packs for grades K - 3, covering a variety of topics, including Bugs, Birds, and Animals; Flight; Time and Time Travel; and others (24 altogether). You'll also find links to hands-on activities, writing prompts, websites and mobile apps.

Things You Wanna Know: NatGeo Kids video series.

Newsela Summer Reading ClubsFor grades 2 - 12, students can join clubs on a variety of interests, including animals, technology, movies, and more.

Explorer HQBecome an intrepid explorer and complete a variety of unusual missions to earn badges.

Science of Summer: Explore the science behind summer activities at this PBS LearningMedia site. Topics include the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the science of blowing bubbles, the mineral composition of sand, and the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and roller coasters.

Maker CampFeatures a collection of projects to make at home.

Camp WonderopolisExplore wonders about music and how it relates to other fields, such as science, math and history.

Camp GoNoodleEach week in July, you receive an email with  new adventures and activities, both online and off, and the ability to earn badges. 

Self-Learning for KidsNot really a program, but a very long list of free, self-learning online resources for kids in pre-K through sixth grades. There are 75 resources, organized by type.

Summer Learning Packets (Printable booklets):

Grade K Math

Grade K Reading

Grade 1 Reading

Grade 1 Addition/Subtraction

Grade 1 Counting

Grade 2 Fiction

Grade 2 Non-Fiction

Grade 2 Math

Grade 2 Math Answer Key

Grade 2 Geometry

Grade 3 Fiction

Grade 3 Non-Fiction

Grade 3 Math

Grade 3 Math Answer Key

 



Free Worksheets and Other Useful Printables
Category: Academics
Tags: free comprehension worksheets free writing worksheets free printable worksheets free math worksheets

Whether you're building your own curriculum as you go, or just need some extra material to supplement what you're already using, these sites can help. Free worksheets for multiple subject areas, mostly for elementary and middle grades: 

Multi-Subject: 

Math:

  • Math-Aids- K - 12; listed by topic.
  • Math Game TimeListed by grade (Pre-K through grade 7) and by topic.
  • Math Cheat Sheets: Guide full of math concepts such as measurement, geometric figures, formulas, vocabulary and more. 64 pp.
  • Math ChartsThis site has visual aids for teaching math topics, such as fractions, percentages, measurements, skip-counting, Roman numerals, and more. Easy to print, one-page charts.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • K12 ReaderWorksheets for phonics, reading comprehension, grammar and handwriting; also has 36-week spelling programs for grades 1 – 5, with spelling lists and dictation sentences.
  • Free Phonics Worksheets: Consonant and vowel sounds; blends

For more downloads, visit this site's Worksheets page.


Scientific Classification
Category: Academics
Tags: classification of animals animal classes animal types animals with vertebrates animal kingdom classification classification of organisms


(Photo by Samuel Scrimshaw on Unsplash)

Here are 10 Pairs of Commonly Confused Animals plus additional free resources --   including ebooks, games, and activities -- for studying the diversity of life, animal and plant classification, and cells.

Free "This or That" Readers

The following 71-page reader includes information on cells, classifying life, plants, classifying animals, and animal systems: 

Click on the Image below:

More Interactives and Virtual Labs:

Classification of Organisms

Classifying Living Things Into Groups

 

Animal Classification Cards: 

 

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