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6th-8th Grade At-Home Resources

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During the summer, we hope that families will continue to focus on student learning. We have compiled learning activities and digital resources that are aligned with the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards to continue and reinforce your child's education. Parents and caregivers should promote good screen time practices when students are online continuing their studies, playing games, or socializing with friends and family. 

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Important Information for Learning at Home:

Screen-free Activities

Digital Lessons

  • Camp Wonderopolis
    One of the most highly regarded digital summer camps on the planet that is completely free. Parents and children will find a wide variety of fun and engaging summer camp activities to take part in when they dive headfirst into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of these activities revolve around STEM field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and others still are designed to help foster improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds. Best of all, after downloading the free Camp Kits you and your campers can go at your own pace to take full advantage of all that this unique digital summer camp has to offer. 
  • Duolingo
    Free foreign language classes for over 20+ languages, including personalized lessons starting at beginner level.
  • GreatMinds
    Knowledge-building resources from Eureka Math® (for Grades K–12),  English language arts curriculum Wit & Wisdom® (K–8), and PhD Science™ (3–5). Customized by grade and module, these consistent and coherent video lessons, delivered by experienced teachers, are viewable on any device. Coordinating activities are also available with each module.

  • Khan Academy
    Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
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  • PBS Learning Media Sun Icon
    PBS has curated a special collection of resources organized by grades and subject area. Parents will find videos and activities that support learning at home. 
  • Wide Open Schools
    A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media. 

Educational Games

  • Mission US Sun Icon
    Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history.
  • Prodigy Sun Icon
    Math games that adapt to suit your child’s learning level.

English Language Arts

  • CommonLit Sun Icon
    CommonLit is committed to providing free remote learning resources to schools affected by coronavirus. CommonLit's digital platform allows teachers to stay in touch with kids at home through customized directions and annotations, instant feedback on student in-text notes, and easy grading with personalized comments. 
  • Read Theory Sun Icon
    Improve your students’ Reading Comprehension. It’s free. Personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ESL students.  The texts are accurately aligned to grade-level standards and a Lexile measure is provided for each, so you can trust your students’ performance metrics and reading level.
  • The Story Starter Sun Icon
    The Story Starter randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters. Use the story starters to help students become more creative with their writing.
  • Youngzine Sun Icon
    Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world -- in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

Fine Arts and Virtual Tours

  • Google Arts & Culture 
    Google Arts & Culture is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums.
  • The Virtual Instructor 
    Free art lessons, drawing lessons, painting lessons and digital art. Over 300 video tutorials! Learn how to draw and paint online. 

Mathematics

  • Algebra Nation Sun Icon
    Free, digital access to 5,000+ engaging videos as well as digital practice problems available to all students in middle and high school. Free tutoring is available from 2 - 8pm CT every night on the Algebra Student Wall. Families and students can access Algebra Nation for free online and on all iOS/Android mobile devices. Contact your school to get your child's login information.
  • Desmos
    Desmos is a free extremely user-friendly, online graphing calculator that students can use to graph functions, plot data and evaluate equations. The site also includes math examples and even creative art—so students can get the most out of the calculator.
  • Geometry 3-D Shapes Interactive
    The Annenberg Learner: Geometry 3-D Shapes Interactive is a free learning website where students can learn about solids or three-dimensional geometric shapes and the academic vocabulary used to describe them. Additionally, students can learn how to calculate surface area, volume, and explore the mathematical properties of 3-D figures.
  • NCTM illuminations
    Over 100 are virtual manipulatives, applets, and games, including Calculation Nation® games (online math strategy games against a computer or players from around the world).

  • SolveMe
    Helps students get practice in solving equations in a fun and engaging way that is appealing to students.

  • Summer Math Challenge Sun Icon
    Quantile measures give parents and caregivers powerful tools to support your child in math. With Quantile measures, you can engage your child in learning by ensuring they are prepared for their math lessons, as well as monitor progress over time.

Science

  • CODE.org Sun Icon
    To get your students interested in coding have them visit CODE.org. This site introduces students to this growing field through engaging videos, introductory tutorials, and quick courses. CODE.org also offers a full curriculum that starts at the beginner level on to the more rigorous advanced placement level.
  • Google Science Journal Sun Icon
    By using the sensors built into smartphones, iPads, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices, students can make real-time and real-world observations of their current environments with the Google Science Journal application. Students can observe sound, light, and motion and gather relevant data, formulate questions, and identify problems about their environments and construct logical and evidence-based answers and solutions.
  • SciWorthy
    Scientific articles that tell you about what scientists do, why they did it, and the results they got, in everyday language.

Social Studies

  • American Battlefield Trust
    From continuing education credits to curricula and lesson plans, from research guides to scholarships and contests, the Education team offers a wide variety of resources for teachers and students about America’s first-century conflicts and the consequences of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War.
  • iCivics Sun Icon
    iCivics provides engaging civics education through online games, which transform abstract concepts like voting into real-life problems.
  • PBS: History Detective: Special Investigations Resources Sun Icon
    In each hour-long episode of History Detectives Special Investigations, historians ask probing questions behind a single iconic mystery from America's past. Viewers are asked us to solve the puzzles behind their historic objects and artifacts and special features such as tips on conducting your own historical investigation to resources to use in the classroom.

Virtual Library Resources

  • Find a Book Sun Icon
    Find a Book is a book search that connects students with books based on their reading levels and interests.