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6th-8th Grade At-Home Resources

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As districts move to a learning-at-home model during school closures, 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. 

Important Information for Learning at Home:

Screen-free Activities

Digital Lessons

  • 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.

  • Infobase Online Resources
    Infobase is offering access to several online databases which includes: World News Digest, Ferguson’s Career Guidance, Today’s Science, The World Almanac for Kids, Access Video on Demand, and Just for Kids. Just for Kids will allow younger students to watch safe and curated videos as well as homework help. 
    Username: patrontrial | Password: trial
  • 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.
    Suggested Student schedules
  • LearningExpress Library - School Center
    Offers 6th - 8th grade English, math, and social studies practice tests and tutorials that can be completed online or paper/pencil. Register as a new user with personal or school email address. 
  • PBS Learning Media
    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. 
  • Scholastic Learn at Home
    Day-to-Day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Separated by grade level, each day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. For students in prekindergarten through second grade, activity directions are available in both English and Spanish.
  • Wide Open Schools
    A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media. 
  • World Book Online Resources
    Browse through PreK-12th grade learning resources that include ebooks, printables, quizzes, and scavenger hunts. World Book will launch Wizard, an adaptive learning resource for math, science, social studies, and language arts. 

Educational Games

  • Brain Pop
    Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.
    Username: whileathome | Password: abc123
  • Mission US
    Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history.

English Language Arts

  • CommonLit
    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. 
  • Lexile Tools to Support Reading at Home
    Lexile measures help parents and caregivers find materials at your child's unique reading levels. With Lexile measures, you can engage your child in learning by ensuring they comprehend their reading materials, as well as monitor their progress over time. 

  • Read Theory
    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
    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
    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.
  • Smarthistory 
    Smarthistory provides essays, video, photographs, and links to additional resources for each of the 250 works of art and architecture that comprise the new AP art history curriculum.
  • The Virtual Instructor 
    Free art lessons, drawing lessons, painting lessons and digital art. Over 300 video tutorials! Learn how to draw and paint online. 
  • World Digital Library 
    The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site, in a variety of ways. Content on the WDL includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films.

Mathematics

  • Algebra Nation
    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).

  • Prodigy
    Math games that adapt to suit your child’s learning level.
  • Quantile Tools to Help Your Child's Math Skills Grow at Home
    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. 

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

Science

  • CODE.org
    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
    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.
  • Science Bob
    Fun science site that includes experiments, research ideas and videos for kids.
  • Science Journal For Kids
    Hundreds of scientific articles, written for kids, approved by scientists. Each article features a glossary of unfamiliar terms and "check for understanding" questions.
  • SciWorthy
    Scientific articles that tell you about what scientists do, why they did it, and the results they got, in everyday language.
  • The Biology Place by Pearson
    Specifically designed for students studying biology, this site aids students in getting a firm grasp of concepts with the BioCoach, experiencing virtual application of concepts with the Lab Bench, and understanding the meanings of conceptual vocabulary.

Social Studies

  • Famous Speeches from the Past
    Watch and/or listen to famous speeches from the past that shape our current landscape and world. Students and parents can search by common tags, names, and events. 
  • PBS: History Detective: Special Investigations Resources
    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

  • Audible Stories
    Students can stream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. 
  • Follett Lightbox
    Lightbox offers more than 1000 PreK-12th grade ebook titles in science, social studies, language arts, math, and more. AV2 World Languages features high-interest titles in 10 different languages with full audio support. 

  • MAGNOLIA Databases and Open Access Resources
    Features resources like DOGO News, iCivics, KidsReads, National Gallery of Art, PBS Newshour Extra, Science News for Students, TweenTribune by Smithsonian and many more. 
    Sign in Information: Click on Sign In (top right corner).
    Type Access Code: magn0897 and choose Grades 6-8.
  • Open Library 
    We have well over 20 million edition records online, provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books, and link to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon when we can.