Supplementary Educational Resources

Parkland School Division has compiled the following lists of resources to help supplement each student's learning experience. Here you will find a wide variety of links to materials that may foster literacy and numeracy, and expand upon the curriculum taught by classroom teachers.

Many of these resources offer entertaining educational opportunities that children can enjoy and pass the time with outside the classroom environment.

Important to Note:

  • Making use of these resources is entirely optional. Your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will cover everything they will need to know for their grade level according to the Alberta curriculum.
  • Use your own discretion when deciding which of these resources would be well suited to your child's interests and/or abilities.
  • Parkland School Division does not endorse any specific external resource; we merely suggest them based on their potential educational value.

COVID-19

The following resources provide useful information about and/or during the COVID-19 pandemic, which you can use to learn more about the disease, and relay to your children in a manner they will be able to understand, without causing them any undue anxiety. Also included here are ideas for activities to pass the time during the stay-at-home directive, and tips for fostering student learning in an online environment.

More resources will be added to this page as they become available. For health and financial resources for individuals and families, check out our Community Resources and Crisis Hotlines page.

For the latest COVID-19 information, please visit the Alberta Health Services website. If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please access the self assessment tool from Alberta Health Services.

Websites

Documents

Videos

Student Services Parent Support Videos

The following videos were created by Parkland School Division Collaborative Teaching Partners, and designed to help parents transition to a learning-from-home environment while adjusting to the new lifestyle changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Educational Videos

These videos demonstrate how a virus like COVID-19 behaves, and what everyone is able to do to help stop its spread.

This video demonstrates how to wash your hands thoroughly with soap.

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For K-6

Literacy (Language Arts)

  • Barefoot Books Singalongs - Animated singalong videos for young children. Text captions indicate what words are being sung.
  • Epic - Thousands of ebooks for kids.
  • Highlights Kids - Articles, games, jokes and more compiled by the kids magazine.
  • Into the Book - Literacy activities for kids.
  • Pobble - Image-based writing prompts.
  • Raz-Kids - Leveled ebooks that can be read by or to a student.
  • Reading Bear - Phonics lessons.
  • Scholastic Learn At Home - Fun facts, short articles, videos and activities geared to different age groups.
  • Smithsonian: Tween Tribune - A variety of articles discussing interesting facts about an assortment of topics, all geared towards tweens.
  • Stories to Grow By - A wide selection of stories for children, designed to teach lessons of morality.
  • Storyberries - Free fairy tales, bedtime stories and poems for kids.
  • Storyline Online - Picture books read by celebrities.
  • Story Place - A site that replicates the library storytime experience for young children.

Numeracy (Math)

Science

Social Studies

  • CBC Kids News - Current events presented in a kid-friendly context.

Physical Education

  • AB Active After School - Lots of active games and physical activities for kids.
  • Active For Life: Activities - A variety of physical literacy activities designed to help students develop balance and movement skills.
  • AMA Youth Run Club at Home - Running activities for children.
  • BodyCoach TV: PE with Joe - 30-minute workouts for young children.
  • BOKS at Home - Workout videos for kids. Live workouts are held every day at 12pm EST (10am Mountain Time) on Facebook Live.
  • Chalk Games - Eight active games that can be played using sidewalk chalk.
  • Dark Horse Athletic - Videos designed to teach the basic skills needed to play popular sports.
  • EverActive Schools: DPA Every Day - Simple daily physical activities for children.
  • Farm Food 360 - Take a 360-degree video tour of various farms and food production facilities throughout Canada.
  • Funtervals - High intensity interval games for kids.
  • Get Kids Moving - Free workout videos for kids. Most have a movie franchise-based theme.
  • Go Noodle - A variety of workout videos for kids.
  • I Love a Challenge! - A series of 40 video challenges for elementary-aged kids designed to foster a growth mindset and a love for physical activity.
  • OPENPhysEd: Active Home - Lots of exercise and physical activity ideas in PDF format.
  • PL3Y Kids Fitness - Free daily kids dance and yoga classes featuring award winning DANCEPL3Y and YOGAPL3Y physical literacy programs taught by certified instructors from around the world.
  • SWORKIT - Trial registration is free, and comes with permanent free access to kids' workout routines and videos.
  • Today's Parent: 15 Ways to Keep Kids Active Indoors - Ideas to keep kids active, even if you don't have much space to work with.

Art

Music

Second Languages

Technology

  • Be Internet Awesome - A website that teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

Other Resources

For 7-12

Literacy (Language Arts)

Numeracy (Math)

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Science

Social Studies

Physical Education

Art

Music

  • Fender: Free Guitar Lessons - A series of guitar tutorial videos for beginners that teach notes and chords, which then can be used to play popular songs.

Second Languages

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Technology

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Other Resources

For All Ages

Literacy (Language Arts)

Numeracy (Math)

  • Geogebra - Tons of math resources and lessons, arranged by age group. Also provides access to an online graphing and scientific calculator.
  • Math Games - List of popular board games that tie in to various aspects of numeracy learning.
  • Open Middle - Math problems and worksheets for K-12. Hints and solutions are provided.
  • NRICH - Math activities for kids. Pick an age group at the top of the page to get started.
  • Récréomath - French Immersion math problems.
  • Solve Me - Use clues to deduce the answers to math problems.
  • University of Waterloo: Problem of the Week - Math problems for Grades 3-12. Solutions for archived problems have been posted.
  • Would You Rather Math - Students are asked to decide between two viable options and back up their reasoning with math.
  • YouCubed - Math activities for kids.

Science

  • Explore Learning - Math and Science simulations. Users must sign up for a 60-day free trial, but access to free resources remains after the trial ends.
  • Let's Talk Science - Science learning materials for students. Includes several hands-on science experiments that can be done at home.

Social Studies

Physical Education

  • Alo Yoga - Yoga exercise videos, including some geared towards children.
  • DAREBEE Workouts - Posters detailing workout routines that can be filtered based on age and ability.
  • FitBoost Activity - Chooses three exercises at random for a quick workout.
  • Just Dance - Simple choreography routines from the video game series that users can dance along with. Many more routines can be found on YouTube by doing a search for "Just Dance".
  • Participaction - Physical activities for people of all ages.
  • Pow Wow Sweat: Step by Step - How-to videos that teach steps for traditional Indigenous dances.
  • Let's Pow Wow Sweat - Full dance routines for traditional Indigenous dances.
  • YMCA Health & Fitness Videos - A variety of different workout videos geared toward all age groups that use multiple exercise techniques.
  • Yoga Ed. - Yoga routines and practices for children, teens and adults.

Art

Music

Second Languages

  • Apprendre le Français - Includes activities, video clips, sample conversation scripts and vocabulary lists organized by ability level.
  • Boukili - Free illustrated books for children written in French. This may also be a useful comprehension tool for older students studying French as a Second Language.
  • Duolingo - Second language learning website.
  • Idello - Thousands of videos, websites and mobile applications for all subjects and grade levels - in French.
  • Mango Languages - Language learning serivce that uses interactive flash cards in separate learning modules to teach 70+ languages. Free during the COVID-19 pandemic (until June 30, 2020).
  • TFO - French videos and activities for kids from the TFO TV channel. Some material may require a subscription from a television service provider to access.

Technology

  • Code.org - Computer science and coding activities.
  • Common Sense Education: Family Resources - Family information and activities that expand upon Common Sense's Digital Citizenship curriculum.
  • Girls Who Code: At Home Activities - Free computer science activities for students, educators and parents, featuring women who pioneered innovative technology.
  • Hour of Code - One-hour coding activities that serve as an introduction to computer science, which is designed to demystify "code" and show that anybody can learn the basics.
  • Microsoft MakeCode - Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming. Some activities require additional materials.
  • Scratch - Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in the online community.
  • Tinkercad - Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make. They serve as an ideal introduction to Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
  • Typing Club - Learn computer keyboard typing skills.

Other Resources