Home Learning Resources

Student learning at home

We invite families to use this unique time to enrich their student's learning, while encouraging creativity and project-focused learning that harnesses student's natural curiosity and creativity. Please continue to check back as we will periodically be adding additional resources.

It is important to keep consistency for your child during these challenging times.  We recommend creating a daily routine for your child. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of your family.

For technology support with district devices and district student accounts, please call 425-408-7669.

Before accessing materials with your student, we also recommend reviewing the importance of Digital Citizenship.

Early Childhood

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Special Education

English Learners

Learning Assistance Program

Highly Capable

Social Emotional

Project Focused Learning

Parent and Guardian

 

All Resources

We highly encourage parents and guardians to read the terms and privacy policies before creating an account for any of the following resources.

Abdo is an online digital library that is offering a free trial and is accessible via library.nsd.org.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Use: District Owned (access via library.nsd.org) or they are offering a free trial, family has the option to subscribe

Students will be required to use their information from their AP courses to log into the site.  Resources and courses for students that are currently taking an Advanced Placement course. 

Subject(s): Social Studies, Math, Science, English, Computer Science, Psychology

Grade(s): 9-12

All of the frameworks used in our NSD Art Docent Program are available online. Feel free to use these at home and to adapt to make them work with the resources you have available.

Subject(s): Art

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides a wide range of resources to support speech and language development.

Subject(s): Special Education

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

For as long as schools are closed, Audible is available. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): All

Founded by a math-minded mom who holds an astrophysics degree from Princeton, BEDTIME MATH posts a mathematical problem (and answer) each day. Parents can share the exercise with kids through the site or receive it in a daily email. Mathematical challenges feature four questions: one for wee, little, and big kids and a more difficult option for older users.

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): K-2

BrainPOP is an animated education site for kids covering a wide range of topics such as science, social studies, English, math, arts, music, health, and technology.

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): All

Use: District Owned.  Contact your teacher, who will set up a class that you can join.

Capstone Interactive is a collection of eBooks and every title includes audio recorded versions read aloud.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Use: District Owned (access via library.nsd.org and then using your Northshore account to view the password here)

Cocoon is a social media site for family sharing.

Grade(s): Parent and Guardian

Subject(s): Social Isolation

Use:  Families have the choice to subscribe

Code.org is committed to providing students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about coding.

Subject(s): Coding

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Colorín Colorado provides families with information on how to support English language development.

Subject(s): English Learners

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): 3-12

Use: Parents have the option to subscribe

do2Learn provides a wide variety of tools including visual schedules, picture cards, communication prompts and more!

Subject(s): Special Education

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Hamilton and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History are launching a free program #EduHam at Home to encourage teens and families to create their own theatrical pieces.

Subject(s): Drama

Grade(s): 9-12

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Our mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. 

Subject(s): Science

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Explore NASA include videos, projects, and activities for high schoolers to explore in a variety of topics.  Highly engaging and inquiry based which students may select based on interest.  

Subject: Science

Grade(s): 9-10

Franktown Rocks is a mutliplayer online music game for kids.

Subject(s): Social Isolation

Grade(s): 5-8

Use:  Families have the choice to subscribe

Boeing and Discovery Education have launched FUTURE U. to inspire and equip the next generation of STEM professionals in aerospace. FUTURE U. offers hands-on learning experiences to help students embrace their potential to make an impact and innovate for the future.

Subject(s): Math, Science, Technical Writing, Projects

Grade(s): 6-8

Gecko life is a social media platform for family sharing.

Subject(s): Social Isolation

Grade(s): Parent and Guardian

Use:  Families have the choice to subscribe

GoNoodle provides movement and mindfulness activities for kids of all ages.

Subject(s): Physical Activity

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5

 

To provide additional support for families, we've created sample schedules you can use as a template to create your student's own daily routine.

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): 3-5, Parent and Guardian

To provide additional support for families, we've created sample schedules you can use as a template to create your student's own daily routine.

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): 6-8, Parent and Guardian

To provide additional support for families, we've created sample schedules you can use as a template to create your student's own daily routine.

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): 9-10, 11-12, Parent and Guardian

This post includes a sampling of gross motor activities.

Subject(s): Special Education

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Various biology concepts shared through engaging video with narrative explanation.

Subject(s): Science

Grade(s): 9-10, 11-12

Use:  Free trial, family has the option to subscribe

Access thousands of short video tutorials on a variety of subjects from "making a spreadsheet" to "social emotional learning".  Log in with your student account information.

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): All

How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines important information on the brain with new evidence on the best ways to approach math effectively.

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Founded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics provides effective innovative, freely accessible resources that enhance practice and inspire classrooms.

Subject: Social Studies

Grade(s): 3-8

iLit is a literacy suite to support English Language Development. If you student already has a login they've received from school, they can continue to access iLit at home.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): 9-10, 11-12

We are excited to share that all elementary students will have access to Imagine Learning Language and Literacy over the summer of 2020. Imagine Learning Language and Literacy is an adaptive learning solution that accelerates reading and language proficiency for students in grades PreK–5. Designed to supplement core literacy instruction, Imagine Language & Literacy provides instruction and practice in all four domains of literacy—reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It also provides English Learners with strategic first-language support in fifteen languages, as well as explicit instruction in English phonemes. Vocabulary is taught through extensive, direct instruction and contextualized through multimedia examples and connected text. Grammar lessons focus on areas of challenge for ELs, such as regular and irregular verbs, plurals, and subject-verb agreement. Students enrolled in the English Learner program (EL) or Learning Assistance Program (LAP) may have already been accessing this program, however, the program is now available for all elementary students to access. Teacher and/or families may choose to register students. Log in instructions for Imagine Language and Literacy are available here.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5

This video by Curriculum Associates, the creators of iReady, helps explain how to appropriately use iReady to support student learning.

Subject(s): Reading and Math

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Parent and Guardian

The Junior Library Guild digital reading platform has eBooks for Elementary, Middle and High School students. They are offering a free trial and are also available via library.nsd.org.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Use: District Owned (access via library.nsd.org) or they are offering a free trial, family has the option to subscribe

Through a free membership to King County Public Library you can access Tumblebooks, a digital library that reads books aloud. While not a substitute for in-person reading, it can be a fun activity!

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2 and 3-5

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. Parents/Guardians can learn to use Khan Academy by following this link: https://bit.ly/2QaeHkRKhan Academy also provides translated content, please visit these websites for translation instructions: Changing the Language, Setting a New Default Language, and Enabling Subtitles.

Subject: Math, Social Studies, Science, SAT/ACT Prep, Coding, and Computer Science. 

Grade(s): K-12

Kids Health provides articles and resources for parents and students of all ages related to health and fitness.

Subject(s): Health, Movement

Grade(s): 6-8, Parent and Guardian

Kidz World is a social community where kids can chat, play games, post in forums and meet new friends.

Subject(s): Social Isolation

Grade(s): 5-8

Use:  Families have the choice to subscribe

Millions of Smithsonian digital images, recordings, texts, and videos in history, art and culture, and the sciences.

Subject(s): Social Studies, Science

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Use: Free lessons and resources. Fun Stuff With Kids does not require login. Learning Lab requires parent registration.

Lit2Go is a collection of free stories and poems. It includes audio and print versions, as well as student activities.

Subject(s): Reading, Special Education

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Living Well with Autism has several resources for families of students with special needs.  This specific page has visual schedules to help with daily routines such as morning and evening routines. 

Subject(s): Special Education

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Math learning can occur daily using the environment around us! Try these math learning activities with your student using materials you may have around your home.

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): K-2

The following information is provided as a courtesy and does not constitute or imply recommendation or endorsement by the Northshore School District.

Please check with the insurance provider regarding coverage for counseling services. Some providers do not bill insurance but will provide billing codes for submission of claims.

Pediatricians, Primary Care Physicians (PCP’s) are often the best place to start to pursue assessments, services. Some providers require referral from PCP’s. 

Subject(s): Social Emotional Learning

Grade(s): All

Imagine Cup Junior provides students aged 13-18 the opportunity to learn about technology and how it can be used to positively change the world. This years ICJ will focus on Artificial Intelligence.

Subject(s): Technology

Grade(s): 7-8, 9-10, 11-12

All NSD students have access to login to Minecraft EDU, where they can join lessons on math, science, and other amazing topics.  Download the Minecraft app and login with your NSD apps.nsd.org credentials.  (Works on Mac, Windows)

Subject(s): Social Emotional

Grade(s): 3-6, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. Kids also can get a virtual tour of different countries, featuring fun facts and other information. They can contribute to the site by posting comments (which are moderated), answering quizzes, and submitting photos.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies and Reading

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks right from our own Libraries!  Find your school library and log in with your student id and password.  Then search for your next favorite thing to read!

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): All

Numerade is offering a resource of STEM-related courses free for two-months.

Grade(s): 9-12

Subject(s): Math, Science

Use: Families have the option to use this free trial

OPEN (Online Physical Education Network) has a section dedicated to creating an active home. It includes activity logs and daily movement calendars in English and Spanish.

Subject(s): Movement

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Open Middle includes K-12 resources for math problem solving and activities.

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

OSPI has started creating a list of free math resources students can access during school closures. As they plan to update frequently, please continue to check back.

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

OSPI has had content experts curated online and offline resources to support continuous learning for student with disabilities during school closures. The list of resources can be filtered to show parent and student resources, as well as online and offline activities.

Subject(s): Special Education

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is broadly understood as a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life. When we think of educating the whole child, their social and emotional development must be considered as a part of overall instruction.

Subjects(s): Social Emotional Learning

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

PAWS Academy is a virtual learning library with activities and resources for learners of all ages. Learn about some of the issues that animals face, how PAWS helps animals, and what you can do to help animals in your own community. Through engaging videos, hands-on projects and more, we hope you will be inspired to take compassionate action for animals!

PAWS Academy features weekly video lessons and supplemental worksheets/activities designed to get kids excited about animals and involved in making a difference.

Grade(s): All

Subject(s): Science

PBIS has a variety of resources for families.  This includes behavior interventions.  Easy to use, click a behavior and a list of tiered options appear to help with finding solutions to the behavior. 

Subject(s): Social Emotional, Special Education

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12 

PBIS World has a variety of helpful resources for educators and families.  This specific page helps families and students by creating a schedule that meets their specific needs.  Downloadable calendars, visual schedules, and ideas on how to best utilize these tools. 

Subject(s): Special Education, Social Emotional Learning

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

PBS Kids provide interactive games for preschool and kindergarten ages students!

Subject(s): Social Studies

Grade(s): Early Childhood and Kindergarten

Helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the of the major national and international news stories. The site combines the best of NewsHours's reliable, trustworthy news program with lesson plans developed specifically for students.

Subject: Social Studies

Grade(s): 6-9

PebbleGo is a research tool for elementary age students including text and read aloud options on a variety of topics.

Subject(s): Science and Social Studies

Grade(s): K-2, 3

Use: District Owned (access via library.nsd.org and then using your Northshore account to view the password here)

Interactive simulations for science and math covering a wide range of topics include earth science, chemistry, biology and more.

Subject(s): Science

Grade(s): 9-10, 11-12

We encourage students of all ages to create an activity log to track their daily activity. Students can choose an activity they find enjoyable (e.g. walk, jog, jumping-jacks etc.). Depending on age, students benefit from different amounts of activities, but at least 30 minutes a day is a good starting point. 

 

Subject(s): Movement

Grade(s): All

Pixilart is a social platform for all ages. Here you will find out why we say 'for all ages' and the measures we go to in order to make sure Pixilart is safe for everyone. Pixilart is place for art and learning.

Pixilart does not accept any type of nudity, self-harm, weapons, hate speech, racism, political agenda, or bullying. Contents deemed 'all-age appropriate' mean anyone of any age can view the content.

Subject(s): Art

Grade(s): 9-10, 11-12

Play is an essential part of life! Playworks has compiled games students can play at home, as well as started providing virtual recess times.

Subject(s): Social Emotional, Movement

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Students have the unique gift of time right now to explore their own interests and engage in create problem solving. This brief guide helps explain what Project Focused learning could look like.

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): All

Project Gutenberg is a collection of free online eBooks of today's great literature. They also offer free online eBooks in a wide variety of languages.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Quaver music provides some free music content for students, as well as expanded content in a limited time free trial.

Subject(s): Music

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Use: Free trial, families have the option to subscribe

This Reading Response Sheet guides students to write about their reading.

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

In the 'printouts' section of the ReadWriteThink website, they offer a wide variety of graphic organizers to support reading comprehension and writing.

Subject(s): Reading, Writing, Special Education, English Learners, Learning Assistance Program

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Scholastic is providing free cross-curricular home learning resources including stories and videos. Many of their texts also include a 'text-to-speech' feature and the ability to adjust the reading level.

Subject(s): Reading, Social Studies

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9

The site provides a choice of online activities that focus on developing science skills. Students will select a topic, watch a video, answer questions and learn vocabulary related to a science concept. Topics include plants, weather and climate, matter, rocks and minerals, ecosystems, force and motion, animals and more. 

Subject: Science

Grade(s): 6-8

Offering weekly themes, activities for kids, virtual field trips, live streaming webcams and more, the Seattle Aquarium is working to continue to engage kids in learning about marine life.

Subject(s): Social Isolation, Science

Grade(s): All

The Public Health Insider blog from Seattle and King County Public Health shares information how to care for yourself in order to support your children. It also provides tips for how to talk to your children about the current situation in our regional area. 

Subject(s): N/A

Grade(s): Parent and Guardian

History Explorer’s resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum's collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum's renowned curatorial staff.

Subject(s): Social Studies

Grade(s): K-12

 

On SpringBoard Digital, students can access Zinc Reading Labs where they can engage in vocabulary games, articles, quizzes and close reading activities. Contact your child's teacher if the account is not active.

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade(s): 6-8

Starfall.com® opened in September 2002 as a public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. 

Subject(s): Reading, Math

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, 3

Use: Starfall contains some free resources while others may be purchased.  Free resources are located under "Parent-Teacher Center" and the "Free Resource" tab"

ST Math’s patented approach - manipulating objects in space and time - is totally unique in the market. The program starts by teaching the foundational concepts visually, then connects the ideas to the symbols, language, and robust discourse. 

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6

Use: Free trial, family has the option to subscribe

Storyline Online provides videos of books read aloud. While it is not a substitute for in-person reading, it can be a fun activity!

Subject(s): Reading

Grade(s): Early Childhood, K-2, and 3-5

Join us on a adventure to find fun ways to keep learning in the summer months and maybe earn a surprise! Activities include cooking, going on a virtual field trip, creating a short play, journaling and more!

How to Play

  1. Continue to follow health and safety guidelines outlined by Washington State while completing activities.
  2. Choose activities from the board to complete (download PDF versions: Elementary, Middle School or High School).
  3. Track the activities you’ve completed it and add up your points.
  4. Once you’ve completed 200 points worth of activities, complete our Activity Adventure form to share about your adventure! We do not require a copy of your board.

After your form is received, you’ll receive more information about how the Northshore Schools Foundation wants to celebrate and recognize students with a fun surprise!

Grade(s): All

Subject(s): All

Survive the Sound’, a free online education campaign, was developed in 2017 as a mechanism for bringing the science we do for salmon recovery to students and the general public. The program invites students, teachers, and families to learn about salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound by selecting a fun fish avatar and joining a team to participate in a friendly competition. Each fish represents a real fish that we track through Puget Sound as part of our research. Last year, we had thousands of people participate.

During the month of April, Survive the Sound participants use activities from our Educational Toolkit  (NGSS-align, videos, activities, and more) to learn more about salmon and our local environment, while working to recruit friends and family to pick their own fish and join a team. The more people who join, the better your odds are at “winning” with the most surviving fish. Once the migration starts on May 4th, the teams are locked and the fish start leaving their rivers and swimming to the ocean. Over the 5-day migration (May 4-8), participants get daily updates on their fish’s progress via an online map, learn facts about salmon and the Puget Sound ecosystem, and have an opportunity to form hypotheses while observing the, often interesting, fish behavior. Few fish will survive, but everyone learns about these miraculous fish while interacting with others from their home.

Subject(s): Science

Grade(s): K-8

Use: Parent/Guardian permission

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Subject(s): Reading, Social Studies

Grade(s): 3-12

TED's education initiative — makes short video lessons aimed at educators and students. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which are collaborations between educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform.

Subject(s): Reading, Social Studies, Science

Grade(s): 4-9

This site provides French audio resources, pronunciation tips, and conversation exercises to learn how to speak French like a native.

Subject(s): French

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Age-appropriate reading selections covering a wide-range of high-interest topics. High quality & fabulous selection!

Subject(s): Reading, Social Studies, Science

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5

Use: Free trial until the end of the school year, family has the option to subscribe.

The Virtual Calming Room is a place for students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. Northshore School Counselors want you to know they are here to support you! They also want you to know that your feelings are valid, no matter what they are. You might feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry, alone, grateful, or completely calm. Your feelings are normal; the situation is not.  Don't forget to take care of yourself and the ones you love.

Subject(s): Social Emotional

Grade(s): All

This list of resources includes links to virtually visit landmarks, parks, world locations, aquariums, zoos, museums, concerts, plays, musicals, theme parks, and even virtual ride!

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): All

Use: Families have the choice to subscribe to any resources linked on the list.

Creating a visual schedule can help organize students and create predictability. Attached is a sample visual schedule that you could recreate to meet the needs of your individual child. To create a schedule like this, you can use websites such as www.lessonpix.com (paid resource), the SymbolPix feature on https://www.n2y.com/parent-resources/ (free trail through July 1), or https://goboardmaker.com/pages/coronavirus-resources (free access to select resources).

Subject(s): Special Education

Grade(s): All

Visual patterns allows students to create equations to math the visual patterns they analyze.

Subject(s): Math

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Join WABS Virtual STEM Scholars for a free, interactive, online activity. Students and families will have the opportunity to connect with peers, while solving an engineering problem as industry volunteers engage to offer inspiration and guidance. 

Learn more about our upcoming July and August sessions here. Space is limited. Find the sessions that work best for your family, register, collect simple supplies, and join the call!

Grade(s): 2-6

Subject(s): Science

Use: Families have the option to register their child

In this section, you will find the stories of Washington and its connections to the world. Offerings range from complete curriculum units to individual lesson plans and student activities. Units provide both background materials on specific historical subjects and standards-based projects and assessments.

Subject(s): Social Studies

Grade(s): 4-12

Wave Learning Festival is non-profit started by a group of college students amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic with the mission to, "Smash Summer Boredom: We believe that summer should be a time for creativity, exploration, and academic excitement outside the classroom. So while traditional summer programs are on halt, Wave Learning Festival is bringing all the magic and engagement of a summer camp right to your home. We hope to provide students resources that help make this time as productive and engaging as possible."

They offer free seminars "designed for middle schoolers and high schoolers covering every topic imaginable, especially those not found in a classroom. Learn how to code your own games, cook up some French Cuisine, or pick up some digital painting skills. The possibilities are endless!

Subject(s): All

Grade(s): 6-12

Use: Families have the choice to have their child participate

A question of the day blog that provides answers to frequently asked student questions. Includes texts with a read-to-me function with paired videos. Students can interact and pose their own "wonderings."

Subject(s): Reading, Social Studies, Science

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Xtra Math supports students in improving basic math fact fluency.

Subject(s): Math, Special Education

Grade(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Use:  Families have the choice to subscribe