Grades 6-8

It is important to keep consistency for your student during these challenging times. We recommend creating a daily routine for your student. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of your family. The resources below may be helpful to incorporate into a daily routine. We will continue to add resources, so please check back. 

 

Suggested Activities

Year-At-A-Glance Documemts

 

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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

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

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: Family has the option to subscribe (please note: some schools have purchased individual accounts)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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