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Home Learning

Following Virginia state superintendent guidance, PWCS will use a phased approach to supporting our students learning while they are at home (this is subject to change based on circumstances).

Continuity of Learning Timeline (Phases)

Phase 4 - Virtual Schoolhouse Details

Special Education Home Learning Resources

Home Learning Resources 

Our goal is to ensure that all students and families are supported, but not overwhelmed by our support and guidance during this unprecedented health emergency and school closure. None of the below work is for submission to a teacher or for a grade. The use of these resources below is completely optional and we encourage parents to preview the learning resources prior to students using them to determine which ones are most appropriate for your family to support the learning of your student(s) at home.

 

Optional Daily Schedules

Preschool

The times listed are suggestions only and completely optional.  Activities can go on as long as the student is interested.

Optional Preschool Daily Schedule

Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake up/Breakfast  
9-9:15 a.m. Music and Movement Sing and dance outside (remember to practice physical distancing) with music playing or indoors to your favorite preschool songs from:

Make a musical instrument with household items to play along with the beat of your songs.

Get moving with these YouTube options:
Little Sports
Family Cardio; Cosmic Kids Yoga; Air Cycling; or Go Noodle for Families

9:15-9:45 a.m. Academic time & AM snack: Math Science

10-15 minutes each.

See content selection listed below daily schedule

9:45-10:45 a.m. Fine Motor Skill Building
& Explorative Play

10-15 minutes each. 

Fine Motor Skill Building
Use scissors to cut out pictures, shapes, lines, and other images drawn or from paper.

Use clothes pins, kitchen tongs, or just two fingers to pick up and fill containers with small objects (cotton balls, paper clips, coins, dry pasta, buttons, etc.)

Play in a sensory bin-fill a container with beans, sand, or water. Use cups, spoons, etc. to move materials around in the bin.

Explorative Play

Cook/Bake- stir, pour, and mix ingredients or help an adult in some other way. 

STEM-Use blocks, Legos, playdoh, and other materials to build things you see in the real world (cars, buildings, traffic lights, stop signs, etc).

Draw pictures of objects around your house, what you see outside your window, or follow directed drawings from ArtHub for Kids (Preschool).

10:45 a.m.- noon Clean up & Rest

Clean up your toys;

Do helpful chores; and

Rest your body.

Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch  
12:30-1:30 p.m. Gross Motor Skill Building/ Physical Health

Go outside and play! - Remember to use physical distancing

Run, crawl, reach, stretch, jump, turn, and hop to different parts of your yard or park.

Have a relay race with your family/siblings.

Play with balls and other sports equipment to achieve a goal.

Take a walk with a pet, family member, etc.

If weather does not permit, stay indoors and do exercises.

1:30-2 p.m. Academic time & PM Snack: Literacy  Social Science/History  See content selection listed below daily schedule
2-3 p.m. Creative Play

Up to 30 minutes each.

Puzzles- Break down and put together puzzle pieces or match up like pictures/objects.

Try dramatic play with toys-toy cars, games, dolls, stuffed animals, etc. *You could even play together with a friend virtually on Skype or another video platform.

Finger Paint- use washable paints, shaving cream,

Use stickers, crayons, markers, and other decorative tools to create a work of art.

3 p.m.-bedtime Connect With Others

Clean up your toys;

Do helpful chores;

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Play a family game;

Rest/Bath;

Get plenty of sleep.

     

 

Optional Academic Activities by Content Area

Content Area Activity
Literacy

Journal- Draw a picture and/or write words to tell about your favorite color, day at home, a person you love, or another interesting topic.

Say, Draw, Trace, Point to/identify, and Sing the letters of the alphabet.

Play ABC games using: PBS KidsTurtle Diary

Read or have someone read a story to you from and pause to talk about the pictures: Lil-Fingers, FreeChildrenStories, StoryTimeFamily.

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Listen to books read aloud in your home language:
-International Children's Digital Library; Scholastic Daily Activities; Story Time from Space; or Unite for Literacy.

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:

Listen, sing, and role play with story telling/songs from TheChuChuTV.

Math

Count objects in a group, point to/identify, write, and sing your numbers.

Say, draw, point to/identify, and sing your shapes and colors. Sing about your numbers, shapes, and/or colors: ShapesSongs4KidsKidsTV123

Strengthen your math skills ages 3-9. Bedtime Math The Geoboard app is a tool for creating virtual shapes on a geoboard. Students “stretch” bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons.

The Math Playground Geoboard is a similar tool with a larger surface.

Science

Explore Environmental Sciences-learn, play games, and tease your brain on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-KIDS.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to a place you have read or learned about this year on Discovery Education.

 Explore learning about animals & many other topics on  National Geographic.

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Social Science/History

 Virtual Field Trips:

 Arts
  •  Flower/Stamp Craft - Enjoy an easy art project using flowers from your yard. This project is suitable for preschool and elementary aged audiences.
   

Elementary

Optional Elementary Daily Schedule

Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake up  
9-10 a.m. Morning physical activity

Take a walk; Remember to practice social distancing.

Have a dance party in your kitchen;

Make a backyard or indoor Scavenger Hunt;

Get moving with these YouTube options:

10-11 a.m. Academic time:
Math
Science/Social Studies
See content selection listed below daily schedule
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Creative time

Play music;

Cook/Bake;

Reuse & Recycle-create something using something you no longer need or want to repurpose (birdfeeder, etc.);

STEM-build or solve a problem using household items (visit ScienceBuddies for inspiration);

Draw and write with authors/illustrators:

Post daily creative challenges on Twitter;

Art Prompts:

12-12:30 p.m. Clean up Clean your room, help around the house, etc.
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch Enjoy Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems Lunch Doodles
1-2:30 p.m. Quiet time Check out these resources for quiet time:
2:30-4 p.m. Academic time:
Language Arts
Science/Social Studies
 See content selection listed below daily schedule
4-5 p.m. Fresh air

Take a walk, ride your bike, play outside with siblings, if you have a pet, play with your pet too! - Remember to practice social distancing.

If it’s rainy, visit Sports Illustrated for Kids.

5 p.m.-bedtime Connect with others

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Play a board game;

Rest;

Get plenty of sleep.

 

Optional Academic Activities by Content Area

Academic Area Activity
Language Arts

Journal- Write about your experiences at home use one of many Journal prompts.

Read a book and make a short video about it.

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Listen to books read aloud in your home language:
-International Children's Digital Library; Scholastic Daily Activities; Story Time from Space; or Unite for Literacy

Visit Word World where words come alive.

Create your owncomic strips or graphic novels.

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:

Listen to these authors sharing picture books and excerpts compiled by author Kate Messner.

Brush up on your grammar skills: Khan Academy Grammar,

Mathematics

Bedtime Math- Stories and puzzles that helps parent talk math with their kids. Each day presents a non-fiction article, with videos and photos, followed by related math riddles for kids ages 3-9. This includes Cabin Fever Math which are engaging, hands-on math activities for families.

3-Act Tasks- Problem-based lessons, including engaging videos and photos, to foster students’ curiosity and incorporate mathematical reasoning and problem solving. 

SPLAT!- Fun, very powerful, highly interactive number sense activities that can be used at any grade level! 

Esti-Mysteries- Estimation Meets Math Mysteries. Each image invites students to wonder what number is represented by the image. 

GregTang Math- This site includes a wide variety of mathematics games and resources to challenge students’ math thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. 

Open Middle - Challenging math problems at all grade levels with multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem. 

Thinking Blocks – Uses a visual model to support understanding of word problems.

Number Talk/Journal - Roll dice or use playing cards to identify a number then journal all the ways to make/solve for this number (use more than one for two digit and higher numbers).

 

Science

Explore and create on Google Earth and Google My Maps.

Explore Environmental Sciences-learn, play games, and tease your brain on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-KIDS.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to a place you have read or learned about this year on Discovery Education. 

Explore learning about animals & many other topics on  National Geographic. 

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Explore a variety of scientific topics:
PHET Simulations (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science)
Engaging science content YouTube videos
Interactive Periodic Table

Free STEMinars

"Hands-On" STEMinars

Social Studies

Explore historical sites, geographical regions,and create on Google Earth and Google My Maps.

Interactive Map of the United States- find your state/capitals, identify the states that border your own, predict the geographical features in each area, etc.

Virtual Field Trips:

 Learn about the history and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Center’s interactive activities.

Learn about life in Colonial Times Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation.

Discover  Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Laws- hear personal interviews, read articles, and watch videos on the impact of this time period.

 Arts
  •   Flower/Stamp Craft - Enjoy an easy art project using flowers from your yard. This project is suitable for preschool and elementary aged audiences.

Secondary

Optional Secondary Daily Schedule

Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake Up & Breakfast  
9-10 a.m. Morning Physical Activity

Take a walk - Remember to practice social distancing; 

Have a dance party in your kitchen;

Make a backyard or indoor Scavenger Hunt;

Get moving with these YouTube options:
-Family Cardio; Cosmic Kids Yoga; Air Cycling; or Go Noodle for Families.

10-11 a.m. Academic Time:
Social Studies
Science
See below for activities by content area.
11-12 p.m. Creative Time

Play music;

Cook;

Draw and write with authors/illustrators:
 -Jarrett Lerner
-Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Post daily creative challenges on Twitter;
Art Prompts:
-7 Daily Drawing Prompts; 100 Sketchbook Prompts; or Origami.

12-12:30 p.m. Lunch  
12:30-1 p.m. Clean Up Clean your room, help around the house, etc.
1-2:30 p.m. Quiet Time Check out these resources for quiet time:
-Calm
-Live Animal Cameras
-Sunday Morning Moment in Nature Playlist
-Mindfulness Activities for Families
-https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
2:30-4 p.m. Academic Time:
English
Mathematics
See below for activities by content area.
4-5 p.m. Fresh Air Take a walk, ride your bike, play outside with siblings - Remember to practice social distancing.
5 p.m.-bedtime Connect with others

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Rest;

Get plenty of sleep.

 

Optional Academic Activities by Content Area

Academic Area Activity
English

Journal your experiences of what is going on during your time at home. Here are Journal prompts;

Read a book and make a short video about it;

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild;

Listen to these authors sharing picture books and excerpts compiled by author Kate Messner;

Brush up on your grammar skills: Khan Academy Grammar;

Create your own comic strips or graphic novels;

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:
Breaking News English/
Talk English
Hello World
ESL Vocabulary Quizzes.

Mathematics

Need a free calculator? Don’t forget Desmos has a free desktop version and app!

Review math concepts from earlier in the year using Khan Academy;

Problem solve different mathematical areas through Open Middle;

Explore a variety of mathematical concepts through interactive simulations and games on PHET Interactive Simulations!

Science

Explore and create on Google Earth and Google My Maps

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Explore a variety of scientific topics:
PHET Simulations (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science)
Engaging science content youtube videos
Interactive Periodic Table.

Free STEMinars

"Hands-On" STEMinars

Social Studies

Take a virtual field trip:
Go on a Virtual Museum Tour
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content);

Learn about the history and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Center’s interactive activities;

 Explore different aspects of civics through games on iCivics.

 

Optional Learning Links

Preschool

Virtual Field Trips

  • San Diego Zoo - Contains videos, live cam footage, stories, and activities for all ages.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Offers videos, live cam footage, and information on a variety of marine animals.
  • Caring for Cows & Nourishing Communities This virtual field trip to a dairy farm teaches students about cows and how milk goes from the farm to the grocery store.
  • Discovery Education Offering free videos in various areas of learning; math, science, industry, and animals.

Physical Wellness

  • Play World This site has 12 physical activities for toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Fluency and Fitness This website will help kids get moving and work on some literacy skills. Parents will need to set up a free account to have access to the site free of charge for 21 days.
  • Go Noodle Offers various movement activities combining literacy, math, social emotional, and science concepts and vocabulary.

Early Literacy and Math

  • Starfall This website has multiple early literacy and math activities to include nursery rhymes, fun songs, and movement.
  • Classroom Magazines This website offers children digital books, animated stories, and watch and learn videos. Parents will need to set up a free account to access these resources.
  • Education.com This website has multiple games and printable sheets to assist young learners with learning shapes, numbers, patterns, sorting, and counting. Parents will need to set up a free account to access the resources.
  • PBS Kids Offers digital books, videos and games, including creating your own stories.
  • "Go Away Big Green Monster" - A reading with permission from Scholastic. Available online through June 2020. (This link will be removed June 12)
  • "I Love You Stinky Face" - A reading with permission from Scholastic. Available online through June 2020. (This link will be removed June 12)

Science

  • Generation Genius – NSTA and Next Generation Science videos for all grade levels and activities to try at home.
  • ABCya! - Online learning games that keep learning fun.
  • Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids Online – Students can meet the animals while viewing webcams, play in the science game center, explore the learning lab and become creators.
  • National Geographic Kids - Explore Brain Boosters and Animal Facts and Pictures, and Cool Stuff.

 

Kindergarten - Grade 2

Optional K-2 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

(Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

Literacy

These websites contain digital books, videos, activities, and games focused on helping young learners to build and practice literacy skills.

  • Read Write Think - This resource offers a variety of projects and activities designed to support literacy. Can be filtered by grade level. 
  • Storyline Online - This site has celebrity actors reading well known story books aloud via YouTube. 
  • Readworks - This site has a variety of texts that can be accessed for free. Texts can be searched by topic and/or reading level. 
  • Scholastic - This site has day-to-day projects to keep students reading, thinking and learning. 
  • United for Literacy - Has free book access narrated in many languages.
  • i-Ready/At Home - Printable at-home activity packs are designed to provide K-8 students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.
  • Reading Bear - A free online program to support beginning readers’ vocabulary and concept development while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English. 
  • "Go Away Big Green Monster" - A reading with permission from Scholastic. Available online through June 2020. (This link will be removed June 12)
  • "I Love You Stinky Face" - A reading with permission from Scholastic. Available online through June 2020. (This link will be removed June 12)
  • AudioBookCloud - AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection with unlimited remote access for all ages.

Math

These websites contain puzzles and games focused on helping young learners to build and practice math skills.

  • Bedtime Math (Cabin Fever) - Engaging stories and hands-on math activities for families to share. (Adults should access and navigate the Bedtime Math website.)
  • 3-Act Tasks - Problem-based lessons, including engaging videos and photos, to foster students’ curiosity and incorporate mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
  • SPLAT! -  Fun, very powerful, highly interactive number sense activities that can be used at any grade level!
  • STMath (K-5) and DreamBox (K-8) - Students may work independently on either of these adaptive and engaging instructional programs that utilize rich visuals and interactivity to build mathematical understanding. STMath is all visual with no language barriers. DreamBox is available in Spanish and English. Access these program through your student's Clever account. 
  • TumbleMath - TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books for grades K-6. (Chrome browser recommended)

Science

These websites contain videos, activities and games focused on helping young learners to expand their science skills.

  • Smithsonian - Students can meet the animals while viewing webcams, play in the science game center, explore the learning lab and become creators.
  • National Geographic - Explore Brain Boosters and Animal Facts and Pictures, and Cool Stuff.
  • San Diego Zoo - Contains videos, live cam footage, stories, and activities for all ages.
  • NASA STEM Engagement - Engineering activities, online games, and videos to get kids moving and training like an astronaut.
  • Smithsonian's Air and Space Anywhere, Anytime - Enjoy open access images, activities and games, 3D images, and pioneer stories. 

History & Social Science

These websites contain virtual field trips, videos, and activities focused on helping young learners to expand their history and social science skills.

  • Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips - These virtual events let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom. 
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - Select Learning Adventures from: Symbols, Songs, and Structures: How Laws are Made; Historical Documents; Branches of Government…and more. 

Movement, Music, and the Arts

These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

  • Go Noodle - Videos, games, and activities focused on introducing short bursts of physical exercise for young children.
  • PBS Music Games - PBS resource for music games for younger students.
  • Artsology - 80 art games for kids, art videos, blog, and more! 
  • Mo Willems Daily Art Lessons -  Author and illustrator, Mo Willems, invites you into his studio every day for his lunch doodle. Learners can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually. 
  • At Home Zumba Workout #1 - Join Laura from the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center for a Zumba workout set to a salsa beat that's sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Chair Strength Workout - Join Kathy from the Dale City Recreation Center for a full-body workout you can do right from home, and even from your chair.

Gifted Education

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping young learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

  • Wonderopolis - Answers to questions and curiosities, including “Wonder of the Day”.
  • The Kid Should See This - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages.
  • Code.org -Learn to make computer games, apps, and animations using code.
  • Wow in the World - Wow in the World is an NPR podcast for “curious kids and their grownups”.

World Languages

These websites contain stories and activities in Spanish and French.

  • The French Experiment - Some well-known children's stories translated into French and spoken by a native French speaker. Read along in French or English. 
  • Children's Books in French - Children's books from around the world in French.
  • The Spanish Experiment - Some well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Read along in Spanish or English. 
  • Spanish Plus Me - Links to Spanish music, TV shows, audio books, and a variety of activities.

English Learners

These websites contain stories in a variety of languages to expand literacy skills.

Grades 3-5

Optional 3-5 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

(Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

Literacy Websites

These websites contain digital books, videos, activities, and games focused on helping learners to build and practice literacy skills.

  • Reading Rockets - This site offers resources to assist parents in helping readers build literacy skills.
  • Common Lit - This resource offers a variety of searchable reading materials (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) as well as text sets. Parents will need to create a login, but it is free and user friendly.
  • Scholastic - This site has day-to-day projects to keep students reading, thinking and learning. 
  • i-Ready/At Home - Printable at-home activity packs are designed to provide K-8 students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.
  • Reading Bear -  A free online program to support beginning readers’ vocabulary and concept development while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English.
  • AudioBookCloud - AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection with unlimited remote access for all ages.

Math Websites

These websites contain puzzles and games focused on helping learners to build and practice math skills.

  • Bedtime Math (Cabin Fever) -  Engaging stories and hands-on math activities for families to share. (Adults should access and navigate the Bedtime Math website.)
  • Greg Tang Math - This site includes a wide variety of mathematics games and resources, including Ten Frame Mania, Numtanga, and Math Limbo, to challenge students’ math thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.  
  • Open Middle - Challenging math problems at all grade levels that have a “closed beginning,” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem, a “closed end,” meaning that they all end with the same answer, and an “open middle,” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.
  • STMath (K-5) and DreamBox (K-8) - Students may work independently on either of these adaptive and engaging instructional programs that utilize rich visuals and interactivity to build mathematical understanding. STMath is all visual with no language barriers. DreamBox is available in Spanish and English. Access these program through your student's Clever account. 
  • TumbleMath - TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books for grades K-6. (Chrome browser recommended)

Science Websites

These websites contain videos, activities and games focused on helping learners to expand their science skills.

  • Smithsonian - Students can meet the animals while viewing webcams, play in the science game center, explore the learning lab and become creators.
  • National Geographic - Explore Brain Boosters and Animal Facts and Pictures, and Cool Stuff.
  • San Diego ZooContains videos, live cam footage, stories, and activities for all ages.
  • NASA STEM Engagement - Engineering activities, online games, and videos to get kids moving and training like an astronaut.
  • Smithsonian's Air and Space Anywhere, Anytime - Enjoy open access images, activities and games, 3D images, and pioneer stories. 

History and Social Science

These websites contain virtual field trips, videos, and activities focused on helping learners to expand their history and social science skills.

Movement, Music, and the Arts

These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

  • Shape America Activity Calendars - Monthly calendars to promote health and physical activity. 
  • Go Noodle - Videos, games, and activities focused on introducing short bursts of physical exercise for young children.
  • PBS Music Games - PBS resource for music games for younger students 
  • Artsology - 80 art games for kids, art videos, blog, and more! 
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Free Art Lessons for Kids - Popular children's author offering free lessons on his YouTube channel 
  • At Home Zumba Workout #1 - Join Laura from the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center for a Zumba workout set to a salsa beat that's sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Chair Strength Workout - Join Kathy from the Dale City Recreation Center for a full-body workout you can do right from home, and even from your chair.

Gifted Education

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

  • Wonderopolis -  Explore answers to fascinating questions and curiosities. Check out the "Wonder of the Day."
  • Smithsonian Tween Tribune - News stories and interesting features for students at all reading levels.
  • The Kids Should See This - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages.
  • Wow in the World - A podcast that guides curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. Emphasis is on science and technology topics. 
  • Engineering Design Briefs - Hands-on challenges created by Virginia Children's Engineering Council to promote design, engineering, and technology. 

World Languages

These websites contain stories and activities in Spanish and French.

English Learners

These websites contain stories in a variety of languages to expand literacy skills.

 

Grades 6-8

Optional 6-8 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

(Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

Literacy

These websites contain digital books, videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice literacy skills.

  • ReadWriteThink - Offers a variety of projects and activities designed to support literacy. Can be filtered by grade level. 
  • PBS Learning - Offers a variety of short videos, each with instructional materials that highlight essential vocabulary and questions to consider during and after viewing. 
  • ReadWorks - Offers a variety of searchable reading materials (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry), text sets, and paired passages. Parents will need to create a login and create a “class” for their student, but it is free and user friendly. Includes an "Article of the Day" non-fiction set and a protocol for response suggested for students K-8.  Other materials available for students K-12. 
  • CommonLit - Offers a variety of searchable reading materials (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) as well as text sets. Parents will need to create a login, but it is free and user friendly. Material for student 3-12. 
  • Library of Congress - Provides access to historical documents and images that can be used for content and visual analysis. 
  • i-Ready/At Home - Printable at-home activity packs are designed to provide K-8 students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.
  • AudioBookCloud - AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection with unlimited remote access for all ages.
  • TeenBookCloud - TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks for grades 7-12.

Math

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice math skills.

  • Desmos - Offers free online four-function, scientific, and graphing calculators for public use. These can be accessed on laptop, tablet, or personal device.   
  • Khan Academy - Provides practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning for specific mathematics topics. Videos can also be accessed in several other languages as needed.  
  • Prodigy - Allows students to create free accounts and play online games where they answer a mix of math questions along the way. Useful for students who enjoy a video game like atmosphere.  
  • PhET Simulations - A free interactive simulation for math concepts and applications. Suggestion would be to select the topic that your child is learning in mathematics to engage in an interactive simulation of the math concept.   
  • Math Help - Both video tutorials and practice items, but also has links for printable worksheets in case students want to practice without a computer.    
  • Open Middle - Challenging puzzle-type math problems for students to work. These would be great for family discussion.   
  • DreamBox (K-8) - Students may work independently on this adaptive and engaging instructional program that utilizes rich visuals and interactivity to build mathematical understanding. DreamBox is available in Spanish and English. Access this program through your student's Clever account. 

Science Websites

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their science skills.

History and Social Science

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their history and social science skills.

  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting - 6th  - A collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH to preserve the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years. Students can start by searching through the special collections, which contain exhibits such as "Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement" presents educational and noncommercial radio programs from the 1950s and 1960s that offer historic testimonies from movement participants. - 
  • The National Archives - 6th and 7th - National Archives offers a variety of eyewitness perspectives of events ranging from war, the presidency, expansion, leadership and freedom throughout American History.
  • National WWII Museum - 7th - The national World War II museum in New Orleans provides primary source documents, online articles and videos covering World War II. 
  • Escape From Barter Islands - 8th - This a game from the Federal Reserve that focus on the question "Why do we have money?" Think about a dollar bill: If you’re hungry, you can't eat it; in a rainstorm, it won't keep you dry. But you can trade it for an apple or an umbrella. If you lived in a world without money, how would you get the things you want and need?
  • Financial Football - 8th - Financial Football is a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them personal finance skills. The latest release features 3D graphics and game-changing opportunities with audibles, blitzes and long yardage plays. The game is available to play via browser or through a free app. 
  • Econ Essentials - 8th - Contains resources designed to help high school students learn about economic principles. These free interactive resources are aligned with high school economics standards. 
  • Historic Cooking: Beaten Biscuit Recipe at Haslip Hall House - Learn to make a historically accurate 1800s "Beaten Biscuits" recipe with staff from Prince William County's Historic Preservation Staff.
  • Bristoe Station Battlefield: Civil War Trains - Learn about the History of Bristoe station and the civil war battles and related events surrounding this crucial union supply line that is still an active railway today.
  • Bristoe Station Battlefield: Thomas Davis - Learn about Thomas Davis, the former Sheriff of Prince William County whose farm became an important civil war battlefield and encampment.
  • Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre: Pitts - Take a virtual tour of the nature trail at the Brentsville Historic Center, and the historical debate about the origin of the earthworks found there.
  • Rippon Lodge: Virtual Tour - Join staff from the Prince William County's Historic Preservation Division for a tour of picturesque Rippon Lodge, a historic Prince William County Home lived in from 1700s through the 1990s.
  • Rippon Lodge: Arthitecture - Learn about the architecture of Rippon Lodge and how it has changed over the estate's history.

Movement, Music, and the Arts

These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

  • OPEN: Active Home - The Online Physical Education Network shares tools for creating an active home. 
  • Move to Learn: Dance Video - Dance-themed videos, songs, and lesson plans that support learning in multiple subjects. 
  • Shape America Activity Calendars - Monthly calendars to promote health and physical activity.
  • Interactive Sites for Education - Music - Web-based interactive music activity site.
  • The Metropolitan Opera - The MET will be broadcasting one opera every evening until further notice. 
  • 100 Sketchbook Prompts - Find 100 different sketchbook prompts here! This list covers many bases and is organized by category. There are prompts about animals, food, people, and other things that will spark your interest. 
  • Origami - Are you interested in the art of paper folding? Access countless video tutorials! 
  • At Home Zumba Workout #1 - Join Laura from the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center for a Zumba workout set to a salsa beat that's sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Chair Strength Workout - Join Kathy from the Dale City Recreation Center for a full-body workout you can do right from home, and even from your chair.

Gifted Education

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

  • Tween Tribune - News and features. In Spanish too.
  • TedEd - These TED Talks for students are video-based lessons organized by age and subject. 
  • Instructables - A community for people who like to make things.  Explore projects of all kinds.
  • Fractal Foundation - Hands-on projects that combine math and art while learning about fractals.
  • Code - Build real working apps, games, and websites using blocks, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and more.
  • Brainbashers - A collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, and optical illusions to exercise your brain.

World Language

These websites contain activities in Spanish, French and German.

  • Language Practice Choice Board - The activities included in this choice board were created to be intentionally generic and non-language specific so that the ideas might be practical for students of multiple languages.  They are ready to use resources without the need of teacher preparation or paid subscriptions. Choice boards allow students to select activities that interest them and those that they have the resources to complete. 
  • Project Gutenberg - French Readings - Free online books in many languages. Type the language of books you would like to read in the “search” box. (French, German, Spanish.)
  • Listening - French - A YouTube channel containing a variety of simple conversational language practice in French.
  • Project Gutenberg - German Readings - Free online books in many languages. Type the language of books you would like to read in the “search” box. (French, German, Spanish.)
  • Listening - German -  A YouTube channel containing a variety of simple conversational language practice in German.
  • Project Gutenberg - Spanish Readings - Free online books in many languages. Type the language of books you would like to read in the “search” box. (French, German, Spanish.)
  • Listening - Spanish -  A YouTube channel containing a variety of simple conversational language practice in Spanish.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

English Learners

These websites contain activities to expand literacy skills.

Visually Impaired

  • Accessibyte - Free cloud platform of apps for blind, low vision, deaf, and reading impaired students. Highly visual and fully audible typing tutor, games, flash cards, and study apps. 

Grades 9-12

Optional 9-12 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

(Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

Literacy

These websites contain digital books, videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice literacy skills.

  • ReadWriteThink - Offers a variety of projects and activities designed to support literacy. Can be filtered by grade level. 
  • PBS Learning - Offers a variety of short videos, each with instructional materials that highlight essential vocabulary and questions to consider during and after viewing. 
  • ReadWorks - Offers a variety of searchable reading materials (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry), text sets, and paired passages. Parents will need to create a login and create a “class” for their student, but it is free and user friendly. Includes an "Article of the Day" non-fiction set and a protocol for response suggested for students K-8.  Other materials available for students K-12. 
  • CommonLit - Offers a variety of searchable reading materials (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) as well as text sets. Parents will need to create a login, but it is free and user friendly. Material for student 3-12. 
  • Library of Congress - Provides access to historical documents and images that can be used for content and visual analysis. 
  • AudioBookCloud - AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection with unlimited remote access for all ages.
  • TeenBookCloud - TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks for grades 7-12.
  • English 9 (WHRO Course)
  • English 10 (WHRO Course)
  • English 11 (WHRO Course)
  • English 12 (WHRO Course)

Math

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice math skills.

  • Desmos - Offers free online four-function, scientific, and graphing calculators for public use. These can be accessed on laptop, tablet, or personal device.
  • Desmos Geometry - Free online tool for Geometry.
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy provides practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning for mathematics. Videos can also be accessed in several other languages as needed.  Suggestion would be to search topics that your child has been learning in mathematics to review instructional videos and for practice.
  • PhET Simulations - PHET is a free, interactive simulation for math concepts and applications. Suggestion would be to select the topic that your child is learning in mathematics to engage in an interactive simulation of the math concept.  
  • Math Help - This site has both video tutorials and practice items, but also has links for printable worksheets in case students want to practice without a computer.
  • Open Middle - Challenging puzzle-type math problems for students to work. These would be great for family discussion. 
  • Algebra I (WHRO Course)
  • Algebra II (WHRO Course)
  • Geometry (WHRO Course)

Science

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their science skills.

  • Discovery Education - Inter-actives, text, video resources, and virtual field trips accessible from all devices. Students and staff both login with PWCS Credentials.
  • National Geographic Resource Library - Natural science themed reading, sortable by grade level and accompanied by visuals and vocabulary resources.
  • PBS Learning Media - Curated, free standards-aligned videos, inter-actives, and lesson plans for multiple curriculum areas and grade levels.
  • PhET Simulations - Free interactive simulations for math and science, organized by content can be accessed by all without an account. HTML 5 simulations are compatible on any device. Downloadable resources are available to teachers using free accounts.
  • NOAA Education Resources - Links to resource collections and learning opportunities from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Smithsonian's Air and Space Anywhere, Anytime - Enjoy open access images, activities and games, 3D images, and pioneer stories. 
  • American Chemical Society – Virtual lessons and take home labs.
  • Science in Context by Cengage - Referenced content with full-text magazines, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links.
  • HHMI Biointeractive - Real science, real stories, and real data to engage students in interactive learning.
  • Astronomy (WHRO Course)
  • Biology (WHRO Course)
  • Chemistry (WHRO Course)
  • Earth Science (WHRO Course)
  • Oceanography (WHRO Course)
  • Physics (WHRO Course)

History and Social Science

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their history and social science skills.

Movement, Music, and the Arts

These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

Gifted Education

These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

  • Tween Tribune - News stories and features for students at all reading levels.
  • Instructables - A community for people who like to make things.  Explore projects of all kinds from book binding to cooking to circuitry.
  • Fractal Foundation - Hands-on projects that combine math and art while learning about fractals.
  • Code - Learn how to code or complete activities that help you think like a programmer. Build real working apps, games, and websites using blocks, JavaScript, CSS, HTML and more.
  • BrainDen - Solve all kinds of brain teasers, play with optical illusions, games, and quizzes. 
  • Ted Talks - TED Talks are video-based lessons organized by subject, covering almost any topic, from science to business to global issues.

World Language

These websites contain activities in Spanish, French and German.

  • Listening/Viewing - A YouTube channel containing a variety of simple conversational language practice in many languages.
  • Quizlet Vocabulary Practice - Vocabulary flashcard practice for Spanish & French (select appropriate unit).
  • Project Gutenberg - Free online books in many languages. Type the language of books you would like to read in the “search” box. (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Korean, Latin, Russian, Spanish).
  • French I (WHRO Course)

English Learners

These websites contain activities to expand literacy skills.

Advanced Academic Coursework

  • AP Central  - This website provides the latest updates and resources from the College Board regarding AP courses and exams. 
  • Cambridge Assessment International Education - This website from Cambridge International Assessments provides links to free resources and materials designed to help teachers deliver engaging lessons and explain challenging topics and skills to their students.
  • International Baccalaureate - This website provides the latest updates and resources for students and staff from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

 

Division Digital Resources

PWCS provides many options for how schools, teachers, and students can communicate and collaborate.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for PWCS Families

Virtual Prince William

Virtual Prince William is the county's online learning program.  It is a supplemental program where students can take virtual courses instead of participating in the traditional setting.  VPW provides a unique opportunity for students to earn high school credit in an online classroom.  Students and teachers communicate within the Canvas-based learning management system utilizing tools such as secure email, audio, video, web conferencing, live lessons, and messaging.  Students are provided with quality, standards-based courses taught by highly-qualified PWCS teachers.  All courses are aligned with PWCS and Virginia SOL objectives and state standards.  Virtual Prince William instructors provide direct instruction to students online and communicate directly with parents to help ensure student success. VPW courses are NCAA approved as non-traditional courses. For information on how to enroll in Virtual Prince William, please contact your professional school counselor.

Virtual Virginia

Virtual Virginia is the Commonwealth’s online learning program, operated by the Virginia Department of Education. The Virtual Virginia program offers online courses, digital content, and professional development opportunities to schools, students, and educators across the Commonwealth. The program is designed to supplement local school division online programs. Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Virtual Virginia offers online Advanced Placement, world language, elective, and core academic courses to students across the Commonwealth, the nation, and throughout the world. The courses utilize Canvas course management software to maximize the interactivity of each class. Each course contains video segments, audio clips, whiteboard interaction, multimedia activities, and online discussions, as well as text. Instructors are available for telephone and online communication with students throughout the day. Full-time instructors are online with students at least 40 hours per week. Adjunct instructors have posted office hours. Virtual Virginia courses offer a rich multimedia learning environment that appeals to a variety of learning styles. Virtual Virginia courses can be scheduled flexibly throughout the day, as courses do not have to be taken in “real” time. A mentor must be assigned to all participating students. For information on how to enroll in Virtual Virginia, please contact your professional school counselor.

Learn24VA.org

Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site also provides a list of courses approved by the Virginia Department of Education that Prince William County Schools accept for credit toward their graduation requirements. These programs are not affiliated with Prince William County Schools. For information on how to enroll in these options for supplemental courses, please contact your professional school counselor and ask them about the options for “Earning Credit Outside of PWCS for Currently Enrolled PWCS Students.” Prior permission from your principal is required if seeking transferable credit. Tuition fees apply. 

Virginia Council for Private Education

Students wishing to enroll in private schools will find a list of members of the Virginia Council for Private Education at this site. These programs are not affiliated with Prince William County Schools. 

 

Additional Resources

Common Sense Media

Parents

Care

National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education

Color in Colorado - WETA website to support English Language Learners.

National Association for Gifted Children

Zones of Regulation Activities

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Florida Center for Reading Research

Sensory Activities

K-12 Daily Choice Board (PDF)

WETA, (which can be found on Comcast 265, Cox 800, FiOS 474 and RCN 39), is supporting Home Learning with their “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule as follows: (beginning April 13)

  • K-3 Instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standard of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. "Learn to Grow with WHRO" segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers.
  • Grades 7-10 instruction airs from 2-3 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media focusing on Earth Science and Algebra 1.
  • During the week of April 27, "VA TV Classroom" will add a special hour from 3-4 p.m. called "AP Prep Week," with content provided by Virtual Virginia - in collaboration with WHRO - focusing on a different AP subject each day. The hour will include two 30-minute segments.

 

High School, Science Opportunity (fee with limited scholarships available):

 

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a six-week virtual summer program for high school students. Taught by Harvard and Stanford graduates and teaching assistants, SSI consists of three main parts:

• A research and data science boot camp: Students will learn how to design and conduct data science research projects. Students will also learn valuable computer science and presentation skills. 
• A Masterclass lecture series: Students will be connected with 30+ speakers from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other top institutions—from Forbes 30 under 30 awardees, Intel Science Talent Search (STS) winners, to International Math Olympiad Medalists.
• An independent research project: Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a research project in a scientific field of interest. Students will be matched to a virtual lab and mentors, including International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) winners and Research Science Institute (RSI) scholars. 

There are 20 full-tuition scholarships for students who cannot afford to pay full tuition, in addition to their broad financial aid policy. Refer to "Tuition."

 

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.