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Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials 16/03/2020

Virtual and Gifted Online Resources: KAGE is gathering, and following others doing so, online resources for gifted and talented enrichment. Check out this list of virtual gifted and talented enrichment resources.

Resources in VPA, ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Creativity, Leadership, Critical Thinking

Divided into grade levels, K4-12

Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 Appropriate for K-12 Critical Thinking Engineering At Home Activities Learn to Code Ideas from Colin Seale Duolingo Engineering At Home Activities Learn to Code Ideas from Colin Seale Duolingo NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Learn to Code Ideas from Colin Seale Duolingo ...


Don't want to go digital? This is an amazing list of creative ways to involve your child in authentic learning at any time...

Original Post
"Kerry Moore
March 13 at 1:21 PM

I’m seeing a lot of friends who are newly finding themselves homeschooling, and are maybe a bit apprehensive about how to keep the kiddos busy while isolating. Thought I’d volunteer a few ideas from my time as a teacher and home-schooling mom.

-If your child already does chores, work to up their game. Teach them some household tasks that they haven’t yet learned to carry out, then let them practice! :) Laundry, vacuuming, washing the little fragile ornaments or collectibles, changing the oil in the car- the sky’s the limit.

-Invite your child(ren) to invent a game. Extra points if it pertains to something they are studying! They can draw the boards, create the pieces, make up and test the rules. Play the game as a family after dinner, and ask the child what they liked about it and what parts weren’t as fun as they’d hoped. Have them make changes and then play it again.

-Have the child draw up a checklist to thoroughly clean a room which they are already responsible for. Have them use the checklist to clean, then either self- evaluate or you check their work. When they are satisfied with the checklist, have them start competing with themselves to clean the room faster and faster while still properly completing all items on the list. Improving your time without reducing the quality of the work, wins an award-- you get to choose dessert for the night, or choose the next book the family will read aloud, or choose the after dinner game, something like that.

-Have the child write down either the names of people they’d like to know more about, or categories of people. (For instance, inventors, scientists, the person who invented the yoyo, women soldiers in history, etc.) Put the slips of paper in a jar, and each week the child draws out one slip, then uses the internet to research that person or people, and create a way to tell the family about them at dinner. Could be a written report, but it could also be a clay or paper diorama, a play to act out, an illustrated book, etc. The family listens with attention and asks further questions.

-If you have a yard, order some seeds and let your child start a plot. Radishes are wonderfully quick and rewarding; spinach, and sugar peas are delicious and tolerate cool weather.

-Again, if you have a yard, send the child outside with some sticks (chopsticks work great), string, and a yardstick. Have them choose and lay out a square foot of yard, putting the sticks at the corners and attaching string around them. Then have them carefully study that square foot, maybe photographing or drawing all the plants and animals (insects, arthropods, etc.) that they can see on it. Have them observe it on multiple days and at different times of day to see how it changes. A magnifying glass is great for this. They can then use the photos/drawings to try to identify each species they saw, and create a way of documenting it and sharing it with the family. They could draw and label it, create a paper or clay model, a book, etc. Encourage them to learn and share some facts about each plant or animal, not just learn the name. If there’s a bit of bare earth included, have them scoop up a little and test it to figure out what type of soil it is (there are lots of instructions for doing this online.) They can also put a thermometer and rain gauge next to their square, and create a log or graph of daily temperatures and precipitation. There are some great, cheap min/max thermometers available online.

-Ask your child what interests them in history, and look for historical fiction about that person, era, or event. Good historical fiction is, in my opinion, the best way to build interest in history as a topic. Once a child is interested, from having read or listened to a great book, then they can research more about the topic.

-Have your child choose a book (from an approved list, if you want) read it, and write a book report. Specify that the report shouldn’t be a synopsis of the plot, but should share how they felt about the book. What did you really like? What parts were boring, or scary, or sad? IF you were in the character’s place, what would you have done? What parts of the writing seemed the best to you? How did you feel about the illustrations?

-Put each child in charge of one meal per week. They have to come up with a menu (using what you have available), prepare and serve the meal. For smaller children or beginners, you can walk them through each step; for older kids, help as needed but let them make their own mistakes too.

-Play geography games online-- it’s fun and children usually beat the adults. You can identify all the states, the countries in Africa, etc. and try to improve your times.

-Learn a new craft or hobby together-- sewing, felting, beading, making lego models, building cardboard dioramas, painting in acrylics-- order supplies online if you aren’t going out at all. Get out glue guns (low temperature) and assemble a bunch of recyclables, natural objects, stray bits and pieces, for building stuff. It can be fun to create a jar full of ideas (a giant hand, a chair, a suit of armor, an apple-machine, etc.) and then someone can draw a slip, and everyone can make their own example, and then you can demonstrate them for one another.

-Don’t forget puzzles (real-life and online), word games, card games, building toys, etc. Teenagers can be surprised at how fun legos are even when you’ve “outgrown” them. Draw and cut out paper dolls and their clothes.

-If you (or your child) likes computer games, sit down and play one together. Share a game you love and talk about why you like it. Let your child teach you about one that they love. Watch netflix together, or listen to music and dance or draw to it.

-Choose a family book (if you don’t already have one) and listen to it together or take turns reading it aloud. Talk about it the way you do at book club-- not in a schoolish way. Taking time to listen to and talk with your child can make this time at home one that you will always remember."


Lunch doodles! Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today!


Free online Ballet Lessons from BalletNova Center for Dance. Amazing opportunity for those who dance (and those who want to explore dance.)


Planning for an upcoming COVID-Hiatus has encouraged us to explore a wide variety of resources for enrichment and academics for students K4-12 and their families. (Even folks without kids at home might find some of these links engaging!)


Welcome! On this page we hope to be passing along useful information that will help educators, parents, caregivers, and advocates creative and engaging solutions to meeting the academic needs of the children in their lives. Posts will be annotated to include the target audience as well as appropriate grade level. Please feel free to post resources that you enjoy!

Wild Classroom Tiger Toolkit 16/03/2020

All inclusive educational units (Science, Math, ELA!) from the World Wildlife Fund! The one linked here is on Tigers!

K-8 (with slight modifications)

Wild Classroom Tiger Toolkit The Wild Classroom tiger toolkit provides a resource guide and six activities around this iconic species, the threats they face, and what we can do to protect tigers for generations to come.

Free Online Learning Resources for COVID-19/Coronavirus School Closures 16/03/2020

Annotated list of online resources for parents and teachers. Most are free on a regular basis and some are currently offering free accounts!

ABC Mouse
Adventure Academy
Brain Pop
Mystery Science
Reading IQ
Xtra Math
and more...!


Free Online Learning Resources for COVID-19/Coronavirus School Closures We're all going to get through this together... online.


Free year access to animated story books for teachers and parents.


TEACHERS: Get a FREE YEAR of animated storybooks 📖 and bring your classroom to life ==>

What is Vooks?

With Vooks you can watch your favorite children’s stories come alive with animated illustrations, read-a-long text and a narrated story. Our ad-free platform features a variety titles that are engaging millions of students all over the world. Whether being used as part of the lesson or to wind class down, Vooks is a fun and versatile tool for every classroom.

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Virtual Field Trips 16/03/2020

Over 30 virtual field trips to use at home! Great for entertaining/educating the kids and incorporating into your lesson plans!*oxnnV7rM2VHUMKU9tnMPuA

Virtual Field Trips Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links (Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!) San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot S...


Science and math lessons livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook!

School has been canceled in more than a dozen states, many of them with very short notice. If you're worried about your child falling behind with their learning or wasting away in front of netflix next week- we're here to help! Join us on Monday, March 16th, for a daily show featuring science and math lessons, crafts and games. Hosted by Science Mom and Math Dad, this two hour livestream is a wonderful way to put some fun learning into your quarantine.

Each show will feature a science lesson, math activities, interactive games, and stories. If you'd like to share your creation with other families who are following along with Quarantime, post it to Instagram with the hashtags and . Feel free to tag me too! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

At the end of each show, we'll take several minutes to answer YOUR questions. If you'd like to submit a question in advance, email us at [email protected]. Please note that we get more questions submitted than we have time to answer -we still love to hear from you even if you aren't able to reply!

You can watch the Livestream here on the Science Mom page (click on the "videos" tab) or by going to A replay is available afterward on both Facebook the Science Mom YouTube channel.

While our science and math lessons are aimed at kids age 7-12, this is a family-friendly show that is for BOTH kids and parents (and any elderly people who are feeling isolated at home and would like to watch some science and math lessons and participate in a few crafts).

Each day we post a simple worksheet that goes along with the show. You can find those at

Short Story 15/03/2020

The Necklace! The Gift of the Magi! The Cask of Amontillado! Interesting opportunity for teachers looking for virtual content as well as those who are interested in expanding their horizons during this time of social distancing.

Teachers (5-12)
Curious Literary Peeps


Free online secondary ELA class! It begins Monday, March 16th, and it will go for two weeks (through the 27th). Live streamed on YouTube at 12pmC. This will be a short story unit appropriate for 7th - 12th graders. All are welcome. Get details & story list/links here: (the photo below is the same as the link). Please feel free to share.

Short Story An awesome design designed in Canva by lisa249.

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