Below, please find some offerings for online activities for our children, from Organizations that had to close their doors temporarily, or provide an online learning platform. I hope this will provide a little relief until we are reunited with our WG community.
We will continue to add to this list as new updated information is received by our Educators and Team.
With Love, Lene.
WATCH LIVE FEEDS FROM THE HOUSTON ZOO:
Despite closing its doors until April 3, the Houston Zoo is live streaming their favorite animals on Facebook in order to bring the zoo to you! The link will take you directly to their Facebook page (with live feeds, currently they’re walking around with a Cheetah alongside them and are explaining all about this animal. Their live feed is Mo-Fri at 11am).
Space Foundation is offering free downloadable STEM lesson plans for students in grades K-8 to help keep kids engaged during the gap in traditional class time.
Children’s Museum Houston
You may know the brick and mortar location in Houston’s Museum District, but did you know about its database of online activities for classes?
The museum is also sharing experiments, activities and inside looks at their exhibits through its daily virtual learning broadcast schedule.
- 10:15 a.m. – O-Wow Moment on Facebook
- 11:15 a.m. – Story Time (English)
- 12:15 p.m. – Educator Moment on Facebook or Instagram
- 1:15 p.m. – Story Time (Spanish)
- 3:15 p.m. – Toodler Time
Frontiers for Young Minds
This website has a free collection of science-related material for kids.
DK find out!
DK find out! has free lesson plan ideas for teachers and resources for parents, as well as videos and interactive modules on a variety of subjects.
Epic! has thousands of books and videos online for kids. There’s a 30 day free trial to set up an account. Miss Maria can guide the K-G3 families on this platform and even assign a reading list! Thank you Maria.
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that has exercises, quizzes, and videos to help students.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
You might recognize the name of this children’s science show host.
Nye is a well-known science communicator with a long list of life science, physical science, and planetary science lessons.
This website offers free access for students. The site even has a free learning module for young people on coronavirus.
National Geographic Kids
This site from the National Geographic Society has everything from outer space to women heroes and homework help.
This site from Learning A-Z is designed for students from kindergarten through fifth grade and has a free trial.
They are offering digital alternatives to connect with its audience during this time, including hosting a series of Home Safari Facebook Live sessions, which will feature online animal encounters and an activity you can do at home.
These will be offered at 3 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, March 16. The zoo says the first “safari” will feature Fiona the hippo. Watch Fiona HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/
GreatSchools is offering Worksheets for print out: https://www.greatschools.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has announced that although the aquarium itself is closed to visitors, the live video streams of their resident animals are still operating. While it’s not the same as an actual in-person visit, in this time of quarantine and social distancing due to Coronavirus, it’s a comfort to see that there’s still a great big world still out there. https://www.
Ricardo Levins beautiful art coloring pages for download: Poster Art for Social Justice: https://www.
Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has been taking advantage of things like VR field trips and virtual reality to transport students to distant lands, but today it’s releasing a way to explore scenic wonders closer to home: the U.S. National Parks. Link here: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/google-now-lets-you-explore-u-s-national-parks-via-360-degree-virtual-tours/