Continue Learning and Keep Busy
JFK Library Digital Digest
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston has started a digital digest with loads of activities for all ages about a wide variety of topics, including history and civics, of course.
There are also learning activities and lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students as well as family activities.
Free Coloring Pages From the California Academy of Sciences
What happens at the California Academy of Sciences when all the humans go home, or stay home for the current crisis?
They certainly are active, as these free, downloadable coloring pages show.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York
is offering free online art classes-
Nicole Rim has written a children's book about the coronavirus. "King Covid and the Kids Who Cared" has health tips and scientific facts combined with a gentle story to help little ones feel empowered. It is a FREE download, with two different versions for two age groups. And if you print it up, kids can color the pictures! Here is the link to the download page: www.nicolerim.com/kidswhocared.html
So many wonderful ideas for kids and adults!
Introducing Julie's Library. Every week, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will settle into the reading nook for a new story. Coming April 29.
Storyline Online is from the SAF/AFTRA Foundation. Actors reading stories online-
Caring For Each Other is from Sesame Street-
And Sir Patrick Stewart is reading a Sonnet a Day from Shakespeare-
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a children't book designed to help children and young people cope with Covid-19.
Click the photo at right to download the book, or see their website for more information and a video of the book being read.
Or simply click on the video below-
From our partners at New Hampshire Humanities, a great suggestion for a PBS program to watch-
Watch episodes of Our Hometown on NH PBS. This award-winning series is hosted by Humanities to Go presenter Rebecca Rule. Learn about New Hampshire’s communities and hear stories about the people who live there. Episodes on Conway, Colebrook, Littleton, Peterborough, Stratham, and Wolfeboro are available now.
Find the stories to watch here-
Explore Our Solar System!
A link to coloring pages of Jupiter-
And a link to NASA's JunoCam website for inspiration-
Virtual Field Trips
The link below from CarolineSchools.org and the photo at right have mostly the same links.
At the least, they are great starting points for finding your own field trips!
Parents should visit the links to verify and determine the appropriateness for their children.
NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month,
has been promoting #StayHomeWriMo for those that want to work on writing projects while staying home.
Seven days of info graphs with writing prompts, physical and mental self-care tips and creative and social well-being ideas are available on their Facebook page, which can be reached by clicking on the photo at left.
Starting Friday, April 3rd, another way to listen to LeVar... Tune in for his livestream series! He'll begin with a story by Neil Gaiman this Friday. Find him at www.twitter.com/levarburton
Mondays for children: 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET
Wednesdays for YA: 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET
Fridays for adults: 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET
Dolly Parton has been a champion of reading and libraries, and she steps up once again to read a bedtime story every week.
Harry Potter at Home
Wizarding World has announced many free to access features in a new Harry Potter at Home hub, including free access on Audible.com to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the British version read by Stephen Fry!
From the website-
We know that everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and our friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, we are delighted to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives.
Abby Cadabby has some helpful advice for all of us!
Ancestry® is a family and a community, even when we’re not together – which is why we will be sharing resources for people at home.
With school closures in effect across the U.S., Ancestry is offering support to parents by making its AncestryK12 lesson plans available for free for anyone to download while they are educating children at home.
Also, starting today, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and its long-term digitization partner Ancestry will make it even easier for people to explore their own family history stories from home by providing FREE access to search nearly 500 million records and images on Ancestry.
In addition, Ancestry is continuing to provide free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building. We’re also developing live learning sessions on our social channels for our community.
At-Home History Lesson Plans
Family history projects for K12 students allow them to build powerful inquiry skills while learning from home. The sources and documents found on Ancestry gives students across the nation the opportunity to make connections to their ancestors, historical places, and events throughout time. Their research journey will provide powerful insights into their own family and bring their curriculum to life in relevant and exciting ways.
The lesson plans that Ancestry has created target a number of core subjects, with educational topics ranging from the American Revolutionary War to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. They have been written by teachers according to the History Standards administered by the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards. Available lesson plans can be accessed below:
Free Access for At-Home Family Tree Building
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has teamed up with its long-term digitization partner Ancestry to provide FREE access to search nearly 500 million records and images on Ancestry starting today, making it even easier for people to discover their own family history from home.
Exploring the records is completely free – just create an account by entering your email to start your search.
The almost half a billion digitized and searchable records being made available to all for free are comprised of nearly 300 different collections, including ship passenger and crew lists, naturalization and citizenship records, immigration records, and key military collections such as WWI and WWII draft cards. A sampling of the collections include:
Tools To Get Started
For those new to Ancestry, several videos are also available on Ancestry Academy™, a free program offering online courses to help families get started on their family tree building. A library of educational videos can be found at: www.ancestry.com/academy.
A sampling of the courses include:
MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY OFFERS FREE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT THE NATION'S VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is forcing schools nationwide to go to virtual classrooms the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) will offer free distance learning programs three times a week to support educators in their efforts to provide remote learning opportunities. Students and weather enthusiasts can connect live to the highest peak in the Northeastern US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as Weather Observers and Education Specialists at MWO present Facebook Live sessions called “Home of the World’s Worst Weather Live.”
Programs will be offered weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:15 AM EST. The programs are targeted for grades 3-8 and expand on MWO’s well-established distance learning program that connects students across the country to the excitement and science taking place in the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”.
Program content will vary with Mondays being focused on a special topic starting with “How to Take a Weather Observation” exploring the basic components of weather. Themes will cover other topics including summit research, climate education, the 231 MPH record wind to what it’s like to live and work as a scientist in such a remarkable place. There will also be an opportunity for viewers and educators to suggest topics for discussion.
Tuesday and Thursday MWO’s summit scientists will take 15 minutes to share the latest weather conditions and forecasts from high above treeline, followed by a Q&A session in real-time.
Live programs will be uploaded to MWO’s website at mountwashington.org/classroom for use outside the regularly scheduled time. Additionally, the site will provide resources and activities related to the science of weather. For more information about this program visit mountwashington.org or follow us on social media at Facebook/MWObs to be kept up-to-date on the latest program topics.
TumbleBooks.com has generously provided Public Libraries with access to their databases through August 31, 2020.
K-6 ebooks children's database
Just click the icon!
K-6 math ebooks for kids,
Just click the icon!
Teen book cloud,
Just click on the icon!
Audio book cloud for all ages,
Just click the icon!
Romance book cloud,
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The National Emergency Library
has resources for teachers and librarians
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT LIBRARIES AND EDUCATORS IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Click on the logo for the link.
The Children's Book Council has compiled a comprehensive list of publisher's resources. Some are available to teachers and librarians only, but most are available to the public.
Click on the logo for the link.
Thank you to our friends at the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson for compiling this list, some of which we have already shared on Facebook.
So many ideas! Museums, classes, etc.
Virtual Arts and Culture:
Free episodes available. More episodes with amazon subscription
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaris
Learn about animals from home
Watch famous people read picture books:
Calendar of Book Themed Events:
Contains links to various events and author presentations
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sau21.org_590a8plh1oh4mvnblgqsrsbeqg@g roup.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York&fbclid=IwAR0f6MUi1ww5T a--idd1sBs- FFv1SVI8S7wmaBYZ1mwYvQJCT0G69OL4UDo
Author read alouds with activities
https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share- resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring- 2020/?fbclid=IwAR2WPq5OMHjIMBn2hu3aFEHUx_kvkNk9xC645mA5bAJw38FuzPzu4icgPbY
Opera and Classical Music
Live recordings of performances
Podcasts for people missing sports:
Podcasts for theater geeks
STAY HEALTHY & CONNECTED:
Ideas for staying mentally healthy
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