For Families and Students
Remote Learning Resources
Smokieee's @ Home- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is providing resources to families that help them explore, entertain and escape. Learn more about the ecosystem right beyond your doorstep through drawing, videos, research, journaling and more. Participating in the activities feels like a trip to the park, which is the most visited in the world! There is a multitude of resources for families wanting to participate in citizen science projects, which are a great way to get outside exploring.
Google Arts & Culture- Google Arts & Culture is a vast resource that your students (and you) will enjoy exploring. Complete a virtual puzzle with a friend, explore art galleries around the world, take a VR tour of a space shuttle, bring marine mammals to life with augmented reality and so much more! Google Arts & Culture will take you to over 10,000 famous places in street view, allow you to view over 100,000 pieces of artwork in high definition and grant you access to 2,000 museums around the world. The site also includes a variety of games, activities and experiments to engage viewers.
Virtual Field Trips- With virtual field trips, you can stay at home and explore interesting places around the world. Visit some of the most famous museums (like the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History), or watch a webcam at a zoo (such as The National Zoo) or at an aquarium (such as the Georgia Aquarium). Visit important landmarks like Ellis Island, where 12 million immigrants entered the United States, or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is the tallest building in the world. Interested in space? Visit a planetarium or even Mars! Check out a list of virtual field trips for your family here. Learn more about museums participating in virtual tours through Google here. Are you more interested in learning about the arts? This link is for you.
NASA STEM Engagement- NASA understands the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to the breakthroughs that the organization has accomplished. NASA STEM Engagement provides tools to young people and teachers to foster the next generation of scientists. Check out their website for hands-on activities, games and challenges that can be done at home. These resources are great for students who like to build, create and problem-solve!
Virtual Adventures with the Museum- The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is offering a series of virtual adventures this summer for students in grades 2-12. Virtual adventures will be led by museum experts on topics such as coding and backyard exploration. The virtual adventures are comparable to hands-on programs that would be held at the museum during the summer. Although the adventures are not free, registrants will receive an Adventure Kit that includes everything that they will need for their experience. Bonus: students can keep the materials after the adventure for additional exploration. Check out the schedule here. Be sure to register soon as spots are filling quickly!
Take A Child Outside- Looking for ways to get your kids outside? Take a Child Outside is an initiative aimed at getting more young people to connect with nature. Their website offers tips for choosing locations to explore, what to bring on your adventure and how to avoid hazards like poison ivy. The best feature of the website is the collection of simple activities you can do with your children to help them experience the natural world.
4-H at Home- 4-H has put together a free activity guide filled with hundreds of things your student(s) can do to keep them learning at home. The activities cover a wide range of topics and interests including cooking, engineering and outdoor adventures. These activities are hands-on and accessible to all kids. Download the activity guide using the link above.
Earth School- TEDEd has put together a month of "quests", one for each day between Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5), to help students understand and celebrate the natural world. The quests are revealed daily and help students see just how much we depend on nature. Each quest has engaging content from experts and includes ways that students can get involved in protecting our planet. Quests from previous days are still available.
Mission Conservation- Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Agents of Discovery have partnered to create Mission Conservation, an app that gives families access to Image Recognition Missions. Students download the Mission Conservation app, then receive new "missions" each Monday. The missions are accessed by scanning trigger images with your device (trigger images are accessed on the Mission Conservation website). After scanning the trigger images, students complete the missions by playing augmented reality games, watching videos and gathering data. The theme of the missions changes each week. Topics include birds, habitats, trees and endangered species. Participants earn rewards when they complete missions such as access to conservation-themed Snapchat filters. Pro tip: print the trigger images and place them around your home or backyard to increase student engagement.
NC Zoo- The NC Zoo is offering a variety of free, virtual learning experiences for students who are interested in learning more about wildlife. These include weekly educational programs broadcast into your home (Zoo Classroom, held each Thursday), fun presentations about animals and nature (Zoo EDventures, held Monday, Wednesday and Friday), nature arts and crafts, and outdoor activities you can do in your own backyard. These activities are the great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the NC Zoo! Even better, most experiences are offered on multiple platforms including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Check out the NC Zoo virtual resources page here.
ecoEXPLORE- Looking for a way to get your kids outside? ecoEXPLORE is the NC Arboretum’s citizen science initiative that uses an incentive system to get K-8 students outside exploring. Students sign up to participate online, go outside (their backyard or neighborhood works perfect) to find wildlife species, and snap a picture of what they find. Participants share their pictures and data on their online profile. Participants can earn badges and get on the leader board the more they explore. Get started by going to the ecoEXPLORE website.
Discovery Place Stay-At-Home Science- Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC is bringing the excitement of hands-on science discovery to your home. Take a virtual tour of the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, go behind-the-scenes to feed the animal residents, or make your own hydroponic plant in the safety of your home. Resources are updated daily on this website. Topics include astronomy, physics, wildlife, computer science and more!
Catawba Science Center At-Home Science- Catawba Science Center has put together a collection of resources for students learning science at-home. Resources include videos, challenges for social media, scavenger hunts, outdoor activities and experiments using common household items. These resources are easy to use and fun for the whole family!
Earth Day continued...- Continue learning about climate action at home using UNCTV’s compilation of educational resources. Check out videos and interactives using this link. The EPA has posted coloring books, activity guides and articles related to Earth Day here. These resources highlight air pollution, water quality in America and the importance of the EPA in protecting our natural resources.
Earth Day 2020- Happy Earth Day! Learn more about this year’s theme "climate action" and how to participate in this year’s event at earthday.org. We have created our own resource for families to use while learning-at-home. Use this link to access hands-on activities and a wealth of information about Earth Day.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Earth Week- Earth Day is April 22, 2020. This year’s theme is "climate action". This day marks civic engagement and action to protect our environment. Since its’ inception in 1970, Earth Day has been an opportunity for the global community to express their environmental concerns. These actions have led to important progress in protecting and restoring our natural resources. The NC Museum is offering daily activities all week to celebrate Earth Day. Check out their activities here.
NCSU The Science House Express- NCSU’s Science House is offering new K-12 virtual STEM learning content for parents, teachers and students. Each week, the Science House will release selected science resources for teachers and parents (on Mondays), a virtual K-12 science activity for students (on Wednesdays), and interviews with expert scientists (on Fridays). Each week’s content will have a different theme. The first week’s theme is rocket science. Check out their Facebook for even more information.
Nat Geo Explorer Classroom- Nat Geo brings cutting-edge science and research into your home with broadcasts from scientists around the world. Live broadcasts with expert explorers start at 2 p.m. each day, are free and cover a range of topics related to wildlife and the environment. Register for the chance to grab one of six on-camera spots and the opportunity to ask explorers your questions.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences- NC’s Museum of Natural Sciences have prepared a collection of science activities for teachers and families who are learning at home called Science at Home. Resources include museum webcams, Ask a Naturalist, hands-on experiments, augmented reality app, outdoor activities and citizen science projects. Resources are varied and engaging- just like a trip to the museum!
NC State Fair- Looking to cut down on screen time? The NC State Fair is adding at home activities to their website each week. Activities include various crafts, games and recipes that can be done offline. Participate in the 2020 NC State Coloring Competition or take a tour of a farm. The website also has links to 4-H activities.
Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS)- AMOS may be physically closed, but they are still providing online outreach every day. Check out their resources, which include videos and experiments, on their website or sign up for their daily newsletter to receive even more information. These daily resources are created by local teachers and the museum’s outreach staff.
NOVA- NOVA has been educating millions about scientific and technological discoveries for decades. NOVA Education has helped bring these stories to life in the classroom and now is available to families who are teaching and learning at home. Each day, NOVA Education is providing a list of hands-on activities and videos for students at home to help them learn about physics, astronomy, earth science, biology and engineering.
We Love Weather- We Love Weather is a weather and climate education resource from The Weather Channel for kids. The website is full of videos, experiments that you can do at home and quizzes. Smithsonian’s Weather Lab app is a similar resource. If your student is really into weather, sign up to become a member of the CoCoRaHS community. CoCoRaHs is a citizen science project sponsored by NOAA and NSF in which people measure precipitation in their backyard then report the data online. It is a great way to get your student outside, taking data and contributing to a larger scientific project all while having fun!
Khan Academy- Created by a father helping his kids with school work, Khan Academy is a collection of educational screencasts (basically lectures) on just about every topic. This resource has evolved over the years to be a comprehensive, go-to remote learning tool for many educators and students. At this time, Khan Academy is offering detailed schedules and educational resources students age 2-18 who are learning at home, which can be accessed on their website. Access to Khan Academy videos can also be found on YouTube.
Breakout EDU- Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform that brings the escape room to the classroom. The website is currently offering free games to students while they are at home. Breakout EDU games challenge students to apply content knowledge to open digital "locks" while practicing creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills. The platform may take some getting used to, so watching a tutorial is recommended. Here is a great one to start with! Games span all grade levels and subjects
Google Earth- This is such a fun tool to explore for kids and adults alike! Once you click the link, select "launch Earth" to access a wealth of resources. Choose "Voyager" from the menu, which is denoted by the helm of a ship. Your student can explore Earth’s geography through 3D tours of cities, engaging games like Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego, and ready-made lessons. This resource encompasses literature, language, geography, science, culture and more. Be prepared to have some fun!
Games- Board games and card games are fun ways to connect with each other and get some friendly competition going. On the digital frontier, Nat Geo Kids and NASA have some great gaming options that are fun and educational.
Scholastic Learn at Home- Each day, Scholastic Learn at Home posts 4 different learning activities built around an engaging story or video. Activities are free, easy to use and age appropriate. Choose your student’s grade level and let the learning begin!
Arts & Crafts- Give your students paper, markers, crayons, glue, fabric- really anything you have around the house- and challenge them to create something wonderful! Get some craft ideas here. Check out archived videos of famous illustrator Mo Willems' lunch doodles or Wendy Macnaughtons' daily kids’ drawing class.
Science experiments at home- Engage students with science learning through experiments! Here are some activities from PBS. Need more ideas? This is another list of easy science experiments you can do with your kids with stuff you already have around the house. Encourage kids to come up with their own questions to test out.