April 14, 2020 | Abby Hall Choi
Is your Middle School student looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Here are some options from our teachers.
Wideopenschool.org Powered by commonsense, a collection of free online tools
We Are Teachers List of podcasts (sorted for youngest students to oldest students)
Movies, podcasts, video games, and music recommendations for older Middle School students Mr. Harris’ list of recommendations
Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls LEGO, STEM and other ideas for kids
Museum Of Math They have lots of great math activities. They have a great page called Family Fridays
Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams Free opera!
The Show Must Go On Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Youtube Channel streaming productions of his musicals for free
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall Free orchestral concerts!
Lincoln Center Video Wonderful videos from New York City Ballet, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Julliard School, and other Lincoln Center venues
10 Virtual Museum and Art Gallery Tours View some of the best artworks around the world
Recreate a Work of Art Use what you can find at home for this challenge!
Doodle with Mo WIllems 15 episodes (20 min each) with the illustrator of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Audible Stories Free audiobooks for children and teens
Harry Potter at Home Free Harry Potter content from JK Rowling herself.
Poetry.org A Poem a Day and more
Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado About Nothing Streaming on PBS for free (expires 5/26).
Keep Curiosity Alive: STEM activities Here is a compilation all aimed at keeping curiosity and a love of learning alive and well during this unusual time! From the Van Andel Institute of Education.
Access Mars -360 views of Mars courtesy of NASA’s Curiosity Rover
Ask a Stevens Prof Live Webinars for k-12 students on STEM topics (recorded webinars farther down on page)
American Museum of Natural History Meet the Ologist
Kennedy Space Center Online The space center’s educational portal.
Skype a Scientist From the website: “Do you want to chat with a scientist over video chat from your living room? We will match you with a scientist for free! These sessions are q&a conversations, so you and your kids/roommates can talk with a scientist about what makes YOU curious.”
Note: if you don’t want to give out your number/email, there are plenty of videos on the Skype a Scientist Youtube page.
PBS Nova Labs From their website: “NOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration.” Topics include the polar ice caps, evolution, and cyber security.
Frost Science @ Home Science-related videos, lessons and DIY tutorials (suitable for younger kids too).
Hayden Planetarium’s Skylight Youtube Page A series of educational videos about Skylight, a “3-D atlas of the universe”.
American Museum of Natural History Online Tours, videos, quizzes, games and more.
Smithsonian’s Open Access Hub Center for much of the Smithsonian’s online content.
Because Her Story The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, online.
Native Knowledge 360 The National Museum of the American Indian’s online lessons and activities.
The National Museum of American History’s History Explorer A trove of history resources including videos, podcasts, lessons, and more.
Typing.com Typing program (does have pop up ads)
16 Card Games If you need some time away from the screen… (mostly for younger 4th and 5th grade)