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As Oregon State works to ensure a safe return to classroom teaching for all Oregonians, these resources are available to assist parents with the new online learning format.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR ALL AGES:
Oregon Open Learning Hub- OER- is an open educational resource sharing hub for Oregon educators, parents and students. Oregon Open Learning has over 50,000 open educational resources available on OER Commons, searchable by grade level, subject, and standard. It is a great place to find lessons and units that can be integrated into a learning management system to support both teacher-facilitated and applied learning.
Brittanica Launchpack: In response to COVID-19 Brittancia has created a free resource hub for distance learning including articles, videos and further recommended resources. Searchable by subject and grade bracket. Their platform also includes support mechanisms for parents and educators.
CommonLit: Offers a wide variety of short stories, informative text, excerpts and poems. Each reading comes with the optional annotation, discussion and assessment questions. Offers a translate function to wide variety of languages and a "read aloud" function. Open a free parent/guardian account to support your learner with options to choose lessons and track progress.
The Annenberg Classroom offers an in depth look at the Constitution and includes games, videos, interview and readings on the Constitution divided by initial creation and then each article of the Constitution.
MATH & SCIENCES:
Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, designed to bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom. Data Nuggets include a connection to the scientist behind the data and the true story of their research. Each activity gives students practice working with “messy data” and interpreting quantitative information. Students are guided through the entire process of science, including identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence based claims, and asking their own questions for future research. Because of their simplicity and flexibility, Data Nuggets can be used throughout the school year and across grades K-16, as students grow in their quantitative abilities and gain confidence.
OMSI provides free videos and weekly science at home projects. For learning communities, they offer virtual learning labs- the cost varies depending on the lab and is meant to be for a group environment of up to 40 participants.
The Exploratorium has free videos and at home science activities for a range of ages with the majority of content being geared toward younger students.
Outdoor School OSU presents free resource sets for grades 5th and 6th. Find links to activities that engage students with nature through observations, journaling and online activities.
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology has compiled a list of resources for managing parenting during the pandemic. This includes how to talk to kids about coronavirus as well as resources for parents figuring out how to balance work and school priorities and managing both their own and their children's stress in this new environment.
Common Sense Media has an education section devoted to helping parents navigate distance learning focusing on free tips and tricks to help create structure around school time and set expectations.