Links to online and downloadable educational resources: lessons, worksheets, activities and more, for students, teachers and homeschooling families. Some free, some not.
- a little bit of everything
- art lessons
- science lessons
- health and safety
- web-based educational games
- reading, writing, spelling
- math and logic
- computers and technology
- earth sciences
- society and culture
- bible studies
- French and other languages
- resource lists on other websites
A little bit of everything
www.KhanAcademy.org "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere? The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge."
www.EnchantedLearning.com — Everything from certificates to maps, diagrams for labeling — including map of Canada, plants etc. They have an online tool for generating your own math worksheets.
TeachersPayTeachers.com — online marketplace with more than 3 million free and paid resources, created by educators for educators. PreK-12, all subjects (including Canadian history). Search by grade level, subject, price (e.g. if you only want free), or resource type, or do a keyword search (e.g. for "Canadian money" to get math sheets that use money).
KidsAndCaboodles.com has free activities for kids, including free downloadable sheets to print, colour, and cut out.
www.edHelper.com has over 3000 free worksheets including algebra, arithmetic, fractions, integers, statistics, [AMERICAN] spelling, vocabulary, and more. Organized according to grade levels.
www.youtube.com/user/dandanart - art instruction for children: videos on how to draw and paint, by art teacher Dan Frenette
www.ScienceMadeSimple.com A hands-on way for kids to learn science, with science projects and experiments using household materials. The site also has answers to common science questions and information on what's happening in the world of science.
Health and safety
OntarioRoadSafety.ca free age-appropriate resources (games, exercises, checklists, posters, various activities, etc.) for each grade level, on topics like bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, car safety, signs and rules of the road, etc. Sponsored by CAA.
Web-based Educational Games
Arcademics.com makes free online educational games for K-8 students. These multiplayer games enable students to play each other while practicing educational subjects like math, language arts, and geography. Single player gaming is possible in Private mode. You can also upgrade to a paid account, Arcademics Plus, which allows parents and educators to view performance data reports, customize game content, and give their students access to video lessons.
Reading, writing, spelling
www.GuysRead.com A literary initiative for boys from Jon Scieszka, the creator of "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Stinky Cheese Man." This is a great program designed to get boys interested in reading and to connect them with books they will enjoy. You'll find a list of Mr. Scieszka's favorite books, tips and advice on how parents and teachers can help, a place for guys to share what their favorite books are and more.
www.BookRags.com Online site for classical guides and free texts ~ comprehensive guides to classical literature, book notes, essay workshops, complete E-books of classical texts, tests, message board. This site is meant for the high school and university level. English blog dedicated to reading and book lovers.
www.TutorForEnglish.com Offers free instruction on capitalization, punctuation, misused words, parts of speech, sentence structure errors, writing paragraphs, and essays. The website also has interactive tests that students can take and get immediate feedback.
EssayJack.com is an interactive web platform that helps students write essays and helps home educators teach essay writing. The software pre-structures student essays, reducing writing anxiety and allowing parent customization and feedback. EssayJack was created by two professors at Canadian universities in response to the deficits they observed in their students' approach to essay writing. Composing essays on the EssayJack platform ensures that they will conform to academic standards and match the expectations of your child's future teachers and professors. You can start with a free trial. Parents can buy an account just for their child, or they can also have a parent account that is linked to the child's. This allows parents to see, comment, mark up, and otherwise oversee their child's writing progress. An EssayJack student account includes standard templates; with a parent account, the platform can be customised for almost any writing task. A parent account also allows home educators to "scaffold" their child's essay: they can turn on individual components of a template one at a time, so that a student begins by just writing a topic sentence and by the end of the process has written an entire essay. EssayJack can be used as a teaching tool in that it breaks the essay into discrete, manageable chunks, providing tips, prompts and definitions for each component of the essay. Home educators whose children will be applying to colleges and universities can also create or commission a custom template for the application essays. For grades 6 to post-secondary.
Math and logic
123MrBee free math videos on YouTube, by Hudson Byblow in Saskatoon, SK
KhanAcademy.org is a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard, empower learners to study at their own pace. Math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan Academy has also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
MathSpace.co offers a web-based math program with adaptive learning technology that provides highly individualized learning paths for each student. Interactive, standards-aligned curriculum, delivered through videos, investigations, and hands-on GeoGebra applets. Step-by-step feedback: students can show their work and get scaffolded hints and video lessons along the way, no matter how they solve the problem. There is also a full eBook for grades 3 to 12.
MasterMath.info has free video lessons, practice worksheets, and self-grading quizzes, for middle-school math. Also offers online math tutoring.
ThatQuiz.com is a free online resource for math practice and testing. The money section includes Canadian coins. Students can access all of the tests without registration. Immediate feedback is in terms of right or wrong only (the correct answer is not given after a mistake is made). Free registration for teachers allows customization of quizzes and record-keeping of students' scores.
www.NaturalMath.com guides you through facilitating your child's math learning as a natural process. You can register a free account to access self-paced courses and downloadable ebooks. Their cost is name-your-price — you can support the site by paying the recommended price or you can pay as low as $0 for ebooks or $1 for courses. You can also buy the print versions of the books, and view sample chapters without an account.
Computers and technology
www.HowStuffWorks.com Learn how everything works.
www.FearOfPhysics.com Fear not! Physics. Explained. Finally. Sampling of topics include: Why Things Fall; Sun, Earth, Moon; Speed and Acceleration; Sound; Einstein's Relativity and much more.
Canadian Sugar Institute's Nutrition Information Service includes online information about nutrition, the history of sugar, sugar science, sugars and health, and free downloadable educational PDF files that form an integrated curriculum resource for grades 4-6. (You can also have them sent for free by postal mail). Through experiments and activities, students learn about food science, food production, the human body, nutrition and physical activity within a series of four Missions.
www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/info/pubs/e_teach.htm - Environment Canada's free educational materials on Water
www.WeatherWizKids.com Designed so kids can learn more about weather science. It also gives teachers and parents the tools they need to explain the different types of weather to children.
www.r4r.ca Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future. It provides teachers access to lesson plans, worksheets and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories in Canada.
www.solarviews.com/eng/history.htm History of Space Exploration - A wealth of information including space exploration timelines, accounts of manned and robotic space missions, and educator guides.
www.HistoricaCanada.ca Games, projects, and research tools for students - all about Canadian history. Lesson plans, resources, ideas and articles for parents and teachers to utilize.
www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography/atlas-canada - The National Atlas of Canada: maps and information about Canada's geography.
Society and culture
www.VirtualMuseum.ca The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is an Internet gateway that provides access to collections housed in over 600 Canadian museums. Its mandate is to stimulate public interest among all age groups in our rich and diverse cultural heritage, and to complement the programs and collections of museums across Canada. Includes links to exhibits, fun and games, teachers' centre, events and more.
www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/Women.htm Biographies of Women Mathematicians. This website offers the biographies of women mathematicians sorted in alphabetical and chronological order. Each biography contains a picture and short text that tells about the mathematician's life and her contributions to mathematics. You will also find a list of women who have won prizes, awards, and honors for their contributions to math. This site contains links to many other resources about math, as well as resources about women's contributions in other fields of study too.
www.LivingWaterBibleGames.com Free games for homeschoolers who are teaching Bible or New Testament Greek. In downloadable PDF format.
French and Other Languages
LearnLanguagesOnYourOwn.com teaches a method which can be used to learn any language. This method requires no need to learn any grammar or vocabulary and is 100% free. It also includes a section on how to master the pronunciation of any language.
www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/La-Librairie-De-Lecturea-z — La Librairie de LectureA-Z — French workbooks, answer sheets, and grammar notes, for students in French Immersion (Gr. 1-8) and Core French (Gr. 4-8). ReadingA-Z French worksheets, answer sheets, vocabulary sheets available for Levels B-I. Developed by an Ontario Certified French Teacher following the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines (2013).
Christy Chalmers - firstname.lastname@example.org
www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Antoine-Khoury-Vocabulary-Grammar-Reservoir — Antoine Khoury Vocabulary Grammar Reservoir — downloadable video lessons, ebooks, printables etc., including a few free samples. Antoine Khoury has been teaching French for over 40 years at the university level and has also taught Arabic at that level. He taught FSL at the elementary level for 22 years. Since 2002, he has been creating resources for learning second languages, including French, English, Arabic, and Spanish. To bypass the TeachersPayTeachers site and get direct guidance and Canadian dollar payment options from Antoine, contact him directly at email@example.com.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Homeschooling-And-Learning-French-306242636827115/
www.spanishprograms.com for learning Spanish
www.vocabulix.com Free online practice of vocabulary and conjugation in German, Spanish, or English. Be aware that clicking on the "Next" button takes you to a quiz, not to a lesson. To see the vocabulary list and translations before any quiz, click on the "Lesson preview" button. There is an option for creating your own lessons -- you must be logged on to do so.
Resource lists on other websites
www.GreatSitesForKids.com/gsfk/index.asp A weekly column created to help parents and teachers find fun and educational websites for kids to use at home and in the classroom. Websites are reviewed that feature the following categories: biography/history, geography, language arts, math, music, science/nature and entertainment/amusement.
www.SitesForTeachers.com There are 15 pages of websites with free worksheets, printables, resources, unit studies, etc. It is geared to teachers of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and children with special needs.