WHPS Online Resources

Elementary Schools

Online Resources to Explore

Our district curriculum website includes a variety of literacy and math resources for families and students to access at home (whps.org/see links below). We have also included links to grade-level resources for PreK-5 students (see grade level "buttons" below). These activities are designed to keep students in an academic routine and reinforce skills in literacy and mathematics. Finally, we share with you a list of general online resources to support child development and curiosity.

Please note that these are optional resources to explore, not required activities for elementary students during this initial period of emergency closing. Families may access materials at any grade to support student learning needs.

Given the expectation of a movement to a digital learning environment, we will share more specific grade-level at-home learning plans with families via school websites in the coming week. You can also expect to receive further updates about our district elementary at-home learning plans from your school principal/teachers by e-mail.

WHPS Curriculum Website Resources

Grade Level Resources

Digital access to district At-Home Toolkits are embedded within of each grade level resources below. These include student materials such as writing checklists, handwriting practice, math games, and fluency practice materials to reinforce skills and support academic routines.

Families are encouraged to access these materials digitally, however, paper copies of these At-Home Toolkits can be picked up at our five Food Distribution locations (Braeburn, Bugbee, Charter Oak, Conard, King Philip, Whiting Lane) or Hillcrest Area Community Resource Center from 11:00 - 12:30 on Wednesday 3/18 and Friday 3/20. Please pick up one copy per student only. If your student is currently achieving below grade level expectations, feel free to select a packet at an appropriate grade level.

Additional Resources to Support Child Development and Curiosity

The following is a list of additional general resources. We will continue to add online resources, including “virtual field trips," to our website posts/resource lists in the coming weeks.

National Geographic Kids (Grades PreK-8) https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Watch animal cameras, learn interesting tidbits about animals, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries and try science experiments on Kids.NationalGeographic.com. There is also a "Little Kids" section for the younger explorers in your home.

West Hartford Library offers downloadable books, audio books, magazines, comics, films, and music for all ages. Visit http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/services/ebooks_eaudio.asp or call 860-561-6990 for guidance.

PBS Kids (PreK-5) https://pbskids.org/

Many of the educational shows on PBS have their own learning section through PBSKids.org. Activities include sing-a-long songs, sorting and counting games, and videos.

PBS Learning (PK-5) PBS Learning Free standards-aligned videos, interactives, projects, lesson plans, and more.

How Stuff Works (Grades K-12) https://www.howstuffworks.com/

When your child wants to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms, or the answer to any number of questions, this site can help. Articles break down subjects like autos, culture, entertainment, science, money, and technology. Activities include games, quizzes, and videos

Mystery Science (Grades K-5) Mystery Science: Parent Sign-up for Mini-Lessons

This website, designed for teachers, has been offered to families at no-cost during this time of school closures (requires a parent/guardian email to sign-up). The site includes short videos on engaging topics along with optional activities using simple supplies families may already have at home (Examples of topics to explore include: What is a rainbow? Can animals laugh?)

STEM Resources

National Inventors Hall of Fame Activities designed for at-home exploration across a range of ages and grade levels; this guide incorporates innovating learning from 30 years of PK-12 STEM programming. https://www.invent.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020_STEMActivityGuide_Final.pdf

Coding and Computer Science Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation in underrepresented groups. https://studio.code.org/courses

Scratch Coding (3-5) Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch Jr. Coding (K-2) Scratch jr. ScratchJr is a visual programming language designed to introduce coding skills to children ages 5–7. By creating projects in ScratchJr, young children can learn to think creatively and reason systematically, despite not being able to read.

Early Childhood (and beyond)

Vroom! Families of infants and toddlers to children age 5+ can sign up for https://www.vroom.org/. This is an app that provides daily ideas to build brains. It’s free and easy to use.

Story Blocks (https://www.storyblocks.org/) features a collection of 30-60 second videos of rhymes, chants and songs and finger plays in multiple languages, including ASL, appropriate for early childhood and designed as models for parents, caregivers, and library staff.

Storyline Online (https://www.storylineonline.net/

Listen to books being read-aloud and view colorful picture book pages. Closed captioning available.

Math Playground (K-5) Mathplayground.com “Play with Numbers and Give Your Brain a Workout” is the motto of Math Playground. Find games to play related to logic, number skills practice, geometry, algebra, probability, fractions and more. There are also math word problems and video instructions to help students remember how to solve them.

Khan Academy (K-12) Khan Academy Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners.. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.

Origo (PK-6) Origo Weekly, digital content plans for home use. The weekly plans contain activities for each day, along with digitally accessible or downloadable resources, designed for delivery by a caregiver. These resources complement the mathematical concepts and skills children are learning at their grade level.

Scholastic (K-5) Scholastic Learn At Home Resources Free access to ebooks.

More From Scholastic (PK-6) Scholastic Learn At Home Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video.


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Video Read Alouds (PK-2) Video Read Alouds Free video read alouds of current, high quality picture books.

Starfall (PK-2) Starfall Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

Smithsonian (K-12)

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Digital educational games and resources from Smithsonian museums, research centers, libraries, and archives,including content geared specifically toward students and teachers.

Online Zoos (PK-5)

Zoo School

Edinburgh Zoo

National Parks Virtual Field Trips (3-5)

Google Arts and Culture National Parks

Google Earth National Parks of the United States

These two websites allow students to take a virtual field trip to many of the National Parks in the United States.

Kid Citizen (K-5) https://www.kidcitizen.net Provides 8 interactive "episodes" to engage in age appropriate historical inquiry.

World Book (PK-8) World Book Online An easy-to-use guide to entertain kids and supplement classroom instruction at home. It includes games & activities to science projects and WebQuests.

Audible (PK and up) https://stories.audible.com/start-listen Instantly stream a large collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.

Nature Lab (PK and up) www.nature.org/naturelab The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have created Nature Lab to help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong.

Bedtime math (K-5) Non-screen math activities

Phet (3-5+) interactive simulations for science and math

Classroom Cereal (K-5+ ) Grammar practice in free, printable short stories

Wonderopolis (K-5+) What are YOU wondering about?