Mrs. Houck's Virtual Library

Tom Cox Intermediate

A note from Mrs. Houck

Here you will find a variety of things to explore, many book related and some not. I hope these activities will inspire you to keep reading, learning, and growing! Don't forget to attach a book talk about what you are reading or a picture of you reading a great book... Happy Reading & Exploring!! (Categories are alphabetized- click gray button to access)


ACTIVITY: 20 Fieldtrips to Museums, zoos, aquariums

Virtually visit some of the best art galleries, aquariums, museums, and zoos, around the world . There are also lesson ideas, activities and book suggestions to extend the learning for each type of destination.


Play vocabulary games and for each answer you get right, the sponsors send the cash equivalent of 10 grains of rice to the World Food Program, who use it to save and change lives.

ACTIVITY: Highlights Kids

Find activities, jokes and games, explore, share and listen to kid podcasts.

ACTIVITY: Kindness Resources

Find some novel ways to spend your extra time making a difference on this site.

ACTIVITY: Museum Virtual Fieldtrip Links

Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home

Author videos

Meet the Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Kwame Alexander - full interview
Eoin Colfer: "Make Yourself a Better Writer--Read Different Genres"
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Episode 02
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation book review
Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj | Book Talk

District Resource/s

Digital Learning Instructional Overview from CISD

Great resource for daily schedule and lessons for all age levels.

Free Trials during our time at home:

Audible Books: Free 30 day trial-


Coding. Org

Site provides free coding fun and practice.

Freckle- Math Practice

Practice math skills with the basic program.

Khan Academy

Free grade level math practice.

Math Antics- Free math videos

This site contains fun videos sharing ideas about math concepts. Videos are free.

Photos of TC students Reading Great Books

Send pictures of you reading great books to Mrs. Houck at and your picture could end up here.
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Rdg: Abdo's currently Free online books

Publisher Abdo has made available some online books for free. Check them out here.

RDG: Authors do Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of over 50 Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities for ages pk-12th grade.

RDG: Audible books access for free

As long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. Stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Rdg: Author Rex Ogle writes: Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen

Click on link to see past transcripts of webcast & then join each Tuesday at 1pm to hear author Rex Ogle read the next chapters in Aiden's story. (This is a live story in the "writing" you don't want to miss it.)

Rdg: Authors Everywhere! Youtube Channel

Art*Writing Workshop*Beginning Stories*Read Alouds*Writing Prompts

Rdg: Big Timber Media- free books for a limited time

Free digital books from Big Timber Media.

RDG: EPIC online books

Digital library for kids-available free to families until June 30 - sign in by creating a profile on the attached site. Happy Reading!!!!

RDG: Fact Monster for all grades

This site provides help with homework, provides facts, games and trivia quizzes for you!

RDG: Flip Grid book talk

Use this code to add a book talk about your recent reading. The code is: 5345eafa

RDG: Follett elearning (free digital books)

Follow the directions on the link to access free ebooks provided by Follett, our library manager program.

RDG: Free ebooks from Mims Publishing

During our extended time at home, all of these ebooks and audiobooks are free.

RDG: Hoopla with your public library card

Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music on Hoopla with your Public Library Card.

Rdg: Junior Library Guild-Free Middle gr. digital books

Junior Library Guild provides our great "gold sticker" books we have in our library. They are offering ebooks for free for the next 60 days. Check them out using this link.

RDG: Keep thinking: interactive Read Alouds by: Livbits

Large list of curated YouTube and Facebook Read Alouds, and Interactive Creations.

RDG: Kids Reads- a book information & review site

Get information about book reviews, authors, read blog posts by authors & sometimes listen to them read a bit of their book, get info on series and more.


Some free ebooks as well as activities for Reading, English, Math, and kids' activities.

RDG: Project Lit 2019-20: excellent book suggestions

Get excited about high-interest, relevant books — selected for the 2019-2020 school year

RDG: Scholastic Learn at Home- grades PK-9

20+ Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

RDG: The Spanish Experiment

Well known children's stories translated into Spanish. Read along in Spanish or English & when you take a break from reading, try your hand at learning a little Spanish.

RDG: Storyline Online

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Rdg: Teaching Books- check out these awesome resources

Teaching a site often used by teachers, but has 173,265 resources about children's and young adult books.

RDG: Tom Cox digital Library catalog instructions

Mrs. Eaves made a video for us- click to find out how to access our ebooks.

RDG: World Book ebooks

Access fiction and non-fiction ebooks.

Science & Social Studies

SCI: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens pre-recorded

Virtually visit the Cincinnati Zoo through this Facebook page. Watch live daily at 2:00 pm for fun & educational content. See safaris on its website & YouTube


Access many non-fiction articles and a large variety of kid friendly activities.

Typing: Online Coaching

Typing Club

Free- Typingclub is a program to help people learn how to type.


Free: A fun way to learn to type for all ages.