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: Rourke's Ed Media: Free Makerspace titles

Until May 16th, access free k-6th grade Makerspace ebooks.

Author videos

Jason Reynolds named ambassador for young people's literature
Read Aloud: Kevin Sylvester Reads MINRS!
Sisters Author Interview with Raina Telgemeier
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Episode 10

Book Trailers & Talks

Children's Book Trailer - The Jumbies
Children's Book Trailer I Can Make This Promise
Allies by Alan Gratz | Official Book Trailer
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd - Book Trailer
Ten 2020 Books I'm Dying to Read
Penguin Publisher presents five book tastings

Want to sample a few books? Check out: Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed, The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman, Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya, Harbour Me by Jacqueline Woodson, Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

District Resource/s

Digital Learning Instructional Overview from CISD

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


Coding. Org

Site provides free coding fun and practice.

Khan Academy

Free grade level math practice.

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: Authors Everywhere! Youtube Channel

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

RDG: Book taste 5 great books, thnx to Penguin Pub.

Explore the titles shared here to see if you might like to read these books. Most of them can be found in your TC library or online from the public library.

RDG: EPIC online books

Digital library for all age groups-available free to families until June 30 - Email Mrs. Houck for login code at Sign in by using code to create 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: 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: Project Lit 2019-20: excellent book suggestions

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

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

Join Author Rex Ogle each Tuesday at 1PM for a webcast revealing the latest chapter in his book about Covid-19.

RDG: Scholastic Learn at Home- grades PK-9

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

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.

SS: Language: 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.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading with Tom Cox


Beginning May 4 and ending September 4, students of all ages can join Scholastic's Read-A-Palooza. The program has been customized for these times. This program is free and redesigned from previous years to allow families to participate, independent of school. The Read-A-Palooza is located in a safe, online community where you can read books and log your time, enjoy some fun activities, and help earn books for communities in need. Click this link to get started any time beginning May 4.


Typing: Online Coaching


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

Typing Club

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