School Counseling Student Resources
Student Support during Distance Learning
General Social-Emotional, Academic, and Career Websites for Students
These websites provide accessible learning experiences on a wide range of school subjects (science, social studies, English, math, engineering/tech, health), including social-emotional learning. Your school may have a subscription and login you can use. However, even if your school doesn’t have a subscription, you can click on “request free access” during this time if your school is closed.
- Conflict Resolution (Brain Pop and Brain Pop, Jr.)
- Friends (Brain Pop, Jr.)
- Mindfulness (Brain Pop and Brain Pop, Jr.)
- Setting Goals (Brain Pop)
- Stress (Brain Pop)
GoNoodle: Grades K-5 and Early Middle
This website contains a host of student-centered videos that encourage families to get up and engage in physical and mindfulness activities.
- Partner Sit and Stand – partner physical activity that encourages communication and teamwork
- Relieve Anxiety from Empower Tools – calming deep breathing exercises
- Tap This Way from Brainercise with Mr. Catman – physical activity that exercises the brain and builds coordination
Nearpod: Grades K-12
This website offers a free subscription for educators, but can be used by parents and students. It contains many interactive presentations on a variety of topics. You will need to sign up for a free subscription to access content.
- Maya Angelou and Resilience – middle and high school students explore how the author overcame hardship in a language arts lesson
- Stress – elementary students learn what stress is and how to handle it in a healthy way
Netsmartz Kids: Grades K-12
This website contains over 10 different videos which teach students about internet safety and internet etiquette. Games, e-books, and printables are also included on this site.
- Cloud Chaos – game for elementary students in which players move through levels clearing content
- Into the Cloud Episode 4: Fact or Fake? – helps elementary students navigate distracting online information
- NS Teens video: Friend or Fake? – helps middle and high school students
- They’ve Earned It – printable in which elementary students draw and identify trusted adults
Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades K-12
Scholastic has created a free home learning program for students. The website contains 20+ days of articles, stories, videos, and learning challenges. Each planned day offers 3 hours of learning experiences that can be accessed on any device.
- PreK-Kindergarten Learning Program
- Grades 1-2 Learning Program
- Grades 3-5 Learning Program
- Grades 6-12 Learning Program
This content from the Committee for Children is well-regarded in social-emotional learning. Families can now access Second Step Emotion Management lessons for Grades K–5 on-demand, along with support materials for each lesson. All lessons are free (no login required) and feature Committee for Children staff, who also happen to be experienced teachers and counselors.
- Kindergarten Lessons
- First Grade Lessons
- Second Grade Lessons
- Third Grade Lessons
- Fourth Grade Lessons
- Fifth Grade Lessons
This free app helps children work through 5 scenarios, breathe deeply, and learn to problem solve.
This website provides toolkits on almost 30 different topics, such as emergency preparation, healthy habits, resilience, support after an emergency, and even standard topics like math or science. Toolkits contain components like short videos, printables, and games.
- Emergency Preparation – helps families to create a family emergency kit and plan, and children remember important information
- Resilience – helps children face challenges with confidence and the ability to express themselves
Teaching Tolerance: Grades K-12
This website provides free educational resources for those who work with K-12 students. The anti-bias lessons and resources are designed to promote respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures.
- It’s OK to Feel Different – elementary students develop an understanding of the importance of diversity in the community.
- Media Consumers and Creators: What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities? – middle and high school students learn about the responsibilities of news and media creators and consumers
- STEM at Work – elementary students learn about scientists from diverse backgrounds.
- What Makes a Family – elementary students explore and express their family identity
Virginia Career VIEW: Grades K-8
This is a comprehensive website that serves as Virginia’s career information delivery system for all students K-8. There are hundreds of online games, activities, inventories, and printables which are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Resource Activities for Specific Topics
Learning about and Coping with COVID-19
This free animated video from Brain Pop helps students learn the facts about COVID-19 and tries to help ease their minds.
Coronavirus Social Story: Created for Individuals with Autism
The Autism Educator website offers a free download for a social story that may help alleviate students’ fears and anxiety.
This digital comic book published by the National Center for Youth Issues informs students about COVID-19 in a way that makes sense to them.
So You’ve Got Questions about Coronavirus: Grades 3-5
This handout from Counselor Keri explains COVID-19 to students and gives them ideas on coping with anxiety and handling the time off from school. Counselor Keri gave permission to the public to share this resource in light of current events.
The Yucky Bug: Grades K-5
This new online story by award-winning author, Julia Cook, was written to help children during the COVID-19 outbreak. It was illustrated by students and is read aloud in video format.
Learning about the Brain and Substance Awareness
Ask, Listen, Learn: Grades 4-7
This free digital alcohol abuse prevention curriculum was developed by Responsibility.org and a team of educators. Students learn how alcohol affects the brain, about how and can complete online games and activities to test their knowledge.
- Brain Storm – a game for coordination and speed, emphasizing the importance of a healthy brain
- Brain Trivia – a game to play after watching the videos on the website
- Switchin Kitchen game – students change unhealthy food choices into healthy ones
Learning about and Coping with Bullying
This website has information for both students and families on bullying prevention and intervention. Students have access to fact sheets, information on how to cope with various situations, and almost 15 different animated webisodes.
Learning about Grief
This website provides both children and teens with information and activities to cope with grief. It also contains information for families on how to support and talk to grieving youth.
- Activities for Kids – elementary students finish sentence starts and draw their feelings and families
- Information for Teens
Coping with Feelings of Self-Harm
Calm Harm: Grades 7-12
This app is designed to help young people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It should be used under the guidance of a responsible adult.