Resource Lists & Advice
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- Every student at Valley View School has a Raz-Kids account. If you need help logging in, please contact your teacher.
- Digitally delivered leveled books and quizzes makes practicing reading fun with an engaging eLearning environment and built-in motivational rewards.
- Curated database of over 1100 children's e-books. Includes animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, graphic novels as well as books in Spanish and French.
- If you need help logging in, please contact Ms J
- Calgary Public Library
- Every CBE student and staff member has a free Calgary Public Library account.
- Please contact Ms J for login info for student and staff public library accounts.
- To login to the following websites, you will need to sign up for a free full membership with the library.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks
- Find full-text eBooks for learners of all ages on topics including coding, business, and travel, as well as DK Eyewitness books about animals, history, geography, weather, technology, and more.
- Learning Express
- Students in grades 4 and up can practice reading and math skills. School Center > Elementary or Middle School.
- Online Reference Centre
- Locate info on how authors and illustrators write and illustrate their books. Links to author websites and audio book readings.
- World Book Early Learning
- For preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education and guided by evidence-based practices of reading instruction.
- free ebook collection of leveled texts (based in the UK)
- developed for children aged 3–11 years old
- Picture books read aloud
- YouTube channel all about Canadian books for young people.
- Brought to you by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and with support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Bibliovideo is the place for great Canadian books for kids and teens.
- Bookaboo - A famous rock puppy who needs to read a story a day to play.
- Storyline Online - Features celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
- Brightly Storytime - Resource to help parents raise lifelong readers. In partnership with Penguin Random House.
- HarperKids - from HarperCollins Children's Books
- Reach Out & Read - American early literacy organization working directly with pediatric care providers to share the lifelong benefits that result from families reading aloud to their children every day.
- Literacy links from the Alberta Teachers' Association
- Math Catcher from Simon Fraser University
- Promotes mathematics and scholarship in general by encouraging elementary and high school students to recognize how math is used in everyday life and how it forms the basis for many of our daily decisions and life-long choices.
- The storytelling, pictures, models, problem solving, and hands-on activities encourage young people to enjoy math and help dispel the myth that math is boring and abstract.
- Mathigon is part interactive textbook and part virtual personal tutor. Using cutting-edge technology and an innovative new curriculum, we want to make learning mathematics more active, personalised and fun.
- ST Math
- Award-winning visual instructional program that leverages the brain’s innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems. Developed for elementary and middle school students, ST Math includes more than 35,000 puzzles. With visual learning, there are no language barriers, so the program is accessible to all students, regardless of skill level or language background.
- For parents - resources to help your child succeed at math
- Toy Theater Math Games - K to gr 3
- Math games to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, line plots, pictographs, and more.
- Virtual math manipulatives - Great if you don't have a printer. Includes dice, interactive hundreds chart, Canadian play money, and more.
- ABCya Math Games
- Explore dozens of fun and educational activities to practice multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and more!
- Scholastic Study Jams! - Math
- Brush up your knowledge of numbers, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, decimals and percents, geometry, data analysis, problem solving, fractions, algebra, measurement, and probability.
- NRICH Maths at Home
- Activities for all ages of students
- Math textbooks
- Free access to full textbooks until the end of June
- Math links from the Alberta Teachers' Association
Science & Engineering
- TELUS Spark
- Spark Science from Home - DIY experiments and citizen science, innovative online challenges, important science education content, and curated content from STEAM community leaders. Spark will also connect you virtually to remarkable creators, scientists, artists, educators and builders to bring the world to you.
- Royal Tyrrell Museum
- RTMP From Home - Videos (each week they add a new behind-the-scenes video featuring one of their staff from the Museum’s Preservation & Research section speaking about a specimen in their collection), Zoom backgrounds, colouring pages, and virtual museum tours with the Royal Tyrrell Museum app. It’s also possible to do a virtual tour of the Museum in Google Maps using street view.
- Canadian Geographic Education’s Online Classroom
- Global Encounters International Student Video Conferences - free
- Chirp Science Videos
- Fun science experiments for kids ages 3 to 6.
- TigTag - grades 2 to 6
- Digital video-based resource designed to help teachers to deliver engaging and accurate science and geography instruction to students. Created by an award-winning team of teachers and producers, each of Tigtag’s short videos has been crafted using the best available documentary footage from sources including NASA, the BBC and Getty Images. Tigtag videos offer information in a concise visual format, making topics accessible through the use of real-world examples.
- TigTag Junior - kindergarten to grade 1
- Every Tigtag Junior unit comes with lesson ideas, visuals, and an interactive game and quiz.
- National Geographic Kids
- Learn about animals, the environment, history, people, places, and science from around the world.
- Science Reference Center
- Learn about famous scientists and research topics in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth science, energy, and astronomy in journal articles, ebooks, and images. Find great curriculum support for teachers.
- World Book Online for Kids
- Children can explore the world of animals, important people, and places in easy-to-read articles, images, and videos. You can also solve puzzles while learning fun facts or try out science experiments.
- Britannica School
- More than 141,000 encyclopedia articles on a wide array of topics, educational videos, images, magazine articles, learning games, and more.
- Information, videos, activities, and games for K to grade 5
- Content-driven, visually stimulating, and media-rich online science resource specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. Dynamic videos enhance and extend learning. Interactive games reinforce skills and content. Hands-on science projects, experiments, and activities help learners see science in context, and in action.
- Earth & Space Science - Earth cycles, ecosystems and biomes, energy and matter, landforms, maps, natural disasters, rocks and minerals, environmental issues, the scientific method, space, water, and weather and climate.
- Life Science - Animals; classification; endangered and extinct species; food chains and food webs; green living; habitats and ecosystems; the human body; life cycles; plants; and survival and adaptation.
- Physical Science - Atoms and molecules; elements and the periodic table; energy and matter; force and motion; and temperature and measurement.
- Hands-on projects, videos, websites, science news, and articles related to Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Space Science, Health and Human Body, as well as Tech, Math, and Engineering.
- Videos and interactive non-fiction books organized according to the following categories: Earth Science, Ecosystems, Experiments, Extreme Nature, Human Body, Space, Ancient Civilizations, Continents and Disasters. Related Grolier Online articles, project ideas, quizzes and web links are provided.
- NASA Climate Kids
- Tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. Targeting upper-elementary-aged children, the site is full of games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging.
- Global Problem Solvers: The Series
- Free animated web series for exploring entrepreneurship, 21st century skills, and how to use technology for social good. Designed to help middle school students develop a combination of STEM skills supported by “human skills” like teamwork, critical thinking, and collaboration needed to be successful in the future workforce.
- Science Buddies
- STEM Learning Ecosystems
- Huge list of online STEM resources
- Science links from Alberta Teachers' Association
- Code to Learn
- Free resources to Canadian students and teachers to help them learn coding, robotics, computational thinking, and 21st century skills.
- Get started with simple activities, resources, and workshops, and find self-directed learning about computational thinking, LYNX, and micro:bits.
- TakingITGlobal has launched Code to Learn@Home to continue to serve students during COVID-19 closures. In partnership with LCSI, Cisco, Fair Chance Learning, and with support from the Government of Canada, we're offering coding and computational thinking learning experiences for students of all ages.
- Programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world.
- Project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
- Nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth.
- Computer science at home
- Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages. Hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.
- Dance Party - Code a dance party featuring music by Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, and more.
- Minecraft - Use your creativity and problem solving skill to journey and explore new worlds.
- AI for Oceans - Learn how AI and machine learning can be used to address world problems.
- Flappy Code - Write your own flappy game code.
- Coding in Astronomy - Learn about astronomy using Quorum, a programming language accessible to blind or visually impaired learners.
- And many more tutorials!
- Microsoft MakeCode
- Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.
- A free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.
- Technovation Families
- Free, hands-on, artificial intelligence education competition that gives everyone the chance to learn, play, and create with AI.
- CBE's Suggestions for Art Learning at Home
- Art links from Alberta Teachers' Association
- Glenbow From Home
- Glenbow Museum has content for school-aged kids on Wednesdays at 10am (think a virtual tour through our rocks & minerals gallery with a member of our education team, our favourite art activities you can do at home, etc). Follow #GlenbowFromHome on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Esker Foundation
- Privately funded contemporary art gallery. As a leader in the Calgary arts community, Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications.
- Art projects
- for younger kids - Mini Masters at Home, for older kids - Esker Youth Engagement Projects
- Kids' CBC
- FableVision Learning
- Founded by author/illustrator and creativity champion Peter H. Reynolds
- Animation for middle grade students
- Free gifts for teachers and parents
- Play virtual instruments, do music lessons. During the Covid-19 outbreak, MusicplayOnline is giving students free access.
- colourful solutions and fun things to do at home with kids
- Links to free online arts and crafts resources
- Virtual museum field trips, games, activities, projects, crafts, drawing, painting, and more.
- Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (Siksika)
- A Home For Our History - a non-profit ebook that details the origins and history of the museum and details the importance of Blackfoot Crossing and its place in the world
- Nitsitapiisinni Stories and Spaces (Kainai)
- Weaves threads of connection between children, elders, plants, landscapes and the stories that bind them together which provide an opportunity to explore our own connection to the land and one another.
- Tsuut'ina Gunaha Institute
- Preserving and revitalizing the Tsuut'ina Language. The Tsuut'ina Gunaha Institute has played an essential role in uniting various Dene Nations across Turtle Island in safeguarding their identity as Dene People and assisting one another in language revitalization.
- Books to Build On: Indigenous Literatures for Learning (University of Calgary)
- Assists K-12 educators (and anyone interested in exploring Indigenous texts and expanding their engagements with Indigenous communities) with weaving Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing into their teaching and learning, starting with story.
- Native Land
- Interactive - allows users to learn the traditional
territories, languages, and treaties of the places
they were born, lived, or visited. This resource
can support with deepening an understanding
of why we acknowledge the land and the
responsibilities we have to the places where we
live, work, and play.
- Recommended in the Oct 2020 issue of the CBE Indigenous Education newsletter
- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
- First Nations Health & Wellness Colouring Book
- Created in 2021, in partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Canadian Red Cross, colouring is an activity that can increase mindfulness and decrease stress and can help you find balance.
Canadian Black History
More Calgary Public Library digital resources
- Movies and TV shows including Franklin, Little Bear, Max & Ruby, and Wapos Bay.
- Sign in (using CPL info above). Then create an account using your CBE Google account.
- For children's tv shows and movies, click "Go to Kanopy Kids" at the top.
- BrainFuse online tutoring
- Students studying the Alberta curriculum in Grades 2 to 12 can access online help from 2pm to 11pm daily. Chat live with a tutor and create your own study tools with flashcards and games.
- Hearing Our Way
- digital issues of Hearing Our Way magazine with coordinating worksheets
- only magazine for kids and teens with hearing loss
- Scholastic Canada
- Penguin Random House
- Brightly - Provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need — such as tips and advice, book recommendations, read-aloud and flip along video — to keep kids connected to books through every age and stage of life.
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Harry Potter at Home
- The Questioneers by Andrea Beaty
- STEM activities and resources for kindergarten to grade 4 - STEM Resource Generator
- Discover with Ada, invent with Rosie, and build with Iggy!
- Jarrett Lerner
- Activities - drawing/writing prompts, "how to draw" instructions, blank comic book pages, "finish this comic!", and special activities to challenge and encourage creativity
- Kayak - Canada's history magazine for kids