Whats New Category: Middle School

Stuck at Home? Free Learning Resources for Teens

 

School’s closed, the Library’s closed, and there’s not a lot to do when you’re stuck in your house. Check out these free resources for lots of great ways to keep busy!

EBooks and EAudiobooks

MPPL’s E-Library offers a large selection of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and other terrific resources  All you need is your library card! 

No Library Card? The resources below are free – No card required! 

Audible Stories is now offering free audio stories for all ages. Stream them on your computer, phone, or tablet.

LibriVox offers free public domain audiobooks for download or online listening. 

Project Gutenberg is an online library of over 60,000 free ebooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks to download or read online. 

Scribd‘s library of magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks is offering users 30 days free, no credit card required.

Smashwords offers a selection of free self-published ebooks in epub, Kindle, and PDF formats. 

Read, Wonder, and Learn  – Author Kate Messner presents authors and illustrators read-alouds (ranging from picture books to young adult), mini-lessons on drawing and writing, and other activities. 

Browse OpenCulture’s index of free K-12 resources, ranging from free ebooks and audiobooks to online textbooks, world language lessons, videos and websites on a variety of academic subjects.

At-Home Learning Activities 

Get help with schoolwork and practice math or other skills with Tutor.com, available with your library card.

Free AP study tools from Fiveable 

Khan Academy offers free courses on many topics for learners at all levels, and a guide for parents and teachers using the site during school closures.

Scholastic Learn at Home features day-by-day projects for grades K-12.

Readwritethink includes activities and interactive lessons for students in grades K-12. You can filter by grade, activity, learning objective, and more. Many of the activities/lessons point to free information sources for the topic.  

Here’s a long list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings via KidsActivities.com 

Science at Home from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry 

Learning Resources from the Field Museum 

TED-Ed educational videos from the folks who brought you TED Talks 

Creativity / The Arts 

Daily Writing Prompts  from the New York Times 

Comic Book Tutorials for Those Staying at Home During Coronavirus from the New York Times 

Comic Artist Jarrett Lerner offers activities like Finish this Comic, blank comic pages, and drawing/writing prompts.

Artists of any age will enjoy Mo Willems Lunch Doodles, mini drawing lessons from the Kennedy Center’s “Artist in Residence at Home.”

Try your hand at Online Art Lessons from Art for Kids   

Sight Reading Factory is offering a free trial of online sight-reading practice for vocal and instrumental musicians. 

Keep Dancing with free livestream dance classes for all ages. Class times, levels, and dance styles vary. 

Looking for Something Different? 

Relax and take care of you body with a little Yoga with Adriene.

Nike Run Club‘s free app offers running workouts for a variety of abilities and distances. 

Try Breakout.Edu‘s digital escape room games for grades K-12. 

Go on a Virtual Field Trip to a zoo, national park, the Louvre Museum, or the surface of Mars!

Take a Virtual Museum Tour.

Have you canceled Spring Break travel plans? Visit a Virtual Theme Park.

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love San Diego Zoo’s Live Cams.

Prefer sea life? Try Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Cams — don’t miss our favorite, the Sea Otter Cam! 

Take a screen break with these Best Podcasts for Kids in elementary, middle, and high school.

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

During an April visit to  Lincoln Middle School,  students created spine poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. Their poems were really cool and even inspirational. Students had a lot of fun making the poems and reading their poems to the class. Click here and prepare to be amazed, as you watch a video of students sharing their awesome poems. Can’t get enough, then how about these photo examples with the verses included. Thanks to everyone who made this a great visit. especially the students who were amazing. This was a lot of fun and I do recommend you try this at home!

stack of books book poetryThe summer I saved the world in 65 days chasing shadows. Going over the strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar in the mystic city.

 

 

stack of books book poetryGoing over broken hearts, fences and other things.  To mend the fault line the summer I saved the world in 65 days. Chasing shadows hypnotize me.

 

 

 

when i wasWhen I was the greatest and gorgeous radio girl, all roads lead to Austen.  And the burning sky crashed into you.

 

 

 

 

 

stack of books book poetryScarlet love letters to the dead altered what we saw in the dark.

 

 

 

fat boyFat boy! Defy the carpet people before my eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

a gril called fearlessA girl called fearless swam that rock across a war tossed sea.

 

 

stack of books book poetrySwim that rock across a war-tossed sea.  Don’t look back! There will come a time caged warrior.

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

The Mostly True Story of jack book coverThe Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

I really liked the feel of this book. Throughout the story it was really easy to connect with Jack and the other characters and get wrapped up in the story. Jack has always felt invisible in his family and when his mother drops him off at his Aunt Mabel’s and Uncle Clive’s for a visit, he starts to unravel the mystery and magic behind why he never felt loved or part of his family, especially when he realizes in Hazelwood he can make friends and people do care about him.
Jack is very resistant to this whole idea of magic that the kids he meets in town keep mentions and that his uncle keeps nudging him to read about in book of the town’s history at first. Once Jack starts unraveling what really happened in Hazelwood and how he’s connected to it all things start to get interesting, with Mr. Avery, the richest man in town, who’s also the town bully’s dad, wanting him dead, his and Aunt and Uncle’s house starts talking to him, the nature around Jack seems to be reaching out to him and that’s just the beginning.

Reel Life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald

Reel Life Starring Us book coverReel Life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald

I really enjoyed Reel Life Starring Us and I think it had a lot of appeal. It’s narrated by two 8th graders, Dina and Chelsea. Dina has just moved from Berkshire, MA to Long Island, NY. At her old school she had lots of friends and never felt like an outcast, but at Rockford Hills Middle School it’s a different story, there are cliques, getting “chipped,” gossip, and more to deal with. Dina thinks she may have found a way to make new friends and be “popular” when she’s assigned to do a project with Chelsea the most popular girl in 8th grade. Through their video project together Chelsea and Dina find out about what’s really important in life when it comes to being a good friend and being true to yourself. It’s definitely not easy to do either all the time. The book touches on a lot of issues that a lot of people are going through now, like moving to a new school, having a parent who’s lost a job, making friends, crushes, and dealing with other the other things that come along with middle school.

Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Monstrumologist book coverIf you’re not a big fan of blood and gore- then this is not the book for you.  If you like blood, guts, gore, suspense and nightmare provoking monsters– then The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey is like winning the lottery for you! 

It takes place back in 1800’s, where Will Henry is an assistant to Dr. Warthrop, a Monstrumologist who is someone who studies and sometimes kills monsters.  The story begins with a knock at the door in late one night revealing a grave robber with a very special delivery…a dead monstrous beast, with its last meal still in its mouth.  The beast is known as an Anthropophagi, a headless monster complete with a mouth in its chest full of skull crushing teeth.  Soon the doctor and Will Henry begin to realize that this Anthropophagi appearance wasn’t random when more gruesome killings are discovered.  Extra hands have to be called in to launch a great hunt for these blood thirsty creatures and Will Henry finds himself at the dangerous forefront of it all – either as the victor or perhaps just monster bait.