Resources for Teaching & Learning Online and at Home

From our Sponsors:

elsquareExplore Learning is offering 60 day free access to Gizmos, Reflex and Science4Us.

Gizmos (grades 3-12) Gizmos are online simulations that excite curiosity and invite interaction. We’ve got over 400 Gizmos in our library covering topics and concepts in math and science for grades 3-12. Gizmos help students dig deeper into subjects and really understand challenging concepts.

Reflex (grades 2-6) Adaptive and individualized, Reflex is the most effective system for mastering basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Science4Us (grades K-2) Science4Us covers Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth & Space Science with lessons specifically designed for K-2 students. The sessions have 1000’s of online and offline activities that can be completed in as little as ten minutes, and teach students using videos, interaction, poems, songs, and digital notebooks.

pascoPASCO is offering the following science solutions free of charge to support educators and learners transitioning to home learning.

PASCO Labs and Videos for Distance Learning free science resources can be used together to bring standards-aligned science labs to students affected by the COVID-19 school closures.

Essential Physics 3rd Edition, Essential Chemistry:  (includes entire electronic text, which is the same content as textbook) Student e-Book and Teacher e-Resources are free.

Capstone Site License and SPARKvue Site License are extendeding the free trial site license for six months

Texas Instruments is providing

logo tiFree Software: Teachers and students can get a free, 6-month licenses of TI software to give saccess to the full functionality of their graphing calculators from any PC or Mac computer. We have also made our TI-Nspire App for iPad available at no cost until the end of April!

Free Virtual Activities (Math, Science and STEM): Browse and download FREE, standards-aligned activities designed for the complete line of TI graphing calculators.

Free Professional Learning: We will continue to offer weekly webinars and highlight on–demand recordings that support professional learning and a sense of community. You and your students can also subscribe to our TI YouTube channel or check out our Live and On-Demand Webinars for cool tutorials of our technology.

Enrichment Resources: Have fun with STEM at home with The Search for STEMnauts. Developed by NASA and Texas Instruments, The Search for STEMnauts activities challenge students to unravel brainteasers using the coding and STEM* principles that make space exploration possible.

Virtual Teaching Support: We have a team focused full-time on supporting virtual learning. We are identifying existing resources and exploring new ways to help teachers and students navigate remote instruction.

CarolinaLogo 180x150Carolina Biological Supply Company has a varitety of free resources for Elementary and Middle School levels.

Building Blocks of Science™ 3D for Grades K–5 includes literacy articles, science in the news, phenomena videos, and take home activities in English and Spanish.

 Smithsonian’s Smithsonian Science for the Classroom for K-8 includes videos, activities, downloadables, articles from Smithsonian magazines, and more.  Smithsonian Science Stories are informational text eBooks that present phenomena in real-world contexts by incorporating art, history, world culture, and popular culture and utilizing the vast resources available through the Smithsonian museums and archives.

fossThe FOSS team is providing a downloadable guide and the resources on FOSSweb including new Home/School Connections for each module/course to support you in navigating instruction during this challenging time. Check out the new Home/School Connection pages for FOSS Next Generation grades 3-8 Next Generation modules and courses.

Make sure your students have access to FOSSweb. If they do not, set up a class page following the instructions on the Walk-through Videos on FOSSweb. If you need to share instructions with your students on how to login, you can copy and paste this link ( for the instructional video on student login. You can send the link through your school's usual communication tool.

It is now possible for all students to access the eBooks on FOSSweb. If your district does not have access, use the access code FOSSK8CVHS, valid through June 2020. Enter this code from the green  "Activate Your Access Code" button on the upper right corner of your Teacher page.

learnedLearnEd Notebooks is offering our digital presentations for free where students can remotely access the notes portion from each of our stundent notebooks. These presentations are only a small part of the LearnEd Notebooks programs, but will hopefully help parents as they try to present new information to their new students at home... These presentations can be accessed on all devices, including cell phones, tablets, etc, so all that is needed is a password and internet access.

We currently offer programs for 5th-8th grade science, as well as high school Biology (all NCDPI adopted). We also have partial programs for high school Earth and Physical Science, so if this is something you would like access to please contact Doug  Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

LearnEd also has a teacher resource page with materials specifically designed for the North Carolina curriculum by and for teachers.


Other Resources:

QuaranSTEAM at UNCW Engineering Expectations is challenging kids and families to engineer a prototype face mask with items found in their home. Just like the Apollo 13 mission astronauts who experienced a most extreme form of social isolation in space along with hostile environmental conditions due to a buildup of CO2, you can only use supplies that you can find in your house (or spaceship) to engineer a solution. See the video.

North Carolina Sea Grant has published a list of educational resources to complement homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes articles and hands-on activities about coastal flora, fauna and phenomena.

The articles were first published either in N.C. Sea Grant’s flagship magazine, Coastwatch, or on its Currents blog. They cover an array of topics, including common N.C. sharks, maritime forest habitat and ocean tides. Adults may wish to read these pieces to youngsters, while older kids will enjoy perusing the pages on their own. The new resource page also includes more formal curricula, including a set of lesson plans on marine aquaculture, as well as classic educational activities from the 1970s and 80s.

The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) has unlocked resources through April 17, including activities, animations, projects, simulations, and videos for elementary school, middle school, high school, and Advanced Placement/general chemistry.

Vernier Software and Technology has free activities, software, and other resources for remote learning.

Flinn Scientific,  is offering resources that were specifically curated to support teachers with facilitating at-home learning during school closures.

Legends of Learning is providing free unlimited access to all 3rd-8th grade math and science teachers for the remainder of the school year.

hand2mind is adding free daily math and literacy lessons, activities, and worksheets weekly for K-5 students.

UNC-TV-Produced PBS Learning Media Educational Resources

UNC-TV Interactive Lessons These are very robust, highly-interactive lessons, complete with opportunities for note-taking, multiple choice online quizzes and a final project, that a student can do with a parent/teacher or on his/her/their own, and they can take 1-3 50-minute class periods to complete.

UNC-TV Science Short Animations all of these have downloadable questions for students to answer after watching these animations, which align to NC science standards for actually virtually all K-12 grades.

Life Science

Cellular Respiration
Tropism and Dormancy      
Cell Structure

Earth and Environmental

Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse: Awesome Totality

Physical Science

Introduction to Waves
Longitudinal Waves
Seismic Waves
Measuring Waves

UNC-TV Seasonal Science these are fabulous, longer environmental-science animations They do not on their own directly align to standards, but most of them have specifically aligned, robust and printable resources that are hands-on, creative, and um, time-consuming for anyone hoping to keep kids busy…