Discover audiobooks, writing prompts, and language games for practicing reading comprehension, creative writing, and so much more.

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celebration of kwanzaa

Worksheet

grades 4–5

The Celebration of Kwanzaa

Read about Kwanzaa's history and meaning in the passage, and then do some research to learn more.

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seaweed solution

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Seaweed Solution

Can kelp farming help slow climate change? Learn about the pros and cons of producing this underwater resource.

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards / Tarjetas de agradecimiento

Express your gratitude by sending a beautiful card. Choose to print, color or send electronically.

Expresa tu gratitud enviando una hermosa tarjeta. Elige imprimir, colorear o enviar por email o mensaje de texto.

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child writing a letter

Lesson

grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

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interview a relative promo pic

Activity

grades 3–6

Family Interview Project

Use these questions (or write your own) to interview a family member. Write down or record their answers, and share with the whole family.

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get the scoop

Article/Ebook

grades 1–5

Get the Scoop!

Print out this monthly magazine filled with interesting articles, activities, puzzles, and more!

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and the winner is

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

And the Winner Is …

Find out who declares the winner of an election, and how they can declare a winner before all the votes are counted.

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Picture of book cover

Audio

Preschool–grade 4

The Cookie Girl

Gather around to listen to the story of a girl who wanted cookies for dinner, plus several other fun short stories in this audiobook.

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an astronaut in space

Article/Ebook

grade 3

What Is a Spacewalk?

Learn what a spacewalk is, why astronauts do them, and how they stay safe.

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move to the beat

Article/Ebook

grade 5

Move to the Beat

Read about master musician Jordan Messan Benissan from Togo, and learn about the importance of music in this West African country.

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telling stories without words

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Telling Stories Without Words

Take a closer look at what it's like to be a photojournalist, and read what one photojournalist has to say about her job.

Video

grades 2–5

What's a "True" Place?

Find out how a published author comes up with ideas and gets her stories down on paper. How does she keep going when she's stuck?

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards / Tarjetas de agradecimiento

Express your gratitude by sending a beautiful card. Choose to print, color or send electronically.

Expresa tu gratitud enviando una hermosa tarjeta. Elige imprimir, colorear o enviar por email o mensaje de texto.

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interview a relative promo pic

Activity

grades 3–6

Family Interview Project

Use these questions (or write your own) to interview a family member. Write down or record their answers, and share with the whole family.

Activity

grades 3–8

Media Matters

Write down your favorite things to watch, read, or listen to. Why do you like each of them? Do they all share a common theme?

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Activity

grades 2–5

Scavenger Hunt

Write five creative clues that will lead someone to a treasure. Do it outside if you can!

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your role model responding to your letter

Activity

grades 3–6

Your Hero Writes You a Response Letter

Imagine your hero responded to a letter you wrote them. What might they say?

Activity

grades K–5

Secret Messages in Invisible Ink

Find two pieces of paper and put one over the other. Now write something with a pencil, applying as much pressure as possible. The bottom sheet now has the secret message. Shade it gently to read it!

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homemade treasure hunt map

Activity

grades K–5

Design a Treasure Hunt

Write five creative clues that will lead someone to a treasure. Do it outside if you can!

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drawing of a girl

Activity

grades 2–8

Create a Character Profile

Imagine a fictional, yet realistic, person. Write a profile of their life, including traits like physical appearance and personality. Describe their family, school, job, and more.

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writing a letter pretending to be the teen version of that person

Activity

grades 3–6

Write a Letter to a Loved One in the Past

Think of an adult who's special to you. Write a letter to a teenage version of them.

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picture of a fisher cat

Activity

grades 2–6

Do Your Daily Wondering

Stop by to find out some intriguing info about the world. Try out some of the suggested activities or sources to continue your learning.

Activity

grades K–5

Letter of Appreciation

Practice your writing skills by writing a thank you note to your favorite teacher. Include a drawing, too!

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how to address an envelope

Activity

grades 3–5

Address an Envelope

Learn the steps of this important skill. Then, write a letter to friends or family—they'll be delighted to get it in the mail.

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seaweed solution

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Seaweed Solution

Can kelp farming help slow climate change? Learn about the pros and cons of producing this underwater resource.

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get the scoop

Article/Ebook

grades 1–5

Get the Scoop!

Print out this monthly magazine filled with interesting articles, activities, puzzles, and more!

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and the winner is

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

And the Winner Is …

Find out who declares the winner of an election, and how they can declare a winner before all the votes are counted.

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an astronaut in space

Article/Ebook

grade 3

What Is a Spacewalk?

Learn what a spacewalk is, why astronauts do them, and how they stay safe.

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move to the beat

Article/Ebook

grade 5

Move to the Beat

Read about master musician Jordan Messan Benissan from Togo, and learn about the importance of music in this West African country.

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telling stories without words

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Telling Stories Without Words

Take a closer look at what it's like to be a photojournalist, and read what one photojournalist has to say about her job.

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ellen bass

Article/Ebook

grades 3–8

Lost and Found

After you read the poem, think about what it's like to find something that was lost. Create something (poem, art, etc.) that captures that feeling.

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trail into darkness

Article/Ebook

grade 4

Trail into Darkness

Find out what happens when a boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.

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robot in space

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Curious About Cryptozoology?

Learn about all kinds of creatures as you explore this list of mysterious beasts.

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kids using laptops

Article/Ebook

grades 3–4

The Homework Gap

Read this article to learn about the homework gap. Make your own Wi-Fi map using Google Maps and online info about free hot spots near you.

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people working together

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

In It Together

Read about efforts in four countries to keep people healthy during the pandemic. What can you do to help lift people's spirits?

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workers going underground

Article/Ebook

grades 3–4

Ancient Underground Mysteries

Read about the ancient tunnels underneath Rome and how scientists are trying to make a map of them so they know where sinkholes might happen.

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Picture of book cover

Audio

Preschool–grade 4

The Cookie Girl

Gather around to listen to the story of a girl who wanted cookies for dinner, plus several other fun short stories in this audiobook.

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person sitting on the grass

Audio

grades 4–6

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Listen to this award-winning podcast performed by kids and see if you can solve the mystery.

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cartoon drawing of Sacagawea

Audio

grades 1–6

Who Was Sacagawea?

Listen to this audiobook to learn about an amazing teenager who made some of the exploration of North America possible.

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cartoon girl floating on water

Audio

grades 4–6

You Go First

Enjoy this story of two middle school kids, separated by geography, who bond by playing Scrabble online. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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cat hiding in grass

Audio

grades 3–7

Warriors

Listen to the first book in this adventure series about fantasy cats and their elaborate worlds. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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evil spy school title cover

Audio

grades 3–7

Evil Spy School

Explore the Spy School series with this fun, action-packed sequel. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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character from book

Audio

grades 3–5

Big Nate

Enjoy the wacky adventures of this underdog who always finds himself in sticky situations. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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characters from book

Audio

grades 3–5

Little House in the Big Woods

Settle down for a listen to this classic story of frontier life. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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the character captain underpants

Audio

grades 2–5

Captain Underpants

Get ready for some laugh-out-loud potty humor when you listen to this audiobook together (or let your kid listen alone!). Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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drawing of a man and a lion

Audio

grades 1–4

My Father's Dragon

Listen to this adventure story of a young boy who runs away to an island with an alley cat. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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book cover art

Audio

grades 1–12

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Listen to all two hours and 44 minutes of Scarlett Johansson reading this classic tale of madcap adventure.

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camp red moon cover

Audio

grades 4–6

Scary Camp Tale

Listen to R.L. Stine's Camp Red Moon for a little fright in your night. Free on Audible.

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silly illustration

Interactive

grades K–3

Lalilo

Focus on essential early literacy skills like sight words, word families, and letter-sound recognition.

Interactive

grades 3–8

Dictionary

Take turns choosing weird words from the dictionary. Have everyone write a pretend definition and try to guess the real one.

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Interactive

grades K–3

Build Language Skills

Choose a game and a word list that's the right level, and work on vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing.

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child writing a letter

Lesson

grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

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various pictures that tells a story

Lesson

grades 3–6

Storytelling with Words and Pictures

Learn all about the elements of storytelling, then write your own story with a clear setting, conflict, and resolution.

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students studying

Lesson

grades 5–8

Literary Analysis: The Diary of Anne Frank

Examine what Anne Frank’s writing reveals about how living in hiding changed her over time.

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Lesson

grades 2–9

Khan Academy ELA

Choose your grade level (2–9) and then an interactive lesson to build vocabulary and reading comprehension.

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a caterpillar

Lesson

grade 3

Plant Adaptations

Compare and contrast two separate informational texts about plants with unique adaptations for survival.

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video title screen

Lesson

grades 1–6

A Truly Creative Curriculum

Move and create along with these high-energy video lessons that are sure to tap into your inner artist, writer, and performer.

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animal mole

Lesson

grade 3

Dig into Reading

Build some reading skills, like main idea and supporting details, in this reading activity that involves a cute little mole.

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Lesson

grades 5–7

Sixth Grade Reading and Vocabulary

Choose your own pathway for this reading course. You can learn by topic or select an area of focus: reading literature, informational texts, or vocabulary.

Video

grades 2–5

What's a "True" Place?

Find out how a published author comes up with ideas and gets her stories down on paper. How does she keep going when she's stuck?

Video

Preschool–grade 3

Trombone Shorty

Listen to the true story of a boy who discovered his musical talent, worked hard, and grew up to be an award-winning musician.

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how texts are structured

Video

grades 3–8

How Texts Are Structured

Learn about the essential elements and techniques of well-structured texts. After, find a nonfiction book or article and identify some of these elements.

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hip hop fundamentals

Video

grades 3–8

Hip-Hop Fundamentals

For aspiring rappers: Learn about the three essential qualities of the art form of hip-hop.

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pronouns

Video

grades 3–5

Pronouns

Make your sentences less repetitive by learning how to properly use pronouns.

Video

grades K–3

"Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book"

Watch Latinx author and illustrator Yuyi Morales read her first self-illustrated story and find out who is the trickster and who was tricked.

Video

grades 3–12

Writers Speak to Kids: Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel, author and illustrator of the "Bad Kitty" series, discusses how he knew he wanted to be a writer and what he likes best about writing picture books.

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the importance of setting

Video

grades 1–8

The Importance of Setting

Discover the deliberate choices behind settings and how they create moods and themes as well as influence characters and plots.

Video

grades 2–5

Advice from a Favorite Author

Listen to the author of Click, Clack, Moo talk about her writing process and what to do when you feel like you have nothing to write about.

Video

grades 3–8

Journalism 101

Get a crash course in journalism from Hilde Lysiak, the youngest member of the Society of Professional Journalists, who started reporting on local news before she turned 10.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

It's Never Too Early to Talk About Justice

Listen to this story about racial inequities told in a way that's easy to understand and encourages action.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

Find out who takes the cake in this silly mystery. What were the clues? Try to write or draw your own mystery.

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Boy holding tablet smiling

Website/App

grades K–5

Epic!

Choose a book, read it yourself, or listen and follow along to fiction and nonfiction.

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math in various languages

Website/App

grades 3–12

Math in Three Languages

Choose a language -- English, Spanish, or Portuguese -- then click on a math concept to get some information. Explore other topics, too!

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Boy working on problem - Knowledge on the Go

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Great Minds: Knowledge on the Go

Build knowledge with these high-quality, daily instructional video lessons for ELA (grades K–8), math (grades K–12), and science (grades 3–5).

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TIME for Kids magazine cover

Website/App

grades 5–6

TIME for Kids

Read these kid-friendly articles about current events, cool science facts, and more.

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illustration of people in a classroom lab

Website/App

grades 4–10

Frontiers for Young Minds

Read and discuss articles on cutting-edge science discoveries written by scientists and reviewed by kids and teens.

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Website/App

grades 1–9

Personalized Writing and Grammar Help

Flex your grammar muscles with this interactive tool. Take the diagnostic quiz, then try some writing activities that are just right for your level.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Libby

Check out ebooks and audiobooks from public libraries for free. Read and listen to your selections directly within the app.

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storyline online logo

Website/App

Preschool–grade 3

Stars Telling Stories

Find a favorite book or a beloved celebrity to listen to a story read aloud.

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celebration of kwanzaa

Worksheet

grades 4–5

The Celebration of Kwanzaa

Read about Kwanzaa's history and meaning in the passage, and then do some research to learn more.

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recipe zine

Worksheet

grades 3–8

Recipe Zine

With a little folding and loads of creativity, use this template to make a recipe for yourself, a family member or friend, or anything!

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gratitude for grammar

Worksheet

grades 3–4

Gratitude for Grammar

Use these Thanksgiving-themed sentences to practice parts of speech.

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writing hour

Worksheet

grades 1–8

Writing Inspiration

Print out this packet of activities that get you writing and thinking in new ways.

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what does winter mean to you

Worksheet

grades 1–3

What Does Winter Mean to You?

Use this writing prompt to reflect on what winter means to you and how you know when winter has arrived.

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recipe poems

Worksheet

grades 3–4

Recipe Poems

Cook up some creative writing with this fun poetry activity. What's your recipe for Family? How about for School Holiday?

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sample month of may writing prompts

Worksheet

grades 1–3

Daily Writing Prompts

Make a routine out of writing with these daily prompts. Print out a new calendar at the start of each month.

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Worksheet

grades 3–12

Creative Quick-Writes

Choose (at random) one of the prompts and spend some time writing. If it goes well, carve out some time each day to do more.

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illustration of a plant's needs

Worksheet

grades 1–3

What Do Plants Need?

Learn what plants need and design a journal to keep your drawings and other important information you've learned.