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

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little love for the lonely

Activity

grades 3–12

A Little Love for the Lonely

Handwrite a letter to an elderly person who can't currently visit family. Though you won't get a letter in return, you'll know you're giving back.

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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.

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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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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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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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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trail into darkness

Article/Ebook

grade 4

Trail into Darkness

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

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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offline older reading illustration

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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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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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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little love for the lonely

Activity

grades 3–12

A Little Love for the Lonely

Handwrite a letter to an elderly person who can't currently visit family. Though you won't get a letter in return, you'll know you're giving back.

offline younger outside illustration

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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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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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?

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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.

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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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responding to art

Activity

grades 3–8

Respond to a Piece of Art

Find a piece of art of any kind and from anyone. Write a response to it. What does it make you feel and think?

offline music illustration

Activity

grades 3–5

Write and Perform

Write an original rap, song or spoken word poem with friends, family members or by yourself. Practice your performance.

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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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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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a child contemplating and thinking

Article/Ebook

grades 3–8

Solve the Mysteries

After reading these short mysteries, see if you can solve them before looking at the answers. How did you figure them out?

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a woman with two dogs

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

Speak, Fido

Read this article about new, high-tech vests being developed to help service dogs communicate with people. Then consider some other potential uses for this technology.

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black and white photo of nurses

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

History of Pandemics

Place the coronavirus pandemic in context by reading about previous pandemics that sickened people around the globe.

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penguins

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

Penguin Census

Discover how scientists are counting chinstrap penguins in Antarctica. It's part of a global penguin census that will help researchers better understand the Antarctic environment.

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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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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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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.

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Audio

Preschool–grade 3

The Imagine Neighborhood

From the Committee for Children, this show encourages kids to use their imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

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offline music illustration

Audio

grades K–12

The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids

Looking for more kid-friendly podcasts? Check out our roundup of the best podcasts for kids across a variety of subjects.

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audible

Audio

Preschool–grade 12

Audible

Audible has just made a selection of their books free. Listen to your favorites or a new one. Titles in multiple languages as well.

offline illustration books

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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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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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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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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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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adult reading a book to a child

Lesson

grades K–3

Two-Week Reading Plan

Use these e-books and activities to support reading and thinking over the next two weeks. Watch the videos to see the activities in action.

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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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

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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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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offline older reading illustration

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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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.