Resources for Grades 3–5

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Sensical on phone, laptop or tablet

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Safe Streaming Service for Kids

Sensical is a new, free streaming service for kids age 2–10. Families will find thousands of entertaining and educational videos featuring characters and creators that children love!

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Summer Activity Book

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 4

Summer Activity Book

Inspire learning all summer long! Print out this book of activities that kids can do with an adult or on their own.

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My Summer Checklist

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 4

My Summer Checklist

What new things do you want to try this summer? Use this sheet to track your summer fun!

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AAPI Books

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Reflecting and Expanding Diverse Perspectives

Discover 125+ recommended books with Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander characters. There are as many genres as the countries where the stories are set. So dig in!

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Text demonstrating grammar error.

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Grammar Checkers, Websites, and Games

Learn and review grammar with these interactive quizzes and games, grammar checkers, and reference materials.

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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

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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.

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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Activity

grades 3–5

Create a Family Movie Guide

Create a family movie guide that not only will be a lasting piece of memorabilia but will also help with writing skills.

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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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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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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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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

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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Activity

grades 3–5

Create a Family Movie Guide

Create a family movie guide that not only will be a lasting piece of memorabilia but will also help with writing skills.

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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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diy comic book

Activity

grades 3–8

DIY Comic Book

Dream of writing your own graphic novel or zine to share with friends? Learn how to start with a single sheet of paper. Then start creating!

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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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AAPI Books

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Reflecting and Expanding Diverse Perspectives

Discover 125+ recommended books with Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander characters. There are as many genres as the countries where the stories are set. So dig in!

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Text demonstrating grammar error.

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Grammar Checkers, Websites, and Games

Learn and review grammar with these interactive quizzes and games, grammar checkers, and reference materials.

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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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dog bone with gift wrap

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

All the Presidents' Pets

Read about some of the most popular, and strangest, pets that have lived in the White House.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–4

Amazon Rain Forest

Read the article on forest life and write three facts you learned.

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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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picture of Nikki Giovanni

Article/Ebook

grades 3–8

Which Season Do You Like Best?

Read the poem and think about the feelings and images the list creates. Then, write a poem or list about your favorite season.

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Article/Ebook

grades K–3

Penguins vs. Puffins

Read all about penguins and puffins, then vote for your favorite!

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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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Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Remembering the March

Read about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 and Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Wilma Rudolph

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Essential Black History Texts

Browse, select, and read from this great collection of nonfiction and fiction texts written by Black writers, artists, and activists.

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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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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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drawing of wizard of oz

Audio

grades K–12

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Listen to the first volume of L. Frank Baum's classic story as you imagine yourself traipsing through a magical land. Free on iTunes.

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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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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 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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evolution of the book

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Video

grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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.

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to be a drum

Video

grades 2–3

To Be a Drum

Listen along as James Earl Jones reads a story of rhythm, history, and freedom.

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.

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.

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be like a hummingbird

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Video

grades K–4

Be Like a Hummingbird

Listen to the tale of the hummingbird, shared by Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. This excerpt from Dirt! The Movie inspires us to do the best we can.

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no mirrors in my nana's house

Video

Preschool–grade 3

No Mirrors in My Nana's House

Listen to this poetic story of a child's love reflected in her Nana's eyes. Plus hear a musical version at the end of the video.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

The Hula-Hoopin' Queen

Listen to Oprah Winfrey read The Hula-Hoopin' Queen and get your hips swingin' and fingers snappin' as you enjoy a story of family and celebration.

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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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.

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Sensical on phone, laptop or tablet

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Safe Streaming Service for Kids

Sensical is a new, free streaming service for kids age 2–10. Families will find thousands of entertaining and educational videos featuring characters and creators that children love!

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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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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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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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kid using a tablet

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Toontastic 3D

Tell an animated story with fun characters, settings, props, recorded narration, and more. Along the way, learn the elements of a great story.

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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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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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Summer Activity Book

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 4

Summer Activity Book

Inspire learning all summer long! Print out this book of activities that kids can do with an adult or on their own.

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My Summer Checklist

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 4

My Summer Checklist

What new things do you want to try this summer? Use this sheet to track your summer fun!

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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.