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

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Video

Preschool–grade K

Community Hero Story

Do you know someone that helps others in your neighborhood or community? Share a story about them.

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Lesson

Preschool–grade K

Neighborhood Helpers

Use critical thinking skills to learn some ways people come together as a community of helpers.

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stone soup cover

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

Stone Soup

Listen to this classic folktale about how if we all contribute a little, we have a lot.

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map out a story

Worksheet

grades K–2

Map Out a Story

Download this story map to practice naming and using the parts of a story, and then write it!

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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!

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What if all your wishes could come true? Find out what happens to Sylvester and how he learned to be grateful for what he has.

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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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cartoon tiger

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

How Tiger Got His Stripes

In this audiobook, listen to this seven-minute folk tale from Vietnam that tells how Tiger's pride leads to him getting his stripes.

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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history of the telephone

Worksheet

grades K–2

The History of the Telephone

Look at the pictures and read about the invention and evolution of the telephone. Find out what the first phone looked like!

Video

Preschool–grade K

Where Do You Come From?

Follow along with this video as Mrs. Ghazali reads a father's poem for his daughter. What are the father's hopes and dreams for his daughter?

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sharing Our Worries

Listen to the story and think about how you're feeling about the coronavirus. Try drawing your emotions as characters and naming them.

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three dancers

Activity

grades K–2

Clapping Out Words

Use this upbeat dance to learn how words are broken down into syllables.

Activity

grades 2–5

Scavenger Hunt

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

Wide Open School's logo

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!

Wide Open School's logo
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cartoon characters

Activity

Preschool–grade 1

Obstacle Course for Literacy

Get outside—or stay in!—and create an obstacle course that gets kids moving and building literacy skills.

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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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a maze made with tape and written letters

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Solve an A-Maze-Ing Letter Maze

Find your way to some early literacy skills in this fun, and active, letter-learning game.

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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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various toys laid out

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Create a Story Box

Stretch your imagination by making up stories using a mixture of household items placed in a box.

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z is for zebra

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Make an Alphabet Poster

Create an original illustrated alphabet poster (or 26 individual letter pages) to display in your home.

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letter cutouts pasted on a wall

Activity

Preschool–grade K

Find Sight Words Everywhere

Cut and paste your way to sight word mastery with this easy-to-make reading and literacy activity.

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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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cutouts of letters laid out on a floor

Activity

grades K–2

Stomp Words to Build Literacy

Get kids spelling, reading, and moving—all at once—with this sight word project and game.

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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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various animals

Article/Ebook

grades K–1

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Even though it's not exactly magic, some of the ways these animals have adapted to their environments is truly amazing.

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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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Screenshot of website link

Article/Ebook

grades K–1

Storytime with a Side of Math

Click through this read-aloud that includes songs and math problems.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Let's Write About It!

Write a morning message outlining today's activities in this fun and interactive lesson.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Circle Time!

Start the day off with a special circle time of songs and calendar and weather activities.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Get a Grip

Choose a few of the listed activities to build the fine motor skills needed to grasp a pencil and learn to write.

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Article/Ebook

grades 2–4

Comic Craze

Read this magazine and learn about graphic novels, hair discrimination, Trolls World Tour and more. Use the distance learning resources to test what you have learned.

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starfall library samples

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Starfall Library

Choose a book, listen, and follow along to fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Daniel Tiger Stories

Listen to Daniel read stories aloud, and learn important social-emotional skills along the way.

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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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offline illustration books

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 6

50 Books All Kids Should Read

Great resource of 50 books every child should read before they're 12.

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stone soup cover

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

Stone Soup

Listen to this classic folktale about how if we all contribute a little, we have a lot.

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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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cartoon tiger

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

How Tiger Got His Stripes

In this audiobook, listen to this seven-minute folk tale from Vietnam that tells how Tiger's pride leads to him getting his stripes.

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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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julie andrews library

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

Julie Andrews Reads Aloud

Enjoy listening to the original Mary Poppins read a variety of wonderful stories.

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book art

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

Where the Wild Things Are

Enjoy this classic story of a boy who has a tantrum and sails off to a fantasy world. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Paddington the bear

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

A Bear Called Paddington

Cozy up for a listen about a sweet stuffed bear who goes on lots of adventures. 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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a scene from the tale

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

Anansi and the Tug o' War

Listen to a trickster tale from Africa about the spider Anansi—it's only five minutes.

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cartoon koala

Audio

Preschool–grade 2

Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail

Listen to this four-minute folk tale that explains the reason the koala has a short tail. Be aware: The possibility of death is mentioned.

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Sample of creating your own story

Interactive

grades K–2

Let's Make Up Stories!

Create a story in minutes with help from this interactive story-making tool. Then print it and/or share it out loud.

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Animated children standing on clouds

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Create Your Own Story

Work with Pinkalicious to write and create your own story. Choose characters, sets, props, and more.

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Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Find the Rhyme

Match the bats that have rhyming words on their bellies. Learn what makes a rhyme, listen to the words, and make the match!

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sesame street characters

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Sesame Street Games

Play with your favorite characters and explore lots of early learning concepts.

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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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Lesson

Preschool–grade K

Neighborhood Helpers

Use critical thinking skills to learn some ways people come together as a community of helpers.

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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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a woman reading a book

Lesson

Preschool–grade K

Storybook Read-Alouds

Watch and listen to these stories, read in either English or Spanish by teachers. Use the story guides to learn vocabulary and get activity inspiration.

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Video

Preschool–grade K

Community Hero Story

Do you know someone that helps others in your neighborhood or community? Share a story about them.

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What if all your wishes could come true? Find out what happens to Sylvester and how he learned to be grateful for what he has.

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 K

Where Do You Come From?

Follow along with this video as Mrs. Ghazali reads a father's poem for his daughter. What are the father's hopes and dreams for his daughter?

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sharing Our Worries

Listen to the story and think about how you're feeling about the coronavirus. Try drawing your emotions as characters and naming them.

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

Preschool–grade K

Cultures Around the World

Discover different cultural traditions from around the world and the things we all have in common, too.

Video

Preschool–grade 2

What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee?

Watch and listen to this reading of a picture book about what it's like to be a refugee. And meet Mrs. Ghazali's kitten!

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Proud of Who You Are

Follow along with this story about a little girl and her big sister finding strength in what makes them unique.

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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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.

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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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make way for books

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Learn to Love Reading

Download this free app or visit the website to read free ebooks and get great tips that can spark a love of reading.

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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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screenshots from app

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Duolingo ABC – Learn to Read

Download this free app for fun, free letter-learning lessons and early reading practice.

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sesame street characters

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Sesame Street

Browse the games and videos that teach the ABCs, 123s, and social-emotional skills with some favorite friends.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Khan Academy Kids

This pre-K app makes it easy and fun for young kids to immerse themselves in foundational skills like reading, counting, social-emotional learning, and more.

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cartoon man looking at a castle

Website/App

Preschool–grade 2

Learn Through Stories

Fairy tales and fables in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and English include audio and video downloads for offline use. Use the closed-captioning (CC) to follow along in English or your native language.

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editing a picture of a dog

Website/App

Preschool–grade 2

Explore the World, Tell a Story

Use this free, bilingual app in a wide variety of ways, including telling stories, learning vocabulary, and using creativity.

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screenshot from e-book

Website/App

Preschool–grade 1

Family Members Help Each Other

Read this sweet ebook about some grandchildren who want to help their grandmother find her courage.

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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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starfall ABC blocks

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Starfall ABCs

Click on the letters to hear the sounds, and see words and pictures that start with those sounds.

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map out a story

Worksheet

grades K–2

Map Out a Story

Download this story map to practice naming and using the parts of a story, and then write it!

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history of the telephone

Worksheet

grades K–2

The History of the Telephone

Look at the pictures and read about the invention and evolution of the telephone. Find out what the first phone looked like!

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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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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

Preschool–grade K

It's Springtime!

Create a colorful picture by tracing letters and shapes and learning sight words associated with spring.

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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.

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handwriting practice sheet

Worksheet

Preschool–grade K

Handwriting

Print these worksheets or make your own to practice tracing letters and using fine motor skills.