Learn @ Home
Helping kids understand COVID-19
- What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary
NPR's Life Kit spoke with a handful of child development experts about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to help prepare and protect kids from all the scary news out there, whether it's fighting overseas, a school shooting or a devastating wildfire.
- COVID-19 Myth Busters
A list of COVID-19 myth busters put together by The World Health Organization.
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
NPR’s paired up to create an amazing comic by NPR’s Malaka Gharib. It’s being read by kids around the world. The free, open-source comic can be printed and folded to make a Zine.
- Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
An article from the Child Mind Institute on how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus.
- Talking to Children About COVID-19
A parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Reduce Student Anxiety (and Your Own) During Uncertain Times
To help reduce students' anxiety and your own about the COVID-19 pandemic, Common Sense has put together some ideas and resources focused on news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication.
- Mental Health and Social Support
The State of Oregon has put together a great resource on mental health and social support for students.
PBS Resources for Parents & Caregivers
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Daniel Tiger for Parents App
- PBS KIDS Utah
- PBS NewsHour Extra for grades 6-12
Essay Contests and Submissions
- Up Close & Far Away - Online exhibition from the Springville Museum of Art
Up Close and Far Away invites Utah K-12 students to reflect on their own experiences, activities, and commitments while looking closer at relationships, places, and things in their current spaces. This special online exhibition consists of submitted works from K-12 students across the state and their responses to COVID-19. Participate by viewing how Utah’s youth have coped with crisis and change.
Keeping Kids Engaged
- 150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
- 25+ Amazing Virtual Field Trips for Kids
Visit all kinds of places from the comfort of your home
- Playing at Home ideas
- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
- Virtual Hogle Zoo
- Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
- Ogden Nature Center
- Tracy Aviary
- Explore Nature with Live Camera Streams, Film and Photos
- 50 Brain Breaks for Kids
- Google Arts & Culture Collections
- National Parks Service
- Research Quest - Natural History Museum of Utah science program
- Virtual Field trip of the F-35 Lightning II
From the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base can also be viewed on their Facebook page
- SpyHop Rewired Online Workshops
Weekly, live digital workshops for kids ages 10-19. These classes are your chance to join other kids online with a professional artist mentor to connect, make new friends, and make art. Classes will be offered in film, design, and music.
- Art Shop by Spy Hop
The Spy Hop Art Shop provides on-demand video tutorials for hands-on STEAM based art projects. Professional artist mentors have created easy to follow videos that provide an engaging step-by-step process to make cool stuff!
- My First Garden
Rodale Institute free curriculum for educators of pre-school- and kindergarten-aged children that is easily adapted for elementary-school learners, too.
Media Literacy Resources
For tips and guides on using media wisely and digital citizenship as a family
- News Literacy Project
This site empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in civic life.
Looking for media balance in today’s news? This website is a compilation of links to articles on the same subject through the lens of multiple media outlets. A crowd-sourced label from far-left, centrist, and far-right sources allows students to compare information. Check out the Dictionary tab for how people from different perspectives define words we use everyday in different ways.
- Crash Course: Navigating Digital Resources
This YouTube channel, hosted by John Green, features ten lessons on becoming a better consumer of digital media.
- Combatting Misinformation
Designed with middle-school students in mind, a class of U of U Honors students have designed a set of five lesson plans to address misinformation in digital media, focusing specifically on social media.
Some Good Education News
A series of videos to highlighting the "Good News" happening in Utah education.
UEN Learning Resources
Keep learning with UEN’s broadcast and online resources for PreK – Grade 12 students.
- Statewide Connectivity and Learning Resources Compiled by the Utah Education and Telehealth Network
- Utah’s Online Library
- Utah’s Open Textbooks
- eMedia: educational video on demand
- Open Web Collections
- K-12 Student Interactives
- Preschool Pioneer (preK-grade 2)
- KUEN – Educational Television
- Utah Public Libraries – digital books and audio
Resources by Subject
- Boosting Your Child's Reading Level at Home - Dyad Reading Resources in both Spanish and English
- Random House Children's Books - Resources for Educators, Librarians, and Parents
- Kate Messner - collection of author read alouds many of them with writing prompts and advice
- Audible - a collection fo free stories availible to stream
- The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities
- Authors Everywhere (YouTube Channel)
- National Emergency Library - A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while schools and libraries are closed. Use the Find a Book tool to pick a book in your child reading level and then see if it is in the National Emergency Library.
- ARC Bookshelf
Teachers, parents and students can download the free ARC Bookshelf app and use coupon code 20-EBOOKS for 20 free eBooks of their choice, in English and in Spanish. This offer does not expire, and the coupon-code can be used once per person. Ebundles, eBook collections, and paperback books are not eligible for this offer.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab
- Smithsonian Science Education Center's Game Center
- Smithsonian Activity Pages for Children
- Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
- The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
- National Geographic Education Resource Library
- Learn at Home Collection
- The Real Time Curriculum Project
- DAILY Explorer Classroom Events
Test Prep & College & Career Planning
Explore career options, plan for college and prep for the ACT.
Use Shmoop for test prep, college & career prep, videos and more:
- Test Prep - ACT, AP, SAT, more
- Video Library
- Homework Help
- College Planning
- Career Planning
- Financial Literacy
- Utah WiFi hotspot Map - View a map of available WiFi hotspots throughout the state of Utah.
- Sandford Education Social and Emotional Learning - Free lessons, activities, resources and Webinars
- National Weather Service Education - Learn Science and Safety with Owlie Skywarn
- GoNoodle - Engages kids with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at home.
- YouTube Learning Hub - In partnership with education-focused content creators on YouTube we have also launched the Learning Hub.
- ExploreLearning - is offering our online science and math programs free for 60 days
- Parents' Guide to Remote Learning - Parents Guide to Online Learning from Intel