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Literacy
Authors Everywhere YouTube Channel Created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators offering workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice and more.
Live Streaming from Children’s Book Authors Live videos and daily posts from children’s authors with writing and drawing activities.
Early Literacy Foundation Resources and activities for engaging with your Imagination Library books.
Storyline Online Streaming videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations.
Storytime from Space Astronauts on the International Space Station reading books to the children on Earth.
TumbleBookLibrary.com K-6 children’s ebook database
TumbleMath.com K-6 math ebook database
TeenBookCloud.com Grades 7-12 ebook database
AudioBookCloud.com All ages audio book database
RomanceBookCloud.com A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
SimplyE App Digital Public Library of America Free Access for iOS and Android – Access more than 5,000 ebook titles, from the classics to contemporary fantasy and sci-fi, for free when you choose DPLA as your library and tap on the DPLA Collection.
Audible Free Audiobooks for Kids Free audiobooks for kids and tweens while schools are closed.
Goodnight with Dolly In a special 10 week series, everyone’s favorite book lady, Dolly Parton, reads bedtime stories from her Imagination Library.
Mondays with Michelle Obama! Children’s books read by Michelle Obama.
Harvard Graduate School of Education: READS Lab Resources to help your child improve their reading skills.
Start with a Book Summer Reading Themed book resources and activities to encourage summer reading.
New York Times Summer Reading Contest This contest encourages students to read the newspaper this summer, for august 13 and up.
Education
Brain Pop Explains the Coronavirus Cartoon video and activities explaining the coronavirus to older elementary age and up.
Chattanooga Basics Information on five fun and powerful ways to help your preschool child have a great start in life..
Fun Brain, Jr Online reading and math games and activities for preschoolers
Open Culture Drawing Lessons for Kids Your favorite children’s book illustrators are offering free drawing lessons for kids.
Art Helps Local artist and art teacher, Gina Graham, invites you to join Art Club with at home art challenges and free art lessons for kids.
Hamilton County Schools Continued Help Hotline (423) 498-5437 Available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm with information on student meals, technology resources, device checkout and other ways parents can help their students.
YFD Free Tutoring Google Hangouts Youth and Family Development offers tutors and academic supervisors available Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm at the beginning of each hour. Contact education@chattanooga.gov for any questions or concerns.
Homework Hotline Free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students in Tennessee.
Scholastic Learn At Home Offers four separate learning experiences every day, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. For pre-K – 9th grade.
Accessibyte Fun, funky, fully accessible apps for users who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, dyslexic or have other reading difficulties. Free while schools are closed due to health concerns.
Smithsonian Learning Lab Distance learning activities and lesson plans for pre-K-12 teachers and students, offered by The Smithsonian Museum.
Quantile Summer Math Challenge Math lessons, games, and activities to help students retain their math skills throughout the summer.
My Coalition College Help Help for staying on track for college during the pandemic.
Hooda Math Math, science and online board games.
Make Magazine’s Summer Maker Camp Online Family Maker Camp encourages making and hands-on learning at home.
Mommy Poppins Stay at Home Guide Videos, updates, activities and games for stay at home learning and fun.
American Association of Chemistry Teachers Chemistry demonstrations, lessons and more for K-12 students. Normally requires membership, but offering free lessons during this time.
Children’s Museum of Houston Virtual exhibits to keep the playground of the mind active as well as online learning ideas and virtual events for children.
The Space Foundation Discovery Center Helping build the next generation of space leaders by offering STEM lesson plans for children of all ages.
Mystery Science Encouraging homebound families by offering their most popular science lessons for free.
Ancestry.com Free access to millions of historical records and images, lesson plans and video courses for kids, tweens and teens while schools are closed.
PBS Teaching Tennessee Virtual classroom lessons by TN teachers on PBS on M-F from 11 am to 1 pm on PBS. The site also offers downloadable lesson plans and activities. Grades 1-8.
Entertainment
Nightly Met Opera Streams Free streams every night of Metropolitan Opera’s encore performances.
Chrome Music Lab Free site that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Children’s Book Week Coloring Pages Artwork from 23 beloved children’s book illustrators.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Live streaming drawing activity with Mo Willems every day at 1 pm EST.
Bedtime Math Fun activities to improve math skills.
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room A Harry Potter Escape Room that you can do virtually! Created by Peters Township Public Library.
Escape from Wonderland Digital Escape Room An Alice in Wonderland Escape Room that you can do virtually. Created by Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System.
The National Theatre (UK) at Home Free full length plays every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. while the London theatre is closed.
Travel
Google Earth National Parks Virtual Tours Virtually tour 31 national parks through Google Earth.
Museum Virtual Tours 75 museums across the globe offering virtual tours online.
Art Museums Virtual Tours 2,500 museums are accessible online thanks to Google.
Science
US Energy Information Association Games, Activities, and lessons for learning more about energy and conservation.
EPA.gov Games, videos and quizzes about the environment.
NASA Glenn Virtual Tours 10 different tours of NASA Glenn Research Center.
NASA Mission Operations – Hubble Telescope 360 tour of the Hubble Telescope’s home at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center.
Wildlife and Nature Webcams Links to wildlife live streams from around the globe.
Tennessee Aquarium at Home Fun activities, resources and live streams from the Tennessee Aquarium.
The Chattanooga Zoo Visit the animals on the Chattanooga Zoo webcams and their Facebook playlist.
The Smithsonian National Zoo Virtually meet the animals at the National Zoo.
Exercise
Cosmic Kids Yoga Fun yoga videos for ages 3+ that emphasize mindfulness and relaxation.
PE with Joe A new 30-minute workout for kids every day at 9 am.
YMCA 360 Free Classes The YMCA is posting free workout classes online for a limited time.
Jr NBA at home Videos from NBA players and sports experts on basketball techniques and skills.
BOKS Workouts for Kids Fun home workout ideas and videos for kids and families.
Fatherly Outdoor Games Classic outdoor games and sports to teach your kids.
Technology
Tech Goes Home Public WiFi Locator
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