Home Education Resources

Our priority is to provide support to our students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use any of the fun, optional resources below to help yourself, your student or a loved one.

Optional Resources for Students & Families

How to Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Here are some resources you can use to manage stress and talk with your children during these difficult times.

How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus

By: Harvard Medical School

Provides tips on answering questions from children related to the Coronavirus. 

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource 

By: National Association of School Psychologists 

Talking points include positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Additional links provided in the article. 

Coronavirus Public Health Emergency: Psychological Tips for Children and Adolescents’ Emotions

By: Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona 

Infographic identifying types of emotions felt during this time, along with do’s & don’ts for coping and seeking help. 

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

By: NPR 

Comic-style, information overview for kids explaining the facts about Coronavirus.

Social and Emotional Learning Supports for Children and Young Adults Around Covid-19

By: SEL4TX

Uses Social Emotional Learning competencies to provide support for children to understand current situation of the Coronavirus. 

Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students

By: Cyberbullying Research Center  

Provides tips on maintaining digital safety during social isolation. 

Social and Emotional Learning

As the country and the world respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all feeling a range of emotions – fear, anxiety, stress, and uncertainty. At IDEA Public Schools we understand how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during stressful times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike – during this challenging time. Here are some resources to use to promote social emotional learning with students.

Move This World (K – 12th)


Move This World (MTW) is a social emotional learning program that provides multimedia content for districts, schools and teachers to develop social skills and strengthen emotional intelligence within PreK through high school students.

Common Sense Education (K – 12th) 

Offers library of topics about character strengths, social emotional learning competencies, and provides actionable activities for free. 

Aperture Education (K – 12th) 

Tools and activities for both students and adults to build social emotional learning competencies and coping skills.

Sanford Harmony at National University (K – 6th)

A no-cost social emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom, and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults. 

Flocabulary by Nearpod (K-12th) 

Research-based videos and activities build the background knowledge and vocabulary related to social emotional learning. *Free 30-day trial with email registration. 

Random Acts of Kindness (K – 8th) 

Evidence-based Kindness in the Classroom® social emotional learning curriculum that focuses on equity and connection through kindness. 

Educational Activities by Grade Level

Pre-K – 2nd Grade

Read a favorite book with your child. After reading, provide playdough and ask your child to create the characters or a scene from the book using the playdough. 

Provide your child with extra practice with phonics games and read-alouds: Starfall Education: Kids Games, Movies, & Books K-3 

Celebrated actors read children’s books aloud, accompanied by creatively produced illustrations.  Children can choose from hundreds of books: Storyline Online YouTube channel 

Ask your child to draw pictures of what he/she did today.  Ask them to tell you about the picture and then write what he/she says (or have your child write it!).  Do this daily and keep all of the pictures to combine them to make a book. 

Continue using your Zearn login info. from class or create an account at Zearn

Prodigy Math Game 

Request free access to use BrainPop Jr. 

Brainpop Jr. – Create free account. Website has educational science cartoons along with (optional) printable worksheets and online quizzes. Very engaging and high quality. 

Mystery Science – Distance Learning

  • Mini-Lessons (15-30 minutes, all digital)
  • Full Lessons (45-90 minutes, digital w/ hands-on activity)

Kids National Geographic – videos, games and activities. Create a free account.

Scholastic Pre-K & Kinder – read alouds and supporting activities.

PBS Read Aloud and activities

NASA – Kinder–2nd Grade and activities

Virtual Field Trips

Learn how to draw w/ author Mo Willems!  Children love his storybook characters and now they can draw them as Mo Willems provides a 20-minute daily lesson.

3rd - 5th Grade

Read a favorite book with your child. After reading, provide playdough and ask your child to create the characters or a scene from the book using the playdough. 

Provide your child with extra practice with phonics games and read-alouds: Starfall Education: Kids Games, Movies, & Books K-3

Celebrated actors read children’s books aloud, accompanied by creatively produced illustrations.  Children can choose from hundreds of books: Storyline Online YouTube channel 

Ask your child to draw pictures of what he/she did today.  Ask them to tell you about the picture and then write what he/she says (or have your child write it!).  Do this daily and keep all of the pictures to combine them to make a book. 

Continue using your Zearn login info. from class or create an account at Zearn

Prodigy Math Game 

Request free access to use BrainPop Jr. 

Brainpop Jr. – Create free account. Website has educational science cartoons along with (optional) printable worksheets and online quizzes. Very engaging and high quality. 

Mystery Science – Distance Learning

  • Mini-Lessons (15-30 minutes, all digital)
  • Full Lessons (45-90 minutes, digital w/ hands-on activity)

Kids National Geographic – videos, games and activities. Create a free account.

Scholastic Pre-K & Kinder – read alouds and supporting activities.

PBS Read Aloud and activities

NASA – Kinder–2nd Grade and activities

Virtual Field Trips

Learn how to draw w/ author Mo Willems!  Children love his storybook characters and now they can draw them as Mo Willems provides a 20-minute daily lesson.

6th - 8th Grade

Students can read about interesting topics that include four separate learning experiences built around a meaningful story or video.  Available for all grade levels, including our oldest students: Scholastic Learn at Home

Khan Academy offers a free grammar course, which is a self-paced deep dive into grammar skills.  Parents can monitor their child’s progress in the course, and there are many resources available on the Khan Academy site to support its use. 

Students can respond to daily writing prompts inspired by New York Times articles and images.  Visit The New York Times – The Learning Network to help your child sign up to have his/her voice heard along with scholars from around the world. 

BrainPopFamilies can create a free user account. BrainPop provides 100s of videos and games for learners of all ages.  

ExploreLearning Gizmos: Math & Science SimulationsFree account for 60 days. Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. Over 400 Gizmos aligned to standards help bring powerful new learning experiences to students.

PhET Interactive SimulationsOver 150 Interactive Simulations for Science and Math.

NASA Kids’ ClubOn this site, you will find games of various skill levels for students. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

PBS NOVA LabsNOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration. 

 

The National Geographic Education Resource Library offers high-quality, standards-based, educational resources, videos, and activities for grades K-12. 

6th– 7th Grade: iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in civic life, and includes materials and support. The online resources include lesson plans, and interactive digital tools. Students can also work independently on one of their award-winning games.  

Student Games: iCivics – Games 

Curriculum files: iCivics – Foundations of Government

Texas History: 

 

8th Grade: Khan Academy provides a free, online module for 8th Grade US History, including topic overviews and practice. Focus on The Civil War era (1844-1877)  

Khan Academy – US History

Take an online tour of the world-famous Louvre in Paris, France!  Visit Louvre – Online Tours to view the exhibits in the museum.

9th - 12th Grade

Students can read about interesting topics that include four separate learning experiences built around a meaningful story or video.  Available for all grade levels, including our oldest students: Scholastic Learn at Home

Khan Academy offers a free grammar course, which is a self-paced deep dive into grammar skills.  Parents can monitor their child’s progress in the course, and there are many resources available on the Khan Academy site to support its use. 

Students can respond to daily writing prompts inspired by New York Times articles and images.  Visit The New York Times – The Learning Network to help your child sign up to have his/her voice heard along with scholars from around the world. 

Geometry: Khan Academy – Geometry

Algebra 2: Khan Academy – Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus: Khan Academy – Pre-Calculus 

AP Statistics: Khan Academy – AP Statistics 

 

AP Calculus AB: Khan Academy – AP Calculus AB

 

Free ACT Prep Online: ACT.org – Free ACT Test Prep

1. HHMI – Biointeractive  

  • This site has animations, videos, tutorials, click-and-learns for PreAP Biology, AP Biology, and Earth Science 
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2. Fiveable

  • This site has live stream, synchronous, tutorial sessions with real AP teachers where students can ask questions, interact with content, and participate in trivia sessions.  If a student misses the live session, no worries, they are recorded and can be viewed asynchronously anytime that the student wants to.  It covers the following courses:   
    • History and Social Sciences:  AP World History, AP European History, AP US History, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, and AP US Government 
    • STEM:  AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics 
    • ELA:  AP English Language and AP English Literature

 

3. Bozeman Science

  • This site has videos an all courses related to AP Science,PreAP Biology, PreAP Chemistry, Earth Science, Next Generation Science Standards, and Statistics and Graphing. 

AP Human Geography 

    • Resources from NG Education to support teachers and learners of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course 
    • Introduction to AP Human Geography – Free online course by the University of Texas at Austin 
    • Test preparation teacher-created website 

AP World History 

    • Khan Academy is the official practice partner for AP. 
    • Big History Project – Chapter 5 is most relevant to the AP World History Course but explore the entire website. 
    • World History and World History II videos 
    • Test preparation teacher-created website 

 

AP US History 

    • Khan Academy is the official practice partner for AP. 
    • AP U.S. History Study Guide – An interactive, mobile-friendly resource from the Gilder Lehrman Institute featuring videos, timelines, primary source documents, and practical tips for preparing for the exam. 
    • U.S. History videos 
    • Test preparation teacher-created website 

 

AP US Government and Politics 

    • The National Constitution Center has free online resources, including an interactive constitution and lessons developed for AP US Government and Politics. 
    • Khan Academy is the official practice partner for AP. 
    • The Civic Knowledge and Action Project is a collaboration of College Board and DoSomething.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on youth-led volunteering initiatives, to develop opportunities for students to make a difference in their local communities. 
    • The course features over 100 videos and accompanying study guides that break down all of the essential content of the AP Government course. 

 

AP Microeconomics 

    • Khan Acadmey is the official practice partner for AP. 
    • AP Microeconomics – A free online course by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
    • Test preparation teacher-created review videos

Take an online tour of the world-famous Louvre in Paris, France!  Visit Louvre – Online Tours to view the exhibits in the museum. 

Fun Educational Activities by Grade Level

These optional, fun activities are great to keep student learning and engaged even beyond their distance learning assignments.

PE Central’s Kids Quiz 

The Kids Quiz is a daily online quiz which challenges kids under the age of 18 and tests their knowledge about nutrition, fitness, health, physical education, sports, and a host of other topics and trivia. Features include answering a question each day with the chance for both the students and the teacher at the school to win weekly prizes in a drawing. Come register now teachers so your kids can enjoy this fun and educational program. 

Kid’s Running Online (The K-12 Running Site) 

The Kid’s Running site for kids is an excellent page for kids (and parents/teachers) who are interested in running. Not only can kids see photos, learn about kids running events, answer questions, they can also read stories about running that other kids have contributed. The site is maintained by Carol Goodrowwho is a first grade classroom teacher in Connecticut. 

NCAA Basketball Kids Site 

The NCAA has launched a new basketball site geared toward middle school students and teachers. 

Junior Links 

JuniorLinks.com is a site built for kids, their parents, and the dedicated people who facilitate, coordinate and sponsor programs for junior golf and the future of the game. Check out their cool Golf Trivia Game! Lots of fun. 

BAM! 

Aimed at youth ages 9 – 13, BAM! was created to answer kids’ questions on health issues and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, tronger, and safer. BAM! also provides middle school health and science teachers with interactive activities that are educational and fun. 

Kidnetic 

Kidnetic.com is a Web site that communicates healthy eating and active living information in meaningful and relevant ways to kids aged 9-12 and their families. Kidnetic.com is intended to encourage kids and their families to begin the process of behavior change toward healthy lifestyles. Kidnetic.com is the first component of ACTIVATE, a healthy eating and active living initiative. ACTIVATE is committed to promoting healthy family lifestyles to help prevent kids from becoming significantly overweight and to reduce their risk of suffering from obesity-related chronic diseases as adults. 

Exploratorium: Sport Science 

Learn how different sports really work from the scientific point of view. Included are baseball, surfing, skateboarding, etc. Lots of really cool stuff located at the Exploratorium Site. Have fun! 

Powerful Bones, Powerful Girls 

This colorful Centers for Disease Control site encourages young girls to take steps to promotes skeletal health. The site helps young girls understand the important contribution weight bearing physical activity makes to their health. Facts about bones and the importance of calcium to their development are given. There are interactive activities, such as a skeleton that shows the names of bones when the mouse is rolled over the words. Quizzes, interactive games, and relevant web sites are given to help girls learn the facts and test their ability to use the information to make informed decisions. 

KidsHealth 

This site helps parents, children, and professionals find answers to commonly asked health questions. Topics include the benefits of different types of vitamins, the food pyramid, healthy children’s recipes, how to read food labels, and keeping fit. Children can also submit their own questions. Check out the “Childhood Infections” section under “Parents” for information about appendicitis, meningitis, mumps, and more. For a good laugh, be sure to read the entry for that most common of all childhood afflictions, cooties. A great site but be patient this site may take a little longer to download. 

Dole 5 a Day 

Based on the popular Dole 5 a Day CD Rom, this Web site, appropriate for elementary age children, uses fruit and vegetable characters to help children learn about the importance of eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. 

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids 

The National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids has a wonderful web site geared to protect children from tobacco addiction. There are abbreviated articles and current events that deal with smoking issues with the bibliographies included. In the Kid’s Corner, there is the opportunity for the children to learn the ABC’s of what tobacco use can do to the body. It offers nice graphics and descriptions of the possible complications that can be caused by cigarette smoking. There is also a section of the current CDC Research, Data, and Reports.

Keep children moving while learning with daily, quick and creative physical activities. Ideally, kids should have two to three active play times every day. Instead of thinking of exercise as a separate scheduled activity, just try to weave quick “moving” moments throughout the day. 

1,2,3,4: Hip, Hop, Move: Use this Caribbean-inspired dance to help young children count to four. 

5 W’s: Who? What? Where? When? Why? This activity incorporates reading comprehension with movement. 

Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play: This article emphasizes that while tummy time is important, babies are safest on their backs while sleeping. Learn more about how to engage infants during tummy time. 

Color Me Healthy Sing & Dance: Color Me Healthy music gets children up and moving to a fun and happy beat. Download songs (MP3 format) and lyrics (PDFs) and dance to the tune of Color Me Healthy. The Color Me Healthy program also includes a teacher’s guide with 12 circle time lessons (including picture cards), parent newsletters (in English and Spanish) and five colorful posters. 

Dance Activity: This activity gets kids dancing in silly ways — sometimes moving just their knees, thumbs or elbows. 

Early Childhood Resources: SHAPE America early childhood resources teach the importance of physical activity for young children. They offer a variety of activity ideas, strategies, information and guidelines to use the space and materials you have, and how to model and encourage healthy habits and physical activity. 

Fitness and Toddlers (KidsHealth): Kids this age are walking and running, kicking, and throwing. They’re naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of chances for children to practice and build on these skills. 

Get Moving Today Calendar: A start-anytime, reusable calendar from Head Start Body Start which has fun, simple physical activities to do everyday with preschoolers. 

GoNoodle Plus: Indiana’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA), in partnership with school administrators, district wellness coordinators, and Go Noodle, provides access to the classroom-based online physical activity platform called Go Noodle Plus. With a combined potential reach of 4,510 students across 11 schools, the initiative aims at increasing students’ daily physical activity. 

Hands-On Activities for Child Care: Search or browse hundreds of hands-on, ready-to-do activities for movement and physical activity for young children. 

Head to Toe, Letter ‘O’: Fun rhymes and movements teach young children about healthy foods. 

Healthy Habits for Life: Get Moving: The Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit gives you the tools you need to teach children about eating right and being physically active so that they can establish healthy habits for life. This section offers easy and fun ideas and activities to get kids moving. 

Let’s Get Ready to Learn: Capture preschoolers’ attention and get them moving at the start of the day with this chant. 

Non-Competitive Active Games for Preschoolers: A job aid from Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) which includes tips for making some traditional games non-competitive. 

Preschooler Activity Calendar (Alberta Health Services): This calendar has ideas for children from 3 to 5 years old and has been created to provide an activity to try with your children every day. These activities do not require a lot of time, materials or preparation so you can fit them into your daily routine. 

Rainy Day Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers (National Food Service Management Institute and The University of Mississippi): What to do when outdoor play is unavailable? This resource provides a variety of indoor physical activities to get children moving and having fun—from very simple play for toddlers and infants, to more challenging activities for preschoolers. 

Safe Exploring for Preschoolers (KidsHealth): Kids ages 3-5 have tons of energy and are eager to walk, run, dance, and play. It’s a great age for exploration too. Preschoolers learn a lot when given the chance to investigate their environments (with supervision, of course). They can focus their energy and tackle more complex activities like playing dress-up, riding trikes, or planting seeds. 

We Have the Moves: This resource from Sesame Street provides fun physical activities for both large and small spaces that require minimal time and equipment. Discover easy ways to add more active play into everyday routines for children ages 2-5. 

Healthy Lifestyle Choices 

Healthy Lifestyle Choices is a nonprofit organization empowering youth, families and educators with the knowledge, skills and tools to make healthier choices for a lifetime. Our work includes advocacy, developing and implementing proven educational programs, the use of media messages to reinforce key concepts and professional development opportunities. Focus areas include obesity prevention through nutrition and increased physical activity, conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention and safety. Our vision is to reduce the incidence of youth risk behaviors, enabling children to live longer, healthier more productive lives. If your school, afterschool or camp is looking for comprehensive, behavioral health curriculum, please consider HLC’s Pre-K through Middle School programming. All of our curriculum is aligned with the National Health Education Standards and is research-based. 

Take Action for Healthy Kids 

More than 30 national education and health organizations are working together on the Healthy Schools Summit: Taking Action for Children’s Nutrition and Fitness. Healthy Schools Teams are now being formed at the state level. Join leaders in education and health in your state who are working to improve children’s health. 

The Scrub Club 

The Scrub Club (www.scrubclub.org) provides a fun way for kids to learn the importance of handwashing to fight infectious and food borne diseases. By watching the adventures of seven soaper-heroes, kids learn the six steps to proper handwashing. In addition to an animated Webisode, kids, parents and teachers can access: 

* Interactive games that are fun, yet teach you how to 
properly wash up. 
* Educational music and activities to download. 
* Public service announcements. 
* Tips for parents on teaching kids how to wash their hands. 
* Curriculum guide for teachers. 

NourishInteractive.com 

This website is all about educating families about nutrition and exercise in a fun way. They provide fun, interactive online games for kids that are designed to teach through animation, exploration, and decision-making. They are partners with the USDA and are listed as a resource on their site. Nourishinteractive.com is the first website to create “matching” nutritional tools, one for the parent and one for the child. These nutrition tools send similar messages to both the parent and child, so the entire family can work as a team to establish good nutrition at home. 

ExerciseDaily! Magazine 

ExerciseDaily! is a specialized online tool which offers free access to the latest news in fitness, health and wellness. We offer information in 9 different languages. Articles are from around the world in their original format with contact details for further information. No registration is needed to access our web portal. 

International Walk Our Children to School Day 

Walk Our Children to School Day is a day when school children from across the world walk to school together rather than taking the bus or getting a ride in the car to school (last year over 300,000 kids walked!) It promotes physical fitness, as well as pedestrian safety. 

Kidnetic 

Kidnetic.com is a Web site that communicates healthy eating and active living information in meaningful and relevant ways to kids aged 9-12 and their families. Kidnetic.com is intended to encourage kids and their families to begin the process of behavior change toward healthy lifestyles. Kidnetic.com is the first component of ACTIVATE, a healthy eating and active living initiative. ACTIVATE is committed to promoting healthy family lifestyles to help prevent kids from becoming significantly overweight and to reduce their risk of suffering from obesity-related chronic diseases as adults. 

Smart-Mouth.org 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest introduces a web site designed to teach kids that healthy eating can be fun! This snazzy web site uses games to teach kids (and their parents and teachers) how to eat well and resist the food industry’s marketing campaigns. Kids can see how their favorite restaurant foods stack up, play “true or false” with a food industry spokesman, and “bite back” by asking food companies and government officials to promote nutrition. 

My Food Pyramid 

One size doesn’t fit all. MyPyramid Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you. For a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat, enter your age, sex, and activity level in the MyPyramid Plan box. For a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level, click on MyPyramid Tracker. Use the advice “Inside MyPyramid” to help you: make smart choices from every food group, find your balance between food and physical activity, and get the most nutrition out of your calories. 

Food Group History 

Food Group History is dedicated to giving you a concise overview of the history of the USDA good groups. The standard guide has changed over the years – it began as a simple publication and evolved to the Food Pyramid and eventually, MyPlate. Along with our timeline below, we have a more detailed history as well as a resource page containing dietary guidelines, printable PDFs, and great healthy eating-oriented websites to assist you in making smart meal choices. 

Future of Children 

The well-organized (and subscription based) Future of Children website contains publications that focus on the well-being of children. Recent publications include childhood obesity, health and wellness, education, and poverty’s impact on children’s lives. This site includes research from Princeton University and the Brookings Institute. The Center for Research on Child Well-Being can also be accessed from this site. 

Dairy Council of California 

The Dairy Council of California offers FREE Nutrition Education Materials to all California teachers. Our programs are research-based and match core content standards. All of the programs undergo evaluation to demonstrate students’ improvements in knowledge, attitudes and behavior change such as better food choices and increased physical activity. Our programs are available for K- high school teachers to use with their classes. Additionally, we offer resources for parents and students that your PTA, school foodservice and school nurse can order to compliment classroom nutrition education. 

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Steroid Abuse 

A study last year funded by NIDA revealed a 50 percent increase in steroid use among 8th graders; a 75 percent increase among 10th graders; and a 60 percent increase among 12th graders. While the rates of abuse for adolescent boys and young men remain higher than for their female counterparts, steroid abuse is growing most rapidly among adolescent girls and young women. This site gives information about how to fight this ever-growing problem. 

Knowledge Path: Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents 

The MCH Library is a virtual guide to maternal and child health information. It offers a wide variety of electronic resources, including the MCH Alert, knowledge paths, publications, databases, bibliographies, and other materials developed for health professionals, policymakers, and families. The MCH Library is located at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) at Georgetown University. 

Center For Science in the Public Interest Home page 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit organization and advocacy organization that focuses on improving the safety and nutritional quality of foods. There are sections that can be used as supplements to health instruction such as nutritional quizzes, health facts, and a kid’s index. 

Dairy Council of California (DCC) 

This site has relevant nutrition and health content for educators, health professionals, kids, parents and adults. It includes interactive learning tools for assessing diet and physical activity including a: Food Guide Pyramid learning game; Calcium assessment; Personal Nutrition Planner, and; Personal Fitness Planner. The site also contains nutrition education materials, recipes and many other informational and learning tools 

Drugs4Real 

This free, web-based prevention program, teaches early adolescents (ages 11 – 14) about the influence of alcohol and other drugs, and strengthens their commitment to avoid taking these substances. This program has been scientifically tested with kids and was shown to effectively improve knowledge regarding the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. 

Online CPR, First Aid, AED and Bloodborne Pathogens Review Site 

This site allows you to see pictures and review skills needed in emergency situations. It allows you to learn how to handle most injuries appropriately during physical education class, coaching or during recreational activities. 

Allrefer.com Health 

This highly informative site contains information on over 1600 diseases, symptons, medical tests and exams, surgeries and procedures, diet and nutrition as well as access to the latest health news. 

Healthopedia.com 

This site contains a vast array of information about health, including recent news, information about diseases and conditions, diet and nutrition, medical symptons, drugs and medicine and injuries and wounds. Its large collection of medical images is also helpful in preparing lessons or for student work. 

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center 

The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. The web site provides information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders. In addition, general information is offered to the public about the treatment and prevention of eating disorders and they hope to promote social attitudes that enhance a healthy body image and self-esteem. 

Be Active North Carolina 

At this attractive site you can learn how this organization is encouraging North Carolinians to create the policies, opportunities, facilities, and motivation to promote physical activity — and good health. In addition, you can participate in the Be Active Steps Program which allows you to log the amount of steps you take (with a pedometer) on a daily basis and you can have kids take some fun quizzes. 

American Lung Association 

The American Lung Association Home page offers an online resource for information on asthma and other lung diseases, tobacco control, and environmental health. It also provides the latest news, medical and legislative updates. This site will be helpful for students who are researching smoking and tobacco usage. 

Overweight-Teen-Solutions.com 

Whether it is better health, self-esteem or successful goal achievement, we help teenagers make smarter, healthier choices. We are an independent information gathering and research firm specializing in Teen Nutrition & Fitness, linking visitors to a wide variety of effective products, treatments and technologies known to be of Exceptional Quality and Value! 

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures 

This web site has very good information for children regarding maintaining good oral hygiene. You will need to register to gain access. 

Shaping America’s Youth 

Shaping America’s Youth(r), is an initiative of Shaping America’s Health: Association for Weight Management and Obesity Prevention, a program of the American Diabetes Association. SAY(r) was initially launched in November 2003 in coordination with the office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Network, and the Nutrition Department of the University of California at Davis. SAY exists to unite the efforts of the many groups and programs across the US that are working to improve childhood physical activity and nutrition. By centralizing information on community programs and acquiring grassroots input, SAY is identifying effective approaches for promoting exercise and healthy eating in childhood, and the best ways of putting those approaches into action.

Fitness and Activity Resources by Grade Level

Distance Learning has a dramatic impact on the opportunity for student to receive guided instruction from Physical Education Teachers. The resources and links below are free and accessible if you are connected to Wi-Fi. 

Pre-K – 2nd Grade

PE Universe 

How to register 

About It: 

PE Universe is a new kind of PE idea-sharing community. This website allows you to learn and share ideas with others who have a strong desire to provide the very best in physical education. Ultimately, the sharing of these excellent ideas will help inspire our students (and even adults) to be more active and understand the importance of leading a more healthy lifestyle. This community is entirely free to join and contains a wealth of information and ideas using PE teacher produced videos, blogs, and discussion topics. Go there now! 

GoNoodle

Navigation and Sign-up Tutorial  

About It: 

GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day and was designed with K-5 classrooms in mind. 

FREE Key Features: Any teacher, anywhere, can create a free GoNoodle account and start using movement activities right away. 

Research-based Activities: Using exercise science and cutting-edge research, we’ve designed all of GoNoodle’s activities to be healthy for the body, engaging for the attention, and beneficial to the brain in specific ways. 

Fast: Transition from listless to engaged in minutes. GoNoodle takes no time to setup, has content of a variety of lengths (from 1 minute to 20 minutes), and just requires you to press play. 

Designed for Long-Term Engagement: GoNoodle makes earning minutes of healthy activity a game that your kids play together. Motivate kids to stay active. Each class chooses a Champ — a virtual mascot — who grows as the class earns the points needed to advance to the next level. Reward them for engagement by helping them grow their Champ. 

The PE Shed 

No sign-up required 

About It: 

The PE Shed was born on October 2016 to provide Physical Education resources to people all around the world. It’s mission is simple: To make Physical Education teaching simple, fun and engaging.  

The PE activities and games which we have included are aimed at children in Elementary (Primary) and Lower Secondary School. The majority of activities can be adapted for all ages. 

The lesson plans we have created will provide you with everything you need to teach fun and engaging PE lessons. Each lesson plan includes a focus, recommended age group and an image. We also explain: 

  • What PE equipment is needed. 
  • How to set up the PE activity. 
  • How to teach the PE activity. 
  • How to differentiate and change the PE activity.

3rd - 5th Grade

PE Universe 

How to register

About It: 

PE Universe is a new kind of PE idea-sharing community. This website allows you to learn and share ideas with others who have a strong desire to provide the very best in physical education. Ultimately, the sharing of these excellent ideas will help inspire our students (and even adults) to be more active and understand the importance of leading a more healthy lifestyle. This community is entirely free to join and contains a wealth of information and ideas using PE teacher produced videos, blogs, and discussion topics. Go there now! 

GoNoodle

Navigation and Sign-up Tutorial  

About It: 

GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day and was designed with K-5 classrooms in mind. 

FREE Key Features: Any teacher, anywhere, can create a free GoNoodle account and start using movement activities right away. 

Research-based Activities: Using exercise science and cutting-edge research, we’ve designed all of GoNoodle’s activities to be healthy for the body, engaging for the attention, and beneficial to the brain in specific ways. 

Fast: Transition from listless to engaged in minutes. GoNoodle takes no time to setup, has content of a variety of lengths (from 1 minute to 20 minutes), and just requires you to press play. 

Designed for Long-Term Engagement: GoNoodle makes earning minutes of healthy activity a game that your kids play together. Motivate kids to stay active. Each class chooses a Champ — a virtual mascot — who grows as the class earns the points needed to advance to the next level. Reward them for engagement by helping them grow their Champ. 

PE Central 3-5

Select a Category e.g. Fitness  

  • Use the ALL Categories drop down filter or Advanced Search to select specific activities.

 

About It: 

PE Central (pecentral.org) is the most widely used Web site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students. Resources on the site include over 2000 physical education and health lesson ideas and Best Practices, Professional Development online courses and on-site workshops, a growing media center including 100+ videos, and a series of programs designed to motivate children to improve their fitness levels (Log It), activity skills (The PE Central Challenge) and their health and nutrition knowledge.

6th - 8th Grade

PE Universe 

How to register 

About It: 

PE Universe is a new kind of PE idea-sharing community. This website allows you to learn and share ideas with others who have a strong desire to provide the very best in physical education. Ultimately, the sharing of these excellent ideas will help inspire our students (and even adults) to be more active and understand the importance of leading a more healthy lifestyle. This community is entirely free to join and contains a wealth of information and ideas using PE teacher produced videos, blogs, and discussion topics. Go there now! 

Fitness Blender 

Free Workout Videos Filters 

About It:  

We believe fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income level or access to a gym. That’s why we offer hundreds of free, full-length workout videos, the most affordable and effective workout programs on the web, meal plans, and helpful health, nutrition and fitness information. 

PE Central 6-8 

Select a Category e.g. Fitness  

Use the ALL Categories drop down filter or Advance Search to find specific Activities.

About It: 

PE Central (pecentral.org) is the most widely used Web site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students. Resources on the site include over 2000 physical education and health lesson ideas and Best Practices, Professional Development online courses and on-site workshops, a growing media center including 100+ videos, and a series of programs designed to motivate children to improve their fitness levels (Log It), activity skills (The PE Central Challenge) and their health and nutrition knowledge. 

9th - 12th Grade

PE Universe 

How to register 

About It: 

PE Universe is a new kind of PE idea-sharing community. This website allows you to learn and share ideas with others who have a strong desire to provide the very best in physical education. Ultimately, the sharing of these excellent ideas will help inspire our students (and even adults) to be more active and understand the importance of leading a more healthy lifestyle. This community is entirely free to join and contains a wealth of information and ideas using PE teacher produced videos, blogs, and discussion topics. Go there now! 

Fitness Blender 

Free Workout Videos Filters 

About It:  

We believe fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income level or access to a gym. That’s why we offer hundreds of free, full-length workout videos, the most affordable and effective workout programs on the web, meal plans, and helpful health, nutrition and fitness information. 

Greatist.com21 Fitness Workouts 

Select your Level of Fitness Read overview before beginning  

About It:  

Greatist.com, is designed to help you sort through the universe and find what’s real, smart, lasting, and workable. And most important, what’s right for you and that precious life you’re putting together. 

They cover the health and wellness stuff that matters — plus anything else that’s cool, important, or maybe even life-changing. Our goal is to help you take healthy — or healthy-ish — actions every day to live your best life. We give you the tools. You make the rules. 

Mind & Body Calendar provided by: SHAPE AMERICA

These optional, fun activities are great to keep student learning and engaged even beyond their distance learning assignments.

Our Student Application is now Open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year for Ohio, Florida, and the majority of Texas schools. Whether you are new to IDEA or have a new sibling coming to IDEA, be sure to submit your application.