Passion Learning or Genius Hour

These resources can help students explore their passion areas, and find areas of interest to pursue in their learning. 

Sun West families have access to Learn360 and Pearson E-Text as well for this area.  

If you find there are too many resources to sort through, you can filter the results using the “Filter Resources” area on the left side of the screen.  Select “Education Level” to narrow your results to a specific education level.   (Please note - for the purposes of this site these "Education Levels" are used when filtering - Lower Primary = K-2, Upper Primary=3-5, Middle Years=6-8, High School=9-12)

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123 Homeschool4me
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Homeschool Worksheets have over 1 million pages of FREE worksheets for toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade students in K12. The free educational printables cover alphabet letters, math, language arts, history, geography, and more.
All the free homeschool worksheets on this site can be accessed by subject or grade level. Just click on any of the category thumbnails see that category of free printables.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
123 Homeschool4me
Date Added:
03/18/2020
150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
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This site offers an extensive list of programs for students available on Netflix on topics such as:
Animals
Earth & Nature
Space
History
Documentaries
Entertainment
Geography
Food/Nutrition/Health
Mystery

Subject:
Arts Education
Career & Work Exploration
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Math
Physical Education
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Andrea Rigler
Homeschool Hideout
Date Added:
03/25/2020
1812 Virtual Exhibition
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The Canadian War Museum have a list of “Online Exhibitions”, one of which is a website that can take you through the War of 1812 from four different perspectives, showing how Americans, Brits, Canadians and Indigenous peoples experienced the war.

Subject:
Social Studies
History
Native Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Canadian War Museum
Date Added:
03/18/2020
Accessing Everfi at Home - Amazing FREE Online Courses for Students
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EVERFI provides unrivaled cloud-based digital courses to a growing and connected high-speed network base of technology users of all ages from K-12 students.

These courses are FREE and excellent. Students navigate engaging courses at their own pace.

This is a wonderful opportunity to continue learning at home!

(Courses for younger students will require adult participation, but courses for grades 3/4 and up can be done independently).

Subject:
Education
Health Education
Math
Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
03/27/2020
All Around This World
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All Around This World is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, world traveler and dad of three girls developed All Around This World with his girls as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them.
Different countries are highlighted daily.

Subject:
Arts Education
Band
Choral
Dance
Drama
Instrumental Jazz
Vocal Jazz
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Online education for kids
Date Added:
03/23/2020
Biology - Amoeba Sisters (High School)
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These two sister amoebas will teach you everything amazing and cool about biology.

The site is directed at high school and early college level information, but it is done in a very accessible way and can be used with far younger students as well.

There are:
*Videos (they have a YouTube channel and a suggested playlist)
*Comics
*Unlectured series
*Handouts
and more.

This is amazing site!

Subject:
Health Education
Science
Biology
Health Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Ameoba Sisters
Date Added:
03/24/2020
The Boxwood Project
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The AGO’s collection is searchable on their website, but some exhibits stand out more than others.
One gem on the website right now is The Boxwood Project, which contains countless photos of exquisitely tiny gothic carvings, accompanied by not just one scientific analysis showing how researchers figured out how the beads were made, but numerous essays on the topic.
Another feature is an interactive website compiling around 3,000 photographs taken by Henryk Rozencwaijg-Ross of the Jewish ghetto in a Polish city during the Holocaust. Visitors to the webpage are encouraged to use the “Build My Collection” function to curate their own exhibit out of the photographs and share it with others.

Subject:
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Simulation
Author:
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Date Added:
03/18/2020
Braingenie
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Dominate math and science.
Braingenie builds deep mastery and sharpens problem-solving skills.
Learn, practice, and quiz yourself on 5,000+ skills.
Compete in real-time multiplayer matches.
Win badges and go for a top spot on the leaderboard.
Learn and practice Sign up now (it's free!)

Subject:
Math
Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
04/12/2019
CK-12 Foundation
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"CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to high quality educational materials for K-12 students all over the world. We offer free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects. By providing these free resources, CK-12 is working toward educational equity for all."

Subject:
Education
Math
Computer Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Date Added:
03/16/2020
ClassTools.net A Variety of Ways to Share Your Learning: VOICE AND CHOICE
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This site has an amazing variety of tools that students can use to share their learning.
Let your students have voice and choice!
Some of the best choices on this site include

FAKEBOOK - kids can make a mock facebook page ONLINE for a historical figure, or a character in a novel. Etc.

PAC MAN & ARCADE GAMES -transform your quiz into a trivia Pac Man game. The kids have to answer questions to play and if they die they must answer more questions to continue. The kids can make their own trivia games as well. This could be a great final product and you could play it on the smartboard as a class to evaluate it.

FAKE NEWS Headlines - this would be great for an important event in a novel, or current events, or historical info!

QR CODE TREASURE HUNT – no Internet needed. Kids can create these; or you could!

BURGER ESSAY PLANNER -students can plan and organized essays with the provided structure!

Other Options include: timers, turn your text into a Star Wars theme, 3D gallery, fake Twitter, random name picker, etc!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Simulation
Author:
Classtools.net
Date Added:
09/10/2018
Code Academy - Learn to Code - for Free
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"All the courses on Codecademy are free. The free course catalog features hundreds of hours of content that help learners develop skills in their desired programming language. However, CodeCademy offers a “pro” option that allows tailored lessons and tutorials for the user as well as live tutoring."

You have to make an account to use this excellent site. You can learn 180 hours of content for FREE! You can sign up to do more for a cost if you wish.

Subject:
Coding
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Code Academy
Date Added:
03/16/2020
CodeCombat: Learn how to code by playing a game
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If you want to learn to program, you need to write (a lot of) code.
At CodeCombat, our job is to make sure you're doing that with a smile on your face.

Click "Play" then complete the pop up in the top right corner to create a free teacher account. Students can also get started without an account.

Subject:
Math
Coding
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
05/30/2019
CodeHS - Teach Coding and Computer Science at Your School
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CodeHS is a comprehensive teaching platform for helping schools teach computer science. We provide web-based curriculum, teacher tools and resources, and professional development.

Subject:
Math
Coding
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Aaron Grill
Ali Gulsari
Charles Olson
Ellyn Kohrs
Jerome Schmidt
Date Added:
06/12/2019
Code can change the world.
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Each month, we’ve selected a different theme encouraging people (like you!) to inspire your projects during our learning experiences. Here are some ideas on how you might combine your super powers and perspectives with technology throughout 2019:
A video game inspired by your findings on declining bee population
A piece of artwork to illustrate how we might learn in the future
A website to share your thoughts on food security in your community
A website to share your favourite ways to stay active in the winter season
An interactive story on how we might reduce food waste
A website to share your fun invention idea!

Subject:
Math
Coding
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Canada Learning Code
Author:
Canada Learning Code
Corrado's Coders
National Girls Learning Code Day
Quebec School
Date Added:
04/01/2019
Code to Learn @ Home
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TakingITGlobal is launching Code to Learn@Home to continue to serve students during COVID-19 closures. In partnership with LCSI, Cisco, Fair Chance Learning, and with support from the Government of Canada, we're offering coding and computational thinking learning experiences for students of all ages.

Sign-up for weekly schedules and reminder e-mails to have access to all of the learning sessions.

Subject:
Coding
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TakingITGlobal
Author:
TakingITGlobal
Date Added:
03/27/2020
Creative Storytelling App: Toontastic by Google
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With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas.

Future authors, directors, musicians, inventors, and anyone else who wants to turn their brilliant ideas into 3D cartoons.

Here at Google we want to give storytellers of all ages a megaphone to share their creativity with the world.

FREE!

Works on iOS and android!
No login required!
Works offline!
Easy to export!

Use to make: school reports, buddy films, social lessons, sci fi, fan fiction, documentaries, memes, historical films, Etc.

Design characters, plot your story, animate and narrate, mix your soundtrack and save and export!

You will need to download the app from Google Play or The Apple Store to get started!

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Google
Date Added:
09/28/2018
Engineering Design Challenges
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This site presents challenges faced by NASA engineers who are developing the next generation of aerospace vehicles. The challenges: thermal protection systems, spacecraft structures, electrodynamic propulsion systems, propellers, and personal satellite assistants. Students design, build, test, re-design, and re-build models that meet specified design criteria, using the same analytical skills as engineers.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Date Added:
08/05/2004