Read & Write at Home

Read! Children need to read or be read to every day. This includes reading to learn as well as reading for enjoyment. Reading should be no less than 20 minutes a day.  If you are home all day, a few 20 minute sessions would be great. The Resource Bank has plenty of audio books, story times and online reading available if you are short on books at home. You will find great reading resources in each grade collection.  Sun West families also have access to Sora for reading books and Pearson E-Texts for textbooks. 

Write! Your child should do a bit of writing (this includes typing) every day.  They can respond to what they read, write a journal or poem, work on a story or essay, or write a "how-to" manual.  Kids could even watch one of our live animal cams and write an observation or story based on their expereince.  The possibilities are endless.  

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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10 Writing Graphic Organizers
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Includes:
-essay planner
-events planner for story writing
-sandwich paragraph planner
-narrowing a topic
-poetic devices
-responding to literature
-sensory observation chart
-writing project planning web

If you liked these, there are 50 more available to purchase here: https://www.shop.tweduware.com/50-More-WRITERizers-for-Windows-and-Mac-116.htm (please copy and paste the link to go to Chad Manis' site to purchase!)

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Chad Manis
Date Added:
09/18/2018
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
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Andrea Rigler
Homeschool Hideout
Date Added:
03/25/2020
180 Daily Writing Journal Prompts
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Based on the assumption that an academic year, in most cases, consists of 180 days divided into 4 quarters, I have grouped these prompts accordingly. You, of course, may choose to use any of these at whatever time you like.

Permission has been granted by Chad Manis to use this site in the Sun West Resource Bank.

If you like this resource and would like to purchase more you can copy and paste this address to go to his store: https://www.shop.tweduware.com/Journal-Jumpstarts-Volume-1-for-Windows-301.htm

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Chad Manis
Date Added:
09/18/2018
Artful Storytelling
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Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories. It's a simple idea that has attracted millions of writers, readers, and artists to our platform. Families and friends, teachers and students, and amateurs and professionals have created more than 5 million stories—making Storybird one of the world's largest storytelling communities

Publish, print, and share your writing.
Order beautiful printed editions of your stories or publish online and get feedback from a community of 9 million readers, writers, and educators.*

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Date Added:
11/25/2018
Audible - Free for all ages K-12!
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"For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

It's that easy."

Thank you, Audible!
*Use the tabs along the top to select the proper age level (preschool to grade 12)

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Audible
Date Added:
03/23/2020
Awesome Stories
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This site offers 5,390+ robust, original stories based on primary sources and presented in various media formats: written, dramatized narrations, videos, images, maps, and more!
Free stories each day are available for access - see the home page and the What Matters Now tabs

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
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Awesome Stories
Date Added:
03/23/2020
Book Creator
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Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. This site is a great way to bring creativity to your classroom or home. Students create, read and publish using a set of tools that is simple to use. Features include:
- 50 hand-picked fonts to choose from
- Add images or take your own photos
- Drop in video or music, or even record your voice
- Use the pen tool to draw or annotate
- Use shapes, arrows and emojis to express your ideas
- Portrait, square, or landscape book layouts

Students combine text, images, audio and video to create:
Interactive stories
Digital portfolios
Research journals
Poetry books
Science reports
Instruction manuals
‘About me’ books
Comic adventures

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Book Creator
Date Added:
04/22/2020
CHALK Academy
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Child-Led, Hands-On, Active Learning for Kids including:
Math
Reading
Writing
Sports and Recreation
Colors
Multilingual Teaching Tips (lots of Chinese resources)

Subject:
Arts Education
Elementary Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Language Education
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Chalk Academy
Date Added:
03/24/2020
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
Carmen Sandiego
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Lead the new generation of curious explorers!

Create a well-rounded education with free lessons, activities, games and more! From social studies to world languages to SEL, Carmen Sandiego inspires curiosity in every subject.

Lead students through over 100 classroom activities inspired by the new Netflix series.

Travel the world with Carmen and our partners at Google Earth and Google Expeditions.

Resources, lessons, games and activities!

Select Resources and then you can filter by grade K-12 or activity type!

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Game
Date Added:
06/25/2019
Classroom Cereal
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Classroom cereal is a fun and easy way to practice grammatical exercises daily. How does it work? Print out free short stories — find the errors which help students can build their proofreading skills and become aware of what it takes for clean and precise writing.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Classroom Cereal
Date Added:
03/18/2020
CommonLit
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This site offers free reading passages and literacy resources. CommonLit units are handcrafted to be both engaging and rigorous, featuring a variety of literary and informational texts from diverse sources. Reading, writing, and discussion are prioritized in every lesson.
For students grades 5-12.
Sign up for a free account to access these great resources!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
CommonLit
Date Added:
04/02/2020