- http://www.mathematicshed.com/ heaps of maths problems and activities
- Study Ladder
- Sum Dog
- Real Messy Maths – presentation with lots of maths problems to solve
- Coding can teach many maths concepts and logical thinking. This site has links to many coding resources
- Manic Math Madness – a blog with lots of maths activities.
- Get the Math – algebra in the real world
- Cook following a recipe (older students can work out how to double or half the recipe)
- Bounce a ball 20 times counting in 2s/ 100 times counting in 5s / 1000 times counting in 10s etc
- Even if you don’t know what level your child is currently reading at, try different stories to listen to. Comes with a raft of ideas that children can do after reading/listening to story. Ask them questions about what they’re reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do.
- Ready to Read videos on YouTube
- Unite for Literacy – mostly junior books. Some suitable for older students at lower reading levels. With narration
- https://wonderopolis.org/ Ask a fact-based question or choose from the bank of questions.
- Kiwi Kids News – New Zealand current events articles for kids. Includes some quizzes.
- National Geographic Kids
- Science News for Students
- Little Kids | RNZ Storytime Radio New Zealand-Little ones
- RNZ Storytime Radio New Zealand Primary age
- Kids | RNZ Storytime Older children
- The Kids’ Show BFM kids show-Sunday mornings-Years 1-4
- https://www.sunshineonline.co.nz User name is: PPS123, password: twentyseventeen
Ready to read text online:
- Spelling and word work: https://lwdtsupport.weebly.com/spelling–word-work.html
- Something to Write About – story prompts download.
- Star Trek Story Generator
- Write something, could be a journal, comic strip, pick-a-path story or poem or a story. Loads of motivational ideas here.
- How to write (keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
- Advocate for positive change in the world (write a letter, make up a petition)
- How to exist without the internet (unplug it from 8-4 everyday)
- Have them research things they’re interested in (a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
- Follow a recipe or write a recipe of your favourite dish.
- How to write a CV
- Keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
(low tech or no tech) – most of these could be free choice with a list of suggestions. Don’t expect learners to do all of them everyday.
- Physical activity for at least 30 – 60 mins – could be free choice or give them suggestions eg create an obstacle course, time yourself, try to beat your time, design your own fitness circuit eg bounce a ball 10 times, skip 20 times etc. Make yourself a hopscotch grid and play.
- Build something – from blocks, from wood, from Lego, from boxes, from code e.g. Minecraft etc.
- Draw something – give suggestions eg sketch your favourite toy. Sketch a plant or tree, draw your favourite mythical animal
- Listen to a favourite piece of music. Create a response eg dance, drawing, poem etc.
- Help someone – find a way to help a family member or neighbour (keep social distance).
- Learn something new. Teach yourself a new skill – you could ask someone to help, read about it or watch a video.
- Help with some household tasks.
- Do some baking, (lots of maths skills here). Younger students ask an adult to help.
- Make yourself a healthy snack or lunch. Older students could make one for everyone at home or plan and cook the weekly meals including budgeting.
- Passion projects – find something you are passionate about, research it, pose yourself questions to answer.
- Genius hour – research and create something that will make a difference to someone else
- Create something, could be an art or craft work, a dramatic or musical piece, a story, a video, a game or activity using code eg in Scratch
- How to maintain a vehicle ( how to check the oil, how to change a tire)
- Build physical literacy ( do yoga, play catch, play frisbee, kick a soccer ball, shoot hoops)
- Build Fine motor skills ( draw, colour, knit, crochet, cross- stitch, sew, weave)
- Go outside! Walk, hike, sled, ski, paddle, bike, most outdoor activities keep you at least 10m away from other people.
- Have them research things they’re interested in ( a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
- Have them do a STEM challenge ( build a tower, boat, bridge) out of random materials around the house
- How to make a meal plan & grocery list on a budget
How to be a good citizen ( mow your neighbours lawn, take them a meal, shovel their sidewalk/ driveway)
Mindfulness and Keeping Active
Smiling Mind https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. Managing stress and anxiety in response to the crisis.
The Body Coach https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Youtube channel. A British teacher/PT has made videos on fitness that can be done in the classroom. They range from 5 to 10 minutes of simple exercises that don’t require much room.
Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/ Also on YouTube. Thousands of ‘brainercise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos
Interactive videos to support Juniors (KS1) and Seniors (KS2) – Maths, Literacy, Social Sciences/Health (PSHE) and PE learning. Good for times tables, and videos that are just for fun.
Kiwi Kids News
Local and world news. Staying connected with current events