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Youth and Family Resources



Digital Collections for Children and Teens

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Online Resources for Learning and Thriving

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Little Ones
Elementary School
Middle and High School

Little Ones

Education
Activities
Fitness & Wellbeing
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Elementary School

Education
  • California Science Center Stuck at Home Science - All science activities use easy to find household supplies that are appropriate for most ages.
  • CK-12 Foundation - Math, science, social studies, English, technology and more for grades 1-12+. Multiple language translations available.
  • Exploratorium Science Snacks - Explore scientific concepts through fun hands-on activities, many using household materials, from the great scientific minds at San Francisco's Exploratorium.
  • Hour of Code - Over 500 computer science activities for all ages and experience levels.
  • Khan Academy - Free, self-paced, interactive exercises to keep your child on track and motivated to finish the school year strong. Learning plans offered in most subjects, plus tutorials for supplemental support.
  • Live Science Ultimate Kids' Guide to the New Coronavirus - Live Science has easy to understand answers to your Coronavirus questions.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home - Four weeks of linked learning journeys involving videos, video storybooks, eBooks, and activities:
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Animal Live Cams - Get an up-close look at all your favorite marine animals like penguins, sea otters, sharks and so many more.
  • NASA Teachable Moments - Ever dream of becoming one of NASA’s future space explorers? Look inside and let NASA share with you the wonder of space exploration.
  • National Marine Sanctuaries Virtual Dives - This program takes you below the surface to virtually interact with sea life in all the National Marine Sanctuaries.
  • San Diego Zoo Watch & Learn - Live cams of your favorite zoo animals, plus animal stories, games and fun activities to do at home.
  • Spanish Children's Stories - Well known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native speaking speaker.
  • TumbleBookLibrary - Database of e-readers which includes everything from reading levels to get you started, plus lesson plans, videos and guided book reports.
  • TumbleMath - Aligned with Common Core Curriculum, students make connections between literature and real-world math applications. Activities and lesson plans provided with each book.
Activities
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Middle and High School

Education
  • CK-12 Foundation - Math, science, social studies, English, technology and more for grades 1-12+. Multiple language translations available.
  • Crash Course - Informative and entertaining videos covering topics from biology and chemistry to government and literature.
  • Exploratorium Science Snacks - Explore scientific concepts through fun hands-on activities, many using household materials, from the great scientific minds at San Franciscos Exploratorium.
  • Hour of Code - Watch tutorials on computer science and try your hand at coding activities for all levels, as well as app development in App Lab for middle and high school students.
  • Khan Academy - Short video lessons and tutorials in a variety of languages and subjects, including AP classes and college test preparation.
  • NASA Teachable Moments - Ever dream of becoming one of NASA’s future space explorers? Look inside and let NASA share with you the wonder of space exploration.
  • PBS Nova Labs - Take a deep dive into PBS science labs including Polar, Evolution, Cybersecurity, RNA, Cloud, Energy, and Sun.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home for grades 6-9 - Broaden your horizons and spark critical thinking with four weeks of suggested articles and activities on a variety of topics and subjects.
  • TeenBookCloud - A collection of eBooks (contemporary and classic fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels), eAudiobooks and National Geographic videos.
Activities
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School Districts and Educational Support for Carlsbad Residents

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No-Tech Educational Activities (for all grades)

English/Language Arts

  • Read together daily
  • Complete a reading log (reflect and summarize what was read)
  • Daily journal writing
  • Make a list of wonderings (things you are curious about) and write about them
  • Write and illustrate books on topics of interest
  • Research a topic and create a project
  • Write letters to friends and relatives

Math

  • Math workbook practice pages
  • Create flashcards for practicing math facts
  • Play a board game
  • Cook together: use a recipe to practice measuring

Science

  • Create a science project (science fair style) and write a report of findings
  • Take a walk, make observations, and ask questions about nature

Art

  • Draw, make, paint, build, sculpt!
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