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Online Resources

If you are seeking tools to boost or just keep up academic skills, these resources may be motivating for your children. Also, you may want to check the list of Best Apps recommended by Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-lists
 
San Carlos School District Book List
Reading at Your Child’s Level When a child reads at his/her “just right level,” fluency, vocabulary and comprehension soar! Check your child’s report card for an “independent reading level” and then find titles on this list to match. We recommend a balance between fiction and non-fiction.
 
Epic!
Digital library of 25,000 books and videos to help kids read, learn and explore their interests. Includes Summer Reading Lists by age and subject. (Note: A summer subscription costs $1)
 
 
Sight Words by Grade Level
From The Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. Readers work towards mastery of these words over the course of the school year. If you’d like to get a jump start, practice just a handful at a time so that your child feels successful and gains confidence. When students can recognize these words instantly, they are able to read more fluently and focus on comprehension.
 
Lexia Reading Core 5
(Grades K-3)
This program builds foundational skills in reading. Accounts were provided to children who worked with Mrs. Karasky or Mrs. Stephens, RSP Teacher. Please email Mrs. Karasky (akarasky@scsdk8.org) or Mrs. Stephens (astephens@scsdk8.org) if you need another copy.
 
 
National Geographic Kids
Learn about the world with articles, games, maps and more!
 
 
RAZ Kids
Reading (Grades K-3)
Access a leveled library to build fluency and comprehension skills. Please check in with your child's teacher if you need log-in information (for participating classes).
 
 
Time for Kids
(Grades 2-3)
A kid-friendly version of Time Magazine. It’s a great resource for short, informational articles about world events.
 

Book Creator
(Grades K-3)
This free iPad app empowers children to create and publish their own e-books! Children take photos and add text to their books, making this a motivating summer journaling tool.
 
 
Dance Mat Typing
(Grades 2-3)
“You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward.”
 
 
Typing Club
(Grade 3)
Students log-in using Google accounts provided this school year. Please ask your child’s teacher if you need another copy.
 

Addition Fact Practice
A list of recommended games for keeping addition facts fresh.
 
 
Dreambox Math
(Grades 2-3)
An adaptive, online math program that builds skills and conceptual understanding. Students in Grades 2-3 use this program as part of our instructional program. Please contact your child’s teacher for log-in information.
 
 
Scratch Jr.
(Grades K-1)
“Scratch Jr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.”
 
 
Scratch!
(Grades 2-3)
“Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.”
 
 
XtraMath
(Grades 2-3)
Keep math facts fresh with this free resource that builds fluency and tracks progress. Students who know their facts feel confident in math!
 
 
Youcubed Math
(Grades K-3)
Created by Stanford professor and leader in mathematics education, Jo Boaler, this resource provides engaging tools for both kids and parents. Check out the math apps section under “Ideas and Tasks” which emphasizes visual and conceptual problem-solving strategies.
 
 

ABCya!
(Grades K-3)
Free educational computer games and mobile apps with a wide-range of subject areas as well as skill-levels.
 
 
NASA’s Climate Kids
(Grades 2-3)
Articles, activities, and games crafted by NASA in order to teach kids about the Earth and what keeps it going!
 
 
NASA’s Solar System Explorer
(Grades K-3)
Interactive map of space with articles, activities, and games included.