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Parent and Student Resources Page

 
 
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Welcome to the PASD Parent and Student Resources Page!  This page is designed to provide parents, guardians, and students in grades K-12 with a variety of educational resources that you can access at home to enhance or supplement student learning, practice key skills, engage in interactive learning activities, take virtual tours/field trips, learn something new, and much more!  These resources cover a variety of subject areas and grade levels, so we've tried to include descriptions for each one to help you browse more easily before clicking on any of the links. 
 
To view the resources listed under each of the categories below, click on the arrow button for the desired category and a list will appear.  When you are finished, you can click on the arrow button again to collapse that category and open another one if you wish.  The resource links that are on this page are free to access.  They are not directly affiliated with the Punxsutawney Area School District and do not require a school login to access.  Some sites may ask you to create a free personal account using a personal email or username.  Many of these sites do not require this unless you want to save your child's progress.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the resources on this page require Flash.  Many sites are beginning to convert their resources from Flash to HTML5; as a result, some browsers may start blocking Flash by default.  If you are trying to access any of the resources below and your browser is blocking Flash, you can find directions to enable flash by clicking on the link for your browser here: CHROME  /   SAFARI  /  FIREFOX.
    
Reading and ELA Resources
The resources in this list are specific to Reading and English Language Arts.  However, you will also find links to other sites and web tools that include Reading/ELA activities in the Additional Resources category! 
 
PASD Title I Reading and Math Online Skill Games
Our very own PASD Title I webpage has a wealth of websites that offer fun ways to review reading skills taught at school.  You can visit the list of resources on that page by clicking on the link below!
 
What2Learn
Middle School and High School students might find the activities on this website entertaining as well as informative.  Students can use What2Learn to help build vocabulary and literacy skills.  Some of the activities might also be beneficial to help students prepare for the SATs. 
 
Word Central
From Miriam Webster, this site provides a variety of language-based interactive activities for students--create your own dictionary, play spelling games and word puzzles, check out the Daily Buzzword, and hone your language skills!
 
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic's Learn at Home resources provide "cross-curricular journeys" that include "four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video."  Students can practice their reading skills with these activities--do them on your own or together with your parents!  Activities are grouped by grade level: PreK & Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.
Math Resources
The resources in this list are specific to Math.  However, you will also find links to other sites and web tools that include Math activities in the Additional Resources category! 
 
PASD Title I Reading and Math Online Skill Games
Our very own PASD Title I webpage has a wealth of websites that offer fun ways to review math skills taught at school.  You can visit the list of resources on that page by clicking on the link below!
 
McGraw-Hill Fact Dash
Parents and students can use this site to review math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination of these skills.
 
Math Nook
This source provides a variety of math games and puzzles to help students in grades K-12 practice math concepts they've learned in school.  There is also a selection of downloadable worksheets and a worksheet generator. 
 
Aplus Math
From Varsity Tutors, this site provides interactive math resources for parents and students, including free worksheets, math games, flashcards, and more.  Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and geometry resources available.  
 
Science Resources
The resources in this list are specific to Science.  However, you will also find links to other sites and web tools that include Science activities in the Additional Resources category!
 
Carnegie Science Center's "Three Things"
The Carnegie Science Center may be closed, but you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter where each day at 8AM they post THREE THINGS--a "daily roundup of science-y things to READ, WATCH, and DO!"  Follow them on Instagram for simple science experiments that you can do at home!  You can also click on the link below to visit their THREE THINGS page to check out what you may have missed and other fun things!  
 
National Geographic Kids
This website provides a variety of videos, games, and other activities from National Geographic.  Kids can explore topics such as birds, mammals, invertebrates, space, and so much more!  They can also take fun quizzes and watch Weird But True videos to learn more about the world around them.
 
Backyard Nature
This site helps students explore nature in their own back yard!  Learn more about ecology, animals, plants, fungi, gardening, geology, and more!
 
Smithsonian 3D Digitization
The Smithsonian's 3D digitization program has a number of interactive 3D models available online!  Access this resource to explore the Discovery space shuttle, a triceratops skeleton, presidential portraits, and more!  Click on COLLECTIONS in the top right corner of the page to see all the 3D models that are available.   
  
SeaWorld Classroom Activities
SeaWorld's Classroom Activities page provides downloadable activities that parents and students can also check out at home to learn more about marine life!  There are a lot of activities for grades k-12!
Social Studies
 
Smithsonian Open Access
The Smithsonian recently released 2.8 million high-resolution 2-D and 3-D images from its collection and they are not available for parents, students, and any other interested individuals to search, download, and use them free of charge!  The public is encouraged to view the contents, but also to use, reuse, and transform them into anything in your imagination!  
 
Smithsonian 3D Digitization
The Smithsonian's 3D digitization program has a number of interactive 3D models available online!  Access this resource to explore the Discovery space shuttle, a triceratops skeleton, presidential portraits, and more!  Click on COLLECTIONS in the top right corner of the page to see all the 3D models that are available.   
 
Smithsonian American Presidents
The Smithsonian's American Presidents online resource has links to presidential portraits, a collection focused on the nation's First Ladies, and other digital resources from history.  
 
Smithsonian History Explorer
The Smithsonian's History Explorer offers interactive activities and videos for parents, students, and teachers to access and learn more about significant moments in history and other topics.  They provide content for grades K-12.  
 
Virtual Tours
Many museums, aquariums, and other educational sites are currently offering free virtual tours or live/recorded videos filmed on site to help parents and students visit their facilities from home!
 
Google Arts and Culture
Google's online curated collection of art and museums offers digital renderings of art and, in some cases, virtual tours of their respective museums.  With over 2,000 partners in more than 80 countries, this is one of the largest web-based resources for art and culture. 
 
Digital Public Library of America 
Browse the DPLA site for a collection of digital exhibitions and primary source sets as well as other great information!  
 
Musical Instrument Museums Online (MIMO)
MIMO's database boasts images and information on over 64,070 musical instruments!  
 
The Louvre
Visit the famous Louvre from your laptop or mobile device!  A number of exhibits are available as digital tours.
 
The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium recently launched its new online video series, "SEA-SPAN," which airs on Facebook Live every weekday at 10AM.  The videos are then posted to the Aquarium's YouTube page so that you can access them at any time (see link below).
 
The Museum Computer Network (MCN)'s Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
MCN has provided an impressive list of additional museums, collections, etc. that provide access to online portals, virtual tours, and more!
Additional Resources
These resources do not specialize in any one specific subject, but offer activities for a variety of content areas.  Here, you find additional educational activities and tools that you can use in math, reading, ELA, science, health, social studies, foreign language, art, music, and much, much more!  
 
TIME for Kids
Described as "Authentic journalism to motivate curious minds," TIME for Kids is published by popular TIME magazine.  Their digital library is now FREE for the remainder of the school year.  Click on the link below for more information and to access their digital content for students in grades K-6.
 
 
PBS Learning Media and Ken Burns in the Classroom
Visit this website to access a large catalog of clips from classic Ken Burns productions!  You can also click on SUBJECTS near the top of the page to access a wealth of other online learning resources from PBS Learning Media!
 
Internet4classrooms.com
This website offers a variety of grade level resources for teachers and parents.
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/index.htm 
 
Funbrain
Funbrain.com offers educational games and activities in math, reading, and more for grades K through 8!  This site also include digital books and comics, including selections from the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  There are also valuable teacher resources on this site. 
 
Arcademics
At the Academic Skill Builders website, students can practice basic math skills as well as geography, language arts, and typing.
 
ABCya
Visit this website for interactive math and language arts activities for students in grades K through 5.  This site also offers learning activities relating to different holidays. 
 
Tutpup
Tutpup provides online puzzles and activities to help students practice spelling, times tables, algebra, and other math skills.  Students can compete against other learners online while learning these skills. 
 
Braineos
Braineos is a great online resource for interactive flashcards and games to study vocabulary, foreign languages, science, history, and more! 
 
Gamequarium
This website also offers a variety of online resources for students in grades K through 6.  In addition to educational games, Gamequarium provides links to videos, eBooks, printable resources, and more!
 
Typing.com
With student lessons from Typing.com, you can complete interactive keyboarding/typing lessons for FREE!  You can also create a free student account to save your progress if you want, but many of the keyboarding lessons are also available without creating an account.
 
Dance Mat Typing
On this free site, students can practice their typing skills along with a variety of colorful animated animal characters.  Students can progress through the four practice levels, play typing games, and take an online typing test on their way to becoming a Keyboard Ninja!  
 
Smithsonian Kids
From the Smithsonian Learning Lab, this site allows students to access fast, fun information about courageous heroes, amazing animals, athletic superstars, and much more! 
 
Fact Monster
This is a free reference site, just for kids!  Students can search and find facts on thousands of subjects such as sports, entertainment, science, history, etc.  There is also a section for interactive games and homework help.

 

Conjuguemos
This website offers a classroom version for teachers, but parents and students can also access a number of engaging foreign language practice activities and quizzes to hone their skills.  To access the free activities that don't require an account, look for the "Try Without Account" symbol in the top left corner of the screen when you visit their page. 
 
Carmen Sandiego Games and Activities
This site, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt invites students to "become expert super-sleuths with these Carmen Sandiego educational resources!  From posters to card games to episode guides and more, you'll find everything you need to spark curiosity and inspire your Carmen crew." 
 
PBS Kids: Games
PBS Kids offers a game section where students can practice matching, alphabet, concentration, and other skills with some of their favorite PBS characters.
 
Smarthistory
According to their homepage, "Smarthistory is the most-visited art history resource in the world and the official provider of art history for Khan Academy."
 
Quizlet
Students of all ages can use Quizlet to create virtual flashcards to help them study for the big test!  Students can also take practice quizzes using the content they have uploaded to the site. 
 
Khan Academy
This site is excellent for both instructional videos and the practice exercises.  Students can work at their own pace and move along sequentially through different subjects in math.