Virtual Education Resources

Following the cancellation of in-person instruction through May 15, 2020, for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement has heard from parents and guardians who are looking for free, virtual educational activities in one place.

With that said, the OCCE has established a YouTube channel, which will provide free educational content for all children in Winston-Salem and beyond with programs like Wake Reads, Kids Cooking, STEM @ Wake, and through existing relationships with our community partners.

Join the OCCE on YouTube

Virtual educational resources from the OCCE, WFU community and Winston-Salem Community Partners are available on our YouTube Channel.

The OCCE on YouTube

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Submitting Content for Virtual Engagement

Are you a member of the Wake Forest Community, that would like to submit content for the OCCE YouTube channel but are worried about filming on your own? Have no fear! WFU Communications and External Relations has put together a helpful guide.

5 Video Recording Tips From A Pro


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Wake Reads

Join the Office of Civic & Community Engagement, along with students, faculty, and staff from Wake Forest for virtual storytime with Wake Reads!

Don’t want to repeat a book, or not sure what book to read? See a list of books that have already been submitted to Wake Reads.

Join Wake Reads Story Time on Facebook

Join Wake Reads Story Time on YouTube

Submit a Video for Wake Reads

    Wake Reads: WFU Submissions

  • What is Wake Reads?

    Wake Reads is an opportunity to share a virtual storytime with children ages 3-10. It’s simple! Choose an age-appropriate children’s book, record yourself (on your phone or via a platform like Zoom), and upload the video here. We will post to the OCCE YouTube channel, and let you know when your video is ready to stream.

  • How do I know if I am Repeating a Book?

    Have no fear in your storytime adventures! We’re cataloging each book submitted to us for Wake Reads, which you can view before making your own video.

    Wake Reads Book List

  • Helpful Instructions for Wake Reads Video Submissions

    Helpful instructions:

    1. Select a picture book suitable for students ages 3-10.
    2. Practice reading the book all the way through prior to recording.
    3. Optional: Think of a few (2-3) comprehension questions that could guide students’ understanding of the story. Ask these questions while reading the story and provide a brief pause for students to think about the answer.
    4. Set up your laptop or phone to record. Make sure the background is neutral (i.e. no distracting pictures on the wall behind you).
    5. Introduce the title, author, illustrator, and appropriate grade level range of the story (this is usually printed on the book).
    6. Record yourself reading the story. Make sure we can see the pictures! Have fun and use voice inflection.
    7. End the recording and upload your video with the link provided.
  • Submit your Wake Reads Video
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Kids Cooking

The Kids Cooking Coalition has gone virtual and is bringing its curriculum to everyone at home! Help your children with culinary skills such as measuring ingredients, cutting vegetables, or safely using the stove.

Check the OCCE Youtube channel for KCC recipes and instructional videos for meals like veggie tacos or snacks such as protein bars, that you can make alongside your children at home. For more information about the Kids Cooking Coalition, please click here.

Find Kids Cooking on YouTube

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STEM@Wake

In partnership with STEM@Wake and other STEM organizations throughout campus, such as Women in STEM, the OCCE is happy to provide ideas for at-home science projects for children.

STEM@Wake on YouTube


    Free Educational Resources

  • Under 5 Years Old

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    Educational Resources

    • 15 literacy activities for preschoolers to start familiarizing themselves with letters and numbers. 
    • ABCya offers fun interactive word and math games for kids of all ages. 
    • Activities for reading and writing that are broken up by age groups. This includes tips and tricks on how to read to your toddler/preschooler. 
    • Articulation Station is a free app that helps people of all ages learn to pronounce their words more clearly.
    • ArtikPix is a free app that gives you access to flashcards and matching activities for children with speech and sound delays.
    • Circle Round is a great podcast for kids ages 4 to 10. Each episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence, and generosity.
    • This Google Chrome blog post gives you a list of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners. The post focuses on five main categories: text to speech, readability, reading comprehension, focus, and navigation. 
    • Epic is a digital library that gives you access to over 40,000 books for children under 12. There are audiobooks as well as books that can be read on-screen. The first 30 days are free.
    • Funbrain Jr. has fun math and word games for children.
    • Khan Academy offers free extra help in almost every subject you can think of for students ages 2 to 18.
    • Khan Academy Kids is a free educational program designed to inspire kids to become learners for life.
    • LightSailed is providing free access to over 6000 books for parents and students during school closings. 
    • The New York Historical Society offers an online portal history and civics programs for K-12 students, as well as families.
    • Reading activities you can do with your child(ren) that will help stimulate their mind. Activities include making an alphabet tree or book. 
    • The Reading Bug is a podcast where children explore new books and concepts.
    • Scholastic gives you access to different student activities, including engaging web and whiteboard activities across grades and subjects for FREE. 
    • Seattle Public Library offers virtual storytime for toddlers, preschoolers, and babies.
    • SpeechBox is a free app you can get on your phone or tablet that helps children and adults articulate their words and go through Speech Therapy. 
    • Starfall is a free resource that helps teach children to read. There are reading, language arts, and math resources for children in kindergarten through third grade.
    • Storyline Online gives you access to hundreds of videos of celebrities reading children’s books.  
    • Storynory gives you access to countless short audio stories for FREE.
    • Storytime at the Met is every Thursday and is recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.
    • Tumble Book Library gives you access to hundreds of books in English and Spanish.
  • Kindergarten through 5th Grade

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    Educational Resources

    • 25 Ways to Get Kids Writing by Scholastic provides resources on how to get kids writing. Tips and tricks are broken up by age group. 
    • 25 Activities for Reading and Writing includes tips and tricks on how to read to your kindergarten through fifth grader.
    • 3P Learning gives you access to worksheets and activities covering math, spelling, literacy, science, and e-safety. 
    • ABCya offers fun interactive word and math games for kids of all ages. 
    • AGame offers fun free word games.
    • AoPS Alcumus gives you free access to worksheets and activities in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and more.
    • Articulation Station is a free app that helps people of all ages learn to pronounce their words more clearly.
    • ArtikPix is a free app that gives you access to flashcards and matching activities for children with speech and sound delays.
    • Ask a Librarian allows students to ask a librarian at the Library of Congress questions and get their help with research. 
    • BrainPop Jr. has videos and exercises in all subjects for grades K-3. 
    • Calico Spanish helps young children learn Spanish.
    • Circle Round is a great podcast for kids ages 4 to 10. Each episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence, and generosity. 
    • Over 400 Digital Collections are available in the Library of Congress featuring content from the U.S. Presidents, musicians, inventors, and more. 
    • Epic is a digital library that gives you access to over 40,000 books for children under 12. There are audiobooks as well as books that can be read on-screen. The first 30 days are free.
    • Funbrain Jr. has fun math and word games for children.
    • GeoGebra is a free math app that gives you access to tutorials, activities, and other resources. All math subjects are included. 
    • This Google Chrome blog post gives you a list of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners. The post focuses on five main categories: text to speech, readability, reading comprehension, focus, and navigation. 
    • History for Kids is a free online network of all things history and offers lessons, worksheets, and quizzes.
    • iCulture offers students immersion into Spanish, French, and German-speaking cultures and is free until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Khan Academy offers free extra help in almost every subject you can think of for students ages 2 to 18.
    • Khan Academy Kids is a free educational program designed to inspire kids to become learners for life.
    • The Library of Congress has Current Exhibits available online, one of which is Rosa Parks.
    • The Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and documents on a wide range of topics. 
    • LightSailed is providing free access to over 6000 books for parents and students during school closings. 
    • Loyal Books allows you to download audiobooks and ebooks for FREE.
    • Mangahigh gives you access to fun math games and ideas for lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Coding, Numbers, Measurement, and Probability. 
    • Mystery Science has a list of science lessons by grade level. 
    • National Geographic offers free games and videos for kids.
    • The New York Historical Society offers an online portal history and civics programs for K-12 students, as well as families.
    • The New York Public Library is providing access to over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks, from children’s books to bestsellers at no cost. 
    • OER Commons gives you access to activities and exercises in almost every subject for K-12 grades.
    • OverDrive provides access to FREE e-books from your local and other nearby libraries. 
    • ReadTheory gives you free access to personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ELS students. 
    • ReadWorks gives you free access to reading comprehension materials for K-12. 
    • The Reading Bug is a podcast where children explore new books and concepts.
    • Scholastic gives free access to different student activities, including engaging web and whiteboard activities across grades and subjects.
    • Sidedoor is a podcast Smithsonian started that enlists the help of biologists, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists to tell engaging and educational stories.
    • Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free and interactive platform for discovering millions of digital resources. There are weekly highlights for various subject areas, and new issues are released every Monday. 
    • Smithsonian Open Access allows students to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images.
    • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Program allows students to join fellow volunteers to add more field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, and more!
    • SpeechBox is a free app you can get on your phone or tablet that helps children and adults articulate their words and go through Speech Therapy. 
    • Starfall is a free resource that helps teach children to read. There are reading, language arts, and math resources for children in kindergarten through third grade.
    • Storyline Online gives you access to hundreds of videos of celebrities reading children’s books.  
    • Storynory gives you access to countless short audio stories for FREE.
    • Storytime at the Met is every Thursday and is recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.
    • Tumble Book Library gives you access to hundreds of books in English and Spanish.
    • Virtual School Day provides students with free live, online instruction each week. Each class is led by an expert tutor with experience in the course topic, as well as familiarity with virtual instruction. Classes refresh weekly, with age-appropriate options for grades K-12.
    • WideOpenSchool offers free online learning resources for grade Pre K-12. Topics include: English-Language Learners, Science, Social Studies, Get Moving, Math, Reading + Writing, Special Needs, Emotion Well-Being, and so much more.
  • Middle School

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    • 5 Ideas to Stay Creative offers different art activities inspired by the Ghetty’s at collection. 
    • 92nd Street Y moved all their classes and children’s activities online, where you can find fun art projects. 
    • JourneyMaker is a free tool on the Art Institute of Chicago’s website that allows you to make your own art and create a personalized tour of the museum. 
    • Kinder Art provides access to different challenging art activities.

    STEM

    Educational Resources

    • 25 Ways to Get Kids Writing by Scholastic provides resources on how to get kids writing. Tips and tricks are broken up by age group. 
    • 25 Activities for Reading and Writing includes tips and tricks on how to read to your child.
    • 3P Learning gives you access to worksheets and activities covering math, spelling, literacy, science, and e-safety.
    • ABCya offers fun interactive word and math games for kids of all ages. 
    • AoPS Alcumus gives you free access to worksheets and activities in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and more.
    • Articulation Station is a free app that helps people of all ages learn to pronounce their words more clearly.
    • ArtikPix is a free app that gives you access to flashcards and matching activities for children with speech and sound delays.
    • BrainPop has videos and exercises for all middle school subjects
    • Calico Spanish helps young children learn Spanish.
    • Epic is a digital library that gives you access to over 40,000 books for children under 12. There are audiobooks as well as books that can be read on-screen. The first 30 days are free.
    • GeoGebra is a free math app that gives you access to tutorials, activities, and other resources. All math subjects are included. 
    • This Google Chrome blog post gives you a list of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners. The post focuses on five main categories: text to speech, readability, reading comprehension, focus, and navigation.
    • History for Kids is a free online network of all things history and offers lessons, worksheets, and quizzes.
    • iCulture offers students immersion into Spanish, French, and German-speaking cultures and is free until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Khan Academy offers free extra help in almost every subject you can think of for students ages 2 to 18.
    • LightSailed is providing free access to over 6000 books for parents and students during school closings.
    • Loyal Books allows you to download audiobooks and ebooks for FREE.
    • Mangahigh gives you access to fun math games and ideas for lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Coding, Numbers, Measurement, and Probability.
    • Math-Play gives you access to free math games for middle schoolers.
    • The New York Historical Society offers an online portal history and civics programs for K-12 students, as well as families.
    • The New York Public Library is providing access to over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks, from children’s books to bestsellers at no cost. 
    • OER Commons gives you access to activities and exercises in almost every subject for K-12 grades.
    • OverDrive provides access to FREE e-books from your local and other nearby libraries. 
    • ReadTheory gives you free access to personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ELS students. 
    • ReadWorks gives you free access to reading comprehension materials for K-12.
    • Scholastic gives free access to different student activities, including engaging web and whiteboard activities across grades and subjects.
    • Sidedoor is a podcast Smithsonian started that enlists the help of biologists, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists to tell engaging and educational stories.
    • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Program allows students to join fellow volunteers to add more field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, and more!
    • Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free and interactive platform for discovering millions of digital resources. There are weekly highlights for various subject areas, and new issues are released every Monday.
    • Smithsonian Open Access allows students to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images.
    • SpeechBox is a free app you can get on your phone or tablet that helps children and adults articulate their words and go through Speech Therapy.
    • Storynory gives you access to countless short audio stories for FREE.
    • Tumble Book Library gives you access to hundreds of books in English and Spanish.
    • Virtual School Day provides students with free live, online instruction each week. Each class is led by an expert tutor with experience in the course topic, as well as familiarity with virtual instruction. Classes refresh weekly, with age-appropriate options for grades K-12.
    • WideOpenSchool offers free online learning resources for grade Pre K-12. Topics include English-Language Learners, Science, Social Studies, Get Moving, Math, Reading + Writing, Special Needs, Emotion Well-Being, and so much more.
  • High School

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    STEM

    • 36 Resources for STEM Project-Based Learning Activities include engineering, technology, and math activities.
    • Chegg Learning: See step-by-step how to solve tough problems. And learn with guided video walkthroughs & practice sets for thousands of problems in the following subjects: computer science, economics, physics, statistics, accounting, and chemistry.
    • Engineering Games and Projects from Titlemax.com allows students to take a deep dive into various types of engineering professions from aerospace to software engineers and provide engineering-based games for all ages.
    • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Learning Activities includes exercises like how to make a cloud in a bottle, a Jupiter orbiter, pinhole camera, and a rocket. Lessons for grades K-12.
    • NC SCIFEST brings the 2020 North Carolina Virtual Science Festival right to your home. Find free science-related virtual events that you can attend from the comfort of your home, or engage in science activities and projects to complete indoors and outdoors, searchable by science topic or age/grade level, K-12.
    • Smithsonian Institution Fun Stuff for Kids Online provides activities on topics such as the distribution of freshwater, disaster detection and preparation, geography and migratory birds.
    • STEM Activities for Kids provides students with projects to start thinking about how things work.
    • STEM Activities for Middle and High School Students lists STEM-related activities and experiments for students.
    • STEMWORKS provides several STEM activities, with a step-by-step outline, including building a galaxy, NASA coding, space math, and more!
    • USGS Kids, U.S. Geological Survey contains a curated collection of educational resources across the grade levels from Pre-K through college that is focused on all of the earth sciences including geology, ecology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and planetary sciences.

    Educational Resources

    • 25 Activities for Reading and Writing includes tips and tricks on how to read to your child.
    • AoPS Alcumus gives you free access to worksheets and activities in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and more.
    • Articulation Station is a free app that helps people of all ages learn to pronounce their words more clearly.
    • Ask a Librarian allows students to ask a librarian at the Library of Congress questions and get their help with research.
    • Over 400 Digital Collections are available in the Library of Congress featuring content from the U.S. Presidents, musicians, inventors, and more.
    • GeoGebra is a free math app that gives you access to tutorials, activities, and other resources. All math subjects are included. 
    • This Google Chrome blog post gives you a list of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners. The post focuses on five main categories: text to speech, readability, reading comprehension, focus, and navigation.
    • iCulture offers students immersion into Spanish, French, and German-speaking cultures and is free until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Khan Academy offers free extra help in almost every subject you can think of for students ages 2 to 18.
    • The Library of Congress has Current Exhibits available online, one of which is Rosa Parks.
    • The Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and documents on a wide range of topics.
    • LightSailed is providing free access to over 6000 books for parents and students during school closings.
    • Loyal Books allows you to download audiobooks and ebooks for FREE.
    • Mangahigh gives you access to fun math games and ideas for lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Coding, Numbers, Measurement, and Probability.
    • The New York Historical Society offers an online portal history and civics programs for K-12 students, as well as families.
    • The New York Public Library is providing access to over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks, from children’s books to bestsellers at no cost. 
    • OER Commons gives you access to activities and exercises in almost every subject for K-12 grades.
    • OverDrive provides access to FREE e-books from your local and other nearby libraries. 
    • ReadTheory gives you free access to personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ELS students. 
    • ReadWorks gives you free access to reading comprehension materials for K-12.
    • Scholastic gives free access to different student activities, including engaging web and whiteboard activities across grades and subjects.
    • Sidedoor is a podcast Smithsonian started that enlists the help of biologists, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists to tell engaging and educational stories.
    • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Program allows students to join fellow volunteers to add more field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, and more!
    • Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free and interactive platform for discovering millions of digital resources. There are weekly highlights for various subject areas, and new issues are released every Monday. 
    • Smithsonian Open Access allows students to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images.
    • Tumble Book Library gives you access to hundreds of books in English and Spanish.
    • Virtual School Day provides students with free live, online instruction each week. Each class is led by an expert tutor with experience in the course topic, as well as familiarity with virtual instruction. Classes refresh weekly, with age-appropriate options for grades K-12.
  • Special Education

     

    • ArtikPix is a free app that gives you access to flashcards and matching activities for children with speech and sound delays.
    • Articulation Station is a free app that helps people of all ages learn to pronounce their words more clearly.

     

    • Distance Learning for Special Education offers online resources and tips for parents and professionals when it comes to teaching remotely.
    • This Google Chrome blog post gives you a list of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners. The post focuses on five main categories: text to speech, readability, reading comprehension, focus, and navigation.
    • Learn Away is a resource for educators and tutors to access different curriculum ideas. 
    • The TEACCH Autism Program has created a free COVID-19 toolkit that is aimed to support individuals with Autism during school closings. 
    • That Special Educator is a YouTube channel that offers helpful videos on a variety of topics related to special education. 
    • SpeechBox is a free app you can get on your phone or tablet that helps children and adults articulate their words and go through Speech Therapy.
    • Stages Learning Emergency Autism Curriculum offers free lessons, materials, activity sheets, behavior management tools, and so much more to help you navigate homeschooling with your children.