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Online Learning Resources K-12

 Ebook Databases 

Common Lit

Grades 3-12. Articles and ebooks.

CommonLit operates a free online reading program  for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. CommonLit is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all students,particularly low-income students, graduate high school with the reading, writing,critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills necessary to succeed in college and career.

National Emergency Library

All Ages. ebooks.

The National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. This library was created by the Internet Archive, and has a large collection of text from popular novels to historical texts.  You will need to create an account to get a virtual library card.

Abdo Digital

Grades PreK-12. eBooks.

ABDO has been a leader in children’s educational publishing for school and public libraries since 1985, providing high quality Graphic Novel, Nonfiction and Fiction titles for children and young adults in grades PreK–12.  Abdo's digital library is free to use until May 31st.

For Elementary

For Middle and High School

TumbleBook Library

Grades K-6.  Stories, Online Games, and Videos.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.


Grades K-6. Stories, Quizes and Lesson Plans.

TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration.

The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

Teen Book Cloud

Grades 7-12.  Stories, AP English, Audio Books, Quizes, Videos and Lesson Plans.

TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for middle school and high school. They offer a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.


All Ages. eBooks, Audio Books, Movies, and Music.

Hoopla is a digital library full of graphic novels, audio books, and eBooks. You can check out 5 items a month on Hoopla, so make sure you are using all 5 of your check outs! You will need to use your library card to sign up and create a username.

A YouTube video tutorial of Hoopla is available here.

Libby (Overdrive) 

All Ages. eBooks and Audio Books.

Libby is a digital library full of audio books and eBooks. You can have 5 books checked out at a time. Many titles are available immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed ebooks to a Kindle device.  You will need to use your library card to sign up.

Libby's getting started and tutorial page can be found here.


All Ages. Online Magizines.

RB Digital lets you read digital versions of your favorite magazines and listen to audio books online. To sign up you will need to use the internet and your library card to create an account, then you can browse online or download the app to your phone or tablet. You can filter the magizines by age and subject (Children's, History, Education, or Teen) in the search filter when you filter by genre.

A video tutotial of RB digital can be found here.


  Sites for Learning and Exploring

Grades 3-12. Writing and Grammar.

Quill has activities to help students develop their sentence construction and grammar skills and are designed as supplemental writing exercises that students complete over short, 10 to 15 minute sessions. Quill offers prompts and exercises and delivers instant feedback to help students write, revise, and revise again until they are able to produce succinct, powerful sentences.

Bedtime Math

Grades K-5. Math Activities, Games, and Lessons.

Bedtime Math makes math part of the family routine. Every day, they serve up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun. It’s nothing like school. Parents can sign up by email, website, and on their free app. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. No logins. No drilling. No scores. It takes only 5 minutes a day, and kids clamor for it.


Grades Prek - 2.  Math PDF.

Stanford Univesity created this PDF to support families with at-home learning during this challenging time, they’re offering a quick start kit of free early math resources. The resources are geared toward children from birth to age 8, but children of all ages will delight in the learning.  Available in both English and Spanish!


Figure this!

Grades 5-8. Math Activities.

Created by The National Coucil of Teachers of Mathematics, Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students with fun and  interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families.

Reading Rockets

 Grades Prek - 4.  Videos, Activities, and Printables.

Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Bring the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. =Their goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.

Author and Illustrator Story Time

Grades Prek-12. Virtual Story Times, Activities, and Lesson Plans. has compiled a huge list of authors and illustrators who are hosting online read-alouds and activities though their social media. Some creators like Mo Willems and Mac Barnett have new videos that come out daily.


Grades K-8.  Videos, Worksheets, Quizes and Online Games.

BrainPOP! is offering free access to it's vast library of fun and educational videos for as long as schools are closed. BrainPOP! is an educational site offering entertaining and approachable videos on a wide range of topics covering Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Art & Music, Health, and Engineering.

Early Learning By World Book

Grades PreK-3.  Stories, Online Games, Printable Activities, and Videos.

Developed with experts on early childhood education and guided by evidence-based practices of reading instruction, Early Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum, public library programming, or learning at home. This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary.


Grades PreK-3.  Educational Articles, Printable Activities, and Online Games

PebbleGo! has an easy-to-navigate visual interface for emerging readers with a focus on Social Studies and Animals (including dinosaurs). This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary.

Britannica Fundamentals

Grades PreK - 2. Stories, Interactive Maps and Online Games.

This interactive learning experience paves the way for learning. Young children from pre-Kindergarten through second grade will love the activities offered in this safe learning environment. And the activities align with the content areas children will be learning about in school—from language and literacy to geography and mathematics.  This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary.

World Book Kids

Grades PreK - 5.  Science Projects, Educational Articles, Printable Activities, Online Games, and Lesson Plans.

Easy-to-read content for elementary school learners. Hundreds of activities, science projects and experiments... World Book Kids features hands-on lesson plans that align with the student versions of the activities and some games and science projects. Lesson plans incorporate a variety of core curriculum subjects and include discussion questions and an assessment rubric. This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary.

Britannica School Elementary

 Grades 3-4. Educational Articles, Biographies, Interactive Maps, and Videos. 

The search is on with the go-to site for research. With every search topic producing a wide variety of trusted, multi-media sources, use Britannica School to build essential information literacy skills.  This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary.

Britannica School Middle

 Grades 5 -7. Educational Articles, Biographies, Interactive Maps, and Videos. 

Find maps, photos, articles, and famous people and places. Compare countries and tour the U.S.A. For homework help and your curiosity. This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary.

Britannica School High School

 Grade 8-12. Educational Articles, Biographies, Interactive Maps, and Videos.

Quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles, and interactive resources are available. This site is provided by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan eLibarary. 



   Worksheets and Printables  

Enchanted Learning

Grades K-12.  Educational Articles, Worksheets, Printable Activities, Coloring Pages and Crafts.

An amazing resource with worksheets and projects for just about any subject you can think for all grades. Enchanted Learning® produces children’s educational web sites which are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.


Grades K-12. Worksheets, Printable Activities, Coloring Pages and Crafts

The resources on TeacherVision include printables, lesson plans, graphic organizers, quizzes, worksheets, literature guides, encyclopedia-type reference pages, videos, images, digital books, Powerpoint presentations, the art of teaching/classroom management (including classroom organization, behavior management, forms, assessment, parent/teacher communication, etc), a monthly Educators’ Calendar, printable workbooks, bulletin boards, and professional development resources.  All of TeacherVison's resources are free until April 3rd.


   Coloring Pages   



Grades PreK-12. Coloring Pages and Crafts.

Crayola offers free coloring pages on their website.  The pages are sorted by category which feature cut and color crafts, nursery rhymes, writing skills, geography, and intricate designs for advanced colorists. 

Every Child A Reader
All Ages.

Coloring pages from 23 different children's book illustrators in honor of Children’s Book Week, from the non-profit organization Every Child A Reader.