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Ask Dr. Universe - Website Guidance
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Based out of Washington State University, Dr. Universe teams up with professors, researchers, and experts in the field, to tackle big questions. Explore animated video answers to questions posed by curious questions from students in Washington and around the world. Videos created in partnership with Northwest Public Broadcasting. Though not openly licensed, content is free to view online and listen to via podcast.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Elizabeth Schmitz
Kimberley Astle
Ellen Ebert
Date Added:
10/15/2020
Gimme Shelter: K-2 STEM@Home Project
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Join us as we create a shelter for our tiny imaginary pet! Students will investigate how different surfaces are heated differently by the sun and will design a shelter to help a critter stay cool and dry in the shade.

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Physical Science
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Vickei Hrdina
Date Added:
05/11/2020
Google for Education Tech Toolkit for Families and Guardians
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For educators using Google technology in their classrooms, this toolkit from Google for Education provides videos and best practices for educators to share with their students' families and guardians.Materials are copyright Google. This document from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction provides links to the online resources.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Dennis Small
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Inspired by Nature: 1st grade STEM Project
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Meaningful STEM learning can happen at home as we problem-solve around the house and make sense of intriguing phenomena around us! Join us as we explore plants and animals in nature and use them as inspiration to solve an everyday problem for our family!

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Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Educational Service District 112
Author:
Pranjali Upadhyay
Date Added:
05/05/2020
Making Cents: Financial Literacy Videos for Young Learners
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With this video series, teach teens and pre-teens how to manage their money and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit PBS Learning Media site to download a handout, discussion questions, and view alignment to additional Washington learning standards.

Permitted use: Stream, Download and Share

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Finance
Mathematics
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
KSPS Public Television
Date Added:
10/16/2020
Math Snacks
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Math Snacks is a fun and interactive educational series. This website contains five animated videos focusing on key mathematical concepts included in the Common Core curriculum for grades 4-8. Each interactive is beautifully illustrated, contains audio, and is supported by supplementary printable resources. All learner resources are available in both English and Spanish. Teacher guides as well as teaching videos support classroom implementation. A powerful supplementary tool for educators teaching about ratios, rates, scale factor, unit conversion, and the number line, as well as a source for children's educational entertainment at home.
Math Snacks was developed by the Learning Games Lab located at New Mexico State University.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
NM State Learning Games Lab
Date Added:
11/30/2018
Move Your Way
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Walk. Run. Dance. Play. What's your move?
Everyone needs physical activity to stay healthy. But it can be hard to find the time in your busy routine.

The Move Your Way tools, videos, and fact sheets on this page have tips that make it easier to get a little more active. And small changes can add up to big health benefits!

No matter who you are, you can find safe, fun ways to get active — to move your way.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date Added:
03/16/2020
OSPI COVID-19 Information: Resources for Families
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As schools, students, families, and communities plan for and experience closures, OSPI is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together. OSPI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website - check here for the most current guidance from OSPI)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/28/2020
OSPI Continuous Learning Resource Suggestions
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In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations providing high-quality online educational materials – courses, lessons, videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, etc. Please note that in many cases, these resources are free to use online but are not openly licensed for wide scale reuse and adaptation.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/23/2020
PBS - At Home TV Learning Opportunities
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We’re excited to announce a partnership between the public television stations across Washington and OSPI.  Your local public television station is helping support educators, parents and caregivers with a variety of free high-quality, accessible educational media resources. The PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBD KIDS programming on the main channel (for young learners ages 2-8) and the WORLD channel At-Home Learning Service (for learners grades 6-12) feature broadcast programming linked to at-home learning resources that can be used by educators to supplement distance learning plans, or by parents to provide added enrichment and support for children’s educational needs. With both channels available free over the air, these educational programs can reach families who do not have internet access or computers at home.

Subject:
Applied Science
English Language Arts
History
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Barbara Soots
Cathryn Burby
Washington OSPI OER Project
Janet Hayakawa
Date Added:
04/15/2020
Parent Trapped Podcast
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A weekly parenting podcast from Common Sense Media. Each week, host Ann Marie Baldonado checks in with authors, educators, and celebrities to bring you real-world stories and tips

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Polyup
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Polyup is a math education app available freely on the web. With the goal of instilling creative problem solving and computational thinking skills into K-12 students, Polyup allows students to play with numbers and functions in a freeform environment.

Permitted use: Polyup is available today on the web on any internet-enabled device. As its core philosophy, Polyup is and will always be available for free to students and teachers

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Author:
Polyup
Date Added:
03/17/2020
Reading in the Time of COVID-19: Free access to online reading
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Free reading options for all Pre K - 12 students. Sites include access for English learners as well as students with reading barriers. Opportunities are highlighted for online reading, downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, apps to read content on smartphones/tablets, and read aloud stories for our youngest learners.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Molly Berger
Aira Jackson
Karma Hugo
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Self-Paced Guide & Modules for Anyone Supporting Students at Home during Distance Learning
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Modules 1 through 4 are organized around essential distance learning topics for anyone who is supporting a student whilst in their care. Each module invites choice and personalization. These self-paced, independent experiences are designed with the hope that you will tailor your online experience to your individual supporting needs and interests.
Module 1: What is a Learning Management System (LMS)
Module 2: Creating an At-Home Learning System
Module 3: Support Like a Coach
Module 4: Encourage a Growth Mindset -Why Struggle is Good for Learning

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Jeff Utecht Consulting Inc
Washington Association of Educational Service Districts
Date Added:
09/11/2020