Brock Learning Lab Online Resources

The Brock Learning Lab’s educational team has curated online resources for parents to use at home with their children.

When using any online resources users should always consider privacy and digital citizenship and be cautious of providing personal information online.The grade levels are suggested based on a variety of criteria, however, we encourage parents to explore the app first before using it with their child. Most of the resources are free or have available free features, however it is up to the individual owner of the resources to modify their access without notice. Any links from this document does not imply any endorsement of the organization or information found on the website.

Subject *Cross-CurricularResourceLinkDescriptionPrimary K-3Junior 4-6Intermediate 7-8Senior 9-12
Various SubjectsKhan AcademyVisit websiteFocus: Various Subjects. Description: Khan Academy has courses for a variety of subjects to learn at home.
Languagesightwords.comVisit websiteFocus: Sight-Word / High-Frequency Words. Description: Sight words are high frequency words that should be memorized to help a child learn to read and write. Learning sight words allows a child to recognize these words at a glance — on sight — without needing to break the words down into their individual letters. Check out the resource below for fun games to build sight word fluency!
LanguageStoryline OnlineVisit websiteFocus: Reading/Read Alouds. Description: Looking for read alouds with teacher guides? Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Sit back and enjoy!
Language101qsVisit websiteFocus: Creating questions. Description:What is the first question that comes to mind? Today's theme is all about questioning! Create a question based on the picture and try and find the answer! Remember, a good question will require some work to answer
LanguageStory Time from SpaceVisit websiteFocus: Reading/Read-Alouds. Description: Looking for something out of this world? Check out the YouTube channel: Story Time From Space! Listen to astronauts read stories all the way from the International Space Station.
LanguageStory time with Ryan & CraigVisit websiteFocus: Reading/Read-Alouds. Description:Looking for an engaging read aloud? Check out Storytime with Ryan & Craig. Their sense of humor and on-camera personas are big, engaging and fun! They use silly voices, big emotions, improvised dialogue and sometimes acapella songs, which makes them a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.
Language *Science *Social StudiesScholastic Learn at HomeVisit websiteFocus: Language Activities. Description: For each grade, there are 2 weeks worth of activities for watching and reading a story, as well as associated activities.Grade 9
Language & MathABCYa!Visit websiteFocus: Language / Math. Description: Educational games and activities. The games on the website are organized into grade levels from pre-kindergarten to Sixth grade, as well as into subject categories such as letters, numbers, and holidays.
Language & Math *MusicStarfallVisit websiteFocus: Language, math, and music activities. Description: Starfall is an online math, language arts, and music resource for students from kindergarten to grade 3. Starfall emphasizes students exploring, playing, and receiving positive reinforcement which increases students confidence and intrinsic motivation. Starfall has animated songs, mathematics and reading activities for the students to utilize for their learning.
Language & Math *STEAM: Coding *TypingEducation GamesVisit websiteFocus: Math, language, typing, and coding games. Description: Engage in a variety of games to enhance and practice students math, language, and typing skills! This website offers a variety of games to practice skills such as spelling, sight words, math concepts, and typing.
MathCEMCVisit websiteFocus: Problem Solving. Description: The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) courseware materials feature lessons, interactive activities, enrichment challenges, and unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback. The courseware is online, free to use, and does not require registration. This is a great way for students who are not in class to continue learning.
MathSplat! Number SenseVisit websiteFocus: Subitizing. Description: Have some math fun with Splat! These free downloadable PowerPoint lessons help students with subitizing (the ability to instantly recognize “how many” in a small set).
MathEstimation 180Visit websiteFocus: Estimation / Problem Solving. Description:Use your estimation skills to estimate the size of a variety of pictures. This site allows you to estimate the size of figures using a range and then provides you with the correct answer and a description.
MathMathiesVisit websiteFocus: Math games, learning tools and activities. Description: Looking for some math manipulatives, games & activities? Check out Mathies. A site designed for Ontario K-12 students, educators and parents/guardians.
MathIXL MathVisit websiteFocus: Various math topics. Description: Practice, practice, practice! IXL offers free practice questions for math & language arts for students in kindergarten to Grade 12. IXL's has a great question bank for students looking to get practice on a specific skill until they become an expert. Check out their resources by grade and curriculum expectation.
MathSolveMe PuzzlesVisit websiteFocus: Number Sense & Math Logic. Description: Use your logic & mathematical reasoning skills to solve these interactive math puzzles. A great activity to do at home to practice your critical thinking skills. Great for junior, intermediate and senior students!
MathBrain BashersVisit websiteFocus: Patterning & Math Logic. Description: Use your logic & mathematical reasoning skills to solve these interactive math puzzles. A great activity to do at home to practice your critical thinking skills. Great for junior, intermediate and senior students!
MathMath Game TimeVisit websiteDescription: Math Game Time is an educational website for math activities for Pre-K all the way up to grade 7. This educational website offers games, videos and worksheets and they offer different math subjects such as Algebra, Physics, and Fractions to name a few. All of the activities are very interactive and engaging and they provide a fun way to keep up with your children’s school material from the comfort of your own home.
Arts3D ColouringVisit websiteFocus: Colouring. Description: Make your colouring come to life with QuiverVison 3D augmented reality colouring app! This is a fun activity to bring your art to life. Check out how it's used in a classroom: Here
Physical Education *MindfulnessGoNoodle: Good Energy at HomeVisit websiteFocus: Physical Activity / Mindfulness. Description: It's time for a BRAIN BREAK! Movement breaks are an important part of learning. Take some time to explore a few GoNoodle videos to get your child up and moving.
Physical Education *MindfulnessI Am YogaVisit websiteFocus: Physical Activity / Mindfulness. Description: Start your day with some mindfulness. I am Yoga is a guided song inspired by the book I AM YOGA (Abrams) written by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
Physical EducationLesMills Born to MoveVisit websiteFocus: Physical Activity. Description: When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga this class is the way to go. Each 20 or 40-minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games. This is sure to leave the kids (and parents) feeling great!
STEAM *LanguageScratch CodingVisit websiteFocus: Coding. Description: Looking for some STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math education? Check out Scratch Coding where students can imagine, program and share their creations including creating their own stories and games!
ScienceScience KidsVisit websiteFocus: Science. Description: Enjoy fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. There's a range of free online activities to try with something for everyone whether you're interested in animals, plants, chemistry, biology, physics, space, magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases or other science related topics. Put yourself to the test by trying to complete as many of the interactive challenges as you can, the games start off easy but will be fully testing your technology skills and understanding of the science behind the game in no time.
Science *GeographyNational AquariumVisit websiteFocus: Marine Life. Description: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
FrenchDuolingoVisit websiteFocus: French. Description: Looking for a way to keep up with language studies at home? Duolingo is an excellent interactive tool for enhancing students' development in a second language. Duolingo offers practice exercises for beginners and advanced learners and encourages students to set a daily goal to help students stay on track with their learning. This resource is free and appropriate for a variety of ages! Take Duolingo’s placement test today and start practicing your second language at your level!
Othertyping.comVisit websiteFocus: Typing. Description:We spend a lot of time on technology, and typing skills are important to develop. Do you know how many words per minute you can type? Try it out here and get some typing practice!

Educational Resource Trial Periods

The below resources are typically paid subscriptions, however, the companies have offered a limited free trial during this time. Any links from this document does not imply any endorsement of the organization or information found on the website.

Subject *Cross-CurricularResourceLinkDescriptionPrimary K-3Junior 4-6Intermediate 7-8Senior 9-12
Language & MathPearson Canada ResourcesVisit websiteDescription: Pearson Canada has permitted free access to their “Mathology Little Books” to support children’s mathematical communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving.
FrenchPearson ERPIVisit websiteDescription: Pearson Canada has permitted free access to their ERPI French Resources. You can download worksheets for your children to work on, with matching answer keys
LanguageLearning A-ZVisit websiteFocus: Levelled Books. Description: Learning A-Z subscriptions give your students full access to literacy resources from home, or any place with an Internet connection. Free for the rest of the school year (2019/2020).
MathDreamboxVisit websiteFocus: Math Concepts. Description: A Dreambox subscription gives your students full access to game-based activities that allows them to strengthen and practice a variety of math concepts. Free for a 90-day trial.
Math Science Language Social Studies Art HealthBrain PopVisit websiteFocus: Math, Science, Language, Social Studies, Art, and Health. Description: Do you have bored tweens at home playing video games or glued to their phones? Luckily, BrainPOP is catered to students in later elementary and middle school years and is here for your children to creatively explore their learning across 7 subject areas, in a format that feels like a game! Plus there are new and trending topics! BrainPOP is giving free access to students right now, so your children can begin exploring learning games, movies, and activities relative to what they would learn in class!

Parent/Guardian Resources

The below resources are directed at parents to help teach your child and practice their learning at home. Any links from this document does not imply any endorsement of the organization or information found on the website.

Subject *Cross-CurricularResourceLinkDescriptionPrimary K-3Junior 4-6Intermediate 7-8Senior 9-12
Government Resource: Various SubjectsOntario Learn from HomeVisit websiteFocus: Supplementary learning material. Description: From the Government of Ontario, find supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home. While these materials do not replace what students have been learning at school, during this unusual time, these at-home activities offer quick and easy access to some of Ontario’s best online kindergarten to grade 12 learning resources.
School Board Resource: Various SubjectsDSBN Learn from HomeVisit websiteFocus: Supplementary learning material.
Article: Learning from HomeHow to Keep Kids Occupied While Off SchoolVisit websiteFocus: Article for learning at home. Description: With families now working and learning from home at the same time, #BrockU Professor David Hutchison contributed a list of suggested activities for a Hamilton Spectator article about how to keep children occupied and engaged while they are away from school. Read more
Article: CAMH Mental HealthTalking to Children about COVID-19 and its ImpactVisit websiteFocus: Mental Health. Description: Coping with stress and anxiety during COVID-19. Talking with children and adolescents.
Website: World Health OrganizationCOVID-19 Advice for Public: Healthy ParentingVisit websiteFocus: Parenting in the time of COVID-19. Description: To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Educational Blogs, Websites and Twitter

The below are blogs and websites that have content created by educators. Any links from this document does not imply any endorsement of the organization or information found on the website.

Subject *Cross-CurricularResourceLinkDescriptionPrimary K-3Junior 4-6Intermediate 7-8Senior 9-12
Various SubjectsBored Teachers BlogVisit websiteDescription: 100+ free resources made and posted by teachers. These range from organizational to language, to math to STEM.
ArtsArt with Cassie StephensVisit websiteFocus: Art. Description: Looking to get creative? Check out Cassie Stephens - an Art Teacher, Podcaster, Blogger and Video Maker with amazing art projects!