Guidance Counselor Resources
K-3 Various Activities
- Combine engaging print magazines with powerful digital resources to build knowledge, engagement and skills in every content area
- Instantly Access 35,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes and more
- sight word tic-tac-toe
- Sight word activities
- Games, logical puzzles, virtual manipulatives, skills practice
- Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies skill practice
- Provides STEM activities to make with household items; incorporates other areas such as art and music. The coolest part is kids upload problems/ideas and others can respond with their ideas/designs
- Uses easy to find household items, activities take an hour or less, relates to science content/tests theories to develop concepts
- link is a list to some popular virtual field trips
- Live interactive read alouds with children’s book authors.
- Vooks is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks, trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world every week. It is an entire library of storybooks, brought to life, to help encourage the love of reading. You can sign up for Vooks and use the take-home resources to help keep your children reading 20 minutes a day.
- Easy to prep science lessons for grade K-5
- Coding activities and courses for beginners through advanced coding.
- Tons of science experiments that can be done at home
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with videos, activities and games!
- the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery releases a daily DIY Science Activity with easy to get materials, step by step instructions, and a basic science explanation for families to download.
- Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
Non-Technology Based Activities
Select favorite book and act it out. Write the speaking parts of the characters and include a script for the narrator. Encourage students to use expressive voices when performing.
Kids can read out loud to a parent, sibling, pet, or stuffed animal. Kids can also read on their own. Parents should continue with daily reading log guidelines set up by teachers throughout the year.
Although not always academic in nature, board or card games can deepen kids’ thinking skills and provide fun social interaction for families.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Write your own notebook with activities of things you can do when “School Is Closed”
Try to find things outside in your backyard that begin with each letter of the alphabet. For a challenge, try to go in ABC order.
Use family and friend photographs, pet pictures, colors, etc. to create a picture dictionary for students to use when writing.
Practice telling time by distinguishing between the hour and minute hand. In first grade the minute hand only reaches “o’clock and :30”
Students can practice the names of numbers past 10, comparing numbers (<, >, =), counting by 5’s, missing numbers in a sequence, the number that comes next, and addition and subtraction.
2nd Grade & 3rd Grade
- Free access to news and current event articles that can be filtered by text level or subject.
- Students can write and illustrate their own graphic novel. Use the template from Scholastic or simply use a piece of paper and draw the square panels.
- Students can review math concepts (Example, addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping), place value, geometry, etc) using SplashMath.com. SplashMath can be used as an app on an iPad or on a laptop. Parents can sign their students up (for free). This resource also allows parents to set practice days, times, and goals for their students.
- Practice perimeter by making fenced-in areas with legos, and figuring out the area using sticky notes or cheez its. This free printable board game can also be used for both area and perimeter using legos or blocks.
- Practice multiplication facts using flashcards, bump games, songs, paper and pencil, and groups of objects at home.
Non-Technology Based Activities
Parents or siblings can quiz each other on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Families can use flash cards, printable math fact tests, or oral recall.
Geometry Scavenger Hunt – Students can use a notebook to record different geometric shapes (2-D and 3-D) that they find around their house.
Practice counting coins, dollar and coin combinations, the value of coins, and combination of coins to make a set value.
Create two and three digit addition and subtraction problems with two levels: no regrouping, Two columns of regrouping, and all three columns with regrouping. Students can also practice basic math facts.
Practice differentiating between the hour and minute hand. Students can also practice elapsed time with families by figuring out how much time has elapsed from one activity to the other.
Parents can encourage their children to help with preparing meals. Kids can measure ingredients, read a recipe, assist with preparing food (supervised washing food, cutting vegetables, adding spices, etc.). Measuring cups and spoons provide practice in using fractions and measuring.
- provides a kid friendly map of the Metropolitan museum of art that students can explore and various how-to videos
- Practice drawing with Mo, as well as activity sheets to print (Also available through Facebook Live Events)
- Kid friendly guided drawings that allow students to practice their drawing skills
- Practice naming line notes & space notes
- Can you name the song that is played?
Non-Technology Based Activities
Bocce Ball, Lawn Dice, Croquet,
Frisbee, football, Baseball/softball, soccer ball
Hide items and see who can find the most
Track daily activity in an exercise log
Perform movements led by instructor on TV or online
Wii Sports, Wii Fitness, Dance Dance Revolution
As a family, play Simon Says using exercise movements
Write down exercises, place in container, pick one and perform
Practice jump rope challenges
Alphabet exercise – A-Act like Animal, B-Bicycle Kicks, C-Crunches, D-dance to music, E-Eight Burpees, F-Frog Jumps, H-High knees, I-Inchworm Crawl, J-Jumping Jacks, K-Kanagroo Jumps, L-Leg lifts, M-March around, N-Nine hops on each foot, O-Overhead reaches, P-Push Ups, Q- Quick feet agility steps, R- Run in place, S-Sit ups, T-Toe Touches, U-Upright rows (row boat oars), V-V sit, W-Wall Sit, X- Xylophone taps Y-Yoga pose, Z-Zig Zag running
Make your own musical instrument out of recycled materials and then put on a concert for your family
Listen to a piece of music, and draw what it makes you think of
- Informative article that my help parents to explain to children the purpose and function of “social distancing” in a case of contagion. The graphics may help them understand what we are doing home from school and how we can help to not spread illness so rapidly.