Educational & Entertainment Resources

Check out all of these free resources available to you online!

Resources for Kids:

Mackin VIA Distance Learning:  If your school or district has closed due to COVID-19 or is shifting to temporary online or distance learning, MackinVIA has an effective solution for you. We’ve compiled free content, helpful videos, links, downloadable resources and more to help you with this distance learning transition.

TumbleBooks:  TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

TumbleMath:  K-6 math ebook database

Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TeenBookCloud:  gr 7-12 ebook database

Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

AudioBookCloud – all ages audio book database

Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Scholastic Educational Websites:

Watch & Learn® (Grades Prek-3) a collection of more than 230+ videos with real-world footage to build  science, social studies, and social emotional background knowledge.   Watch & Learn Library is fully available in both English and Spanish.  To access this free trial  please use the login information below.

User ID :  Learning20
Password :  Clifford

Scholastic Teachables!® –(Grades PreK –6)  Scholastic Teachables provide over 25,000+ printable educational materials. These resources include; summer reading packs, leveled learning collections, leveled mini-books, skill sheets, projects, soft assessments, lesson plans, clip art and much more.

Crabtree Publishing eLibrary:  Crabtree Publishing wants to ensure that all students have access to quality curriculum PreK-9+ digital ebooks to enhance learning and to build a love of reading while at home. Crabtree is offering FREE access to the Crabtree Complete eLibrary until June 30, 2020! Access over 2000 PreK-9+ curriculum nonfiction and fiction ebooks!

Username: read
Password: free

Audible Free Teen & Kids Content:  Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Amazon Future Engineer:  Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities.

Cranbrook Science Center at home Learning Resources:Cranbrook Institute of Science has curated some useful learning resources, linked by topic on the right, that can be used to help augment the “home school” experience. We’ll be adding to the lists, providing educational videos via our website and social media platforms, and more. 

Gale Educational Websites:

  • Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!
  • Kids InfoBits introduces elementary schoolers to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.
  • Gale In Context: Middle School combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more.
  • Gale In Context: High School supports student papers, projects, and presentations while empowering the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.
  • Gale In Context: College offers interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
  • Gale In Context: Canada is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events.

MeL eResource Scavenger Hunts:  These Scavenger Hunt exercises  will have you exploring various features, discovering research topics, and conducting online searches in no time.

Authors Everywhere:  This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators.  On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.

Spanish children’s stories (The Spanish Experiment) – Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. Site also includes free Spanish lessons.

Skype a Scientist – This organization offers children and families opportunities to interact with scientists from around the world. Click the “Events” tab to view pre-planned live group sessions, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, click “For Families,” and you will be matched with your very own scientist to chat about science!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (The Kennedy Center) – “Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. “

Children’s Book Council & Every Child A Reader: We are pleased to share 23 original coloring pages created by some of your favorite book creators.

Detroit Public TV Parent Daily Newsletter – Daily fun & educational activity suggestions for kids while they’re home.

Fun at Home Resources – Quick links to the best sources for fun and learning at home. 

Great Start Newsletter Sign Up  – Monthly early childhood tips and resources

Brightly Storytime: Read Aloud with Ms. Linda

Barefoot Books free activities, sign-alongs, storytimes for kids.

Scientist/Engineer card activities : Scroll to bottom of page and see links of activities to do with cards

Michigan Science Center:  YouTube channel showing live science experiments

Forest Service scientist videos/Science Fair Videos

Junior Library Guild:   As the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation, it’s our honor to offer you these free resources to help keep students’ brains busy and blossoming.

Kid Lit TV: Provides readalouds, interactive drawing with illustrators, and other book and reading centered content for kids (early childhood/elementary

Rosen Publishing Group:  is offering free access to 2,000 fiction and nonfiction ebooks for independent reading and instruction while schools are closed.

Storyline: Celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Children’s Book Week: Activities in English & Spanish

Teaching Books Home Edition:  Experience read-along performances of favorite titles that are translatable into 100+ languages. Enjoy  virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings. And with our new reader’s advisory, insightful interviews with thousands of authors, and discussion questions for most books, virtual book clubs are well equipped, too.

Public Domain Free Books for Kids by Age Level

Michigan Department of Education Resources for Distance Learning

Michigan Alliance for Families

US Census Bureau Learning Activities

Resources for Teachers

Natural Inquirer publications http://www.naturalinquirer.org/all-issues.html (Just click on the issue you are interested in and you will see a download button)

Lesson plans http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Lesson-Plans-(Middle,-UpperElem-School)-v-218.html

Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities During School Closings
MAISA recognizes that COVID-19 may have the education community feeling isolated or disconnected. We would like to offer some ways to remain virtually connected around our shared commitments in literacy. The following resources are FREE and  available at literacyessentials.org
*SCECH’s are available for the Modules*

The Essential Instructional Practices in Language and Emergent Literacy, Birth to Age 3

The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades PreK-K

The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K-3

The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades 4-5

The Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy

The Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction: Grades 6-12

If you need assistance with how to sign up to access the modules please visit https://literacyessentials.org/literacy-essentials/resources/.

Free Tools for Online Teaching and Learning During School Closures – SLJ, 3/16/2020

Indiana State Library Activities and Resources for the COVID-19 Crisis.


Art & Activity Resources

One Hundred Museums Transformed Their Collections into Free Coloring Pages, Smithsonian Magazine, 2/4/2020.

20 Screen-free things to do!

Age appropriate chores for children

Virtual Storytimes, Zoo Webcams, Concerts, Museum Tours & More