Just in time for back-to-school: New distance learning resources are available on Wide Open School.
Huge collection of resources created or vetted by the US government
How I Use It
Because this is a website that is full of resources in all subject areas, it's easy to forget to check it when planning a lesson.
Luckily, Kids.gov has a weekly newsletter that teachers can sign up for at http://kids.usa.gov/grown-ups/index.shtml.
I get the newsletter and look at the featured resources each week.
When one matches my curriculum, I make a note of it, so I can use it when the time comes.
Kids.gov is a huge collection of resources in every subject area created by government organizations ranging from the US Mint to the FTC.
The website is divided in to Kids (grades K-5), Teens (grades 6-8, though some is appropriate for high school), and Grownups (teachers and parents).
Each of these age ranges is further divided into Learn Stuff, Play Games, and Watch videos.
THOSE subcategories each have resources in thirteen subject areas from Art to Social Studies.
Luckily, there is also a search box in the upper right hand corner of every page.
Students can watch videos on web safety or play games about estuaries.
Teachers can find lesson plans for everything from how the government is run to toxic chemicals in our environment.
The videos and games work hard to be hip and trendy, but are sometimes still a little flat.
However, this is a treasure trove of free resources for a teacher to use in his or her classroom.