GRPS has provided some optional online enrichment resources to keep your student’s brain sharp and actively engaged. This information will continue to be updated periodically. Please watch for future updates.
For a comprehensive list of optional online enrichment resources, please visit http://resources.grps.org. Resources are organized by grade level and content area.
For those without online access, we will have the Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program (GRASP) print materials available to mail to families upon request. GRASP includes math and reading resources and activities for students in grades K-8. Parents who wish to request materials may call 616-301-1111 or email email@example.com. Please include the student(s) name, grade(s), and school(s). We respectfully ask for up to 4 business days for staff to process requests.
If you need assistance accessing materials or technology; or other academic-related questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 301-1111.
We have also learned Comcast, Charter Spectrum, and AT&T are offering free internet during this period of closure. To learn more about these options, please contact them directly at:
- Comcast – www.internetessentials.comor call (855) 846-8376
- Charter Spectrum – (844) 488-8395
- AT&T – www.att.comor call (855) 220-5211
In general, it is a good idea to have students spend time each day on academics. We recommend 30 – 60 minutes a day for the content areas below. Also, if you are a student of high school age, we recommend that you continue to prepare for the PSAT or SAT. The resources below also include links that support this activity.
- Social Studies
It is also important that your child spend time outside in the fresh air and remain physically active.
The following list is in alphabetical order and posted to http://resources.grps.org. Note, many of these optional resources include video and auditory options to accommodate learning styles and needs.
We hope this helps both you and your student stay connected to learning to be successful when we return to school.
Optional Online Enrichment Resources
- Free and “for pay” options.Grades PreK – 5. Games to improve reading, numbers, letters, spelling, and language skills, Features some Spanish games.
- PreK-2nd Grade.Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more
- Grades 1-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Statistics, PreCalculus, Calculus
- Grade K-5, Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- Social Studies
- Economics, Geography, Government, History, Philosophy, Sociology
- Writing, Spelling
- Astronomy, Engineering, Health, Photography, Technology
- Translations Available
- Spanish, Korean, Deutsche, Chinese, Greek, Polski
https://www.commonlit.org/ (English and Spanish)
- Parents can create accounts as teachers or email commonLit to get an account as a parent.This is an on-line reading program that reaches all students. Parents can print reading passages with mini assessments and discussion questions or parents can assign the passages to their children to be completed on-line.
- Strengthen brain cells by reading popular books and getting creative with MadLibs Junior.
Google Translate – English Learner (EL) Support
- To translate an entire website using Google Translate, follow these steps:
- Open a web browser and go to https://translate.google.com/. You don’t need a Google account to access it, because it’s free to all.
- In the text box on the left, type in the entire URL (including the http://) of the website you want to view.
- On the right, choose the language you want to see the website in.
- Click Translate.
- You may wonder why some words and phrases are not translated. Google Translate translates only the actual text on a page. Any text that appears in an image is not translated.
https://www.khanacademy.org/ (Click on the COURSES drop down menu on the left of the screen)
- Grades PreK-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, Advanced Placement
- Science and Engineering
- Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Health, Electrical Engineering, Advanced Placement
- Coding, Animation, Computer Science, Programming, Advanced Placement
- Arts and Humanities
- US History, World History, Government and Civics, Art History, Grammar, Storytelling, Advanced Placement
- Economics and Finance
- Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Finance and Capital Markets, Advanced Placement
- Test Prep
- College, Careers, and More
- College Admissions, Careers, Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Growth Mindset
- English Language Arts (ELA) beta courses
- 2nd-8th grade reading
- Free auditory books in the public domain
- Test prep
- Reading comprehension practice
- Reading for fun – novel checkouts
Michigan Open Book Project
- The MI Open Book Project was a multi-year initiative funded as part of the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) which empowered groups of master teachers to come together, collaborate, and develop an open education resource for use in classrooms around Michigan.
- The final products will continue to be available on this website as soon as they are ready.Even cooler, the source files (iBooks Author and Word formats) will continue to be updated and made available as well!
- All books will run on iOS, OSX, Android, Windows, and Chrome.(In-book functionality will differ depending on the platform and some platforms will require more Internet connectivity than others)
M-STEP Online Practice Tests
- Click Online Tools Training
- Click Sample Item Sets
- Choose appropriate student grade level
- Choose content area practice test
- Watch and listen to famous actors read popular children’s picture books.Videos can be viewed on YouTube or School Tube. Activity guides featuring book summary, related activities and internet activities are available in PDF and can be printed.
- Parents can sign-up for a free account.They would sign-up as a teacher. Parents can assign reading passages, or print reading passages out to read with their child. Reading passages include comprehension questions.
- Read beginning-reader books online.Books are colorful and fun. Words are read to you if needed. (cost applies)
- Watch and listen to famous actors read popular children’s picture books.Videos can be viewed on YouTube or School Tube. Activity guides featuring book summary, related activities and internet activities are available in PDF and can be printed
World Book Early Learning
https://worldbookonline.com/wbel/#/home (English and Spanish)
- Grades PreK-3.Follow and Trek and Taffy the cat around the world. Share their love of colors, numbers, and other fun things.
Additional Free Online Resources
- Amazing Educational Resources– http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
- Free Audio/Audible Books –
- How to Geek – Find Free Audio Books – https://www.howtogeek.com/354016/8-places-you-can-find-free-audiobooks-legally/
- Open Culture- 1000 Audio Books free to download (K-8) http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
- FunBrain.com– https://www.funbrain.com/
- GoNoodle.com– https://www.gonoodle.com/
- Highlights Kids– https://www.highlightskids.com/
- National Geographic Kids– https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
- Newsela– https://newsela.com/
- Mel.org/kids –https://mel.org/kids
- Michigan State University: Educational resources– https://tinyurl.com/u9vsvp4
- Oxford Owl for Home– https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
- Scholastic Learn at Home– https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- Switch Zoo– https://switchzoo.com/
- TIME for Kids – https://www.timeforkids.com/
- Unite for Literacyhttps://www.uniteforliteracy.com
- Virtual Field Trips– https://tinyurl.com/t62bkdd
- Wonderopolis– http://wonderopolis.org/