Due to the pandemic, many Americans find themselves overwhelmed. Whether it’s taking on homeschooling the kids with virtual learning, working longer hours, or simply the feeling of being in isolation, so many of us are forgetting to practice self-care.

With the end of 2020 and the beginning of a new year, many are choosing to dedicate more time to their mental health.

That’s why our team created a guide on creating a mental wellness space in your home:


Included in our guide:

    Establishing Mental Wellness
    How to Create a Space
    What Items to Include
    Signs of Stress in Children

Back to School Sleep Tips During COVID
Alaska State Library Summer Reading Program
Free training on Bean Stacks
DEED covide-19 webpage
PBS Resources
Spotlight on the Smithsonian's Educational Response to the COVID crisis

Scholastic Grab and Go Book Packs
Scholastic PL for at Home Learning
Scholastic Teachers Resource Flyer
Using Literature to Boost your Child's Health and Resilience

Talking with children about COVID-19


COVID19 guidelines

031720 DEED Launches Website to Support Student Learning
We Are Teachers Resources

Online Resources from Native Voices

We at Native Voices Books are committed to our readers, teachers, and librarians. In order to help during school closings, we'd like you to know that quizzes and lesson plans can be downloaded for free for many of our PathFinders novels for teen readers. Just go to nativevoicesbooks.com/content/pathfinders-quizzes.
More will be coming soon to complete the lesson plan and quiz collection.
Stay healthy. Stay safe. Take care of one another.

Download free books from New York Public Library

Free Books information

Anchorage Public Library
Alaska State Library

If you are using Acellus for Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and you want some supplemental worksheets that you can align fairly easily with Acellus check out this site:

PBS Free Resources

Here is a summary of the services that local public television stations and PBS are providing to address this crisis:

Nationwide Resources for Families:

PBS KIDS Broadcast

Stations throughout the country run a PBS KIDS 24/7 channel filled with trusted educational content that is available for free, over the air to all families.

PBS Daily Email for Parents
PBS is sending a daily email to families with resources for how to engage the nation’s youngest leaners. Just yesterday, the American Pediatric Academy listed PBS as a valuable resource for familiesduring these challenging times. PBS was the only media company mentioned in the article.

Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required.

Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at pbskids.org/apps.

PBS KIDS for Parents
A robust website with information, activities and tips for parents, including resources for talking with kids about coronavirus, encouraging healthy habits, managing worried feelings and supporting playful learning at home.

Nationwide Resources for Pre-K Educators and Homeschoolers:

PBS LearningMediais a free resource that offers resources for PreK-12 educators and families. The site has tens of thousands of state-curriculum aligned digital learning objects that support both classroom and distance learning. The content is searchable by grade level, curriculum area, state and national standards and it integrates with Google Classroom and Remind. The site pulls from the best of public media content as well content from NASA, the American Archive, the Library of Congress and more.

Khan Academy has some good resources.


Looking to add to your Homeschooling Experience During COVID-19?
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Web Cams and other resources

Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit

National Geographic Family Coronavirus Coverage

Resources for families
Keep your family informed and engaged during the coronavirus shutdowns with parenting articles, study tips, science experiments, homework resources, cute videos, and more.
Virtual Museum Tours

virtual tours of some of America's best national parks.
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Virtual Tours of National Parks, 360 degree

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Yellowstone Park Webcams

Nine webcams—one live-streaming and eight static—provide views of the current conditions around the North Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs, Mount Washburn, the West Entrance, and the Upper Geyser Basin. Unfamiliar with the park? Check on the location map to see where each webcam is located.

Wildlife Webcams

Big Sur Condor Cams

This site has many wildlife cams to choose from.

Audubon -Top 10 Wildlife Web Cams

Monterey Bay Aquarium jellyfish cam

Seattle Aquarium

National Geographic for Kids

Vancouver Aquarium has several animal cams

Africam - Watch wild animals in the beautiful African bush LIVE and unscripted. Elephants, Lions, Leopards and many more make appearances every day in the remotest of Africa’s locations.

The National Zoo in Washington, DC has several webcams

San Diego Zoo webcams


BLM Activities Online

We have posted (and are continuing to post) simple activities online that anyone can do outside to connect with nature. We're hopeful they'll be of use to teachers, students, families,...everyone! You can find them here:https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/campbell-creek-science-center/nature-learning-resources.

April, the giraffe
Flinn Scientific

Effective immediately, Flinn Scientific has launched a website with an extensive amount of resources specifically developed to help teachers, students and parents continue their science education journey – even if that learning is taking place outside the classroom or laboratory environment.

Examples of some of the resources we have developed:

    Free video labs with related teacher and student guides to help students at home continue making progress on key science topics
    More than 40 free, easy and fun-to-do activities that use commonly available materials to encourage science investigation in the home
    Flinn’s unique digital learning solutions to facilitate seamless science learning. These online solutions are the perfect way to efficiently scale curriculum in an at-home setting – also free of charge
    On call scientists: over the coming days, we will be releasing video based lab experiments conducted by our scientific staff and broadcast from our studio with live events. As part of each live event, we will have our full team of scientists available to answer questions from teachers and students participating online – also free of charge and highly interactive and engaging. Be sure to check out our online calendar indicating the live scheduleing addition, we will continue to add free resources driven from your requests and feedback around topics, labs and content. If we don’t have it, we will try to create it so please let us know your needs.

These are resources available at the Center for Disease Control web site.

The CDC feels an effective strategy is to wash your hands, limit contact and practice physical distancing.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has resources for schools, homes and communities

Alaska Public Media has current reports and updates.

National Geographic Web Site

Keep kids’ brains active:Have children try this fun science experiment using just milk, food coloring, and dishwashing soap. Then check out other experiments, quizzes, animal facts, and homework tips from the Nat Geo Kids website.

68 Cultural, historic and scientific collections you can explore on line.


Begin 60-day free access to Gizmos.With over 400 simulations, Gizmos gets students hands-on with math and science—virtually! Inquiry-based lesson plans and activities for each Gizmo help make it easy to get started right away.
Access professional development resources.To ensure you can effectively use our programs, we are also providing professional development webinars and resources designed to support the shift to remote learning.
The ExploreLearning support team can also help expand access to include more time, teachers, or schools, and can also offer live online professional development to ease implementation.