Grades 1-3

It will be important to stay connected with students and their families. Speak to your division about what may already be available, and check out the Teaching Remotely page for things to think about.

We have compiled a list of resources in Literacy: (click to expand)

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 3-5 has online articles (many with embedded videos) with accompanying student activities and teacher resources, arranged by day and week for the period of time that schools are closed. Teachers can adjust the reading level of articles. A text-to-speech function is available when articles are read online. Students can click on key vocabulary (bold font) for a student-friendly definition. Articles can be downloaded and printed. Articles are aligned with US standards and there is some American content. However, most articles and content can be used in our Saskatchewan context. Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 3-5 
  • Je lis, je lis, littératie! (French) is offering French Immersion teachers free access to its online levelled reading program until June 30th, 2020.  This program was designed especially for Canadian French immersion students. Je lis! Online can also function as a class communication tool as teachers can add daily announcements, reminders of reading strategies, and suggestions for word work or other activities. Teachers will have to sign up for an account.  Je lis, je lis, littératie! 
  • Online Kids’ Cree Dictionary is a web based interactive First Nations language portal with Cree dictionary and curriculum-based resources to further the development for Cree language in Canada. The Cree Language Resource Project (CLRP) dictionary will have the ability to translate words from English to Cree in Syllabics and Roman Orthography (Cree written in English). The translated word will be associated with a picture, sound and a video clip. The goal of the project is to promote the learning and preservation of the Cree language. The online dictionary will have the ability to accommodate different regional Cree dialects. Following the ‘Links’ menu, teachers have access to learning activities that allow students to explore thematic content. This resource is still in development. Some links may not be fully functional.      Online Kids’ Cree Dictionary
  • Scholastic BookFlix is a collection online books sorted by category.  Hundreds of paired readers, fiction and non-fiction, along with activities for engaging in the book, comprehension, word study, and extension activities.  This resource is open now, but usually requires a subscription. The books are online, but not all activities are tech based. The books can be read by family members at home, or can be read by the online narrator, which would support families learning English as an alternate language.  You must sign up for the free trial. Scholastic BookFlix 
  • Calldecott winning author Laura Vaccaro has compiled a free set of literacy resources to go along with her books which educators are free to print and share. These resources would support literacy in both reading and comprehending, as well as creating and responding to text. Most of the books are available to read online, or could be read aloud as part of a video shared with families. The resources to accompany the books are printable, so may be supportive of those families with less access or familiarity with technology.  Resources
  • Publisher’s Lunch is a listing of permissions and processes for posting live and recorded read-aloud videos and sound files. So far, official permission and guidelines have been issued by several publishing houses. This is informational for educators, not a resource per say, but impacts choices in terms of copyrighted materials and sharing online.  Publisher’s Lunch
  • Pobble 365 is a bank of rich visual images which can be used as prompts for writing, vocabulary extension, group story-telling, focused mini-lesson and more. This site also allows students read stories created by others and to post their writing for an authentic audience. The prompts and images are all online, so families with limited internet might need to have the items in an alternate format to engage.  Pobble 365
  • Epic Books is an online collection of over 40 000 titles of award-winning fiction, non-fiction, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), biographies, graphic novels, DIY (Do It Yourself) and more. Sign up as an educator and the account is free. Epic Books can be used by teachers and students for read-alouds, shared reading, and independent reading time. Read-to-me and audiobook functions allow for the listening portion of a balanced literacy program. Teachers can use these books as part of interactive small group instruction for specific skills or strategies. They can also assign certain books and tasks for practice to individuals or groups. You must set up the free account and add students to your classroom in order to get a class code to provide to families. Then when students have that code, they can log in from home with free access. This quick start information is helpful.   Epic Books
  • Boukili (French) has access to leveled French books. Teachers can create student profiles and suggest books at their level. Teachers will need to sign up for a free account to use this service. Boukili (French)
  • Littératout has access to limited free French literacy resources with other resources available for purchase, and offers thematic videos, books, and suggestions of activities to engage families in French activities.  However, it only offers one set of free thematic activities per age range. Littératout
  • Into the Book is an online site to practice reading and comprehension strategies in a fun game format.  This resource could be used as a supplement to comprehension mini-lessons, as part of independent practice, or small group practice for students.  Students will need to create their own player name and log-in information, which could be forgotten, as the teacher will not have a master list.  Into the Book
  • Dog on a Log has books that have predictable  text, images to support  comprehension and decoding and a focus on a  distinct  sound pattern, making them ideal for small group or targeted individual instruction. As these are free and available for teachers to print, they may support families with limited access to technology.  Decodable books are only one part of a balanced literacy program in early years, and should be provided in conjunction with rich literature to promote holistic language development and learning.  Dog on a Log
  • Storytime Standouts has illustrated songs, chants, and fingerplays to support the acquisition of oral language, phonological awareness, and concepts of print. These could be used as part of an interactive, shared, or modeled reading mini-lesson. They can also be used to target specific literacy or numeracy concepts, or as a movement break during the day. As these are free and available for teachers to print, they may support families with limited access to technology. Storytime Standouts

We have complied a list of resources in Numeracy: (click to expand)

  • The Math Learning Centre has a wide variety of high quality math apps and virtual manipulatives to support student sense making at home. All apps have web, android or apple options. Students will need dedicated learning time on how to use the app before it can support their mathematical thinking. The Math Learning Centre 
  • Capsules Mathématiques (French Resource) has fourteen online videos that explain grade one math concepts in French.  Explanations are spoken slowly and in simple terms. Visuals that accompany explanations are supportive of comprehension. These videos would best be used as a supplement to learning. Teachers will need to plan additional learning opportunities to take full advantage. Capsules Mathématiques
  • Learn Alberta (French Resource) has math games and exercises that align with Saskatchewan curriculum strands: numeracy, geometry, operations, fractions. Measurement (money). Directions for students are read aloud. There is a glossary and guides for teachers and parents with suggestions for further activities.  Note that this site requires Flash Player (probably better with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge). Teachers must log in as students, then select a specific outcome before they have access to the guide. Learn Alberta
  • Math at Home Toolkit by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEC) is an article with many suggestions of  playful ways to connect with math concepts using materials in the home and community. These activities could be used as a way to connect with early learners at home to encourage mathematical thinking and exploration of fundamental math concepts. These activities are not based on the use of technology, and may support families with limited access.  Some activities may need additional instructions provided by the teacher to ensure the connection to math concepts and vocabulary is explicit in the play of the parent with their child.  Math at Home Toolkit
  • Numeracy Tasks are designed to have students interact with mathematics in a way that is meaningful to them and that strengthens their understanding of mathematics and numbers in the world. These would benefit students by giving them opportunities to share and discuss their thinking in small groups afterwards. Numeracy Tasks

  • Mathology Little Books is series of little books for K-3 that allows teachers to match books to a child’s or group’s level of  understanding, which provides rich opportunities for teaching and learning. These resources are currently free online for families to access, and are aligned with the Saskatchewan curriculum in mathematics and literacy. There are only a few books in the set and only one for each teaching concept.  Mathology Little Books
  • Open Middle is a website and book with a collection of open problems for students to explore and extend their mathematical understandings. The flexible nature of these problems allows for enrichment of understanding. Students or families can investigate and play without additional instructions.  French resources are also available. Open Middle
  • Illustrative Mathematics is posting a daily picture accompanied with mathematical prompts for various grade levels/topics. Families or teachers are able to choose how they wish to engage with the photo, and where their learning takes them. There are many opportunities for cross-curricular engagement and for students to launch inquiry projects.  Illustrative Mathematics
  • Counting Collections is an important mathematical routine that students or families can do with very little guidance at home. Teachers could make kits with available resources for use at home, or send suggestions for commonly found objects that families could use for counting practice at home.  Counting Collections

The following section will include subjects that are not literacy or numeracy exclusively, but will be useful resources for other subject areas and for integrating subjects. Other: (click to expand)

  • Media Smarts offers information and resources for families and educators about determining accurate information online, managing tech time, explaining news and media coverage to kids, and online games and media literacy lessons to learn about digital literacy topics like online privacy and verifying online resources.  It provides SK curricular connections to media and digital literacy as well as links to supporting resources and lessons for these connections and is available in English and French.  Media Smarts
  • PBL: Projects for Remote Learning is an online cache of resources for project-based learning. Offers many hands-on activities K-12. Exploring this website may offer ideas to encourage student-driven learning and offline opportunities for learning. For students with no Internet access, teachers could communicate by phone or by letter to monitor and encourage student inquiry-based projects. Students may need adult support in the home to find materials. Teachers will need to be monitoring and supporting student progress.  PBL: Projects for Remote Learning
  • TeachEngineering is an online STEM resource for teachers to provide students with hands-on STEM activities K-12. It is a great source of hands-on activities for students.  TeachEngineering
  • WE Schools @ Home Teachers can sign up for weekly lesson packages that include interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency, The website also provides issue-based discussion cards to support students in exploring local and global social issues. Each card has corresponding online resources where students can find more context, perspectives and statistics. A sign-up required to receive the free weekly lesson packages.  WE Schools @ Home
  • EMSB Virtual Library (English) or CSEM Bibliotèque virtuelle (French) is a compendium of bilingual Canadian resources that support learning across all subjects and grade levels. There is a large selection of nonfiction texts and videos to support curriculum.  EMSB Virtual Library or CSEM Bibliotèque virtuelle
  • North American Association for Outdoor Education offers a rich bank of resources to get students to interact with nature through art and science exploration.  There are many cross-curricular activities that can be done in students’ backyards. Some resources include printable material, while others have links to videos and detailed activity guides.  While this resource is North American, rather than specific to Canada or Saskatchewan, many of the activities align with Saskatchewan Curriculum.  North American Association for Outdoor Education 
  • Let’s Talk Science has a variety of ready-to-use hands-on activities to support science investigations at home. Let’s Talk Science is a Canadian company that aligns all of their resources to Saskatchewan curricula. It is a completely free resource (no sign-up) that teachers can use for technology supported or non-technology supported families. It has really great hands-on activities to do at home with household items. Let’s Talk Science