Many of us are stuck at home right now, and let's face it, things can get boring after even one day. In need of activities to pass the time? If you have little ones, middle graders, or teens, check this roundup of activity kits and parent/educator guides. Oh, and give us a follow on Pinterest—we link all of our resources there, and right now they're featured on our main page. Happy social distancing!
All Ages: Quirk Books Entertains Your Kids!
Quirk’s mission is to keep your kids from ever having to say “I’m bored.” So we’ve rounded up our favorite crafts, recipes, games, and activities from Quirk Books titles and jam-packed them into our funnest, awesomest, and kid-friendliest e-sampler yet. From banana splits on a stick to a way-cool magic trick, you’ll ﬁnd plenty of new ways for kids and adults alike to have fun. Whether you’re taking your family on the road or stuck indoors on a rainy day, we’ve got you covered.
Preschool–Grade 3: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Activity Guide
Welcome to the neighborhood! Use this activity guide alongside the book A Beautiful Day in theNeighborhood to create a caring and fun place for the children you guide and teach. You’ll help them learn about themselves, other people, and the world around them. In doing so, you will share Mister Rogers’s legacy of inspiring children to be kind, imaginative, and proud of who they are, inside and out.
Preschool–Grade 3: Pop Classics Activity Book
Have fun with some of your favorite pop culture characters! In this activity book, you'll find coloring sheets, mazes, crossword puzzles, and more. Learn all about the books in the Pop Classics series here.
Preschool–Grade 3: The GayBCs Parent & Educator Guide
From the author, M. L. Webb: "This guide has simple and clever ideas for talking about the words and concepts explored in The GayBCs in order to deepen the contextual understanding with your kids. You can do these activities one-on-one or with a group. If you’re a kid, you can do these activities on your own with a bit of support from a grown-up!"
Grades 4–6: Warren the 13th Activity Booklet
This activity booklet contains an original short story by Warren the 13th author Tania Del Rio, plus activities like mazes, word searches, riddles, and more! The third book in the series, Warren the 13th and the Thirteen-Year Curse, comes out on March 24, 2020!
Grades 4–6: Kid Legends Free Book Sampler
Read excerpts from the Kid Legends series! In this sampler, you can learn about the childhoods of J. K. Rowling, Peyton Manning, Charles Schulz, Pablo Picasso, and more!
Grades 4–6: Celebrate Curiosity with Quirk!
Grades 4–6: Kid Scientists Cirriculum Guide
Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars contains kid-friendly and relatable childhood stories of sixteen of theworld’s most important and innovative scientists. This curriculum guide, with connections to the Common Core, includes an array of language arts activities, book discussions, vocabulary instruction, and more to accommodate the learning needs of most students in grades 4-7. Students are asked to be careful readers without jeopardizing the fun of reading.
Grades 4–6: Kid Authors Cirriculum Guide
Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers contains kid-friendly and relatable childhood stories of fifteen of the world’s most beloved and talented writers. This curriculum guide, with connections to the Common Core, includes an array of language arts activities, book discussions, vocabulary instruction, and more to accommodate the learning needs of most students in grades 4–7. Students are asked to be careful readers without jeopardizing the fun of reading.
Grades 4–6: Kid Athletes Cirriculum Guide
Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends containskid-friendly and relatable childhood stories of sixteen of the world’s mostfamous sports icons. This curriculum guide, with connections to the Common Core, includes an array of language arts activities, book discussions, vocabulary instruction, and more to accommodate the learning needs of most students in grades 4 through 7. Students are asked to becareful readers without jeopardizing the fun of reading.
Grades 7–12: Girls Resist! Parent/Educator Companion
From the author, KaeLyn Rich: "...supportive and collaborative youth–adult partnerships are incredibly powerful in amplifying girl-led activism. This guide is useful for peer-to-peer trainings and dialogues, too. So whether you’re a girl leading your peers or an adult supporting youth-led activism, Girls Resist! is an excellent place to start! Share the campaign checklist with girls who are ready to make lasting change in their communities. Use the discussion guide and activity ideas to create space for girl activists to learn about power, intersectionality, equity, and the ways we can apply these ideas to our activism and our lives. With the discussion guide and activity ideas, you can create space for girl activists to learn about power, intersectionality, equity, and ways to apply these ideas to our activism and our lives. Use the printable sign-up sheet and photo prop to get people excited for your cause. Let’s get into it!"
Grades 7–12: Pop Sonnets Teacher's Guide
As a teaching tool, Pop Sonnets provides a way to engage student interest and scaffold understanding of the sonnet form, poetic devices, vocabulary, and the background of Shakespearean texts. As a supplement to a unit on William Shakespeare, the text will help students access the complexities of Shakespeare’s use of language, reinforcing the timelessness and contemporary relevance of his work. Advanced students may wish to examine Didriksen’s text as an example of pastiche and reflection of postmodernism.
Are you a fan of Shakespeare and Star Wars? This guide offers a brief introduction to Shakespeare and the elements that William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken has in common with his plays.
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