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Tips on Working Remotely    Teaching Remotely   Face Mask Patterns    Outdoor Activities
Indoor Activities   Social Emotional Learning   Helpful Articles   Staying Organized 

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Sanitizing tips for when schools reopen

Get the facts and key actions for educators and parents.

CBC’s Marketplace:
Watch this short clip on how Taiwan keeps kids safe at school amid COVID-19.

Canadian Facility Management & Design
Read this article to learn more about cleaning schools in the age of COVID-19

From the CDC
How to clean and disinfect your facility.

CDC Operational Considerations for Schools
Suggestions for mitigating the risks of COVID-19 transmission in schools. 

More from the CDC about reopening schools

How We Reopened Our School: Spaces, Schedules, Systems
Educator Tan Huynh shares how his school in Vietnam has opened and the protocols they are following. 

Teachers Around the World Tell Us Reopening Is Tough, but Joyful
In countries where infection rates have stabilized, schools are reopening.  Teachers share how it's going. 

Downloadable Signs

Tech Tub2Downloadable Student Name Templates

Use these name templates to make it easy to assign devices to individual students to reduce sharing.

Student name labels for Tech Tubs - 6 Device Tub
Student name labels for Tech Tubs - 10 Device Tub


Downloadable Hand Sanitizing Sign Templates

Save time making "How to Clean Your Hands" signage for your school by downloading these templates.
Color templates
Black & White templates




Outdoor Activities

Outdoor obstacle course: 
Practice gross motor skills such as balance, coordination, and concentration by creating a DIY balance beam course in your yard! 

Make a COVID-19 Time Capsule
Loving Creations has created free downloadable sheets for children to record how they are feeling, who they are, handprints, and more.

Plan Discovery Lab
Go for a walk and then set this up on your kitchen table.

Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots at Home
Jane Goodall Canada has compiled the best stay-at-home activities to support educators and students. 

Forests Ontario
From guided hikes to LEAFO Bingo, Forests Ontario has lots of great outdoor education resources. 


Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor/Indoor Learning Center

From our Real & Ready Blog: Outdoor Classrooms: In the forest and on the street
Tips on how to use the outdoors to teach your students to set up your outdoor space and other free resources.

6 Key Ingredients to Creating an Outdoor Classroom
Have a budget? Here’s a list to help prioritize what you need.

Outdoor Classroom User’s Guide Boston Schoolyard Initiative
A comprehensive guide from setting up to structuring lessons.

National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative
Free design plans for outdoor spaces, activity guides,
case studies, and more.

Printable Kids Workout Dice Game
Create your own dice game to keep young students active.

Marathon Kids
Get kids moving safely with free programming for all teachers.  

Take Me Outside For Learning
School year challenge.

Getting your Hands Dirty:
3 Fun Garden Science Activities.


Homemade Moon Sand:
Blogger, Happiness is Homemade, shares her recipe for Moon Sand.


Learning through Landscapes: 
A free online forum for outdoor learning.


Indoor Activities

Lessons and activities

Early Childhood Play: 
Blogger, Adventures at Home with Mum, offers all kinds of imaginative, messy, educational, and fun activities.
A resource with free activities and lessons by age.

A video library of all kinds of how-to and explainers from cooking Bolognese to politics.

Wide Open Schools:
A vast collection of activities by grade range and topics like science, social studies, and life skills.
Register for a free basic account to access content, by grade level created by educators.

Canada’s Wonderland:
A blog that shares a variety of activities like games, writing prompts, and virtual scavenger hunts.

Download worksheets by grade, listen to podcasts, parenting tips, and more.

Planes and Balloons: 
Download free printable worksheets for preschool and kindergarten-aged children.

Climate Change and the Circular Economy: A Lesson for Earth Day

From Tes and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this informative lesson plan provides information on how the Circular Economy can positively impact climate change. Suggested age range: 14-16.

Crafts, Maker, and STEM activities

iHeart Arts n Crafts:
15 super fun cardboard box projects for kids.

Fabulessly Frugal: 
7 beautiful stained glass art projects for kids.

Meraki Lane:
41 STEM projects for kids of all ages.

Activity related: Carnegie Science Center
Science lesson plans, activities, and videos for PreK-12.

Lego Activities
Combine math, science, storytelling, reading, and problem-solving activities with Lego projects.

Virtual tours

Virtual tours:
A massive list of museums, zoos, and theme parks.

Canada’s Wonderland Blog:
Take a virtual roller coaster ride.

Tour our facility and learn about some of the jobs Copernicans do.


Free virtual books

Vooks: They are offering free virtual books to teachers for 1 year.

Are you talking about design thinking at your school?

Click here for a quick run-through of the design, tooling, production, and delivery of the Tech Tub2. Includes a bonus lesson plan as well!

Curious about how durable the Tech Tub2 is? Click here.

22 Ways to Reduce Your Classroom's Carbon Footprint

Great ideas on how to reduce your classroom's carbon footprint from We Are Teachers

BLM At School Curriculum- Lesson plans, and resources for all ages

Free resources, activities, and lessons to challenge racism, oppression and to teach students the vocabulary and tools they need to take action. Learn more

Every Child Matters
Indigenous Curriculum - Lesson plans and resources

Orange Shirt Day: Free resources, activities, and lesson plans to teach students of all grade levels. Learn more

View the interactive map to find out whose traditional territory your school and home are on. 

Take action! Visit the On Canada Project to find out how you can help. 

Indigenous Canada: Take this FREE 12-week online course through the University of Alberta. 

Teaching Remotely

Tabletop Teaching Easel


Lessons on Live Instruction
NYC teachers share pitfalls and opportunities for reaching students through a screen.

Tips on Working Remotely

For your mental health

Free Coursera Course: 
Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19.

From the CBC:
Simple techniques for relief from fear and anxiety.

EdCan Network:
Resources for K-12 staff teaching and working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free library of music, inspirational talks, and more to help generate positive vibes.

How to Work 8-5 and Stay Sane: 
Blogger, Modern Work-at-home Mom, shares 7 tips that help her parent and work from home.

From Forbes: 
How to Stay Sane During Quarantine.

From the CDC: 
Ways to take care of yourself and your loved ones during this stressful time.

From HBR:
A guide for juggling work and kids while working remotely.

Waves of freeze during Covid-19

Ways to keep your kids busy
while you work

Quiet Time Boxes:
Blogger, Teaching Mama, shares her approach to keeping kids busy independently by creating quiet time boxes for each day of the week.

TED Talks:
35 Must-watch TED Talks for kids and teens.

CNN Health: 
Tips on how parents can homeschool their kids.

Face Mask Patterns

Sew Can She:
Sew your own face masks using this easy photo tutorial for the Olson pattern (adult and kid sizes).
Here’s another style of mask that uses fabric ties instead of elastics if all you have is fabric at home.

Other online resources that are neat

ECK News:
Stay up-to-date by subscribing to this YouTube channel of student-produced newscasts.

TED Talks:
5 must-watch TED talks if your child hates math.

The Homeschool Scientist:
Links to homeschooling organization ideas.

No-cost, no-equipment exercises:
See Fast Company's recommendations to keep active while at home.



Staying Organized

The Homeschool Scientist:
Links to homeschooling organization ideas.

Still deploying devices for remote learning?
See how districts are using Tech Tub to help.



Social Emotional Learning


CASEL Guide: PreK and Elementary Evidence-Based Programs

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defined SEL more than two decades ago. Since that day, they have supported states, districts, and schools nationwide to ensure SEL is a priority in every school nationwide. Visit their guide to learn more about their PreK and Elementary Evidence-Based Programs.

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