Academic resources for K-12 students

Check out some of the ways you can help keep your students academically engaged during school shutdowns. Several online learning platforms are even offering free services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic resources

  • StudyIsland offers math, ELA and science learning activities aligned to specific state standards. They are currently offering one free year to new accounts.
  • Khan Academy offers free, personalized, standards-aligned learning for all students. You can study math, grammar, science, history, SAT and AP test prep, and more.
  • provides content from current events at different reading levels combined with standards-aligned curriculum. Newsela is offering its product suite for free for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year.
  • Wisconsin PBS stations are working with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide a daily schedule of educational programming that aligns with Wisconsin’s academic standards for grades PK-12. See for a daily schedule beginning March 30.
  • BBC Bitesize provides daily math and english lessons plus extra lessons in biology, geography, history and more. Lessons are sorted by age/grade level and feature some of the BBC’s most popular presenters including Sir David Attenborough.

Other online learning opportunities

  • provides free touch typing lessons
  • Time for Kids has made their digital library free for the remainder of the school year. It includes special editions based on your child’s age.
  • The Wisconsin Historical Society has created the COVID-19 Poster Project, with artists creating public information posters much like those created for WWI and WWII. The WHS has also prepared a lesson plan and instructions for getting students involved in the BIG History is Happening project.

Last updated: May 4, 2020