Math Activity during COVID-19

ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR STUDENTS DURING COVID-19

Online learning

  • PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. Learn more here.
  • NASA’s Teachable Moments, offers a range of activities and lessons for grades K-12.
  • NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has educational and fun Facebook videos where kids can learn from astronauts and other educators. For activities, instructions are available as free downloads.
  • Make any room a classroom with BrainPop, where curious learners can take units in science, social studies, math, engineering and tech, and more
  • Khan Academy offers free daily schedules for kids and teens ages 4-18 to keep stability and routine during this time. The online learning non-profit also offers a free downloadable app called Khan Academy Kids, that contains thousands of activities and books for children ages 2-7.
  • National Geographic Kids offers free online quizzes on topics ranging from animals to planets to sports and food.
  • Cool Math 4 Kids offers games and lessons to make math fun for kids.
  • Math Game Time offers a variety of games, videos and worksheets for Pre-K through seventh grade.
  • Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Seussville has activities, crafts, printable and recipes to engage your child in playful learning.

YouTube channels

  • Crash Course Kids — bi-weekly shows on grade school science, including Earth, habitats, space and more.
  • Science Channel – learn about outer space, new technology and more.
  • SciShow Kids – every Tuesday and Thursday, the hosts explain fun, complex science concepts; do experiments and interview experts.
  • National Geographic Kids – videos feature animals, science, pets and more.
  • GEOgraphy Focus – explore geography, maps, flags, culture, languages and travel.
  • TheBrainScoop – explore the work and research of natural history museums.
  • Kids Learning Tube – educate kids through music and animation.
  • Geek Gurl Diaries – videos on programming, computer science, logic, electronics and more.
  • Science Max – large-scale science experiments.
  • SoulPancake – in addition to the well-known Kid President shows, this channels offers content that explores and celebrates the ways humans seek connection.

Opt outside

Students can still benefit from nature while practicing proper social distancing. Even babies and toddlers can join a family nature walk. if you’re in a public space, keep them in a carrier or a stroller. If you’re in your backyard, they can explore more freely. Playing outside promotes more curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Especially essential with schools closed and extra-curricular activities canceled.

  • On a nature walk, collect twigs, leaves or rocks. Then, build a nature sculpture by sticking these items in play dough.
  • Go on a family bike ride, while keeping a safe distance from others.
  • Nature scavenger hunts can be fun for the whole family. How many different kinds of plants, flowers, animals or birds can you see?
  • Playing soccer or catch is fine, but don’t share equipment with people outside your household.

Awesome ways to make math fun!