Riverton Elementary School Library

1600 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101

Story Times with Ms. Genre

Unite for Literacy is an award-winning resource that provides access to books for early readers. Readings are available in a variety of languages, with audio provided on demand by clicking. Many nonfiction texts available.

Storyline Online is an award-winning resource that provides celebrity readings of popular picture books. No sign-in required.

ABCYA features literacy and numeracy games for kids in grades k-6+.

STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, & Math)

The Math Learning Center is offering free access to a rich array of math resources, including daily lessons, practice exercises, and games.

Kid-friendly videos, articles, and games about many high-interest science topic, with a particular focus on animals. No sign-in required!

Prodigy is an online platform that uses games to teach children math. This site offers options for tracking student progress, including report cards. Sign-up required.

This website offers short video lessons for students in grades k-5. Lessons are aligned with the Common Core. No sign-in required.

This graphical coding program (like computer coding using LEGO bricks), is appropriate for all ages (although younger kids will need assistance). SCRATCH will allow your child to make movies, animated comics, video games, and more. Instructional videos are provided on the site. Sign-up required.

Why not take this opportunity to teach your child how to play chess? Watch this instructional video with your child (and you might want to take notes). Though chess is not technically a "STEM" activity, it definitely fosters critical thinking skills.

Do you have a kiddo who's interested in coding, but you're not sure where to start? Code.org is a great primer!

Specials (Art, Music, Physical Education, & More)

PBS Kids features many games that focus on a variety of skills; many games focus on creativity and visualization skills, while others (such as Daniel Tiger) focus on emotions. No sign-in required, but you can create an account if you wish.

Virtual Field Trips!

Take your child on a virtual field trip by clicking on this list!

This website provides families with access to fun videos that kids can dance along to. It helps to "get the wiggles out." No sign-in required.

Cosmic Kids Yoga provides kid-friendly yoga routines that engage the imagination. Choose from routines that run from under 5 minutes all the way up to around 45 minutes.

Social Studies & Current Events

Newsela provides recent newspaper articles on a variety of topics. The reading difficulty can be adjusted using the drop-down menu on the upper-right (you will select the Lexile, which might look like 610L, 790L, 1020L, etc.). Recommended for grades 2 and up.

Evaluating Sources

If your child is interested in learning more about COVID-19, this is a great time to discuss which sources should be trusted. The New York Times and Portland Press Herald are providing free accesss to coronavirus coverage for non-subscribers. The Maine Center for Disease Control is providing the most up-to-date information about local rates of COVID-19.

The World Health Organization is providing an interactive map that tracks rates of COVID-19 worldwide.

Common Sense Media is the home for some of the best resources for media literacy. It is already a trusted resource for parents who look to it for recommendations on movies, TV shows, and video games for their children, but the website is also offering additional support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Looking for a good book? You're in the right place!

Shana Genre

Library/Media Specialist

genres@portlandschools.org

Susan Doane

Library Ed. Tech.

doanesu@portlandschools.org