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Organizational Tools - I created these templates to help students plan their work on school assignments throughout a week. Step 1 is in Word document - a student can fill it out on the computer or print it out. Step 2 I provided as Excel sheet and as PDF. One for digital use, and the other one for printing, respectively. 

Email from Terri 03/31/2020 - Link to attendence

Who offers free WiFi?

Our Corona Diary - "In the great tradition of Samuel Pepys and Anne Frank, Our Corona Diary hopes to document the experience through the eyes of young diarists and inspire a creative response to the crisis. Our hope is to collect an online archive of children's diary entries from this time, however long it continues."

Free Access to Ebooks

Harry Potter at Home!! - Harry Potter at Home has been launched. In addition to the site, the first audiobook (British edition - read by Stephen Fry!) is available through the free audible site and libraries will be hosting the ebook on Overdrive or Libby with no wait. 

Marvel Comics

Free Audible Books from Amazon - Many great titles. Go and listen to some good stories.

Free Access to Graphic-Novel eBooks (log in first and then browse books):

New York (NYC) DOE Elementary

Student URL:

Login: nycdoees

Password: books123

New York (NYC) DOE Middle School

Student URL:

Login: nycdoems

Password: books123

New York (NYC) DOE High School

Student URL:

Login: nycdoehs

Password: books123

Follett Ebooks for Free! - LightBox interactive eBooks - To log in, click on the “Log In” button at the top right of the screen.

Username: guest

Password: follett

Ebooks from NYPL - New York Public Library: Check out books with your library card or explore their databases for books and other reading materials (ex. Tumblebooks and BookFlix)

If you do not have a library card: students over the age of 13 or parents of students below the age of 13, can register for a library card using SimplyE, the Library’s free e-reader app that makes it easier than ever to borrow eBooks. Note that after registering, it may take a few hours to receive your barcode in order to access the Library’s digital resources.

How to get a library card - video instructions

PebbleGo - "Capstone is offering FREE access to PebbleGo (K-2) Databases and a large collection of Capstone Interactive eBooks (3000+ titles) in addition to remote learning resources through June 30, 2020.

PebbleGo: Visit and click "Sign In"

Username: engaged

Password: learning

Capstone Interactive eBooks: Visit and click "Log In"

Username: continue

Password: reading 

Junior Library Guild - Offers free eBooks for elementary, middle, and high school levels

Passwords not needed.

Unlimited number of users per title.

High Interest titles for the YA reader.  Scroll down and click on the High School Stream box. Fiction and nonfiction.  Examples of some fiction titles: The Bone Witch, The It Factor, The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito, 90 Days of Different.

Ebooks at our Library - Contact me at for your login information. Your email subject should be "Destiny Login information for Your Full Name"

myON’s NYC Reads initiative – 24/7 access to over 7,000 digital books (myON reader)

and 5+ current events articles every weekday (myON News)

o Elementary School

 Go to

 Click on “myON Login”

 Type in “NYC Reads” under school name

 Click on “NYC Reads Elementary”

 Username: NYC (not case sensitive)

 Password: read (case sensitive)

o Middle School/High School

 Go to

 Click on “myON Login”

 Type in “NYC Reads” under school name

 Click on “NYC Reads Middle School/High School”

 Username: GoNYC (not case sensitive)

 Password: read (case sensitive)

Libby App - For digital books and audio books. Anyone with a library card (at least in whatever cities/states use Overdrive) can access it.

Video - How to Install and use Libby

Digital Public Library of America - Free SimplyE app, available for iOS and Android. Access more than 5,000 ebook titles--from the classics to contemporary fantasy and sci-fi--ALL FOR FREE by choosing DPLA as your library and tapping on the DPLA Collection. No sign in or library card required! 

Lit2GoLit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material.

Library of Congress Classics - Classic literature collection, free online.

Project GutenbergProject Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Internet ArchiveInternet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.

the Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing you to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in our lending library. Until June 30th or the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone—creating, in effect, a National Emergency Library

Free eBook Purchased by NYC School Library Services - password: book123

Story Time From SpaceNow imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!

Storytime Onlinevideos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Audible - Free stories for children to listen to while schools are closed

Paid Ebook Service - Epic has a great selection of books - popular titles - Now Free - ask your class teacher to sign up

Storytime and Songs from CMOM - Videos with songs and read-a-louds for the youngest ones

Start reading, and take part in our BPC School Library Reading Challenge 2020!

Free Access to Online Learning Resources

Wide Open SchoolCurated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.

Kids Discover Free!

Username: nycschools

Password: nycschools

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room - Created by a librarian in PA

Learn at Home - Lessons from DOE

Engage NY - practice state tests

PBS Learning Media THIRTEEN and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for New York teachers like you.

Premium databases available for free right here on this site

Songs by Lucas - a YouTube Channel created by our own, Lucas Rotman, a kindergarten teacher

Library of Congress: Smart Fun For Kids

BPC School Library Links - List of websites for learning and fun. The list is organized by subjects.

Companies offering subscription free resources due to school closings

Scholastics Learn at Home Hub - 20 days of cross-curricular learning journeys for grades Pre-K-8 that kids can do on their own, with their families or with their teachers

Dav Pilkey Gives You Reading Superpowers - This March 23-27, join author and illustrator Dav Pilkey for a week of classroom activities and materials to inspire young readers to channel their inner superpowers and join the Cat Kid's Comic Club!

Khan Academy - Khan Academy prepared the site to make it easier for parents and teachers to set up daily schedules for remote learning - Comprehensive list of online learning resources for students and teachers

E-Learning for Kids - Standard-based free lessons - Learn new skills (plenty of courses on coding, circuits, cooking, sewing, craft making, computer building, ….., as well as project instructions)

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

Scratch - Learn to code with block based coding

NASA STEM Engagement Here are a few creative technology projects you can do on your own! Choose one below and follow the steps to design something original and learn some new tech skills.

Smithsonian - Things to do at home

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge

From Common Sense Media: Resources for at-home learning:

    Best Tech Creation Tools -

    Virtual Field Trips  - Over 30 Field Trips from Art to Science

    Social and Emotional Resources

    List of sites from Rachel and Mara, our counselors

    Other Online Resources

    National Theatre -  full length production will be streamed on a weekly basis with availability for 7 days after that on YouTube. 

    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Join Mo Willems every day at 1:00 p.m. ET to explore writing, drawing and learning with the author :)

    Enrichment Activities for children while parents are working remotely

    From Common Sense Media: Media recommendations for entertainment (Hand-picked, age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged.):

    Metropolitan Opera - Streaming past performances during its closure

    Cosmic Kids Yoga - Videos for children 3+

    NYC Socio-Economic Supports - Supports for individuals who struggle economically due to Covid-19 outbreak

    Advice from Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development
    • Consider a “digital quarantine” and limit use of cell phones and tablets until schoolwork is completed.
    • Create a dedicated space for learning, ideally different from where your kids usually play games or watch television.
    • Make sure kids are learning rather than zoning out when they’re in front of a monitor or screen.
    • Include time for physical activity every day. If it helps, set alarms and send the kids outside.
    • Encourage reading of physical books and other print materials, especially for younger children.
    • Check in with other parents in your community to get advice, share concerns, and learn useful tips.
    • Remind your children that this isn’t a vacation; set up assignments, grades, requirements, and tests if it helps.
    • Don't forget to have fun! Plan off-screen activities and bonding experiences for the whole family