Education Resources
Posted on 03/31/2020
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Beginning Monday (4/13), PBS stations across the Commonwealth will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with Virginia's academic standards.  Locally, airs on Blue Ridge PBS.

The “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule is as follows:

  • K-3 instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standards of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Learn to Grow with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers. 
  • Grades 7-10 instruction airs from 2-3 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media focusing on Earth Science and Algebra 1.
  • During the week of April 27, “VA TV Classroom” will add a special hour from 3-4 p.m. called “AP Prep Week,” with content provided by Virtual Virginia — in collaboration with WHRO — focusing on a different AP subject each day. The hour will include two 30-minute segments.

Blue Ridge PBS can be seen on the following channels:

    • Blue Ridge PBS – SWVAPTV: via antenna 15.2, streaming services Blue Ridge Streaming and Project Southwest on YouTube, Citizens Cable 82, Cox 107, Comcast/Xfinity 264 and Lumos 17 (Shentel, Bedford, Covington, Glade Hill, Radford, Rocky Mount, Rustburg and Wytheville: 157)

During the closure, Roanoke City Public Schools realizes parents/guardians may need help educating their students at home.  Our staff has shared a number of websites that may be helpful to you and your children. 

Science websites:

-resources on space, the atmosphere, and careers in science (Mr. Fitzpatrick)

-Chemistry explanations for 5th grade through high school (Mr. Fitzpatrick)

-lessons and interactive info on Earth Science, fossils, and the Earth (Mr. Fitzpatrick)

-Resources on our oceans and the atmosphere (Mr. Fitzpatrick)

-resources and virtual field trips all over the world (Mr. Fitzpatrick)

-interactive simulations in science and math (Mr. Fitzpatrick)

Project Learning Tree- Activities to do at home

-Activities on plants, animals, recycling and the environment

Virginia Wildlife Magazine

-The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has uploaded the most recent issues of their magazine, Virginia Wildlife, for students to read.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) SciJinks

-weather information and education for students

NOAA Climate Information

-data and explanations on climate around the world.  Interactive data maps.

NOAA Ocean Explorer

-lots of video clips of undersea exploration.  Check out the “tug o’ War!”

The Cloud Lab

-play the challenge game to identify cloud types.

Games at NOAA

-Lots of games with science education themes

Science Bob
(Ms. Reese of Lucy Addison Middle)

Steve Spangler Science
(Ms. Pinkard of James Madison Middle)

Social Studies websites:

Thank you to Ms. Seitz and Ms. Crutchman of Lucy Addison Middle for providing these resources.

This is a YouTube channel that offers great information.  The videos are short, to-the-point, and efficient while still engaging.

This website is free and engaging.  It offers lessons, as well as games to keep children engaged in the fundamentals of our government.

The students can find free virtual museum tours by following the links in this article:

Students can visit famous memorial sites to learn about important historical figures at the following site:

Students can access many facts and cool videos at:

Mathematics websites:

Thank you to Mr. Fitzpatrick and Ms. Snyder for providing these resources


Ms. Atkins provided these resources

All grades English -


Thank you to Ms. Floyd for providing these resources.

National Geographic Magazine for Kids

Smithsonian Museum for Kids

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Highlights for Kids

Thank you to Ms. Atkins for sharing these ideas  - Harry Potter Reading Club from Scholastic - free reading, writing, and games

Middle and High School - media literacy -

Resources for English Learners:

Thank you to Mr. Allder for providing these resources.

Duo Lingo: Language learning software- Free and available as a phone application

ABCYa: Games and activities- Free Subscription available for 1 device

ESL Games: Vocabulary and grammar games for beginning and intermediate ELs

Learning Chocolate: Focus on general vocabulary and phonics with audio and visuals

Breaking News English : Reading resource with current events for English Learners

Starfall: Phonemic awareness and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity for beginning grades

Newsela (free basic account for news content only)

World Language Resources:

Conjuguemos: Activities and games for learning Spanish, French, Latin and more

Duo Lingo: Language learning software- Free and available as a phone application

French Children's Stories: Some well-known children's stories translated into French and spoken by a native French speaker.  Read along in French or English.

Spanish children's stories: Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Read along in Spanish or English.

Virtual Field Trips for pre-school students

Thank you to Ms. Kreft for sharing these resources! (San Diego Zoo)

Our Gifted Resources Teachers suggest the following resources: - build a habitat online, solve animal mysteries, tour a zoo -activities, games, and lesson plans for gifted learners - science articles - dance mat typing helps students learn the keys/typing skills though games - current events - entertaining and educational site to learn more about poetry - a great resource for parents, teachers, and students to find hands on challenges to build and research. - more great STEM activities that will fill our time and mind with amazing learning opportunities. - YES, the Census Bureau has some great resources for parents and teachers.  It’s in the news so why not help students make a connection to the census through meaningful activities. - World Poetry Day is March 21.  Here is a site to help you embrace poetry! - for the student who loves art and a creative challenge try this activity for teaching Art vocabulary!  peruse this Virginia website for all sorts of great links and opportunities for the student and family!  Another great resource to learn about local species of birds, their habitat and migratory behaviors.  Not only a Science lesson, but Geography too!  If you have a student wanting to learn about aerospace engineering, check out this site!  Lots for the students and adults to look at, explore, and create amazing learning opportunities. All content on this site is now free. Includes mysteries, labs and engineering challenges for students in grades 4 through 8. This free app for kids 5 to 7 teaches coding in fun and exciting ways!  Another free app that includes 3D Design, electronics and coding. 

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