The following is a list of free resources that can be used by students, parents/caregivers, and teachers to build and practice skills and provide enrichment to school curriculum.
Britannica School (Grades K-12)
Nonfiction content that includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, and novels and essays. Tools include translation for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
Crash Course (Grades 9-12) and Crash Course Kids (Grades 3-8)
A YouTube channel that creates study-aid and skill videos for a wide range of ages.
Explora (Grades K-12)
Searches a variety of eResources and includes content from magazines, encyclopedias, eBooks, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and more. Also includes photos, maps, and flags. Search the general Explora for Public Libraries or narrow it down to age-appropriate content for Elementary, Middle, or High School. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
K-5 Learning (Grades PreK-6)
Fee-based resource, however worksheets in a variety of subjects are free.
Khan Academy (Grades PreK-12)
Free online practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard.
The Kids Should See This (Grades K-12)
Collection of 4,500+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents, including STEAM, history, and culture-focused content.
The Learning Network (Grades 7-12)
From The New York Times, publishes about 1,000 teaching resources each school year, all based on using Times content — articles, essays, images, videos, graphics and podcasts — as teaching tools across subject areas.
Michigan Learning Channel (Grades PreK-12)
Teacher-led lessons and after-school programming.
PBS Kids Learn at Home (Grades PreK-2)
Every week, new at-home learning topics are provided with activities, games, and articles — featuring your favorite PBS KIDS characters to keep your child learning through play.
PBS LearningMedia (Grades PreK-12)
Free, curated standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans.
Quarto Classroom (Grades PreK-12)
Free video library focusing a variety of subjects, guiding students through self-led discussions and projects, accompanied by printable material.
School Center from LearningExpress Library (Grades 4-12)
Practice tests on a variety of subjects. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
Tutor.com (Grades K-12)
On-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation, writing assistance, video lessons, and more for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. DTDL card required.
Wide Open School (Grades PreK-12)
Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Every day students can access free, high-quality learning activities across subjects, all in one place.
Bedtime Math (Grades PreK-6)
Daily math activities designed to make math fun and part of the family routine in just five minutes a day.
Inside Mathematics (Grades K-12)
Math problems aligned to grade level common core standards.
MathChimp (Grades 1-8)
MathChimp creates and collects the best free online math games, videos & worksheets.
Reading & Language
Home Reading Helper (Grades PreK-3)
Resource for parents to elevate children’s reading at home provided by Read Charlotte.
Mango Languages (Grades 1-12)
Online language learning program that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. DTDL card required.
Reading Rockets (Grades PreK-3)
Offers information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Scholastic School Success Guides (Grades K-8)
Review reading and writing curricula, learn what to expect, and discover the books and activities you can use to support learning.
World Book Early Learning (Grades PreK-3)
Learning games, activities, videos, and stories. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
Science & Social Studies
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints (Grades 7-12)
Provides different views about issues that help students develop critical thinking skills. This resource brings balance and perspective to contemporary issues using arguments from experts. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Grades K-12)
Natural and historical education resources, including videos from state park interpreters, outdoor scavenger hunts, reading materials, free apps, websites, virtual tours and more.
Michigan History for Kids (Grades 3-4)
Goes beyond the textbooks, exploring the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples.
Smithsonian Science Education Center (Grades K-8)
Includes standards-aligned educational games, simulations, videos, eBooks, and hands-on lessons.
World Book Kids (Grades PreK-5)
Easy-to-read content for elementary school learners. Hundreds of activities, science projects and experiments. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
Wow in the World (Grades K-6)
Podcast that guides curious kids on a journey into the wonders of the world around them
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Grades PreK-5)
Designed for young Spanish speaking students or those learning Spanish as a second language. Full text articles, maps, flags, and more. Dozens of hands-on activities and links to Spanish language websites. Also includes a visual dictionary. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
Wide Open School - Recursos en Espanol (Grades PreK-12)
Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Every day students can access free, high-quality learning activities across subjects, all in one place, and in Spanish.
Michigan Alliance for Families (Grades PreK-12)
Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services.
Special Education Mediation Services (Grades K-12)
Special Education Mediation Services helps students by fostering cooperation and effective teamwork among those who plan their education.
Code.org (Grades K-12)
Free program for learning computer science and how to code.
TypingClub (Grades PreK-12)
Learn touch typing online using TypingClub's free typing courses. It includes 650 typing games, typing tests and videos, including Jungle Junior for PreK through first grade.
College & Postsecondary Prep
BigFuture (Grades 9-12)
BigFuture.org lets you search for colleges using tons of filters like your SAT score, desired major, and GPA to find colleges that will be a fit for you. You can create an account to save your list of colleges, create a custom profile, and link to your College Board account.
The Career Center from Michigan Learning Channel (Grades 7-12)
The Career Center is a show where real teens explore the opportunities in their future and the paths available to find their dream career. The program is hosted by a career counselor and walks teens through the process of exploring careers and career pathways.
CareerOneStop’s Scholarship Finder (Grades 9-12)
Use this free search tool from the U.S. Dept. of Labor to search thousands of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.
College Board (Grades 9-12)
College Board has a variety of tools to connect students to college success and opportunity, including test prep, timelines for college planning, college information, scholarships, and more.
FAFSA for Special Populations (NASFAA) (Grades 9-12)
A compendium of resources from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for helping students in special circumstances complete the FAFSA (homeless, ward of the court, undocumented, emancipated minor, etc.).
FAFSA Informational Videos (Grades 9-12)
A YouTube playlist of short, high-quality FAFSA informational videos from the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Student Aid (Grades 9-12)
Learn about the financial aid process and apply for aid at this U.S. Dept. of Education site.
LearningExpress Library (Grades 9-12)
LearningExpress offers a wide range of test preparation resources for college (AP®, ACT®, PSAT®, SAT®, and more), vocational (career exams such as Allied Health, CDL, Cosmetology, Pluming, etc.), and military pursuits (ASVAB diagnostic and practice exams), in addition to a variety of other educational and career resources. (Provided by the Michigan eLibrary - library card or Michigan ID may be required to log in.)
MI Student Aid (Grades 9-12)
Michigan’s student aid site from the Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning provides funding, tools, and resources on how you can afford college in Michigan.
General Educational Resources
Common Core State Standards Initiative (Grades K-12)
A list of what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.
Great Schools (Grades K-12)
Offers a variety of parent resources, activities, worksheets and more in several subject areas.
Learning Heroes (Grades K-8)
Resources for parents to support their children's educational success, including a tool to know what is expected at grade levels and resources to support that.
Read by Grade Three Law (Grades K-3)
Information for parents about Michigan's law that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help.