Family Resources

The following enrichment and extension resources are provided for your convenience. This webpage contains links to websites that are outside of the Arlington Public Schools network. APS does not control the content or relevancy of these outside sites.

Skill and Knowledge Growth

CrashCourse: YouTube channel that has a huge library of videos on a variety of topics and disciplines

Extra History: Interested in military history? Here is the YouTube channel for you!

GeographyNow: YouTube channel that has a collection of informational and fun videos about different countries around the world.

The Gifted Guy Enrichment: Check out fun videos that teach a student how to learn chess, or how to do sudoku, or how to create your own Schoolhouse Rock, etc. There are a lot of fun chances to learn how to do something that stimulates your brain.

Ken Burns In the Classroom: One of the masters of documentaries! You can explore a time period in history through his documentaries and analysis of primary sources.

Khan Academy: Resources for students and parents to find challenges in various areas of math, science, and design thinking.

PBS Learning Media – Grades K – 2: Interactive lesson plans, videos, and more across several disciplines. Also some cool current event videos and quizzes.

PBS Learning Media – Grades 3 – 5: Interactive lesson plans, videos, and more across several disciplines. Also some cool current event videos and quizzes.

National Geographic Kids: National Geographic Kids is a great resource with activities, videos, and games on a variety of topics. National Geographic Kids is a great resource with activities, videos, and games on a variety of topics.

Wonderopolis: Each day a new “wonder” is posted. This is a great chance for the curious learner to look into several different fun facts and have follow up resources to learn more

Creativity

Brilliant: Try out a daily challenge!

CriticalAnd Creative Thinking (CCT) – Choice Boards for Family activities : Learn about the CCT framework and find fun family activities to incorporate at home that build critical and creative thinking skills!

Google Arts & Culture: Zoom in on famous pieces of art to learn more about the work and the artist. You can also participate in fun quizzes.

KenKen Puzzles!: Test out your math skills, stretch your brain, and have fun! Here are KenKen puzzles for all grades.

NASA Stem Engagement: Want to check out some STEM activities? NASA has you covered! Become the next generation of explorers with NASA Education Outreach.

PBS Think Math: Take on some real world applications of mathematics and think more deeply about how to apply that math skill you wondered “When will I use this in real life?”

Skill Share Creative Writing: Want to develop as a creative writer? Check out this site with videos and daily tips on how to build your craft.

Smithsonian’s History Explorer: An excellent place to learn more about a time, event, person, or group from history that you have been curious about.

Try Engineering: Explore different fields of engineering and activities that will challenge you with problem solving.

Family Resources

Common Sense Media’s Top 10 Podcasts for Tweens and Teens: So many opportunities in podcasts to learn, inspire, and discuss. Pick an episode to listen to on a walk or as a family. Build a discussion group with peers based on a specific podcast.

NCES Kids’ Zone: A Fun place to try out some statistics games, look at different schools, and even learn about different colleges with the college navigator.

Renzulli Learning: When it comes to gifted education, Joseph Renzulli is kind of a big deal! Renzulli Learning is an online interactive system that helps students develop a learning profile and then have access to helpful resources and ideas based on the individualized learning profile. You can check out the home edition of Renzulli Learning to find engaging activities for the whole family

TED Talks to Watch with Kids and TED Talks by Brilliant Kids and Teens: Feed your student’s curiosity. Watch with your student and inspire deep conversation, or have your student form an interest group among friends to watch and discuss specific TED Talks