Summer Learning Educational Resources

This webpage contains suggested resources and activities that students and families may choose to use while school is not in session. These are voluntary activities for students.

Elementary Academic Resources

  • If you are looking for quality curated resources in a variety of different subjects, Wide Open School is a great place to begin.  Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for students K-12 curated by the editors of Common Sense. 
  • Download the  Khan Academy Kids app for activities related to various school subjects.
  • Use the Khan Academy  website to learn and practice skills for many subjects including math, English language arts, science, social studies, and more.  Choose a course (listed under the Courses tab) for the child’s grade level and subject of choice. Kahn Academy also offers Khan Academy Grammar for a quick refresh of grammar skills.
  • Practice math and English language arts skills using IXL  (Grades 1-5). This program provides instruction and practice tailored to a student’s individual needs.  It requires the child’s QV login and password.
  • Explore the lessons on Scholastic.com.  These are cross-curricular lessons for students K-6+ designed for learning at home. Each day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video.
  • Read an article on Newsela. This program offers current events stories for students K-12. Indexed by broad theme, stories are student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. 
  • Explore coding with Code.org Express Course (blocked-based for beginners) and Khan Academy Computer Programming (text-based for beginners to intermediate). Both of these resources start by using cartoons and animations to help students create games and other programs.   
  • Learn about a new language using Duolingo, a world language program, offering activities for learners of all ages. Students can learn to speak and read a variety of different languages.
  • Curl up with a favorite book or magazine:
      • Here is a great list for titles for students in grades 3-5 from the American Library Association Website. 
      • For younger students, try Khan Academy Kids or the ALSC summer reading list. 
      • Students can also use their Sewickley Library card to borrow ebooks through the eLibrary.
      • Read a story using Reading A-Z , a library of differentiated books at 29 levels of difficulty that students can use to practice reading.  Students will need to log in using their QV accounts.

Elementary Educational Exploration

Middle and High School Academic Resources

  • If you are looking for quality curated resources in a variety of different subjects, Wide Open School is a great place to begin.  Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for students K-12 curated by the editors of Common Sense.
  • Keep up with content and skills in a variety of courses using Khan Academy .  Choose a course (listed under the Courses tab). Brush up on grammar skills using Khan Academy Grammar.
  • Read an article on Newsela  that offers current events stories for students. Indexed by broad theme, stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level.
  • Middle school students can practice math skills and learn new math topics using MATHia. This requires the student's QV login and password.
  • Practice for the SAT  or ACT using these online resources and programs.
  • Read a good book.  Here is a list of good books for grades 6-8.  Here is another list for middle school students.  Students can also use a Sewickley Library card to borrow ebooks through the eLibrary  
  • Learn about a new language using Duolingo, a world language program, offering activities for learners of all ages. Students can learn to speak and read a variety of different languages.
  • Middle school students can research careers using Naviance for Middle School Students
  • High school students can use Naviance for High School Students  to research colleges, view virtual college tours, and get tips and practice writing their college essays. These require the student's QV login and password.
  • Learn the basics of computer programming using Kahn Academy’s Computer Programming Course. 

Middle and High School Educational Exploration