For families, homework can be a challenge, whether the issue is, content-based, time management, or fear, frustration or anxiety. Here are some resources that may help make tackling (or completing) homework a more positive experience.
- Literacy - This page provides resources for addressing literacy or reading and writing skills as well as general homework strategies.
- Math - This page offers resources that focus on mathematics skills as well as general homework strategies.
- Science & Social Studies - This page contributes resources that concentrate on science and social studies as well as general homework strategies.
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Description: You play an important role in your child’s attitude toward, and success with, mathematics. This guide is intended to help you understand changes in mathematics education and to suggest ways that you can support your child’s learning of mathematics.
Description: Released tests are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests and are provided to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions. Some items on the mathematics tests released in spring 2014 were replaced with items of similar content to preserve the integrity of the test item bank. In addition, test item sets rather than full released tests are being provided for History & Social Science tests in 2014 to protect these item banks. The answers to...
Description: The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.
Description: The 2013 virtual conference was held on November 11-15, 2013, featuring Penny Reed's keynote address that focused on integrating assistive technology to improve the performance of students on the Standards of Learning. Daily webinars featured Digital Print Plus MS Word Equals Access…a Winning Equation, Who Needs AT in an Early Childhood Classroom?, Accessible Academic Activities – Literacy and AAC and Core Vocabulary. Although the live conference is over, the archived videos are...
Description: Accessible Academic Activities are educational activities that support single switch technology. Students with physical disabilities and/or students who become overwhelmed by too much information (or choices) are good switch candidates. This webinar will review a variety of educational activities that provide curricular supports for switch users focusing on emergent literacy skills (specifically alphabet knowledge, letter writing, print knowledge, oral language, and phonological awareness)....
Description: Have you heard the word about MSWord? Did you know that you can adjust the cognitive difficulty of print information to provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement using MS Word and free Internet downloads? Awesome, right? The tools in MS Word plus the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) equals access to knowledge. But wait, there’s more! Using a process called "cognitive rescaling" (Edyburn, 2002) and flexible digital technologies, you can...
Description: The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.
Description: The Iowa Department of Public Health has the following archived webinars on Pediatric TBI and Schools: Intro to the Brain Injury Quick Guide, Pediatric Brain Injury 101, Common Challenges after Brain Injury, Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Following Brain Injury, Pediatric TBI: Where do we go from here?, Pediatric TBI: From Hospitalization to Classroom, Returning to the Classroom Following Concussion & Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury.
Description: This version includes highlights (compiled by NPDC) of this report. The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
Description: The virtual astronomy course is aligned with the Commonwealth’s Science Standards of Learning (SOL) and may be used as a stand-alone minicourse or as a supplement to full-year courses in earth science, physics, or astronomy. The course is optimized for delivery on iPad and is available at no cost via Virginia on iTunes U. The virtual astronomy course may be used to satisfy a state diploma requirement (effective with this year’s first-time freshmen) that students complete at least one virtual...
Description: Credit accommodations for students with disabilities pursuing a Standard Diploma include augmenting the Personal Living and Finances course (state course code 3120) by including the 21 Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) for the Commonwealth. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans will have the opportunity to use the revised course to meet the Economics and Personal Finance graduation requirement if the student has earned at least three (3) standard credits in history...
Description: The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
Description: Whether you're a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. Learning proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies are a vital part of improving your grade on exams as well as your academic success.
Description: This practice guide provides five recommendations for teaching math to children in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to build a strong foundation for later math learning.
Description: Presentations and handouts from the 2013 English SOL Institutes are now available online. Focus areas are vocabulary, nonfiction reading, persuasive writing, and research using primary sources.
Description: Rigorous teacher-developed course units cover all aspects of civic education from voting to service learning to the legislative process and more! Many lesson plans include PowerPoint presentations. Elementary resources include a resources guide, morning meeting lesson plans, mini-modules and a dramatic reading of the Constitutional Convention. Sign up now to access all of Youth Leadership Initiative’s FREE lesson plan resources.
Description: Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the...
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: The Reading Teachers Network – or RTN – is the online source for renewal, creativity, and reading instruction for all reading teachers and administrators. RTN has been designed to provide the research-based resources teachers need, and to be a meeting place where educators can connect and communicate. RTN is a 24/7 virtual resource for teachers of reading that includes videos of classroom instruction, webinars, articles about best practices, instructional tools, and much, much more.
Description: Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing.
Description: The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help: POLICY MAKERS use evidence to make informed choices. PRINCIPALS choose proven programs to meet state standards. TEACHERS use the most powerful tools available. RESEARCHERS find rigorous evaluations of educational programs. ...because all children deserve the best in education.
Description: The content of this issue of Best Practices for Better Schools™ is excerpted with permission from Doing What Works (DWW), a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources to help principals and other educators implement research-based instructional practice.
Description: This guide for teachers is a companion piece to the meta-analysis from the Center on Instruction, Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities or Difficulty Learning Mathematics: A Synthesis of the Intervention Research. Based on the findings of this report, seven effective instructional practices were identified for teaching mathematics to K-12 students with learning disabilities.
Description: The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for math instruction (K-12 emphasis).
Description: This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. (Parents, parent, Behavior, Math, Reading)
Description: The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.
Description: NCTM Illuminations provides quality standards-based resources at no cost for teaching and learning mathematics, including over 100 interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers. Our Resources Lessons and interactives searchable by NCTM’s Principles and Standards and by the Common Core State Standards. Over 700 lesson plans Over 100 activities; these are virtual manipulatives, applets, and games 13 Calculation Nation® games Play online math...
Description: This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
Description: MyPlate Kids' Place has resources that can help children make healthier choices. ChooseMyPlate.gov offers science-based advice to help kids and their parents build healthy meals and maintain or achieve a healthy weight. MyPlate Kids' Place provides online resources and tools for children to help them make wise choices in a fun and appealing way. (nutrition)
Description: ASOL Writing Sample Activities are available under VA Assessments> VAAP > Teaching Process.
Description: ASOL Reading Sample Activities are available on the VA Assessments> VAAP > Teaching Process.
Description: 2013 conference presentations and materials are available for download from the conference program.
Description: This contains a listing of the reading products available from Don Johnston.
Description: The arts play a vital role in the education of children with disabilities in and out of traditional classrooms and educational environments, from pre-K through the 12th grade and beyond, to sustain achievement academically, socially and as engaged citizens of the twenty-first century. Our programs and resources at the intersection of arts education and special education include: an annual conference, an annual forum, publications of exemplary programs, webinars, bibliography of journal article,...
Description: We’re focused on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Our collection of free digital resources—including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules—has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction. There is a section for educators and a...
Description: Start with the Arts is an instructional program created by VSA for pre-school and early elementary school learners that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms.
Description: This document (dated September 13, 2013) is based on comments provided to frequently asked questions received by the Virginia Department of Education regarding the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The comments are organized by content strand or course. In support of the implementation of the standards, teachers are encouraged to review comments not only from their specific grade level or course standards, but rather review the document in its entirety to gain information that can directly...
Description: Every problem in the TenMarks library is developed with the intent to engage the student's problem-solving skills. With a continually growing bank of questions, students are assured access to a wide variety of problems to practice and perfect their skills and build a strong foundation.
Description: The Virginia Science Activities, Models and Simulations project engages students in middle and high school in practices that are essential for learning science through inquiry. The activities involve asking questions or defining problems, using models or sensors, collecting data, interpreting results, using mathematics, technology and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions based on evidence.
Description: The mission of the Virginia Law Foundation & The Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project is to fundamentally change the way students learn about the rule of law as the basis of all of our rights and responsibilities as American citizens. (Social Science)
Description: These 11 video clips and related learning guides provide an opportunity to enhance and support teacher practice in the area of literacy for students with significant disabilities.
Description: The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. (You must create an account to download the lessons.)
Description: The purpose of this checklist is to help teachers and parents design environments, materials, and interactions that will promote optimal motivation and engagement in learning. Each section correlates with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and provides strategies for adults to use that will create the highest quality preschool experiences for each child. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Prepared by Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the purpose of this document is to provide early childhood educators a set of minimum standards in literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and the visual arts, with indicators of success for entering kindergarten that are derived from scientifically-based research.
Description: The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and that align with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This manual will assist school personnel in understanding how a brain injury can best be recognized and served. It includes five chapters on: 1) basic normal neuroanatomy, 2) tasks mastered during normal development and how a brain injury can disrupt development at any point, 3) 16 domains (or skills) most commonly disrupted following a brain injury, 4) social/emotional competency and 5) the federal definition of TBI and its implications on formalized services (504 Plans),...
Description: Resources for this handout were collected from numerous recommendations from colleagues,students, SWAAAC team members, and personal research. Whenever possible the description from the iTunes store was included. Apps are generally categorized by the most appropriate association. It should be noted that many apps could fall into more than one category. (iPad, iPads, iTouch, Time Management, Math, Music, Reading, Writing, Art, Science, Social Studies, Communication, Vision, Hearing)
Description: Ever-evolving mobile technologies offer hope to students who have a learning disability like dyscalculia or dyslexia. My daughter (who has dyslexia) and I researched and/or tested all of the apps, and we think they’re especially helpful to the student with LD in dealing with math – whether it’s for schoolwork or some other kind of everyday challenge (like figuring out how much something really costs).
Description: This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. (Science)