Support your child’s learning outside the classroom with fun and educational resources. Here are some favorites of PS33 Chelsea Prep parents. Do you have a go-to app, website or other resource to share? Let us know at educate@ps33pta.org.

Core Standards

Math Resources

Reading and English Language Resources

Language and Cultural Resources

Science Resources

Social Studies Resources

Other Learning Resources and Apps

TEACHER-CREATED MATERIAL OR CREATE YOUR OWN

Educational Apps, Websites and More Resources for Learning

Core Standards

Math Resources

  • Basic Mathis a skills drill app that will help students practice their basic math facts. The exercise are designed largely for under 12s, with varying levels of difficulty, and cover addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A timer can be added if students want to play against the clock, and you can even set a delay between questions depending on whether they were answered correctly or incorrectly.
  • Math Is Fun provides explanations, games, puzzles, and worksheets to learn numbers, algebra, geometry and data in an easy-to-learn manner. Content on the site is for Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Khan Academyprovides a world of math skills to practice, guided by clear, simple instructional videos, starting with the very basic 1+1 and going right up to calculus.
  • Motion Math Hungry Fish features addition – touch two numbers together and they instantly add. Most addition games teach in the form 3 + 4 = __; Hungry Fish challenges players to find, for example, the many different ways to make a 7 (1+6, 2+5, 3+2+2, etc.). There are 18 levels of challenge (for 4-year-olds to adults) and bonuses that let you customize your fish with new colors and fins.
  • Number Line will help students learn about fractions, decimals, percentages and their equivalents. The game features several levels where the object is to drag objects onto a number line in the correct numerical order.
  • Math Drills Lite has drills with a difference. Solutions to the problems are revealed with a variety of on-screen manipulatives like number lines, the nine times tables on your fingers, or wooden blocks. There are also problems with missing operation signs, or greater than and less than signs, so it could be a useful way to introduce students to basic algebra problems. An on-screen graphic keeps track of the number of right and wrong answers.
  • The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) illuminates the patterns and structures all around us. This NYC museum has exhibits and programs to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. MoMath is geared towards kids in grades 4 through 8, but there is plenty to engage younger kids and adults.

Reading and English Language Resources

  • Dictionary.com features a dictionary, thesaurus and a word of the day feature. It offers example sentences, audio pronunciations, and word origins. You don’t even need to be connected to the Internet to use the dictionary and thesaurus features.
  • K12 Reader offers free reading instruction resources for teachers and parents. If you’re looking for practice materials for your child, you can find worksheets and detailed program supplements for reading, spelling, sight words, grammar, phonics, comprehension, writing, and more.
  • Story Kit is the International Children’s Digital Library App. It allows you to create your own stories, including sound clips and images that you create yourself .

Book Reading Lists  

Classes / Programs / Exhibitions

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Language and Cultural Resources

NY Public Library - Mango Languages lets you learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for 38 different languages. This database features ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers. A text translator is provided.

African

  • Museum for African Art is dedicated to the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Museum is internationally acknowledged as a preeminent organizer of exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art, with programs that are as diverse as the continent itself.
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research unit of The New York Public Library system and is one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. It has promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent and continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

Asian

  • Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution that is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States. In arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Chinese

  • China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens the global community.

French

  • Alliance Française is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.

German

Indian

  • Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) is one of the largest umbrella organizations in the Indian community.  It represents and provides grass-root support to its Asian-Indian community members.  It furthers the interests of Indians residing in the United States and holds the largest India Day Parade in the world in New York City every year.

Irish

  • Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. 

Italian

Jewish

  • The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its collections, exhibitions, and related education programs. The Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust.  Multiple perspectives on modern Jewish history, life, and culture are presented in the Museum’s unique Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions.

Russian

Spanish

  • El Museo del Barrio New York seeks to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States.  Through its extensive collections, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals and special events, El Museo educates its diverse public in the richness of Caribbean and Latin American arts and cultural history. By introducing young people to this cultural heritage, El Museo is creating the next generation of museumgoers, while satisfying the growing interest in Caribbean and Latin American art of a broad national and international audience.

Science Resources

  • Ology is the American Museum of Natural History's kid site, loaded with fun and interesting stuff for kids. One good thing for NYC kids is that each page has an “At The Museum“ section, which follows up on what they saw during their visit.
  • Vision Learning is a free digital resource for teaching and learning science.  This includes a glossary of science terms that has a definitions links to related terms and detailed learning modules. Short biographies are also included.
  • Exoplanet is a little more than a database of planets and what we know about them, and a whacking great zoomable map of the Milky Way to show you where they all sit in space.
  • 3D Brain his for human biology with an absolutely exhaustive pictographic guide to all the many parts of the human brain. You can see, in the obligatory 3D, all the different structures of our most complex organ, and get comprehensive but easy-to-comprehend information explaining what they do.
  • Funology is full of science activity ideas, including indoor and outdoor games and has a page of science experiments that you can do at home with things you already have in your house.

Museums

  • American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions located in Manhattan that has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.  The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections and has Dinosaur exhibits, a whale room, a Discovery Room that offers an interactive entry to explore the museum exhibits and a behind the scenes glimpse at the science involved.   Space shows in the Hayden Planetarium immerse kids in the most current science of space. There is also an IMAX theater that takes children on entertaining and enthralling scientific voyages. 
  • Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ) has the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater to the new iExplore toddler and preschool exploratorium to permanent exhibits, like the 12,800 square foot interactive Skyscraper! Exhibit and several rotating exhibits. It also has a high number of programs, demonstrations and workshops that you can participate in while you are there.
  • NY Hall of Science (Queens) is a science and technology center with over 400 hands-on activities. It has an outdoor science playground where kids can learn about and explore the principles of physics through their own play. 
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a free learning and technology lab in Midtown that has four floors of high-tech, interactive exhibits that lets kids make music, animation, learn about video game and film technology, robots and nanotechnology. The Sony Wonder Lab also offers programs, parties and free movies for kids.

Social Studies Resources

  • iAmerica is an app from the U.S.A. Interactive website that provides you free access to a huge volume of basic information regarding the history of the United States, and features a list and brief biography of each president identical to the one found on the White House’s website. The app also includes state flags, major historical points, and even a quiz tool.
  • This Day in History is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches. You can hear the national anthems of countries on the day they became a nation, listen to presidents’ speeches on the anniversaries of their inaugurations, and play sound clips from famous artists on their birthdays.
  • 3D National Parks Lite takes a three-dimensional journey through the United States National Parks. Photographed in both 2D and 3D, these pictures portray the best that the U.S. Park System. These colorful images become more eye-catching in real 3D. The LITE version has two national parks. The Full version has 28 national parks.

Museums

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is one of the country's most popular historic sites. “The American Family Immigration History Center® is a family research facility at Ellis Island that provides visitors with advanced computer and multimedia technology, printed materials, and professional assistance for investigating immigration history, family documentation, and genealogical exploration.
  • New York Historical Society Museum & Library is one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions and the oldest museum in New York City.  New York Historical is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs.  Its mission is to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
  • The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city of New York by educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

Other Learning Resources and Apps

Technology

  • TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) talks are a series of advanced, in-depth talks given by experts in all sorts of fields imaginable.

Movies

Organization

  • Evernote is a note-taking app. One account can sync with virtually every mobile device that exists, and sharing and transmitting your data couldn’t be easier. This is perfect for taking notes in a lecture and then accessing them at home on your desktop, or sending them to friends who haven’t quite made it in that morning, or making to-do lists, etc.
  • ThreeRing allows teachers to quickly and easily create digital portfolios of student work. Just snap a picture with your smartphone, and the app will sort the work by student, tag its content, and upload it to an online interface accessible by teachers, students, and parents.
  • Dropbox is an easy way to transfer images from an iPhone or an iPad to a computer, or to add PDFs or text files to an iOS device so you can read them there.

Various

  • iTunes U gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.
  •  http://www.apple.com/apps/itunes-u

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TEACHER-CREATED MATERIAL OR CREATE YOUR OWN

  • iBooks Author is an app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks and just about any other kind of book for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.
  • Educreations turns any iPad or web browser into a recordable, interactive whiteboard, making it easy for teachers and experts to create engaging video lessons and share them on the web. Students can replay these lessons any time, any place, on any connected device.
  • Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.