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Thank You

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Preschool–grade 12

Teacher Appreciation Slideshow Template for Student or Class

Despite the challenges this year, teachers really came through for students and families. Let them know how much you appreciate them!

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Thank you for being my light!

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Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

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grades K–2

Thank-O-Rama

Join Elephant and Piggy creator Mo Williams for Thank-You Thursdays. Think of someone to thank, make them a card, and sing a thank-you song.

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grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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media balance

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades K–5

These few simple practices can help your family find a healthy balance with media and tech, even during distance learning.

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special support for special children

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Special Support for Special Children

Check out these resources available through the special education office.

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teaching and learning resources

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Teaching and Learning Resources

Find our what DOE is doing to support your child's learning.

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grades 3–5

Write and Perform

Write an original rap, song or spoken word poem with friends, family members or by yourself. Practice your performance.

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Preschool

Bush Baby Makes a Thank-You Card

Grab a piece of paper and some colored pencils and make something beautiful for your family member!

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grade 5 social studies unit

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grade 5

Mexico, US, Canada Comparative (Geography)

Engage in some virtual exploration of countries in the Western Hemisphere. What similarities do you share with people around the world?

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grade 5 math unit

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grade 5

Multiplying Fractions and Whole Numbers

Learn how to multiply fractions and whole numbers. Drawings will help you express your thinking.

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grade 5 english unit

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grade 5

Midsummer Nights Dream

Perform an at-home play, The Dinner Theatre or stage your own mini-play. And in everything, discuss the characters.

Engage with your kindergartener with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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kindergarten science unit

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grade K

Weather

Observe extreme weather in three short clips and prepare your learner to be an at-home meteorologist with a fun at-home science challenge.

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kindergarten social studies unit

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grade K

Maps and Globes

Use maps and globes to find and better understand places around the world. Draw maps to help others better understand you.

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kindergarten math unit

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grade K

Measurements

Measure without a ruler! Use everyday items like shoestrings, squares of toilet paper, straws, or cans to measure things around you.

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kindergarten english unit

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grade K

Native Americans

Sing songs about North and South America and visit websites to learn about the first people known to live on the continents, Native Americans.

Engage with your 1st grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 1 social studies unit

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grade 1

Maps

Describe the special features and symbols on maps and use them to create maps of your very own!

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grad 1 science unit

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grade 1

Light Sound Waves

Learn more about pitch and volume in sound vibrations and how to make sound visible.

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grade 1 english unit

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grade 1

Astronomy

Explain the major difference between fiction and non-fiction books and use both types of texts to learn about the solar system.

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grade 1

Measurement

Modify the popular guessing game “I Spy,” and play “I Spy: Shorter Than/Longer Than" to practice comparing lengths both directly and indirectly.

Engage with your 2nd grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 2 math unit

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grade 2

Borrowing and Regrouping

Practice adding and subtracting, with and without the standard algorithm.

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grade 2 science unit

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grade 2

Changes to the Land Over Time

Change in nature happens fast and slow. Learn what causes immediate and gradual changes in our environment.

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grade 2 social studies unit

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grade 2

Geography: Urban, Suburban, and Rural

Describe the similarities and differences between urban, suburban, and rural areas. Also, view what New York looked like in the 1800 and 1900s.

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grade 2

Cycles of Nature

Read poetry, listen to music, and explore non-fiction texts to learn about the seasons.

Engage with your 3rd grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 3 social studies unit

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grade 3

Community of the World – Africa

Appreciate about the diversity of Africa by focusing on countries and learning about them well. Geography practice and music will open the door to discovery.

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grade 3 science unit

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grade 3

Interdependence

All animals’ traits help them survive and thrive. Analyze the relationship between an organism’s traits and their survival, as you consider different species.

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grade 3 english unit

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grade 3

Light and Sound

Practice writing compound and complex sentences by writing about texts you read and hear. What do you notice about Patricia Polacco’s characters?

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grade 3

Multiplication and Area

Explore the concept of area and how it is related to multiplication and addition with a tasty activity and book about a delicious meal.

Engage with your 4th grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 4 social studies unit

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grade 4

NY State History and the Constitution

Understand what New York was like during the American Revolutionary War, by reading a letter from George Washington and making food he likely ate.

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grade 4 science unit

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grade 4

Energy, Motion and Collisions

All it takes is a coin, tape and piece of string to make your own pendulum and observe energy close up.

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grade 4 english unit

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grade 4

Grammar

Use your favorite show to kickstart practice writing compound and complex sentences. And learn the rules for using commas as you go.

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grade 4 math unit

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grade 4

Angle Measure and Plane Figures

Get moving and get creative with these at-home activities that will have you identifying and making different lines and angles.

Engage with your 5th grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 5 social studies unit

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grade 5

Mexico, US, Canada Comparative (Geography)

Engage in some virtual exploration of countries in the Western Hemisphere. What similarities do you share with people around the world?

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grade 5 math unit

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grade 5

Multiplying Fractions and Whole Numbers

Learn how to multiply fractions and whole numbers. Drawings will help you express your thinking.

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grade 5 english unit

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grade 5

Midsummer Nights Dream

Perform an at-home play, The Dinner Theatre or stage your own mini-play. And in everything, discuss the characters.

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grade 5 science unit

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grade 5

Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

Explore the various ways people are connected to the plants and animals around them and how energy moves through food chains and webs.

Engage with your 6th grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 6 english unit

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grade 6

The Land of the Golden Mountain

How does an author’s geographic location or culture affects his or her perspective? Step in to novel, The Lost Garden, to learn more about perspective.

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grade 6 social studies unit

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grade 6

Comparative Classic Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere

Why do civilizations rise and fall? Learn more about Greece, Rome, and China and their Golden Ages.

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grade 6

Arithmetic in Base Ten

Expanding understanding about the base 10 number system, decimals, greatest common factor, and the least common multiple.

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grade 6

Ecosystems

How does the earth never run out of energy or matter? Can humans disrupt ecosystems? Let's take a closer look at ecosystems and find out!

Engage with your 7th grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 7 english unit

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grade 7

Slavery: The People Could Fly

What makes a story powerful? Learn about Frederick Douglass, the debate over slavery, and why his voice and perspective were of historical significance.

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grade 7 social studies unit

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grade 7

A Nation Grows: Expansion and Reform 1800-1860

How do issues of power, wealth, and morality influence a country's growth? Learn more about the US in the early 1800's.

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grade 7 math unit

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grade 7

Rational Number Arithmetic

Learn more about rational numbers as points on the number line and extend previous understandings of rational numbers including negative numbers.

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grade 7 science unit

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grade 7

Structures of Life

Why are cells considered the smallest unit of life? Study life at microscopic scale by focusing on cells and other biological levels of organization.

Engage with your 8th grade learner with these curriculum guides from the NYC Department of Education. If applicable, click on "Present" in the upper, right-hand corner to see the page enlarged.

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grade 8 english unit

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grade 8

Japanese American Relations in World War II

With World War II as a backdrop, learn more about how to reconcile conflicting accounts and perspectives of historical events.

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grade 8 social studies unit

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grade 8

World War I and the United States Between Wars

How does a nation respond to economic, political, and social challenges? Many factors contribute to the United States decision to enter World War I.

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grade 8 math unit

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grade 8

Examples of Functions from Geometry

Why are functions necessary for describing geometric concepts and occurrences in everyday life? Learn more about formulas for volumes of cylinders, cones, and spheres.

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grade 8

Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms

Is it possible for an organism to be identical to its parent? Dive in to learn more about the growth and development of organisms.

Set expectations and ground rules for distance learning at home.

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media balance

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades K–5

These few simple practices can help your family find a healthy balance with media and tech, even during distance learning.

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special support for special children

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Special Support for Special Children

Check out these resources available through the special education office.

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teaching and learning resources

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Teaching and Learning Resources

Find our what DOE is doing to support your child's learning.

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Parents' Decision Guide to YouTube for Young Kids Infographic

Use this flowchart to find the best way to support a healthy and age appropriate use of YouTube with young kids.

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Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

This guide explains the benefits of digital learning and helps parents and caregivers understand best practices for distance learning.

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make your journey easier

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Take N.O.T.E.

Are you wondering why your child is struggling? Use this step-by-step tool to help you figure out whether the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning or thinking difference.

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5 Steps for a Different Kind of School Year

Five steps to help your child stay on track, no matter where learning takes place.

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Parent-Teacher Planning Tool

Three simple steps to help you partner with your child's teacher.

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Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

Help keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

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Digital Learning Pledge for Grades K–5

Set expectations for device care, online behavior, learning responsibilities, and more with this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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Digital Learning Agreement for Grades 6–12

Discuss expectations for online communication, safety, device use, and more with your tween or teen using this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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grades 3–5

Get Kids Ready for Video-Chatting

Set kids up for success by doing a trial run, testing your equipment, and reviewing appropriate behavior for online lessons.

Everything you need to know about the apps and devices your kid is using for distance learning.

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Special Support for Special Children

Check out these resources available through the special education office.

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Early Learning Resources

Find resources to support your early childhood and PreK children.

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How to Add a School Account in Family Link

Watch this video about using Family Link with a school account on a Chromebook. Learn about safety and accessibility features.

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How to Use the Google Translate App

Watch this video to learn how to use this translation app.

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What to Ask When Your Kid Brings Home a School-Issued Laptop

There are no silly questions when it comes to the technology your kid will be learning on.

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Understand Google Classroom

Learn more about this popular classroom management tool so you can best support your kid's online learning.

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What You Need to Know About Zoom

What is Zoombombing? Is Zoom safe for kids? Get answers to your most pressing questions about this popular video-conferencing tool.

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6 Tips for Families Using the Seesaw Class App

If your kid's teacher is using Seesaw Class to share assignments, check out these tips on how to use the app from your mobile device.

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How to Use ClassDojo

Watch this video to learn about the tool many educators use to communicate with families and students.

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Getting Started with the Microsoft Teams App

If your kid's teacher is using Microsoft Teams for distance learning, follow these steps to use the app from your mobile device or desktop computer.

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Tips and Tricks to Manage Your Kid's School-Issued Computer

From parental controls to consequences for misuse, here's everything you need to know about using your kid's school computer for distance learning.

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Tips for Parents Using the Schoology Mobile App

If your kid's teacher is using Schoology to run classroom activities, check out these tips on how to use the app.

Find tips, activities, games, and more to support math learning.

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Special Support for Special Children

Check out these resources available through the special education office.

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Get Kids Motivated for Math

Try these simple tips to help your kid find a love of math.

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get kids motivated for math

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Get Kids Motivated for Math

Try these simple tips to help your kid find a love of math.

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Recover Lost Learning

Use these worksheet packets for kids in grades K–5 to get them up to speed with essential math skills.

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grades K–6

Daily Math Activities for Families

These plans have daily math activities, along with digitally accessible and downloadable resources.

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grades K–2

Reveal the Hidden Math

Look for opportunities to practice basic math concepts every day with young kids.

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grades K–2

Everyday Math for Young Kids

Practice math by incorporating these ideas into your daily routine.

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Math Snacks

Check out the games and choose one that provides practice on a familiar or new concept.

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Everyday Early Math Tips

Learn easy tips to incorporate basic math activities for young kids.

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grades K–5

Zearn

Innovative online math curriculum offers live whole- and small-group instruction along with adaptive independent practice.

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LearnZillion

Access over 1,000 free video lessons to enhance your math instruction or tailor the learning to kids' needs.

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grades 6–8

10 Best Math Tools for Middle School

Guide kids through the transition from foundational concepts to deeper math skills with engaging activities that build their math fluency and confidence.

Focus on reading skills with these free tips, activities, games, and more.

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special support for special children

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Special Support for Special Children

Check out these resources available through the special education office.