If you're looking for some constructive activities to support your student (or at least occupy them) during the school closure, here is a list of websites on diverse topics to appeal to your student's sense of curiosity, suggest creative activities, and support their continued learning across disciplines. If you or your student has a favorite website that you’d like to share with others in the IMS community, please email it here so we can include it in the updated list. Stay well and be good to each other!

Online Academic Resources for

Middle School Students


Imagineering in a Box:  Walt Disney Imagineering partners with Khan Academy.  Link
Jarrett Lerner:  Finish the Comic allows students to create and complete comic strips.  Link
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (YouTube):  Daily fun for the doodlers of the world.  Link
Art Bar Blog:  posts by former graphic designer and current art teacher has many art projects with easy supply lists and step by step photos.  Link


NaNoWriMo:  National Novel Writing Month is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing that challenges young writers to draft an entire novel in just one month.  Link
Common Lit:  Free collection of fiction and nonfiction searchable by Lexile, grade, theme, genre, and literary device.  Link
100 Not Boring Writing Prompts for Middle & High Schoolers.  Link
Mims House Books:  free ebooks and audiobooks.  Link
Authors Everywhere (YouTube):  Videos of children's books authors and illustrators reading, offering advice, teaching writing lessons.  Link
Open Culture:  1,000 free audiobooks.  Link
Open Culture:  800 free eBooks for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smartphone, or e-reader.  Link


Khan Academy:  offers instructional videos and practice exercises for math subjects from kindergarten to calculus.  Link
Virtual Nerd:  videos explaining various math concepts.  Link
Math Antics:  videos and resources for a variety of math topics.  Link
Code Academy:  an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages.  Link


Steve Spangler Science: free experiments to do at home.  Link
Science Mom Videos (YouTube):  includes some on pandemics and viruses.   Link
Exploratorium Biology:  videos and lessons broken into specific biology concentrations.  Link
Exploratorium Chemistry:  videos and lessons.  Link
Exploratorium Physics:  videos and lessons.  Link
Physics Central:  The American Physical Society has created a series of comic books designed to get kids excited about physics.  Link
100,000 Stars: an interactive visualization of more than 100,000 stars using data from NASA and the European Space Agency.  Link
Ask an Astronomer: In video format, scientists answer questions about the universe.  Link
NASA for Middle School Students:  America's space agency provides educational media for middle school students.  Link
Sick Science! (YouTube):  videos and cool science experiments from Steve Spangler and SteveSpanglerScience.com.  Link


5-Clue Challenge:  short videos provide five clues to guess a location, animal, or person. Students are challenged to use research to figure out the answer to each challenge in as few clues as possible.  Link
Exploratorium:  videos and lessons in culture, language, psychology and sociology.  Link


How Stuff Works:  provide explanations and insights into the way many things work.  Link
Ted-Ed:  The maker of TED Talks provides educational videos or "lessons worth sharing" on topics including literature, language, mathematics, science, and technology.  Link
Schoolhouse Rock:  animated musical educational short films on topics including grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics.  Link


Coach Wood (YouTube):  daily fun, creative PE videos to keep you active.  Link


The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks: 360-degree tours of some of the most remote and beautiful U.S. National Parks.  Link
The Guggenheim Museum, NYC  Link
The Museum of Modern Art, NYC  Link
The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC  Link
The British Museum, London  Link
The Art Institute of Chicago  Link
Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris  Link
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam  Link
Uffizi Gallery, Florence  Link
Pergamon Museum, Berlin  Link
National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, South Korea  Link
Palace of Versailles, France  Link
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India  Link
Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA  Link
Art Museum of São Paulo, Brazil  Link