We encourage you to focus your time on the ABC Program (grades K-4), Academic Program (grades K-7), or BUS Program (grades 8-12) in order to effectively support your student’s needs. All of the resources below are intended to be supplementary to those programs. We do, however, understand the importance of enrichment activities and being flexible during your sessions, which is why we have provided you with the resources and materials on this page. Have fun!
Enrichment: Fun Activities to Do With Students
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Typing Club – Fun activities that help your student learn to type
Code.org – Sequential lessons and games that build students’ coding skills
Hour of Code – Engaging games that teach students to code
Scratch– Learn to code through creating animations
GeoGuessr – Immersive activity that teaches geography and navigating Google Maps
Educational Games and Websites
Enrichment Activities for Group Sites
Education.com – Includes printable worksheets, games, guided online lessons, and instructions for fun activities your students will love, from arts and crafts to English and math t0 science experiments and everything in-between.
Fun Brain – Funbrain’s games help students build on what they have learned in class and acquire new skills in reading, math, and problem solving.
HowStuffWorks – For answers to all of life’s questions. Why is the sky blue? Do astronauts need sunscreen in space? You and your student will find answers here. Print out articles before tutoring or read on your computer or phone.
National Geographic Kids – Here, your student can play games, watch videos, and learn interesting facts about animals and nature.
Supplementary Academic Resources
Math: Websites and Worksheets
Khan Academy – Khan Academy provides free videos walking through the steps of numerous math problems, from simple addition to calculus. You can track your student’s progress by logging into the site. It also has SAT and CAHSEE test prep and covers some science and history subjects. Click here to register your student for Khan Academy.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Library of 1500+ “problems of the week”, all grades.
Math Worksheets Land – Over 6,000 printable pdf worksheets for K-12, organized by topic, core, or grade level.
Math Learning Center – A collection of free apps that will help you and your student visualize a great number of mathematical concepts through geometry.
Cool Math – CoolMath was designed for everyone from frustrated and confused math students to the math geeks of the world.
Math Playground – This site allows you to create math worksheets, practice facts, and play logic games.
English Language Arts: Websites and Worksheets
Scholastic.com – Read every day, lead a better life.
K12reader.com – Printable worksheets include early reading, writing, and spelling skill activities for elementary grades, and carry through intermediate and more advanced grammar, comprehension, and writing activities for older students.
Newsela – This news website allows the reader to choose from different versions of the same article based on their reading level. Articles cover current events and a variety of topics and are accompanied by activities.
Teach Your Monster to Read – A fun quest game to help students K-2 learn to read. Click here to register your student.
Common Core-Specific Lessons
OER Commons – Open Educational Resources – This website provides a single point of access to search, browse, and evaluate over 30,000 high-quality lessons and resources.
High School Math – Common Core – Resources for High School educators.
Khan Academy Common Core aligned lessons – Best for middle and high school students, although there are a few elementary school lessons.
BetterLesson – Thousands of teacher-submitted and tested lessons for K-12 aligned with Common Core standards. Registration is free.
Test Prep for Older Students
SAT/ACT Prep Tools – CollegeBoard.com, Khanacademy.org. Graduation Requirements and UC/Cal State Admission Requirements can be found at CDE.ca.gov.
Varsity Tutors – A comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels.
College and Career
School on Wheels College Month – Activities and lesson plans for all students in K-12 to encourage considering college as an option.
Know How to Go This site is a great place to start to encourage college aspirations for students in middle school and high school. There are videos and tips about the steps for college, all presented in an upbeat, youth-oriented style.
Career Month – Find out about career month here at School on Wheels, and how you can help your student start to think about their future career.
Learn How to Become – Helps students understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder.
Campus Tour – Activities to generate excitement if you are planning a tour with your student.
College Tour Contact Information
About College Handout – General overview of 2 and 4-year colleges/universities
BestTradeSchools.net – Learn about trade school and search schools based on location and/or type of trade.
NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline – For assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education, contact the NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline at 1 (855) 446-2673 (toll-free) or email@example.com
California Student Aid Commission – Resources for financial aid, including specialized information for undocumented students.
Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide – This education planning guide is intended to help foster youth chart their course to the college that is right for their interests and career goals. It also directs youth to the support and resources available for foster youth scholars on college campuses. The guide is also available in Spanish
Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth – The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; the student-friendly JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth takes the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid. This comprehensive guide begins with an explanation of different types of financial aid available, includes a step-wise guide to completing the FAFSA, tips on what to do after the FAFSA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to stay in good standing and keep getting financial assistance for school.
Tips and Education for the Curious Tutor
General Tutoring Tips
Communicating with your Student’s Teacher – Tips for effective tutor-teacher communication, including questions to ask.
Learning Style Quiz – Identify your student’s learning style and read about the different ways you can help them learn best.
Tips and Tricks for Your Tutoring Hour – Includes ideas for spelling games, math and reading tips.
Reading Strategies – Help boost your student’s reading skills with these simple tips.
Trauma and Behavior Management
Working With Students Exposed to Trauma – What trauma can look like in the classroom.
Two By Ten Strategy – Dealing with difficult students.
Trauma Informed Practices for Schools (TIPS)
The Group Home Girls – What it’s like to tutor at a group home, by Hanna Duff.
Working with Teens By Tutor Jason Rarick – Suggestions for effectively tutoring a disadvantaged youth.
Supporting Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent – This tip sheet was designed for teachers, but is useful for anyone working with students in pre-k through 12th grade.
Information on The Common Core
Teacher’s Guide to the Common Core State Standards – Recently published by the teaching department of USC Rossier School of Education. This toolkit is broken down into a number of sections, including background information on the Common Core, what the standards look like, Common Core assessments, and helpful tools and resources for teachers.
PTA- Parents Guide to Common Core State Standards – Clear, to-the-point explanations and advice that will help anyone understand the new standards.
Common Core Writing Samples – Examples of student writing by grade level.
Advocating for Your Student’s Educational Rights
Your Student’s/Child’s Special Education Rights (Hope4Families)
Your Student’s/Child’s Enrollment Rights (PDF – Mckinney-Vento Act)
Foster Youth Education Toolkit (Alliance for Children’s Rights)
Steps to Take Before Calling A Lawyer (Hope4Families)
Your Student’s Educational Rights: Community and Legal Resources
If you have any additional suggested resources for our volunteer tutors, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.