• Plano ISD, Secondary Academics, Home Learning Resources

  • This website is a source of activities and resources for students in grades 6-12 and is designed to support learning from home while in-class learning is suspended.  

    The resources provided on this website are to help engage students in continued learning but will not be submitted to teachers for assignments or for feedback.  Teachers will communicate with your student during the week of March 23 with course specific information and learning opportunities.

  • Grades 6-8: At-Home Learning Resources

  • 6-8 English Language Arts & Reading

    Courses / Activities

    Need a good book? Students can check out eBooks and audiobooks from Plano ISD Library Media Services.


    Free online resources to support literacy learning from home: 

    • NewsELA- Current event articles that are age appropriate and relevant for all learners. 
    • Scholastic has free resources to keep students engaged and learning at home, for students in grades 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. 
    • No redInk- Online resources to practice writing and editing skills.

    English Language Arts (ELA) Grade 6


    English 7 | English 7 Honors


    English 8 | English 8 Honors

    • The Learning Network: Students can read and write a response to informational and argumentative articles through The Learning Network from The New York Times.
    • Reading and Vocabulary Grade 8: Students can practice reading literature, informational text, and vocabulary through Khan Academy. 
    • Grammar Skills Practice: Want to improve your grammar skills? Students can practice through Khan Academy.

  • 6-8 Mathematics

    Courses / Activities

    Families can use the resources below for engaging math activities that will promote wonder and deepen sense-making skills

    • NRICH provides thousands of free online math resources, all developed by the math faculty at the University of Cambridge. Activities include challenges, puzzles, games, and explorations for all levels of mathematics.
    • Math Before Bed provides interesting images with prompting questions to spark amazing math discussions. Currently offering free ebook downloads. Best for grades 6 - 8, but good for all!
    • Figure This is a free online resource developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education, in order to provide families with interesting math challenges. Each challenge includes hints and solutions, and is also available in Spanish. Resources for students at any level of mathematics!
    • Calculation Nation includes fun math games students can play against themselves or other students from across the nation. Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (requires Adobe Flash Player) 
    • Mathematical Connections Tour This 7 minute video from Stanford Univ provides context on the importance of math and how mathematical concepts are connected. (Bonus: it’s narrated by Jo Boaler, complete with British accent :)
    • 101 Questions has quick visuals paired with the prompting question “What’s the first thing that comes to mind?” Once a student submits their response, they can see the responses of others. Helps promote noticing, wondering, and reasoning.
    • Math Apps and Games Stanford University provides this vetted list of fun apps and games designed to strengthen mathematical reasoning.

    Middle School Math (Math 6, Math 6 Honors, Math Rocks 6, Math 7, Math 7 Honors, Math 8)

    Students can review what they’ve learned in math this year by accessing their math textbook online and/or through the online MATHia® modules provided by Carnegie Learning.


    Algebra 1 Honors

    Students can access their Algebra 1 HMH textbook online to review what they’ve learned in class so far this year. 


    Geometry  | Geometry Honors 

    Students can access their SpringBoard Online textbook to review what they’ve learned in class so far this year. 

  • 6-8 Science

    Courses / Activities

    To support your learning from home, engage in an exploration within Gizmos, our online simulation software.  


    Grade 6 

    Log into webdesk and click the Gizmo button. Click on “Find Gizmos’ at the top of the page.  Search for “Energy Conversions”.

    Explore this Energy Conversions Gizmo. In the Gizmo you will:  

    • Create energy pathways to show where our energy comes from.  
    • Describe the different forms of energy. 
    • Identify ways that energy is converted from one form to another. 
    • Determine that sunlight is the primary source of most of the usable energy on Earth. 
      • Solar cells convert sunlight to electricity. 
      • Sunlight causes wind and rain, powering wind turbines and hydroelectric dams. 
      • Sunlight provides energy for plant growth. 
      • Plants or plant remains can be burned or eaten to provide energy
    • Describe four types of renewable resources. (Extension) 

    Where does energy come from? How does energy get from one place to another? Find out how electrical current is generated and how living things get energy to move and grow. Trace the path of energy and see how energy is converted from one form to another.


    Grade 7 |   Grade 7 Honors

    Log into webdesk and click the Gizmo button. Click on “Find Gizmos’ at the top of the page.  Search for “Homeostasis”.

    Explore this Homeostasis Gizmo. In the Gizmo you will: 

    • Determine how our bodies maintain a stable internal temperature in spite of variations in outside temperature.  
    • Regulate the body temperature of a simulated person using clothing, exercise, and sweat.  
    • Understand the consequences of letting body temperature get too high or too low.  
    • Understand that food and water are necessary for the body to function.
    • Understand that drinking water is required for the body to produce sweat.  

    Control a simulated person running on a treadmill. Your challenge is to use clothing, exercise, and sweat to maintain a constant body temperature as air temperature goes up and down. Sweating (perspiration) can be controlled automatically by the Gizmo or, for a challenge, manually by the user. Don't forget to eat and drink!


    Grade 8 |   Grade 8 Honors

    Log into webdesk and click the Gizmo button. Click on “Find Gizmos’ at the top of the page.  Search for “Density”.

    Explore this Density Gizmo.  In the Gizmo you will: 

    • State the SI units used for mass and volume.  
    • Measure the volumes of irregular objects using water displacement.  
    • Discover that density can be measured. 
    • Predict whether an object will float or sink by measuring its mass and volume.  
    • Define the relationship among mass, volume, and density.  
    • Calculate the densities of irregular objects.
    • Compare the densities of liquids.  

    Measure the mass and volume of a variety of objects, then place them into a beaker of liquid to see if they float or sink. Learn to predict whether objects will float or sink in water based on their mass and volume. Compare how objects float or sink in a variety of liquids, including gasoline, oil, seawater, and corn syrup.

  • 6-8 Social Studies

    Courses / Activities

    To support your learning from home, utilize your online textbook to extend your learning from earlier this year, or use one of the links provided to explore a game or resource aligned to your grade level.


    6th Grade Social Studies

    • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD Webdesk
      • Think of a region you enjoyed learning about so far this year, review information about it in the online textbook, and summarize its importance to a family member.

    7th Grade Social Studies

    • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD Webdesk
      • Think of a time period in Texas History you enjoyed learning about so far this year,  review information about it in the online textbook, and summarize its importance to a family member.
      • Review the eras of Texas History you have learned this year and sequence them.  
    • Texas Law-Related Education Online Games

    8th Grade Social Studies

    • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD Webdesk
      • Think about a time period in the United States History that you enjoyed learning about so far this year, review information about it in the online textbook, and summarize its importance to a family member.
      • Review the eras of United States History you have learned so far this year and sequence them.  
    • Texas Law-Related Education Online Games
      • Recall what you learned about the United States Constitution this year and select a few online games to play to test your knowledge.
    • Civics Online Games

  • 7-8 CTE: Career & Technical Education

    Courses / Activities

    CTE

    Students can use the following links for career exploration opportunities: 

  • 7-8 Speech & Theatre

    Courses / Activities

    Speech 1  |  Debate  |  Oral Interpretation 

    Students can view the online source cited below and complete a journal entry to share with a family member or friend. 

    • View A Gifted Young Speaker Speaks About Believing in His Generation
      • Journal answers to the following questions:
        • Who believes in you and why do you feel that they believe in you?
        • What are your talents and how do they relate to the speaker?
        • Who is your village?  Why?
        • How do you relate to the speaker?
        • If you were to be asked to make a motivational speech to a group at school, what would you want to tell them?
    • View  How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking
      • Journal answers to the following questions:
        • How do you relate to the speaker and his fear of speaking?
        • What is the root of your fear of speaking when you are chosen to speak in front of a group?
        • What tactics discussed have you tried before speaking?
        • What is the big message at the end of this talk?

    Theatre 1-3  |  Technical Theatre

    Students can view the online source cited below and complete a journal entry to share with a family member or friend. 

    • View War Horse - Joey - The Foal
      • Journal answers to the following questions:
        • What is the first puppet you remember seeing in a live performance or on television?
        • What do you remember about that puppet and why do you feel it stands out in your mind?
        • What is it about puppets that fascinates children?
        • How does an object, like a puppet, show expression if it is unable to move its face?

  • Art

    Activities

    Kindness Cards

    • Please have your student watch this short video “Color your world with Kindness”
      • Consider how kindness impacts others, discuss the video together and ask what kindness looks like to your student? 
      • Then have your student create an image for the outside of a card - using, color pencil, marker or collage on approx 9 x 12 paper. 

    *Attention - submission date for Kindness cards is currently postponed until May.

    Resources for the Kindness Card 


    Observational Drawing 

    • Observational drawing and looking closely at details are important skills not only for artists but many others careers, scientists, engineers and architects to name a few. 
      • Take this time to practice observational drawing by looking at objects and drawing them, look at the edges, focus on the contours/outlines, look for details, go slow, focus and have fun while practicing. 
    • Use your sketchbook, a blank sheet of paper or print the handout to practice drawing things at home.

    Handout for observational drawing practice. 

    • Draw something small from your room.
    • Draw something big from your room.
    • Draw something small from the kitchen.
    • Draw something big from the kitchen.

    • Please log into Scholastic art - the Sept. 2019 Issue and explore the issue. 
      • Take time to read Delectable Designs; Isabella Cassini talks about photographing food
        • After reading this section, practice arranging compositions in the kitchen and photographing them. 
        • Take at least five photos of different arrangements of the same objects and choose the one that is most appealing to edit in a photo editing app. 
        • After you have a final edited composition, you can then take it one step further create a drawing or mixed media work of art inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. 

  • Band, Choir, and Orchestra

    Band/Choir/Orchestra 6-12

    Practice 30-45 minutes per day on a combination of the following:

    Exercises for Skill Maintenance

    • Articulation/Tonguing Exercises - Band
    • Bow Stroke Exercises - Orchestra
    • Breathing Exercises - Choir
    • Long Tone Exercises - (Remingtons/Flow Studies/Etc.) - Band
    • Long Bow Exercises - Orchestra
    • Vocal Explorations (sirens, sighs, woos, etc.) - Choir
    • Lip Slurs/Range Extension Exercises - Band
    • Shift Position Exercises - Orchestra
    • Scales (1,2 or 3 octaves) - Band & Orchestra
    • Solfege patterns (scales, thirds, triads) - Choir
    • Scale Patterns/Finger Exercises - Band & Orchestra
    • Daily Rhythm Counting Exercises - Everyone!

    Repertoire Practice - EVERYONE

    • Sing or Play any UIL or upcoming Concert Music 
    • Consider Singing or Playing along with a high-quality recording on YouTube
    • Work on any upcoming Audition Music
    • Continue to work on any Solo and/or Ensemble Music you have
    • Practice melodic and rhythmic Etudes assigned for lessons
    • Sight-read at least one song, line or etude daily

    Musicianship & Aural Skills

      • Complete a Music Theory Exercise online
      • Watch one or more performances on YouTube, such as:
      • Play a familiar song by ear or Sing it in solfege, such as:
      • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
      • Mary Had a Little Lamb
      • Amazing Grace
      • Happy Birthday
      • Play a familiar song in more than a new key or convert it from Major (do based) to Minor (la based)
      • Practice online with a partner

    • Computer Science/ Coding

      Computer Science Resources

      These resources are to support computer science development and practice programming skills.

      • Girls Who Code at Home  - unplugged and online activities for 3rd-12th grade students. Learn coding from the comfort of your home.

    • LOTE: Languages Other Than English

      Choice Boards

      Students, the resources linked below are available for you to continue and extend your learning in your World Language course.  Choice boards have been designed for each level of language study so that students may engage in listening/reading/writing/speaking practice based on topics previously addressed in the courses for that level.  The choice boards are designed for students to select activities that align to their interests and/or practice needs. Links to authentic resources with a collection from all languages are provided as a starting point for students to engage in authentic resources.  Each choice board is intentionally non-language specific and students should complete the activities in the language of study. ASL has a specific-choice board to align to expressive/receptive skills. 

    • Physical Education

      • OPEN - Students and parents can access OPEN At Home Physical Education Curriculum opportunities. 
      • Coach Meger’s Fitness Games - Students and parents can access Coach Meger’s youtube channel for daily physical activities. 

    • Grades 9-12: At-Home Learning Resources

    • 9-12 English Language Arts & Reading

      Courses/Activities

      Need a good book? Students can check out eBooks and audiobooks from Plano ISD Library Media Services.


      Free online resources to support literacy learning from home: 

      • NewsELA- Current event articles that are age appropriate and relevant for all learners. 
      • Scholastic - Free resources to keep students engaged and learning at home, for students in grades 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. 
      • No redInk- Online resources to practice writing and editing skills.

      English I and English II

      • The Learning Network: Students can read and write a response to informational and argumentative articles through The Learning Network from The New York Times.
      • Grammar Skills Practice Want to improve your grammar skills? Students can practice through Khan Academy.

      English III and English IV

      • The Learning Network: Students can read and write a response to informational and argumentative articles through The Learning Network from The New York Times.
      • Grammar Skills Practice Want to improve your grammar skills? Students can practice through Khan Academy.
      • SAT Practice: Need to practice for the SAT? Click this link to the Khan Academy.
      • College Express Got study skills? Resources for College-Bound Students

      AP English Language and AP English Literature

      • The Learning Network: Students can read and write a response to informational and argumentative articles through The Learning Network from The New York Times.
      • Grammar Skills Practice Want to improve your grammar skills? Students can practice through Khan Academy.
      • SAT Practice: Need to practice for the SAT? Click this link to the Khan Academy.
      • College Express Got study skills? Resources for College-Bound Students
      • AP Course Resources: Log into College Board to access specific resources by course. 

    • 9-12 Mathematics

      Courses/Activities

      Families can use the resources below for engaging math activities that will promote wonder and deepen sense-making skills

      • NRICH provides thousands of free online math resources, all developed by the math faculty at the University of Cambridge. Activities include challenges, puzzles, games, and explorations for all levels of mathematics.
      • Math Before Bed provides interesting images with prompting questions to spark amazing math discussions. Currently offering free ebook downloads. Best for grades 6 - 8, but good for all!
      • Figure This is a free online resource developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education, in order to provide families with interesting math challenges. Each challenge includes hints and solutions, and is also available in Spanish. Resources for students at any level of mathematics!
      • Calculation Nation includes fun math games students can play against themselves or other students from across the nation. Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (requires Adobe Flash Player) 
      • Mathematical Connections Tour This 7 minute video from Stanford Univ provides context on the importance of math and how mathematical concepts are connected. (Bonus: it’s narrated by Jo Boaler, complete with British accent :)
      • 101 Questions has quick visuals paired with the prompting question “What’s the first thing that comes to mind?” Once a student submits their response, they can see the responses of others. Helps promote noticing, wondering, and reasoning.
      • Math Apps and Games Stanford University provides this vetted list of fun apps and games designed to strengthen mathematical reasoning.

      Algebra 1   | Algebra 1 Honors

      Students can access their Algebra 1 HMH textbook online to review what they’ve learned in class so far this year. 


      Geometry  | Geometry Honors 

      Students can access their SpringBoard Online textbook to review what they’ve learned in class so far this year. 


      Algebra 2  | Algebra 2 Honors

      Students can access their Algebra 2 HMH textbook online to review what they’ve learned in class so far this year. 


      Math Models with Applications (MMA)

      Students can review current learning through the provided videos/reviews, using the link below.


      Precalculus | Precalculus Honors

      Students should be able to access their Precalculus textbook online to review what they’ve learned in class so far this year. If teachers have not set up access, students can review current learning through the provided videos.


      AQR

      Students can review current learning through the provided videos/reviews, using the link below.

    • 9-12 Science

      Courses / Activities

      Biology  | Biology Honors


      Chemistry |  Chemistry Honors

      Click on the PHET Simulation link provided: Reactants, Products and Leftovers


      Anatomy & Physiology

      • Action Potential - Review how action potential works with this simulation/interactive site from Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
      • Neurophysiology Virtual Lab Explore this neurophysiology virtual lab.  In the lab you will dissect a leech and explore neuron stimulation. 

      Physics  |  Physics Honors


      IPC


      ES


      ESS

    • 9-12 Social Studies

      Courses/Activities

      Free online resources to support social studies learning from home:

      • NewsELA- Current event articles that are age appropriate and relevant for all learners. 
      • Khan Academy- Explore social studies courses under Arts & Humanities and Economics & Finance.

      World Geography/ World Geography Honors

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD Webdesk
        • Think of a region you enjoyed learning about so far this year and review information about it in the online textbook.
      • Google Earth - Select three places you have learned about this year.  Find them on Google Earth and explore information about them.
        • Maps 101: After opening the app, click the “Learn and Play” tab at the bottom of the main menu. Scroll to the bottom section “World Quizzes” and explore some of the physical geography games/ quizzes. 
          • Explore “World Quizzes” on Maps101. 
          • To access Maps 101: 
          • Log into Webdesk, then click the Plus Sign, then search Maps 101, then add the tile. When you click on the tile, the app will open. There is a YouTube video showing how to add to Maps 101:
          • Adding Maps101 Tile

      AP Human Geography

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD WebdeskPearson The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography
        • Think of a topic you enjoyed learning about so far this year and review information about it in the online textbook.

      World History/World History Honors

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD Webdesk
        • Think of a time period in World History that you enjoyed learning about so far this year, review information about it in the online textbook, and summarize its importance to a family member.
      • Google Earth
        • Recall what you learned about ancient civilizations in World History this year and take the Ancient Civilizations Quiz to test your knowledge for fun.  You can also explore other quizzes that interest you.  
          • Click on the Voyager Icon
          • Select the Quiz: Ancient Civilizations
          • Recall what you have learned about the French Revolution. Explore the global events that led to the French Revolution on Google Earth.
          • Google Earth Behind the French Revolution

      US History

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD WebdeskDiscovery Techbook 
        • Think of a historical era you enjoyed learning about this year, review information about it in the online textbook, and summarize its importance to a family member.
      • Google Earth Votes for Women
        • Recall what you have learned about women gaining the right to vote.  Explore some of the key locations and events from the suffrage movement.

      AP European History

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD WebdeskCengage Western Civilization
        • Think of a time period in European History that you enjoyed learning about so far this year and review information about it in the online textbook.  

      AP US History

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD WebdeskWW Norton Give Me Liberty 
        • Think of a topic you enjoyed learning about so far this year and review information about it in the online textbook.

      Government

      • Log in to your online textbook through MyBackPack in the PISD WebdeskMcGraw-Hill United States Government
        • Think of a topic you enjoyed learning about so far this year, review information about it in the online textbook, and summarize its importance to a family member.
      • Texas LRE Games: Texas Law-Related Education Online Games
        • Recall what you learned about the United States Constitution this year and select a few online games to play to test your knowledge.
      • iCivics Online Games
        • Think of a topic in Government you would like to explore and select an online game to play. 
        • Students can play games without creating an account or they can create an account to save their progress on the games.  Parent permission is needed to create an account.

    • 9-12 Speech

      Courses/Activities

      Professional Communications   | Oral Interpretation I-III   Independent Study | Debate I-III  

      Students can view the online source cited below and complete a journal entry to share with a family member or friend. 

      • View Top 5 Powerful Speeches You Need to Hear
        • Journal answers to the following questions:
          • Explain what makes Dr. Grigsby an inspirational speaker?
          • What does he mean “I won’t have a problem if you aim high and miss but I’m going to have a real issue if you aim low and hit.”? 
          • What is the message behind the quote “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”?
          • What is the final message of his speech and why do you believe he is listed as one of the Top Five Most Powerful Speakers? 
      • View Denzel Washington's Speech
        • Journal answers to the following questions:
          • What is your “outside the box” goal?
          • What does Mr. Washington mean by “Just because you’re doing a lot, doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot.”? 
          • What would be your dream “risks” with your college or career goal?
          • Give an example of when you’ve fallen forward.
          • Give an example of when you’ve failed and used it as motivation to succeed.
          • When giving thanks, what are you thankful for?

    • 9-12 Theatre Arts

      Courses/Activities

      Technical Theatre

      Students can view the online source cited below and complete the journal entry on a google document to share with their teacher. 

      • View   War Horse - Joey- The Foal
        • Journal answers to the following questions:
          • What is the first puppet you remember seeing in a live performance or on television?
          • What do you remember about that puppet and why do you feel it stands out in your mind?
          • What is it about puppets that fascinates children?
          • How does an object, like a puppet, show expression if it is unable to move its face?


      Theatre I-IV  | Theatre Productions I-IV(H)  |  Musical Theatre

      Technical Theatre

       Students can view the online source cited below and complete the journal entry on a google document to share with their teacher. 

      • View  Handspring Puppet Company The Genius Puppetry Behind War Horse  
        • Journal answers to the following questions:
          • What are your first impressions with the War Horse puppet from the first video and the introduction of the horse in this Ted Talk?
          • How do the actor and the technician work together to create expression and emotion with a puppet?
          • How do the physical attributes of this puppet translate to an actor on the stage to show the same emotions as a character on the stage?

    • Art

      Activities

      Kindness Cards

      • Please have your student watch this short video “Color your world with Kindness”
        • Consider how kindness impacts others, discuss the video together and ask what kindness looks like to your student? 
        • Then have your student create an image for the outside of a card - using, color pencil, marker or collage on approx 9 x 12 paper. 

      *Attention - submission date for Kindness cards is currently postponed until May.

      Resources for the Kindness Card 


      Observational Drawing 

      • Observational drawing and looking closely at details are important skills not only for artists but many others careers, scientists, engineers and architects to name a few. 
        • Take this time to practice observational drawing by looking at objects and drawing them, look at the edges, focus on the contours/outlines, look for details, go slow, focus and have fun while practicing. 
      • Use your sketchbook, a blank sheet of paper or print the handout to practice drawing things at home.

      Handout for observational drawing practice. 

      • Draw something small from your room.
      • Draw something big from your room.
      • Draw something small from the kitchen.
      • Draw something big from the kitchen.

      Art I, II, III 2D & 


       High School - AP Studio Art 

    • Band, Choir, and Orchestra

      Band/Choir/Orchestra 6-12

      Practice 30-45 minutes per day on a combination of the following:

      Exercises for Skill Maintenance

      • Articulation/Tonguing Exercises - Band
      • Bow Stroke Exercises - Orchestra
      • Breathing Exercises - Choir
      • Long Tone Exercises - (Remingtons/Flow Studies/Etc.) - Band
      • Long Bow Exercises - Orchestra
      • Vocal Explorations (sirens, sighs, woos, etc.) - Choir
      • Lip Slurs/Range Extension Exercises - Band
      • Shift Position Exercises - Orchestra
      • Scales (1,2 or 3 octaves) - Band & Orchestra
      • Solfege patterns (scales, thirds, triads) - Choir
      • Scale Patterns/Finger Exercises - Band & Orchestra
      • Daily Rhythm Counting Exercises - Everyone!

      Repertoire Practice - EVERYONE

      • Sing or Play any UIL or upcoming Concert Music 
      • Consider Singing or Playing along with a high quality recording on YouTube
      • Work on any upcoming Audition Music
      • Continue to work on any Solo and/or Ensemble Music you have
      • Practice melodic and rhythmic Etudes assigned for lessons
      • Sight-read at least one song, line or etude daily

      Musicianship & Aural Skills

      • Complete a Music Theory Exercise online
      • Watch one or more performances on YouTube, such as:
      • Play a familiar song by ear or Sing it in solfege, such as:
      • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
      • Mary Had a Little Lamb
      • Amazing Grace
      • Happy Birthday
      • Play a familiar song in more than a new key or convert it from Major (do based) to Minor (la based)
      • Practice online with a partner

    • CTE: Career & Technical Education

      Courses / Activities

      CTE

      Students can use the following links for career exploration opportunities: 

    • Computer Science

      Courses / Activities

      Computer Science Resources

      These resources are to support computer science students with College Board assessment preparation and/or to continue to develop and practice programming skills.

      • Girls Who Code at Home  - unplugged and online activities for 3rd-12th grade students. Learn coding from the comfort of your home.

      Computer Science I


      AP CS Principles

      • Khan Academy - free resource to prepare for College Board exam
      • Quizlet - free resources to prepare for College Board exam
      • Edl.io - free resource with vocabulary and other resources to prepare for College Board exam
      • Learn JavaScript - practice JavaScript programming skills
      • CodeHS - AP CS Principles College Board Exam Prep - note this has been set up as a practice site and will not have teacher support

      AP CS A, CS I/CS II, and Honors CS III


      AP CS A

      • CSAwesome – resource to support students as they prepare for the College Board Exam
      • Schmoop - AP CS A College Board Exam Prep
      • CodeHS - AP CS A Practice Site - note this has been set up as a practice site and will not have teacher support

    • Dance and Drill Team

      DANCE

      Students enrolled in Dance I-IV or IB Dance can practice previously learned dance skills by using any of the following resources:

      • Dance Warm-Ups - Spend 20-30 minutes each day getting your body warmed up to DANCE!
        • Students, be sure to log in to Google with your Plano ISD username and password so you can access the warm-ups
      • Dance Instructional Videos from CLI Studios - CLI Studios offers online dance classes. Choose from 3 of the top choreographers in the industry and take an online dance class!
        • The times on the website are Pacific times, so classes begin at 1:00 p.m. Plano time.  Be sure to join the class 10 minutes before the start time!
      • Digital Dance Videos from Just for Kix - Just for Kix. Choose from a variety of genres, including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Kick and Stretching.

      DRILL TEAM

      Students enrolled in Drill Team Prep or Drill Team can practice previously learned dance skills by using any of the following resources:

      • Dance Warm-Ups - Spend 20-30 minutes each day getting your body warmed up to DANCE!
        • Students, be sure to log in to Google with your Plano ISD username and password so you can access the warm-ups
      • Digital Dance Videos from Just for Kix - Choose from a variety of genres, including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Kick and Stretching.

    • LOTE: Languages other than English

      Choice Boards

      Students, the resources linked below are available for you to continue and extend your learning in your World Language course.  Choice boards have been designed for each level of language study so that students may engage in listening/reading/writing/speaking practice based on topics previously addressed in the courses for that level.  The choice boards are designed for students to select activities that align to their interests and/or practice needs. Links to authentic resources with a collection from all languages are provided as a starting point for students to engage in authentic resources.  Each choice board is intentionally non-language specific and students should complete the activities in the language of study. ASL has a specific-choice board to align to expressive/receptive skills. 

    • Physical Education

    • Support Service Resources

    • Counselor Lessons

      PISD counselors' activities for students

    • ESL Support

      ESL Online Learning Options

      Students can use interactive websites that are listed to promote the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. 

      Sus hijos (as) pueden usar los sitios interactivos que se listan a continuación para promover el desarrollo de las habilidades de escuchar, hablar, leer, y escribir en Inglés. 


      Middle School ESL Support

      • Listenwise - Podcast of non-fiction stories from the best storytellers. Contains quizzes to assess comprehension.
      • News in Levels - World news for students learning English.  Articles are written on three different reading levels. 
      • Learning Chocolate - a vocabulary learning site for English learners. Fun, interactive vocabulary building activities.
      • National Geographic Kids - search articles, experiments, and fascinating information about the world around us.
      • PBS Learning Media - videos with closed caption and interactive activities.
      • ASK the Scientist - an interactive website designed to explore the world of science.
      • Blue Canoe - (app) helps to teach English through pronouncing words correctly. Speak into the app and get feedback. Color code vowels to help with memorizing the vowel sounds.

      High School ESL Support

      • Listen a Minute - audio news programs to help build listening skills with quizzes and worksheets.
      • Listenwise - Podcast of non-fiction stories from the best storytellers. Contains quizzes to assess comprehension. 
      • Blue Canoe - (app) helps to teach English through pronouncing words correctly. Speak into the app and get feedback. Color code vowels to help with memorizing the vowel sounds.
      • Many Things - engage in computer-assisted language learning activities to practice their English skills by matching pictures, word games, word puzzles, learning slang expressions, and listening to jokes.
      • News in Levels - World news for students learning English.  Articles are written on three different reading levels. 
      • ESL Cyber Listening Lab - boost English listening skills by providing listening comprehension quizzes and activities for ESL learners. It contains audio news programs to build listening skills.
      • Glossaries for ELs - bilingual glossaries in various languages to help support ELs in content areas such as math, science, social studies and language arts. 
      • Learning Chocolate - a vocabulary learning site for English learners. Fun, interactive vocabulary building activities.
      • 7ESL -includes grammar, vocabulary building, visual dictionary, common phrases, English idioms, punctuation, and pronunciation practice
      • a4ESL - activities for ESL students including quizzes, exercises, and puzzles to help build English language.

    • Gifted and Talented Support

      Students in courses with an online digital textbook can access that resource through their Digital Backpack on PISD Webdesk.

      • Google Arts and Culture - Access to over 500 museums and exhibits for virtual tours and exploration.
      • Crash Course - Learn about a variety of topics organized into courses (via YouTube).
      • NewsELA - Current event articles that are age-appropriate and relevant for all learners.
      • Khan Academy - Explore courses under Arts & Humanities. 
      • Smithsonian Learning Lab - Access learning activities and resources for both ELA and Social Studies.
      • Metropolitan Opera - The Met will stream a new opera for free every night and it will remain available for 20 hours.
      • The Learning Network - Students can read and write a response to informational and argumentative articles through The Learning Network from The New York Times.  
      • Grammar Skills Practice - Want to improve your grammar skills? Students can practice through Khan Academy.
      • AP Course Resources - Log into College Board to access specific resources by course.

    • Special Education Support

      Students served in Special Education can access online resources provided through grade level or course-specific resource links.  The following resources are additional online resources that may provide engagement and access at individualized student needs and interests.

      • Provides language-rich content and vocabulary through participation in engaging gaming and video formats;
      • Provides academic-based games that offer differentiated approaches to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills;
      • Provides an opportunity to review and maintain academic and fine motor skills;
      • Provides students with opportunities to engage in exploration of historical content through virtual learning; and
      • Provides resources to access language and comprehension skills through oral reading texts and stories.

      Middle Special Education Enrichment Supports

      • Storyboardthat.com - Create your own storyboard with visual graphics and animation.  
      • Arcademics.com - Online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
      • Listenwise- Podcast of non-fiction stories from the best storytellers. Contains quizzes to assess comprehension.
      • National Geographic Kids- Search articles, experiments, and fascinating information about the world around us.
      • PBS Learning Media- Access to videos with closed caption and interactive activities.
      • DD’s Dictionary - DD's Dictionary, a Dyslexic's Dictionary allows independent discovery of an unknown spelling or a quick check of an uncertain word.
      • Autism iHelp - Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary.
      • Virtual Tours - Provides access to video touring of museums, a great alternative to social media while exploring different communities and history.

      High School Special Education Enrichment Supports

      • Storyboardthat.com - Create your own storyboard with visual graphics and animation.  
      • Arcademics.com - Online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
      • Listenwise- Podcast of non-fiction stories from the best storytellers. Contains quizzes to assess comprehension.
      • PBS Learning Media- Access to videos with closed caption and interactive activities.
      • DD’s Dictionary - DD's Dictionary, a Dyslexic's Dictionary allows independent discovery of an unknown spelling or a quick check of an uncertain word.
      • Autism iHelp - Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary.
      • Listen a Minute- Audio news programs to help build listening skills with quizzes and worksheets.
      • Virtual Tours - Provides access to video touring of museums, a great alternative to social media while exploring different communities and history.