At Home Resources Resources to Support Student Learning

Need a Device?

SFUSD families can request a device for their student by logging into their ParentVUE Account and completing the Student Technology Needs Assessment Survey. If you have already answered the two question survey, you can contact your school principal to learn about next steps on obtaining a device for your student. Your school will distribute technology to students who need it. Here's how to activate your ParentVUE account, if you haven't already.

 

Getting Ready for Learning

Set Up a Home Space for Learning

These ideas can help you provide a space where your child can focus on what they will be learning:

Create a Safe Space Online

Please talk with your student about being safe online and only using websites that are approved for learning. 

Learn more about how families can support students in being safe online in our Digital Agency Resources for Families.

Build Your Schedule for the Day

  • Explore the below list of resources to use with your student.  
  • Work with your student to determine their schedule for the day– which resources they will use, how much time they will spend on each and in what order. 
  • Be sure to build in breaks and, if your schedule permits, time to talk with your student about the activities they completed in each resource.

Resources to Support Learning

The SFUSD Digital Backpack has many online applications that can be used for learning in the classroom and at home. These applications have been reviewed by the district to ensure they are safe for students. 

Below are our top recommended tools that families can use with their students.  These tools are organized by grade level and support reading, math, and more.

Grades PK-2 Resources

Grades 3-5 Resources

  • Choice Boards
  • Dreambox: Lessons and games that teach math at your level! 
  • myOn: myOn gives students access to more than 6,000 digital books and is personalized to their abilities and interests.
  • Newsela: News articles and lessons at your student’s reading level including science, history, social studies, and current events. 
  • Typing Club: Learn how to type through a game!

Middle Grades Resources (Grades 6-8)

  • Dreambox: Lessons and games that teach math at your level! 
  • Khan Academy: This learning tool has videos and lessons for math.
  • Newsela: News articles and lessons at your student’s reading level including science, history, social studies, and current events.
  • Typing Club: Learn how to type through a game!

High School Resources (Grades 9-12)

  • Khan Academy: This learning tool has videos and lessons for math.
  • Newsela: News articles and lessons at your student’s reading level including science, history, social studies, and current events. 
  • Typing Club: Learn how to type through a game!

After the Learning

Once your student has completed an activity using any of these resources, please take time to talk with them about what activities they completed, and what they learned. 

Below are some questions to ask them based on the subject area they completed.

All Subjects

  • Which activities did you feel comfortable completing?  Which felt like more of a challenge? Why was this challenging?
  • Are there any activities that you tried more than once?  If so, how did it feel to practice something more than once? 
  • What did you feel like you learned that was new?  What skills did you build?

Math

  • Can you show me how you solved any of the problems that you worked on?  Walk me through each step and explain your thinking.
  • If you were to do more of these kinds of problems, is there anything you would do differently in working to solve them?  What kinds of strategies would you use? 
  • Can you explain to me what the different symbols mean in the math problems?  What do these symbols ask you to do while solving a problem? 

Reading

  • What was the reading about?  Give me as many details as possible. 
  • What do you think the main idea of the reading was?  What did the author want you to know or understand? 
  • Were there any words in the reading that were new to you?  Let’s look for them in the reading and talk about (or figure out) what they mean.
  • What connections can you make between the reading and yourself, your community and another article or book you’ve read?