O’Rourke Summer Learning Guide

Summer 2021 Academic Guide

Khan Academy

A collection of resources that offers academic practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that allows learners to personalize their studying in and outside of the classroom. The following subjects are available: math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more including K-12 test prep content. There are millions of students who use this site everyday.

How do I start?

  • Click sign up on Khan Academy’s home page
  • Join as a learner and continue through Google (being logged into your BHBL account)
  • Click 6th grade, 7th grade or 8th grade
  • Example: Under math choose “6th, 7th or 8th grade” and “Arithmetic” and under Reading and Language Arts choose “6th, 7th or 8th grade reading and vocabulary” and “Grammar”

What resources are available?

  • Math: Ratios, Rates, and Percentages | Arithmetic Operations | Negative Numbers | Properties of Numbers | Variables & Expressions | Equations & Inequalities Introduction | Geometry
  • Arithmetic: Addition and Subtraction| Multiplication and Division | Negative Numbers | Fractions | Decimals
  • Reading & Vocabulary: Banning Behavior: Creation and Removal of Laws;  Are laws helpful?; Events affected or caused by laws | Identity: Theme of identity;  What identity means to you; Identify themes and characters’ identities in stories | Ocean Conversation: Marine ecosystems; The impact of humans are having on oceans; What can you do to help?
  • Grammar:  Parts of speech: the noun| Parts of speech: the verb | Parts of speech: the pronoun | Parts of speech: the modifier | Parts of speech: the preposition and the conjunction | Punctuation: the comma and the apostrophe | Punctuation: the colon, the semicolon, and more | Syntax: sentences and clauses | Syntax: conventions of standard English | Use and style

How am I going to learn with Khan Academy?

  • Videos
  • Articles
  • Quizzes
  • Practice Problems (With steps!)
  • Games
  • & MORE!

Ted Ed

Many have heard of the famous Ted Talks, but now Ted is reaching out to the youth of society through this educational web page. Their goal is to spark and celebrate the ideas and creativity of students as well as teachers around the world. They provide a variety of features from having a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring their education to the classroom.

How do I start?

  • Click register in the top right corner and sign in using a NON BHBL account email
  • Create a password and put in your first and last name
  • Choose student and choose the following subjects: “Literature and Language”, “Social Studies”, “Mathematics”, and “Science and Technology”
  • Go into your settings and choose “Middle School/Lower Secondary” as your grade level

What resources are available?

  • Literature and Language: Literature | Linguistics | Writing/Composition | Speaking
  • Mathematics: Algebra | Data Analysis & Probability | Geometry | Measurement | Numbers & Operations
  • Science and Technology: Earth and Space Science | Life Sciences | Physical Science | Environmental Science | Nature of Science
  • Social Studies: Anthropology | Area Studies | Civics | Geography | History | Media and Journalism | Sociology

How am I going to learn with Ted-Ed?

Under the Discover Tab:


  1. Watch the short video
  2. “Think”  Multiple Choice and Open ended questions
  3. “Dig Deeper” Read an article with more information

Earth School

  1. 30 Quests for students around the world to celebrate, explore and connect with nature

Ted-Ed Blog

  1. Discover articles about intriguing topics from Ted-Ed


A trusted learning website resource supporting core and supplemental subjects. The tools available include, learning games, activities, and there well known animated movies featuring Tim and Moby. Covers universal topics and languages such as English, Mandarin, French, and Spanish. An important BrainPOP and BrainPOP ELL with the resources for the following subjects: Science, Technology, Math, Engineering, Social Studies, Reading/Writing, Health, Arts, English, Music, Vocabulary, and Grammar specific content as well.

How do I start?

  • Use log in username: orourkems
  • Password: pop
  • Choose a topic and have fun!

What resources are available?

  • Science: Cellular Life and Genetics | Diversity of Life | Climate Change | Earth Systems | Ecology and Behavior | Energy | Famous Scientists | Forces of Nature | Matter and Chemistry | Motions, Forces, and Time | Nature of the Universe | Our Fragile Environment | Paleontology and Anthropology | Space | Weather
  • Social Studies: Ancient Cultures, Famous Historical Figures, Black History, Culture | Elections, Geography, News, U.S. Government, U.S. History |
    U.S. Presidents, World History, Women’s History, The Law | Native American, Latin-American Heritage
  • English: Famous Authors and Books | Grammar | Studying and Reading Skills
    | Writing
  • Math:  Algebra| Data Analysis  | Geometry and Measurement | Numbers and | Operations | Practical Math | Probability | Ratio, Proportion, and Percents

How am I going to learn with Brain Pop?

  1. Choose which topic you would like to learn about within each unit
  2. Watch the short video with Tim and Moby
  3. Check for understanding:
    • Take the quiz
    • Make a map
    • Creative coding
    • Read related texts
    • Worksheets
    • Graphic Organizer
    • Test your vocabulary
    • Play games

Duolingo (Spanish, French, German, Chinese)

Fun, game-like lessons that keep students motivated and excited about language.  Studies from the City University of New York and others have shown how well it works.

How do I start?

  1. Click on “student”
  2. It will then ask you if you want to join a classroom; click on “not now”
  3. You will then be asked if you want to start at an “Intro level” or “Placement test”.  You can do either one or both.  The placement test will help determine which level the site will start you at with their resources.