Academic Activities

Welcome! Here you’ll find academic resources to keep learning and growing, as well as activities and tips to boost executive functioning. This site is updated by members of the academic team with BASEC @ Chenery.

Pete Stephan

Pete has been with BASEC since 2014, and worked as an Professional Aide at Chenery for 4 years. He currently leads our Branch Executive Functioning program.

Trevor Donahue

Trevor, a Belmont native, graduated from Hartwick in upstate NY with a B.A. in Sociology. Instrumental in founding the Branch program for BASEC, Trevor has been with BASEC since 2012.

Madeleine Carrese

Madeleine graduated from Bishop's University in Canada in 2016 with a B.A. in History. She joined BASEC in 2019 and is part of the Branch team at Chenery, helping to provide executive functioning and content support to upper school students.

Sara Doran

Sara entered her first year with BASEC in 2019 and joined our team at Branch! She studied psychology at the University of New Hampshire with a minor in business.

Activities

Executive Functioning

This lesson challenges students to track the amount of time that passes while they're actively engaging in an activity. Students will enjoy testing their accuracy while boosting their time management skills!

Understanding our brains in terms of its parts and their functions can help us better regulate and understand ourselves. This activity empowers middle school students to think about the ways their brains are central to their actions and decisions.

Media Literacy

It can be a challenge to be aware of how much time we spend consuming media like news, TV and social networking and how it affects our health. Fortunately, we have a unique opportunity right now to reflect on how media influences our daily lives and make a plan to use it consciously.

In an often hectic information environment, how can we tell fact from fiction? Being able to parse and analyze the information we consume is an important skill. How can you tell if a source is of quality or junk? The good news is there’s an easy method to help us figure it out.

Academics - Math

Want to brush up on math concepts taught this year? Here is a quick and fun review brought to you via Google Form.

Academics - History

Historical events can often seem too distant to relate to. One way we can close that gap is to put history into a narrative format. In this activity, you will get creative and transform some far-off history into an awesome comic strip, speech bubbles and all!

Academics - Geography

This geography challenge makes use of the map quiz website Seterra to test students' knowledge- and help them build on it!

Academics - Creative Writing

Is your child interested in journalism? Fill out this GoogleForm to have your child participate in creating an online student magazine.

Journaling is an excellent way to practice writing while also taking some time to think and reflect on yourself, your life, and the things and people who are special to you. In this activity, you’ll be writing in response to a series of prompts.

External Resources

You’re probably aware of Khan Academy as a resource for math, but students can also use this resource to learn anything from U.S. History to Biology to Grammar. It’s entirely free, and your student simply needs to sign in to their Belmont Schools email or another Gmail account to get started!

(Recommended ages: 5 - 18 years)

This free resource offers articles written for various age groups, paired with academic activities like interactive quizzes and writing prompts. It will be updated daily with 3 hours of content for the next week.

(Recommended ages: 4 - 14 years)

Tales2Go is a subscription-based service that provides audiobooks for K12 schools. All Belmont Public Schools students have access to a subscription via their Belmont Schools email address.

(Recommended ages: 6 - 14 years)

Duolingo is a free independent learning platform for over 30 world languages. Students can continue learning the language they take in school, such as Spanish or Chinese, or try something new, like Arabic, Hindi, or Czech.

(Recommended ages: All Ages )


BrainPOP contains engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities that are designed with relevance, depth and humor to encourage kids on their unique learning paths. Learning is made visible through tools that challenge students to reflect, make connections, and engage in deeper, curiosity-driven learning.

(Recommended ages: 5 - 14 years)

Prodigy is like math homework disguised as a video game. To win challenges, you must correctly answer math questions. The more you play, the more you learn. Prodigy automatically tailors math content to your specific needs.

(Recommended ages: 6 - 14 years)

Join hosts Hank Green, Kallie Moore, and Blake de Pastino as they take you on a journey through the history of life on Earth. From the dawn of life in the Archaean Eon through the Mesozoic Era — the so-called “Age of Dinosaurs” -- right up to the end of the most recent Ice Age.

(Recommended ages: 10+ years)

Math games that focus on number bonds. Each activity targets an important strategy, skill or standard, and provides hours of independent practice for students at school or at home.

(Recommended ages: 6 - 10 years)

National Geographic Kids features educational games, videos, and other activities primarily focusing on the natural world and U.S. history. Kids also can get a virtual tour of different countries, featuring fun facts and other information.

(Recommended ages: 7 - 12 years)

Kids everywhere can stream (for free) an incredible collection of stories that will help them continue dreaming and learning.

(Recommended ages: All ages)

Lumosity’s cognitive training program is a fun, interactive way to train your brain and learn about how your mind works. It consists of science-based games designed to exercise memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem-solving.

Students can sign up for Lumosity using their school email, and access 3 free brain-training games per day.

(Recommended ages: 10+ years)


Instantly borrow free digital eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and TV shows courtesy of your public library.

This link leads to the "Homeschool with Hoopla" page which includes a wide range of free audiobooks recommended for students.

(Recommended ages: All ages)