Staying Connected to Learning
Week 3 - April 6-10, 2020
Keeping students happy, healthy, and learning at home
Reading and Writing
Reading Strategy for Parents and Children: Questioning - Grades K-5
Asking Questions is an excellent reading comprehension strategy - it actively engages readers with the text before, during, and after reading, and it helps readers check that they are understanding what they are reading. To support your child's Asking Questions skills, follow the steps below:
Watch the PSA Video on how to ask questions when you read.
View the modeled Me...Jane read-aloud (if needed).
Select a book to read aloud together to practice asking questions. Be sure to stop and check to see if you answered any of your questions as you read throughout the book.
Discuss possible questions you ask with your child. Ask what they see, what they think, and what they wonder about the book you are reading. Utilize the Asking Questions Bookmark.
Help your child ask questions.
Be sure to remind your child to use their writing non-negotiables (capitals and periods).
Repeat the next day with another read-aloud.
Continue practicing asking questions with your child using all types of text (books, movies, Twitter postings, news reports, etc.)
For more literacy activities to do every day of the year, check out our Student Success Calendar.
Writing Fluency: First-person Accounts - Grades 6-12
When future historians look to write the story of life during coronavirus, first-person accounts will prove useful. Right now, the opportunity exists for our students to write primary sources, personally meaningful writings and sketches.
Encourage your student to write about their experiences during this time;
Encourage your student to sketch their experiences during this time;
Keep a family journal
If you are looking ideas/inspiration for recording current experiences, check out this video, and for more ideas and inspiration check out the article The Quarantine Diaries from the New York Times. One idea shared in the article is #Coronamaison (Corona House), with an activity your kids can try at home:
1. Go to the CoronaMaison website. To view the site in English, click the British/Union Jack flag in the upper right-hand corner, GB, or other English translation prompt. Scroll down to see others' drawings; notice the diverse media others have used to create their illustrations.
2. Print or sketch the CoronaMaison template, then draw your favorite room and post it on social networks with the hashtag #CoronaMaison to join a newly constructed common building!
If no technology is available, then follow this prompt: Draw your own ideal place to be quarantined. Create your own imagined interior, your own fantastical room.
Building Number Sense: Math Before Bed - Grades K-2
Each prompt shows you and your child a perplexing problem. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about HOW you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another.
Multiplication Basic Facts: Four's a Winner - Grades 3-5
Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information: Give Me Five - Grades K-5
Directions and activity templates for the activity are on the website
Brainstorm ideas or have your child research what they can do to help save the Earth; some ideas are: recycle, create a home compost bin, walk or bike to school, take shorter showers/baths, plant trees etc.
Decide three ways your family can help protect the planet
For inspiration, visit the Earth Kids site
Interacting with Nature: Nature Lessons for the DNR - Grades K-12
Now that spring is upon us, it is a great time to get outside and closely explore the world around us, noticing and appreciating life around us. Kids of all ages can have fun learning outdoors with the following activities:
Be a Tree Detective: Learn how to identify trees in your yard and in your community
Get students outside and identify as many trees as you can in your yard or community
Have students take pictures, create a video journal or sketch a picture of each tree
Finding True North: Learn to find true north without using a compass
Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn this important outdoor skill
Nature Scavenger Hunt: download the scavenger hunt checklist to guide your family's outdoors exploration; take the activity a step further by having students collect or take pictures of the evidence of their findings
For more learning fun, check out more videos from Michigan's Department of Natural Resources.
Career and College Corner
Career Exploration: Michigan's Hot 50 Careers Challenge - Grades 6-12
Mindfulness & Self-Care
Building Empathy - Grades K-12
Said simply, empathy is the ability to view a situation from the perspective of another person. It is about reserving judgement, and being able to be “with” another person in their feelings. Empathy drives connection, and during difficult times, it is what brings us together. The current challenges our communities are facing highlight the importance of empathy more than ever. This week’s activities will focus on ways to develop empathy in children, adolescents and teens, and provide ways to foster kindness and connection during these challenging times.
- 5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy - strategies for developing empathy in your children
- Ideas to express empathy during the Coronavirus crisis - a few ideas for practicing empathy and caring for others during this time
- Empathy and Connection: Brene Brown on Empathy - this brief video clearly illustrated what empathy truly is - and what it is not
Sesame Street (with Mark Ruffalo): Empathy - this video explains empathy to young children
5 Activities for Building Empathy in Your Students - engage your children in activities to
teach them empathy skills and give them a chance to show what they know
- The Power of Empathy - a teen inspires teens with a TED Talk about the power of empathy
Acts of kindness amid coronavirus pandemic - this feel-good video will spark ideas for showing empathy and caring for others
Random acts of kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak - teens can use these ideas to commit not-so-random acts of kindness toward others
Resources for Grades K-12
PBS (channel 56 in the Detroit viewing area or your local cable/satellite channel)Need to feel good letting your kids watch TV - even if it's an opportunity for you to take a break or get something accomplished around the house? PBS offers a daily schedule aligned to school subject areas, and shows have corresponding learning guides that can be used after viewing programs. The 7:00-9:00 am slots target Pre K-3 age level; 9:00-2:00 Grades 4-8; and 2:00-6:00 Grades 9-12.
Khan Academy is a comprehensive resource for students of all ages (and parents!) to use at home. Here are few of the ways to use this resource:
- Check out this blog post for guidance for using the resource for remote learning
- View sample learning schedules
- Learn how children ages 2-7 might use Khan Academy
- Go to Khan Academy, register, and click on Courses in the top left-hand corner to find options that fit your child - find anything from SAT prep, to Career and College Exploration, school subjects, and more