Staying Connected to Learning

Week 9 - May 18-22, 2020

Keeping students happy, healthy, and learning at home

Each Monday while schools are closed, St. Clair County RESA will share a collection of high quality engaging educational resources organized by content area and grade level band, with clear guidance for parents supporting their children's learning. To subscribe to the newsletter, submit your email address using this form. You can find past editions linked at the end of this newsletter. Contact Rachel Verschaeve with any question you might have at

Reading and Writing

Reading Strategy for Parents and Children: Visualization - Grades K-5

Connect through literature with the visualization strategy. This strategy helps readers understand what they are reading by creating a picture in their head.

1. Watch the PSA video about the visualization strategy to help your child understand what they are reading. This strategy helps readers by creating a picture in their head as they are reading.

2. Watch the visualization strategy read-aloud modeled examples and practice along with your child. You’ll find examples for fiction and nonfiction.

Modeled Examples:

3. Select a book to read and practice using the visualization strategy. Be sure to stop several times during your reading to visualize what you are reading. Share what you see.

4. Use the Visualization Bookmark to help you.

5. Add writing to your practice and help your child to fill out the K-3 Journal or 4-5 Journal pages.(Feel free to download and print or just make your own journal at home and use the journal here to help guide you.)

6. Be sure to remind your child to use their writing non-negotiables (capitals and periods).

7. Repeat practicing the visualization strategy with a different book/genre. If your child chose a fiction book, try an information book next.

8. Continue practicing the visualization strategy with your child using all types of text (books, movies, Twitter postings, news reports, etc.)

9. Use this monitoring form to help you as needed.

For more read-aloud fun, check out this collection of famous people reading various texts aloud or the Big List of Children’s Books: Read-Alouds.

For more literacy activities to do every day of the year, check out our Student Success Calendar or our Read-at-Home Book.

Writing: When the Friend Who Has Your Back is a Horse - Grades 6-8

You might be cuddled up at home with a dog or a cat right now, so you already know the power of pets - but what about a horse? The Newsela article When the Friend Who Has Your Back is a Horse informs us of the special relationship that animals can bring to humans.

1. Read the article.

2. Return to the third paragraph and read the last sentence:

Experts say those benefits come from the trust between horse and rider.

3. Write a reflection about this line in your writer’s notebook, or if you prefer,

4. Write about another line or idea from the article that struck you as important.

Reading: The Week Junior - Grades 6-8

The Week Junior is a current events magazine for 8- to 14-year-olds that informs, empowers, and inspires its readers. It helps kids make sense of the world, provides context and clarity on complex issues, and encourages discussion and debate.

As life changes around the world, people stay connected in creative ways. Encourage your child to look through Issue 2 - We're All in This Together, particularly the articles on animals and the environment.

Reading, Writing, and Inferring: Political Cartoons - Grades 9-12

This time in our world’s history is inspiring many political cartoons. Look through some of them on this website, and find one that spurs some thinking about this coronavirus.

In your journal or writer’s notebook, reflect on the political cartoon that you found interesting, or funny, or thought-provoking.

SAT/PSAT Prep: Vocabulary - Grades 9-12

Even though the PSAT/SAT has been postponed for this school year, it has not been eliminated altogether. Eventually your child will have to take this standardized test, so, while there is time, you can engage him/her in some new vocabulary learning. This website has vocabulary word suggestions, pretests, study tips, and more. It is aimed at vocabulary that will be encountered on the PSAT/SAT. The site has suggestions for keeping a notebook, giving oneself a pretest, and strategies for studying the words. Vocabulary lists and quizzes are organized by month, then by date, giving daily practice all year round.

This week's vocabulary lists:

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 21

Friday, May 22

This week's vocabulary quizzes (you will need to create an account to access quizzes):

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 21

Friday, May 22


Basic Facts: Make 10 Old Maid Card Game - Grades K-2

Play Old Maid with a twist and learn all the different ways to make ten. All you need is a deck of cards.


  1. Remove all the face cards, except the queen of hearts (Old Maid).
  2. Play the game as you usually would, but instead of matching cards with like numbers, the match has to be 10 friends!
  3. 9+1, 8+2, 7+3, 6+4, 5+5

Measurement: How Tall is that Tree? - Grades 3-5

How many times have you come across a tree and thought that tree is humongous? What do you measure with? Try this when you’re outside with family and friends. Challenge each other to come up with multiple strategies for being as accurate as possible to determine the height of the trees you’re curious about. Head to the How Tall is that Tree? webpage for directions and a video.

Problem Solving: Math Treats for Home - Grades 4-8

Each week Math Plus Academy presents a math puzzle video "treat" for exploring math in a meaningful way. Throughout the week, video and written hints are shared, then on the following Monday at 3:00 pm, families can join a live Zoom session discussing the solution to the problem. Students can also access past week's problems.

Math in Real Life - Grades 6-12

Have you heard your child mulling over her/his math assignment, only to say When am I going to use this in my life? Well, PBS has put together a series of Math in the Workforce videos and interactives along with activities and resources that help students learn and apply math using real-world scenarios and challenges. Select activities based on your child's grade level and interests, and see the connections start happening.

You may have seen Get the Math 2.0 on PBS, but did you know you can follow along with the challenges on your computer? Choose from a variety of topics of interest - from Math in Video Games to Math in Music to Math in Fashion and more. All of the challenges are real-life math scenarios that are used by professionals every day. Some of these activities are included in Math in the Workforce as well. Adobe Flash Player required


Earth Science: Treasure Hunt - Grades K-5

Learn about the landforms in your own backyard by creating your own treasure map! Head to the Treasure Hunt slides for directions and bonus fun activities.

Science Experiment: Design a Rube Goldberg Device - Grades 6-12

Design a Rube Goldberg device which is a complex contraption designed to complete a simple task.

  1. For inspiration, watch the music video This Too Shall Pass by the band Ok Go.

  2. This video is a single take, meaning the recording doesn’t stop from start to finish. It took about 60 tries to get the sequence correct. More information can be found about the video here.

  3. Create your own Rube Goldberg device to complete a simple task. For ideas visit the following websites or simply Google search Rube Goldberg devices.

    1. Tinker Lab

    2. Connections Academy

    3. Boy’s Life

  4. Test, revise, and test again! Record your completed Rube Goldberg device and share!

Science Experiment: Hit the Note - Grades 6-12

Inspired by the tuned glasses in the music video, kids will learn about pitch and musical notes through a science inquiry activity, then play a song of their choice by tuning cups.

  1. For inspiration, watch the music video This Too Shall Pass by the band Ok Go (or skip to 1:20 to see the tuned glasses).

  2. Download the free app Google Science Journal. Here is information for how to use the pitch sensor.

  3. Complete the Hit the Note activity. Learn to play songs using cups of water that are tuned to specific notes. Directions and materials list are found here.

Career and College Corner

Career Preparation: Work Experience - Grade 12

Are you a graduating senior planning to attend SC4 in the Fall? Are you interested in gaining professional experience while pursuing a degree, certificate or credential? IPG is hiring graduating high school seniors who will attend SC4 full time in the Fall.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to work in a technical environment while going to school. Work experience, internships, and volunteer experience is vital for building your resumes, networking, and gaining valuable professional experience needed for your future careers.

IPG is one of the largest tape and packaging manufacturers in North America. Customers include Amazon, Boeing, Ford, GE, and many others. The Research & Development Department for all IPG tape plants is located in Marysville. R&D has employed a student program for over 20 years. Students perform various tests, collect data in lab notebooks, input data in computers, work on some special projects, etc. Past students have majored in a wide range of fields including chemistry, math, business, medical, teaching, and more.

Mindfulness & Self-Care

The Importance of Self-Care - Grades K-12

Self-care may seem like a simple concept, but it is often misunderstood. In today’s busy world, many of us tend to feel guilty for taking care of our own needs. We seem to believe that self-care equates to selfishness which could not be further from the truth. We often lose sight of the fact that it is impossible to care for others if our own needs are not met. A car cannot run on an empty gas tank, and it is necessary for us to “fill up our tanks” in order to be the best parents/partners/caretakers/family members we can be. Self-care can take many forms and can differ greatly from person to person. It can range from getting a good night’s sleep to eating healthy meals to exercise to watching a favorite movie. As parents, it is important to model self-care skills to our children. It is something that takes practice, and starting young provides a good foundation for our kids as they grow and develop. Given the current crisis with COVID-19, self-care is more important than ever. Try to set aside 20 minutes per day to do something that “refills your tank". You deserve it.

For Parents

Self-care Tips During COVID-19

The Importance of Self-Care for parents of young children

Self-care while social distancing

Grades K-5

45 Self-care activities for kids

Grades 6-12

Talking to your teen about self-care

Helping teens cope during COVID-19

Past Editions of Staying Connected to Learning

Staying Connected to Learning Weeks 1-8

Week 1 - March 23-27, 2020

Week 2 - March 30-April 3, 2020

Week 3 - April 6-10, 2020

Week 4 - April 13-17, 2020

Week 5 - April 20-24, 2020

Week 6 - April 27-May 1, 2020

Week 7 - May 4-8, 2020

Week 8 - May 11-15, 2020