Staying Connected to Learning

Week 12 - June 8-12 2020 (FINAL EDITION)

Keeping students happy, healthy, and learning at home

As another school year comes to a close, so does Staying Connected to Learning. The team at St. Clair County RESA encourages families to continue reading, playing, and exploring together all summer long. For families interested in continuing the activities shared over the past twelve weeks, you can find past issues linked at the bottom of this newsletter. Contact Rachel Verschaeve with any questions you might have at The RESA team wishes you a fun-filled summer!

Reading and Writing

Reading Strategy for Parents and Children: Phonological Awareness - Grades K-5

Connect through literature with the phonological awareness strategy. This strategy helps readers develop a critical building block of reading, hearing sounds in words.

1. Watch the PSA video about the phonological awareness strategy to help your child build foundational skills in reading.

2. Watch the phonological awareness 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 using the phonological awareness strategy.

4. Use the phonological awareness bookmark.

5. Add writing to your practice and help your child to fill out the journal pages.This week’s writing journal is interactive and includes phonological awareness games. (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 with a different genre. If your child chose a fiction book, try an information book next.

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

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. Or visit Science A-Z Discovery Museum to extend the reading from the middle grades read aloud for nonfiction.

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

ELA: Storytelling - Grades K-12

Students have so many stories to tell about the changes that have occurred in their lives. In this activity, they will listen to stories from other people and then write and record their own stories on Flipgrid. Here's what to do:

  1. Listen to Dante’s Story. Then go to the Dante's Story Flipgrid and respond to the prompts.
  2. Now it is time to create your own story. This should be a story about “change.” Once you have your story written, go to the Storytellers Flipgrid and record yourself telling the story. If you need more inspiration on stories and storytelling go to NPR’s StoryCorps site and select a story or two you find interesting.

Reading: Informational Text - 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.

Issue 12 - June 12, 2020

Protesting Injustice: As citizens throughout the US and the world make their voices heard, political and community leaders call for peace.

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, June 8

Tuesday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

Thursday, June 11

Friday, June 12

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

Monday, June 8

Tuesday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

Thursday, June 11

Friday, June 12


Basic Fact Fluency: Using Domino Math Mats - Grades K-3

Grab your dominoes! Your kids cab use these common game pieces to build their addition facts, using the familiar dice pattern. Head to the Domino Math Mats webpage for full instructions and printable materials. We recommend starting with our favorite - the Domino Flash Game.

Basic Fact Fluency: Domino Multiplication Games - Grades 3-5

Find some Dominos and print this score keeping mat (directions included), and you’re ready to practice your multiplication facts.

Math: Clocks - Grades K-3

Make a paper plate and/or hula hoop clock to practice telling time. Both will be fun ways to learn the language and patterns of time. Follow instructions on websites below. Don’t forgot to ask directions like:
  • Show me half past 2.
  • Show me a quarter to 4.
  • Show me 10 minutes past 5.

Paper Plate Clock Activity for Learning to Tell Time

Telling Time Activities : Make a Hula Hoop Clock

Math: Elapsed Time - Grades 3-5

Elapsed Time: Create your perfect summer day schedule

Have fun thinking of the best ways to spend summer days (like swimming, going to the movies, eating yummy treats), and adding them to the chart. After choosing a start time and an end time, figure out how to determine the total duration by using a number line.

Use this timeline tool to help you keep track of your elapsed time. Start counting the hours first. For example, if I go swimming from 9 until 12:30, we would count from 9 to 10, then 10 to 11, and 11 to 12, and write 1 hour over each of those. Then from 12 to 12:30 we would write 30 minutes. Finally, we would add the hours and minutes, giving a duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes.


Life Science: Plans and Animals - Grades K-3

What's Living in My Backyard?

Go outside and explore your own backyard with your little scientist, and discover all the the many critters living there. This website will provide full guidance for showing your child how to look for living things and how to investigate and document their findings.

Backyard Square Field Study

An outdoor field study offers your child the opportunity to develop their observation skills, knowledge, and appreciation for nature and science. With this activity, children will experience the diversity of animals and plants that share one habitat - their own backyard.

Life Science: Plants - Grades 3-5

Building and Understanding an Ecosystem in a Bottle

Using organisms found in your own yard and an empty 2-liter bottle, your child will create his/her own model ecosystem, while learning about and considering the many interactions within a real ecosystem, like: what is needed for organisms' survival, who are the producers and consumers, and where the organisms fit on the food web. This webpage will tell you how.

Career and College Corner

Career and College Readiness Checklist - Grades 9-10

Congratulations Class of 2022 and 2023! Summer is about to begin and that means you’ve completed your first year in high school or the first half of your high school career. College and career decisions may seem far away but there is no better time than the summer to get a jump start on preparing for your future after graduation.

Follow this simple checklist to help guide you over the next few months before you enter your sophomore or junior year:

  1. Review the Blue Water College Access Network 9th & 10th Grade Checklist.

  2. Identify items that need to be completed.

  3. Make a timeline to complete the task prior to deadlines.

Mindfulness & Self-Care

Talking With Kids Regarding Current Events - Grades K-12

The death of George Floyd and the resulting events that have unfolded across the country have left many parents at a loss as to how to address these sensitive issues with their children. The news has been dominated by images that are very difficult to watch, and that often lead to intense emotional reactions. How can parents, many of whom are struggling themselves, help children process the things they’re seeing and manage their feelings? There’s not a “right” answer, but there are guidelines that can help kids to cope with troubling news. First, validate your child’s feelings. Let them express their emotions (this can be through words, drawings, play, etc), and acknowledge that their feelings are ok. Second, don’t avoid talking about it, even though this can be difficult. Frank and open conversations allow children to ask questions, and can help them to understand the world around them. It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers--be honest and do your best. The most important thing is that your child feels heard. Third, don’t hesitate to rely on your support systems if you are feeling overwhelmed or are struggling. This may include family, friends, religious leaders, or mental health professionals. These support systems can help you to process your own emotions as well as assisting you to plan for difficult conversations.

NBC News Kids Edition

Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism - A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall For Kids and Families

How do I talk to my kids about race and racism?

A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Past Editions of Staying Connected to Learning

Staying Connected to Learning Weeks 1-11

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

Week 9 - May 18-22, 2020

Week 10 - May 25-29, 2020

Week 11 - June 1-5, 2020