LPS Student Home Resources
Middle School - Seventh and Eighth Grade
"Day in the Life"
To help you determine how these resources can best be utilized, we've put together a sample "Day in the Life" that your child could use to guide the structure of a day using these sites. We believe this a good opportunity for students to focus on their learning, health and well-being in multiple ways.
Students, spend time each day taking care of YOU, YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY.
Here are some suggestions using the resource list and other easy-to-do ideas.
Taking care of your mind…
Spend 30 minutes learning something new or find a question that you are curious about
Think about the Wonder of the Day on Wonderopolis
Try to figure out an unknown place in the work by looking for clues on GeoGuesser
Try a STEM activity on Science Buddies
Learn some thing knew from Science Friday's Science podcasts
World Book online - content rich videos and reading
Spend about 30 minutes solving math questions or practicing math
Taking care of your body…
Taking care of your family…
Go on a Virtual Field Trip:
Do an extra chore at home
Use a recipe to make something for your family. Look at the measurements needed!
Play a game with your siblings or family
Start a Family Tree Grab the photo albums, pull out the family history records, and get busy creating a family tree that your teen and young adult children will appreciate being a part of. Kids at this age begin to take an interest in their heritage and will welcome learning about their ancestors. Plus, family trees are a great way to preserve history and build something that can be passed on from generation to generation.
Taking care of your community…
Taking care of YOU!
While you do deep breathing, use a picture in your mind and a word or phrase to help you feel more relaxed.
Close your eyes if they're open.
Take a few big, deep breaths.
Breathe in. As you do that, imagine that the air is filled with a sense of peace and calm. Try to feel it throughout your body.
Breathe out. While you're doing it, imagine that the air leaves with your stress and tension.
Now use a word or phrase with your breath. As you breathe in, say in your mind, "I breathe in peace and calm."
As you breathe out, say in your mind, "I breathe out stress and tension."
Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.
Sites with multiple ways for students to read, think and solve problems:
Michigan eLibrary (mel.org) - a variety of digital texts by level and subject. Test preparation is also an option.
Libby App - borrow books and videos from the Library
Khan Academy - has learning for all grade levels and content areas
Khan Academy - Reading by Grade- literature and informational reading selections
MathBits - games for MS through HS math using geocaching
Mathopolis - math games and practice for all levels: algebra, geometry and stats
SOS Math - free resource for math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations
The Math Contest - Daily Math Challenge: A new problem will appear at 10am Central every Tuesday-Friday.
PBS Nova Science Science Documentaries
Chem Matters Articles - articles related to current chemistry topics
Science News - leveled articles about science topics
Science Buddies - great STEM Activities for all ages including MS/ HS
Science podcasts - science podcasts from Science Friday
SciStarter - citizen science enables people from all walks of life to advance scientific research.
SciGirls - Activities, games, and videos related to the
Rasmussen-Stem Activities K-6 - 11 Hands on STEM Activities that foster creativity and problem solving
Code Combat - Learn Computer Science and Coding skills
Code Monster from Crunchzilla - Coding lessons that include using computer languagesCode.org - engaging coding courses are available on this site
Social Studies and Current Events
GeoGuesser - game site that starts at an unknown place in the world. The player can navigate within the game to look for clues before guessing the location.
CNN 10 - current events in a fast-moving, 10-minute format, kids from grades 6-12 will find engaging.
Ben's Guide to the US Government - social studies activities for all grade levels
History for Kids - articles,games and videos on many historical events
Ducksters - site with history, science and ELA articles and games
English Learners - Language Learning
Duolingo A free site to learn English and many other languages.
Breaking News English - Current events and news from around the world, with each article written at several reading levels. The stories come with activities and quizzes for extra practice.
Many Things - Provides American English pronunciation practice for EL's