LPS Student Home Resources

Middle School - Seventh and Eighth Grade

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For Parents

As we plan for the weeks that our schools will be closed following Governor Whitmer’s announcement, there are many opportunities for students to continue their learning at home. Knowing that the rich instruction that your child receives at school cannot be replicated with an on-line experience, these resources and activities simply provide opportunities for you and your child to engage in learning around reading, thinking and problem solving. The links below are organized into content areas. There are no requirements from the district or teachers for students to complete any of these activities. There will be no collection of work, grading or rewarding of any activities.
Please take some time to check out each of these carefully selected resources and select those that are of most interest to your child. Be sure to bookmark those sites.

"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

    • 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!


Breath Focus

While you do deep breathing, use a picture in your mind and a word or phrase to help you feel more relaxed.


  1. Close your eyes if they're open.

  2. Take a few big, deep breaths.

  3. 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.

  4. Breathe out. While you're doing it, imagine that the air leaves with your stress and tension.

  5. Now use a word or phrase with your breath. As you breathe in, say in your mind, "I breathe in peace and calm."

  6. As you breathe out, say in your mind, "I breathe out stress and tension."

  7. 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

Khan Academy - Arithmetic

Khan Academy - Math By Grade

Sites with practice PSAT Tests or items

Michigan eLibrary PSAT Test prep - PSAT test preparation activities

Khan Academy PSAT Prep - practicing math, grammar, science, history

College Board - offers PSAT questions and sample tests to practice

Reading and Writing

Goodreads - site with book titles of interest

Smithsonian TweenTribune - leveled literature and informational reading selections

NewsELA - leveled Math and Science Articles

Noredink.com Grammar and Writing practice

Math

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.

Science

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.

STEM Activites

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 languages

Code.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

Physical Activities

GoNoodle

Kids Health - variety of topics and activities for all ages

Health

Health

Kids Health - variety of topics and activities for all ages

Emotional Regulation Activities

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