Staying Connected to Learning
Week 7 - May 4-8, 2020
Keeping students happy, healthy, and learning at home
Reading and Writing
Reading Strategy for Parents and Children: Fix-up Strategies - Grades K-5
Connect through literature using fix-up strategies. This strategy helps readers problem solve when they come to words they don’t know.
1. Watch the PSA video about using fix-up strategies to help your child read when they come to words they don’t know.
2. Watch the sample fix-up strategies read-aloud modeled examples and practice along with your child. You’ll find examples for fiction and nonfiction.
3. Select a book to read to practice using fix-up strategies when you come to words you don’t know. Be sure to stop when you come to a word you don’t know.
4. Use the Fix-up strategies bookmark or the Fix-up strategies magnifying glass.
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 with a different genre. If your child chose a fiction book, have them choose an informational next.
8. Continue practicing using fix-up strategies with your child every time you read using all types of text (books, movies, Twitter postings, news reports, etc.)
Reading Activities: Scholastic's Learn at Home - Grades 6-8
From Week One’s focus on Celebrating Differences to Week Four’s journey into Saving America’s Wolves, your child will find engaging articles to read and interesting follow-up activities. One of our favorites: a fun quiz to discover your personality type. Find this in Week One/Day 2.
Writing/Poetry: Music Mashup - Grades 9-12
Write or print out the lyrics from three songs by your favorite music artist
Cut the lyrics apart line by line
Choose some of your favorite lines from the songs and create a new poem by deciding how to put them together
Mash them up!
SAT/PSAT Prep: Vocabulary - Grades 9-12
Reading Numbers, Place Value, Odd/Even, Patterns: Neighborhood Numbers - Grades K-3
Mathematical Strategy: Nim Games - Grades 3-5
Math Skills: Fractions Games - Grades 4-8
- 17 Fun and Free Fraction Games for Kids can help young kids hone their fraction skills. These games can be played with items or games that are commonly found in homes such as paper plates, Legos, and decks of cards.
16 Math Card Games That Will Turn Your Students Into Math Aces is loaded with card games that will reinforce math skills. One example of the games is Fraction War. Your kids probably already know how to play War with cards - this version just adds a fraction aspect. Students deal two cards, a numerator and denominator, then determine whose fraction is the largest. The winner keeps all four cards, and play continues until the cards are gone. You can also play using these free printable fraction cards.
Physical Science - Kick, Dunk, and Ride: How Does it Move? - Grades K-5
Make a science journal out of any scrap paper and grab a pencil.
Print out or follow the directions slides on your phone.
Talk, notice, and wonder with your child as you follow the directions.
Investigating Phenomena: Science is Everywhere 30-Day Challenge - Grades 6-12
Science is everywhere! The 30-Day Science Challenge will help you notice many of the wonders around you, while you find, observe, and investigate like a scientist. Here's how:
- Head to the 30-Day Science Challenge website to get started
- Download/print/write out your own board - cross off the squares as you complete the challenge
- Use a notebook to record your observations and questions or take a picture to share with classmates and family
- There are no rules or requirements other than - have fun and enjoy!
Engineering: Star Wars Day - Grades 4-8
May the 4th be with You!
Science Buddies has put together 15 activities of galactic proportion to help students celebrate Star Wars Day! These activities can be done with items typically found at home. Here is a sample of the 15 Simple Activities with a Star Wars Spin:
Build a Paper Airplane Launcher: TIE fighters…. X-wing…. no matter what variety of starfighter you like most, this airplane launcher activity is an easy tie-in.
Colorful Patterns in Melting Ice: Hoth is an ice planet. Remember when Luke was frozen to the ceiling upside down? Explore the structure of ice — and ice melting — in this colorful activity.
How Does a Hovercraft Hover?: landspeeders and hovercraft appear in many places in Star Wars. In this activity, kids make a simple hover-inspired vehicle using a balloon and CD.
Career and College Corner
Career Exploration: Registered Nurse - Grades 6-12
Mindfulness & Self-Care
Thrive With Your Family - Grades K-12
When dealing with difficult times, it can be easy to forget just how resilient we are. Said simply, resilience is our ability to bounce back from challenging life situations. It’s not about avoiding the stress, but learning to thrive within it. The current situation we are facing in regards to COVID-19 presents a unique challenge in that we are socially isolated in a way that we have never experienced before. It can be overwhelming and the uncertainty of “when will all of this be over” can lead to emotions of anxiety, fear and frustration. When we experience these types of feelings, it can be helpful to shift our thoughts and remind ourselves that we will get through this. Humans as a species are remarkably resilient. We have been through so much, and we continue to bounce back and move forward. It is especially important during these times to be kind to yourself and to practice self compassion. Remind yourself that you are enough, and try not to compare yourself to others. We’re all in this together, but the ways we cope may be very different. And that’s ok. If you are feeling overwhelmed and are looking for support for yourself or your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to Community Mental Health. A COVID-19 support line is available for residents throughout St. Clair County to provide support and guidance.
The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital hosts a weekly web series covering a variety of mental health topics to support children, teens and families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Links to multiple resources are provided to educate families and to help them cope with the crisis.