WHPS Online Resources
Middle and High School
Updated Resources for Spring Break and Beyond
From April 10 thorugh April 17, West Hartford Public Schools will be closed for spring break.
During this time, we encourage students and families to extend learning by exploring these high quality resources from some of the leading institutions in the United States. Please note these resources are optional and are listed to encourage students to engage in learning activities that spark their curiosity and align to their personal interests.
Looking for the previous week's learning plans?
Middle School: https://www.smore.com/0jxmt-whps-online-learning-plan-week-3
Week 4 (April 20-24) plans will be posted on Friday, April 17th by 5 p.m.
Lessons and Resources
From formal lesson to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world, this NASA site is a gem. Featuring hands-on, online, and outdoor learning activities, students can pursue their interests in a variety of engaging ways. The site also features live events and chats with scientists. For those interested in a career in these fields, read the profiles of NASA scientists who explain the pathways they followed and their specialties at this premier institution.
This NASA site focuses specifically on space through its high quality videos, slideshows, games, links and DIY projects. Activities are designed so that they are appropriately challenging for different grade bands. For all of our students and families who are awed by the beauty of earth, space and technology this is a valuable resource.
Whether you are interested in filmmaking, songwriting, choreography, ballet, pantomime or any other performance technique, Lincoln Center at Home has something for you. The site hosts daily pop-up classrooms for families that includes workshops and regularly updated videos of performances from their archives or from previously broadcast shows. The site also features documentaries on world-class artists.
This site offers objects, stories, and resources that tell American history through the African American lens. The Learning Lab collections provide ways to explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history by utilizing objects, documents, imagery, and videos to enhance content knowledge, hone historical thinking skills and inspire users to see themselves as the agents of change.
Use suggested ideas from National Geographic to have students fight extinction, explore the oceans, understand water insecurity, explore with Google Earth and more. This site feature interactives, short lessons and full units of study.
Virtual Field Trips
"Stay Home and Stay Safe" does not mean you can't go on virtual field trips. The list of sites below offers just a few of the may "virtual field trips" available online.
If you have ever wanted to find out what is so special about the NYC's Metropolitan Museum, check out an award-winning series of six short videos that invites viewers from around the world to virtually visit The Met's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. Created using spherical 360 degree technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum's iconic spaces as never before.
In 1916, Congress passed the National Parks Act which was designed to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein." Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most visited park in the country and a dream destination for many people. Take some time to visit this natural wonder with its iconic sites such as El Capitan, Vernal Falls, and Cathedral Peak.
A tour of George Washington's family home reveals fascinating details on the life of the first POTUS and his family.
Keep Your Skills Sharp
Read for at least 20 minutes per day. All students should have independent books for reading in addition to texts under study in class. West Hartford Library offers downloadable books, audio books, magazines, comics, films, and music for all ages. Visit http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/services/ebooks_eaudio.asp or call 860-561-6990 for guidance. An additional resource is the following website that lists 25 sources of free public domain books: https://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/.
Students are encouraged to review and reinforce their grade level learning. Sharpen your skills by practicing for at least 20 minutes per day. Middle school students with accounts can visit iReady (https://login.i-ready.com/), IXL (https://www.ixl.com/) all middle and high school studens can visit Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/) for grade level math instruction.
Science and Social Studies
IXL offers lessons in science, social studies, and many other subjects across all grades levels. Students are encouraged to visit https://www.ixl.com/ , select a grade level, and investigate activities and related lessons.
Practice your linguistic skills using these interactive websites: babbel (https://www.babbel.com/) or duolingo (https://duolingo.com). Try reading a newspaper in your target language French, Spanish, Chinese
Practice English as much as you can! Access websites and apps collected in this doc. At Home Resources for English Learners
Coding and Computer Science Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation in underrepresented groups. https://studio.code.org/courses
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to create and submit a 25 - 55 second video to be shared publicly on our websites and social media.
The WHPS website is updated regularly with information on information related to all aspects of our district's response to COVID-19.
WHPS encourages families to help students establish daily routines during this time. Routines are helpful to provide continuity, support students in achieving their goals, and offer structure as we transition to a new way of operating.
WHPS is appreciative of the dedication of its students, families, staff, teachers and the entire West Hartford community as we seek to serve our students with engaging online resources and supports.
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