Reading and Writing Resources

Towngate Elementary “Lighting the Way to Student Success”

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Requires parent email. Families are able to add up to three children per account. Not a District or site-owned licensed product but an available resource for families.


How to Get Your Free Accounts


Click on the link below for each program that you wish to provide to your child/children:


1. Click on the link below for each program:







2. Enter this School Code: SCHOOL1446


3. Create an account using your personal email address and a password of your choice.

Accelerated Reader is NOW Available online

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What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer.
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How does Accelerated Reader work?

1. Choose

Encourage students to find something to read! Accelerated Reader has quizzes on more than 200,000 books, ensuring students never run out of choices.


2. Read

This is the best part! Students get to read a book of their choosing. Students can read in class, at home, or out and about in the community.

3. Quiz

Once they finish a book, students take a short quiz on what they’ve read. Each quiz is written to ensure students have read the entire book.

4. Analyze

You gain instant insight into students’ quiz results. Use that data to set goals, monitor students’ continued progress, and personalize lesson plans.

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Use link to access Accelerated Reader (AR) from home

Use your child's computer account information.

Renaissance AR Bookfinder®

You can search for book titles based on authors, topics, or titles of books.

We know this is a challenging time for families and children. Our district has provided resource fo students while school is closed. These resources can be accessed on the district website www. mvusd.net or on our website.


Although we are offering online work for your children, the days are long when school is canceled. We also wanted to put together some suggested schedules and resources for you to help the days pass more productively.

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SAMPLE Distance Learning SCHEDULE

8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress-up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

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LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

District Resources for Distance Learning

Online Resources

Brain Pop

Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.


https://www.brainpop.com/


Username: Towngate


Password: 22480

Follett Online Books

Increase Reading Levels while at home with Follett. This site provides books, eBooks and digital resources in one easy place


https://www.gofollett.com/


Username: towngate


Password: library

World Book Online

Online Encyclopedia and more..


https://worldbookonline.com/


Username: towngate


Password: school

I-Ready

i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help determine your child's needs and personalize their learning,.


To access this program students need to:


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Click Here for Elementary Online Learning Resources

These resources have ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for a vast amount of subjects for younger students.

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Reading Activities

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Storytime Video: Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
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STEAM Activities

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Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?


After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.


Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

Writing Activities

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Great Writing Activities

1. Write a letter to a family member.

2. Create homemade birthday cards.

3. Write a thank-you note to someone you appreciate.

Reading Activities

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Peace Out

The Peace Out Podcast focuses and mindfulness, and shares "short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises."

Brains On!

The Brains On! podcast from American Public Media is great for children and families with a mission to "encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history…"

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

But Why is another amazing podcast for curious kids and their families. Kids ask the questions and the hosts find the answers.

Navigator Character Pledge


Navigator Character Pledge

We are RESPECTFUL, SAFE, and RESPONSIBLE, INCLUDE OTHERS, and LEARN every day! I promise to RESPECT myself, others, and my school. I promise to be SAFE by following all rules and directions. I am RESPONSIBLE for my best in reading, math and the rest. I promise to INCLUDE OTHERS and not leave anyone out. I pledge to LEARN all I can and do my best to be all I am!

Towngate Navigators:

  • Show Respect
  • Act Safely & Responsibly
  • Include others
  • Learn Every Day

Towngate Elementary School

TownGate Navigators... Sailing to Success!


Principal- Veronica Zarate Vzarate@mvusd.net

Assistant Principal- Khaleelah Lewis-Wilkins klewis@mvusd.net

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