Resources for Break/Until School Resumes

Hello everyone,

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well. As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, we want to continue providing opportunities for learning. The following optional academic resources may provide students practice opportunities until school is back in session:

Area

Digital Suggestion

Screen-free Suggestion

Grammar

Quill.org offers grammar and writing practice, individualized based on students completing the diagnostic check-in that is posted for them on Google Classroom. When prompted on Quill, they should “sign in” with Google

Have students write for 10-15 minutes a day and then review grammar together: capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, verb tense, etc

Reading

In addition to reading books the traditional way, students will find many audiobook options available on Youtube, as well as audiobooks.com, audible, etc. Digital reading log template available here for students to track their progress.

Encourage students to read 20+ minutes a day; perhaps creating a reward system via reading log could be helpful

Writing

Many students enjoy writing as a collaborative process; allowing them to type on a device and then share their work digitally (for feedback or as “author’s chair”) can be a major motivator. For writing prompts, click here.

Great writers write! Encourage students to get imaginative OR keep a daily journal of their thoughts, feelings and activities. Conversely, if they would rather respond to writing prompts, click here for several additional options.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary.com has been used throughout the year as a digital extension of our work in class; students can play practice games independently or coordinate a team “Jam” challenge using the site.

Students could create flashcards of our week 6-8 words and practice, quiz OR create a game with them.

Math

Khanacademy.org is a resource students are familiar with, it features video lessons and student practice opportunities.

The following site offers printable practice pages, should you want a screen-free opportunity for your child: 6th Grade Math Worksheets.

Social Studies

Ducksters.com is a great resource. There are many interesting historical figures & ancient civilizations that are not covered in depth in the curriculum. Students can choose to research one (or more) in depth and share their findings with me via email.

A non-digital option may be challenging for the time being, while libraries are closed. If you have any materials at home on different cultures (ancient or modern), it would be useful reading material.

Science

IXL Science offers reading selections and questions about science topics; also National Geographic has a variety of science-related articles available.

Similar to social studies, non-digital options may be a challenge while libraries are closed, but you would be surprised what a few Google searches can locate, should your child dearly want a screen-free science option.

SEL (social/

emotional learning)

Mindful.org features articles with resources for students and adults alike; integrating some of the practice suggested could become a family activity.

“Home Chats” from Habitudes: Growing Leaders provides families with discussion topics that link to lessons that staff have been teaching this year during CREW.

Misc.

There are an abundance of activities suggested by Common Sense Media in a blogpost here.

 

In other news, consider joining PCCS in a “Virtual Spirit Week” starting March 30th. Use the themes below to complete the activity for the day; send a picture to Ms.  Hodapp if you would like a chance for it to be shared on the school’s Facebook page.

  • Monday 3/30: Dress Up Day (Dress up like a superhero from our community i.e first responders, nurses, firefighters, grocery employees, etc.)

  • Tuesday 3/31: D.E.A.R Day (Drop everything and read! Share a picture of you reading a book or someone reading to you)

  • Wednesday 4/1: Jersey Day (Dress in honor of your favorite team/player that is not able to play right now)

  • Thursday 4/2: Twin Day (Dress like a friend or sibling and take a picture/screenshot of you dressed the same)

  • Friday 4/3:  PCCS Hawks Pride Day (Wear green or PCCS gear)

Sincerely,

Ms. Turner & Mr. Stewart