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Emergency School Closures due to COVID-19
Schools closed statewide from 3/13 - 4/24.
Statewide tests (including SBA and WCAS) have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
4/13-4/17/20 No School (Spring Break)
4/20/20 DISTANCE LEARNING BEGINS - Please see classroom teacher's emails regarding distance learning platforms. Most k-2 teachers will use SeeSaw; 5th grade teachers will be using Microsoft Teams.
6/25/20 No School (Memorial Day)
6/15-6/19 - No Resource Room
6/19/20 5th grade promotion
6/23/20 Last Official Day of School, including Snow Days.
Welcome to the Resource Room!
Due to the statewide school closures, I am sharing a list of online learning resources for students and families to use during this time. I hope to see all of you again at the end of April! Stay well! Here is a list of general recommendations, followed by online resources that I recommend.
General Recommendations During School Closures:
-Stay connected to your community! There are lots of opportunities for your student to connect to his or her classroom community by using resources such as SeeSaw, FaceTime, and more. Check with your classroom teacher and see if they are using an online platform to keep everyone connected.
-Learn a new skill! Learning a new skill can be challenging, fun, and help us all with our frustration tolerance. Kids might enjoy learning something like knitting, sewing, drawing, communication in a new language, or playing strategy games such as Chess or Blockus (one of our favorites in the Resource Room). Some of the students may know that I have been learning to sew - this has led to a lot of frustrating moments as I learn how to use my machine and learn how various items are constructed. It is also really interesting and has been a great way for me to practice my own patience and creativity.
-Set up daily routines at home. At school, we all learn to follow a schedule and a routine. It can be comforting during chaotic times to know that some things in life are predictable. You can create your own predictable schedule at home. Try incentivizing tasks (ex: "If you read this book for 20 minutes, then you will earn X amount of game time"), and allowing opportunities for kids to collaborate with you on projects too, such as cooking, baking, gardening, or other projects.
-Make sure everyone is getting some time outside to exercise. If students are acting wiggly and unfocused, it might be time for a movement break. Take a break to walk the dog, ride a bike, explore a nearby trail... Have kids start a nature walk journal and have them document the plants and animals that they see. Just yesterday, I saw a crane down in the wetland while I was out walking with my dog. I also have a hummingbird feeder outside my kitchen window, and it is really fun to see the different varieties that have started returning now that winter is over.
That's all for now! Stay safe, stay hydrated, stay curious about the world! I will continue updating this page with resources as I find them. If there are any that you have found helpful, please send me the link: email@example.com
www.arbookfinder.com - Accelerated Reader Book Finder, a database to find books based on interest, reading lexile level, book awards, state interest, and more!
www.typingclub.org - A free typing website to help your student practice accuracy and speed.
k5 Learning - Grammar & Parts of Speech - Help your student identify subject, predicate, fix run-on sentences, identify common vs proper nouns, and more!
k5 Learning - Reading Comprehension - Short passages to help your student with context clues, inferences, and other close reading skills.
k5 Learning - Vocabulary Building Activities - Lots of great resources and activities for identifying homophones, homographs, irregular past tense of verbs, and more. Broken down by grade level.
www.zearn.org - Log into Eureka's student math portal for extra practice at home.
www.prodigygame.com - A fun math game that uses adaptive technology to help students practice math in an imaginary world.
www.code.org - A free site for teaching kids about coding
k5 Learning Free Math Worksheets - Math worksheets (including story problems with answers!) for every grade level.
CommonCoreSheets.com - Common Core aligned worksheets for math, organized by grade or by skill. Additional worksheets available for ELA, Social Studies, and more. These worksheets also come with corresponding answer sheets.
Social Emotional / Behavior Resources
www.do2learn.com - An excellent resource shared with me by one of our Speech Language Pathologists. This site has all kinds of activities for building skills such as perspective taking and pragmatic language. Here is a a short list of some of the activities that this site offers: