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Distance Learning

The overview of student learning for the week of June 15th can be found HERE or dowload a copy from my website HERE!  

PE, MUSIC, and LIBRARY information for the week of 6/15 can be found HERE

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Platform/Structure:  I will be teaching your students this new content primarily using Seesaw as the platform. I will send out a weekly email that will give you an overview of the week's activities, and daily lessons & activities will appear in SeeSaw every morning for students to complete. The lessons on SeeSaw will include a variety of resources such as videos, power point, voice recorded directions, visuals, and anchor charts. Each day, your student will be asked to login to Seesaw and find the reading, writing and math lessons for the day. The Seesaw lessons will almost always require a response back to me in addition to the mini lesson. If your student prefers to do their work on paper or in a journal, they can take a picture and post it in their Seesaw journal for me to see. Please click HERE to watch a video I made to demonstrate how to access activities and answer prompts in SeeSaw. It gives students a preview of the first math lesson as well, so if they watch it prior to their first lesson, it will be helpful to them! 

 Just like in previous weeks, your student is welcome to structure their day however they would like. I will not be doing any live teaching so you will be able to access the lessons at any time during the day. 

Breakdown of lessons: Each week there will be 4 new math lessons, 2 new reading lessons, and 2-3 new writing lessons. On days there is not a new lesson, there will be a day or 2 for them to practice the taught concept/skill during independent work time. The goal is to follow the same routine/structure we do in the classroom. I teach a new skill/new content, then allow time for independent practice and mastery. There may still be a SeeSaw activity to show their work in progress, even if there's not a new lesson. On Fridays, there will be time for them to catch up on math work, and a social studies or science activity that incorporates reading and writing in the assignment. We will also have some activities from our counselor and PBSES coach, which can be completed any time. 

The guidelines sent by the school district is for 5th grade students to engage with the new material and work for 90 minutes per day. This gives an approximate breakdown of 30 minutes for reading, 30 minutes for writing, and 30 minutes for math. 90 minutes is the goal, but if it takes slightly more or less time to complete the tasks, that’s ok!

Office Hours: Each week I will set aside office hours in which I will be available to provide quick feedback and answer any questions that your student may have. If you have a question or concern outside of those office hours, please don’t hesitate to email me, and I will always try to respond as quickly as I can. These office hours are meant to provide quick feedback while your student is working, because I will specifically sitting at my computer during those hours, ready to answer emailed questions!  My office hours this week will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:00-2:00pm.

Documents: In the documents section of my website, you will find both the weekly overview and the optional work tracking template. Take a look at the learning plan for the week, and get your student ready for their reading, writing and math lessons that will be posted on SeeSaw. Watch a video explaining the first week's plan HERE. While the plans will change weekly, the basic structure is the same. It might be a good idea to show the weekly plan AND video to your child. Sometimes hearing the expectations from a teacher makes it seem a little more real! 

If you ever have a question about the goal is for the day or the assignment on Seesaw, please let me know. Any feedback is also encouraged and welcome! Online teaching is new for us, too, so let me know how I can best help you and your families through this process.

Thanks so much for your patience, encouragement, and support. 

Sincerely,

Laura C.  
Want to go back and finish an activity from a previous week? Previous learning plans can be found by clicking HERE and downloading the file from that week. 

Find a Sample Schedule for home learning HERE.

Find a blank learning log for students to fill out HERE. They can print it and hand write their activity, or download it to a device and fill it in as they work during the week. Both can be shared on SeeSaw on Friday to show me their learning for the week! 

Resources for Learning at Home
The following resources can be accessed through your child's Clever account. The log-in page can be found by clicking HERE or by searching for "Clever Issaquah." Your child should know their log-in, which is also in their planners, but the username is the first four letters of their last name, first three letters of their first name, and their graduation year (which for our class is 2027). For example, Sally Jones would be JoneSal27. Their password is their 7-digit student ID number. 
     Zearn - Math lessons that match our Eureka curriculum. Students can finish module 4 and start module 5 on Volume and Geometry concepts. 
     Typing Club - have kids play this typing game to improve their keyboarding skills! 
     Code.org or Kodable - These 2 computer science coding apps are great for learning and practicing coding. 
     Actively Learn - I will "assign" some articles to show up in Actively Learn related to our social studies topics. Students read articles and answer questions embedded in the article. Answers can be seen by teachers and other students. 
Other resources: 
     Epic! reading app - This will be free to use during school hours only - you can get the free app in the app store or go to the website and use the classroom code iae0348. 
     BrainPop - watch videos on topics in all subject areas - math, science, social studies, etc! There are quizzes and activities for each short video. They can log in using the username clarksharks and the password isd411.
     Prodigy - This online math game is really engaging for kids, and they 'battle' other players by doing math problems. I would recommend having them do Zearn first, then Prodigy as a reward, but it's great math practice! Students should know their log-ins, but I can look them up if they have forgotten. If they don't have an account, our class code is 43EE6F.
     Wonderopolis - This site has great short articles on a variety of interesting topics. Kids can read, look up vocabulary, and test their knowledge. 
     Mystery Science has some great free resources, and Mystery Doug has fun short videos that answer a variety of science-related questions.
Other things you can do: 
READ!!! Have your child read as much as possible, and write about their reading. For every question, be sure to ask them how they know. What evidence do they have? They should use quotes or specific examples to back up their answers! 
If it's fiction, have them write or talk about answers to questions such as: 
What is the theme or message of the story?
Summarize the story with details from the beginning, middle, and end.  
Why does ___ feel (sad, angry, elated, etc)? What text clues tell you they are feeling this way? 
What is the main conflict in the story? 
Compare and contrast characters in the story. How are they similar and different? Give details from the text to support your ideas. 
What is the tone of the story? How do you know? 
What elements of authors craft do you notice? (figurative language, text structure, interesting language, etc) 
Who is telling the story? (point of view - first person, third person narrator, etc)
If it's non-fiction, have them write or talk about answers to questions such as: 
What is the main idea of this article/text/passage? 
Summarize the main points the of the article in your own words. 
Explain the relationship between _____ and _____.
What effect did _____ (event) have? What are the causes of _____? 
How is the text arranged? (Text structure - order & sequence, compare and contrast, cause & effect, problem/solution)
How do the text features help you understand the passage? What other text features could have been added? 
Why did the author write this? What is the author's message? 
How do you know the author's point of view? 
The author says _________. What evidence/reasons does the author give to support this idea? 
Homework

Information about daily homework will be located in student daily planners. Homework may include short math tasks related to daily lessons, word work/vocabulary tasks, or reading related to lessons in social studies or science. 

Daily homework includes reading for 20-30 minutes per day, with a goal of 2 hours cumulative over the week.