Are you a K-12 teacher who suddenly needs to provide education for your students at home due to the coronavirus? Here are some tips, things to consider, and free resources.
First of all, digital tools are great, but not all students have access to a computer or even the internet.
While I will be discussing digital tools here, we all need to remember that some students will need to be supplied with physical assignments as well as basic tools such as pencils, scissors, glue, and paper to complete their assignments.
1. One idea…kind of old school is to send the students home with a packet. This does not have to be meaningless busy-work. You can find an article to read or a reading passage and some meaningful comprehension questions.
Compare and Contrast Two Text Passages on Rabbits
Life Cycle of a Frog
Honey Bee Reading Activities
Otter Reading Activities
Sea Turtle Reading Activities
Coral Reef Reading Activities
Hibernation and Migration NGSS LS4:C An Informational Text Unit
2. Of course, you can do this with math, social studies, and other subjects as well. It is important to select work that is not busywork but offers the student something they can do independently and will give them an opportunity to practice meaningful skills.
3. Another idea is to send home a textbook with some pages to read and some questions to answer. Just make sure the students have specific directions.
4. Consider lending a stack of books to each child and have them spend some time reading for pleasure. Perhaps they can complete a good old fashioned book report.
5. Take a Nature Walk. Have students do an observational drawing.
6. Give students a STEM challenge or STEM Activities they can do at home with household materials. Build a house out of twigs and rocks for a leprechaun, make a launcher for a cotton ball or marshmallow from items in your junk drawer. Measure the distance the object goes. No tape measure, what can you use for nonstandard units? More STEM Challenges
For students who do have access to the internet, there is an abundance of great resources out there.
6. Here are some virtual field trips which are awesome!
7. This website has celebrities read a book to children and it is free!
8. This website has virtual tours of museums. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online
9.You can find great science and math lessons here: https://www.khanacademy.org/
10. Make sure students are having some fun with art and nature
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