I hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break as much as you could! My kids and I stuck around our house as much as we could. We were EXTREMELY grateful for Wednesday when the sun was out and the temps were nice. The outside time was MUCH needed. Today we are just doing random chores and we might start a big puzzle I ordered from Amazon earlier this week. ;)
I know there is so much question as to what comes after this week. For the next two weeks there are so many simple things you can do to help keep your student on track. I will link a Padlet you got in your email on Wednesday with some resources and if I come across any great ones I will add them to our “Stories” tab/ Page on Dojo. I will also try to remember to add them to our blog. ( But I think that most of you access Dojo more than our blog). Students can still access their Google Classroom and work on programs we use at school, too! (Google Sign In reminder at the bottom)
What Can We Work on at Home?
If you don’t have your child do anything else PLEASE have them read- every single day for at least 25 minutes. We were sure to send books home last Friday and I know that many have great books at home. Not reading for 3 weeks will be just like not working out for 3 weeks (or longer!). That muscle gets weak, stamina is lost, and they will regress.
Working on multiplication facts is also another great, easy one to do. Both of these things are technically our nightly homework. Having a 5th grader this year, I can tell you from the parent side, knowing their facts will help them so, so much in the future. Your student knows the last multiple they passed before break (2, 3, 4, or 5’s) . Just have them work up from there! Take it one multiple at a time. For example, once they master their 3’s from memory, move onto the 4’s.
Kids can also keep a daily journal. They are living history as far as these generations go.I mean, we thought the Ice Storm of 2007 was crazy, and it was, but we have never been quarantined and shut down like this before. Just short daily writings about what their days are like. It will keep them in the habit of writing and might be a fun artifact for them to look back on.
Here are some other resources for you to work on. A lot of these are interactive learning/ practice sites. Some are set up as games and some are more video/ practice style learning.
Here is the Padlet that was sent out with our info this week. There are a LOT of great resources on here that we use in the classroom. I use Readworks a lot in our class and small groups to work on skills.
We also use Khan Academy. Students can log in with their Google logins that they should know if they don’t , I will link an example at the bottom of how you can easily figure that out and can log in at home.
Kahn provides adaptive practice, or what the kids hear me call “open practice” at school. Open practice means they don’t need to work on an assigned skill. It will give them what they are ready for next.
I am going to leave it at that for now. :) Just see what works for you and your family. There are so many at home or “extended learning” schedules out there. Use or modify one of those. They all still include watching T.V. ,playing, and time with your family.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. Thank you to each of you who work in a hospital, clinic, or nursing home setting at all. Thank you if you work at a restaurant or retail store and you are literally keeping us going right now. Thank you if you or a loved one drives a truck or works for a railroad- we know you are working as hard as you can to provide for us all right now.
Just go to the Google homepage and click on the nine squares to login. If they click on the Classroom, they should be prompted to log in.
**We only use Google at school and so please forgive me if it’s a little different on another type of browser.
Log in EXAMPLE:
First 3 letters of first name + First 3 letters of last name+ Day they were born @ willardr2.net
So- Carrie Letterman and I was born on the 8th of November. (any single digit date will need a 0 in front of it.)
CarLet08@willardr2.net (this is not a real address for me so I wouldn’t email it. ;))
* Password: tiger+ (your child’s lunch pin)
So if my lunch pin was 12345, then my password would be tiger12345
Link to Google Classroom: (your child will have to login )
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! I'll be in touch again soon! :)
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!