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Remote Learning Guide for Parents

Additonal Resources for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students


Select the tab below for additional resources for your child.

Elementary School Remote Learning Resources


Tips for Remote Learning

  1. Develop a routine and schedule
  2. Provide your student with choices
  3. Encourage dance and movement »
  4. Create a designated space to learn
  5. Engage in hands-on activities
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Elementary Social Studies Resources

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Social Studies Tips
  • Talk to your student about how people earn money. Some people provide us goods, such as oranges, and others provide us services, such as dentists and members of the military.
  • Talk to your student about where products come from and why it is important to have a choice to buy from around the world.
  • Compare and contrast the roles and interdependence of buyers (consumers) and sellers (producers) of goods and services.
  • Label and color a map of the United States, identifying each state and capital city. Talk with your student about the state(s) he or she has lived in, if applicable.
  • Talk to your student about the past (history), present (current events), and future. 
  • Ask your child, is this a current event or was that an historical event that happened in the past?
  • Discuss with your student how we can learn from historical events. 

Elementary Science Resources

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Science Tips
  • Encourage children to see science everywhere, be inquisitive and seek out answers.. 
  • Go on a nature walk. Document your observations in a science notebook, to include drawings of observations with labels.
  • Become active in your student’s formal education by getting to know the teacher and the curriculum.
  • Create a weather log for 30 days. Identify weather patterns that you observe.

Elementary Mathematics Resources

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Math Tips

  • Build with Legos or blocks with your student. Talk about the shapes. Ask your student how they are alike and different. Measure the height of the structure using a ruler or yardstick.
  • Skip count by twos when walking upstairs.
  • Count pairs of shoes.
  • Fold napkins in different ways and talk about the shapes they make. Talk about symmetry.
  • Ask your student what the date is using a calendar. Let your student count how many days are in the month and say the days of the week. Ask what day comes before and after the current day.
  • With your student, locate geometric shapes around the house.
  • Find the area and perimeter of the room together.
  • Let your student help create the weekly meal plan. Ask your student to figure out costs and how much he or she will need.
  • Fold napkins
  • Count shirts as they are coming out of the dryer.

Elementary English Language Arts

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ELA Tips

  • Read and compare books you have read with your student. Tip: You may compare by author, topics, or whether the book is fiction or nonfiction.
  • Write about the books and stories you have read.  Compare, contrast, or make a personal connection to the book.
  • Start a reading log with your student. Your student can log his or her reading and respond to what he or she has read.
  • Talk to your student about what he or she is reading. Tip: The characters in the book/story can be great conversation starters.
  • Lead family discussions on literacy-related topics. For example, have each family member talk about the book he or she is currently reading.
  • Read together. Read to your student, have your student read to you, read side by side with your student, or listen to audio books together.
  • Engage in a family read-aloud.
  • Read a book, then watch the movie that goes with it and compare/contrast the book and movie.
  •  When in the car or out for a walk, read print in the environment. Tip: Read signs, posters, billboards and labels. For early learners, identify letters in the environment.

Online Resources

 

Middle School Remote Learning Resources


Tips for Remote Learning

  1. Develop a routine and schedule
  2. Provide your student with choices
  3. Encourage dance and movement
  4. Create a designated space to learn
  5. Engage in hands-on activities
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Middle School Social Studies Resources

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Social Studies Tips
  • From teacher: primary platform, methods of submission and virtual meeting guidelines.
  • Scheduled Student breaks - chunk work throughout the day.
  • Print Primary/Secondary Source documents, if available.
  • Students should be able to justify their answers with supporting evidence from valid sources.
Online Resources

Middle School Science Resources

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Science Tips
  • Read articles about science and engineering and talk about them, who, what, where, when, why and have students support their answers with evidence.
  • Take a walk outside and talk about the natural phenomena that they see outside (weathering, erosion, pollution, solar system, stars, factors.
Online Resources

Middle School Mathematics Resources

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Math Tips
  • Create a plan with your child on how they would solve the problem or utilize the information that they are given to create a graph, picture, or model that represents the situation or helps answer the problem.  (Are there any tools that can help?  Can I use a graphing calculator or online tool?).
  • Carry out the plan with your child and ask your child to justify each step of the plan (What did you do?  Why did you do it that way?).
  • Verify the answer with your child (Does this solution make sense?  Is there another way to get to the solution?  How can we check the answer?  Did you answer the question posed?  If your child did not get a solution that makes sense, reread the problem together and try again).

Middle School English Language Arts

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ELA Tips
  • Let your child see you reading for pleasure and performing routine activities such as reviewing letters, recipes, instructions, newspapers, magazines, and e-mail.
  • Take advantage of the e-books provided by your school’s Library Services listed on your school’s website. 
  • Ask your child to identify and create a running list of unfamiliar words in their text to help build academic vocabulary and help them find meanings by using online dictionaries, Google, etc.
  • Allow students to write creatively: poems, stories, songs, plays etc; write informational papers such as reports on topics important to them, news stories on issues in the community; argumentative writing to take a stand on an issue that is relevant to them, etc.
Online Resources
  • Online textbook: https://my.hrw.com 
  • Audible is temporarily allowing free access to some of its books. The selection ranges from preschool stories to literary classics.
  • These resources from Common Sense Media with families will help them keep kids entertained, engaged, and learning while they're stuck inside.
  • Khan Academy is providing special services for teachers and parents who are home-bound due to school closings. This article lists some of those resources.
  • YouTube Learning provides educational videos for a range of topics and ages.
  • Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. It features a free collection of learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.
  • Learning A-Z has made is currently offering a FREE subscription to Raz-Kids, valid through the end of the school year.
  • Common Sense Media presents this article  to help take steps to protect kids' personal information and help make the internet safer for everyone.

High School Remote Learning Resources


Tips for Remote Learning

  1. Develop a routine and schedule
  2. Provide your student with choices
  3. Encourage dance and movement
  4. Create a designated space to learn
  5. Engage in hands-on activities
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High School Social Studies Resources

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Social Studies Tips
  • Scheduled Student breaks - chunk work throughout the day.
  • Print Primary/Secondary Source documents, if available.
  • Students should be able to justify their answers with supporting evidence from valid sources.

High School Science Resources

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Science Tips
  • Read articles about science and engineering and talk about them, who, what, where, when, why and have students support their answers with evidence.
  • Take a walk outside and talk about the natural phenomena that they see outside (weathering, erosion, pollution, solar system, stars, factors.
Online Resources

High School Mathematics Resources

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Math Tips
  • Create a plan with your child on how they would solve the problem or utilize the information that they are given to create a graph, picture, or model that represents the situation or helps answer the problem.  (Are there any tools that can help?  Can I use a graphing calculator or online tool?).
  • Carry out the plan with your child and ask your child to justify each step of the plan (What did you do?  Why did you do it that way?).
  • Verify the answer with your child (Does this solution make sense?  Is there another way to get to the solution?  How can we check the answer?  Did you answer the question posed?  If your child did not get a solution that makes sense, reread the problem together and try again).

High School English Language Arts

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ELA Tips
  • Let your child see you reading for pleasure and performing routine activities such as reviewing letters, recipes, instructions, newspapers, magazines, and e-mail.
  • Take advantage of the e-books provided by your school’s Library Services listed on your school’s website. 
  • Ask your child to identify and create a running list of unfamiliar words in their text to help build academic vocabulary and help them find meanings by using online dictionaries, Google, etc.
  • Allow students to write creatively: poems, stories, songs, plays etc; write informational papers such as reports on topics important to them, news stories on issues in the community; argumentative writing to take a stand on an issue that is relevant to them, etc.
Online Resources
  • Audible.com is temporarily allowing free access to some of its books. The selection ranges from preschool stories to literary classics.
  • These resources from Common Sense Media with families will help them keep kids entertained, engaged, and learning while they're stuck inside.
  • Khan Academy is providing special services for teachers and parents who are home-bound due to school closings. This article lists some of those resources.
  • YouTube Learning provides educational videos for a range of topics and ages.
  • Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. It features a free collection of learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.
  • Common Sense Media presents this article  to help take steps to protect kids' personal information and help make the internet safer for everyone.