And here are the directions for the one-pager.
Here is a site with more resources for Boy.
And here are the directions for the one-pager.
There are a lot of short pieces of writing that we could all do that would be really amazing and powerful.
First, write a thank you note for anyone who is still working right now:
Second, I know some of you love making fabulous cards. Find the name of a nursing home near you and send cards for the people there. Right now the people who are in many nursing homes are restricted to very few visitors each day. Think how much bright you can make their day with a beautiful and thoughtful card!
Third, keep a journal. Anyone who does that will be creating a primary source document for future generations to read about what it was like to experience this time in history!
Everything I'm posting today has already gone out to parents via email. If you haven't received the emails from me, can you please check to see if my emails are going into your spam folder? Thank you!
North Kitsap is in the process of acquiring a Zoom account for each teacher in the district. They have a question for families about your resources at home:
Do you have access to the internet at your home?
Is that access strictly by phone or is it also by computer or other device?
COMPUTER JUST PHONE
Does your child have access to use the computer or phone during the day for contact with the class via Zoom?
It would help me to have answers for everyone by Monday or Tuesday. If I don't get an email from you soon, I will be calling you! Again, thank you for helping me stay in touch!
Here's a video from Mr. G.
I'm in the process of adding videos to support our next science units. Have fun!
Scholastic is giving this free access to families and educators. It is basically bookflix with some lessons and activities attached for each day.
Choose "sign up".
Once you do you'll create an account and get access to the books.
Oxford Owl is another e-book site where you sign up for free. It has a better selection of books for older students.
Here are this week's words, for those who want to use them.
Freedom flix is available on Scholastic too.
TYPING (LIBRARY SKILLS)
Mrs. Upton wants to remind you that you can be practicing your keyboarding skills at home with Typing Club!
When you come to the home page click on the “log in” link in the upper right hand corner of the page.
On the next screen choose: Log in with Office 365
To log in with Office 365 please use:
Username: email@example.com (be sure to use your full 09 number like you do when you log in to computers)
Password: _ _.nk2019 (your regular password you use to get on the computers at school)
You can continue to use IXL, of course. Plus, when you sign in, you will have access to IXL science and IXL social studies from now until June 30!
Also, try youcubed at Stanford University:
I just wanted to reach out, and say hello, so that we stay connected during this uncertain time. This is the first of a few emails which will share ideas for you, that could be helpful if you are at home with children. I hope you are all well and making creative use of this time and space :)
To start it off here are a few tasks I have selected for you, as I think they would be fun to do at home.
A few games for learning multiplication & addition facts, conceptually & visually:
How Close to 100 and Tic-Tac-Toe Products
And some always great for everyone tasks:
Ice Cream Scoop and Four 4's
This may be a good time to take one of our online courses which have all been recently released on new platforms. We have the free course for students in English and Spanish - How to Learn Math. Many districts have sent this to parents to take, so they are on board with the latest research and thinking on maths learning - and now might be a good time for that. Parents and students could take it together at home. This is the course that significantly increases student achievement (see link below). We also have our two teacher courses: How to Learn Math for Teachers and Mathematical Mindsets. I am busy now writing a new course for this summer. It is for all teachers (maths and others) and is called "21st century teaching and learning". It is sharing new ideas for teaching with a special focus on the exciting ideas from data science.
To learn more about our data science initiative, this is a Stanford press-release which includes a video to watch that outlines the new plans in under 3 minutes.
How to Learn Math for Students
How to Learn Math for Teachers
Here are some details about the online courses for those who registered in the previous platforms.
If you have previously registered for the course and wanting to access it now on the new platform you should have received an email offering you a complementary enrollment for the course on the new platform. If you did not receive that message send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if you transfer your enrollment the course will be reset and you will lose all of your previous work.
If you do not want to start over you need to finish the course on the original platform by noon PT on March 26. Your record of completion will be available when you finish and will remain so through your "myStanfordconnection" account.
In accordance with guidance from OSPI and NKSD I cannot provide new instruction while schools are closed. Nothing is to be graded while the kids are gone.
EVERYTHING I SENT HOME WITH KIDS ON FRIDAY IS NOW CONSIDERED OPTIONAL.
On the other hand, I know you want your child to keep learning.
You can use those materials to keep learning going. For example, you can read "All Summer in a Day" and then compare it to the movie version (on YouTube).
You can read the "Ode to the Library." Write a "Where I'm From" poem. That's something everyone in your family can join in on!
You can talk about issues and have your child research an issue. Have them do a phone interview, if possible, to get information. They can create a Power Point or video to share with the class when we get back. (NOT REQUIRED AND NOT TO BE GRADED.)
You don't need to send me grades for anything. You are allowed to assess your own child's work, but I can't collect the grades.
On the other hand, the one-pagers were due before the schools shut down. So those should still be finished and turned in by the time we all return.
AS FOR MATH
You can have your child continue to work through the math materials I sent home. If you want to know what a reasonable schedule for math is, I typically do a lesson a day, each quiz is a day, the chapter review is two days, the chapter test from in the book is one day, and the paper test (the final test for the chapter) is one day.
Again, you don't have to do anything. Or you can help your child with everything I sent home. There are lots of good resources on the NKSD website, including Khan Academy.
I thought CBAs would be the main social studies grade, but fully half the class hasn't had a chance to do their presentations yet. I am working on how to do presentations remotely, but I won't have that up and running in time for second trimester report cards. So the rest of the presentations--and ALL the CBA grades--will be in the third trimester.
I have all the autobiographies now. (I came in to school to print several that were in the classroom folder.) I can grade those today and tomorrow and make those part of the writing grade, as I intended.
However, people have sent me one-pagers electronically, and that's just not working. When I print them out, they are too tiny to read. So the rest of the one-pagers are due THE DAY YOU GET BACK IN THE DOOR OF THE SCHOOL. By the way, you can come in any day the school is open and ask someone to stick your one pager in my box. You don't have to wait until April.
The district has given us Monday and Tuesday to work on grades and report cards. I hope to get mostly done today.
Meanwhile, here are some THINGS TO DO while you are home (adapted from CNN):
For the week of March 16
Parents, if you haven't turned in your IslandWood paperwork yet, you can turn it in at the office and ask someone to put it in my box.
Daily Dictionary words for this week are:
Parents, please quiz your child on the vocab words each week, starting with list 22 this week. Students should keep working on a list until they get at least 80% correct. Thanks!
I will resume giving and grading vocab tests when we get back, I will start with the test that is listed on the calendar for the week we return. That means, if our last day out is April 24, I will give list 26 on April 28. Make sense?
For ELA this month, read Boy and do the worksheet (which is on the Elementary Stuff page). I plan to Skype with you all to talk about the book and the answers to the questions the last week in March.
Remember to follow the RACE guidelines!
For both 6th and 7th here is a video of how to do nets for 3-D shapes. Everyone will need to have paper and pencil and some 3-D shapes. Blocks would be ideal, but spice boxes and bottles would work. Keep the work from today to help with tomorrow's assignment!
Both have lessons on surface area. I hope to post a video again.
6th has lesson 8-7, odds
7th has lesson 9-6, odds
Both will do Extended Practice, odds, for their chapter.
6th will do the quiz on p 378, all.
7th will do the quiz on p 392, all
Parents, I will email to you the answers to the quiz. Students are to correct their quiz until they get 100%.
Both groups do the chapter review for their chapter, odds.
Both groups will do the chapter review, evens.
My plan is to finish this chapter at least.
The district is in the process of acquiring Zoom accounts for each teacher. That's the platform they want us to use for family communication (instead of Skype). Stay tuned!
It will be easier than Skype. All I have to do is email a link to everyone (and post the link here), and you can all join the event.
As for science, kids should read chapter 5 and do the open-book test over this week and next. I plan to Zoom about that next Friday.
We will keep doing a chapter every two weeks.
Finally, I really want to continue social studies with the 20th century via Zoom.
We have worked really hard on the text of these projects in class. I gave directions for how to make either an exhibit or a website. (The directions are on the Elementary Stuff page, under Social Studies.)
The schedule for who will present on which days is on the calendar.
We look forward to our trip through the 20th century!
We don't have a standardized SBA test for social studies (or music or art). In fifth grade we have a social studies CBA, an independent research project.
Students chose a topic at the beginning of January, and they have been taking notes during their library and lab time all month, starting with print sources before moving to any online sources. (I really appreciate how Mrs. Upton works with me on projects!)
They should be finishing up the hunt for notes by now.
Starting next week we will have time in the lab each day so the children can organize and write several well-developed and well-organized paragraphs about what they learned:
All the paragraphs for the body--there should be two to three typed pages on the before, the conflict, and the after--are due February 6.
The rest of the written work for the CBA--the introduction and conclusion paragraphs as well as the List of Works Consulted--are due February 13.
Our next Decade Day is February 14. Students who do not have their CBA written work turned in will spend the 14th working on their CBA instead of participating in the Decade Day.
If you want lots more information about the CBA, how it is organized, and how it will be graded, please go to the social studies section of the Elementary Stuff page.
I just finished a series of lessons on World War II. The class was highly interested! You might find them asking to see movies about the Navajo code-talkers or how the Enigma code was broken. Or they might want to watch specific films like Midway (in theaters now) or Tora, Tora, Tora (1970).
Meanwhile, the students are writing their autobiographies. They aren't writing a series of events. Instead, they have each picked a theme to focus on:
We will have Market Day from 1-2 on Dec. 18.
We will have our Decade Day for the 30s and 40s on Dec. 19.
The school's holiday assembly will be on Dec. 20.
If I didn't show you the letter about the Human Growth and Development classes in the spring, all the information is here.
Here are some common notes:
If you have trouble focusing while you are reading, there are a few things you can try:
If you struggle with getting your ideas down when you are writing, I suggest talking into a recording device. Then play it back to take dictation.
Finally, if you already know the career you want,
Don't forget, students DO come to conferences!
From Education Week--According to the latest research, the two best predictors of college success are not grades and intellectual ability. Number one is “conscientiousness” (dependability, perseverance, work ethic). Number two is “agreeableness” (interpersonal skills, getting along with other people, working well in groups).
From what I’ve observed, I would say the same is true for life after college—jobs and careers, marriage and family life. Success comes more easily for people who are willing to work hard and who are able to cooperate with other people.
Diet Coke and Mentos
Greek alphabet song