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Learning from Home

Resources for Remote Learning during School Closure
Posted on 03/17/2020

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Welcome Springfield Public Schools’ parents and students.  This webpage is intended to provide you with resources and ideas to continue learning during the District’s Covid19 related closure.  While most of these resources are websites or other online tools, most can be accessed from a computer or a mobile phone.  For some sites you will need your SPS username and password to log in and use the resources, others are freely accessible to everyone

 

Following are some quick guidelines for continuing to learn and grow as a scholar during these next few weeks.

 

  • READ – every student in Springfield from preschool to 12th grade can benefit from reading or being read to at least 60 minutes every day.

     

  • WRITE – take this opportunity to write, writing in response to what you are reading or learning or simply what you are experiencing.Following are a few examples of kinds of writing you might try.

     

    • Write in a diary or journal about your experience while schools are closed
    • Write poems
    • Create a comic strip or graphic novel
    • Write a letter to someone about this experience or about what you are reading

 

  • MATH – while school is not in session, students should be completing math activities for at least 60 minutes a day.This does not have to be all at once.It can be cumulative throughout the course of each day.Math activities should include our district curriculum resources, math mind games, board games, and puzzles.

     

  • EXPLORE AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW – using the various resources on this webpage, explore a topic that is of interest to you and learn something new.Learn how to solve a math problem that you’ve never tried, about an event in history, or a scientific phenomenon that interests you.

     

  • CREATE – make something that reflects something you read, something you are learning, or about your experience during the school closure.This could be a craft, art, a webpage, a video, music, or anything you can think of that shares what you are learning and thinking about.


  • HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Children should accumulate at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of age appropriate physical activity on all, or most days of the week.

    • Children should participate in several bouts of physical activity lasting 15 minutes or more each day.

    • Children should participate each day in a variety of age-appropriate physical activities designed to achieve optimal health, wellness, fitness and performance benefits.

    • Extended periods (periods of two hours or more) of inactivity are discouraged for children, especially during the daytime hours.

    The Springfield Public School District will continue to promote healthy schools and students by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The district will actively support a healthy environment in which children can learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. Improved health optimizes student performance potential and ensures that all children will have the opportunity to perform at maximum capacity.

    Resources below will help parents and families continue to be engaged in health and physical education:

    Mindfulness

    Insight Timer-https://insighttimer.com/

    UCLA Mindfulness. 
    https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/


    Stop, Breath, Think
    https://www.stopbreathethink.com/


    Physical Activity


    Yoga with Adriene-https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

    Outside-
    Reconnect with the Natural World

    https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries
    https://www.traillink.com/state/ma-trails/
    https://www.alltrails.com
    https://www.brooklinema.gov/663/Nature-Sanctuaries


 

In addition to the resources on these pages, PBS has developed a website (WGBH Distance Learning) with lots of ideas for students during the school closure.

 

Using the resources on this website, we would like every student in Springfield to spend 2-4 hours every day growing as a learner and scholar.

 

Keep an eye on the school district’s webpage and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) account as more specific instructional activities for each grade level may be coming soon.

 

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (PRESCHOOL TO 5TH GRADE)

 

Reading

While school is not in session, students should be reading a variety of books for 60 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulatively through the course of each day. Whenever possible, younger children should be read to and read with as part of that 60 minutes. Students may wish to read from a variety of sources that include books, magazines, and eBooks.

 

All students can access eBooks through ScholasticLitPro.  Scholastic Lit Pro is a wonderful resource for our kindergarten-grade 5 students to enjoy eBooks that include stories as well as informational texts.

 

Students should also have an opportunity to talk to someone about what they have read. They should be encouraged to share what they like or don’t like, what they have learned, and what else they may want to know.

 

iReady Reading – each student in K-5 should log into iReady and spend at least 15 minutes working in iReady reading at least 3 times per week.

 

Other resources – the following sites have reading resources for elementary students.

 

Writing

Students should have an opportunity to write daily. This opportunity may include the following:

  • Writing in response to what they have read: retelling, adding to or changing the ending, comparing two stories, and sharing an opinion on what they learned about a topic or about a character
  • Creative writing: personal diary, poetry, stories about their lives, made-up stories, sharing what they know about a topic
  • Drawing is also an important component of writing. Students should be encouraged to draw pictures to accompany their stories. They should be encouraged to include pictures of what they are sharing on a topic.

 

Math

While school is not in session, students should be completing math activities for at least 60 minutes a day.  This does not have to be all at once.  It can be cumulative throughout the course of each day.  Math activities should include our district curriculum resources, math mind games, board games, and puzzles.

 

Elementary students should be spending 15 minutes per day on i-Ready for K-8 at least 3 times per week.

 

Students can also benefit from the following online math resources.


Science

  • Students should spend time at least three times each week exploring science topics and online simulations.  They can focus their exploration on science topics of interest to them.  Elementary students can explore science topics through the following two sites.


 Social Studies

  • As with Science, students should spend time at least three times each week exploring Social Studies and History topics of interest to them.  Students can decide what to focus on and they might want to use what they are learning in social studies as a topic for their writing.  The following sites have a variety of social studies and civics lessons and resources accessible to elementary students.

 Music and Art

  • Students should be engaged in a variety of creative arts activities for 40 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulatively through the course of each day. Below are resources that can be used for music and art at the elementary level.


  • Chrome Music Lab-Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
  • Toytheater.com- Toy Theater is an online game website for kids, chock full of interactive art and music games, fun reading games, and cool math games.
  • Prodigies Music Lessons-Music Lesson Compilation for Kids - Solfege, Rhythm, Colors - Prodigies Music Curriculum
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra Home School Lessons- This site includes 2020 Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts (grades 6-12), and Concerts for Very Young People (grades K-5):  

  •  Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources Guide- PDF
  • Music Play- There are a lot of materials to work with on MusicplayOnline that make it a great option for learning at a distance. Due to the current coronavirus outbreak Music Play has opened up the student account so that they have more access to resources. They now have temporary access to lyric/notation videos, solfa/note practice videos, the listening section, and the unit section, as well as everything they've always had access to! Quick Note: If a Student unsuccessfully attempts to login too many times they will be locked out for 30 minutes  Student Login- Username:  snow  Password: 2020  https://musicplayonline.com
  • Groove Pizza- compose your own beats and share with friends https://apps.musedlab.org/groovepizza/?

Art

 English Learners (those learning English)

  • All English Learner students can continue their progress by completing their lessons in Imagine Learning for at least 40 minutes per day. In addition, students can access storylineonline.net for a library of videos of books read aloud to students supporting learning of English. Also International Children’s Digital Library has books in various languages that students can read to themselves http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

     

    Students should continue to use iReady math daily and explore other resources in all other subject areas.

     

    World Languages

    For elementary students enrolled in foreign language, they can advance their language learning through the following websites.

  • Scratch
  • Codespark

     

     

    If you are interested in additional educational and learning resources to explore further learning from home, please visit our catalog of continuous learning resources.

      

    MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS (6TH TO 8TH GRADE)

     

    Reading and Writing

    While school is not in session, students should be reading a variety of books for 60 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulatively through the course of each day.  Following are a series of websites that have lessons in reading and writing, many with video instruction.

  • i-Ready.com/AtHome – which offers guidance to families and printable math activities
  • How to Learn Math – a free class for learners of math at all levels with 6 lessons that are 10-20 minutes long
  • Khan Academy – select videos and resources under Illustrative Mathematics
  • Desmos Math Art Contest

     

    Science

    Students should spend time at least three times each week exploring science topics and online simulations.  They can focus their exploration on science topics of interest to them.  Middle school students can explore science topics through the following two sites.

  • STEM resources: https://www.ck12.org/student/
  • Interactive Science Simulations (to practice science): https://phet.colorado.edu/
  • Interactive STEM activities: https://learn.concord.org/
  • Science tasks for students to complete: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/

     

    Social Studies

    As with Science, students should spend time at least three times each week exploring Social Studies and History topics of interest to them.  Students can decide what to focus on and they might want to use what they are learning in social studies as a topic for their writing.  The following sites have a variety of social studies and civics lessons and resources accessible to middle school students.

 Art

  • Discovery Education
  • Khan Academy (which is also available for students who need content instruction in Spanish https://es.khanacademy.org/)
  • The International Children’s Digital Library has books in various languages that students can read to themselves http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

     

    Students should also explore other resources in all other subject areas.

     

    World Languages

    For middle school students enrolled in foreign language, they can advance their language learning through the following websites.

  • Scratch
  • Codespark

     

     

    If you are interested in additional educational and learning resources to explore further learning from home, please visit our catalog of continuous learning resources.

     

     

     

    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (9TH TO 12TH GRADE)

     

    Reading and Writing

    While school is not in session, students should be reading a variety of books for 60 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulatively through the course of each day.  Following are a series of websites that have lessons in reading and writing, many with video instruction.

 

Students should also write daily.  This opportunity may include the following:

  • Writing in response to what they have read: retelling, adding to or changing the ending, comparing two stories, and sharing an opinion on what they learned about a topic or about a character
  • Creative writing: personal diary, poetry, stories about their lives, made-up stories, graphic novels, sharing what they know about a topic

 

Math

While school is not in session, students should be completing math activities for at least 60 minutes a day.  This does not have to be all at once.  It can be cumulative throughout the course of each day.  Math activities should include our district curriculum resources, math mind games, board games, and puzzles.

 

High School students should log into their Discovery Education Math Techbook Grades 9 - 12 and complete lessons corresponding to their course.  Also, high school students should complete any assignments that have been posted by their teachers to Unified Classroom Grades 6 - 12 and are incomplete.

 

Students can also benefit from the following online math resources.

 

Science

As with Math, high school students should spend time each day working on the next lesson presented to them in their online textbook at Discovery Education


 Social Studies

Students should spend time at least three times each week exploring Social Studies and History topics of interest to them.  Students can decide what to focus on and they might want to use what they are learning in social studies as a topic for their writing.  The following sites have a variety of social studies and civics lessons and resources accessible to middle school students.

 

Music and Art

Students should be engaged in a variety of creative arts activities for 40 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulatively through the course of each day. Below are resources that can be used for music and art at the high school level.

 

Music

 

Art

English Learners (those learning English)

To support English language development and build background knowledge, students should use the following resources to support learning in other areas

 

Students should also explore other resources in all other subject areas.

 

World Languages

For high school students enrolled in foreign language, they can advance their language learning through the following websites.

 

Computer Science and Coding

Students interested in computer science and coding can spend time with the following sites to explore and build their skills in this area.


If you are interested in additional educational and learning resources to explore further learning from home, please visit our catalog of continuous learning resources.

 

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