Keep Learning!

Going Beyond the Classroom:

 

Check out these resources and ideas to KEEP LEARNING!

 

Math Websites:

  • Dreambox: Use Clever.com to log in to student Dreambox accounts.  The program leads students through lessons and activities aligned to our curriculum. 
  • Math Question of the Day: One question a day at all different grade levels.  This is a great resource for having quick math conversations at home!
  • Math Before Bed: Math discussion prompts that keep math concepts relevant, relatable, and verbal!
  • Which One Doesn't Belong:  There is no right answer!  Simply use your math reasoning to explain why one (or all!) don't belong!
  • Prodigy: Create an avatar, adopt a pet, and move through a world of magic by solving math problems.

Reading Websites:

  • News ELA: A commonly used website by teachers, you can access nonfiction articles about pretty much anything.  The reading level can be adjusted on the articles to make them more or less challenging. 
  • Times for Kids: A website to read nonfiction articles about current events. 
  • Hennepin County Libraries: Take part in our amazing library system!
  • CommonLit: Read leveled fiction and nonfiction passages that you can search by topic, grade level, or reading level.

Kid Tested, Teacher Approved Websites:

These sites are kind of a mishmash, but mostly they are just really fun to explore and learn from!

  • The Kid Should See This: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages.
  • KidRex: Like Google for kids!
  • National Geiographic Kids: This is exactly what it sounds like- and there is SO much here!
  • Edheads: Edheads is an online educational resource that provides science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.
  • WonderopolisA wonder a day will keep kids' eyes open to discovery.
  • MPS Student Learning Resources: Our students have access to a wide variety of online resources through MPS.  Check them out!
  • Chess Kid: Whether you're familiar with the game or brand new, Chess Kid has videos, and puzzles to teach and challenge. Secure site that allows students to play with each other or against the computer at their experience level. 

Coding:

We will be tying in coding and computational thinking throughout the year.  Students will be creating a school login for each of these sites, but can certainly work on this at home as well!

  • Code.org: Students will be led through challenges and tasks in order to learn more about programming and debugging!
  • Scratch: Coders can create projects of all shapes and sizes: videos, stories, diagrams, games, and more!
    • Getting Unstuck: Tips and tricks for navigating tricky problems in Scratch.
  • Quick Draw: Work with a program that demonstrates abstraction with algorithms!

Podcasts:

There are SO many amazing and interesting podcasts out there.  Here are just a few that Ms. Thompson has found and loves!

  • Brains On!: St. Paul produced inquiry podcast about everything from feelings to how elevators work.
  • Wow in the World: Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them.
  • Smash Boom Best: Created by the producers at Brains On, this is a debate podcast!  Which is especially exciting to Ms. Thompson who used to coach debate!
  • But Why: A show where kids ask the quesitons, and they find the answers!
  • KidNuZ: KiDNuZ is a weekday, nonpartisan news podcast created just for kids. Listen in for today's top stories!