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3-5 Students

The following learning extensions are intended for students to keep their minds active in the event that students are not at school for an extended period of time. These activities are not a replacement for the school day and are completely optional. The activities encourage independent practice, reading, writing, and exploring new ideas. Each day, we encourage students to explore up to two activities from the grid below, respond to 1 or 2 of the writing prompts and read independently for 30-40 minutes. Encourage children to read books of high interest.

Math Practice

To practice problem solving daily, download the free app “Bedtime Math”.  Read the short story together and answer the word problem.  Research has shown that when done regularly, it positively impacts math success.

When practicing math facts, speed is important but finding other strategies is also critical. For example, if you give your child 9*5, and they told you that they just "know" it is 45, ask, "Can you explain another way to calculate this fact?" Depending on their age they could tell you that they multiplied 10*5 to get 50 and subtracted 5 since they only need 9 groups of 5. They could also tell you that they multiplied 9 x 10 and then took 1/2 since 9 x 5 is half of 9 x 10. This will show students can think flexibly about numbers and this is a critical numeracy skill.

Reflection Questions

Choose one of these reflection questions to reflect on the work you did each day:

1. What did I learn today and what more do I want to know?
2. Describe a challenge that you faced in completing this work.
3. How can I apply what I experienced or learned to my future learning?
4. How does this relate to what I have learned in class in the past?
6. Describe how you spent your day and additional learning you did.
7. What do I know about this topic or subject?
8. What would I like to learn about this topic or subject?
9. Where will I find the information I need for this assignment?
10. What kinds of research do I need to do?
11. Do I fully understand the question or prompt?
12. What new information have I learned from this assignment?
13. What surprised me about what I learned?
14. How quickly was I able to finish this work?
15. Where were my roadblocks?
16. How did I move through roadblocks or challenges?
17. Does my work truly reflect my effort?
18. Have I achieved the goal I set for myself with this assignment?
19. What would I do differently next time, if given the chance?
20. Am I proud of my work?

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