6-8 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 40-50 minutes. Encourage children to read books of high interest.

S.T.E.M.

Social Studies


Social Studies

Science

With parent permission,  complete an hour of code activity for your grade level. https://hourofcode.com/us/learn

Choose a CT woman from the CT Women’s Hall of Fame: https://www.cwhf.org/inductees. Take notes on their accomplishments and life (5-8 key points). What questions would you ask them if you could interview them? 

Identify 3-5 places in the world that you would like to visit or know more about. List 5 questions for each place that you would need to know in order to visit there. Extension: Plan a trip to one of those places and make a budget for the trip.

Are humans hurting or helping our environment? Support your answer with evidence from your experiences.

Health, Wellness, and Music

Health and Wellness

Literacy

Art

Have a “dance party”.  Turn up some music and dance until you are tired!

Watch and participate in a Cosmic Kids Yoga video: https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

What’s the worst metaphor you’ve heard in a song? Explain why and rewrite the line. 

Create a figure sculpture with rolled up pieces of aluminum foil. See an example at 

https://bit.ly/3crTAnP

Science

Math

S.T.E.M. and Art

Health and Wellness

Create a model to show the energy transformations that take place in a household item or appliance. 

Solve this or another fermi problem:  Jump up and down for one minute. How long would it take you to do 1,000,000 jumps? Are there any problems with your estimate? Show how you arrived at your answer.

Try your hand had origami. Create one of these designs or come up with your own. https://origamiusa.org/diagrams Can you combine multiple designs to make a super origami design?

Create a list of first aid supplies that you might need if you were traveling, hiking, or in the event of an emergency. Identify the item and its purpose. 

Social Studies

Literacy

Literacy

Math

Choose an article from Newsela about a current event or watch CNN 10. Write a 4-6 sentence summary of the article and event you read about. 

Read independently for at least 30 minutes. Then, write one or more paragraphs to respond to the following prompt: Would you be friends with the main character in the book you are reading? Why or why not? 

Read independently for at least 45  minutes and respond to the following prompt: What mood/tone has been established in the text? What details does the author include to help establish the mood/ tone?

Create your own Which One Doesn’t Belong involving any topic.  Explain why each one would “not belong” (wodb.ca

Math

Social Studies

Science

Acts of Kindness

How many different ways can you fill in the boxes with a 2 digit number to make this statement correct?

❐ is 50% of ❐ and 75% of ❐ . Keep track of all the ones you tried.

Create a timeline of the top 10 events in your life (or the life of someone you interview or research). Make sure the items are labeled with dates and in chronological order. Describe and illustrate the events on a timeline. 

Design a device from household items  that helps to minimize distractions from light or sound. Draw your model or create a prototype. 

Write a thank you note to someone that did something kind.

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? 
  5. What can I do to learn more about this topic or activity? 
  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?


Other Extension Activities



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