9-12 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 50-60  minutes. Encourage children to read books of high interest.

S.T.E.M.

Literacy

Social Studies

Science

Write a program in a language you know or complete an hour of code activity for your grade level. https://hourofcode.com/us/learn

  Go to the website of poet of your choice.  Read about this poet and learn about their writing style.  Try writing your own original poem using the poetry you studied as a model.  

Kwame Alexander Poetry

 

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? 

Choose a topic from Khan Academy for Health and Medicine.  Complete a practice set after you choose a topic. 

Health, Wellness, and Music

Health and Wellness

Social Studies

Literacy

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

Listen to a TED Talk.Write down your 5-6 key points. How would you apply what you heard to your own life? Reflect on what you heard.  

Complete the Khan Academy modules for Reading in History and Social Studies. Complete a practice item when done. 

Listen to a podcast.  Write a lesson that you would teach classmates about what you learned from the podcast.

Science

Math

S.T.E.M. and Art

Social Studies

Create a plan for your household for reducing your impact on the environment. Show the ways you can reduce the use of energy and reduce waste production in your home. Then, try it out!

Solve this or another fermi problem: If you could prevent leaking in your kitchen, how much water would it take to fill up the room?  How long would it take? For other problems go to: https://bit.ly/2wsDolE 

Try your hand at 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?

Choose an article from Newsela about a current event or watch CNN 10. Write a summary of the article and event you read about. List additional questions you would want to know. 

Math

Computer Science and Art

Acts of Kindness

Math

Spend 30 minutes working on practice SAT problems in Khan Academy.

https://www.khanacademy.org/sat 

Choose a topic from Khan Academy’s Computer Animation courses. https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar.  Complete a practice set after you choose a topic. 


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

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

To see samples go to wodb.ca

Literacy

Social Studies

Science

Health and Wellness

Read a fiction book for 30-45 minutes.  

Select one topic or event in your book and research that topic or event.  Write a brief informational piece about what you learned and how it helped your understanding of the work of fiction.  

Example:  Book: The Girl with Seven Names

Research:  North Korean propaganda in the 1990’s 

Choose one of the online learning modules from PBS Learning. Complete the module online or record the answers to the questions in the journal. Note: Please choose one appropriate to your current Social Studies Course.

Explore a topic at California Academy of Science or  https://www.calacademy.org/learn-explore or The American Museum of Natural History https://www.amnh.org/explore . Take a few key notes, and then write questions that you would want to know more about. 

Watch 2-3 Headspace mindfulness videos. Journal and reflect on what you heard, thought about or experiences. 


https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness 


If you do not have access to this, sit quietly for 5 minutes, notice what you are thinking, hearing, seeing or feeling. Journal your experience. 

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



3-5 STUDENTS

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3-5 Students

Directions:  For each day that school is closed, complete any 2 activities from the below list.  Review this work with an adult and keep a list of completed activities. In your composition books keep track of your work, write 2-3 questions you still have, and reflect on your learning. Please use the questions following the table.

STEM

Literacy

Social Studies

Science

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

Read for at least 30 minutes and write a journal response. What conflicts are characters facing in your book? How are characters responding to these challenges? 

Read 2 Chapters from Where I Live CT and answer the questions at the end. 

https://whereilivect.org/

Investigate how different objects (like toys or games) from around your house move and interact. Create a model to show the cause and effect relationships you find. 

Health, Wellness, and Music

Health and Wellness

Act of Kindness, Literacy, Art, and Social Studies

Art

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

Choose a brain break or energizer activity from Go Noodle. Describe how you feel after doing the activity

Interview a family member or neighbor and write a story, and share it with them.

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

Math

Science is all around us, when we do things like cook, ride a bike, or watch TV.  Pick a hobby or activity you do at least once a week, and explain how science is involved.

Create a schedule of 4-5 activities for your day. Begin by recording the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. Compute the elapsed time between each activity. 

Collect different items like toys or recyclable materials.  Stack them up to make the tallest tower possible. How high did you get it?

List a minimum of 7 different combinations of bills and coins that would add up to $25.63.

Social Studies

Literacy

Science

Health, Wellness, and Math

Look at a map of CT, United States or the World, and identify 5 places that you would want to visit and explain why. Extension: Plan a trip to one of those places and make a budget

Read independently for at least 30 minutes. Then, illustrate and caption a 6-part comic strip of a plot event you enjoyed in the book so far. Use the 

Find sources of energy in your home? How does the energy impact your life? Create a model to show how you sense and use the energy. 

Guess at how many jumps you can do in a minute. Have someone time you as you jump.  How close was your prediction? If you were able to keep up this pace, how many jumps would you do in ½ an hour?

Math

Social Studies

Science

Acts of Kindness

Find a recipe. Order the fractions from least to greatest.  Try to place them on a number line.

Make a timeline of events that are important in your life or the life of a family member or friend. List 5-8 dates in order and describe the event

Investigate an environment different than Connecticut, like the rainforest, dessert, or tundra. Develop a survival plan for living in that region. ,  

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

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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?
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