• Distance Learning Phase 2 (beginning April 6)

    Daily Expectations for Students

     

     

    ·       Attend our classroom check-in by starting in Canvas.

    ·       Check Canvas for our daily/weekly assignments.

    ·       Complete and submit assignments by the due date (listed weekly in Canvas).

    ·       Abide by CB Online Meeting Guidelines, found here.

    Office Hours

    I will be available to parents and students each day during school hours. You can reach me via email at creitz@cbsd.org.

    Live sessions will be conducted via Teams weekly at the following times:

    • 3rd Pd: Tues 9:30 AM
    • 4th Pd: Tues 12:00 noon
    • 5th Pd: Wed 9:30 AM
    • 6th Pd: Wed 12:00 noon
    • 7th Pd: Thurs 9:30 AM

    Links to Teams meetings can be found in student email accounts and in the Calendar on Teams.

    One-on-one calls can also be set up at mutually agreeable times on an as-needed basis.

    Classroom Tools

    Our classroom will be using Canvas as the primary mode of assigning and collecting work.

    Resources

    Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2

    Hi everyone!

    First of all, thank you so much for your efforts and creative ideas over the last few weeks!  I really appreciate your flexibility and patience as we all worked through some tech glitches together.  Tuesday's Viking videos presented more issues than I realized, so do not worry if they never ended up working on your end.  You can still complete the Newsela assignment without watching the videos first.

    I hope you enjoyed some of the other optional activities since we last met in person… I know I’ve enjoyed checking out your responses! 😊

    Moving forward, you’ve probably heard that we’ll be starting new content beginning on Monday.  To help explain everything and make sure we’re all on the same page, we’ll have specific times to check in on Wednesday and Thursday based on your class period.  I will also post these links and times on Canvas as well as via email.

    By clicking on the links below at the correct date and time, you will be directed to a Microsoft Teams Meeting.  I’ve set each of these up as “Live Events” which should help streamline any questions you might have while still allowing me to present the same material to everyone at the same time.  I’m new to all of this too, so we’ll work through it together if we run into tech issues 😊

    I look forward to checking in with you over the next two days.  I miss our normal days at TMS, but I am excited to dive into new content together beginning next week.  Be kind to yourself throughout this new phase of Distance Learning.  As always, if you are feeling overwhelmed or need extra support, just reach out and I will do my best to help.

    “See” you soon!

    Take care,

    Mrs. Reitz

     


    Hi everyone!

    I hope you are all staying well in your homes during our time apart from one another.   My goal on Canvas is to offer you review and enrichment activities each day related to content in our course of study and current events.

    Below are some general resources, both from me and from the district, to help you through our distance learning endeavor.  Take a look and see if anything is useful to you.  In a strange way, we are living history.  This will be one of those events that you remember for the rest of your life and something that your children and grandchildren will ask you about for their school history assignments in the future. Keeping a journal of your feelings, reactions, daily activities, etc. could be a fascinating way to apply the historical thinking skills we've learned so far this year.

    Bottom line, I am here for you during this uniquely challenging time.  Feel free to reach out with any concerns, and if I do not know the answer, I can certainly ask someone who will be able to help more.  Take care of yourself and your family, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon! :)

    Accessibility

    Throughout our time at home, I will continue to be accessible via email just like during the rest of the school year.  If you come across something that you feel needs more of my support than an email reply, let me know.  First, send an email, and if we need to meet further to figure it out, we can set up a mutually agreeable time to conference through Microsoft Teams.

    Deadlines

    While we will continue our study of the Middle Ages upon our return to school, please know that the due date for the Unit 3 ABC Sway project will be moved once we know more.  It will NOT be due as originally scheduled on March 24.  As the situation evolves and we find out when we'll return, I will set a new deadline (NOT the first day back) that will allow us to still learn the last two chapters (which have several vocab terms for tough-to-find letters like X, Y, U, etc).  Knowing that the project will still be due eventually, however, it would be logical to use some of our distance learning time to continue to make progress on the project overall.  I will make recommendations during our daily course check ins on this Canvas module as well as on my website, www.cbsd.org/creitz.

    Tech Issues

    In general, my suggestions for tech tips remain the same as they are in class.  Often, quick remedies can solve the issue.

    • Try another web browser.  Certain websites simply load better in Chrome or Edge depending on how they are designed.
    • Restart your computer.  Especially since we are not connecting to school WiFi, there may be updates for your laptop to install during a restart.

    If you find that your laptop is still not performing basic functions and you are in need of further assistance, there will be virtual support during the school closure so that IT staff can assist remotely if possible.  The best way to receive help is by placing a Web Help Desk Ticket (Links to an external site.).

    Food Assistance

    During the district-wide closure associated with COVID-19, the Central Bucks School District will put procedures into place in order to provide lunch to those students enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program.  Be sure to keep up to date with Dr. Caughie's emails for changes to distribution procedures.

    Daily Lessons/Activities

    Here is where I will post daily lesson information.  I will also be posting this information in Canvas, our Course Management System, to keep everything organized and in one place as well.


    Tuesday 3/31:

    • **Note: check your email Tuesday afternoon for more detailed info about our informal check ins on Wednesday (pds 3, 4) and Thursday (pds 5, 6, 7)!  I miss you guys! :)

    • Overview: Throughout this year, we have often discussed important men that changed history.  Today we will focus on the very different role the Viking women took on in history.
    • Estimated Time: 30 Minutes
    • What Materials Should I have out to complete this lesson? Laptop, Videos, NewELA from Clever
    • Four quick things to know:
      • Vikings are from an area called Scandinavia:  Denmark, Sweden, Norway.
      • The Vikings and their raids mostly happened between CE 790 -1066.
      • The Vikings were an amazing seafaring people who were feared for their fierce raids on Europe and many other areas.
      • The Vikings, spearheaded by Leif Erikson, were the first Europeans to travel to the Americas.
    • Tasks:
      • Watch two quick video clips on the impact of Viking Women and how they were treated much differently from most of Europe's women and an investigation into a tomb of a woman warrior viking.
      • Read a NewELA article and answer the questions.
        • Log onto Clever
        • Choose Newsela App
        • Read the article that has been assigned
        • If you can't find the assignment that has been assigned look for:  Does new DNA evidence prove that there were female Viking warlords?)f the reading seems too easy or difficult you can change the reading level in the top right hand corner.  Check out the picture below to see what area you can use to change the reading level.
        • lexil levels
        • Click on activities to the right hand side and answer the quiz questions.
    • Looking to get some energy out?  Check out today's optional movement break in Canvas! :-)

    Monday 3/30:

    • Overview: Today, we will continue to put our historical thinking skills into action as we live through history! 
    • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
    • Explanation of Activity/Assignment: We will act as historians as we navigate through a new experience together.  This relates to our course's essential question, "How do we know what happened?"
    • Three things to know
      • You may choose to analyze how the current issue of Covid-19 and the global response is affecting your own life, or you may focus on another unrelated event of your choice entirely.
      • You will have three choices each week depending on the row I ask you to focus on each time.
      • Most importantly, this is for you to have fun while exploring our historical thinking skills, so choose options that make you think and seem like fun!
    • Tasks
      • Open the Choice Board pdf (linked below)
      • Week 2: Choose one of the three boxes in "Row 2". Whichever option you choose, a singular file should be submitted on the following submission page in Canvas.
    • Links/Activities:

    Friday 3/20:

    • On Fridays, take time to do something that serves you, your family, or your community.
    • Thank you for your efforts this week as we all experimented with distance learning together.  We will get through this together :)

    Thursday 3/26:

    Overview:

    • On Thursdays, we will explore an element of our culture that is typically underrepresented.  Today, we will be exploring Irish-American History!
    • Today, you will choose a famous Irish-American figure to research and create a one-slide ppt  highlighting their achievements.

    Estimated Time:

    • 30 minutes

    Tasks:

    1. In addition to Women's History Month, March is also Irish-American Heritage Month.  Today, you will choose an Irish-American of note to focus on and create a one-slide PPT highlighting their accomplishments.
    2. Choose an Irish-American from history it can be any time period. There are several links below to help you get started:
    3. Create a one-slide ppt highlighting her accomplishments using the template we've used in celebration of other under-represented groups: cultural month template.pptxPreview the document
    4. Submit/upload your one-slide ppt in Canvas in the next page's submission box.

    Looking to decompress?  Check out yoga I've embedded in Canvas if you're interested :-)


    Wednesday 3/25:

    • Overview: On Wednesday, we will apply our historical thinking skills in new, different, or even weird ways!
    • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
    • Explanation of Activity/Assignment: For today's activity, you will use your knowledge from Unit 3 so far (Feudalism, world religions, etc) to caption a variety of emojis.
    • Tasks
      • Open or download the document below.  I am attaching it as a word doc and a pdf depending on your preference.  You may either type into the chart in the word doc or open the PDF in Edge to write near each one with your pen.  Either is fine by me! :)
      • Read the directions.  You should choose a exactly 10 emojis related to the Middle Ages to caption, and next Wednesday you'll choose 10 more!
      • All captions must connect back to the Middle Ages in some way.  One sentence or bullet is enough as long as you make the connection clear.
      • Please feel free to use your notes, workbook, and online textbook to help recall information that would be helpful.
      • If you have an idea for an emoji that would work for this time period that is not listed, please add it in the "enrichment" box at the bottom of page 2.
      • When you finish, save and upload to the submission box on the next page of Canvas.  I am excited to see your clever captions! 
    • Links/Activities:
    • Looking to burn some energy and take a break?  Check out today's optional movement video embedded in Canvas:)

    Tuesday 3/24:

    • Overview
      • Throughout Unit 3, we examined Feudalism in Medieval Europe. 
      • Today's activities will connect that concept with a similar yet different social structure in Medieval Japan.
    • Estimated Time
      • 30 Minutes
    • Explanation
      • Feudalism helped to "reboot" Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. 
      • We will explore how Feudalism was implemented in Japan.
    • Three quick things to know
      • The Roman Empire in the west came to an end in 476 CE.
      • Feudalism, a strict social and economic system, developed to bring safety and stability to Europe.
      • A similar social system developed in Japan, which we will explore today.
    • Tasks
      • Watch the comparative video on Feudalism in Europe vs Japan embedded in Canvas
      • Log into Clever
      • Click on the "NewsELA App" Newsela icon
      • Read the brief article "Feudalism in Japan and Europe".  I've pushed it out to you, so it should be located in your "Assignments" tab.  
      • Answer the questions in NewsELA.
    • Looking for a quick movement break?  Check out the optional workout video in today's Canvas page! :)

    Monday 3/23:

    • Overview: Each Monday, we will put our historical thinking skills into action as we live through history! 
    • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
    • Explanation of Activity/Assignment: We will act as historians as we navigate through a new experience together.  This relates to our course's essential question, "How do we know what happened?"
    • Three things to know
      • You may choose to analyze how the current issue of Covid-19 and the global response is affecting your own life, or you may focus on another unrelated event of your choice entirely.
      • You will have three choices each week depending on the row I ask you to focus on each time.
      • Most importantly, this is for you to have fun while exploring our historical thinking skills, so choose options that make you think and seem like fun!
    • Tasks
      • Open the Choice Board pdf (linked below)
      • Week 1: Choose one of the three boxes in "Row 1".
      • If you choose the FlipGrid option, post it in today's page on Canvas! 
      • If you choose another option, submit it on the following page in Canvas.
    • Links/Activities:

    Friday 3/20:

    • On Fridays, take time to do something that serves you, your family, or your community.
    • Thank you for your efforts this week as we all experimented with distance learning together.  We will get through this together :)

    Thursday 3/19:

    • Overview: On Thursdays, we will explore an element of our culture that is typically underrepresented.  Today, we will be exploring Women's History Month!
    • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
    • Explanation of Activity/Assignment: You will choose a famous female figure to research and create a one-slide ppt (template below) highlighting her achievements.
    • Three things to know: 
      • March is Women's History Month!
      • Historically, especially in the Ancient and Medieval time periods, women's stories were not recorded for preservation.
      • Today, you will choose a woman of note to focus on and create a one-slide PPT highlighting her accomplishments.
    • Tasks
      • Choose a famous woman from throughout history.  If you can, choose a woman from throughout our course of study (Greece, Rome, Byzantine Empire, Middle Ages, Renaissance), but any time period is acceptable.
      • Create a one-slide ppt highlighting her accomplishments using the template below (also located in the "enrichment" module of Canvas)
      • Submit/upload your one-slide ppt via Canvas on the next page.
    • Links/Activities
    • I'm also going to start adding in some optional movement/workout videos at the end of our virtual lessons in case you find yourself going a little stir crazy like me :) The first clip is embedded at the bottom of today's Canvas page.  Give it a try if you feel like you need a break! 

    Wednesday 3/18:

    • Overview:
      • On Wednesdays, we will explore the world around us the best way we can in the current climate: by virtual field trip!
    • Estimated Time:
      • 30 minutes
    • Explanation of Activity/Assignment:
      • We will explore sites in Medieval Europe and review conflicts that occurred between political and religious leaders in the time period.  Then, we will each post a brief FlipGrid response.
    • Tasks
      • Click on the websites and explore the virtual locations!
      • Watch the video clip for more info about a disagreement between a king and a religious leader in Medieval Europe.
      • Respond via FlipGrid with your favorite part, something unexpected, etc. so we can see each other while we practice social distancing :)
    • Links/Activities:

    Tuesday 3/17:

    • Overview
      • Last unit, we examined the fascinating story of Pompeii, the Roman city buried in volcanic ash after the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius.  Today's activities review that concept.
    • Estimated Time
      • 30 Minutes
    • Explanation
      • The city of Pompeii offers historians, scientists, and visitors a fascinating look into the Roman Empire at its height.  Today's activities revisit this topic and offer answers to the question, "did anyone survive?" 
    • Three quick things to know
      • The Roman Empire was at its height around 117 CE
      • Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano adjacent to the Roman city of Pompeii, erupted in 79 CE.
      • The volcanic ash encased Pompeii until it was resdiscovered and excavation started in the mid 1700s.
    • Tasks
      • Read the brief article
      • Watch the short video clip
      • Answer the questions in Forms
    • Links/Activities

    Tamanend Distance Learning page for more info: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/47852