• Welcome Back Students! I so appreciate your hard work this week!

    Day 11 April 2, 2020

    This week’s Distance Learning activities are limited to math and special.  Please use the remainder of the time to catch up on activities posted during the previous two weeks.  Elementary teachers will be conducting conferences and planning new learning for next week’s launch of Phase 2 of the CB Distance Learning Plan. Thank you!

    OPTIONAL Day 10 Writing ACTIVITY:

    Let's have some fun today with a word scramble! 

    1. Write your full first and last name in big block letters on a sheet of paper.

    2. Cut out each letter.

    3. Mix the letters up to create words.  See my example on SeeSaw!

    4. How many words can you come up with?  If your name is short, you can use your middle name too!

    5. Write or type your list of words and upload it to SeeSaw to share with me!

    6. Bonus: challenge a sibling or parent to scramble letters up in their name to play along :)

    Submit: https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

     

    Day 10 April 1, 2020

    This week’s Distance Learning activities are limited to math and special.  Please use the remainder of the time to catch up on activities posted during the previous two weeks.  Elementary teachers will be conducting conferences and planning new learning for next week’s launch of Phase 2 of the CB Distance Learning Plan. Thank you!

    OPTIONAL Day 10 Writing ACTIVITY:

    1. Finish your little bird writing story and submit it on SeeSaw.

    2. Write me a letter on SeeSaw!  You can answer these questions:

    - How is distance learning going for you?  

    - What is one fun activity you have done in the past 2 weeks?

    - If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

    - Is there anything else you want to tell me?

    Happy Letter Writing!

     

    Day 9 March 31, 2020

    This week’s Distance Learning activities are limited to math and special.  Please use the remainder of the time to catch up on activities posted during the previous two weeks.  Elementary teachers will be conducting conferences and planning new learning for next week’s launch of Phase 2 of the CB Distance Learning Plan. Thank you!

    OPTIONAL Day 9 Writing ACTIVITY:

    Continue your multi-day writing piece on the little bird video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjHEyEAlsc

    Task:

    1. Excellent job with your rough drafts!  
    2.  Today you will revise/edit and publish your final piece. 
    3.  To make changes to a piece you typed, copy and paste your typed rough draft work onto a new note so that you can make changes.  I do NOT expect you to retype your whole piece!
    4. Check to make sure your writing piece has the following:

    REVISING/EDITING CHECKLIST:

    • beginning/middle/end
    • 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch/feel)
    • onomatopoeia (sound words)
    • jazzy words
    • transition words and phrases
    • details!
    • Capitals
    • Punctuation (period, comma, question mark, exclamation mark)
    • Spelling

    5. After you have made changes to improve your piece, post your final writing piece to SeeSaw so I can see all your hard work!

     To upload your final piece: https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

     

     

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    Day 8 March 30, 2020

    “This week’s Distance Learning activities are limited to math and special.  Please use the remainder of the time to catch up on activities posted during the previous two weeks.  Elementary teachers will be conducting conferences and planning new learning for next week’s launch of Phase 2 of the CB Distance Learning Plan. Thank you!”

    OPTIONAL Day 8 Writing ACTIVITY:

    Continue your multi-day writing piece on the little bird video.  

    Task:

    1. Today you will finish your rough draft!
    2. Watch the video again of the brave little bird:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjHEyEAlsc
    3. Use your graphic organizer from last week to finish writing or typing your rough draft.  Remember to separate your story into 3 paragraphs for beginning, middle, and end.  You are telling the story from the bird’s point of view, so when you write “I”, it is the little bird talking.  Share all the feelings the little bird has throughout the clip.  Be creative!  
    4. Post your rough draft to SeeSaw so I can see all your hard work!

     

     

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    Day 7 – THURSDAY – 3/26/20

    WRITING (3rd/4th)

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Watch a video, brainstorm, draft, revise, and edit and publish a narrative story

    Estimate Time: 25 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Write a story about my favorite short video clip about a little bird.

    Quick Things to Know: This is a multi-day assignment.  We will spend time today and next week completing the steps of the writing process.  Here are some elements of story writing that we learned about:

    • beginning/middle/end
    • 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch/feel)
    • onomatopoeia (sound words)
    • jazzy words
    • transition words and phrases
    • details!

    Task:

    1. Today is Rough Draft Day!
    2. Watch the video again of my favorite little bird:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjHEyEAlsc
    3. Reread the graphic organizer that you filled out yesterday. Now it’s time to turn those bullets into detailed sentences
    4. Start your rough draft. You can write or type.    Remember to separate your story into 3 paragraphs for beginning, middle, and end.  You are telling the story from the bird’s point of view, so when you write “I”, it is the little bird talking.  Share all the feelings the little bird has throughout the clip.  Be creative!  
    5. On Monday, you will finish your rough draft and post it to SeeSaw. I can’t wait to see it!

    Link/Activity:

    To watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjHEyEAlsc

    To print if you need it again: Graphic Organizer

    To access graphic organizer and upload: https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

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    Day 6 – WEDNESDAY – 3/25/20

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Watch a video, brainstorm, draft, revise, and edit and publish a narrative story

    Estimate Time: 25 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Do you remember when we learned about writing stories in the beginning of the year?  I remember when we did Hot Chocolate Writing and used a video from the Polar Express.  That was so much fun!  I want you to write a story based off of one of my favorite short video clips.

    Quick Things to Know: This is a multi-day assignment.  We are going to spend a few days this week and next week going through the steps of the writing process.  Here are some elements of story writing that we learned about:

    • beginning/middle/end
    • 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch/feel)
    • onomatopoeia (sound words)
    • jazzy words
    • transition words and phrases
    • details!

    Task:

    1. Today is Brainstorm and Graphic Organizer Day!
    2. Watch this video of my favorite little bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjHEyEAlsc (make sure to ask your parent if it is ok for you to go on YouTube)
    3. Watch it one more time. While you watch, pretend YOU are the little bird and YOU are experiencing this adventure from the bird’s point of view.
    4. Think about how the bird would tell this story…
    5. Show the story graphic organizer to a parent and tell them what the little pictures on the left side stand for (do you remember this from earlier in the year???)
    6. Fill out the graphic organizer sharing the bird’s story from the bird’s point of view. You do not need full sentences.  A bulleted list is fine.  (You can type on SeeSaw OR write on paper).
    7. Post your completed graphic organizer to SeeSaw or email it to me.
    8. Tomorrow, you will use your graphic organizer to write a rough draft story.

    Link/Activity:

    To watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTjHEyEAlsc

    To print if you want to write: Graphic Organizer

    To type on graphic organizer: https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

    To upload completed work: https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

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    Day 5 – TUESDAY – 3/24/20

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Cards/Letters for Clover Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Adults  

    Estimate Time: 25 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Mr. Ortman got an email, and he needs our help!  Because of COVID-19, elderly people who live in nursing homes need to stay inside.  They are not allowed to have visitors.  They are feeling lonely.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could share some sunshine and smiles with them?  Creekers to the rescue!!!

    Quick Things to Know: A friendly, positive message can go a long way in making someone’s day.  Colorful pictures make people smile.

    Task:

    1. Create a card or letter or mini poster for the elderly to make them smile.
    2. Include 3 sentences with words of encouragement, a friendly quote, or a joke.
    3. Draw a picture of something that would brighten someone’s day.
    4. Take a picture of your artwork/letter and upload it to your SeeSaw page or email it to me. I will send it to the elderly at the nursing home!

    Link/Activity:

    https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

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    Day 4 - Monday March 23, 2020

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Students will finish their writing piece from last week and present it.

    Estimate Time: 20 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Finish and present your informative writing piece about your bedroom. 

    Quick Things to Know: The best part of writing is sharing it with your audience!   

    Task:

    1. Reread your informational writing piece about your bedroom.
    2. Here’s a final check of what you should have:
    • Hook, Topic sentence, Details, Conclusion sentence
    • Transition words/phrases
    • Main idea sentence starters
    • Jazzy/describing words
    • Directional words/phrases (in the corner, on the right, under the bed, against the wall)
    • Capitals
    • Punctuation (period, comma, question mark, exclamation mark)
    1. You can type or handwrite your piece or leave it in draft form.
    2. Present your piece! Take a picture of it and upload it to SeeSaw or email it to me. 
    3. Optional Bonus! Take us for a tour of your bedroom!  Post your video to SeeSaw so your friends can see your room.

    Link/Activity:

    https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

     

    WRITING TASK #2:

    Overview: Students will add to gratitude journal

    Estimate Time: 5 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Reflect on what you are grateful/thankful for

    Quick Things to Know: I am thankful for a relaxing weekend with Mr. Saylor and Maya.  I am thankful for music and singing.  What makes you smile over the weekend?

    Tasks:

    1. Log onto your Gratitude App.
    2. Click on “Daily Zen” in the bottom right corner to read the quote of the day.
    3. Click on “Journal” in the bottom left corner. Reflect on your day or a special moment.  Click the + button and write a sentence about something that brings you joy.  Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save.
    4. Optional: Show me your gratitude journal on SeeSaw or email it to me.

    **Option to just write your thoughts on a paper gratitude journal instead of using the app**

    Link/Activity:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northstar.gratitude&hl=en_US

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    Day 3 – THURSDAY – 3/19/20

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Students will brainstorm, draft, and write to respond to a prompt.

    Estimate Time: 30 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Revise and edit your informative writing piece about your bedroom. 

    Quick Things to Know: Writing is a process, and we can challenge ourselves to improve our work.  Real authors do this too! 

    Task:

    1. Reread your brainstorm web and rough copy of your bedroom writing piece.
    2. Finish your rough copy.
    3. Revise: review your work carefully to make sure you have all the needed elements. Use the main idea sentence starter sheet on SeeSaw to add 3 or more sentence starters to your paragraph.  You might need to rework the sentences a little to make them flow.  Can you find 6 jazzy words or describing words?  If not, add them in!  Use words and phrases that tell location of items (example: by the door, against the left wall, in the middle of the room, hanging from the ceiling).  Here’s a final check of what you should have:
    • Hook
    • Topic sentence
    • Details
    • Transition words/phrases
    • Conclusion sentence
    • Main idea sentence starters
    • Jazzy/describing words
    • Directional words/phrases (in the corner, on the right, under the bed, against the wall)
    1. Edit: check your piece for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Read it aloud to yourself to make sure no words are missing.  Check:
    • Capitals
    • Punctuation (period, comma, question mark, exclamation mark)
    • Spelling
    • Read it aloud
    1. If you have extra time, start typing your final copy or writing it in your best handwriting. We will finish final copies tomorrow and get ready to present them as a class!

    Link/Activity:

    https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

     

    WRITING TASK #2:

    Overview: Students will add to gratitude journal

    Estimate Time: 10 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Reflect on what you are grateful/thankful for

    Quick Things to Know: I am thankful for sunshine streaming through my window on this peaceful afternoon.  What are you thankful for?  What little moments do you cherish? 

    Tasks:

    1. Log onto your Gratitude App
    2. Click on “Daily Zen” in the bottom right corner to read the quote of the day
    3. Click on “Journal” in the bottom left corner. Reflect on your day or a special moment.  Click the + button and write a sentence about something that brings you joy.  Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save.
    4. We will share out our gratitude journals later in the week!

    **Option to just write your thoughts on a paper gratitude journal instead of using the app**

    Link/Activity:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northstar.gratitude&hl=en_US

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    Day 2 – WEDNESDAY – 3/18/20

    WRITING (3rd/4th

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Students will brainstorm, draft, and write to respond to an informative prompt.

    Estimate Time: 30 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Write an informative piece describing your bedroom.

    Quick Things to Know: Informative writing tells facts about a topic.  We can use transition words and phrases to make our writing interesting.  The more details you can share the better! 

    Task:

    1. Make a list of all the interesting items in your bedroom using describing words (ex: soft, comfortable tan lounge chair, creamy white and midnight black blanket with swirls and circles on it).
    2. Can you organize your list into two subtopics? How about decorations and furniture?  Or closet and main room? 
    3. Start drafting your piece on paper or on SeeSaw. Make sure to hook your reader in, include a topic sentence that states your topic, and include lots of details.  Use transition words and phrases to organize your writing and wrap up with a conclusion sentence. 
    4. Upload your rough draft to SeeSaw. You can take a picture of it or type directly into “Note” on SeeSaw.  Tomorrow, we will add to our rough draft and revise and edit.

    Link/Activity:

    https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

     

    WRITING TASK #2:

    Overview: Students will add to gratitude journal

    Estimate Time: 10 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Reflect on what you are grateful/thankful for

    Quick Things to Know: I am grateful for technology which helps me stay connected to my kind and hard-working students.  What are you thankful for in your life?  What brings you joy?  “Gratitude” rhymes with “attitude”.  Taking the time to notice what we are thankful for helps us to have a positive attitude.

    Tasks:

    1. Log onto your Gratitude App
    2. Click on “Daily Zen” in the bottom right corner to read the quote of the day
    3. Click on “Journal” in the bottom left corner. Reflect on your day.  Click the + button and write a sentence about something that brings you joy.  Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save.
    4. We will share out our gratitude journals later in the week!

    **Option to just write your thoughts on a paper gratitude journal instead of using the app**

    Link/Activity:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northstar.gratitude&hl=en_US

     

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    Day 1 - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    WRITING TASK #1:

    Overview: Students will brainstorm, draft, and write to respond to a prompt.

    Estimate Time: 40 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Create a March “bucket list”

    Quick Things to Know: A “bucket list” is a list of all the activities you want to do.  We are going to be home from school for some time, so let’s come up with some fun ways to keep busy, stay active, and spread some smiles to others.  Here are the items on my bucket list:

    1. Take a long walk with Baby Maya.
    2. Make a bag of old clothes to donate to people in need.
    3. Try a new recipe! I have been craving a banana smoothie and a cookie ice cream sandwich lately…
    4. Mail a card to my Grandma to brighten her day.
    5. Learn how to make an origami flower.
    6. Have a Disney sing-a-long with Baby Maya.
    7. Add pictures and updates to Maya’s scrapbook.
    8. Make lunch for my mom when she comes to visit.
    9. Play a board game called Splendor with Mr. Saylor.
    10. Find some cool educational videos to share with my students over the next few weeks.

    Task:

    1. Brainstorm some goals and activities you would like to accomplish in the next two weeks. How can you spread kindness to others?  What can you do to keep yourself motivated, moving, and learning?
    2. Go on SeeSaw to watch my bucket list video. (This is my first SeeSaw video! Comment on it and let me know what you think!)
    3. Write or type your bucket list. Make sure your bucket list includes 10-15 activities for fun and for learning.  Also include activities for you and activities to help others.
    4. Upload your bucket list to SeeSaw. You can take a picture of it or post a video reading your list.

    Link/Activity:

    https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

     

    WRITING TASK #2:

    Overview: Students will create a gratitude journal

    Estimate Time: 10 minutes

    Explanation of Activity: Reflect on what you are grateful/thankful for

    Quick Things to Know: The word gratitude means thanks and appreciation.  What are you thankful for in your life?  What makes you smile?  Who showed kindness to you today?  “Gratitude” rhymes with “attitude”.  Taking the time to notice what we are thankful for helps us to have a positive attitude.

    Tasks:

    1. Download the free app called “Gratitude: Personal Growth & Affirmations Journal
    2. Click on “Daily Zen” in the bottom right corner to read the quote of the day
    3. Click on “Journal” in the bottom left corner. Reflect on your day, your weekend, your life.  Click the + button and write a sentence about something you are thankful for.  Tap the check mark in the top right corner to save.
    4. We will share out our gratitude journals later in the week!

    **Option to just write your thoughts on a paper gratitude journal instead of using the app**

    Link/Activity:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northstar.gratitude&hl=en_US