Daily Learning Activities

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    We don't have any Distance Learning activities on Friday!  I hope you can join our Teams chat to say hello to your classmates instead.  Check your email for instructions! 


    **To contact me, please email me at ankeller@cbsd.org.  I will check my email frequently throughout the day to answer questions and support learning in any way that I can!** 

    If your child is a student with Mrs. Durns for any subject, please look on her website for work regarding the subject(s) that she teaches.   

    All special class lessons can be found by visiting the Butler Homepage. There is a link in the NEWS FROM BUTLER section titled: Specialist Distance Learning Links.  Today we have Art, however you can visit any specialist page to work on anything you'd like!


    Day 7 - March 26, 2020


    Overview- Fiction Reading  

    Estimated Time- 45 minutes 

    Explanation- In class, we read independent books daily, and monitor our thinking while we read.  When we finish reading, we often write about what we read.  Doing an activity after our reading helps us to monitor our comprehension and gain a deeper understanding of the story. 

    Three Quick Things to Know-  

    1. When reading a fiction story, you can stop to think about what you are reading to be sure that you are understanding it.

    2. Reading aloud to someone else, or listening to a story being read to me can help me become a better reader!

    3. When you finish reading, you can write about what you read to help you better understand the story. 

    Tasks- Read a fiction book of your choice at home.  If you are in the middle of a chapter book, please feel free to read a few pages/chapters of this book.  If you have a favorite picture book/books at home, please read some of those.  You could even be an “expert reader” and read to a younger sibling, pet, or stuffed animal!  You are the teacher in this situation!  If you don’t have a book at home, or if you want to explore some new books, please visit “Book Flix” online.  The web address and login information to access “Book Flix” can be found below.  Two of my favorite books to read on “Book Flix” are Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, and Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola.  Both of these books can be found under the “Imagination” tab!  Please explore and find what you like!  When you have finished reading for today, please choose at least 1 activity from the “Fiction Reading Response Menu” (PDF found below) to complete.  If you have time and you would like to complete more than 1 activity, please feel free to do so!  You may complete the activity on a piece of scrap paper. 

    Materials/Activities- You will need a book from your house, or you will need your iPad, laptop, or tablet to access Book Flix.  

    Book Flix Website: https://digital.scholastic.com/resources/slp/#/login?productCode=bkflix&ref=MTU4NDQ5MTg2N3xodHRwOi8vc2RtLWJrZmxpeC5kaWdpdGFsLnNjaG9sYXN0aWMuY29tOjgw 

    Book Flix Login Information: 

    Username: Learning20  

    Password: Clifford 

    Fiction Response Menu PDF Link: Fiction Response Menu



    Overview – Today, we will focus on the theme “Kindness” with our writing.  Today we will work on writing a friendly letter for someone of your choice! 

    Estimated time- 45 minutes 

    Explanation- Today you will write a friendly letter to someone!  We have worked on all different types of writing in class, and students have practiced writing in their writing journals. 

    Three things to know- 

    1. A friendly letter has 5 parts:  the heading (date), greeting (Dear Uncle John), body (what you will say), closing (Sincerely), and your signature.

    2.  Good writers revise and edit their work to be sure their message is conveyed appropriately and correctly.

    3. Writers often share their writing with someone else to get ideas and suggestions on how to make their writing better.  Consider sharing your friendly letter with someone at home and ask them for some suggestions on how to make your letter better.  


    Find a piece of notebook paper and draft out a friendly letter to someone. If you aren't sure who to write to, you can draft a letter to someone who lives in an Assisted Living Facility that cannot have visitors.  As you write your letter, think about including some of the following ideas:

    • Ask how this person is doing. 
    • Tell them what you have been doing at home. 
    • Talk about some of your favorite activities.  
    • Something you are looking forward to. 
    • Share a funny joke.

    Once you are happy with your rough draft you will revise and edit your letter.  Remember, editing means checking for spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.  Revising means making sure that you have interesting words and vocabulary.  Try to avoid words like "good" and "bad" and use more descriptive words! Make sure ideas that are similar are written in the same paragraph, and that your ideas are organized. Then, write a final copy of your letter.  You may use a writing template for your final copy (this letter writing template was sent to parents via email!).  Or, you can write the final copy on a piece of notebook paper.  Please make sure to use your best handwriting.  Remember to include a drawing with your letter and color it in!   

    Materials/Activities- Notebook paper or letter template, rough draft from yesterday, crayons and markers for drawing.

    This assignment will not be turned in, but I would love for you to mail your letters.  If you are writing to someone in an Assisted Living facility that can’t have visitors, please send to: 

    New Seasons at New Britain 

    Assisted Living Resident 

    800 Manor Drive 

    Chalfont, PA 18914 



    Overview- Long Division

    Estimated Time- 45 minutes 

    Explanation- Earlier in the year, students learned how to use long division to solve for a quotient. Sometimes, when we divide, there will be an amount left over because the two numbers do not divide evenly. This amount left over is known as the remainder. 

    Three quick things to know-

    1. The quotient is the answer to a division problem. 

    2. A remainder is the number left over when a number cannot be divided evenly. 

    3. The quotient gets written at the top of the long division bar, along with the remainder. Remember...Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring it on down & Bring it on back! 

    Tasks- Click on the PDF links below to access your “Division” and “Division and Remainders” practice worksheets. If you are not able to print the pages, please rewrite and complete the problems on scrap paper.  Once you have completed these 2 pages, please find your “Division of the Day” packet, and if you have any time remaining, complete page 3, which focuses on the problem: 973/7. In the box that says “Label It”, please label which number is the dividend and which number is the divisor! In the box that says “Solve It”, please use long division to find the quotient.

    Materials/Activities: You will need to access the PDF link below for your “Division” and “Division and Remainders” practice. You may also need the “Division of the Day” packet (page 3).  Please reference the video below for a long division song! 

    Division PDF Worksheet: Division Worksheet

    Division with Remainders Worksheet: Division with Remainders Worksheet

    Video for reviewing long division: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdWUfpo7KXw  



    Overview- This week you are going to observe and collect data on our weather!  We have learned about the Water Cycle in class.  You will review the Water Cycle while you observe the weather each day! 

    Explanation- We have learned about the Water Cycle in class.  We learned about the steps of the water cycle, and what water does at each of these steps.

    Estimated time-  30 minutes 

    Three things to know-

    1. We learned that evaporation, condensation, transpiration, precipitation, percolation, and collection are all parts of the water cycle.

    2. Scientists make observations by using all their senses. Each day you will be using these to investigate what is happening outside. Take note of climate, temperature, precipitation etc. 

    3. Remember that in the U.S. we use Fahrenheit to measure temperatures. Another scale of temperature is Celsius, which is used in other parts of the world. 

    Tasks:  Record your observations in your weather journal. There are pages in the journal for Monday to Friday, today you will complete the Thursday journal entry. Check the temperature through a weather app, or through your local weather channel, and record the temperature on the thermometer.  On the water cycle diagram, circle to show where you think water is located today.   Illustrate a picture capturing a scene from outside your window to show a visual of our weather that day! Use crayons, markers and colored pencils to make a detailed picture of the weather today.

    Materials/Activities:  You will need a copy of the attached Weather Journal, or you may make your own from your own journal pages or scrap paper. You will also need an iPad, laptop, or tablet to view videos. 

    Weather vs. Climate Video-Crash Course Science:


    Weather Journal PDF (same as yesterday- just in case you need it again!): Weather Journal PDF


    Technology/Free Choice:

    Optional!  Use any remaining or extra time to complete these activities!

    Tasks- Students may choose to go on Freckle math or EPIC! reading.  Please refer to the Grab Bag instruction sheet for information on how to log on to/access these accounts. Students can also use the Fact Fluency choice board to play a multiplication/division game or practice their fact fluency using one of the options on the board.  Students may also choose to free write or read an independent book of their choice.  

    Materials/Activities- Students will need a phone, tablet, laptop or computer to access EPIC! or Freckle.