Resources for Families and Teachers to Support Learning During School Closure:

English Language Arts and Math


English/Language Arts

Offline Resources for Elementary Students K-2

  • Read for 15 minutes. Do a sight word hunt! What words do you know in a snap? Go on an extra-strength word hunt by looking for sight words with endings, blends, or digraphs! Mark the words with sticky notes. Go back and reread your favorite parts!

  • Read for 15 minutes. What characters are in your book? Are you like any of the characters in your book? In what way? Draw or write about how you are the same or different from a character in the book.

  • If you wanted to persuade a family member to get a new pet, what would you say? Draw or write ideas that would persuade that person to get a new pet for you!

  • Learn to read and write a new word. Write it and use it when you talk. Maybe it will become a word you start using all the time!

Offline Resources for Elementary Students 3-5

READING AND READING RESPONSES

Read independently 20-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Readers often retell books to teach other people, but readers also retell books to help themselves think about the story. Put a post-it note or bookmark in your book where you’ll stop reading. When you get to that part, retell your book yourself. What are the big steps in the timeline of your story? For each event, ask yourself, “What does this make me think, know or wonder?” Write that thought on a post- it. Stick it in the part of the book that the thought goes with. When you finish the book, look over your post-it notes to see how the parts of your book went together.

Read independently 20-30 minutes in a non-fiction book of your choice. Teach someone about what you have been reading in your nonfiction book.

WRITING

Think about something you know a lot about. Write an informational piece to teach someone all that you know about the topic. Don’t forget to include sections for a glossary, a table of contents and some graphics or charts.

VOCABULARY

Collect an interesting new word! You can look in the dictionary or ask a friend! Collect words that mean the same thing (a synonym) or the opposite (an antonym) of your new word. Write sentences and illustrate the meaning of your new word.

Offline Resources for Secondary Students

READING AND READING RESPONSES

Read independently 30-60 minutes in a novel of your choice. Write for 20-30 minutes to reflect on your thinking. Consider some of the following concepts: characters, setting, conflict, plot, point-of-view, climax, theme and author’s craft (i.e., figurative language, symbolism, foreshadowing).

WRITING

Write a narrative, an informational piece, or a persuasive essay. Share your work and think how you might strengthen the piece.

VOCABULARY

Select a common prefix, suffix or root and keep a vocabulary notebook. Collect words that are related to the prefix, suffix or word root. Write sentences and illustrate the meaning of selected words. Reflect on how Greek and Latin word parts are related in spelling and meaning.

Collect interesting types of words. Write their definitions; collect examples, and illustrations of these types of words such as collective nouns, homophones, homographs, puns, idioms, and oxymorons.

Mathematics

Resources for Elementary Students

Students may engage in Dreambox daily; lessons are chosen based on students’ readiness and previous lessons.

GO Math is our online textbook that contains videos and lessons on grade-level math content.

Offline Resources for Elementary Students K-2

  • Go on a shape hunt. How many circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles can you find?

  • Count items around the house. How many clocks do you have? How many pieces of furniture do you have?

  • Write an addition or subtraction sentence. Then, write a word problem that goes with it.

  • If coins are available, grab a handful of coins. Sort the coins and find the total. Try it again with two handfuls or with someone else’s handful.

  • Use playing cards to make two, one or two-digit numbers. Add the numbers together. Show how you added them.

Offline Resources for Elementary Students 3-5

  • Would you rather have 1/2, 2/4, or 3/6 of an apple? Use pictures or words to tell why.

  • Write a word problem for 4 x 6 and 3 x 7.

  • Make a paper airplane. Measure how long it flies. Do it again. Find the difference between the two throws.

  • Write a fraction, such as 7/8 or 9/10. Break it apart in three different ways.

  • If possible, ask an adult to help you prepare a meal. Talk with them about how fractions are used during the preparation and cooking process.

Resources for Secondary Students

We recommend that students engage in Dreambox or ALEKS lessons for at least 30 minutes per day; lessons are chosen based on students’ readiness and previous lessons.

Pearson Envision is our online textbook that contains resources and lessons on grade-level math content.

Offline Resources for Middle School Students

  • Find or create a geometric pattern. Describe how you see the pattern growing. Use multiple representations to show how the pattern is growing: words, graph, table, visual, or algebraic expression. Show the connections between the representations using color-coding, arrows, and words.

  • Describe a situation in which a person would need to use integers to solve a problem and describe a situation in which a person would need to use fractions or decimals to solve a problem. Explain why integers, fractions, and decimals are important in our world.

  • Explain using mathematics: Would you rather receive a one-time payment of $1,000,000 or receive $0.01 the first day, $0.02 the second day, $0.04 the third day, $0.08 the fourth day, etc. for one month? Does the month you choose matter?

Offline Resources for High School Students

  • Identify a real world situation that can be modeled with various functions (e.g. linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, logistic, sinusoidal, step, absolute value, square root functions). Describe the situation and why this function model is most appropriate. Construct various representations for your situation such as a table, graph, and/or equation. Determine an appropriate domain and range for the function based on the context.

  • Identify questions that you have about the spread of infectious diseases and describe the mathematics that would be required to answer the questions.

  • Describe a data set or practical situation in which a direct variation exists, a data set or situation in which inverse variation exists, and a data set in which neither direct or indirect variation exists.

  • Identify a situation that can be modeled by a quadratic curve. Use the model to make a prediction and explain whether or not the model results in a reasonable conclusion.

English Learners

Digital Resources for Elementary and Secondary Students

Students with access to Imagine Learning, K-12 may engage in unique lessons in reading. 20-30 minutes is suggested daily.

Imagine Learning is an adaptive literacy program for Pre K through sixth grade students. Through playing games and completing short lessons, students improve foundational skills, and teachers and administrators receive reports on student progress. K-12 English learners in LCPS in grades K-12 have access to this interactive literacy program.

Students can use RAZ-kids to choose books of interest. They should be reading at least 20 minutes per day.

English Learner Learning Guides

Offline Resources for Elementary and Secondary Students

1. Watch a TV show or movie and list the title, characters, setting, and plot (beginning, middle, end). Mire un programa de televisión o una película y enumere el título, los personajes/caracteres, el escenario y la trama (principio, medio, y final).

2. Create a list of twenty words in your native language and use your bilingual dictionary to translate them into English. Cree una lista de veinte palabras en su idioma nativo y use su diccionario bilingüe para traducirlas al inglés.

3. Write a word that starts with every letter of the alphabet. Example: A- apple, B- boy - Escribe una palabra que comience con cada letra del alfabeto. Ejemplo: A- Alfombra, B- Barco

4. Read independently, a story of your choice, for 20-30 minutes. Write for 10-15 minutes to reflect on your thinking. Consider some of the following concepts: characters, setting, conflict, plot) Lea independientemente, una historia o libro de su elección, 20-30 minutos. Escriba durante 10-15 minutos para reflexionar sobre su pensamiento. Considere algunos de los siguientes conceptos: personajes/caracteres, escenario, conflicto, argumento).