Teachers are still learning more about how our roll out of distance learning is going to look, but have been hard at working preparing materials for students to work on in the meantime. The packets I called you about last week (week of March 30) are being prepared for mailing today, so you should see them in your mailboxes soon! These same resources are also going to be made available online. You can access them here: https://sites.google.com/bethel.k12.or.us/sr2020
I’ll be reaching out again once we know our next steps, so stay tuned. I miss all my kiddos and am itching to get things going for them!
Next week, Doug is inviting students into his home for a LIVE, 20-minute science show. He’ll answer real kids’ questions about the current situation we’re all dealing with, as well as share a few fun surprises.
See Mystery Doug Livestream
Tuesday, April 7 at 10 am Pacific
Can’t make it live? View the recording using the link above to see it after the event.
Did you know that Eugene Public Library offers a wide range of books and materials online? And, it’s free! Anyone with a library card at Eugene Public Library can access these resources at anytime, and now may be the perfect time to take an ebook or an audiobook for a test drive!
No library card? No problem! Eugene Public Library is allowing patrons to sign up for their library card remotely right now. All you need to do is call 541-682-5450, and they will help get you all set up.
Hi Room 5 families!
I’ll be reaching out over the next few days to connect with each family and finding out a little more about how things are going, share some information about what we know at this point going forward and gather some details from you regarding your access to instructional materials.
Some information I will be gathering from you includes finding out:
- Do you have access to supplies and materials at home like pencils, coloring pens/pencils, glue, paper?
- Do you have home WiFi internet access?
- Does your internet access include the ability to download/stream videos/songs/etc.?
- Do you need a hard copy of materials? (If yes, would you like the hard copy of materials Mailed or delivered?)
- Mailing or Delivery Address
- Do you have a library card?
If I don’t reach you when I call, I’ll follow up with an email. I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. I miss my 2nd graders dearly! I look forward to talking to everyone soon.
Looking for something fun to do as a family? Why not save Sad Stone from the deserted island in this FUN family science lesson! You can do this with items around your house (read: costs nothing!), explore the basic properties of water and buoyancy, and everyone can join in. Just click on the link in this post to get the instructions and optional printable form. One other thing–don’t forget to HAVE FUN!
I quite simply cannot get enough of these live streams of jellyfish from the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We may be home for Spring Break, but there is so much to see from home. Monterey Bay Aquarium lets you virtually visit the aquatic animals they house–all for free! See sharks, watch birds, follow the African penguins around, and check out the jellyfish (my personal favorite).
Time for Kids–a kid-friendly version of the standard magazine Time–is making their magazine available on a digital platform at no charge for the remainder of the school year to help keep kids engaged during the extended closures schools are experiencing right now. You can get access just by visiting the Time for Kids website and filling out a short registration form. The magazine covers all kinds of kid-focused topics from sports to animals to world records to technology and more!
Have kids in multiple grade levels? You can sign up for each grade and have your kids engage in conversations around the articles! The different grade levels cover the same main content in each issue, but are written at grade specific levels. Sounds like great dinner-time conversation material to me!
They look cute, but not all pets can be trusted. Take Jake, for example. Jake the Cat lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and loves to swipe neighbors’ clothing–gloves, socks, even underwear! In Florida, an alligator crept into one lady’s house in the middle of the night and crashed her party. And, then there’s Sam. Sam, a seagull in Scotland, swoops into his local convenience store to swipe cheesy Doritos on a regular basis. These stories–and many more–are retold in one of my favorite books, Bad Pets.
Recently, Dalen discovered these funny stories and agreed to read you Sam’s story. Once you’ve heard Sam’s story, check out the news story to see him in action. Many thanks to Dalen for his skillful reading and his mom, Dalen’s in-house videographer!
Read any good books lately? Comment below to tell us all about what we should be reading this break!
Who wants to go to Weather School with me!? Let’s go!
This Thursday at 10 A.M, Ed Piotrowski at WPDE in South Carolina will be live on Facebook with lessons on weather he does for over 100 schools around the eastern coast of South Carolina area each year. He talks about and shows photos and videos of tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, clouds, and other fascinating weather phenomena. Even adults will learn something!
I tuned in this morning and learned what students and faculty do in case of a tornado (something I’ve never had to do growing up and teaching in the Pacific Northwest my whole life!). See what else I learned here.