Family Outreach

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.

Family Science Fun: Sink or Swim

Family Science: Sink or SwimLooking 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 Can’t Get Enough of these Jellyfish!

Jellyfish Live at Monterey Bay AquariumI 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

Time for Kids Magazine

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!

 

Swift Sam Swipes Snack!

Bad Pets by Allan ZulloThey 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!

 

Weather School is Live at 10am

Weather School with Ed PiotrowskiWho 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.

I Like to Move It, Move It!

Dreary weather giving you the blues? Want to get active, but prefer to stay dry? Try some of these great indoor activities to get you moving!

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: A YouTube channel with fun themes and great ways to get your body moving. 
  • GoNoodle: Guided dancing videos and workouts with fresh start fitness.
  • Glenn Higgins Fitness: Another YouTube option that bases his workouts on characters like Spider-Man and Black Panther.
  • Zumba Kids: Did you know Ms. Bayer teaches Zumba? Zumba Kids shows you how to do it, too!
  • 15 More Ideas for getting your kiddos moving while stuck inside!

Scholastic Book Clubs Shipping Home

Great news if you’re looking for new books for your child’s collection. Scholastic Book Club–the company who produces the monthly book order flyers you usually see in your child’s Tuesday folder–is now offering parents the opportunity to purchase through the club and have products shipped directly to their homes! This supports our classroom (we earn points for book club orders that I redeem for books in our classroom library) and it’s a cost-effective way for families to enjoy new books. All you need to do is click here and enter our class code: PB2FJ. Happy reading!

How many different kinds of animals are there?

If you’ve been following along this week with the Home Safaris at the Cincinnati Zoo, you may be wondering: “How many different kinds of animals are there?” Well, Mystery Science is here to the rescue with this lesson examining how scientists organize animals into groups based on their characteristics. Check it out!