Enrichment Materials

Hi Families!

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!

Best,
Mrs. Cox

Mystery Doug Goes Live

Mystery Doug LivestreamNext 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
mysteryscience.com/live

Can’t make it live? View the recording using the link above to see it after the event.

FREE Self-Guided Tour and Activities

West Eugene Wetlands; Photo by Bob Petit
Self-guided Bike Tour of the West Eugene Wetlands:
In celebration of Spring time and in the spirit of health and modified community involvement, Laura Maloney, Program Coordinator for the Willamette Resources and Educational Network, mapped out a bicycle adventure through the West Eugene Wetlands and captured some signs of Spring for you and your families to enjoy. CLICK HERE to access the 12-mile, self-guided, interpretive bicycle tour. 
 
Sensory Scavenger Hunt:
Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the sites, sounds, and smells of nature in this Sensory Scavenger Hunt friendly for younger children and families. 
 
Dragonfly Learning Activities:
Dragonflies are engineering marvels! Learn about the dragonfly life-cycle, dragonfly flight, and design your own dragonfly in these learning activities suitable for upper Elementary and Middle School students. Bonus dragonfly mask craft! You can access the learning materials, craft templates and activity instructions HERE.

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!

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!

 

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.

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!