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!

Vooks Offers Free Read Alouds!

Feeling couped up? Try Vooks! Vooks is a great resource to use in the home with your children. Vooks is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks, trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world every week. It is an entire library of storybooks, brought to life, to help encourage the love of reading.  You can sign up for Vooks and use the take-home resources to help keep your children reading during these extraordinary times.

Sign Up Link:

Take-Home Lesson Plans
Week 1
Week 2

Get Busy Bodies Moving and Learning!

As we keep seeing more and more school closures due to the Coronavirus, educational resource creators have been working to arrange for free, at home resources for families. They see how stressful this is on parents and want to help. Therefore, our friends over at Fluency & Fitness® are offering parents a way to sign up for FREE, unlimited access to their program for 3 weeks (after the time you register). Fluency & Fitness® lets students keep their skills fresh and get out that extra energy from being stuck inside, all while having some fun. To get access to this free resource, simply visit to fill out a form to get more details.

Join Make for Art Class Weekdays at 11am

Due to school closures, Make–an arts gallery, supply store and maker space in Puducah, Kentucky– will be offering free art lessons on their Facebook page each weekday for the next two weeks. These will be family oriented for a range of ages and utilize supplies typically found in your home.

Creativity can ease stress, expedite learning and allow us to see circumstances in different ways. Since we will all be home gathered together over the next few weeks unexpectedly, it is the perfect time to discover and grow new talent! Make’s creator will pull from her classical training as a BFA studio art major and 25 years as a professional artist to offer lessons. She loves to introduce process learning. In other words–she likes to show you how to do it AND get messy!

Join Make at 11am PST this Monday for the first lesson
Hint: For Monday, gather plain paper, a baking sheet, cooking spray/oil and pencils…we will be drawing faces!

Cincinnati Zoo Launches Daily Virtual Zoo Visits

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden knows now thousands (millions?) of kids are home from school, and while they are closed to the public right now too, they want to help make kids’ hiatus from school fun and educational. That’s why the zoo has announced that they’re hosting daily “Home Safaris” beginning today, March 16th, at 12pm our time every day. These Home Safaris will be broadcast live on Facebook and will feature a different animal and a related at-home activity. Be sure to follow the zoo’s Facebook page to be notified when the Home Safaris begin.

Miss the live videos? Find an archive of them here!