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Learn at Home resources support daily learning from home activities for kindergarten, primary, junior and intermediate students in the areas of literacy, math, art and physical activity.

The following resources are intended to support students learning from home and can be used to bridge the learning for students awaiting placement in Remote Learning.

Each morning at 9AM a live lesson walkthrough will be held online for the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate students with a HWDSB teacher. They will explain the lessons for the day, and answer general questions about the content. A “Join Live Lesson Walkthrough” button can be found within each of the tabs below (e.g. Primary, Junior and Intermediate).

Resources can be downloaded as PDFs and are updated weekly. Please check back regularly for new materials. Please contact your home school if you require printed copies.


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Story of the Day The Vowel Family By: Sally M. Walker

Belonging & Contributing

All About You! 

Collect natural materials (e.g., twigs, stones, acorns, pinecones etc.) or materials from around the home (e.g., kitchen utensils, cotton balls, toy cars) and build your name. Can you create someone else’s name? A friend? A family member? Someone important to you? 

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Mystery Bag

Place 10 common items into a bag (e.g., ball, hat, can, mitten, coin, spoon, pencil, book, etc.). Have the child reach into the bag and try to guess what it is by feeling it. After the child guesses the mystery object, have them take it out of the bag. Ask the child to think of words that rhyme with the object (ball – call, hall, mall, fall, tall, wall, etc.). It is okay if the words are nonsense words.

Number Battle


  • deck of cards – remove Jack, Queen and King
  • Ace is worth 1
  • can make a simple deck with scrap paper and the numbers 1-10

How to Play:

  • 2 players split a deck of cards and simultaneously flip over their top cards
  • the highest-value card wins the pair
  • if the cards have the same value, each player lays three cards face down, then a new card face up
  • the card with the highest value wins all the cards from the round, including the face-down cards
  • the player with the most cards at the end wins
Problem Solving & Innovating


Practice using your hand muscles by picking up small items in this game called Operation. With the help of a grownup look for kitchen tongs (or 2 large spoons or 2 books) and some small objects, which you arrange in your space or playing area. The grownup will hand the child the tongs and ask them to carefully pick up each item with the tongs. For a challenge, try using tweezers. 

Extension: Pick items up and carry them a distance to place in a box, bowl or another space.

Self-Regulation and Well-Being


Use a plastic ice cream or yogurt container with a lid. Make four holes in the container: one on each side of the container (just below where the lid sits) and one on each side of the lid. With the lid off, but positioned close to the top of the container, simply thread a long piece of wide ribbon or string through the holes.

Snap the lid in place and knot the ends of your ribbon. Add a couple of chopsticks, spoons or sticks and play. You can also use upside down boxes, pots, clean cans, etc.



Story of the Day How Do You Read to a Rabbit? By: Andrea Wayne Von Konigslow
Belonging & Contributing

All About You! 

Have a discussion with someone in your home. How many people are in your family? Can you show the number with your fingers? Can you draw the number in the air? Can you clap the number with your hands? Can you stomp the number with your feet? Draw a picture of you and your family. Label the people in your family. 

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Musical Letters

Find a few pieces of paper and something to print with.  Using scissors, cut (or tear) the paper into pieces.  On each of the pieces print one letter or have a grown up write the letters you tell them to. Use a mix of letters, but there is no need to use all twenty-six. In a room with a lot of space, scatter the letters.  Next, you will need music (play on the tv, radio, or sing).  Take turns with someone playing this game.  Play the music and move and groove. Pause the music and CALL out a letter. Find the letter that is called and stand on it. 

Extension: What is a word you can think of that starts with this letter?

Name Numbers

Write your name with the help of a grownup or write your name yourself. How many letters are in your name? Are there more than 10 letters? Less than ten letters? What about your second name or last name? Are there more than 10 letters? Less than ten letters? Does your first name have more letters than your second name? Extension: Can you count to 10? Can you write these numbers? Can you trace these numbers? Can you count to 20? Can you write these numbers?

Problem Solving & Innovating

I am an Innovator

An innovator is like an inventor. Talk to someone in your home about something you would want to invent to help you or someone else. Maybe you could invent a different way to get to school? Can you be an innovator? Before you start you will need a plan.  Start off by printing, “My innovation ideas” at the top of a piece of paper. Then, draw a picture of what you would invent. Can you label your picture? Share your work with someone in your home.  

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

The Five Senses

Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and feeling are the five senses. We use these five senses to learn about the world and what is happening around us. Take a walk around your home (inside and/or outside). 

  • What do you notice?
  • What can you hear?
  • What can you smell?
  • What can you touch?


Story of the Day Old MacDonald Had Her Farm By: JonArno Lawson
Belonging & Contributing

All About You! 

Looking at a photo of yourself (or look in a mirror) notice all the great things about you. Share with someone in your home what makes you special and unique. Can you draw a picture of yourself? Add your name to your picture. 

Extension: Label your picture (e.g., smile, hair, arms, feet etc.)

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Stick Letters 

While exploring outside, collect sticks. Can you find sticks that look like letters? Can you arrange the sticks to make letters? Can you make words with the sticks? In your home, you could use pencils, markers, straws, Lego pieces, game pieces from other games. 

Extension: Make a letter. Can you make the letter that comes before that letter in the alphabet and then the letter that comes after it?

Nature Numbers

During your time outside or from a window in your home, count how many of something you can see. For example: I see 3 birds; I see 4 tires; I see four doors, I see 2 trees. 

Extension: Draw a picture of what you saw on your walk. Write the number of items beside your picture. 

Problem Solving & Innovating

Ripped Paper Art 

With a grownup, look through the recycle bin for clean grocery store flyers and cardboard boxes (e.g., cereal, crackers, or other snacks). Collect several of each to create art. First, rip the paper up into various shapes. Then, create a picture using the pieces of paper. Ask: Tell me about your art. What colours did you use? Can you mix it up the pieces and create a different picture? Which one did you like better? Why? 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Calming Bin

Sensory tactile (touch) bins are great ways to provide an overall calming for some children. One tool that could be used for a sensory break during the day is a calming bin. Fill a shoebox, baking dish, empty plastic container or the kitchen sink with a variety of items to explore and move hands through. Some examples could be water and dish soap, mixing water and sand/dirt (what does that feel like?). Add items (e.g., spoons, cups, small toys) to scoop, pour, and fill. You might ask questions during play: Which container holds more water? Why do you think your mud cakes didn’t hold their shape? What did you find out when you added water to the sand?


Story of the Day Big or Little? By: Kathy Stinson
Belonging & Contributing

All About You!  Using paper and pencil/coloured pencils (or markers) create an all about you page by answering the following questions: What is your name? How old are you? How many people are you in your family? Do you have any pets? What is your favourite food?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Let’s Play Bang!  Customize your own word game.  Write down 10 words that the child knows and 5 words that they do not know (they can be family names, sight words, etc.). Here’s what you’ll need: an empty container, some blank pieces of paper cut into cards, and some markers. Write down the 15 words on little cards.  

You’ll also want to make up a few cards with the word “BANG!” on them. 

How to Play Bang! 
1. Players take turns reaching into the container and pulling out a card.If they can read the word aloud correctly, they get to keep the card. If the player is incorrect, the card goes back into the container. 
2. Continue taking turns, reading and collecting correctly answered cards. 
3. If you pull out a BANG! card, you must put your whole pile of cards back into the container!  
4. At the end of a specified length of time, whoever has the most cards is the winner! 

Eye Spy Shape Detective

With someone in your home, go for a walk (inside or outside).  Take turns searching for an object that you can see and have the other person guess what you are looking at. You might say “I spy with my little eye something that is” a circle/square/rectangle/triangle. Count how many different shapes you found. Extension: Draw a picture using only triangles, circles, and rectangles. How many triangles/circles/rectangles did you use in your drawing? 

Problem Solving & Innovating


Think of different objects in your home that could be sorted into categories. For example: toys, laundry, cutlery, groceries. Make a pile and ask how could they be sorted? For example, how would you sort your clothes? (e.g., pants, socks, shirts). How would you sort your toys? (e.g., plastic, wood, characters, vehicles). Can you sort in another way? Ask: Why is it helpful to sort objects in different ways? 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Quiet Corner

A quiet space is a great way to limit auditory (noise), visual (what we see), and other sensory inputs (touch, smell) so that a child can regroup and calm their body. Can you build a quiet space in your home? This space could be a corner with some pillows, a canopy made from a sheet, or a desk/table with blankets. Add a favourite stuffy, toy, or something that helps the child feel calm or comforts them when they are upset. In moments when the child is feeling upset, sad, frustrated, or just wants alone time, they can go to this space and use it to help them feel better.


Story of the Day Bears We Know By: Brenda Silsbe
Belonging & Contributing

All About You – Make a list!

Discuss with someone in your home some of your favourite things. You might take turns sharing your favourite things. Examples could be favourite food, sport, book, colour, animal etc. Can you make a list of your favourite things? Can you draw one of your favourite things? 

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Words in My Home

Let’s go on a word search! Look for 5-10 objects in the home that have writing (words) on it. For example: a ketchup bottle, soup can, flyer, book, or a newspaper. Using a pencil and paper, write down the letters and/or words you see on each object or point to the letters you know. 

Exploring Circles! 

Go for a hunt around your home and find items to practice tracing circles on paper.  Some items could be masking tape, cups of different sizes, paper towel tubes, container lids. Practice drawing circles. Discuss how the circles are the same and different. How many circles did you draw? 

Extension: Look for other items around your home to practice drawing shapes (e.g., square, rectangle). Can you name the shapes? Label the shapes? Write down the number of shapes (e.g., I can draw 4 squares)? Can you build with all the items you collected? Tell someone about what you created!

Problem Solving & Innovating

Helping A Friend

Your friend has lost their favourite toy. How will you help them to find it? How will you help them to feel better? 

Extension: An adult in your family asks for your help to bake a cake. What do you know about baking? How could you help them?  Draw a picture to show your thinking. 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

The Guessing Game

Look for 5-10 different objects around your home (inside or outside). One at a time put them into a bag, basket, box, or backpack. Guess what is in the bag by asking questions; Is the object hard or soft? big or small? What shape is it? Can you eat it? Can you smell it? Are you able to figure out what it is? 

Extension: Change roles! Have the child look for the objects and place them in the bag, basket, box, or backpack. Now switch roles and ask the questions and guess.


Theme: I am special, I am unique, I am ME!


Story of the Week When We are Kind- When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. https://bit.ly/whenwearekind 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Sight Word Showdown: 
To play this sight word game, use index cards or pieces of paper and markers. Pick 10 high frequency words (e.g., words that frequently appear in your child’s books). Word examples: like, in, to, know, am, you, your, the, there, their, could, would, should, colour words, family names, seasons, months, days of the week. 

 Write each one on a separate index card or pieces of paper. Then, using a different colored marker, write the same 10 words on separate index cards. Give the child one set of cards and ask them to spread the cards out in front of them. Before playing, point to each word and read them out loud. Then, the grownup can mix up their deck of cards and randomly pick one and read it out loud (without revealing the word). The child will then scan the list of words in front of them and find the match and hold it close to their chest. When your child is ready, call out together “1-2-3 SHOWDOWN!” and put your words down at the same time and see if it is a match! Continue playing until all the cards have been matched

Let’s Explore Math


Think about the following pattern: 2, 4, 6… What number would come next? 

What about 1, 3, 5…What would the next 3 numbers be? 

Continue the following patterns:

  1. a) 5, 7, 9, __, ___, ___  b) 4, 7, 10, ___, ___, ___    c) 32, 42, 52, ___, ____, ___

Extension: Create a number pattern for someone in your home. Only reveal the first three numbers of the pattern and have them continue the number pattern. Check to see if they were correct! 

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Hamilton has a lot of wonderful public art throughout the city! Where have you seen art in your neighbourhood? What types of art have you seen? Murals? Sculptures? Why might it be important for a city or town to have public art visible to many people?

Extension: Imagine you have been asked by the City of Hamilton to design a mural or sculpture to display near your school. Make a plan for your design. Sketch out your ideas on a piece of paper. 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Guided Activity – Building Confidence

Click on this link  and use password HWDSB to go through a guided activity for mindfulness. How many of the moves can you do?


Story of the Week When We are Kind- When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. https://bit.ly/whenwearekind 

Let’s Talk About It!
Using the picture provided, share a story about what is happening in this picture with someone in your home. Use the following questions to add supporting details to your story:

  • What/Who do you see?
  • What happened before this picture was taken?
  • What do you think will happen next?

Writers Workshop: On a piece of paper, 
write out the story that you just shared! 

  • Writing Checklist: When I am writing, I am working on…
    • finger spaces between my words
    • uppercase letters at the beginning of my sentence
    • punctuation at the end of my sentence (e..g, !, ., ?)
    • sounding out words I don’t know how to spell
    • high frequency words in my sentences
    • adding detail to my sentences
Let’s Explore Math

Practice Coding!

Build a sequence of directions to pick up an object (e.g., toy, book, shoe) placed somewhere in your home. For example: move forward 6 steps, turn right, move right 3 steps, pick up object. Use arrows to represent your code. How many arrows did you need to reach the object? Variation – write a code using arrows and directional words (e.g., up, down, left, right, loop, repeat) and ask a grownup to follow it. Where do they end up?  Would you change anything? Play again.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement Visual Arts: 
Make a face using materials you find around your home. Take a photo to share it with someone who needs a smile. After taking the picture, return all the materials to wherever they belong. Some art is not permanent. It changes with the weather (e.g., ice or sand sculptures) or is designed to change when other people interact with it.
Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

1:00 – 1:30

Hamilton Conservation Authority – Click here to join the meeting

Topic:  Who Goes there; Tracking!  

Description:  What will you see outside? Learn, listen and ask questions.  


Story of the Week When We are Kind- When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. https://bit.ly/whenwearekind 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Word Game Wednesday: Let’s Play Bang!:  
Customize your own word game. Write down 10 words that the child knows and 5 words that they do not know (they can be family names, high frequency words, etc.)

How to set up Bang!: 

  • Here’s what you’ll need: an empty container, some blank pieces of paper cut into cards, and some markers. 
  • Write down the 15 words on little cards 
  • You’ll also want to make up a few cards with the word “BANG!” on them.

How to Play Bang!:

  • Players take turns reaching into the container and pulling out a flashcard.  If they can read the word aloud correctly, they get to keep the card.  If the player is incorrect, the card goes back into the container.
  • Continue taking turns, reading and collecting correctly answered cards
  •  If you pull out a BANG! card, you must put your whole pile of cards back into the container!  
  • At the end of a specified length of time, whoever has the most cards is the winner!
Let’s Explore Math

Counting and Data

If one person throws away 3 items of garbage each day, how many pieces in total would they throw away after 2 days? After 5 days? After 10 days? Show your work.


  1. A) What if each member of your family threw out 3 items of garbage each day. How many pieceswould be thrown out after 10 days?
  2. B) What if every student in your class threw 1 piece of garbage on the playground at recess? Howmany pieces would be on the ground? What about after 5 days of school? 
  3. C) How could you use this information to convince others not to throw garbage on the ground?Does data help you prove a point? How?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement: Pretend Puppets

Find a safe and open play area with a grownup. Stand a safe distance apart from each other.  The grownup will act as the “puppeteer” and you will act as the “puppet”.  The puppeteer will demonstrate and/or calls out a series of actions for the puppet to follow, such as:

“I’m loosening strings!” (Puppets go loose and floppy)

“I’m tightening strings!” (Puppets stretch right up with toes, arms, legs, and whole body)

“I’m collapsing to the floor!” (Puppets “melt” to the floor in a heap)

Create some other actions for the puppet to follow. 

Extension: The child could be the puppeteer and lead the game.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Adventureworks with Grade 1-3’s
Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 11:30:00 a.m. EST
An opportunity to connect in a fun and engaging way through adventure-based learning!
Click here to join the meeting


Story of the Week When We are Kind- When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. https://bit.ly/whenwearekind 
Let’s Explore Literacy

10 Simple Ways to Show Kindness: 

In the story, When We Are Kind, we were shown many examples of kindness. Share with someone in your home some of the simple acts of kindness that were shared within the story. Have a discussion about the importance of being kind to others. 

On a piece of paper, create a numbered list of ’10 Ways I Can Show Kindness’. Think about the simple things you can do to make someone else feel happy and appreciated. The small and simple acts of kindness make a big difference. You can use examples from the story (e.g., recycling, making a painting for a friend, saying hello using someone’s name, etc.) or come up with your own ideas! Share the list with someone in your home and challenge yourself to complete all 10! 

Let’s Explore Math

Seasons of the Year Data:

As we recently changed seasons from summer to fall, think about what your favourite season is. 

 Interview the people in your home and friends you can connect with and ask them “What is your favourite season of the year?” and record their responses. 

Create a tally chart to represent the responses and record the number of times the response was given. 

Extension: Graph the results

Summer III
Winter III
Spring  II
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Visual Arts: Shadows
You will need find a comfortable spot to draw either inside your home or outside if it is sunny. Collect a variety of objects (e.g., toys, Lego, dinosaurs etc.) that you want to trace the shadows of.  To trace the objects, use paper and a pencil, or you can use sidewalk chalk. What do you notice about the traced objects compared to the actual object?  

Extension: Go for walk and notice all the shadows from trees, cars, people and more!

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Climate change according to a kid!  

Watch this link about climate change.  Fold a paper into 4 squares and draw a picture that shows 4 things that cause climate change.  On the other side of the paper draw 4 things that will help with climate change


Story of the Week When We are Kind- When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. https://bit.ly/whenwearekind 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Writing: Write a Friendly Letter

Today we are going to work on a random act of kindness. Surprise someone by sending/giving them a letter written by you! Think about someone who might like to hear from you and write a letter to them. Using a piece of paper and a pencil/pen, begin to write your letter. Use the following suggestions for what to include in your letter: 

  • Address the letter (e.g., Dear….)
  • An introduction statement (e.g., asking someone how they are)
  • Reason for writing (e.g., I wanted to write you a letter to say…)
  • How much this person means to you
  • Share a happy memory
  • End on a positive note (e.g., I hope to see you soon)
Let’s Explore Math

Share your Math Thinking:

Imagine your school yard is covered in 100 pieces of garbage. If 5 of you decided to clean up the playground, how many pieces might each person pick up? Show your thinking using a picture, chart or words.

Extension: If each person picked up the exact same amount, how many pieces would each person pick up? What if there were 1000 pieces of garbage? How many pieces would each person have to pick up?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement: Mirror, Mirror

Play this action game with someone in your home.​​

How to Play: Choose one person to be a leader and then face each other.  The leader will do an action (e.g., put one hand on your head and one hand on your belly, jumping jacks, touch your toes, etc.) and the other person will try to do the same action. Try different actions. Looking for a challenge? Try and hold different body positions while standing on one leg or sitting on the floor. Change roles and play again!

Experiential Learning Opportunity

What is Climate Change?  

Check out Climate kids. Look at the first section the “Big Question” at this link.

On a piece of paper, fold it in half. On the top half of the paper write down what you think climate change is. You can use words or pictures.  

On the other half of the paper in words or in pictures think about one thing you can do at home to help with climate change?  



Theme: Action and Adventure


Story of the Week

The Moon Ring https://bit.ly/3zuwjNb

In the light of a blue moon, the second full moon in a month, Maxine discovers something amazing in the grass: a magical moon ring! Ahead lies a night of adventure beyond anything Maxine could have imagined, as she is whisked around the globe, from the ice floes of Antarctica to the sunbaked African savannah to the neon lights of New York City. Is it all just a dream? Only Maxine and her grandmother know for sure. Playful illustrations make this exciting adventure story one that children will ask for over and over again!

Let’s Explore Literacy

Stranded! You find yourself alone on a deserted tropical island. The weather is warm enough that you don’t have to worry about the cold, and there is a source of potable (drinkable) fresh water that you can drink. 

Create a list of 5 essential items that you would want to have with you – and explain how they would help you as you wait for a rescue. 

Consider this: Would you chose a different five items if you knew you’d be rescued in 3 days? A month? A year? 

Let’s Explore Math

You have been hired to measure a newly discovered island in order to determine how many buildings can fit on it.  If each of the squares in the picture is 5 metres x 5 metres, can you figure out approximately how many m2 the entire island is?

Consider this: Why might you get a different answer than a classmate? How many homes do you estimate could fit on the island? What would be some of the challenges to building on a remote island?

Deserted Island

Let’s Explore Art & Movement Many of the books we read and games we play contain maps – realistic and fantastical. Using your imagination, and finding inspiration in real places, imagined places, and even your own home, create a map that could be used to give directions, inspire a fantastic story, or lead someone on a true adventure.

Experiential Learning Opportunity


Nature of Mindfulness

Click on this link and use the password HWDSB to launch a guided mindfulness session connected to the theme “Achieve”.


Story of the Week The Moon Ring https://bit.ly/3zuwjNb
Let’s Explore Literacy

Imagine that you had to explain the meaning of the words “left” and “right” to a space alien who had never heard those words before. And also imagine that you had to do so in a purely verbal manner, that is, without drawing pictures or pointing at things or otherwise making gestures.

How would you do it? Write out a conversational script.

Let’s Explore Math

Every year in Spain, teams compete to build the tallest human tower (“castell”) by grouping together, standing on shoulders, and adding layer after layer of fully upright team members. Some castells have been made of up to 14 layers of people!

If you stack a green-shirt person, then blue, then green, then blue, then green, does the tower have more green shirts or blue shirts?  

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Take a tour of the Miniature Life Exhibition which takes place in Japan.  Look at the various pieces of artwork.  Do you see how the artist has used household objects to create scenes in miniature? Using things you can find easily around your home, try to create a scene in miniature – and don’t worry about having tiny people on hand. You can always draw them (and cut them out) yourself!  

Click on the link below to visit the Exhibition


Experiential Learning Opportunity

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants – Previously recorded Sessions

Paul Rose: Leading Expeditions I the Polar Regions – Paul Rose Leading Expeditions in the Polar Regions – YouTube

French:  En excursion sur la majestueuse Athabasca – En excursion sur la majestueuse Athabasca – YouTube


Story of the Week The Moon Ring https://bit.ly/3zuwjNb
Let’s Explore Literacy

Have you ever seen a roadside attraction? Heard about one of the giant apple, or moose, or nickel built in Ontario? There are giant structures all across Ontario that are meant to represent in some small way (or some BIG way) the town they are in. Any they ARE big – for example weighing in at almost 12,000 kilograms, the Big Nickel in Sudbury is 64 million times larger than the humble Canadian coin that inspired it. 

Think about where you live – your neighbourhood, your street, your home, or your school community. What might be a cool symbol to represent it? Decide on what you might make extra large – and then explain your choices. Where would it go? What would it be made of? Why? Feel free to create a picture of your symbol as well.

Let’s Explore Math

1. The four conductors are Roderick, the conductor working on June 10, the person departing from Leland and the person departing from Indio.

2. The person working on June 13 will depart from Hardwick.

3. The conductor working on June 12 is either the conductor departing from Indio or Roderick.

4. Vernon is either the person working on June 11 or the conductor working on June 13.

5. Francis will leave sometime before the conductor departing from Leland.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement Check out the Boston Children’s Museum for a no-waiting, no-crowds way to explore cool art from the comfort of your own home! As you explore, consider where you’d like to spend the most time while exploring a museum – are you a huge fan of paintings or sculpture? Do you love installations or modern art? Do you love to learn about the past – mummies and ancient masks?


Story of the Week The Moon Ring https://bit.ly/3zuwjNb
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The pyramids in Egypt are some of the most incredible structures ever built. They were built using stone – cut and placed with jaw-dropping precision, and their purpose has long been debated. Were they the final resting places for famous Pharaohs? Were they places of worship? Or were they used for something else entirely?

Explore the article linked above and do a little digging – and then decide if you need to do some research on your own in order to better understand their purpose. 

Write what you believe they were built for – and make sure to explain why you think the way you do. What information helped you decide? What website or reading taught you something important? 

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Have you heard of Farmlandia? It’s a made-up game where you manage a farm and make decisions about what to buy in order to make the farm as prosperous as possible. 

Click on the link to see a menu of items available for purchase in the game and determine how you would spend $1000 to improve your farm –the real task here is justifying why you chose what you did. Compare to someone else’s choices and see if you can convince them to change their mind. Why are your choices the best?


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What’s your favourite outdoor game? Are you a soccer fan? Are you the school Tag champion? Are you a natural at Hide & Seek? We know how tough it can be to not get a chance to play with our friends, so here’s your chance to create something on your own.

Create a new game for one player, two players, or a team – one that can be played from home, virtually, or one that can be played when we are with our friends in the same space. Name and design the rules (is there a score? How do you know who wins? What materials will be required?) and be ready to discuss the rules with a partner.


Story of the Week The Moon Ring https://bit.ly/3zuwjNb
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Read this article from Teaching Kids News, Ingenuity Helicopter Completes First Flights on Mars.  https://bit.ly/2UWR3Os 


1) What does the word “ingenuity” mean? Is it appropriate for the name of the helicopter? Why or why not? 

2) What do you know about Mars? 

3) Where is Mars in our solar system, compared to the other planets? 

4) Can you draw Mars? What colours would you need–and why? 

5) A piece of fabric from the Wright brothers’ plane was attached to Ingenuity. Why do you think they did that? It is very important that Ingenuity be as light as possible–do you think they should have included the fabric or not? Explain. 

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In a class of 40 students, 8 are in the drama club and 12 are in the art club. If a student is selected at random for a dream vacation to their favourite city, what is the probability that the selected student is:
a) in the drama club?

b) in the art club?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement We all dream of vacations from time to time. Imagine that you are the student selected from the drama or art club for their dream vacation. Using a safe Google Image search, create a photo-essay of your dream vacation and note all of the activities you’d do in a certain city.

Theme: Life is a Mystery 


Story of the Week

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad

Nancy Drew decides to build a model of a volcano for her science project. Best friends George (Georgia) Fayne and a gungho Bess Marvin arrive to help. But, the next day, their teacher Mrs. Ramirez opens the door to find all the volcanoes missing. Why are they missing? Is it an actual crime or a prank? And who did it? Nancy Drew, with the help of Bess and George, is on the case!
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Inferencing is the process that the reader must go through to understand the meaning of what is written and what the writer meant. For example, if a text says, “It was fall, and winter was coming soon”, this implies that the leaves were changing colours and falling off the trees. The weather was becoming cooler and school has started again.

Read the following short passage and explain what you infer beyond what’s written.

Passage: When people inhale polluted air, harmful materials called pollutants enter their bodies. Regularly breathing certain pollutants increase a person’s chances of developing certain diseases, such as lung cancer and emphysema. Polluted air can also make diseases such as allergies, asthma, colds and pneumonia more severe. What did you infer?
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A flock of geese are on a lake.

1/5 of the geese fly away.

1/8 of the remaining birds are startled and fly away too.

Finally, three times the number that first left now fly away.

Twenty-eight geese are left on the lake.

How many were there to begin with?
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Collaging Challenge

Collaging allows for bringing different symbols, pictures, and images together in way that illustrates new relationships and connections.

The video below is from McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU). It shows how to make a collage using at home materials. https://youtu.be/16cktHBtUNM

A collage is a piece of artwork made by sticking different materials together such as photographs or pieces of paper together, onto a backing (like an 8 ½ by 11 paper or construction paper). You can use tape, glue, pom-poms, stickers, old magazines, stickers, any home materials you have at home.

Your challenge is to make a collage that represents you and what you envision for your bright future ahead. You can include images or words that represent you, things you like to do, things you enjoy or see yourself doing in the future. Get Creative and make it represent you!

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Nature of Mindfulness

Need to connect with yourself and have a few moments of mindfulness?  Try this guided session.  Use the password HWDSB.



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In the last activity, you had some practice with inferring. Making strong inferences is key to solving mysteries – even the basic everyday ones! Try again with this image below:

Image: Editorial Cartoon from the Winnipeg Free Press

Title: Environmental Footprint

The Image is of a large footprint the is labeled Tim Hortons. Outside of the footprint two people are standing with a sign that says, “Coffee chain tops plastic polluters”. The one person is asking the other person if they want an extra large double-double.”

What can you infer from this photograph?
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An assortment of 1st floor people and 2nd floor people are living in a retirement complex.

2/5 of the first floor are related to ¾ of the second floor.

How many first floor people might there be?

How many second floor people?

How many different answers can you find?

Sketch out your thinking.
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Why does exercising make you feel good?

Let’s explore the different happiness chemicals we experience when we exercise and play “Name that Happiness Chemical!”

Watch this video to learn about dopamine, serotonin and endorphins that are released when you exercise.


How does exercise make you feel? What body parts are involved in Exercise? Lungs, heart, muscles, feet, legs, and our brain. Learning more about how our brain has neurotransmitters and releases specific happiness chemicals when we exercise.
Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event


AdventureworksClick here to join the meeting

Activities and engaging experiences to connect and develop skills


Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
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Day in the Life: Photo Essay

As the name indicates, for this project you will photograph someone for a whole day (but feel free to do it for an even longer extended period if you want).

You’ll follow a friend or family member around for the day with their consent, photographing whatever they do. You may choose to document a day in the life of a pet or an object (like a plant or the view from a window) as well. Of course, you can set some things up, but for the most part, try and capture their day and their activities as they unfold naturally.

Choose 5-7 images that accurately portrays your subject’s day and write a caption explaining that part of the day for each image. Be sure to include: -A portrait of your subject

-A photo that establishes setting

-Candid images that documents their actions
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Grannie Stitchwork made 20 teddy bears each month to sell in the local toyshop.

She received a monthly delivery of 6 square metres of fur material, 5 kg of stuffing, 4metres of coloured ribbon for bow ties and 40 special eye buttons.

She made 20 identical teddies. The teddies sold well but customers were asking for teddies twice the size, so Grannie was asked to make 20 large teddies for the following month.

Always obliging, Grannie Stitchwork immediately doubled the order of materials for the next month. How many large teddy bears will she be able to make after doubling her material order?
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The Grid Method

Select a photo or an image (from a magazine, book, online image). Start by drawing a grid over your reference photo, and then drawing a grid of equal ration your work surface (paper, canvas, wood etc). Then you draw the image on your canvas, focusing on one square at a time, until the entire image has been transferred. Continue on in this manner, until all the squares are done and the image is completely transferred. By focusing on one square at a time, you end up drawing what you actually see, and not what you think you see or even what you think you ought to see. Check out this website for more information on this technique. https://www.art-is-fun.com/grid-method https://bit.ly/3mJ7v0a


Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
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Use your imagination to write about the idea of finding a secret space somewhere near you. The space could be a secret doorway in your home you have found behind a piece of furniture, a portal that opens to another dimension or multiverse, or your own idea.

Write for 20 minutes about what adventure you might go on or what characters or people you may encounter.
Let’s Explore Math

There are some quarters on a table.

One fourth of the quarters are heads up.

If two quarters are turned over then one third of the quarters are heads up.

How many quarters are on the table?

How do you know? Use drawings to help you.
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Some people say space is the world’s greatest mystery. Being outdoors is a great way to stay healthy and on a clear night, try stargazing. Look out your window or lay on a blanket with family and friends. Do some research and discover the folklore and mythology behind the constellations. You can also check out the virtual tour of McMaster’s Planetarium –> HERE

https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/tour/locationburkesciencebuilding/locationplanetarium.html https://bit.ly/3BoCG53


Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
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Etymology refers to the study of the origins of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.

Look up the origin of your name

What is its etymology?

If you could rename yourself, rebranding if you will, what would you choose? Explain your choice.

Let’s Explore Math

A complete cycle of a traffic light takes 60 seconds.

During each cycle the light is yellow for 5 seconds and red for 30 seconds.

At a randomly chosen time, what is the probability that the light will be green?

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Investigation Fitness (by Boks Canada, adapted)

Before beginning the activity make sure you have a safe space to complete the activity, free of tripping hazards or items to bump into.  Listen to your body and do not do anything that cause discomfort or strain.

Being an investigator requires stamina, flexibility, and focus. Do the following exercises to prep for tracking leads and solving mysteries!

Do each activity for 60 seconds:

  • Jog in place as if you were chasing down someone with important information.
  • Reach up as if you are finding evidence.
  • Do toe touches as if you are hammering in tent stakes.
  • Wall sit (or squat) as if you are sitting on a wall incognito.
  • Move your arms as if you are swimming from a big fish.
  • Shake your body as if you are a wet dog.
  • Torso twist as if you are paddling the kayak side to side.
Updated on Monday, January 24, 2022.
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