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Febrauary 14-18

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Monday

Story of the Day Best Friend Trouble  By: Frances Itani

Belonging & Contributing

Would You Rather?   A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! 

Would you rather be live in an igloo or live in a giant snow globe?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Sing & Rhyme! Sing the Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs (hold up 5 fingers on right hand)

Sat on a speckled log 

Eating some most delicious bugs.

Yum! Yum! (rub belly)

One jumped into the pool (hold up 1 finger)

Where it was nice and cool (pretend to swim)

Then there were 4 green, speckled frogs (hold up 4 waving fingers)

GlubGlub.

Can you think of a rhyming word (or 2 or 3) for the following? 

frog, bug, pool, yum, green

Tic Tac Toe 

Use stones, twigs or items around the home (e.g., coins, dry beans). Play a game of tic tac toe.  Stop between or after the game and ask, “How many stones are there?”, “How many do we have in total?”, “How do you know?”. Play multiple times. How many times did you win? How many times did your play partner win?  

Problem Solving & Innovating

Let’s Play! 

Using a basket, box, or a bag collect a variety of items in your home that are of interest to you. With a grownup check in cupboards, drawers, and closets.  

Some examples could include; sheets, towels, face cloths, blankets, napkins. These items could be used for building forts or dressing up.  Bowls, baking tins, eating utensils, mixing and serving utensils, funnels, sieve, canning jar rings, elastics, and aluminum foil. These items could be used for kitchen or cooking play. Add water for mixing and pouring. Add rags for cleaning play.  Provide lots of uninterrupted time for the child to engage with the items. You might ask “do you have any ideas about how we might begin?”, “tell me about your…”, “I wonder what would happen if you tried …”, “how could you make that? (taller, wider, longer)”, “how does that water sound when you pour it?”, “what did you find out when you put ____ in the water?”. 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Guess Who? This game involves guessing what the other person is pretending to be. Ask the child to choose an animal (but not say what they chose).  Ask the child to think about the way the animal moves. Encourage the child to move like the animal they have chosen. Try and guess what the animal is. Take turns to move like different animals. Ask each other questions to help you guess. Try playing the game using different people you know, fruits and vegetables, places, rooms in the home. 

Tuesday

Story of the Day

Bad for them, Good for me  By: Aaron Zevy

Belonging & Contributing

Would You Rather? 

A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! 

Would you rather wear a winter hat every day or wear snow boots every day?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Musical Movement with Words 

Find some plain paper and cut them into cards. Write the letters of the word 

S U N S H I N E on them.  Place them around a room with the furniture pushed aside, so there is room to move and groove when the music plays. Play music of your choice and groove. The grownup will pause the music and CALL out the sound the letter makes. Your child will find the letter that matches the sound and will stand on that letter. Repeat until you have discovered all the sounds! 

Extension: Play again using the word OUTSIDE, UMBRELLA, ADVENTURE, etc.  

Estimation Takes Practice!  

During snack or lunch time try and make an estimate with a handful of food (e.g., raisins, beans, cereal, rice). What was your guess? Write that number down or tell a grownup. Now try to count to find out how close you were! How close was your estimate? Which number was bigger? How do you know? Extension: Try estimating with something bigger! For example: a bowl full of Lego or eggs or twist ties. 

Problem Solving & Innovating

Using a basket, box, or a bag collect a variety of items in your home that are of interest to you. With a grownup check in cupboards, drawers, and closets. Some examples could include:

  • Sheets, towels, face cloths, blankets, napkins. These items could be used for building forts or dressing up. 
  • Bowls, baking tins, eating utensils, mixing and serving utensils, funnels, sieve, canning jar rings, elastics, and aluminum foil. These items could be used for kitchen or cooking play. Add water for mixing and pouring. Add rags for cleaning play.  

Provide lots of uninterrupted time for the child to engage with the items. You might ask “do you have any ideas about how we might begin?”, “tell me about your…”, “I wonder what would happen if you tried …”, “how could you make that? (taller, wider, longer)”, “how does that water sound when you pour it?”, “what did you find out when you put ____ in the water?”.

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Take a walk or look out your window. Do a survey on paper of how many different types of trees, birds and animals you see.  Did you see more birds than animals? How many trees did you see? Was it more than 10 or less than 10? Draw a picture of something from your walk and label.

Wednesday

Story of the Day The Dot  By: Peter H. Reynolds
Belonging & Contributing

Would You Rather? 

A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! 

Would you rather build one giant snowman or make 25 snow angels?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Word Recognition 

What You Need: paper cut into rectangle cards/index cards, pencil, pen or marker, old magazines (optional), scissors (optional), glue (optional).

How to Play: 

  1. On one set of cards, write some simple words that are easy to represent visually. 
  2. On another set, draw or cut out magazine pictures that illustrate the words you havechosen. 
  3. Lay all the cards on the table, face up, and have the child match each word to thecorresponding picture. 
  4. You could also try some name recognition by using photographs of your child, siblings,friends, relatives, and so on. Write each person’s name on an index card and have yourchild match the photos to the appropriate name cards.

Let’s Measure! Find an item you can use to measure different objects around your home (e.g., a spoon, ruler, straw, stick).  Can you find things that are smaller and bigger than your measuring tool?  Make a list or draw pictures of the objects you measured. Circle the smaller objects.  Extension: Count how many smaller things you found. Record the number. Then, count how many bigger things you found and record the number. Which number is bigger?

Problem Solving & Innovating

Picnic Time

Set up a picnic for your stuffed animals, toys and/or family members inside your home or in a nice space outside with a grownup.  You might need a blanket or towel to sit on. Think about all the items you would need for your picnic. Maybe have your lunch or snack for your picnic.  

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Play red light, green light! 

With a grown up, find a safe open space (e.g., a park, a sidewalk, a driveway). Stand on one side of the space. Listen to the instructions.  The grown up will call out either green light or red light.  For green light you will move your body towards the grown up. For red light, you will stand still. Continue until you catch up to the grown up.  Take turns being the caller. Change your movement – hop, skip, crawl on a green light.  

Thursday

Story of the Day When Pigasso met Mootisse  By: Nina Laden
Belonging & Contributing

Would You Rather? A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! 

Would you rather catch snowflakes on your tongue or eat an icicle popsicle?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down for Beginning Sounds 
This is a partner game that can be played with someone in your home. The grownup will read the list of words and the student will have to determine if the initial sound is the same. If it is, then it’s a thumbs up. If the initial sounds are not the same, then thumbs down. 

Word Pairings: 

Map/Nap (down)               Book/Read (down) 

Apple/Alligator (up)           Climb/Clap (up) 

Light/Sound (down)           Brown/Down (down) 

Turtle/Talk (up)                   Stick/Stamp (up)

Bed/Bike (up)                      Play/Plane (up) 

Representing Numbers! 

Collect any small items that can be used for counting, such as pom poms, beads, legoblocks, pebbles, crayons, buttons, bottle caps etc.  Ask the child to show you 5 by drawing a picture. You might ask, how do you know that you drew 5? (e.g., I counted the things I drew—I thought of five cars, and I made one picture for each car). Can you write the number 5 to show how many objects? Can you find five items around the house. Can you draw a picture of the five items? 8. If you wish, repeat this activity for the numbers 1 to 4.

Problem Solving & Innovating

Build a Fort  

Using different items around the home (e.g., pillows, table, couch, sheets) build a fort. Some prompting questions for the grownup to ask during and after the build. 

How big can you make your fort? 

How many rooms does your fort have? 

How many entrances? 

What is the name of your fort? 

Who is allowed in your fort? 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being Balance Beam Create a line on the floor with tape, chalk or string (or anything else you have). Inside or outside with a grownup. Pretend you are an animal that is looking for food on a tree. While balancing on your line bend and pretend to pick up food. Can you make it easier or harder by changing the direction or shape of your line? If you live near a forest and see fallen down tree, you could walk on it from one end to the other (safely and with a grown up!).

Friday

Story of the Day He Came With the Couch  By: David Slonim
Belonging & Contributing

Would You Rather? A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! 

Would you rather have it snow every day or never snow at all?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Clues, Clues, Clues!  

Gather 10 items from around your home and hide them under something like a towel (e.g., a spoon or a toy). For each item, clap the syllables, say something that rhymes, tell what sound it starts with and what sound it ends with and stretch out all the sounds. See if you can give clues about each object to someone in your home.  Are they able to guess your hidden objects? 

Math Walk and Talk 

Go for a walk around the neighbourhood with a grownup and look for math all around you! Pay attention to things in nature, architecture and what’s in the sky and on the ground!  

Some examples could be:  

  •    Find a pattern  
  •    Find something symmetrical  
  •    Find a collection of things and compare them – find some things that are      bigger/smaller/the same size  
  •     How many? Count them, then find a different way to count them  
  •     Did you find a numeral or some digits? 

Problem Solving & Innovating

Water Challenge

Fill up a container, tub or sink with water. You will need two bowls or containers the same size (one for you and one for someone else). Find items you could use for scooping (e.g., measuring cup, small bowl, ladle, spoon). You might want to have a towel nearby to dry up any spilt water! Challenge someone in your home to fill the bowl using the scooping items. First, use your hands to cup the water and put it in the bowl. Who was able to fill the container first? How many scoops did it take to fill the bowl? Would you do anything different the next time? Play again using different scooping items. 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Flip a Coin Workout

You will need a coin to start (any coin will do – penny, nickel, quarter, loonie!). Then write down 5 exercises (e.g., push up, jumping jack, touch your toes etc.) that you know. Flip the coin and perform the exercise matching the coin until the time ends. You could use a timer or just count to 15. There are 5 rounds. Each round will be a 15 second exercise and then a 15 second rest. During the rest time you will flip the coin again to decide on the next exercise. Have fun and don’t forget to breathe!

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



Monday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along
with our weekly story – The Moon Ring
Let’s Explore Literacy

Writing Prompt
If you could go on an adventure, where would you go? Draw a picture and write at least 2-3
sentences about what kind of an adventure you would like to go on.
Extension: Write a whole story about an adventure!
Tell the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Add characters to your story.

Let’s Explore Math

Measurement
Use your hand to measure the length of your bed. How many hands long is it? Use a toy (e.g.,
action figure, stuffed animal, vehicle) and measure again. Compare the measurements? What do
you notice? What do you wonder?
Extension:
Nifty Numbers
Practice your math facts by completing these number sentences:
18-6= 9-4= 26- 14= 10- 4= 19-10= 30-10=

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

As If
Stand in an open space. Try and do each activity for 10-15 seconds.
A grownup can read the action:
• jog in place as if a big scary bear is chasing you
• walk forward as if you’re walking through chocolate pudding
• jump in place as if you are popcorn popping
• reach up as if grabbing balloons out of the air
• march in place and play the drums as if you are in a marching band
• paint as if the paint brush is attached to your head
• swim as if you are in a giant pool of Jell-O
• move your feet on the floor as if you are ice skating
• shake your body as if you are a wet dog
Extension:Can you create your own “as if” sentence and ask a family member to try it out? Draw
your favourite action.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Workshop (requires materials)

Let’s Talk Science:  Grade 1-3   Matter Matters

10:00-11:10

Matter Matters – This workshop introduces the different states of atter andtheir properties.  It explores characteristics of liquids with a focus on density.   

***Don’t have the items that is ok.  You can come and watch the live demonstration.

Please click here to attend the event!                                       Materials list suggested for this session

LIVE Event

HCA

1:00 – 1:30

Rock and Minerals – Let’s explore the Niagara Escarpment together.  Be a great rock hound!  It’s as close as your backyard!

Tuesday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along
with our weekly story – The Moon Ring
Let’s Explore Literacy

Talk about it Tuesday
What is your favourite part of this story? Why do you like that part? Which character is your
favourite? Why do you like this character? Which illustration is your favourite? Why is
thisillustration your favourite?
Extension
Write a letter to a family member or friend about this story or write a letter about your
favourite television show or movie.

Let’s Explore Math

Weather Tally + Graph
Keep track of the weather for two weeks starting today. Starting on February 15th , answer
the following: How many sunny days? Rainy days? Cloudy days? Snowy days? How many more
sunny days than rainy days? Keep a tally of the results!
Extension:Create a bar graph to showcase your results

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Silly Drawing
Spark your imagination and get your creative mind working:
▪ draw a squirrel roasting a marshmallow
▪ draw a cat chasing a dog
▪ draw a shark eating a cupcake
▪ draw a mouse riding a motorcycle
▪ draw a chicken jumping out of a plane
▪ draw a dinosaur crying
▪ draw a person with donuts for eyes
▪ draw a banana in pajamas
Extension:
Create your own silly drawing idea and write it down for someone else to try.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Previously Recorded Event

Art Gallery Of Hamilton

Dramatic Perspective with Cornelia Peckart

Learn about optical illusions in art and how you can doodle your way to success! Create cool effects using simple lines and shapes that are readily available at home or in school

Click on this link to view the session.

Materials Needed:  Paper, pencils and/or any drawing tool like markers and crayons

Wednesday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along
with our weekly story – The Moon Ring
Let’s Explore Literacy

New Words Wednesday!
There are a lot of great new words in our story this week.
Splendid – meansreally wonderful
Astonished – meanssurprised
Marvelled – means to look at something in awe
Sparkling -shining brightly with flashes of light
Put the above words in a sentence. Are there otherwords from this story that are new to you? Put
these words into a sentence.
Extension: Look back at your writing from Monday’s activity. Highlight any big vocabulary words
that you used. Don’t see any big words? Challenge yourself to change some of your vocabulary!

Let’s Explore Math

Number of the Day
Our Number of the Day is 85. How many tens are in this number? How many ones? Can you
create 5 different number sentences to make 85? (e.g., 80+5= 85). Can you count by 5’s and get to
85? What is a number that is greater than 85? What is a number that is less than 85?
Extension:Write as many number sentences as you can that have 14 for an answer. Do the same
for the number 29.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement
Ball in the Blanket: In teams of two or four, each player will hold one or two corner(s) of a blanket.
A ball is placed in the center of each team’s blanket. On the signal “Go,” all teams throw their ball
high in the air, trying to catch the ball in the blanket on the way down.
Homemade Puzzles:
1. Have a caregiver help cut out the front panel of a cereal box (pizza box, newspaper, magazine,
etc.).
2. Together, cut the box front into a few large, simple shapes.
3. Create about 4 or 5 large, very simple pieces or you could cut more pieces, and make the
shapes a little more difficult. (You can make them as easy of as challenging as you like.)
4. Put the puzzle together. The aim is to re-assemble the puzzle pieces, putting the image back
together using tape or simply laying it out on a flatsurface.
Extension:
▪ Try to put the puzzle together as quickly as possible.
▪ Use the back side of the puzzle (if it is blank) to create your own puzzle. Draw an image on it or
write some high frequency words.
▪ Race other people in your home or beat your own time.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous  Activity

Let’s Talk Science

What is the difference between baking soda and baking powder?  Let’s find out.  Do this simple experiment.

Follow this link for the activity!                    

1.What was the same?

2.What was different?

3.What did you see? hear? smell?

Thursday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along
with our weekly story – The Moon Ring
Let’s Explore Literacy

Choose 10 wordsfrom the story and clap out the syllables. Which word has the most syllables?
Which words have 2 syllables? 3 Syllables?
Write a list of these words.
Extension:Create an alphabet book. Include a word and illustration for each letter.
A- apple. Apples are delicious.
B- bear. Bears live in the forest.
Extension:Add a sentence for each letter

Let’s Explore Math

Data

Ask 10 friends or relatives their favourite season. Organize your data in a 

table or pictograph.

Extension:

Nifty Numbers

Practice your math facts by completing these number sentences:

9+9=                10+9=            10 +19=                   18+4=          15+9=           8+6=

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Building Challenge

Using items found outside or around your house, build a tall structure. How tall and stable can you make your structure. Is it taller or shorter than you? Give your structure a name! Can you make it look like a piece of art? Can you make it tell a story of an adventure?

Story Dancing 

Dancers often use different parts of their body to tell a story. They connect the speed and beat of the music to the shape they make.  

A twisted, tight, curled up shape might be used to show someone is sad. 

A big, open star shape might be used to show someone is happy.  

Can you create a shape or movement to show emotions and feelings? Make a shape or movement to show: 

  • Someone who is scared. 
  • Someone who is angry. 
  • Someone who is surprised. 
  • Someone who is brave. 
  • (Disappointed, exhausted, excited, embarrassed, upset, etc.) 

Can you make your body big, small, and medium in size? Can you make shapes using your whole body? Can you make shapes with one body part at a time?  Only select shapes and movements you feel most comfortable with and have room to try. Try them with music. 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event that was previous recorded. 

Everyone needs to move and stretch.  Click on the link below to stretch not only your body but also your mind.  If the video says private, please types HWDSB into the code for access.

Nature Of Mindfulness:  Achieve

 

Friday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along
with our weekly story – The Moon Ring
Let’s Explore Literacy

Let’s Talk About It! What do you see in this photograph? What is happening? What do you think the person is thinking? Where do you think this photograph was taken? 

Writers Workshop

Create a short story about this picture. Tell what 

happens at the beginning, in the middle and the end. 

Edit your work using this checklist:

  • Finger spaces between words
  • Capital letters at the start of sentences
  • Punctuation at the end of sentences (.,!,?)
  • Reread your work to check that it makes sense

elephant

Let’s Explore Math

Measurement 

Draw a picture of the people who live in your house from shortest 

to tallest. Label each one. Measure the height of each family 

member using non-standard units such as markers, pencils, spoons,

or small cars. (You may need to ask them to lie down!) Write each 

person’s height in non-standard units under their picture.

Extension: Skip count practice! Use the hundreds chart to

skip count by 2, 5, and 10. 

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement

Play a game of Charades by acting out different animal movements. Try to guess your partner’s animal as quickly as you can. Take turns with your partner. 

Example:

  • Giraffe
  • Elephant
  • Jaguar
  • Snake
  • Frog
  • Bird 

 

Reflection of the Week

Reflecting Friday’s

Click on this link for the Reflecting on Me Wheel.  Spin the wheel as many times as you wish.  You can do all the questions or just some.  Think about the learning you have been doing the last few weeks. 

 

Junior Theme: Perseverance



Monday

Story of the Week

The fiendish felines plan to win as many events as they can and become legendary athletes. But these cats aren’t exactly in playing shape! In order to gain an edge, they bring all sorts of modern-age sports gear to improve their odds of winning. It’s up to Geronimo and the gang to foil their scheme and save history.

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

Accessing the HWDSB Virtual Library

Let’s Explore Literacy

Journal about a challenge that you have faced over the last year. Perhaps it was something you struggled to do, a disappointment, or an injury you had to overcome. Describe what it was like and how you are persevering through the challenge. 

*Adapted from Olympic School Program 

Let’s Explore Math

Activity Instructions: 

Your budget is $20 for one week (5 days) of snacks. Plan two snacks per day. Calculate the amount of money you would spend in one week based on your budget. 

math chart

math chart 2

*Adapted from Ophea’s Wallet Wellness Activity Booklet

Let’s Explore Art ​

& Movement

MIKAËL KINGSBURY

Born: July 24, 1992 (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC)

Sport: Freestyle Ski (Moguls) 

Mikaël is the most accomplished mogul skier of all time with 53 World Cup wins, and silver and gold Olympic medals. By the time he was a teenager, he was touring the world and missing school. It was difficult to focus on his books and study while competing in far away countries. School wasn’t easy for him. But he is proud of his self-discipline and the fact that he passed all of his courses. Champions don’t let challenges defeat them. 

Your Task: Design a perseverance poster to help overcome challenges and persevere through adversity. 

*Adapted from My Beijing 2022 Olympic Journal

Experiential 

Learning

Activity

Asynchronous Event that was previous recorded

Exploring by the Seat of Your pants.

Belugas and the Whales of the St. Lawrence River:  Join in a pre recorded session .  Follow this link to see the session.  Many questions and answers from classrooms around the world. 


Tuesday

Story of the Week

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

Accessing the HWDSB Virtual Library

Let’s Explore Literacy

Write a letter advising an Olympian how they can balance respect for their competitors, even if the other athlete is not acting respectful or respectable. 

*Adapted from Olympic School Program 

Let’s Explore Math

You can save money by not using it. You can spend money on things you need or want to purchase (buy). You can donate money by giving it to people who need help. 

Activity Instructions: 

  1. Read and answer the Thinking Questions (below) before you make a decision. 
  2. Decide what you would do with the money. 
  3. Create a comic strip telling the story of what you would do with the money. 

Thinking Questions: 

  1. What are some things you think cost $20? 
  2. What is something you might want to purchase with $20? 
  3. Why might you save the $20? 
  4. Who might you give the $20 to? Why? 

math visual

Let’s Explore Art 

& Movement

Check out today’s Olympic sports! 

Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh, Biathlon, Curling, Freestyle Skiing, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Long Track Speed Skating, Nordic Combined, Snowboard 

Sports icons

Do you think it is more important to win or do your best? Why? Draw or create a digital picture that explains your reason? 

*Adapted from Olympics School Program 

Experiential 

Learning

Activity

Live Workshop

Let’s Talk Science

10:00 – 11:10

Crime Lab – Students learn about forensic science and the types of evidence that are examined in a crime scene. 

****Don’t have the items that is ok.  You can come and watch the live demonstration.

Click this link to attend the event!                 Materials list suggested for this session

Asynchronous event that was previous recorded  

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Marvelous Mandallas with Nancy Benoy

Mandalas are unique and special, just like you! Create your own special circle. Using your favourite colours, patterns and object. Each Mandala will begin with a focal point and radiate outward in a circle. In nature we see mandalas in snowflakes and flowers! Where else can you spot them?

Please click this link to watch the video. 

Materials Needed: Paper, any drawing tool like markers and crayons OR toys/objects such as Lego or small toys

Wednesday

Story of the Week

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

Accessing the HWDSB Virtual Library

Let’s Explore Literacy

Create a list of qualities of a good teammate. Write about your example of when you demonstrated two of the qualities of a good teammate. Next write about one of the qualities that you want to work on. 

*Adapted from Be Olympic School Program 

Let’s Explore Math

Pretend you are organizing a party for five friends. Think about who to invite. Choose what healthy foods you would like to eat. Decide how much you can spend. The challenge will be to stay within budget. 

Activity Instructions: 

  1. Choose five friends to invite to your party! 
  2. Your budget it $50 to spend on food and drinks for your party. 
  3. Decide how much of each food or drink you will need. 
  4. Calculate the amount of money you would need to spend. Remember to stay within budget!

Math visual

Let’s Explore Art 

& Movement

Sometimes we overlook the amazing things about our parents, grandparents, uncles, or aunts. Think about one of your relatives that you admire for their character, kindness, love, or accomplishments. Draw a word cloud with all of the great things about them. 

*Adapted from Olympic School Program 

Experiential 

Learning

Activity

Live Event

Hamilton Conservation Authority

10:00-10:30

Rock and Minerals – Let’s explore the Niagara Escarpment together.  Be a great rock hound!  It’s as close as your backyard!

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Thursday

 

Story of the Week

The fiendish felines plan to win as many events as they can and become legendary athletes. But these cats aren’t exactly in playing shape! In order to gain an edge, they bring all sorts of modern-age sports gear to improve their odds of winning. It’s up to Geronimo and the gang to foil their scheme and save history.

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

Accessing the HWDSB Virtual Library

 

Let’s Explore Literacy

SARAH NURSE
Born:
January 4, 1995 (Hamilton, ON)
Sport:
Ice Hockey
When she was seven years old, Sarah watched Team

Canada win the Olympic women’s hockey gold medal. That

day, she started dreaming of winning an Olympic medal

for herself.

Your Task:
Write a letter telling yourself what you have to
do to to reach your dreams.

Who do you need to ask for help?
What habits do you need to adopt?
What leadership qualities will be important to pursue
your dreams?

Let’s Explore Math

Pretend you have been asked by student council at you school to help organize
an upcoming food drive for your local community. You have been given $50 to

plan an event.

Activity Instructions:

1.
Generate a list of ideas of how to spend the money.
2.
Select an idea from your list and create a budget for the $50.
3.
Reflect on how your leadership is needed during this event.
*Adapted from Ophea’s Wallet Wellness Activity Booklet

Let’s Explore Art 

& Movement

 

Design a card to say thanks to someone that you appreciate. Write how their actions demonstrate the qualities of a good teammate and friend. Explain one thing they have taught you that you are trying to include in your life. 

*Adapted from Be Olympic School Program 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event that was previous recorded

Everyone needs to move and stretch.  Click on the link below to stretch not only your body but also your mind.  If the video says private, please types HWDSB into the code for access.

Nature of Mindfulness: Centered Flow on Vimeo

 

Friday

Story of the Week

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

Accessing the HWDSB Virtual Library

Let’s Explore Literacy

KIRSTEN MOORE-TOWERS AND MICHAEL MIRINARD

Born: Kristen, July 1, 1992 (St. Catherine’s, ON) and Michael, January 7, 1992 (Sarnia, ON)

Sport: Figure Skating (Team and Pairs) 

Kirsten and Michael are accomplished pairs skaters who teamed up in 2014. 

School, sport, music, and family all include teamwork and creativity. 

Your Task: What does it mean to you to be a good teammate. Create a journal response. 

Let’s Explore Math

Imagine having your own business! You get to be the boss, make important decisions, earn money and make a difference in the world! What business would you create?

Activity Instructions: 

  1. List things you enjoy doing (hobbies), talents you have, and skills you have learned. 
  2. Think about how you could use your skills and what you enjoy doing to create a business by selling a product (something you make) or a service (something you do for others). 
  3. Write a plan for your business and share it with family and friends. 

*Adapted from Ophea’s Wallet Wellness Activity Booklet

Let’s Explore Art 

& Movement

Jump Challenge- Train like a figure skater! 

Option A

  • With arms extended to start, jump into the air, by pushing downward through the knees, ankles, and toes, and bring arms into the body.
  • To land, attempt to place feet in the exact same spot of take off, easing the body weight gently over the balls of the feed and returning to the exact take off position. 

Option B

  • While seated, extend arms, if possible, lift the body up slightly, and bring the arms into the body. 
  • To land, sit back down and extend arms. 
  • A modification if you cannot life the body, is to rotate the torso while the arms are up. 

Movement visual

*Adapted from Be Olympic School Program 

Experiential 

Learning

Activity

Reflecting Friday’s

Click on this link for the Reflecting on Me Wheel.  Spin the wheel as many times as you wish.  You can do all the questions or just some.  Think about the learning you have been doing the last few weeks.  

Intermediate Theme: Emotional Connections



Monday

Story of the Week

Flora & Ulysses  https://bit.ly/3gvvjjX  

Written by: Kate DiCamillo  

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. 
 
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

Read the quote from Olympic Athlete Sarah Nurse. In a journal response think about how you can show resilience through creating and practicing good habits? What are some examples of good habits you practice? 

Sarah Nurse

Let’s Explore Math

Infographics are used to share data and information on a topic in a concise and appealing way. They can include different representations, such as tables, graphs, plots, with limited text.  

 

Looking at this infographic think about:  

-What audience do you think the infographic was intended for?  

-What messages do you think the author was trying to share?  

-What data visualizations have the author used? Why do you think they were chosen?  

-What is the important message or data that stands out to you?  

-Is there more information or visuals you would want to include on the infographic?  

Book Drive

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

 

60 Second Challenges 

Socks in a Box 

How many socks can you pair up and put in the box in 60 seconds? 

  

What you need: 

-as many pairs of socks as you can find (20 or so should do it) 

-an empty box or bowl 

 

Step 1: Place unpaired socks 5 steps away from an empty box 

players run, match up a pair of socks and place them in a box. 

  

Step 2: Try to compete against someone or play against the clock 

add some odd socks to make it harder.  

 

Extend it:  

Go back to step 1 and add 3 different distances to try and shoot the socks from. 1-point line, 2-point line and 3-point line. See how many points you can get in 60 seconds at each point line.  

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event – Previously recorded

Stem Club from Let’s Talk Science

Brain Buster’s – What is STEM?  Test your knowledge about STEM! 

Click here for the video of the pre-recorded event.  No materials needed, just your brain power! 

What subject did you connect with the most?

What subject was the hardest to answer?

What do you want to learn more about?

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week

Flora & Ulysses  https://bit.ly/3gvvjjX  

Written by: Kate DiCamillo  

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. 
 
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

Select a journal prompt that you would like to write about. Try writing for a solid 20 minutes without interruption.  

 

-One good deed or kind action I am going to do this week is… 

 

-Today is a good day because… 

 

-List 3 people you admire. Write down what you like about them. Have they influenced you in any way?  

Let’s Explore Math

A Group of Students from a school participated in a neighbourhood Earth Day clean-up project in local parks. The circle graph shows the proportions of students that worked in Park 1, Park 2, and Park 3. There are 500 students in the school. 

-How many students worked in Park 1? 

-How many more students worked in Park 2 than Park 3?  

-Why were more students assigned to Park 1 than Park 3?  

Math visual

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

60 Second Challenge  

Figure 8 

How many times can you pass a ball through both of your legs in 60 seconds?  

 

What you need: 

a ball, toilet paper roll, stuffed toy, sock ball, paper ball, etc. 

 

Step 1: Use a figure 8 pattern. How many rotations can you do in 60 seconds?  

 

If you drop the ball you can continue on or start again for more of a challenge 

Art Picture

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event – Previously recorded

Everyone needs to move and stretch.  Click on the link below to stretch not only your body but also your mind.  If the video says private, please types HWDSB into the code for access.

Nature of Mindfulness: Centered Flow on Vimeo

Wednesday

Story of the Week

Flora & Ulysses  https://bit.ly/3gvvjjX  

Written by: Kate DiCamillo  

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. 
 
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

In the book Flora & Ulysses that you have been reading this week, think about the characters that you have learned more about. Select one of the questions below to respond to about one of the characters in this book.  

 

1.Describe the personality of a particular character. Include examples from the story that support your description. 

  1. Do any of the characters do things you feel are wrong? Explain.
  2. Pick a paragraph or a page which describes the way another character treats the main character. Would you treat the person the same way? Find an incident in your own life which is similar and explain why you treated someone the way you did. Have you changed from that experience? How would you treat that person now?
Let’s Explore Math

Using the bar graph and data collected:  

-How many kgs of yard waste was collected in all 3 zones?  

-How many kgs of Recyclables were collected in all 3 zones? 

-What was the total mass of all types of waste and recyclables collected.  

-If there were 500 students collecting the waste, what was the average amount each person collected?  

Math Visual

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Wall Ball 

How many times can you throw the ball against a wall and catch in 60 seconds? 

  

What you need: 

a ball and a wall 

if you don’t have a ball, use a rolled-up sock  

  

You must stand 2 steps away from the wall 

if you drop the ball, continue counting your score form where you left off or to make it harder, start again 

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Live Workshop

Let’s Talk Science

Exploring Mars

10:45-11:55

Students learn about forensic science and the types of evidence that are examined in a crime scene.

****Don’t have the items that is ok.  You can come and watch the live demonstration.

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Live Event

Hamilton Conservation Authority

10:00-10:30

Rock and Minerals – Let’s explore the Niagara Escarpment together.  Be a great rock hound!  It’s as close as your backyard!

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Thursday

Story of the Week

Flora & Ulysses  https://bit.ly/3gvvjjX  

Written by: Kate DiCamillo  

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. 
 
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

Select a writing prompt that you would like to write about. Try writing for a solid 20 minutes without interruption. 

 

-Many cities suffer from serious air and noise pollution—as well as endless traffic jams—because of too many cars. Some people feel that cities with extensive public transportation systems should ban passenger cars and force people to walk, bike, or use public transportation. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not? 

 

– Many people volunteer their time to help others, either through non-profit organizations, religious institutions, or other charitable venues. If you volunteer your time in this way, write about why it is important to you. If not, think about a cause or an issue you would like to learn more about and how you might be able to get involved in volunteering your time.  

 

– Your favourite television show has suddenly been cancelled. Write a letter convincing the producers to continue making the show. 

Let’s Explore Math

You are throwing a party and inviting 5 friends. You decide to order pizza for everyone. How much pizza do you need? How many slices per person? Think about what toppings you will add and what people will want to eat. How many pizzas should you order? What is the best deal? Which size do you order? Do you order the same toppings on all pizzas? What will it end up costing for the pizzas you will order? Make sure to include the tax (13%) and a tip for the driver.  

 Math Visual

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

60 Second Challenge  

Tap Up Tennis 

How many times can you tap up a ball on a racquet in 60 seconds? 

  

What you need: 

-a sock ball or a paper ball 

-your hand, a plastic plate or Frisbee, a book, bottom of shoe 

  

Step 1: Try to keep up the ball using the racquet, if the ball touches the floor, start counting over again. How many taps can you reach? Can you keep the ball up for 60 seconds?  

 

Extra challenge: flip the racquet over after each tap 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Career Exploration

Below is a list of different careers that you may not have thought of.  Click on this link to find out more about career’s that you may not have hear of. 

What is interested you the most?

What career path are you most interested in?

What do you need to do to achieve your goal of this career?  (eg: courses in school, volunteering)

What might you be able to do now that is connected to this career? (eg: volunteer, research)

 

Friday

Story of the Week

Flora & Ulysses  https://bit.ly/3gvvjjX  

Written by: Kate DiCamillo  

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. 
 
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

In the book Flora & Ulysses that you have been reading this week, select a question to answer below about altering what may have happened in the book based on your thoughts and opinions.  

 

  1. How would the story have been different if one of the characters were changed in some way? (e.g. the main character was 10 years older? Ulysses was another animal instead of a squirrel? )
  2. If you were the author, what would you have changed in the book? Perhaps you might have changed the ending or one of the characters—how would the story be different?
  3. How do you think the story would change if a character in the story made a different decision or choice? What was the character’s decision or choice in the text? How do you think the story would change if a character in the story made a different decision or choice?
Let’s Explore Math

You are a Marvel Avengers fan, and the new movie is coming out this weekend. You want to re-watch all the previously released movies in order before you go to see the new movie. There are 23 movies. Create a schedule of how many movies you think you could watch in one day. How many hours or days will it take to watch all the movies.  

 

Things to consider:  

– How many movies do you think would be possible to watch?  

-What information would be useful in figuring this out?  

-Did you consider getting a snack, taking a break, sleeping time? 

-Will you include the time for the credits at the end?  

-Create schedule of how it is possible to watch all the movies in a week leading up to the new movie release.  

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

60 Second Challenge 

The Plank 

Can you hold the plank for 60 seconds? 

  

Make sure you keep your bottom down and back straight 

keep your forearms on the floor. 

  

What you need: 

a clear, open and safe space 

  

If you can’t do 60 seconds how long can you hold a plank? 

 

How to do a plank Video Link: https://youtu.be/mHI_naQ3dSE  

 

Hunt the Hats 

Can you find all 10 hats or objects in 60 seconds? 

  

What you need: 

10 objects that are the same type – socks, hats, books/magazines, etc. 

 

Step 1: Ask a family member to hide 10 of the same objects – hats, socks, books/magazines, etc. 

Step 2: Each time you find an object, you must take it back to the start before searching for another object. If it is too hard, reduce the number of objects or increase the time.  

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Reflecting Friday’s

Click on this link for the Reflecting on Me Wheel.  Spin the wheel as many times as you wish.  You can do all the questions or just some.  Think about the learning you have been doing the last few weeks. 

February 7 – 11

Kindergarten Download a PDF

Monday

Story of the Day Art’s Supplies By: Chris Tougas

Belonging & Contributing

Question of the Day can build confidence, promote conversation, and nurture communication skills.  Possible times to ask the question of the day could be in the morning, before breakfast, or every night during dinner.

What is the funniest thing you heard today?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Rhyme Time! 
Collect 10 objects from around the house (e.g., stuffed animal, block, book, spoon, sock, etc.) and place them in a bag or pillowcase. Pull each item out one by one and come up with three rhyming words for each item (e.g., sock: clock, dock, knock). Silly rhyming words count too! 

Counting Trees

With a grownup, go for a walk in your community. During the walk, can you count the trees you see on the front yards? How many did you count? Was it more than 10 or less than 10? Can you write the number on a piece of paper? Or show the number with your fingers? 

Problem Solving & Innovating

Loose Parts Play! 

Collect loose parts at home (e.g., coins, paper clips, bottle caps, bread tags, etc.) or outside (e.g., pinecones, pebbles, sticks) to create different patterns. Using the items you have collected, try to create a pattern.  Think about how the pattern repeats itself. How many times will you make the pattern repeat? What are the ways you can make a pattern so that it doesn’t always go in a straight line?  

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Take 5

Spread your hand and stretch your fingers out like a star. You can choose your left hand or your right hand. Pretend the pointer finger of your other hand is a pencil and imagine you are going to trace around the outline of your hand and fingers.  Start at the bottom of your thumb and slide your finger up your thumb, pause at the top, and then slide your finger down the other side. Now, slide your pointer up your second finger, pause, and slide down the other side. Continue tracing your fingers up, pause, and down. Slide your finger slowly, watch your finger move and notice how it feels. Keep going until you have finished tracing your fifth finger (pinky).  Now add some breathing. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Remember to keep it slow and steady.  Place your pointer finger at the bottom of your thumb and breathe in as you slide up. Breathe out as you slide down. Breathe in as you slide up your second finger and breathe out as you slide down. Keep going until you have finished tracing your fingers and you have taken five slow breaths. If the child dislikes the sensation of sliding their finger up and down their hand, try these ideas:

  • trace an outline of their hand on paper and they can trace their finger along the outline 
  • stretch their fingers out like candles on a cake and slowly blow each candle out and tuck the finger into the palm

Tuesday

Story of the Day

Bloom  By: Doreen Cronin

Belonging & Contributing

Question of the Day can build confidence, promote conversation, and nurture communication skills.  Possible times to ask the question of the day could be in the morning, before breakfast, or every night during dinner.

What is something new you tried today?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

I am Happy!
Draw a picture of your face when you are happy. Underneath your drawing, write a list of five things that make you happy! Materials you could use include:

-piece of paper

-pencil or crayons or markers

Extension: Write them in sentences (e.g., ‘I like running’, ‘skipping makes me happy’, etc.).  Share what makes you happy with someone in your home.

Sorting Laundry!  Can you help a grown up with laundry! Can you sort the laundry items into different piles? You could ask “I wonder how we might sort the laundry?”.  Follow the child’s lead and then ask, “how did you sort them?” (e.g., by size, colour, style).  Extension: what patterns do you notice? Can you find a big sock and a little sock?  How many white/black socks can you find? Create a graph with the different laundry items and include how many of each item you have.

Problem Solving & Innovating

Treasure Hunt

Using a basket, box, or a bag collect a variety of items in your home that are of interest to you. With a grownup check in cupboards, drawers, and closets. 

Some examples could include:

  • Sheets, towels, face cloths, blankets, napkins. These items could be used for building forts or dressing up. 
  • Bowls, baking tins, eating utensils, mixing and serving utensils, funnels, sieve, canning jar rings, elastics, and aluminum foil. These items could be used for kitchen or cooking play. Add water for mixing and pouring. Add rags for cleaning play.  

Provide lots of uninterrupted time for the child to engage with the items. You might ask “do you have any ideas about how we might begin?”, “tell me about your…”, “I wonder what would happen if you tried …”, “how could you make that? (taller, wider, longer)”, “how does that water sound when you pour it?”, “what did you find out when you put ____ in the water?”.

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Mirror Mirror 

Play this action game with someone in your home.  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) 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!

Wednesday

Story of the Day Angus All Aglow  By: Heather Smith
Belonging & Contributing

Question of the Day can build confidence, promote conversation, and nurture communication skills.  Possible times to ask the question of the day could be in the morning, before breakfast, or every night during dinner.

If you can choose to eat only one fruit for the rest of the year, what would it be?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Wednesday Word Hunt
Using the letters in the word WEDNESDAY, find objects around your house that represent the beginning sound of each letter. Write down the objects/tell a grownup the objects you have found!  

For example: W (watch), E (egg), D (door), etc.  
 

Extension: Challenge yourself to find 3 items for every letter of the word Wednesday or play again with your favourite day of the week! 

Terrific Ten

Get ready to move your body! While moving around your home or while outside, do actions in groups of ten. Skip ten times, hop ten times, wave your hand ten times, clap your hands ten times. Can you do it fifteen times? What about twenty?

Problem Solving & Innovating

Rock Balancing 

Rock balancing is when stones are stacked on top of the other to create land art without using anything to stick it together or hold it upright.  Collect a variety of rocks that are different sizes and shapes. Find a safe space to build with your rocks. Grownups might ask; tell me about how you decided to build your structure, what made you choose these rocks to build this way? How do you think you could make it taller? Wider? What do you like about your structure? What would you do different next time? 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Make Music

During outside time with a grownup, look for natural objects that could be used to make music. Try hitting the objects together, blow through them, strum them to make musical using natural musical instruments.

Examples of what to look for:

-sticks that tap together

-rocks that tap together

-a blade of grass that can be used as a whistle

-things that can be strummed (e.g., pinecones, branches)

-shells that can be tapped or even blown through

-pebbles in a container

Thursday

Story of the Day Bailey  By: Harry Bliss
Belonging & Contributing

Question of the Day can build confidence, promote conversation, and nurture communication skills.  Possible times to ask the question of the day could be in the morning, before breakfast, or every night during dinner.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

I Hear with my little Ear 
Play a variation of the game I Spy, changing it to I Hear. The grownup will find objects in the room for this game.  

For Example: 
Grownup: I hear with my little ear something that rhymes with ‘moon’ (and you can eat cereal with it). 
Child: Spoon  

Continue to play the game using different words. Possible word list: moo-shoe, mabletable, head-bed, call-ball, boy-toy, clock-sock, etc. 

Representing Numbers! 

Collect any small items that can be used for counting, such as pom poms, beads, lego, blocks, pebbles, crayons, buttons, bottle caps etc.  Ask the child to show you 5 by drawing a picture. You might ask, how do you know that you drew 5? (e.g., I counted the things I drew—I thought of five cars, and I made one picture for each car). Can you write the number 5 to show how many objects? Can you find five items around the house. Can you draw a picture of the five items? 8. If you wish, repeat this activity for the numbers 1 to 4.

Problem Solving & Innovating

Building, Building, Building! 

Can you build a home for one of your stuffed animals or toys? What materials will you need to build your home? (e.g., food containers, paper tubes, blocks and boxes).  Make a list of items. Then, create a plan either by telling a grownup your plan or drawing how you will build your home with the materials you collected.  Build your home! Extension: After building the home you might ask: Tell me about your home. What would you do different next time? How could you make your home bigger/smaller/taller/wider?

Self-Regulation and Well-Being Play “Head-Shoulders-Knees-Toes” to help your child learn and practice following instructions, thinking before they do an action, and staying calm/relaxed when things go wrong.  Say “touch your head, shoulders, knees and toes”.  Say the body part out loud when your child touches it.  Do this again but in a different order (e.g., knees, head, shoulders, toes).  Do this again but in a different order (e.g., toes, head, knees, shoulders).  Next, say “listen to my words, touch your head” but touch your knees. Your child needs to touch the body part you said out loud “head” not knees!  Try this again with a 3-5 more body parts. Extension: have the child lead the game.

Friday

Story of the Day Frank and Izzy Set Sail By: Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Belonging & Contributing

Question of the Day can build confidence, promote conversation, and nurture communication skills.  Possible times to ask the question of the day could be in the morning, before breakfast, or every night during dinner.

Describe a moment where you felt the happiest?

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

A picture is worth a thousand words! 

What kind of caption can you come up with for a funny family photo? Choose a couple of your favourite pictures! Can you find funny or silly pictures? Print the pictures out or draw a copy of each photo.  Underneath each picture, write down a funny caption (ask a grown up for help with this if you need to).  Then read out the photo captions to someone in your home and vote on the favourite ones!

Let’s Measure! 

Find an item you can use to measure different objects around your home (e.g., a spoon, ruler, straw, stick).  Can you find things that are smaller and bigger than your measuring tool?  Make a list or draw pictures of the objects you measured. Circle the smaller objects.  Extension: Count how many smaller things you found. Record the number. Then, count how many bigger things you found and record the number. Which number is bigger?

Problem Solving & Innovating

Create a Puzzle! 

Find a box that is ready for the recycling bin (e.g., cereal, granola bar, cookie). First you will need to open both ends, bottom and top of the box. Along one of the skinny sides look for where the box is glued together. Slide your finger or the scissors down this section so that the box is now completely disassembled. Next, use scissors to cut up the rectangle sides of the box. You can use either the front or the back of the box to create your puzzle. On the plain cardboard side of the box draw different kinds of lines and then use your scissors to cut the box on the lines. An adult can help you if part is tricky. After you have finished cutting up the box – try and put the box back to together like a puzzle! Mix the pieces up and try again! 

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

I Am Unique! 

Look in the mirror.  Discuss what you see and the things that make you unique and special.  Create movements based on different feelings.  Show someone in your home how to move their body if they were sad, happy, upset, angry, excited, scared, nervous, sick, tired.

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



Monday

Story of the Week Story of the Week:  Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story Little Book of Big Fears 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Phonological Awareness 

There are many rhyming words in the story Little Book of Big Fears. We meet lots of children who are afraid of a lot of different things. Say each of the words below out loud. Can you think of rhyming words? Make a chart and write as many rhyming words as you can think of.  You can write nonsense words too (e.g., raccoon, caccoon).

Let's Explore Picture

Extension: What is something you are afraid of? Write 3-5 sentences and draw a picture.  

Let’s Explore Math

Adding and Subtracting! 

Number sentences show how numbers can go together to make a new number (e.g., 3+5=8, 10-2=8) 

Create number sentences to make the following numbers: 

Math Picture

Extension: Solve the following number sentences.. 

16-3=                        30-7= 

20-5=                        38-10= 

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Visual Arts

Some art is not permanent. It changes with the weather (e.g., ice or sand sculptures). What art have you seen or created that lasted for a short time? What could you create today that might not be there tomorrow, or in a few weeks? Try and create it!

Extension: On a piece of paper, draw a picture of the four seasons in Canada. Fold the paper in half two times so there are four sections. Draw an outdoor scene that shows the four seasons in Canada.  

 

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Live Workshop (requires materials)

Let’s Talk Science:  Grade 1-3   Matter Matters

10:00-11:10

Matter Matters – This workshop introduces the different states of atter andtheir properties.  It explores characteristics of liquids with a focus on density.   

***Don’t have the items that is ok.  You can come and watch the live demonstration.

Please click here to attend the event!                                       Materials list suggested for this session

LIVE Event

HCA

1:00 – 1:30

Rock and Minerals – Let’s explore the Niagara Escarpment together.  Be a great rock hound!  It’s as close as your backyard!

Please click here to attend the event!

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week Story of the Week:  Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story Little Book of Big Fears 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Phonics 

What does /ing/ say? What does /ight/ say? Say them out loud!  

Create a chart and challenge yourself to make a list of words that end with ing and ight. Aim for 5-10 words in each column: 

Explore Picture

Let’s Explore Math

Measurement

How would the following actions be measured? In seconds, minutes, hours, or days?

  • Counting to ten
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Reading a short picture book.
  • Watching a TV show
  • Playing at the park
  • Sleeping
  • Watching a movie

Extension: 

Draw a clock. Show the following times on your clock.

2:30                       5:30                            10:00

1:00                       7:00                             8:30

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement- As If

Stand in an open space.  Try and do each activity for 10-15 seconds. 

  • jog in place as if a big scary bear is chasing you 
  • walk forward as if you’re walking through chocolate pudding 
  • jump in place as if you are popcorn popping 
  • reach up as if grabbing balloons out of the air 
  • march in place and play the drums as if you are in a marching band 
  • paint as if the paint brush is attached to your head 
  • swim as if you are in a giant pool of Jell-O 
  • move your feet on the floor as if you are ice skating 
  • shake your body as if you are a wet dog 

Extension: Can you create your own sentence and ask a family member to try it out? Draw your favourite action.

Wednesday

Story of the Week Story of the Week:  Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story Little Book of Big Fears 
Let’s Explore Literacy

New Words Wednesday! This week in our read aloud The Little Book of Big Fears, we learn a lot of new words. Listen to the story again. Here are some fun words we learned in this story: recoiled, petrified, replacement, and horrified. Before you read below, what do you think these words mean? Talk about these words with your caregiver. 

(Recoiled- means moves away from something, Petrified and Horrified both mean very scared, Replacement- means to take another object’s place)

Making Small Words Out of Big Words: Make the chart below and challenge yourself to use the letters in each word to make new words.

Literacy Picture

Synonym Switch: Challenge yourself to think of three synonyms (words that mean the same) for each word from the story: 

Literacy Picture 2

Extension: Put these words into sentences or draw pictures to show what these words mean

Let’s Explore Math

PatterningBe a pattern detective! Walk around your home or outside. Do you see any  patterns? Draw a picture of them or describe them. 

Extension: Number patterns can change by getting bigger (increase) or getting smaller (decrease). How do these number patterns change?

E.g., 2, 4, 6, Answer: This number pattern increases by two each time.

  • 3, 6, 9, 12, etc.
  • 25, 20, 15, 10, etc.
  • 100, 90, 80, 70, etc. 

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Happy Me, Sad Me

Fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, draw a picture of what you look like when you feel happy. On the other side, draw a picture of what you look like when you feel sad. Can you use colours to show these feelings? 

Extension: Our faces can show how we feel and so can our bodies. How can you show a happy body? What might a sad body look like? Play a mirror game. One person makes a happy body and the other person makes their body look the same. Repeat this again for sadness and any other feeling or emotion you might think of (e.g., fear).

Thursday

Story of the Week Story of the Week:  Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story Little Book of Big Fears 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Think about it Thursdays. What is something you are afraid of? What child could you connect with in this story?  What is a fear that you don’t understand?  Which picture was your favourite?

Now that you have listened to the story a few times, retell the story to someone in your home. Did you like the ending of the story? Is there anything you would change about the ending if you were the author? Share your thinking with someone in your home. 

Challenge: Read a book that you have in your home or choose a book from www.uniteforliteracy.com What is your favourite part of that book? Draw a picture and write 3-5 sentences about why it was your favourite part.

Let’s Explore Math

Number Detective! Using a hundreds chart, be a detective and find the following numbers:

E.g., I am greater than 10. I am less than 20. I have five ones. Answer: 15
1. I am greater than 20. I am less than 30. I have six ones. 

  1. I have two digits. I have 8 tens. I am one bigger than 85.
  2. I have 5 tens. I am bigger than 56. I am less than 58. 
  3. I have three digits. 

Extension:

Solve these questions:

2×3=                          10×3=                                2×4 =

3×5=                           5×5 =                                 5×6=

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Silly Drawing 

Spark your imagination and get your creative mind working:

  • draw a squirrel roasting a marshmallow
  • draw a cat chasing a dog
  • draw a shark eating a cupcake
  • draw a mouse riding a motorcycle
  • draw a chicken jumping out of a plane
  • draw a dinosaur crying
  • draw a person with donuts for eyes
  • draw a banana in pajamas

Extension:

Create your own silly drawing idea and write it down for someone else to try.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event and/or Activity

The Extraordinary Adventures of Tola, Pola and Rascal

How can we help our environment?  Learn through these reading activities and a “Did You Know”.  Start with reading #1  Eco-Patrol.  For all the stories please go to this website.

For the first reading please go to this page.

1.How many ways can you use a jar?  Make a list and then find a jar and use it!

2.Can you draw a picture of what items you can throw away and what items you can not? 

 

Friday

Story of the Week Story of the Week:  Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story Little Book of Big Fears 
Let’s Explore Literacy

Let’s Talk About It! 

Using the picture provided, share a story about what is happening 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 
  • spelling high frequency words correctly in my sentences  (and, to, you, like, am, etc.)
  • adding detail to my sentences
Let’s Explore Math

Geometry

Look at this picture and answer the following questions:

Math Picture

How many circles are there? How many triangles? How many rectangles?

How many sides? How many vertices?

What is the biggest shape you see? What is the smallest shape you see?

Extension: Draw a picture using only 2-D shapes. Can you draw a 3-D shape? Can you list the names of 3-D shapes?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement-Serve It Up

You need:

  • sock ball, paper ball, foil ball, etc.
  • Post-it notes or paper; marker 
  • An area to play in

How to Play:

  • play on the stairs (if allowed)
  • place a numbered Post-it note on each stair (or tape a paper)
  • from the bottom of the stairs, strike your sock ball or paper ball with an open hand 
  • Try to have your object land on a stair

Challenge:

How many points can you win with 5 serves/strikes?

No stairs?

  • play over a line
  • paper with numbers on the floor for points

 

Reflection of the Week

Reflection for the week!Drawing of a table setting, including a knife, fork, spoon, napkin, and cup.

On a piece of paper write down:

1.Fork – What was new for you this week?

2.Napkin – What did you help do this week?

3.Knife:  What can you do to share what you have? 

4.Spoon:  What did  you need help with this week?

5.Cup:  What do you need to do more of after this week?

6.Plate:  What helped you?  Who supported you this week? 

 

Junior



Monday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

You may have seen on the news over that last week or so that there was a protest held in Ottawa by truckers from across the nation.  Read the article, “Canadian Truckers Protest Vaccine Rules” and answer the following questions:

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you wanted to hold or join a demonstration to make your views known? What was it? If not, what is an example of something that you might want to protest for or against? How would you protest?

Do you agree with the truckers’ protest? Use evidence from the article to support your opinion.

Let’s Explore Math

The Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980.

Below is a picture of a Rubik’s Cube and one possible net for a Rubik’s Cube. Can you find all the other possible nets? (Hint: There are 11 in total)

Rubik's Cube            Rubik's Cube Net

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event that was previous recorded

Exploring by the Seat of Your pants.

Belugas and the Whales of the St. Lawrence River:  Join in a pre recorded session .  Follow this link to see the session.  Many questions and answers from classrooms around the world. 

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Silly Drawing Prompts. Grab a pencil, a piece of paper and your laughter as you work away at some of these drawing prompts.

Silly Drawing

When you’ve tried a few of these, consider creating a silly  prompt list of your own.  Be prepared to share a silly drawing prompt of your own with us tomorrow in the chat

Experiential Learning Activity

Asynchronous Event that was previous recorded.  

Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants

Belugas and the Whales of the St. Lawrence River:  Join in a pre-recorded session.

Follow this link to see the session.  Many questions and answers coming from classrooms around the world.  

Wednesday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

Israeli scientists teach goldfish to operate vehicle.  No this isn’t a silly drawing prompt from yesterday’s work.  Clcik on the link to discover the curious real life tale of a goldfish who drives!

Goldfish  

Have you ever trained a pet to do a task (shake a paw, fetch, etc)?  

How did you do it?  

What other tricks have you seen animals do? 

Let’s Explore Math

Sammi is applying for a job.  In the table below shows the hourly wages of the employees at each company.

1)  Find the mean, median and mode for the hourly rate at each company.

2)  Which company should Sammi work for?  Justify your choice.

Hourly Rate

Thursday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

One way to combat screen time is through physical activity. Let’s get up and move. Complete the following exercise regimen: Let’s play “Would You Rather?” Each choice you make leads to a different exercise. Here we go…

Click here to begin

Experiential Learning Activity

Live Event

Adventureworks – Goal Setting

11:00 – 12:00  Junior and Intermediate

How are you with goal setting?  Join us for FUN activities connecting our communication and goal setting! 

Please connect to the session here!

Friday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

Read the following article about the famous abstract painter, Piet Mondrian. 

WHO IS PIET MONDRIAN?

What are your thoughts on abstract art?  Imagine you are creating an email to Piet Mondrian explaining your thoughts on abstract art.  What would you say?  What questions would you like to ask him?

Let’s Explore Math

Look at the image below and answer the questions that follow:

Math Picture

What fraction of the square is red?

What fraction of the square is yellow?

What fraction of the square is white?

What strategies did you use to arrive at your answers?

Reflection of the Week

Reflection for the week!Drawing of a table setting, including a knife, fork, spoon, napkin, and cup.

On a piece of paper write down:

1.Fork – What was new for you this week?

2.Napkin – What did you help do this week?

3.Knife:  What can you do to share what you have? 

4.Spoon:  What did  you need help with this week?

5.Cup:  What do you need to do more of after this week?

6.Plate:  What helped you?  Who supported you this week? 

 

Intermediate



Monday

Story of the Week

Blast to the Past: King’s Courage  https://bit.ly/3gvFzZn

It’s another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo — they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they’ve got to do it with the twins’ baby brother, Gabe, in tow! But today’s mission will be more challenging — and more surprising — than any that they’ve faced so far. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

In your journal or on a blank piece of paper, draw the plot progression model and write 2-3 sentences summarizing the story of the week “Blast to the past: King’s courage”
under each heading:

– Exposition 

– Conflict

– Rising Action 

– Climax

– Falling Action 

– Resolution 

Explore Picture

Let’s Explore Math

The neighbourhood crossing guard needs a new winter coat and notices a clothing store in the mall is having a 25% off sale.

The coat is regular priced $60. What is the sale price? How many ways can you figure out how much is taken off?

When the crossing guard goes to pay at the cash register, the discount is taken off but 10% tax is added on. How much is added onto the sale price? What is the total amount he must give the salesclerk? How many ways can you figure out how much is added on?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

McMaster Museum of Art Sculpture Garden

Look at the image of the sculpture created by George Burton Wallace called “Man Releasing Eagles”

or click the link for a video tour > Click HERE https://bit.ly/3IPrFgW

This statue captures the instance between release and freedom. Answer the following question about the sculpture.

  • What objects do you see in the work of art in front of you? 
  • What is going on in this work of art? Share whatever you see happening, no matter how small. 
  • Describe how you might feel if you were the person releasing the eagles?
  • How would you feel if you were one of the eagles?
  • How does the artist capture the concept of freedom? Write a paragraph explaining what freedom means to you.

 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event – Previously recorded

Stem Club from Let’s Talk Science

Brain Buster’s – What is STEM?  Test your knowledge about STEM! 

Click here for the video of the pre-recorded event.  No materials needed, just your brain power! 

What subject did you connect with the most?

What subject was the hardest to answer?

What do you want to learn more about?

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week

Blast to the Past: King’s Courage  https://bit.ly/3gvFzZn

It’s another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo — they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they’ve got to do it with the twins’ baby brother, Gabe, in tow! But today’s mission will be more challenging — and more surprising — than any that they’ve faced so far. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

In the story of the week: Blast to the past: King’s Courage, what emotions might Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. experience? Name 2 emotions he may be feeling and justify your thinking by using evidence from the text. 

What emotions might you feel when making a difficult decision?  Write about a time when you had to make a difficult decision. Describe how you felt and strategies you used to help you make your decision. 

Let’s Explore Math

Katie is responsible for the snacks and drinks for the family movie night this week. They want to serve hot cocoa with marshmallows. Help Katie with their fractions while they prepare the drinks. Show your work.

  • At the grocery store the package of hot cocoa is on sale for 2/3  off the original price. If the original price is $6, what is the sale price?
  • Katie has 3 packets of the cocoa powder and a mug of drink requires 1/2 a packet. How many mugs can they prepare?
  • Katie’s mug was 3/4 full when the family dog knocked 1/2  of it onto the floor. How much was left in the mug?
  • The bag of marshmallows was 3/4 full and Katie divided them evenly into 6 mugs. What fraction of the bag went in each mug?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

STOMP! Creating Percussion Soundscapes

Choose a found object (buckets, sticks, spoons, basketball, tabletop, tins, body percussion etc.) to use as an instrument. 

  • Explore the sounds it contains and the sounds it can make
  • Discover as many different ways as possible to “play” your instrument to get a variety of pitch (high-low), duration (short-long) and dynamics (loud-quiet) 
  • Compose a soundscape pattern using various beats and rhythms 
  • Watch videos from the group STOMP! for some inspiration! (found at their YouTube site here)  https://bit.ly/3ALLQtm
  • Perform or record your piece to share with your family and friends.

Wednesday

Story of the Week

Blast to the Past: King’s Courage  https://bit.ly/3gvFzZn

It’s another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo — they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they’ve got to do it with the twins’ baby brother, Gabe, in tow! But today’s mission will be more challenging — and more surprising — than any that they’ve faced so far. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

As a literary device, mood is the emotional feeling or atmosphere that a work of writing evokes in the audience. 

We can see examples of mood in everyday life through advertisements. Marketing strategies try to make customers think about how much happier they will be when they have the product: 

  • Coca Cola:  Open happiness 
  • McDonald’s: I’m lovin’ it 
  • Holiday Inn:  Pleasing people the world over 
  • KFC: Finger lickin’ good

Listen to the song along with the lyrics: Cat’s in the cradle by Harry Chapin https://bit.ly/3g9JcnJ

Write down 1-2 words that reflects the mood of each verse of the song. Does the mood of the song change from start to finish? What message does the song tries to convey? Do you think it was done effectively? 

Let’s Explore Math A person jogged 10 times along the perimeter of a rectangular field at the rate of 12 kilometers per hour for 30 minutes. If field has a length that is twice its width, find the area of the field in square meters.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Song writing 

Choose your favourite song. Listen to the track and the lyrics. Practice your song writing skills by substituting your own lyrics into the song. What mood are you trying to convey? 

Share your new song with a friend!

Thursday

Story of the Week

Blast to the Past: King’s Courage  https://bit.ly/3gvFzZn

It’s another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo — they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they’ve got to do it with the twins’ baby brother, Gabe, in tow! But today’s mission will be more challenging — and more surprising — than any that they’ve faced so far. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

“You are writing your own story. Your choices help decide how that story is written.” 

Do you agree with the quote above? 

Write a response detailing whether you agree or disagree with the quote. Provide 2-3 examples to illustrate your thinking.  

Let’s Explore Math John bought a shirt on sale for 25% off the original price and another 25 % off the discounted price. If the final price was $16, what was the price before the first discount?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Sense Countdown 

Find a comfortable seat, sit up nice and tall, and take a deep breath. At your own pace, countdown through each sense. 

5 things you can see. 

4 things you can touch. 

3 things you can hear. 

2 things you smell. 

1 thing you taste. 

Practicing mindfulness helps us check in with ourselves and pay attention to how we’re feeling. By using our senses, we can evaluate ALL parts of ourselves including our thoughts and emotions.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Adventureworks – Goal Setting

11:00 – 12:00  Junior and Intermediate

How are you with goal setting?  Join us for FUN activities connecting our communication and goal setting! 

Please connect to the session here!

 

Friday

Story of the Week

Blast to the Past: King’s Courage  https://bit.ly/3gvFzZn

It’s another exciting Monday for Abigail, Zack, Jacob, and Bo — they are going to jump back to the past to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! The kids need to convince Dr. King not to get discouraged and to lead one of his famous voting rights marches. And they’ve got to do it with the twins’ baby brother, Gabe, in tow! But today’s mission will be more challenging — and more surprising — than any that they’ve faced so far. 

Let’s Explore Literacy

Read this article and name 3 reasons why someone would feel compelled to join Greta Thunberg’s call to action against climate change.  https://bit.ly/3HggBZH

Do you feel strongly about a social issue that impacts all Canadians?  Write about an issue you care deeply about and name several ways someone can get involved through their actions. 

Let’s Explore Math

Ms. Smith’s class is helping with the School and Community Fun Fair. They are having a barbecue and selling burgers. They hope to sell at least 120 burgers. The students need to buy supplies for the barbeque. Burger patties are sold in boxes of 6 and the buns are sold in packages of 8.

How many packages of buns and boxes of patties do the students need to purchase so they don’t have any leftover buns or patties? How many complete burgers can they make?

The Grade 7 and 8 students helping with the barbecue need to be divided into helper groups so that tasks can be divided. The more groups there are, the better the tasks can be divided.

The Grade 7s have 16 students that need to be equally divided into the helper groups. How many different groupings can be made?

The Grade 8s have 24 students that need to be equally divided into the helper groups.

What is the maximum number of helper groups that can be formed?

What other size groups can be formed?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Scene starters

Select one of the scenarios below. Choose a role and act out the scenes with siblings, friends or family. Try different combinations of the scene starters or create your own!

Explore Graph

Reflection of the Week

Reflection for the week!Drawing of a table setting, including a knife, fork, spoon, napkin, and cup.

On a piece of paper write down:

1.Fork – What was new for you this week?

2.Napkin – What did you help do this week?

3.Knife:  What can you do to share what you have? 

4.Spoon:  What did  you need help with this week?

5.Cup:  What do you need to do more of after this week?

6.Plate:  What helped you?  Who supported you this week? 

 

January: 31 – February 4

Kindergarten Download a PDF

Monday

Story of the Day Lewis Cardinal’s First Winter By: Amy Crane Johnson

Belonging & Contributing

Picture of the Day:

Take a minute to look at the photo. With someone in your home have a discussion: What is happening in the photo? What makes you say that?

snowman

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Alphabet Hunt: Using a large piece of paper (or multiple pieces of paper), use a marker/pencil to write all the letters of the alphabet in a column running down the left side of the piece of paper. Once all the letters are listed, it’s time to find items that begin with the letter sound! Explore inside your home, outdoors with a grownup or even find words in books or magazines! Examples might be a sock for S, banana for B, couch for C if searching around the home or duck for D, grass for G if outside. As you find the items write, draw or tell a grownup the object next to its appropriate letter on the chart. The game continues until there’s something for each letter of the alphabet.

Math and Playdough

You will need a pair of dice* and playdough. Practice numbers by rolling two dice and recording the numbers on a sheet of paper (e.g., six dots = 6). Show your thinking by creating corresponding playdough balls. How many playdough balls do you have? Is it the same as the number on the dice? How many playdough balls do you have in total? Can you count to that number? Extension: Roll the dice again and record the numbers on a sheet of paper. Repeat 5 times.

*If you don’t have dice at home, write numbers 1-6 on small pieces of paper, shuffle and flip a card to reveal the number.

*if you don’t have playdough you could make small balls with paper.

Problem Solving & Innovating

Play with Water or Snow!

With a grownup, fill up a bucket or sink with water or snow. Find items (e.g., a funnel, measuring cups/spoons, small plastic toys) that you could add to your water or snow. Don’t forget a towel for cleanup! Roll up your sleeves and explore how the water or snow feels. During play you might ask “how does the water sound when you pour it?”, “do your measuring cups hold the same amount of water/snow?”, “what did you find out when you put ___ in the water/snow?”.

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Listening Walk

Take a walk in your neighbourhood. Find a spot to stop for a few minutes and listen together for sounds in nature. Talk about what you hear, smell, see and feel outdoors. Encourage deep breathing by breathing in to the count of 5, exhale to the count of 5. Repeat.

Tuesday

Story of the Day Red is a Dragon By: Roseanne Thong
Belonging & Contributing

Picture of the Day:

Take a minute to look at the photo. With someone in your home have a discussion: What is happening in the photo? What makes you say that?

Penguins

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Go Fish!

Preparation: From the following Kindergarten word list, write 10 high frequency words on cards: no, is, can, me, you, and, he, at, a, so, on, in, up, am, we, like, see, I, go, it, do, an, the, my, to. You will need two sets of words which creates a set of 20 cards. Play by dealing 4 cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the table. Player 1 asks another player if they have a word. If they have it, they give it to the player, if not they say, “Go Fish!” and the player selects a new card. If a match is made the player continues with their turn. The game finishes when one player has found a match for all their cards.

Scavenger Hunt

For this hunt you will need to find four pieces of paper. On each paper draw one shape (e.g., circle, square, triangle, rectangle). Can you write the name of the shape on the paper? Search your home (inside or outside) for objects that match each shape.

Extension: Count how many objects you found for each shape (e.g., circle = 5). Write the number on the paper. Do this for all 4 shapes.

Problem Solving & Innovating

Ramp It Up!

Ramps help children gain experience with force and motion. With the help of a grownup, locate planks of wood, or long pieces of cardboard (e.g., cereal boxes, broken down cardboard boxes). This will be your ramp. Then, build a platform (e.g., pillows, smaller boxes, chair or couch) to hold up your ramp. Use balls, toy cars, or things that roll or move from around your home to understand how your ramp works. Try moving your ramp higher or lower. What happened?

Extension: Explore differences in speed and distance. Make a guess about which objects will move faster, slower, or farther. Write down your findings. Were your guesses correct? How do you know this? What could you do differently to get a different result?

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Going on a Walk

Take a walk or look out your window. Do a survey on paper of how many different types of trees, birds and animals you see. Did you see more birds than animals? How many trees did you see? Was it more than 10 or less than 10? Draw a picture of something from your walk and label.

Wednesday

Story of the Day Clark the Shark By: Bruce Hale
Belonging & Contributing

Picture of the Day:

Take a minute to look at the photo. With someone in your home have a discussion: What is happening in the photo? What makes you say that?

Kids in Snow

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Syllable Fun! Say or write down the names of the people in your family. Say your families’ names out loud. As you say the name try to jump the syllables (e.g., Sam = 1 jump, Gurpreet = 2 jumps). Can you do the same with the names of your friends and neighbours? Extension: Look around your home. Draw pictures of objects that have 2 syllables. On another page, draw pictures of objects that have 3 syllables.

Make Snowballs Make “snowballs” from paper (or any way you like). Set up a basket (e.g., laundry basket, box, large bowl) on the other side of the room. Begin to throw your snowballs into the basket. Count how many are in the basket and how many are not in the basket. Explain if you had more or less in the basket. Challenge yourself by moving the basket farther away. Extension: Write a number on a piece of paper and stick it to your basket. Try and throw that many snowballs into the basket. Look and see how many snowballs made it into the basket. How many more snowballs would you need to get to the number you posted on the basket? (e.g., you chose 10 but only got 6 snowballs in the basket. You would need to throw 4 more snowballs to get to the number 10).

Problem Solving & Innovating

Treasure Map

Pick an item in your home and hide it! Then using a pencil or marker create a treasure map on a piece of paper. Include instructions (text and/or pictures) as clues to finding the lost item! Ask a person in your home to follow your map to find the lost item.

Suggestions for the instructions could be:

Take 10 steps towards the bathroom

Walk 5 steps to the left

Crawl under the table

Look for the black shoe

Reflection: Were the instructions helpful to find your lost item? Did you have any problems? Would you do anything differently? How might you make it more challenging?

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Make a Musical Beat!

Can you make a beat to music? You can make a beat by clapping your hands, slapping your legs, drumming on a table, using pots, pans, or left-over coffee tins as drums. Try singing your favourite song or listening to music on the radio and practice different ways you can make a beat.

Extension: Without the music, make beat patterns like clap, slap, clap, slap.

Thursday

Story of the Day Chicken, Pig, Cow By: Ruth Ohi
Belonging & Contributing

Picture of the Day:

Take a minute to look at the photo. With someone in your home have a discussion: What is happening in the photo? What makes you say that?

snow blowing

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Concentration

Preparation: From the following Kindergarten word list, write 10 high frequency words on cards: no, is, can, me, you, and he, at, a, so, on, in, up, am, we, like, see, I, go, it, do, an, the, my, to. You will need two sets of words which creates a set of 20 cards.

Play! Place cards face down on a table (start with a small number of words and increase slowly). Each player turns over two words and reads them. If a match is made the player keeps the cards and gets another turn. Play until all the cards have been collected.

Home for a Bear (or favourite toy, animal, character)

Gather empty grocery boxes (cereal, crackers etc.), shoe boxes, or small baskets. Can you make a home for your bear? If available, use masking tape or glue to help with building. Have a discussion about how many boxes you are using, the number of sides and corners on the boxes. Think about other items that could be used to add to your bear’s home. Discuss where the bear is in relation to the home (e.g., in front of, behind, inside, on top of, beside).

Problem Solving & Innovating

Build a Bridge: What do you know about bridges? Tell someone in your home 5 things you know about a bridge. Can you build a bridge? With a grownup, collect a variety of recyclables that are different sizes (e.g., cereal and Kleenex boxes, empty clean containers, paper towel rolls) and home items (e.g., mixing bowls, strainer, long wooden spoons). Before you start building, draw out a plan or tell someone in your family what your plan is. Have fun exploring the materials! Extension: After building a bridge, test how strong it is. Is it strong enough to hold a small object? How do you know? What might happen if you put 2 objects on the bridge? Test your theory!

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

As If

Stand in an open space. Try and do each activity for 10-15 seconds.

A grownup will read the action:

  • jog in place as if a big scary bear is chasing you
  • walk forward as if you’re walking through chocolate pudding
  • jump in place as if you are popcorn popping
  • reach up as if grabbing balloons out of the air
  • march in place and play the drums as if you are in a marching band
  • move your feet on the floor as if you are ice skating
  • shake your body as if you are a wet dog

Extension: Can you create your own sentence and ask a family member to try it out? Draw your favourite action and label.

Friday

Story of the Day Martin MacGregor’s Snowman By: Lisa Broadie Cook
Belonging & Contributing

Picture of the Day:

Take a minute to look at the photo. With someone in your home have a discussion: What is happening in the photo? What makes you say that?

polar bear

Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours

Name Scavenger Hunt!
Using the letters in your name, find objects around your house that represent the sound of each letter. Write down the objects/tell a grownup the objects you have found!
For Example: My name is Jacob.
J – jar
A – apple

C – couch
O – orange (shirt)
B – book

Extension: Challenge yourself to find 3 items for every letter of your name or try your last name!

Does it Sink or Float?

With a grown up, fill up a bucket or large bowl with water. Find 10 objects that can be put into the water. Before you put the object in the water make a hypothesis (your best guess) if the object will sink or float. Drop the objects one at a time into the water to see what happens. Were you correct with your hypothesis? How do you know this?

Extension: On a piece of paper create a chart to document your findings. At the top of the page print the words “sink “and “float”. List the objects under the correct word.

Problem Solving & Innovating

Transient Art

Collect small items (e.g., buttons, pebbles, pieces of yarn or string), cardboard or paper, scissors (if needed), a measuring tool (e.g., ruler), pencil and an empty photo frame with no glass (or use sticks to make a frame shape). With these items create a design, a picture, or a pattern using the frame as your space to work. Items in the picture can be reused to make new designs, pictures or patterns.

Extension: Draw what you created. Label with a title or a sentence telling others about your art.

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Let’s practice how to calm our body.

Take a deep breath in and like you’re smelling a beautiful flower. Breathe out like you’re blowing out candles on a cake. Does your belly fill up with air? Do you feel your body calming? Repeat breathing until you feel calm.

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



Monday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story – Marvelous Cornelius
Let’s Explore Literacy

Phonological Awareness

Listen to or read Marvelous Cornelius. There are lots of big words in this story. Clap the syllables in the following words:

hurricane

Mississippi

barbers

bakers

parade

swift

Extension: Write three sentences about the story Marvelous Cornelius. Try using some of the above words in your sentences. Alternatively, draw pictures to represent the words above.

Let’s Explore Math

Skip Counting!

Can you skip count by 2? 5? 10? Can you get to one hundred

when you skip count by these numbers?

Adding and Subtracting Practice (use a hundreds chart for help)

34+78=

12+20=

46+9=

45+12=

20-5=

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Visual Arts

Look out your window. What do you see? Using paper and any drawing tools that you have, draw a picture of what you see outside. If you have crayons, pencil crayons or markers, try to use at least 5 different colours in your picture.

Movement

Set your device or stopwatch for one minute. Do each of the following exercises for one minute. Check the area around you to make sure it’s safe before you start. Be sure to slow down, take a break or grab a drink when you need to! It is important you listen to your body.

  • Arm circles
  • Jumping jacks
  • Jog on the spot
  • Skip on the spot or around a room.

Repeat these exercises 3 times each.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event and/or Activity

Explorer of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Read this together! It is time to meet the amazing explorers for the Global Goals. For more information on the United Nations Sustainability Goals (SDG’s) please visit this website.

Using a paper and a writing utensil make a list using pictures or words or both. What do we want? What do we need? Then have them colour the explorers.

The Global goals are “to protect the planet and make sure that everyone has what they need to be safe, happy and healthy.”

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Tuesday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story – Marvelous Cornelius
 

Phonics

What sound does /sh/ say? What sound does /ch/ say? What sound does /th/ say?

Make a list of words that start with sh, ch, and th.

Read these nonsense words:

shog chig chot shem thep thig

Can you make up other nonsense words that start with ch, sh and th?

Extension: Pick four of these words and put them into sentences. Look for these words in the books you read today.

Let’s Explore Math

Numbers to 100

What is something in your house that you have more than 100 of? What is something in your house that you have less than 100 of?

Extension: How many groups of 10 are in 100? How many groups of 2 are in 100? How many groups of 5 are in 100?

Extension: Can you skip count by 100? What about 1000?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement

Play your favourite songs for 20 minutes and have a dance party or make up exercises to go along with your favourite music (e.g., jumping jacks, squats, toe touches, running on the spot).

Music and Movement

How do you feel when you listen to music? How do you feel when you listen to music that is fast? How do you feel when you listen to music that is slow? Put on a song. Listen to the whole thing. How do you feel? Using a piece of paper draw lines and shapes that match the song. Move your body in ways that match the song.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Hamilton Conservation Authority

1:00-1:30

Wings’N’Beaks’N’Things: Birds of Prey

Please connect using this link

 

Wednesday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story – Marvelous Cornelius
Let’s Explore Literacy

New Words Wednesday! This week in our read aloud, Marvelous Cornelius, we learn a lot of new words. Listen to the story again. Here are some fun words we learned in this story:

marvelous- means really great

swift- means quickly

sashayed- means fancy walking

launch- means throw, or go up in the air

Can you think of other words that mean the same thing as marvelous, swift, sashayed and launch?

Can you put these words into sentences or draw pictures to show what these words mean?

Let’s Explore Math

Patterning

An AB pattern has two objects that repeat over and over again (e.g., pencil, eraser, pencil, eraser etc.).

An ABC pattern has three objects that repeat over and over again (e.g., stone, grass, leaf, stone, grass, leaf etc.).

With items around your home or outside, make an AB pattern and an ABC pattern.

Extension: Complete this number pattern- 2, 4,… 20

Complete this number pattern- 5, 10, …50

Complete this number pattern- 10, 20, …100

Complete this number pattern- 3, 6, 9, …30

Complete this number pattern-4, 8, 12, …40

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement

Minute to Win it! Do each of these exercises for one minute each:

  • Toe touches
  • Jumping jacks
  • Running on the spot
  • Squats
  • Skipping on the spot

Recyclable Art Collage

Using flyers and newspapers that are delivered to your home, tear them into pieces. If you have glue or tape, you can attach the pieces to paper. If not, arrange the pieces to make various pieces of art or collages

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Video for Movement

Get your energy flowing, move and stretch. Click on this link Energy Flow: Expression on Vimeo and use password HWDSB (if requested). These videos can be used multiple times. Make it part of your routine!

Think about how exercise and movement make you feel. What do you notice about yourself before and after?

 

Thursday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story – Marvelous Cornelius
Let’s Explore Literacy

Think about it Thursdays. What was your favourite part of the story Marvelous Cornelius? Why is this your favourite part. Draw a picture and write 3-5 sentences about why it was your favourite part.

Alternatively, read a book that you have in your home. What is your favourite part of that book? Draw a picture and write 3-5 sentences about why it was your favourite part.

Let’s Explore Math

Spatial Sense

Draw a picture of a triangle, square, rectangle and circle. Answer the following questions for each shape:

How many vertices (points) does each shape have? How many sides? Can you make a picture using only these shapes?

Extension: Find 3-D shapes in your home. Try to find the following:

  • sphere
  • rectangular prism
  • cube
  • cone
  • cylinder

Take pictures of the 3-D shapes or draw them.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Music and Movement

How do you feel when you listen to music? How do you feel when you listen to music that is fast? How do you feel when you listen to music that is slow? Put on a song. Listen to the whole thing. How do you feel? Using a piece of paper draw lines and shapes that match the song. Move your body in ways that match the song.

Extension:

If the weather permits, take a walk outside. Practice moving your bodies in different ways while you walk. For example, swing your arms in big circles, skip, jump and walk on your tip toes. How does it feel to move your body in these ways?

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

AdventureWorks

Connect and Communicating

11:00-12:00

Come to this live session to connect and communicate with your peers. This is the opportunity to participate in unique activities that will challenge you to move, share, and reflect about yourself. PLEASE BRING A WRITING TOOL AND PAPER TO THIS SESSION!

Please connect using this link.

 

Friday

Story of the Week Story of the Week: Enjoy listening to and reading along with our weekly story – Marvelous Cornelius
Let’s Explore Literacy

Let’s Talk About It

Using the picture provided, share a story about what is happening 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
  • spelling high frequency words correctly in my sentences (and, to, you, like, am etc.)
  • adding detail to my sentences
Let’s Explore Math

Measurement

We can measure with rulers (standard units) and also with objects in your home (nonstandard units). For this activity you can either use standard units (e.g., ruler) or nonstandard units (e.g., blocks, stones, toys).

Find five objects in your home. Measure each object and record the measurement.

Which object is longest? Which is shortest? Can you put them in order from shortest to longest?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Movement

Funky Friday. Put on your favourite song and do the following exercises 10 times.

Jumping up and down

Toe touches

Squats

Bear walks

High knees

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Dramatic Perspective with Cornelia Peckart

10:30-11:00

Learn about optical illusions in art and how you can doodle your way to success! Create cool effects using simple lines and shapes that are readily available at home or in school

Register at this link. We recommend that the student’s use their HWDSB email address to register.

Materials Needed: Paper, pencils and/or any drawing tool like markers and crayons

 

Reflection of the Week

On a piece of paper or digitally record your answers using words, pictures, or any other items to express your answers. Using the shapes below think about…

What did you “dig” into this week?

What “Gem” or moment did you have your aha moment of learning?

What was a moment that made your heart happy?

What was a way that you could have grown/improved? Image of the four different card types in a deck of playing cards. A Spade with the text What did you "dig" about your team? A diamond with What was your "gem" (learning moment) a Heart with A moment that made your heart happy and a Club with A way we could have grown/improved.

 

Junior Theme: Creative Thinking



Monday

Story of the Week

The House At The End Of The Road by Kari Rust

Let’s Explore Literacy

Adjectives are words that we use to describe people,

places, or things. In this story there are a number of

adjectives used to describe items in the story, like:Learn at Home Intermediate Jan 31-Feb 4 Jan 31-Feb 4 Junior Learning Plan Jan 31-Feb 4 Junior Learning Plan Kindergarten Learn From Home PowerPoint Presentation

“the old house”

“a whirring projector”

“an old-fashioned board game”

Choose something nearby and create a list of adjectives

to describe it. For example, you may choose to describe

an apple as, “vibrant red” or “bruised” or “delicious”. Get creative (and if describing a person, remember to be kind) and get those descriptive juices flowing.

Let’s Explore Math

Here’s a neat math problem! There are three different numbers that when you add them together (the sum), the total is the same as if you had multiplied the three numbers together (the product).

Can you figure out the numbers that were used? Are there any other numbers that work?

Math Question

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Have you seen the Arkadia Zoomquilt? It’s an endlessly zooming image that makes use of a program to create images within images.

Using either paper/pencil or digital tools, create an image that is made up of smaller images – if using a digital tool, try the zoom feature to really hide them in there. If using pencil/paper tools, have an idea in your mind of the final image, and create the smaller images first in order to fit them into the bigger picture.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Event and/or Activity

Let’s Talk Science – Constellation Viewers! Let’s see the stars!

Watch the video at this link:

Let’s Talk Science – Constellation Viewers Science Activity – YouTube

Materials Needed:

Small piece of paper Disposable cup or toilet paper roll

Pencil or toothpicks Marker

Tape

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week The House At The End Of The Road by Kari Rust
Let’s Explore Literacy

The house at the end of the road wasn’t really haunted, but for a moment the kids thought it might be. Can you think of a place that would make an incredible setting for a spooky ghost story?

Create a list of places that would be perfect locations for a creepy tale, and explain what it is about these places that makes theme so eerie. Once you’ve decided which one makes for the best location (the spookiest of all), create a short story using that place as the main setting.

Additional challenge – create illustrations to accompany the story and give someone a real fright!

Let’s Explore Math

Just like the house at the end of the road, here’s a math problem that can be misunderstood at first glance. In fact, many adults have argued over the correct answer. Can you figure it out?

Hint: Remember the order of operations (BEDMAS or PEMDAS)

Math Problem

Some people say the answer is 16, and some say the answer is 1. So who’s right? Explain how you know which answer is correct

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Check out these amazing personalized handshakes! Using hands, feet, and other body parts, create a series of cool handshakes

to use with friends and family.

How many can you create, master, and

perform in a row?

Challenge your friends to do the same!

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

AdventureWorks

Connect and Communicating

10:00-11:00

Come to this live session to connect and communicate with your peers. This is the opportunity to participate in unique activities that will challenge you to move, share, and reflect about yourself. PLEASE BRING A WRITING TOOL AND PAPER TO THIS SESSION!

Click here to join the event

Wednesday

Story of the Week The House At The End Of The Road by Kari Rust
Let’s Explore Literacy

In the story, the kids break a window in Mr. Peterson’s house with a rock. They returned after breakfast to apologize, and were nervous about going back.

Take on the persona of one of the characters in the story and write Mr. Peterson an apology letter. Think about what you would want to say to Mr. Peterson, and consider the following when writing your letter:

  1. How does Mr. Peterson feel after having his window broken?
  2. How might you explain the reason why the window was broken?
  3. How might you make it up to Mr. Peterson?
Let’s Explore Math

To the right is a “3-In-A-Row” – a type of puzzle where

The goal is to fill each of the small squares in the grid

With either an X or an O. But there are some rules:

  1. You cannot have “3-In-A-Row” of X’s or O’s. The most you can have is 2 X’s beside each other or 2 O’s.Lines go across (horizontal) and up and down (vertical)
  2. You must have 3 X’s and 3 O’s in each line.
  3. You must have 3 X’s and 3 O’s in each line.

Can you solve the riddle? Want more? Check these out!

Math Problem

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Look at these mime moves! Without using any words, these creative movers can tell a whole story, create an emotion, or even act out a silly situation to make the audience laugh. After watching, this video, try to

re-create some of the movements shown.

Can you tell a whole story? Try to show

These situations using mime only. Good luck!

  1. Making a meal
  2. Digging up a buried treasure
  3. Completing an obstacle course

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Marvelous Mandallas with Nancy Benoy

10:30 – 11:00

Mandalas are unique and special, just like you! Create your own special circle. Using your favourite colours, patterns and object. Each Mandala will begin with a focal point and radiate outward in a circle. In nature we see mandalas in snowflakes and flowers! Where else can you spot them?

Register at this link. We recommend that the student’s use their HWDSB email address to register.

Materials Needed: Paper, any drawing tool like markers and crayons OR toys/objects such as Lego or small toys

 

Thursday

Story of the Week The House At The End Of The Road by Kari Rust
Let’s Explore Literacy

Pretend the story of the week ended just after the window was broken, and the bicycle was left behind. We know that in the real story, the kids return, and meet Mr. Peterson, and even befriend him.

Your job is to re-write the story from the point where the kids run away. Your new-and-improved ending can be silly, scary, serious, sad, or anything you’d like it to be.

Maybe Mr. Peterson isn’t a ghost – maybe he’s an alien!

Perhaps the bike begins to come alive and turns into Frankenbike!

Maybe the kids spend the rest of the story making plans to rescue the bike, and then following through.

In this new story, you’re the author – so get creative. Can’t wait to read it!

Let’s Explore Math

Time for another math & logic puzzle! This one is often referred to as the “water Jug Problem” and has existed for hundreds (maybe thousands!) of years. It goes like this:

You have an 8 litre jug full of water and two smaller jugs, one that will hold 5 litres and one that will hold 3 litres.

None of the jugs have markings on them, nor do you have any additional measuring device. You have to divide the 8 litres of water equally between your two best friends, so that each gets 4 litres of water.

How will you do this? (hint: write down or draw the steps you take to solve)

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Using your awesome design skills, crate a costume or outfit that could be used in a play or movie. This might mean creating a costume or outfit that:

  1. Improves on a famous superheroine’s costume
  2. Makes the wearer appear monstrous, or ridiculous, or enormous
  3. Represents a cool idea or theme

Your only limit is your imagination – so get creating. Remember, after designing, include notes about the materials or features that you’d like to highlight. Good luck

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Hamilton Conservation Authority

1:00-1:30

Wings’N’Beaks’N’Things: Birds of Prey

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Friday

Story of the Week The House At The End Of The Road by Kari Rust
Let’s Explore Literacy

Pretend you are going to sell the house from the story of the week. In order to sell it, you have to make it sound appealing to people who might want to buy it. Read or watch the story again, and make a list of some of the things that you might be able to mention to someone to entice them to buy. Once you’ve made a list of all the good things, write a short advertisement for the house.

And remember – part of a good sales pitch is in being creative with the way you describe things. For example, after the window was broken, a creative writer might describe the house as having “amazing windows, with lots of air flow to keep the house smelling fresh as a breeze”. See how we turned a negative into a positive? Now you try!

Sell me this house!

Let’s Explore Math

The Tower of Hanoi is a famous logic puzzle where you

Must move the three rings (small, medium and large)

From one stack to another. Sounds easy enough, right?

The challenge is that there are a few rules:

  1. Only one disk may be moved at a time
  2. Each move consists of taking the top disk from one of the stacks and placing it on top of another stack or on an empty rod.
  3. No disk may be placed on top of a disk that is smaller than it.

With 3 rings, the challenge is possible in 7 moves. Think you’re up to the challenge? Try playing here – and when you complete it with 3 rings, try 4, or 5, or even more!

Math Problem

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Are you finding that all that sitting is making your body sore? We’ve got a great way for you to create a routine that will help you ensure you move (even when you forget to!)

Using the gifs found here, create a routine – a set of moves – that can be done during a5 minute movement break. String together different combos, and see if you can use both sitting and standing versions of different activities.

Can you teach someone in your family a new move this week?

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Video for Movement

Get your energy flowing, move and stretch. Click on this link video on Vimeo and use password HWDSB (if requested). These videos can be used multiple times. Make it part of your routine!

Think about how exercise and movement make you feel. What do you notice about yourself before and after?

 

Reflection of the Week

On a piece of paper or digitally record your answers using words, pictures, or any other items to express your answers. Using the shapes below think about…

What did you “dig” into this week?Image of the four different card types in a deck of playing cards. A Spade with the text What did you "dig" about your team? A diamond with What was your "gem" (learning moment) a Heart with A moment that made your heart happy and a Club with A way we could have grown/improved.

What “Gem” or moment did you have your aha moment of learning?

What was a moment that made your heart happy?

What was a way that you could have grown/improved?

 

Intermediate Theme: Does it all add up?



Monday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown https://bit.ly/3s8gGIX

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

Whether fiction or non-fiction, point of view is important to consider when analyzing a story. Understanding the POV of different characters or individuals can help you get to the truth or gain a deeper understanding of the motivations of certain individuals.

In Media Meltdown, there are several characters that stand in opposition to each other. Choose 3 characters and create a “profile” of them, with the following information:

-age, family (if applicable), skills, motivations, other applicable information.

Let’s Explore Math

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?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

When it comes to Financial Literacy, it’s important to know when to use certain payment methods.

  1. Create a chart with the following methods of payment and identify, describe, andexplain the advantages and disadvantages of paying for goods and services with various methods of payment (e.g., cash, debit card, credit card, e-Transfer, cheque, coupons, rewards or points from loyalty program).

  1. Which method of payment would you use for the following items? Why?

A) Cell Phone

B) Banana

C) Car

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Do 10 minutes of this workout – take breaks when you need to! https://bit.ly/3IHG5Ql

 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Rapping + Poetry with LTtheMonk

10:30-11:00

During this rap/poetry workshop, participants will learn the various elements that go into making their own rap verse/poem, going from building rhyming dictionaries and understanding different rhythms, to thinking about which topics participants may want to talk about to really express themselves as artists. This will all culminate in being able to write a full verse/poem, using playful rhythms, creative topics and inventive rhyme schemes!

Register at this link. We recommend that the student’s use their HWDSB email address to register.

Materials Needed: Pen and Paper

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown https://bit.ly/3s8gGIX

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

As mentioned yesterday, POV is very important to understand when analyzing a story.

To get some practice with understanding POV, choose one of your favourite stories and reverse the characters to create a new narrative. Write the story in full.

An example of a flipped story is taking the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf and turning it into the The Big Bad Pig and the 3 Little Wolves.

Let’s Explore Math
  1. Research the financial definitions of interest, interest rate,inflationand fees. Use articles, dictionaries, and videos to make sure you understand the concepts. Create a list of definitions so you can refer to them later in the week.

  1. Find offers from 2 different banks that include savings accounts with an interest rate.

A) Which is the best offer?

B) What is the current rate of inflation in Canada? How does this affect savings?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Drawing is easy for some and challenging for others. Regardless of your comfort level with drawing, video tutorials are a great way to establish a foundation of “go-to” items that you can easily draw. Check out and replicate this drawing tutorial and find some others to boost your skills! https://bit.ly/3fWZlge

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

AdventureWorks

Connect and Communicating

11:30-12:30

Come to this live session to connect and communicate with your peers. This is the opportunity to participate in unique activities that will challenge you to move, share, and reflect about yourself. PLEASE BRING A WRITING TOOL AND PAPER TO THIS SESSION!

Click on this link to connect

Wednesday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown https://bit.ly/3s8gGIX

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

In Media Meltdown, there is significant editing to the footage that changes the meaning of the videos. This has a big effect on what viewers think about the main story.

  1. Write a 6 word story (yes only 6 words!) to explain Media Meltdown

  1. Edit the story and try to change it’s meaning by adding, subtracting, or changingcertain words. See how far you can get from the original meaning by just changing oneword.
Let’s Explore Math

Choose three different countries from around the world and find their current exchange rate for each currency compared to the Canadian dollar. Also find the exchange rate for Bitcoin.

Why aren’t the currencies from all countries equal?

Choose one country and track the currency using a chart. (google will help you find a chart). Has the currency gone up or down in value over the last year, 5 years, 10 years?

Compare that currency to a chart showing the Turkish Lira from 2021. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Do 10 minutes of this workout – take breaks when you need to! https://bit.ly/3IHG5Ql

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Asynchronous Video for Movement

Get your energy flowing, move and stretch. Click on this link video on Vimeo and use password HWDSB (if requested). These videos can be used multiple times. Make it part of your routine!

Think about how exercise and movement make you feel. What do you notice about yourself before and after? How does this connect with Resilience?

 

Thursday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown https://bit.ly/3s8gGIX

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

In Media Meltdown, one of the main themes is media ownership. When a large corporation owns many companies, there is a possibility that there would be a conflict of interest. For example, if a corporation owns a mining company and a news company, the news company may not accurately or fairly report on issues regarding the mining company.

  1. Choose a media company (Fox, Disney, NBC, ABC,etc)
  2. Research to find out what corporation owns the media company.
  3. What else does the corporation own?
  4. How might the ownership structure impact fair reporting?
Let’s Explore Math

Imagine that Tam has $100.

How much money would they have after one year if they left it in their dresser drawer? How much would they have after one year if they put it in a savings account with an annual interest rate of .5% and a monthly fee of $8?

How much money would they have after one year if they put it in a savings account with an annual interest rate of .2% and no monthly fee?

What impact does the interest have in each scenario?

Which scenario has the best return after one year?

For these scenarios, assume that the interest is paid annually at the end of the year.

How does inflation affect the total amount?

Create a chart to show all scenarios.

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Here is a more advanced drawing tutorial. Enjoy!

https://bit.ly/3fSML1D

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

Hamilton Conservation Authority

1:00-1:30

Wings’N’Beaks’N’Things: Birds of Prey

Please click here to attend

Friday

Story of the Week

Media Meltdown https://bit.ly/3s8gGIX

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Let’s Explore Literacy

Read this story about corporate ownership of news media. https://bit.ly/3KIq1j6

In the story, several issues are brought up including the Trans Pacific Partnership and Fracking.

If a corporation owns a fracking company or is benefiting from the TPP, what effect might this have if they also own a news media company?

If necessary, read more about both of these issues prior to responding.

Let’s Explore Math

Borrowing money is a necessary part of life. Nearly everyone will borrow money from someone else at some point in their life.

Describe the pros and cons of borrowing from the following sources:

  1. Friends
  2. Family
  3. Bank

What method would you choose if you needed to borrow money as an adult? Why?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Do 10 minutes of this workout – take breaks when you need to! https://bit.ly/3IHG5Ql

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Architecting the Metropolis: Designers, Drones and Robots. Why do cityscapes form and how are they built? This system story takes us from vision to reality as a creative team at a leading architecture firm designs a building before our eyes, and then we see how machines like robots and drones are used to make this happen at a construction company. See the live drones and robots in action

Follow up Activities can be found here:

English materialsFrench materials

Reflection of the Week

On a piece of paper or digitally record your answers using words, pictures, or any other items to express your answers. Using the shapes below think about…

What did you “dig” into this week?Image of the four different card types in a deck of playing cards. A Spade with the text What did you "dig" about your team? A diamond with What was your "gem" (learning moment) a Heart with A moment that made your heart happy and a Club with A way we could have grown/improved.

What “Gem” or moment did you have your aha moment of learning?

What was a moment that made your heart happy?

What was a way that you could have grown/improved?

 

January: 24 – 28

Kindergarten

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Monday

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

Materials:

  • 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

Operation 

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

Drums

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.

 

Tuesday

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?

Wednesday

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?

Thursday

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

Sorting

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.

Friday

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.

Primary

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

Monday

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

Patterning

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?

Tuesday

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​ (EVENT COMPLETE)

1:00 – 1:30

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Topic:  Who Goes there; Tracking!  

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


Wednesday

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.

Extension:

  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!
EVENT COMPLETED. LOOK FOR MORE LIVE EVENTS IN THE FUTURE!

Thursday

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
Fall IIII
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

Friday

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?  

 

Reflection for the Week

What are you more like?  This or that?  I wonder!

Using this template think about if you are more like this item or that item?  

Write the word down that is most like you.

Latter Letter

Latter Letter

Click on the link above.  Thinking about the live events, activities, the literacy or math materials that you worked on this week, write a letter to yourself answering these questions.

  • What did I learn about myself during and after the activities/experience?
  • What did I see with my eyes this week that I remember?
  • How did I feel about what I remember?
  • What is 1 word that describes you this week?  
Junior

Theme: Action and Adventure

Monday

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”.


Tuesday

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

https://www.camk.jp/english/exhibition/tanakatatsuya/

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

Wednesday

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?
Experiential Learning Opportunity

1:00 – 1:30

Hamilton Conservation Authority – Click here to join the meeting

Topic:  Who Goes there; Tracking!  

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

Thursday

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

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? 

Let’s Explore Math

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?

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UysaVt_PJLh2WAqdcEcBC8ktItUK5cHJ5QLmd3UfY8w/edit#slide=id.p

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

11:30-12:30

AdventureworksClick here to join the meeting

Activities and engaging experiences to connect and develop 21st century skills.

 

Friday

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

Read this article from Teaching Kids News, Ingenuity Helicopter Completes First Flights on Mars.  https://bit.ly/2UWR3Os 

THINK AND DISCUSS

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. 

Let’s Explore Math

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.
Experiential Learning Opportunity

Activity

Grow your own Food!

What do you have in the fridge right now? An orange, lemon, peppers, or tomatoes may be a few. The bottom of a radish, green onion, or potatoes will also work.

A container (glass if possible) that is clean

Seeds that have been DRIED from any fruit or vegetable in your house

Add cotton balls, paper towel, or newspaper to the jar.  Spray with water, then add your seeds.  Record your growth daily.

Reflection For the Week

Share you Passion

What is it that make you tick!  What really gets you going?  How does this relate to school.  Use the following template to help you think of things that you are passionate about.

Latter Letter

Click on the link above.  Thinking about the live events, the activities, and the literacy or math materials that you worked on this week, write a letter to yourself answering these questions.

  • What did I learn about myself during and after the activities/experience?
  • What do I need to consider to help me with learning today?
  • What feeling do I have now that I have finished my activities for the day?
  • What is 1 word that describes my learning ?  
Intermediate

Theme: Life is a Mystery 

Monday

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!
Let’s Explore Literacy

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?
Let’s Explore Math

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?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

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.

 

Tuesday

Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
Let’s Explore Literacy

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?
Let’s Explore Math

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.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

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.

https://youtu.be/kC9W1dW61XQ

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​ (EVENT COMPLETE)

11:30-12:30

Adventureworks

Activities and engaging experiences to connect and develop skills

Wednesday

Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
Let’s Explore Literacy

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
Let’s Explore Math

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?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

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
Experiential Learning Opportunity

Let’s Talk Science – Building a Lander that could be used in Mars!  Who wants to go?

Watch the video at this link:

English: Let’s Talk Science – Building a Lander

Activité scientifique – YouTube

Materials Needed:Paper, Cardboard (or a bunch of papers), Pencil​, Tape                   

Optional Items:  Pipe cleaners, glue

Thursday

Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
Let’s Explore Literacy

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.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement

Stargazing

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
Experiential Learning Opportunity

Live Event

1:00pm – 1:3opm

Hamilton Conservation Authority – Click here to join the meeting

Topic: Who Goes There: Tracking

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

Friday

Story of the Week Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Volume 1: Small Volcanoes https://bit.ly/3gJLpad
Let’s Explore Literacy

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?

Let’s Explore Art & Movement

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.

 

Experiential Learning Opportunity

Activity

Grow your own Food!

What do you have in the fridge right now? An orange, lemon, peppers, or tomatoes may be a few. The bottom of a radish, green onion, or potatoes will also work.

A container (glass if possible) that is clean

Seeds that have been DRIED from any fruit or vegetable in your house

Add cotton balls, paper towel, or newspaper to the jar.  Spray with water, then add your seeds.  Record your growth daily.

Reflection for the Week

Share you Passion

What is it that make you tick!  What really gets you going?  How does this relate to school.  Use the following template to help you think of things that you are passionate about.

Latter Letter

Click on the link above.  Thinking about the live events, the activities, and the literacy or math materials that you worked on this week, write a letter to yourself answering these questions.

  • What did I learn about myself during and after the activities/experience?
  • What do I need to consider to help me with learning today?
  • What feeling do I have now that I have finished my activities for the day?
  • What is 1 word that describes my learning ?  

January: 17-20

Kindergarten Download a PDF

Monday

Story of the Day Best Friend Trouble By: Frances Itani
Belonging & Contributing Would You Rather?: A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! Would you rather be a cat or dog?
Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours Name Scavenger Hunt!: Using the letters in your name, find objects around your house that represent the sound of each letter. Write down the objects/tell a grownup the objects you have found! For Example: My name is Jacob
    • J – jar
    • A – apple
    • C – couch
    • O – orange (shirt)
    • B – book
Extension: Challenge yourself to find 3 items for every letter of your name or try your last name! Tic Tac Toe: Use stones, twigs or items around the home (e.g., coins, dry beans). Play a game of tic tac toe. Stop between or after the game and ask, “How many stones are there?”, “How many do we have in total?”, “How do you know?”. Play multiple times. How many times did you win? How many times did your play partner win?
Problem Solving & Innovating Around the World: Prepare your area for play. Choose an area where there is enough space to throw or toss. Remove breakable items. Set the game up based on the space you have. You can always move closer or further away to make it easier or harder. Set up an open container like a laundry basket or box in the middle of your space. Place 5 markers or toys around it in a circle. Make sock balls. Roll a sock inside itself to make a ball. You can also use a paper ball. Play! Start at one spot and use the ball you made to shoot/toss from that spot until you get it in the basket. Move to the next spot and repeat until you make it around the world (until you get it in from every spot). Extension: Count how many shots it took to make it around the world.
Self-Regulation and Well-Being Play “Head-Shoulders-Knees-Toes” to help your child learn and practice following instructions, thinking before they do an action, and staying calm/relaxed when things go wrong. Say “touch your head, shoulders, knees and toes”. Say the body part out loud when your child touches it. Do this again but in a different order (e.g.,knees,head, shoulders, toes). Do this again but in a different order (e.g., toes, head, knees, shoulders). Next, say “listen to my words, touch your head” but touch your knees. Your child needs to touch the body part you said out loud: “head” not knees! Try this again with a 3-5 more body parts. Extension: have the child lead the game.

Tuesday

Story of the Day Bad for them, Good for me By: Aaron Zevy
Belonging & Contributing Would You Rather?: A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! Would you rather have a magic carpet that flies or your own robot?
Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours Musical Movement with Words: Find some plain paper and cut them into cards. Write the letters of the word S U N S H I N E on them. Place them around a room with the furniture pushed aside, so there is room to move and groove when the music plays. Play music of your choice and groove. The grownup will pause the music and CALL out the sound the letter makes. Your child will find the letter that matches the sound and will stand on that letter. Repeat until you have discovered all the sounds! Extension: Play again using the word OUTSIDE, UMBRELLA, ADVENTURE, etc. Number Hunt: Using a newspaper, magazine and/or recyclable materials go for a number hunt. Look through the materials to search for the numbers 1 through 20. When you find a number, cut it out using scissors (or rip with your hands). Keep going until you find all 20 numbers. When you are finished the hunt put the numbers in order.
Problem Solving & Innovating Insects: I WONDER what creepy, crawly insects would look like? Can you make a sculpture of an insect with nature materials? What insect will you make? What materials will you need? While you are outside, collect materials for your sculpture. Create and share it with others in your home. Optional: research different kinds of flying bugs.
Self-Regulation and Well-Being Sound Walk: With a grownup, go on a sound walk around your neighbourhood, the local park or your yard and see how many different things you hear. Can you check off all these sounds?
  • Kids playing
  • Birds chirping
  • Cars driving
  • Wind blowing
  • Dog barking
  • Footsteps
  • Laughter

Wednesday

Story of the Day The Dot By: Peter H. Reynolds
Belonging & Contributing Would You Rather?: A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! Would you rather live in a treehouse or an igloo?
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 Wonder!: What questions do you have about the world? While outside with a grownup or while looking out a window inside your home, talk about what questions you have about the world? Why is the sky blue? What are clouds made of? What do you think the answers to these questions are? How could you find out? Draw a picture about your questions.
Self-Regulation and Well-Being Play red light, green light!: With a grown up, find a safe open space (e.g., a park, a sidewalk, a driveway). Stand on one side of the space. Listen to the instructions. The grown up will call out either green light or red light. For green light you will move your body towards the grown up. For red light, you will stand still. Continue until you catch up to the grown up. Take turns being the caller. Change your movement – hop, skip, crawl on a green light.

Thursday

Story of the Day When Pigasso met Mootisse By: Nina Laden
Belonging & Contributing Would You Rather?: A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! Would you rather live in the sky or under the sea?
Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down for Beginning Sounds: This is a partner game that can be played with someone in your home. The grownup will read the list of words and the student will have to determine if the initial sound is the same. If it is, then it’s a thumbs up. If the initial sounds are not the same, then thumbs down. Word Pairings:
  • Map/Nap (down)
  • Apple/Alligator (up)
  • Light/Sound (down)
  • Turtle/Talk (up)
  • Bed/Bike (up)
  • Book/Read (down)
  • Climb/Clap (up)
  • Brown/Down (down)
  • Stick/Stamp (up)
  • Play/Plane (up)
Estimation Takes Practice!: During snack or lunch time try and make an estimate with a handful of food (e.g., raisins, beans, cereal, rice). What was your guess? Write that number down or tell a grownup. Now try to count to find out how close you were! How close was your estimate? Which number was bigger? How do you know? Extension: Try estimating with something bigger! For example: a bowl full of Lego or eggs or twist ties.
Problem Solving & Innovating Build a Fort: Using different items around the home (e.g., pillows, table, couch, sheets) build a fort. Some prompting questions for the grownup to ask during and after the build:
  • How big can you make your fort?
  • How many rooms does your fort have?
  • How many entrances?
  • What is the name of your fort?
  • Who is allowed in your fort?
Self-Regulation and Well-Being Guess Who? This game involves guessing what the other person is pretending to be. Ask the child to choose an animal (but not say what they chose). Ask the child to think about the way the animal moves. Encourage the child to move like the animal they have chosen. Try and guess what the animal is. Take turns to move like different animals. Ask each other questions to help you guess. Try playing the game using different people you know, fruits and vegetables, places, rooms in the home.

Friday

Story of the Day He Came With the Couch By: David Slonim
Belonging & Contributing Would You Rather?: A “Would You Rather” question is a wonderful way to engage in some critical thinking. Read the question with the child and discuss both options and invite the child to state which option they choose and why! Would you rather have butterfly wings or a horse tail?
Demonstrating Literacy & Math Behaviours Clues, Clues, Clues!: Gather 10 items from around your home and hide them under something like a towel (e.g., a spoon or a toy). For each item, clap the syllables, say something that rhymes, tell what sound it starts with and what sound it ends with and stretch out all the sounds. See if you can give clues about each object to someone in your home. Are they able to guess your hidden objects? Math Walk and Talk: Go for a walk around the neighbourhood with a grownup and look for math all around you! Pay attention to things in nature, architecture and what’s in the sky and on the ground! Some examples could be:
  • Find a pattern
  • Find something symmetrical
  • Find a collection of things and compare them – find some things that are bigger/smaller/the same size
  • How many? Count them, then find a different way to count them
  • Did you find a numeral or some digits?
Problem Solving & Innovating Let’s Play!: Using a basket, box, or a bag collect a variety of items in your home that are of interest to you. With a grownup check in cupboards, drawers, and closets. Some examples could include; sheets, towels, face cloths, blankets, napkins. These items could be used for building forts or dressing up. Bowls, baking tins, eating utensils, mixing and serving utensils, funnels, sieve, canning jar rings, elastics, and aluminum foil. These items could be used for kitchen or cooking play. Add water for mixing and pouring. Add rags for cleaning play. Provide lots of uninterrupted time for the child to engage with the items. You might ask “do you have any ideas about how we might begin?”, “tell me about your…”, “I wonder what would happen if you tried …”, “how could you make that? (taller, wider, longer)”, “how does that water sound when you pour it?”, “what did you find out when you put ____ in the water?”.
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?
Primary Theme: I am special, I am unique, I am ME! Download a PDF

Monday

Story of the Week What Makes Us Unique – We are all so different and that is so special! This story is about celebrating each other and all our wonderful differences. https://bit.ly/hwdsbunique
Let’s Explore Literacy Clues, Clues Clues! Gather 10 items (e.g., a spoon or a toy) from around your home and hide them under something like a towel so they are not visible to your partner. For each item, clap the syllables, say something that rhymes, tell what sound it starts with and what sound it ends with. If your partner needs a final clue, you can stretch out all the sounds. Give all of these clues to someone in your home about each object. Are they able to guess your hidden objects? Extension: Switch roles! Now it is your turn to listen carefully to the clues and guess the hidden objects.
Let’s Explore Math Mental Math: How would you solve 12+15=___ in your head? What strategies would you use? Show your thinking on paper. Is there another way you could solve the same equation? Extension: Solve the following questions in your head. See if you can show/explain multiple ways to solve them to someone in your home. Ask them how they would solve the questions as well.
  • 102+59=
  • 78+41=
  • 234+121=
  • 16+100=
  • 88+44=
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Unique Nature Rubbings:
  • Take a walk outside with an adult. Collect small stones, leaves, flowers and grass.
  • Place a piece of paper over top of the item and using a pencil, crayon or pencil crayon, rub over the item.
  • What else can you make a rubbing of? A stone? A leaf? How do these textures appear on the paper?
  • Discuss the different textures. Which things were smooth? Which were rough?
  • How can you group your rubbings? Can you group them by texture, shape, or by type (tree, leaf, rock)?

Tuesday

Story of the Week What Makes Us Unique – We are all so different and that is so special! This story is about celebrating each other and all our wonderful differences. https://bit.ly/hwdsbunique
Let’s Explore Literacy 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 Creative Coding!: Conditional statements are an important part of learning to code. If we do something it will cause something else to happen. Let’s get creative and think about these conditional statements:
  • If it is cold outside, then…
  • If we water the flowers, then…
  • If you finish your homework, then…
  • Extension: Can you make your own conditional statements? If________, then ________.
  • If, _______, then _______.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Visual Arts: Colour Wheel Challenge Find a variety colourful objects around your home and make a colour wheel. You can use the acronym ROYGBIV to help with the order of colours. What do you notice about your colour wheel? Is every shade of blue (or red or any other colour) the same? How do the colours blend in with each other? Extension: Use the objects to design a colourful picture or sculpture.

Wednesday

Story of the Week What Makes Us Unique – We are all so different and that is so special! This story is about celebrating each other and all our wonderful differences. https://bit.ly/hwdsbunique
Let’s Explore Literacy Word Game Wednesday: Concentration Preparation: Write 15 high frequency words on cards (e.g., index cards, pieces of paper). You will need two sets of words which creates a set of 30 cards. (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) Concentration: Place cards face down on a table (tip: start with a small number of words and increase slowly). Each player turns over two words and reads them. If a match is made the player keeps the cards and gets another turn. Play until all the cards have been collected.
Let’s Explore Math 3-D Shape Hunt: Can you go on a shape hunt in your home and outside? Create a tally chart to show what 3-D shapes you have found.
Cube Sphere Cylinder Rectanglar Prism
       
Extension: Name the number of faces and vertices for each 3-D shape.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Movement: Dance Let’s use the dance elements of body, space, time and energy. Imagine you are a snow or ice sculpture. Think of the shape your body will make and feel the energy it takes to stand very still. Now, imagine that you are very, very slowly beginning to melt. “Body”: Your arms might slowly sag, your head may start to sink down, and your whole body will get heavier and rounder as you slowly move toward the ground. “Time”: See if you can make your ‘melt’ take a whole minute (60 seconds). Think about how your line artwork took a long time to disappear. “Energy”: We often think about energy as something we use to go fast, but it is very difficult to move slowly. Challenge yourself to hold a position and think about the muscles you are using in your arms and legs.

Thursday

Story of the Week What Makes Us Unique – We are all so different and that is so special! This story is about celebrating each other and all our wonderful differences. https://bit.ly/hwdsbunique
Let’s Explore Literacy Think it Through Thursday: What Makes Us Unique is a powerful story with an important message. After reading the story, ask yourself the following questions and share your responses with someone in your home. What makes you special and unique? What makes you a wonder? What is the author’s message in this book? Now that you have listened to the story a few times, retell the story to someone in your home. Include the important details from the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Let’s Explore Math Measurement Imagine you had to describe how long something was without using a ruler. What might you use to measure the length of your shoe? Your kitchen floor? The height of a wall? Would you use your hands? Toothpicks? Pebbles? Challenge: Find a large object in your home to measure. E.g., a couch, wall, floor etc. Choose an object like your shoe (make sure it’s clean!) or your hands to act as a measuring tool. Using your measuring tool, determine how long your object is. Extension: Write down what you would use to measure the length of each of the following objects: A) A school bus B) A spoon C) A tree D) A stuffed animal E) An apartment building F) A family member G) A coin
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Movement: Yesterday we explored the elements of body, energy and time. Today you can play “Red light/ Green light” to practice using your energy, body and time in different ways! Clear a safe space in your home or find a space outside with someone in your home. Create a starting line and a finish line. Choose one person to call out “Red Light/Green Light”
  • Start with everyone along the starting line,
  • When you say ‘Green Light’ everyone will move towards the finish line,
  • When you say ‘Red Light’ everyone must immediately stop. If players are still moving when you call ‘Red Light’, they must go back to the starting line.
  • Start a new round when everyone gets across the finish line or when most players make it across the finish line.

Friday

Story of the Week What Makes Us Unique – We are all so different and that is so special! This story is about celebrating each other and all our wonderful differences. https://bit.ly/hwdsbunique
Let’s Explore Literacy Look at the following pairs of words. Change or add one letter at a time to get from the first word to the second word. For example, To get from Cat to Dog, your word ladder might look like this:
Dog Bog Bag Bat Cat
Create word ladders for the following words: A) Mop-Pen B) Pet-Fish C) Team-Work D) Hands- Glove
Let’s Explore Math Number Sharing: Four friends want to fairly share 8 grapes. How many grapes will each student get? Draw a picture to explain your thinking. Extension:
  • Two friends want to share 5 strawberries so that everyone gets the same amount. How much will each child get?
  • Four friends want to share 9 quesadillas so that everyone gets the same amount. How much will each child get?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Movement: Hop and Jump! Find a spot in your home to start (e.g., front door of your home, bedroom door). Stand still and decide where you want to go next (e.g., bathroom, bedroom, kitchen). Begin jumping on two feet to get to your destination. When you get there tell someone in your home how many jumps it took to get there. Try a new destination! How many jumps did that take? Extension: Hop on one foot from one destination to another. How many hops did it take to get there? Try and count by 2’s as you hop or jump to your next destination.
Junior Theme: Mysteries of Life Download a PDF

Monday

Story of the Week The Paper CraneBy Molly Bang Business returns to a once prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances.
Let’s Explore Literacy Read the article: Giant Wood Moth Spotted at Australian School – What’s the strangest bug you’ve ever seen? Were you afraid of it? Why do you think some people have a fear of insects and bugs?
Let’s Explore Math Just how big is a million? Let’s see if we can get our heads around it by exploring some everyday bodily functions.
  • Predict how long it takes in hours for your heart to beat 1 000 000 times. Show your work.
  • How long does it take to blink one million times? Show your work.
  • How long does it take to take 1 000 000 breaths? Show your calculations.
  • About how long does it take for your heart to pump a 1 000 000 L of blood (The heart pumps 7200L of blood a day). Show your work.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Time Capsule What three items would you put in a time capsule to represent the past year? Describe each item and explain why you chose it. Learning Goal: I will generate and organize ideas and details into a well-structured paragraph (including an introduction and conclusion sentence).

Tuesday

Story of the Week The Paper CraneBy Molly Bang Business returns to a once prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances.
Let’s Explore Literacy Read the article: Crows Are So Clever Can you think of any other animals that are social? What are the advantages for an animal who is part of a social group? What might be some disadvantages?
Let’s Explore Math Below is a picture of a Rubik’s Cube and one possible net for a Rubik’s Cube. Can you find all the other possible nets? (Hint: There are 11 in total) Image of a rubix cube on the left, with the net of the cube folded out on the right showing a sideways cross shape.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement 20 Minute Workout

Wednesday

Story of the Week The Paper CraneBy Molly Bang Business returns to a once prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances.
Let’s Explore Literacy Read the article: A sea slug’s head can crawl around and grow a whole new body Write a short paragraph that explains the central idea of the article. Use at least two details from the article to support your response.
Let’s Explore Math Which shape weighs the most? Explain. Which shape weighs the least? Explain. Image of two scales. On the left, the scale is balanced with two blue spheres on one side and one green cylinder on the other. On the right, the scale is balanced with three red squares and one blue sphere.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Alberto Giacometti was one of the outstanding artists of the 20th century. Shifting between sculpture, painting and drawing his career is marked by three key periods, the cubist, surrealist, and a later more mature period in which he explored rendering distance, and human presence. You can read about him and his work here: National Gallery of Canada After you have explored some of his artwork you can try to make your own. All that is required is some aluminum foil. Image of three foil figures created in the style of Giacometti.

Thursday

Story of the Week The Paper CraneBy Molly Bang Business returns to a once prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances.
Let’s Explore Literacy Astronaut Abigail Harrison is aiming to be the first person to ever set foot on Mars. She regularly answers student questions about space, astronauts, and following your passions. Click on and watch the clip to see what Astronaut Abby has to offer about becoming an astronaut, then create a set of 3 questions you would ask Abby. They can be serious, goofy, or somewhere in between! Consider this: Would all of your questions be about the science of space travel? What might you want to know about aliens? Do you wonder if astronauts ever get space sick? How far do you think it is to Mars?
Let’s Explore Math The Book Bin Problem There are 3 bins of books in the classroom. The number of books in each bin is shown in the picture below. Image of three boxes with the numbers 23, 37 and 56 in them, indicating the number of books in each box. Kyle takes all the books out of the bins and puts them into piles of ten. How many piles of ten can Kyle make with all the books? Justify your answer.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Click on the video to watch a video on future city designs – creating a city that reflects the changes that the future will bring to our world. Using a pencil and paper, or using found materials, create a future world – maybe even a city that could be found on another planet, or one that might exist in 1000 years from now! Consider this: What new and awesome technology will the city have? Will it resemble the cities of today? How might a city make use of not-yet-invented features and ideas? Get creative, and don’t forget to grab a picture or video of your completed work!

Friday

Story of the Week The Paper CraneBy Molly Bang Business returns to a once prosperous restaurant when a mysterious stranger pays for his meal with a magical paper crane that comes alive and dances.
Let’s Explore Literacy In Lewis Carol’s “Jabberwocky” poem, the author uses nonsense words, which many people have tried to decipher (figure out). Read the words in the poem, and see if you can figure out what the author is trying to say. Re-write the stanza using your own words to replace the nonsense words and ideas. Consider this: Can you figure out whether the nonsense words are nouns, verbs, adverbs, or adjectives? How can you tell which is which?
Let’s Explore Math The Bag of Marbles Task A math class was studying statistics. The teacher brought in three bags containing red and blue marbles. The three bags were labelled as shown below: Image of thee bags of marbles. Bag X has 75 red and 25 blue. Bag Y has 40 red and 20 blue. Bag Z has 100 red and 25 blue. The teacher shook each bag. The teacher asked the class, “If you close your eyes, reach into a bag and remove 1 marble, which bag would give you the best chance of picking a blue marble? Which bag would you choose? Explain your thinking.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Have you ever solved a maze or labyrinth? Mazes have been used throughout history to offer challenges, protect secrets and special artefacts, and as part of myths and stories. Using a pencil and paper, or household objects, create your own labyrinth – and consider what tricks or tips will help to make it more difficult to solve. Does the shape of the labyrinth affect how difficult it is?
Intermediate Theme: Let’s Get Physical! Download a PDF

Monday

Story of the Week Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament—against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia’s challenges don’t just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride!
Let’s Explore Literacy Photo poetry writing assignment: For this task, you will need to search for an image that inspires you. Consider the following options for your brainstorming: famous painting, drawings, old family photos, cartoon, etc. Once an image is selected, answer the following questions:
  1. What is the setting? Will you use a similar setting for your poem?
  2. What feelings does the image convey?
  3. What does this image convey that is unexpressed in words?
  4. Does this image appeal to the 5 senses?
  5. If you could identify a topic/theme from this image, what might it be?
  6. What does this image leave you wondering?
  7. What words pop into mind when you look at this image?
Let’s Explore Math Perfect Numbers These are the numbers which equal the sum of all of their smaller factors. They are few and far between — in fact, nobody knows how many there are. Only 47 perfect numbers are currently known. The only two less than 100 are 6 and 28, and the next smallest one is between 490 and 500. Factor the numbers between 490 and 500 to find the perfect number.
Perfect Number Positive Factors Sum of all factors excluding itself
6 1, 2, 3, 6 6
28 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, 28 28
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Complete the fitness challenge! How many of each exercise can you do in 100 seconds?
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Sit-ups
  • Hops
  • Toe Touches
  • Push-ups
  • Steps

Tuesday

Story of the Week Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament—against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia’s challenges don’t just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride!
Let’s Explore Literacy Newspaper Editorials Newspaper editorials reflect and express the newspaper’s opinion on an issue. You can find them in all sections of the newspaper. Editorials are opinion stories, but in order for an editorial to be effective, it must be backed up not only by an opinion but also by facts and evidence, and in many cases the editorial will also include relevant data. Find an editorial either in a newspaper, or online newspaper sources. Read the issue and answer the following questions:
  1. What is the position of this editorial?
  2. List the opinion statements from this editorial.
  3. How does the editorial tries to persuade you?
  4. In your opinion, is this editorial effective? Why or why not?
  5. Is there anything that could improve the editorial?
Let’s Explore Math When exercising or playing soccer like Nadia, your heart beats fast! How long does it take for your heart to beat 1000 times? If you started counting at midnight tonight, when would you count the millionth beat? What about the billionth beat? How does this change if you’re doing exercise? Write an equation to help you estimate without having to count each beat.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Sketch a Still Life Find a peaceful place for your sketch. It could be in the park, in your yard, on a balcony or a view from your window. Sketch what you see. Try to incorporate the basic shapes you see, different texture techniques, varying line styles and pay attention to light and shade. Try with a pencil and then with colour. For a challenge complete your sketch using only primary colours for an abstract feel. Other cool things to draw:
  • an eye
  • dreams in a bottle
  • mountains and moon
  • someone running away
  • door to the universe
  • treehouse
  • A water reflection

Wednesday

Story of the Week Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament—against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia’s challenges don’t just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride!
Let’s Explore Literacy Six Word Memoir A memoir is a story about your life, important moments that you want to share with others that tell about what’s important to you, what you value, and what you want others to know.You will engage in a reflective activity and write one or several 6-word memoirs about important moments in your life. Your task:
  1. Generate a list about what is important to you, things that are happening right now in your life, character traits, your hobbies, values, dreams and aspirations, etc.
  2. Read these sample 6-word memoirs:
    • Asked to quiet down, spoke louder
    • Wasn’t noticed so I painted a train
    • Left cell phone on car roof
    • Working hard on my teacher look
    • Endless summers, walking the beach tog
    • I never finish anything, except cake
  3. From the list you generated, create your own six word memoir, and create one for each character in the Soccer Sabotage graphic novel.
Let’s Explore Math Imagine you have a piece of paper as long as a soccer field and you folded it in half (doubling its thickness, and then in half again (doubling it again), and then in half again (and so forth), how many times could you fold it? Write an equation to explain your thinking.
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Delaunay applied his pictorial language of simultaneous contrasts of colors to circular forms. These paintings innovative because they no longer refer to the external world but rather to the non-objective realm. Yet, as Relief; Rhythms demonstrates, there is an allusion to the celestial bodies of the sun, the moon, and the planets. Circular forms of bright hues of red and blue are affixed to the white background and seem to float in space. This effect is the result of Delaunay’s dedication to studying the play of colors in rays of light, prisms, and halos formed around light bulbs. Answer the following question about the sculpture:
    • What objects do you see in the work of art in front of you?
    • What is going on in this work of art? Share what you see happening, no matter how small.
    • How is nature captured in this sculpture?
    • Why do you think it is called “Struggle”?
    • How does the artist capture this concept? Write a paragraph explaining what this means to you.
Abstract artwork by Robert Delaunay

Rhythm, Joy of Life By Robert Delaunay

Thursday

Story of the Week Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament—against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia’s challenges don’t just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride!
Let’s Explore Literacy You are invited to join a discussion as a guest on a popular podcast. The topic of the day is whether Nadia makes the right choices or the wrong choices in the Soccer Sabatoge graphic novel. Prepare a brief speech expressing your thoughts on the topic.
Let’s Explore Math 14 basketball players equally shared 6 large pizzas and 6 volleyball players equally shared 2 large pizzas. Who got to eat more pizza, a basketball player or a volleyball player?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Art Inspires Art Does music or art inspire you to create? Would you create different types of art depending on the music you are listening to? Would you create different music depending on the art you are looking at? Listen to a variety of music and capture your ideas, images and thoughts that you could use to create artworks. What soundscape are you inspired to create?

Friday

Story of the Week Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament—against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia’s challenges don’t just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride!
Let’s Explore Literacy Create an advertisement for Soccer Sabotage, encouraging others to read it. It can be a brochure, poster, video or audio recording. Use the descriptive language techniques touched on earlier in the Learn at Home activities.
Let’s Explore Math The sum of my numerator and denominator is 1 less than a perfect square. Their difference is 1 more than a perfect square. Their product is 1 less than a perfect square. What number am I?
Let’s Explore Art & Movement Found Objects Colour Wheel Go on a colour exploration. Using found items from around the home create your own colour wheel. Extend the creativity and gather items from outside to create a natural colour wheel. Image of a colour wheel made up of found objects.
Updated on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
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