We hosted two elementary science brainstorming sessions about plans for continuous learning. After synthesizing the ideas and several follow-up conversations, we think we have a realistic plan for teachers and districts to use between now and June. “We’re better together…”
The weekly plan includes three “wonder-filled” activities for K-5 students and families to engage with together that promote connection, wonder, play, and ‘figuring out’!
We prioritized the following ideas when developing the plan and activities:
- Play! The activities are play-based and an opportunity for families to connect, wonder, and explore together (mostly outside!).
- All! All children in grades K-5 explore together during the activities. We recognize that elementary age students (and older siblings) are helping each other learn while many parents work from home. There are not separate lessons for second graders compared to fifth graders. We’ve differentiated the sense-making questions for K-2 and 3-5 for the same exploration activity. Even middle school and high school kids could participate.
- Variety! Each week there will be (1) Life Science Activity, (1) Earth and Space Activity, and (1) Physical Science Activity. Districts and teachers can decide how many activities or which activities they choose to have families engage with. All are standards based (MSS / NGSS), but not necessarily a part of any one elementary science curricular resource.
- Accessibility and Ease of Use! There are a total of 7 Google Slides for each activity. Teachers can link directly to the activities if using digital tools like Google Classroom, a website, etc., or districts can print the slides “notes” style and make a modified science notebook for families and children that are receiving printed resources. If using the printed option, each activity (7 slides) will fit on one sheet of paper when printed double-sided. We drafted a parent/guardian letter as an introduction for families as well.
If you’d like to check them out, or share them with others, feel free!