We’ve made it through our first week of distance learning! Using online tools such as Quizlet and BrainPop, students were able to work on geography, math, English, and Latin from their own homes. We were even able to continue our morning ritual of reading a poem and doing creative writing together thanks to Google Classroom. Classroom will also facilitate the addition of our Humanities, Mathtivty, and Science classroom back into our curriculum this coming week. In this rapidly evolving environment of virtual education, we thought it would be helpful to share a list of online resources for teachers, parents, and students alike.
- The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissions
- Boston Public Library. MA residents (over the age of 13, so maybe parents in some cases) can also sign up for a free e-card and access TONS of amazing resources, including streaming movies and media.
- Massachusetts Library System: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Massachusetts Libraries: Stay Engaged, Have Fun, Relieve Stress
Science and Math (lessons, activities, and more):
- “Interactive Simulations for Science and Math“
- Explore Learning: includes Gizmos, Science 4 Us, and more
General Education and Enrichment:
- BrainPop – includes lessons in Science, Math, English, Arts and Music, and more. Because of the current school closures, they are offering free subscriptions!
- Virtual Museum Tours – these 12 Museums offer free, virtual tours!
- The Cult of Pedagogy, a blog by educator Jennifer Gonzalez, posted a very helpful list as well!
COVID19 Education (and Anxiety Management):
- BrainPop posted a helpful educational video for kids
- Flattening the Curve and Social Distancing: The Washington Post shared an extremely helpful article and graphic that illustrates exactly how effective social distancing can be and why. The animations help make the concept understandable even for younger children.
- “5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Cornoavirus” by the New York Times
- COVID19 Anxiety Management advice from the CDC, for kids and adults alike
Upcoming Dates and Events
- Field Trip: Tsongas Industrial History Center (3/27)
- Field Trip: Pioneer Valley Symphony Educational Concert (4/2)
- Field Trip: Walden Pond (4/10)
- Event: Open House (4/16)
- Event: Reopening (4/27 at the earliest)
- Visiting Guest: Junior Achievement (5/1)
- Field Trip: Community Service (5/15)
- Field Trip: Springfield Armory (5/26)
- Field Trip: Sturbridge Village (5/27)
- Event: Graduation Prep & Swimming (5/28)
- Event: Graduation & Party (5/29)
- Event: Moving/Cleaning Party (5/30)
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