Distance learning can be challenging for teachers who are doing this for the first time. I wanted to share 5 ideas of things you can give to your students digitally! These ideas are easy for your students to complete on their own with little support.
Free Online Quiz Games
I have been assigning a new Quizizz game every week. This is something where all the kids can play against each other while answering questions on skills that I want them to work on. I get to see all the data and they get to see where they are on the leader board.
The kids LOVE it, they can complete it on their own, and I can see what they are doing.
There are also funny memes after they answer each question which makes the game so much better than any other resource I have found. It helps keep the kids extra engaged.
It is free to sign up as a teacher. Then, you just pick a quiz in their library or make your own. Assign the quiz as “homework” and then you can give your students the link to the quiz.
Easy Reading Comprehension
Practicing reading comprehension is something that is essential for children. Even though you can’t be there one on one with them to do this you can still help them by leaving comments when you are grading!
This can also show you what standards your students need to work on. I give my student a paragraph of the day close reading passage on a standard that I want to see if they need help on. If they do well on it then I know I don’t need to send a ton of resources home on that standard, but if they struggle then I know my focus on the next week’s learning.
Epic reading is a great way to get kids reading at home. I can assign them a book to read or I can give them choice!
Some ways I use Epic are…
- I assign them a book that has a quiz with it and see their results.
- I assign them a book on a nonfiction topic and have them create a poster or write an essay about it!
- I let them choose a book and then assign them a digital book club sheet to do. In the example below, the students got to choose a book and then fill out a character profile on a character from the book. Find this digital resource here!
Directed Drawing Writing Ideas
One way to use technology and paper and pencil together is through a directed drawing. You don’t have to send anything home, all they need is paper.
I will give the students a directed drawing video. Typically, I find the ones from Art Hub for Kids on YouTube. I have the students watch the video and create the directed drawing. Then, you can have the students just write a creative story to go with the picture or do a writing topic to go with the picture.
For example, here is a student that did the Draw Your Teacher video. Then, I had them write a note to a teacher that they miss. They could write to me or another teacher in the building!
STEM Projects that Use Recycled Materials
My kids love STEM and this can use materials that the parents have in their house. They can collect recycled materials or trash that they can use. This can use up a lot of time at home and keep kids engaged.
One STEM project I sent home was The Egg Drop Challenge. Students had to use recycled materials in their home and an egg. They had to create a contraption to keep the egg from breaking when they drop it from a high surface or a second story window. I sent home a sheet that the parents could print and have the kids fill out! This requires a little more parent support, but because the students get so into it once they get started it is a great time for kids to work on their own.
Theses are simple ideas you could assign to your students this week! The ideas are meant to be easy for the kids to complete on their own in case they don’t have parents to help at home. They are also FUN and ENGAGING while working on a variety of skills!