March 15, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians of 5GU & 5W,
These next few weeks will be something new for all of us. I want it to be as stress free for both you and your child as it can be. As we navigate through the next few weeks, I want you to know that I will be available for you and my students during the school day. You can reach me through my email (email@example.com) and I am setting up a “Google Hangout” for the students. By tomorrow they will get an invite to join and then they can type their questions right there. It will be a private messaging board for each class (one for 5GU and one for 5W). I think it might be easier for them and they can even look to see if someone else asked the same question that I answered already. This is definitely going to be a learning experience for all of us and things may change as we go along.
The student virtual/distance learning lessons and directions will be posted each morning on their math and science Google Classrooms. The students have been using this platform during the year and should know how to open and submit assignments. They can always post a question in the Google Hangout if they need help. The idea behind the virtual/distance learning is to ensure continuity of their education. Please note that the assignments do count and will be graded, so students need to make sure they complete all work assigned, whether it is a computer program, a reflection that needs to be typed and submitted, etc. Here are some tips they may help students be successful:
Check Google Classroom daily.
Set up a schedule when school work is to be done.
Double check that work has been completed.
Have your child ask any questions through Google Hangout (if that changes I will let them know).
Students can access most programs we use through their Clever app and do not need to know usernames and passwords. Both 5GU & 5W were given username and passwords for some main websites we use just in case they have difficulty accessing Clever at home.
If you have difficulty with any of our programs that students are to use, please email me and let me know so I can contact the tech team.
Check the school district’s website and Facebook page for updates.
Here is a Google Classroom tutorial for parents
All students left with their books on Friday (just in case) plus they can access their books and video tutorials through Think Central online. These are just some examples of the activities the students may be asked to work on:
Reflex Math: practices multiplication facts through games
Xtra Math: while being timed, students practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division factsGoogle Classroom
Happy Numbers: Individualized math practice (Every student could be in a different place based on the results of an assessment they took on the program.)
Edmentum:Individualized math practice (Every student may be working on different skills based on their January NWEA score.)
Go Math lessons: review and lessons they have already been introduced to
Review math skills: could be through worksheets, math Gizmos, or other forms
Students may be asked to write a reflection in their math journal or on a Google doc to submit through about what they practiced, learned, still had trouble with online.
These are a few examples of what the students may be asked to work on:
Gizmos: Online science simulations. They come with step-by-step procedures to work through.
BrainPop activity: watch a video on BrainPop (access through Clever) and complete assignment
Complete a science experiment on your own and write up the hypothesis (what were you trying to prove), procedure, materials, conclusion.
As I stated earlier, this is new to all of us and we will all be learning from this experience. It is important that your child completes and submits (if required) their work daily and asks me questions if they are confused or do not understand something. This may take a little time to get used to, but I know we will get through it and your children will continue to learn and flourish.
Please remember to reach out to me if you have any questions. Stay healthy!