• Online Resources

    ONLINE RESOURCES

     

    Activities For All Grades:

    Mad Libs: Grammar practice with a fun twist.   Create a wild story using different strategically placed words.  Try it “Family Feud” style where others write down their word ideas, then plug them into the story and read them aloud for a hilarious twist.

     

    Distance Learning Engagement  Online Connectivity Ideas:

    Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens - Take a virtual trip through the Smithsonian museum and learn something new.

    NASA STEM @ Home For Students Grades K-4 - NASA science connections for kids

    28 free virtual field trips and activities for families in quarantine

    Go on a virtual trip to “see” experience the Following Museums:

     

    Create your own bookmark with a creative quote from a book you have read, a piece of poetry, your favorite letter, or a reading saying from the Inspire my kids website below:

    20 Inspiring Quotes About Reading for Kids and Students!

     

    Pixar Short Films: Watch one Pixar Short Film and practice a good reader strategy. Examples: (NOTE, STRATEGIES CAN BE USED FOR MORE THAN ONE FILM!)

              Piper -- Text Questioning (Ask 3 questions during, 2 questions before watching, and 1 question after watching.)

    • Identify the THEME: Books have a theme -- a lesson, a message, or a moral that we learn from the characters. (humor, love, perseverance, family relationships, friendships, etc.)

    Practice with this Pixar Short film, For the Birds -- what lesson(s) do you learn from the birds?

     

    Walking ABC game: Take a walk around your neighborhood and play the ABC game -- look for letters on vehicles, signs, shopping centers. Play against your parent/guardian or a sibling.

     

    This V.S. That Animal ABC Comparison:  Begin with the letter A ( Ex: Armadillo vs. Angel Fish ) Research each animal and  List down 3-5 similarities and 3-7 differences  Explain which one lives the longest and is the strongest.  Give 3 reasons why you believe that.  Challenge yourself to go through the ENTIRE alphabet comparing different animals.  

     

    Origami How To: See links below for videos or PDF instructions:

    Origami Resource Center: Know When to Fold

    Origami Rose how to video:

    Origami Rose Easy - Origami Tutorial

    Origami Dog how to video:

    Origami for Kids - Origami Dog Tutorial (Very Easy)

    Origami Bird how to video:

    How to make a paper Bird? (easy origami)

    Snapper

    Printable Origami Instructions :  Calling all origami fans! Everything from beginner to more challenging projects.

     

    Cooking TIme:

    Read a cookbook you have at home or online. Gather the ingredients and prep tools you will need, and follow the directions step-by-step to cook something new. Write, videotape, or photograph the process or end result of the recipe and email your teacher and the Librarian with your opinions / comments  on the recipe you chose: What recipe did you try?  Where did you get the instructions for the recipe ( website or youtube video)?  Was it easy or difficult?  What problems did you encounter if any?  How did it taste?  Would you make it again or recommend it to a friend or extended family member ( Aunt / Uncle/ Cousin)?  Is there something you would add to make the recipe even better? 

    Easy online recipe websites for kids:  

    Create your own funny recipe. Check out this site for a fun example written by a kid just like you:

    Kid Recipes/Jack Prelutsky

     

    Book Connections: Read / Engage/ Connect :

     Read/ Listen to a book video read aloud, then engage in an activity, questions/ opinion, or graphic organizer to go with it.

    • K/1st/2nd grade: The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle Read/listen to the story, then craft a caterpillar out of an egg carton to retell the story.
    • k/1st/2nd / 3rd grades: Library Mouse: By Daniel Kirk  Read the story. After reading, write about an adventure you have had (real or imaginary) and illustrate your own book. 3rd-5th grades could do this with Google  Learn to draw with Daniel Kirk with this video:   Ready Set Draw! THE LIBRARY MOUSE and more! by Daniel Kirk
    • 2nd/3rd grades: Magic Tree House Try a “Mission” activity. Note: You can create a free account, but it is not necessary, and you can read up about all the books and author.
    • 2nd/3rd grade: junie b. Jones Want to know more about this author or want to hang out with Junie B? Check out this website for her books!
    • 2nd / 3rd grades: Black Lagoon Series: Read about this Northwest author and use the address listed at the end of the home page to write a letter to a real-life author. (**Be sure to read what others have asked so you don’t ask the same questions.**)
    • K – 1st - 2nd - 3rd grades: WA State Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Contest website has some book activity worksheets that could be used for the books already read.
    • Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta: Great book for compare and contrast text structure (then and now). After reading, invent your own new tool.
    • Fairy Tale Versions: Read Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt; The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin; and The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. Compare characters, plots, illustrations, settings, and even the cultural references.

    ○     Dog vs. Cat: Battle for the BFF | Animal Showdown: This is based off of Nat. Geo. books of Dogs vs. Cats -- it is a video rather than read aloud. Great for compare and contrast of nonfiction material.

     

    Reading Rap Resources:

     

    Lesson Ideas: Could be good for a rhyming activity, make your own rap book. . .

     

    Poetry:

    • Shel Silverstein:
      • Watch one or more of the poem videos.
      • Print and draw a Drawing Booklet -- you can be an illustrator and then gather your family to do a reader’s theatre with your new book.
    • Jack Prelutsky: Use this Northwest poet’s Poem Starts and finish writing a poem online.
    • Haiku Poems: Review Haiku poems and write your own.
    • Acrostic Poems: Review Acrostic poems and write your own.

    Book/Author Website Exploration: Check out/explore a favorite book, series, or author website. Use the 3,2,1, strategy to share what you discovered. (3 Things learned about the author, 2 Things you enjoyed doing on the website, and 1 Thing you would change and make it better for the reader / web user, or 1 thing you are inspired to research further as a result of reading this book or website.) 

     

    STEM ACTIVITIES

     

    STEM websites with activities:

    Edible STEM Projects for Kids

    STEM Activities for Kids Using Household Items

    Book Inspired STEAM Projects for Kids

    Free Maker Resources

     

    STEM  Focused Stories and activity connections:

    • Rosie the Riveter Engineer
      • Activity Link/Idea: Source
        • PAPER PLANES Design and build a paper airplane. Test your plane. How far did it fly? Why didn’t it fly farther? Redesign the plane to make it better. Repeat at least 3 times. Record each design and make notes about how each flew (how fast, how far, in what direction). Which design was best overall? Why?
        • COPTER TIME Design and build your own flying machine for Rosie’s Great-Great-Aunt Rose. How would you build it? What materials would you use? How would Great-Great-Aunt Rose fly it? Draw a picture of the machine or build a model using materials found in your classroom.
      • What To Do With A Box by Jane Yolen and Chris Sheban
        • Activity Link/Idea: Find a box around your home (one that is not being used!) and design it into something new.
      • If I Built A House By Chris Van Dusen: Activity Idea: Design your dream house! Gather up materials you have around and make a model of a dream house.
      • Shark Lady by Jess Keating
      • Perfect Square by Michael Hall
        • Activity Link/Idea: Create an original “Square Sculpture” out of one square of paper.
      • After the Fall by Dan Santat
      • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
        • Activity Link/Idea: Design and create a prototype for a new (or improved) toy or game using items around the home.

     

     

     

    ACTIVITIES GEARED TO A SPECIFIC GRADE  

     

    Second Grade:

    • Parts of Speech I Spy: Choose a favorite picture book and see how many nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, are in the book. Make a list of them.

     

    Third Grade:

    Text Connections: Burrito fold paper and keep track of text-to-self/text/world connections while reading. How many connections can you make?

     

    Fourth & 5th Grade:

    • Genre Challenge: (We just finished a genre unit during our Library time.) Look on your bookshelves; figure out which genre the books are. Tell about three different books and how you knew which genre it was. Do you have more of one genre than others?
    • Create a book trailer or poster: Create/design/narrate about a book you have read. Create a list of must haves for the final product.
    • Research a topic of interest Then find a fun and interesting way to share your learning.
    • Create a comic strip about yourself and/or your family. See how long you can keep the strip going and create a story like a graphic novel.  Read some classic comics for inspiration and art: { Calvin & Hobbs,  Garfield,  Peanuts,  Dennis the Menace}

    Classic Comics Websites for Art Connections Ideas:

    https://www.peanuts.com/videos/peanuts-global-artist-collective-tomokazu-matsuyama/

    https://www.calvinandhobbes.com/about-calvin-and-hobbes/

    Garfield: Free Comics - Comic Strips - Online Comics - Entertainment

     

    5th Grade

    • Explain how you can have balance between online { virtual} friendships and ones where you actually talk to someone or connect with them in person, and what are the negative effects of spending too much time with/on media & technology. Voice opinions & your feelings by writing a short essay or free verse poem about the challenges of not being able to meet with other friends for school or sports/other extracurricular activities and clubs. Read a few of the articles below:

    BALANCING SCREEN TIME WITH GREEN TIME: Attention Retention Theory Helps Explain Why Nature Play Helps Learning

    K–5 Family Tips: Media Balance & Well-Being

    Balancing Technology and School: Is Technology Addiction a Problem?

     

    • Comparing two texts: Engage in a Comprehension Building Activity

    Use a venn diagram graphic organizer or other format to identify common threads/ elements and differences in two science books of the same  topic. 

     

     

            ONLINE LIBRARIES

    King County Library Online:

     

    Although King County Library System buildings are closed, the KCLS Online Library remains open and available to Federal Way School District students 24/7. Students can start at kcls.org/students or go directly to individual KCLS apps and databases via the links in the Online Library. Users will find access to films, documentaries, newspapers, magazines, tutoring, audiobooks, eBooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias, online classes, World Language content, online testing, and more.

     

    The student account login for Federal Way School District is 210 followed by each student’s unique school ID number. The PIN is the last four numbers of the school ID.

     

    Please, do not log in from the My KCLS/login at the top of the KCLS home page, the Student Accounts will not work from there.

     

    Having trouble with a KCLS school account or the databases or apps? Contact KCLS librarians and information staff by phone or by chat; go to kcls.org/ask.

     

     

    Library of Congress: Totally available online. Check out their picture galleries.

     

    The Seattle Public Library: Lots of virtual events, ebooks, and movies.

     

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