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Phase 2 - Canvas
At-Home Learning Update!
Beginning on Monday, March 30, students will access additional district-selected learning experiences through Canvas. These activities were organized and designed by Academic Services departments to help reinforce learning that has already occurred this school year and will not involve any new instruction.
Canvas is Arlington ISD’s adopted learning management system for Grades 3-12. Between March 30 - April 10, it will be used to allow students’ access to a variety of instructional resources and activities. During this time, students will also become skilled at logging into and navigating within the system. For Phase 2 learning, students are not expected or required to submit their completed work to their teacher(s).
Canvas works in multiple internet browsers on desktop and laptop computers, Chromebooks, and on tablets and smartphones. Learn more about supported browsers. There are also two mobile apps to support At-Home Learning: Canvas Student and Canvas Parent. Learn more about Canvas’ mobile apps.
How will the student access Canvas?
- Step 1: Click this link to enroll in the Canvas Course - https://arlington.instructure.com/enroll/WMGGTJ
- Step 2: When prompted, log into RapidIdentity by entering the student’s username (first five letters of their last name + student ID number (lunch number) and the student’s unique password.
- Step 3: Click on the Canvas application in RapidIdentity.
- Step 4: In Canvas, click the “Enroll in Course” button.
- Step 5: In Canvas, click the “Go to the Course” button.
- Step 6: Explore the Canvas course by clicking on the navigation buttons on the course homepage.
Important note: Once the student has joined the Canvas course, it can be accessed each day by logging into RapidIdentity, clicking on the Canvas application, and then by clicking on the course tile on the Canvas Dashboard.
How do parents/guardians access Canvas?
Canvas allows parents of enrolled AISD students to create an observer account. Learn more about the observer role in Canvas and access the steps for creating an observer account. (Spanish-language version)
Mathematics (30 - 45 Minutes Daily)
- Discuss the differences between debit and credit cards, and the advantages and disadvantages of using either payment method with your child.
- Have your child order items in your pantry from least to greatest by weight in oz. (The more decimal places the better.)
- Have your child describe the difference between the lateral and total surface area using a canned food item from your pantry.
Online Resource Available
- Access Imagine Math through RapidID on the Arlington ISD website.
- An online, supplemental software program for students in pre-K through grade and 2 and grade 3+ that teaches the skills and knowledge essential to future success in mathematics.
- Imagine Learning at Home was developed to support students and parents at The website provides resources for parents and educators to access and use Imagine Math at home.
Accommodation Resources in Mathematics for Struggling Learners
- Decimal Cards - Print and cut out this resource. Use this resource to help your child order decimals.
Reading Language Arts (45 Minutes Daily)
- Read your choice of text. As you read, annotate what connections you can make to yourself, other books or texts, and society.
- Choose a key scene from a book, TV show, or movie. Change the setting or key character traits. Rewrite the scene to reflect how your changes would impact the outcome.
- Draw a comic strip or graphic novel page to summarize a story you read or episode of a TV show you watched.
- Research a person you consider a role model. Write a letter or create a presentation explaining this person’s importance in your life.
- Pick a song you love from the radio. Describe how the author uses the lyrics and sound of the music to send you a message or make you feel certain emotions.
- Visit the New York Times list of questions/prompts. Choose a question that interests you, read the short article, and answer the questions.
- Compare something you have watched on TV to a text you have read in class this year. List the things the two have in common and the ways in which they are different.
- Keep a “quarantine” journal, writing at least 20 mins a day about your experience and reflections of our country’s/district’s response to this pandemic.
- Research pandemics and find out how they were handled historically. How have recent pandemics been handled? (such as Sars? Swine Flu? Bird Flu?) Why is this one being handled differently? And how effective is it?
- Write a letter to lawmakers persuading them to require/waive the days you will miss during the “social distancing” protocols.
- Watch at least one newcast daily, and keep a journal summarizing the information distributed and your reactions. Make sure to alternate the news stations you watch. (Could work in appeals/rhetoric here for English 3/4)
- Visit Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week, choose an article to read each day and write the one page reflection outline in each article. (Parents may need to pre read articles for appropriateness beforehand.)
- Find and watch a TED talk on a subject that interests you. Download the transcript of the TED talk and analyze how they structured the speech. What made it effective? What was the speaker’s main point? How did they build and support that point? Did they use cause and effect structure/problem solution?
- Research a topic that interests you and find ways of keeping up with information that is meaningful to you. Build a spreadsheet of information if you need it. Write down notes. Use a note taking app like Evernote, One Note or Google Keep. Create graphs or graphic organizers. Decide how you might want to share this information: write a blog post, create a Google slideshow, create a Youtube video, etc.
Students may continue their learning using the suggested English Language Arts recommendations below.
Educators, students, and parents can all extend learning beyond the traditional school day. With Istation Home, students pick up right where they left off at school and can continue on their individualized learning paths at home. Parent Portal to view a variety of support materials, reports, and activities to help reinforce learning at home.
Istation is accessed through the RapidIdentity application portal.
Record individual student reading on the Reading Log.
HMH (K-8) - Ed: Your Friend in Learning
HMH (K-8) - Ed: Your Friend in Learning platform includes digital components that will allow teachers to assign lessons and reading materials to their students. Students and parents may also use this platform to locate authentic text and activities to support reading development.
Students have online access to iRead this system is set up similar to iStation and allows students to take a quick needs assessment and then students will be assigned foundational lessons at their level of need.
Rapid ID Login Link https://password.aisd.net/arms/p/applications
Accommodation Resources in Reading Language Arts for Struggling Learners
- Teen Book Cloud - Explore this online collection of enhanced novels, ebooks, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks, which offers teens and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.
- Connections - Use this Connections Recording Page to capture connections made when reading or listening to text.
- Printable Big Start Big End Comic Page - Use this comic strip panel template when creating comic or graphic novel text.
Online Resources for English Language Learners
The following language supports can be utilized across all content areas (ELAR/SLAR, Math, Science, and Social Studies).
Brain Pop for English Language Learners
BrainPOP ELL is a web-based English language learning program comprised of short, animated movies as well as games, quizzes, and interactive features. It encompasses the four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Allows you to add any text in your language and translate to the desired language.
Visual Dictionary Online
This dictionary allows you to enter a word in English and will generate a visual for that word.
PBS Learning Media
High-interest activities and lessons for building listening and speaking skills.
Games to practice pronunciation and vocabulary.
English Media Lab
Practice English pronunciation through IPA phonetics.
25 Academic English Words You Should Know
25 Academic Words You Should Know
HMH Education Place
Provided by Houghton Mifflin, this interactive site for kids is divided by Grades K-5 and Grades 6-8.
Science (30 – 45 Minutes Daily)
- Research climate change and measures being taken around the world to prepare for it. Prepare a persuasive speech about how to best prepare in our local ecosystem for climate change.
- Watch the local weather forecast. Discuss the types of information on a weather map and how data is used to make predictions about the weather.
- Construct a 3D model of an atom illustrating the correct number of subatomic particles. Create a key that identifies the various subatomic particles and their location.
- Create a model to present evidence of how the Earth-Moon-Sun system works and explain the phases of the moon to your family and friends.
- Build or draw a roller coaster to illustrate energy transformations and explain the law of conservation as the height of the initial drop changes.
- Create a video using household items to demonstrate one or more of Newton’s 3 laws of motion.
- Research and discuss where carbon from burning fossil fuels goes and how it impacts the atmosphere.
- Read about the March 18, 2020 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Salt Lake, UT from the U. S. Geological Society. Describe to your family how plate tectonics causes major geographical events.
Online Resources Available
Accommodation Resources in Science for Struggling Learners
- Flow or Energy - Energy Flow in Ecosystem (video)
- Energy Transfer - Explore this visual support that will assist students to determine different types of energy transfer. (document)
- Atom Diagram - Atomic Structure: Protons, Electrons & Neutrons (video)
- Periodic Table - Explore this visual support to assist students with identifying atoms in the periodic table. (document)
Social Studies (45 Minutes Daily)
- Draw a comic strip about a historical event that you have learned about this year.
- Make a list of five important historical figures that you have learned about this year. Add a summary about something important that each person did. If you need to research them, find multiple reliable sources online to confirm that your research is accurate.
- Think of an important historical document that you have learned about this year. Make a poster about the document, explaining why it was important and what it accomplished. Find a one-sentence excerpt from the document and include it on the poster, with an explanation in your own words of what the excerpt means.
- Find a political cartoon about a current event. Analyze it and explain the point of view of the cartoon. Then, create your own political cartoon about an event, current or past that you learned about.
- Create a cause and effect chart to explain the causes of a historical event.
- Create a cause and effect chart to explain the effects of a historical event.
- Create a timeline of a major event in history’s past. Include events, dates, explanations, and an illustration to represent it.
Accommodation Resources in Social Studies for Struggling Learners
- Cause and Effect Foldable - This foldable activity will help organize cause and effect information.
- Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer - This resource is a graphic organizer to demonstrate knowledge of cause and effect.
- Timeline - Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing.
Technology Applications (20 - 30 Minutes Daily)
- FYI - Resources in this section may require login using your AISD Student Google Account. You may need to log out of any non-AISD accounts first.