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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/G78BRJ
- 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)
- Use items around the house (cards, blocks, etc) to create fractions with denominators of 10 or 100. Write the equivalent decimal for each fraction.
- Locate a nutritional facts label on a food product. How many calories, fat, sodium and carbohydrates are in the product? Record your findings.
- Create a word problem using the nutritional facts label. Solve the word problem.
- Locate the temperatures of the first months of the current year and ordered them in an ascending form. Create a line graph to show how temperatures have been fluctuating. Create a word problem using the data gathered about temperatures. Solve the word problem.
Online Resource Available
- Access Imagine Math through RapidID on the Arlington ISD website.
- El soporte está disponible en español para tercer grado - sexto grado.
- An online, supplemental software program for students in pre-K through grade 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
- Food Label Graphic Organizer - Have your child use this resource to organize information listed on food labels in your home.
Reading Language Arts (45 Minutes Daily)
(15 minutes Reading Activities, 20 minutes Reading Independent Reading Activities, 10 Writing)
- Read a text from the HMH into Reading and or HMH into Literature.
- Read a text of your choice. Then, write to a friend, the author, or a character about this book or write as if you were the character or author and write to yourself.
- Pick five adjectives from a text describing a character and explain how they apply.
- Discuss with a family member or friend what aspect of a text read or hear confuses you.
- Write a review of (or discuss) a movie based on a story.
- Prior to, while, or after reading a book, research the book, its author, or its subject online.
- After reading a text, decide who of the characters you would want as a friend, Discuss or write about why you would want them as your friend.
- Keep a journal or diary of all the text read or heard. Include within the entry a brief summary of the text, personal connections made, or connections made to other texts. Draw an illustration to support the text.
- Reflect on a story read or heard. Think about how the text might change if the main character were a different age or gender.
- Write a biography of a character who most interests you most from a story.
- Discuss with a family member or write about how a story of your choosing might change if the main character had made a different decision.
- Pick the most important line from a text, write about why that particular line is important. Justify your selection with evidence from the text.
- Using a notecard or small half sheet of paper, summarize what happened on one side. On the other side, write an analysis of what those events were important.
- After reading a text, based on everything you know, what do you predict will happen next.
- Read an article from a newspaper or magazine, write a short jot as to why the article interests you and what you learned from the article.
- Read a published article online or in print, write a short response as to the author’s purpose for writing the article.
- Review an ad sent through the mail, on the back of an envelope write a short description of the ad and the author’s purpose for writing the ad, notice the font and images used.
- As you are reading a book, use sticky notes to jot down key elements of the story and place the sticky note on the correlating page. Once you have completed reading the text, review your notes and discuss the story with a family member or friend.
- Ask a family member in what city and year they were born, research what events happened in their birth city during their birth year. Write a summary of your findings.
- Think back to your first day of school this year, write a reflection essay about how you felt that day.
- Write a letter to your teacher describing your favorite things about their class and your least favorite things about their class. After you complete your letter, re-read your letter looking for edits that can be made.
- Phone a grandparent or family member, write a reflection of your conversation highlighting what you liked most about the chat.
- Act as a journalist collecting information from a family member about their workday. Jot down notes, question examples: Where do you work? How long does your commute to work take? What are your hours at work? Do you have friends at work? What did you eat for lunch today? What is your favorite part of your workday? Name five adjectives that describe your workday.
- Write a letter to your class about a fun time you all shared in music or PE.
- Essay Prompt: Think about all of the cool people you know and have learned about. If you could switch places with one of these people who would you choose, and why?
Students may continue their learning using the suggested English/Spanish 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. Use the 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.
HMH - Ed: Your Friend in Learning
(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
- Watch the video - Story Elements PowToon
- Watch the video - What is an Adjective - Parts of Speech Song for Kids
- Newspaper Recording Page - Use this support when reading newspaper articles.
English Learner Language Support Resources
The following language supports can be utilized across all content areas (ELAR/SLAR, Math, Science, and Social Studies).
This resource 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.
Sentence Stems to Facilitate Learning
- I know/think….
- I want to know….
- _______ is like….
- ______ reminds me of….
- ______ makes me wonder…
- The _____ might be….
- I predict that the _____ will….
This is similar to/different from….
- I think _____ probably means _____ because….
- What interests me is….
- This happened before when….
- It’s probably because….
- I think _____ could _____ because….
- I learned….
- _____ can explain _____ because….
- We still need to know….
- I still don’t understand….
- One thing I understand better is _____ because….
- _____ proves _____ because….
- I need to find more information about….
- One question that still remains is….
Science (30 Minutes Daily)
- Go on walks or ride a bike in your backyard, neighborhood, or community to observe the natural world around you; encourage your child to ask questions.
- Observe living organisms. Identify and describe the structures and functions that help them survive in their environment.
- Observe interactions between living and nonliving elements in an ecosystem. Record and explain the interactions between some living and nonliving elements.
- Predict patterns of change in shadows throughout the day from morning to night and then record the changes the following day. Discuss the actual results compared to the predictions.
- Observe, describe, and draw the appearance of the moon, including the moon phase each night or morning.
- Discuss how force, motion, and energy are related and are a part of everyday life such as riding a bike, bouncing a ball, etc.
- Watch the local weather forecast together and discuss predictions in weather.
- Research how to make a rain gauge from a recycled water bottle to use at home. After constructing the rain gauge, gather data and create a graphical representation of rain data for the next week.
- Identify and make a list of various energy sources in your home, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy.
- Show your child a series of photos of themself from birth to the present and talk about the many ways they have changed. Talk about how some traits are inherited, like eye color, ear lobe shape, widow's peak, etc.
Online Resources Available
Access HMH Texas Science Fusion Student Textbook (Read About Science) through Think Central in RapidID on the Arlington ISD website for supplemental reading. Este recurso también está disponible en español.
Accommodation Resources in Science for Struggling Learners
- Nature Walk Data Collection Sheet - Use this data collection sheet as you go on a nature walk with your family.
Social Studies (30 Minutes Daily)
- Share stories about heroes in your family, friends, or community. Use family photographs, newspapers, books, or the internet to research them. Create a report about that person’s accomplishments and contributions.
- Draw a map of Texas and label it with as many cities as you can.
- 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
- Map of Texas - With Major Cities - Print out and cut this visual of Texas along with major cities. Then, have your child paste the labels of the cities where they are located on the Texas map.
- Timeline - This interactive 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.