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Phase 2 - Seesaw
At-Home Learning Update!
Beginning on Monday, March 30, students will access additional district-selected learning experiences through Seesaw for Schools (Seesaw). These activities were selected by Academic Services departments to help reinforce learning that has already occurred this school year and will not involve any new instruction.
Seesaw is Arlington ISD’s adopted learning management system for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade. It allows students to engage in interactive activities to “show what they know” through the use of photos, videos, drawings, shapes, and text.
Seesaw works on desktop and laptop computers and Chromebooks using a web browser, and on tablets and smartphones using the Seesaw Class app. Learn more about using Seesaw on your at-home learning device.
How will my student access Seesaw for Schools?
- Step 1: Navigate to RapidIdentity (https://password.aisd.net) on a computer, Chromebook, tablet, or smartphone using your web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, etc.)
- Step 2: Log in to RapidIdentity by entering the student’s username (first five letters of their last name + student ID number (lunch number) and enter the student's password.
- If the student’s username or password do not work, please contact your teacher and request verification of the student’s username.
- Step 3: Click on the Seesaw button in RapidIdentity. On desktops/laptops/Chromebooks, this will open seesaw in your web browser. On a mobile device with the Seesaw app installed, this will open the app.
- Step 4: In Seesaw, click on the student’s name in the upper left corner.
- Step 5: In Seesaw, click on the class that has the teacher’s name in the title.
- For example: Mrs. Smith’s Homeroom - At Home Learning. This is the class that your child’s homeroom teacher will be using to assign Seesaw activities.
- Step 6: Click on the Activities button to see the activities assigned to you. To begin an activity, click on the Add Response button. Each activity has written and audio instructions to help the student.
Need to see this in a video? Watch this: Seesaw Login Clip (No sound)
New Seesaw activities will be assigned daily. On each weekday, teachers will send out a Seesaw Announcement that lists the activities that are being posted for that day. Each activity will include the date in the title.
Parent/guardian access to Seesaw for Schools
Seesaw requires an invite from your child's teacher in order to sign up. If you do not have an invite (QR code or link) by noon on Monday, March 30, please contact your child's teacher.
Parent/guardian translation tools in Seesaw for Schools
Translation works for notes, captions, comments, announcements, and messages within Seesaw. The “See Translation” tool will only appear if the note, caption, comment, or announcement is written in a language that is different from the language of the viewer’s device or computer. The “See Translation” tool only appears for teachers and families, not students.
In an effort to support our youngest students who either don’t have access to technology or find it difficult to use, the district is providing an alternative, paper-based packet for Prekindergarten – 2nd grade students. A new weekly packet will be available throughout the school closure and is designed to keep your PK-2 students actively engaged in their learning. Please note this packet may not follow the exact format of the online Seesaw instruction but will focus on the same standards, knowledge, and skills.
This alternative paper packet will be available for pick-up at our 23 meal sites on Mondays only (a new packet each week), from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Additionally, you can download the packet here to print at home if you choose.
Mathematics (15-30 Minutes Daily)
- Have fun counting objects every day. Use everyday objects. After he/she has counted them, rearrange them in a circle, in a row, or spread them out, and ask her again to count the objects.
- Put objects into groups to count and compare how many are in each group (e.g. forks and spoons, shoes, etc.).
- Practice using numbers by:
- Counting objects (e.g. windows, doors).
- drawing a picture to show how many were counted
- writing the numeral to show how many
- counting two different sets of objects and comparing the amounts
- Trace an object and estimate how many items (e.g. pennies, pasta) will cover the space. Write the numeral that tells how many
- Play board games that involve counting.
- Line up toys and then tell which toy is first, next or last and explain why
- Draw a picture of family members in a line and tell the position of each person (Who is first? next? last?)
- Draw a picture and count groups of items in the picture (e.g. How many family members? toys? pets?)
- Sort snacks (e.g. by size, shape, color, etc.)
- Create patterns using toys, pictures, words, or movements
- Have fun identifying shapes in your home (e.g. window- rectangle, plate- circle)
- When reading a storybook, use position words such as under, above to talk about the placement of pictures.
- Ask related questions such as "Where is the moon? Is it above the tree? Is it under the table?" Or reference sizes by asking, "Is the cat bigger than the monkey? Which animal is bigger? Which animal is smaller?"
- Use sticks/straws and play dough/clay to make shapes
- Describe the shapes of food when eating
- Create a picture by cutting out circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles (e.g. create a rocket, a train, etc.)
- Measure while you cook or bake
- Ask questions such as: "Can you fill a half-cup? Can you fill one teaspoon?"
- Compare the sizes of different household objects
- Use stuffed animals to act out a story problem (e.g. There are 3 teddy bears at the park. Then 1 went home. How many are still at the park?)
- Create and solve story problems about the neighborhood (e.g. There are 3 kids at the park. Then 2 more kids come to the park. How many kids are at the park?)
- Access PBS Math for math games online
Accommodation Resources in Mathematics for Struggling Learners
- Touch each item and say the number as you count items together. Counting is more than saying “1, 2, 3.”
- Sometimes students with speech and language delays need a picture model to help them understand your words or express themselves. Take photos or draw pictures of shapes when you're identifying shapes in the home.
- Go on a big and little hunt. Find things in your home that are the same but a different size (examples: big shoes/little shoes; big socks/little socks; big toothbrush/little toothbrush, big plate/little plate).
Reading and Writing (30 Minutes Daily)
- Read together on a daily basis and ask questions about the book
- Discuss the characters
- Talk about the setting
- Make comments on each picture of the story
- Ask questions about the story using Who, Did what? Where? When?
- Ask to retell the story
- Play with letters of the alphabet, naming or making their sounds
- Create a comfy reading space at home
- Read recipes and invite your child to help you
- Use songs and nursery rhymes to build language
- Make simple word cards at home
- Engage your child in reading labels at home by labeling objects and places at home
- Play word games at home
- For example, start by asking questions like “What sound does the word ____ start with?” “What sound does the word _____ end with?” “What words start with the sound ____?” and “What word rhymes with ____?”
- Play games to memorize high-frequency/sight words every day
- Keep markers, pencils, and crayons available at home. Children develop skills that prepare them for writing through their normal play — like drawing, painting, and tracing objects. This kind of play helps prepare the brain and the muscles for holding a pencil and forming written words.
- Help them learn to write their name
- Involve them in your writing activities
- Make a shopping list together and point out the words that start with the same letter
- Write a letter or a note to a family member
- Practice letters, you can practice writing them on paper, in the air, in sand or in shaving cream. These tactile experiences help them feel the shape and motion of the letter.
- As your child begins to write letters, caption what they've written
- Ask your child, "What does this say?" Write their words under their writing. This helps them learn more about letters and words.
- As you read to your children, point out things the book author did to make the book so fun to read.
- "Wow! Listen to how the author describes the ocean. Don't those words make you feel like you're back jumping over waves?"
- Show your children that you write too. Let your children see you writing thank you notes, composing an e-mail, or communicating with your child's school.
- Create a book by just putting together several blank pages. Each day work on a page until you build a story.
Accommodation Resources in Reading for Struggling Learners
- Let your student turn the pages while you read a book together.
- Name the pictures that you see on each page.
- Ask “who”, “what”, and “where” questions about the book. You may need to model the answers by pointing to pictures in the book you read.
Accommodation Resources in Writing for Struggling Learners
Alternative activities for young students that allow for strengthening of fine motor muscles, preparation to use tools for writing and drawing, and coordinating eye-hand movement include:
- Drawing faces in shaving cream
- Pouring from one pitcher to another (use rice, beans, seeds)
- Scooping from one bowl to another (use, rice, bean, seeds)
- Squeezing water from a washcloth into the sink or bathtub
- There are lots of simple activities you can play during everyday activities. These learning activities can help your child manage emotions and work on social skills—and at the same time are fun. These social-emotional learning activities are very low-tech and are designed to fit easily into daily routines.
- Socio-Emotional Activities / Socio-Emotional Spanish Activities
- Create a daily schedule.
- Play instrumental music during the day.
- Allocate space where your child can use it to calm down and rest.
- Visit this website: Teach our PK students about emotions
- Discuss basic health and safety rules that have every day meaning to them (for example, “Always wash your hands after using the bathroom”)
Indoor Gross Motor Activities
- Dancing, either freestyle or through songs with movements, such as "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," "I'm a Little Teapot," "The Wheels on the Bus," or "Popcorn," provides lots of motion.
- Playing pretend: Kids boost motor skills when they use their bodies to become waddling ducks, stiff-legged robots, galloping horses, soaring planes, or whatever they can imagine.
- Pulling or pushing wagons, large trucks, doll strollers, or shopping carts, can be a motor-developing part of play.
- Building and navigating obstacle courses with furniture, pillows, boxes, and blankets will develop large motor skills.
- Jumping on a mini trampoline, or hopping from place to place on the floor (set up targets with masking tape or cardboard) can be a fun activity.
- Hit the target: Use hula hoops or chalk to designate targets on the ground, then have kids aim bean bags or balls (even snowballs). It can be played in the garage with parents’ supervision.
- Paper plate skates: Use paper plates to glide along on a carpet. Try to imitate speed skaters, hockey players, or figure skaters.
- Instead of playing a real game, just let your child enjoy kicking the ball and aiming it toward a goal or a large cardboard box or laundry basket turned on its side. You can try an easy indoor version that uses crumpled paper instead of balls.
- Tag or other classic games such as Follow the Leader, Mother May I, or Simon Says.
Fine Motor Skills Activities
- Cut out pictures from a magazine or sale advertisement and sort by shape, and make book
- Sand play: Pouring, scooping, sifting, building
- Puppet shows
- Sidewalk chalk or any art project, like finger painting or playing with clay
- Fingerplays: Songs such as "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" that have accompanying hand movements
- Cooking: Includes pouring, shaking, sprinkling, kneading, tearing, cutting with a butter knife
- Lacing cards or stringing beads
- Coloring and tracing with crayons, pencils, or markers
- Cutting with safety scissors
- Manipulative toys such as blocks, puzzles, or dolls with clothes to take on and off
Recommended Educational TV Programming & Online Resources
|PBS||9:00 AM||Sesame Street||All subjects||Sesame Street|
|PBS||10:00 AM||Super Why!||All subjects||VideosGames|
|PBS Kids||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM||WordGirl||Reading, Writing||VideosGames|
|PBS Kids||11:00 AM||Sid the Science Kid||Science and Math||VideosGames|
|PBS Kids||7:30 AM - 4:00 PM||Wild Kratts||Science||VideosGames|
|PBS Kids||12:30 PM||Martha Speaks||Reading||VideosGames|
|Qubo||4:00 PM||Mike the Knight||Social Studies||VideosGames|
|Qubo||3:00 PM - 3:30 PM||Monster Math Squad||Math||VideosGames|
|Nick Jr.||Not available on TV||The Backyardigans||All subjects & Social Skills||Episodes|
|NickJr.||Times varies||Bubble Guppies||Reading, Music & Movement||VideosGames|
|N/A||N/A||Letter Sounds YouTube||Reading||Website|
|PBS||9:00AM||Plaza sésamo||Bilingual (Varias Áreas)||VideosJuegos|
|N/A||N/A||Super Why (Español)||Bilingual (Lectura)||Episodios|
|N/A||N/A||Sid, el niño científico||Bilingual (Ciencias||Episodios|
|N/A||N/A||Los Backyardigans (Español)||Bilingual ( Sociales)||Episodios|
|N/A||N/A||El mono sílabo||Bilingual (Lectura)||Episodios|
|N/A||N/A||Toy cantando||Bilingual (Lectura)||Página Web|
|N/A||N/A||Cuentos y canciones infantiles||Bilingual (Lectura)||Página Web|
Teaching Kids About Handwashing
|Germs, Germs, Germs||WonderGrove Kids|
|Hand Washing for Kids||Billy Gorilly|
|Chiku Learns To Wash Her Hands||ChuChuTV Bedtime Stories & Moral Stories for Kids|
|Wash Your Hands Song||The Kiboomers|
|Science for Kids: Make Germs Scatter||Shaunna Evans|
|Lavarse las manos||Little Angel Español - Canciones Infantiles|
|Lávate las manos||lunacreciente|
|Sésamo: Canción - Lavado de manos||Sésamo|
|Las manos a lavar||Gallina Pintadita|