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    Phase 3 - Seesaw

    During Phase 3, which begins on Monday, April 13, students will continue to access learning experiences through Seesaw for Schools. They will have increased communication with their teacher and will complete activities that their teacher has chosen or created for their learning.

    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.

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MOBILE USERS: Settings at the district-level require that students log in to Seesaw through RapidIdentity in a web browser and not through the Seesaw Class mobile app. This is a change from how students may have logged into Seesaw while at school earlier this year.

    If students are using a personal device (not a district issued iPad), they will need to download the Seesaw Class app before logging in to Rapid ID. The app needs to be installed on the iPad in order for Seesaw to run; once a student clicks on Seesaw through Rapid ID, Seesaw will open and the students may select their At Home Learning class. 

    At the end of the day, students need to sign out of Seesaw by clicking on their name in the left hand corner, clicking the gear, and selecting Sign Out. Students also need to click on Logout in Rapid ID. This will allow everything to open correctly the following day. (Please note: not following these steps may result in students not being able to access their class and/or activities.)

    Paper-based Packets

    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.

    The final packet pickup for the 2019-2020 school year will be on THURSDAY, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all 27 student meal plan sites. There will not be a packet pickup on Monday, May 25. Additionally, you can download the packet here to print at home if you choose.

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    Phase 1

    Mathematics (15-30 Minutes Daily)

    Number Concepts

    • 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

    Geometry

    • 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.)

    Measurement

    • 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

    Operations

    • 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)

    Reading

    • 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

    Writing

    • 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

    Additional Resources for French WWLA

    Socio-Emotional Development

    • 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”)

    Accommodation Resources in Socio-Emotional Development for Struggling Learners

    Additional Resources for French WWLA

    Physical Development

    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

    Channel Time Program Related Subject Link
    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 Alphablocks Reading Website
    N/A N/A Letter Sounds YouTube Reading Website
    N/A N/A Storyline Online Reading Website

    Spanish Resources

    Channel Time Program Related Subject Link
    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

    Title Link
    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

    Spanish Resources

    Title Link
    Lavarse las manos Little Angel Español - Canciones Infantiles
    Lávate las manos lunacreciente
    Sésamo: Canción - Lavado de manos Sésamo
    Las manos a lavar Gallina Pintadita

    Technology Resources

    • FYI - Please log in to this resource using your AISD Student Google Account. You may need to log out of any non-AISD accounts first.