STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- With New York City still working to distribute necessary technology to an estimated 300,000 students who currently lack an internet-connected device, the Department of Education (DOE) has provided supplemental learning materials to keep students engaged during the transition to remote learning.
The grade level-specific instructional resources, which were sent home with students in grades pre-K through fifth grade, are available on the departments Learn at Home website.
Due to the inconsistent availability of access to internet-enabled devices among the citys student population, the work will not be graded, but rather used to prevent the loss of learning, according to the DOE.
The supplemental learning materials provided by the DOE are separate from students remote learning assignments being administered on a daily basis at the discretion of the individual school.
The materials on the Learn at Home pages are designed to provide supplementary learning resources to students in the event that students may need to be home from school. We encourage you to use this time to continue your students learning while they are at home, according to the DOE website. These materials do not replace what your child has been learning at school, but during this unusual time it is important that students continue to read, write, do social studies and science activities, and work on math problems.
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Included in the supplemental learning materials, with activities geared for grade levels through high school, are suggested daily study schedules, guides and materials for instructional activities, recommended educational television shows and links to various books, magazines and websites.
Materials are available for a range of subjects, including math, English language arts (ELA), science, social studies, health and physical education, with specialized instructional resources available for students with special needs.
Each grade level and subject includes worksheets for in-home activities featuring instructions, information about the content and one or more focus or discussion questions to complement the activities.
Heres a look at some of the content.
The Kindergarten mathematics packet includes five activities focused on students ability to add and subtract numbers under 5. The activities should take approximately 40 to 60 minutes, but information on how to extend the activities is included.
Heres a sample activity:
Activity: More or Less
Description: A partner game that builds fluency in recognizing numbers and comparing their value.
Materials: One coin, deck of cards (number cards only), scratch paper, pen and pencil.
What to do: Two players will play a card game where each will draw a card. The players will compare cards to see who wins that round. Before you begin, flip the coin and call heads or tails to see if the winner of each round will be the person with a greater value card (heads) or a smaller value card (tails).
1. To begin the game, divide the cards evenly between the two players.
2. Place the cards face down. Each player turns over one card at a time and compares: Is mine more or less? How many more? How many less? The player with the greater or smaller value card (depending on whether heads or tails was tossed) takes both cards.
3. The winner of the game is the player with more cards when all the cards are gone from the stack.
The Kindergarten ELA packet includes 10 days worth of instructional materials with students tasked with listening to, reading, writing and illustrating their own short stories.
During the first two days, students are tasked with listening to and reading along with a short story and then drawing four illustrations showing what occurred during various parts of the story.
During days three and four, students are tasked with writing and illustrating their own short story using as many details as possible.
The third-grade mathematics packet includes five activities focused on students ability to add and subtract numbers under 1,000 and multiply and divide numbers under 100. The activities should take approximately 40-60 minutes, but information on how to extend the activities is included.
Heres a sample activity:
Name: How Close to 100
Description: This game is played in partners. Two children share a blank 100 grid. The first partner rolls two number dice. The numbers that come up are the numbers the child uses to make an array on the 100 grid. They can put the array anywhere on the grid, but the goal is to fill up the grid to get it as full as possible. After the player draws the array on the grid, she writes in the number sentence that describes the grid. The second player then rolls the dice, draws the number grid and records their number sentence. The game ends when both players have rolled the dice and cannot put any more arrays on the grid. How close to 100 can you get? Each child can have their own number grid. Play moves forward to see who can get closest to 100.
Materials: Two players, two dice or 1-6 cards (included), recording sheet (included), 2 colors of crayons or markers
Questions for parents to ask while playing: How did you figure out the product? Did you just know it? What did you learn about multiplying? How can arrays be used to help you with multiplication?
The third-grade ELA packet includes 10 days worth of instructional materials with students tasked with reading and writing content ranging from folktales to informational articles.
During the first two days, students are tasked with reading two folktales, with links provided within the packet. While reading the materials, students are asked to consider the following:
During days three and four, students are tasked with writing their own folktale that expresses the wishes, hopes, fears, or values of a group of people and includes a lesson to be learned (the central message).
The seventh-grade mathematics packet includes 10 activities focused on ratios and proportional relationships. The activities should take approximately 40-60 minutes, but information on how to extend the activities is included.
Heres a sample activity:
Activity: Track Practice
Description: In this task, students are asked to solve a problem using ratio reasoning.
Scenario: Angel and Jayden were at track practice. The track is 25 kilometers around. Angel ran 1 lap in 2 minutes. Jayden ran 3 laps in 5 minutes.
Questions: How many minutes does it take Angel to run one kilometer? Show how you know. What about Jayden? Show how you know. How far does Angel run in one minute? Show how you know. What about Jayden? Show how you know. Who is running faster? Explain your reasoning.
The seventh-grade ELA packet includes 10 days worth of instructional materials with students tasked with reading and writing content ranging from poetry to pro/con articles.
During the first two days, students are tasked with reading at least two poems each day, with links provided within the packet. While reading the materials, students are asked to consider the following:
During days three and four, students are asked to write their own poems that tell an important story from their lives.
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