Remote Learning

Hi Dragons and Penguins!  I miss seeing you all in the media center each week!  Please work on the following activities while we are apart and I hope to see you all soon.  Parents:  Please e-mail with any questions or send me pictures of your students hard at work at LBallistreri@bellmawrschools.org (I will be checking my e-mail multiple times throughout the day).

All Grades: while you are home, think about visiting the following websites (new ones added each week!):

Switch Zoo: Watch, listen, and play games to learn about amazing animals!
National Geographic for Kids: Learn all about geography and fascinating animals!  
Seussville: Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his famous characters.  Check out the Green Eggs and Ham engineering game!
Fun Brain: Play games while practicing math and reading skills.
PBS Kids: Hang out with your favorite PBS characters while learning.
Storyline Online: Hear stories read by movie stars.
Storytime from Space: Listen to astronauts read some of your favorite stories.
NASA Kids Club: Continue learning about space from NASA.
Make Beliefs Comix: Make your own comic strip!

*Special Activity
Doodle and draw with Miss B.'s favorite author/illustrator each day....Mo Willems! (He does a new video everyday!)



Week 1For all grade levels, use the STEM at Home document below to see how you can be an engineer at home:
STEM at home.docx

Week 2:

Grade 4:  Visit code.org to practice coding skills, build a paper airplane and see how far it goes (test multiple times and improve after each test), design and build a bridge using a variety of building materials found around your house (see the above STEM at home document for suggested materials).

Grade 3:  Write an essay about what name you would give to the next Mars Rover and why, visit the NASA Kids Club link above and practice controlling rovers, design and build a tower using a variety of building materials found around your house (see the above STEM at home document for suggested materials).

Grade 2:  Using materials found at home, design and create a rocket ship to fly to the moon.  If you can't find enough materials, use your imagination and draw a picture of it.  Also, visit the NASA Kids Club in the link above to learn more about the organization that sends astronauts into space.  Is being an astronaut a job you would want to do?  On a piece of notebook paper, complete the following writing prompt:
-Yes I want to be an astronaut because....
-No I do not want to be an astronaut because...

Grade 1:  Be a scientist at home!  Think of a science experiment you can do at home (ask a question, observe, make a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, form a conclusion) or watch a video of a science experiment HERE.  Also, be an engineer!  Use materials you find around the house and make something great!  Draw a picture of what you make.

Kindergarten:  Be an engineer!  Use materials you find around the house and make something great!  Draw a picture of what you make.  Also, take a nature walk around your neighborhood with a grown-up.  Be on the look-out for all the ways you know winter is over and spring is beginning.

Week 3:

ALL GRADE LEVELS: Complete the Special Area BINGO
*(click on Special Area Bingo to download).

Grade 4:  
-Continue to visit code.org to practice coding skills.  This week, try to code your own dance party by clicking HERE.
-Pick 1 Engineering at Home activity to complete:

Design a Futuristic Phone

Create a blueprint of a futuristic phone design. What can your phone do?

Create a Dance

Come up with dance moves to your favorite song. Record your dance.

Draw a Map of your Home

Label each room in your house. Measure the length and with of each room and add them to your map.


Grade 3

-Pick 2 Engineering at Home activities to complete:

Design a Futuristic Phone

Create a blueprint of a futuristic phone design. What can your phone do?

Create a Dance

Come up with dance moves to your favorite song. Record your dance.

Draw a Map of your Home

Label each room in your house. Measure the length and with of each room and add them to your map.

Read a Book

What was the problem in the story? Build something to help solve the problem.

Create a Game

Use recyclables to design your own game. Create rules for your game and teach your family how to play.

Build a Tower

Using index cards, construction paper, and tape, build the tallest tower you can!


Grade 2: We are going to spend the next few weeks learning about famous women in the world of STEM.  The first woman we are going to learn about is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor.  Watch a story about her below:

Now think about a zoo animal you love.  Miss B.'s favorite animal is a red panda.  Draw a picture of your favorite animal and then use your engineering skills to design and build a home for it using whatever you can find at home (shoeboxes, blocks, legos, construction paper, etc.).  If you can't find materials, draw a detailed picture.

Grade 1
-If you haven't yet, watch a video of a science experiment HERE.  See if you can do one at home with the help of a grown-up.
-Watch Mo Willems share how he created his own idea for a game to play at home.  Can you make a game as fun as Super Bounce?  Create your own game and teach your family the directions and rules.


Kindergarten:  
-Spring is Here!  On Bookflix (Username: Bellmawr, Password: bookflix), listen to "And Then It's Spring" and read "How Do You Know It's Spring?" 
-Gather legos, linking cubes, play dough, and any other building material you can find (ask a grown-up to help!).  Using your materials, try to build a kite, a flower, a rainbow, and a raincloud.

Week 4:

Grade 4:  
-Continue to visit code.org to practice coding skills.  This week, try to complete all of the levels of either the Frozen, Star Wars, or Grinch games by clicking HERE.
-Pick 1 Engineering at Home activity to complete:

Build a Catapult

Use popsicle sticks, a spoon, and rubber bands to design a catapult.  How far can your catapult launch an object?

Design an Amusement Park

Use paper, scissors, and tape to design a new amusement park.

Create an Obstacle Course

Plan out your obstacle course on paper.  Time how long it takes you to complete your course.

Grade 3
-Pick 2 Engineering at Home activities to complete:

Build a Catapult

Use popsicle sticks, a spoon, and rubber bands to design a catapult.  How far can your catapult launch an object?

Design an Amusement Park

Use paper, scissors, and tape to design a new amusement park.

Create an Obstacle Course

Plan out your obstacle course on paper.  Time how long it takes to complete your course.

Design a Pair of Glasses

Use materials you have at home to design a stylish pair of glasses.

Build a Fort

Use blankets, chairs, and other materials to build a fort.  When you finish, read a book inside of your fort.

Create a Musical Instrument

Use recyclables to design a musical instrument.  Test your instrument to see if it makes a sound.

Grade 2: We are going to spend the next few weeks learning about famous women in the world of STEM.  The second woman we are going to learn about is Raye Montague.  Watch Miss B. read a story about her below:



Try to make your own submarine with an empty water bottle and marbles/pennies (activity at the end of the video) or learn how to draw a submarine:



Grade 1
Do you what a boxitect is?  Listen to Miss B. read the story "Boxitects" below (be on the lookout for my dog Scout!), see what cool things I made with boxes at the end of the video, and then try to make something great yourself!



Kindergaten
Listen to Miss B. read aloud one of my favorite Elephant and Piggie books and then try to do my Engineering Challenge of designing and building a bird bath using materials from around your house (look at me example at the end of the video).