6 Things a Day – 03/26/20

My third day of blogging to support learning at home! I am particularly excited about today’s post, as I am sharing ideas from across subjects that show that learning can be fun and playful. If you haven’t already guessed, I have a planning framework for my blog – I hope to find and share ONE idea each day related to: the arts, mathematics, science, social science/health, literacy and active learning. Because many of you are organizing playful learning across age levels, I hope to share ideas that are engaging for many age groups, including adults. If you are looking for MORE ideas, be sure to check out earlier posts.

Daily Lineup: March 26, 2020

I have also included a wonderful site for Homeschool resources for children with special needs.

Airband Quarantine Challenge

You may have seen this challenge on your social media feed. All you need is a music source, kids and a recording device such as a tablet, smart phone or camera. You can get some inspiration from Yoshi Styles on Facebook. The rules for this challenge are:

  • Solo or group acts.
  • Anyone that is currently self-isolating or in quarantine can participate. Or anyone that just wants to have some fun!
  • No edits to the video itself – one take only. You can overlay the music.
  • Costumes and props permitted and encouraged.
  • Post your video with the rules and challenge up to 10 friends by tagging them in your post. #airbandquarantinechallenge

Back to Back for Math Practice

You need to have three people to play this math practice game. This game can be played using any number operation. The directions below are for addition, but you can go through the same steps with other operations.

  • Start playing with numbers up to 10. You can use larger numbers as you get comfortable playing the game.
  • Two players stand back to back, each holding a mini white board or piece of paper. These players are the writers.
  • The third player needs to stand so that they can see what the writers are writing. The third player is the watcher.
  • The writers each write a number on their paper/board without seeing what the other person wrote. Each writer shows the watcher what their number is.
  • The watcher adds the two numbers up and says this sum out loud.
  • Each of the writers tries to guess what the other number is.
  • Switch roles and play again. You can make the game harder by using larger numbers or changing the operation being used.

Penny Boat Challenge

How might we design a boat that holds the most pennies? There are specific shapes and designs that float best. This challenge allows children to explore and figure out what that design is. You can see an example of a typical penny boat challenge, or read below.

  1. Cut three pieces of tinfoil for each design team. If you don’t have pennies, decide what small items you can use to measure how well your boats float. These might be small toys, stones or beads.
  2. Each team has 3 trials. They should design, build and test their first design before they try their second and then third so that they can improve each time.
  3. Design a boat that can hold the most weight (pennies).
  4. To test it, drop the pennies 1 by 1 into the boat in a pan of water or sink. Continue dropping pennies until the boat sinks. The last penny that sinks the boat counts in the number of pennies that the boat can hold.
  5. Once you have a number for your first boat, try it again with another piece of tinfoil to see if they can beat their first score. Do as many trials as you would like.

Celebrity Read Alouds

There are many folks who are being generous and reading out loud. You can find many with a simple google search or search your FB Feed, but here is a lovely list of six stories curated by Romper.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

I have been inspired by many different posts and sites like this one or this one that list ideas for a photo scavenger hunt. I decided to try my hand at making a photo hunt for young children and a photo hunt for pre-teen/teen/adults. You can either take photos with a smart phone or camera. The idea is to take a photo of each item on the list. This does not have to be timed!

I have uploaded each of these as Word Documents so that you can edit them to match what is available in your home.

Mindfulness for Kids

Our children absorb the energy around them. Mindfulness is something that can help reduce anxiety and focus on the moment. There are several sites and videos that walk you through a mindfulness exercise. This one from New Horizon might be a good way to start!

A Great General Site

Today I am highlighting a blog to help parents who are supporting the learning of children with exceptionalities. A Day in Our Shoes: 150 Homeschooling Resources for Parents | OT | PT | Special Education | All Subjects is organized by disability and topic.

Published by iwonderstand

I am an experienced educational consultant who collaborates with teacher and leadership groups to support teaching and learning.

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