Here are a few websites students can work on from home/any computer. If they log in to a family computer using their school email credentials, the passwords and their work "walks" with them.
Current events. Students can choose an article and choose the Lexile (reading level) they want to read it at. Sometimes Mrs. Pelowski will choose articles for whole-class discussion and/or give specific instructions (i.e.: find and highlight a word that is NEW to you, find and highlight a word or phrase that is IMPORTANT to this topic, find and highlight a phrase that you AGREE or DISAGREE with, etc.). There are sometimes questions I will ask students to answer as an assignment.
During Reading class, students will sometimes be asked to read a passage, learn vocab and answer questions from this site. Multiple choice and fill-in the blank questions are graded. Written-out answers ask students to go back into the passage to give evidence for their responses (also called "close" reading).
Students can use this site to broaden their vocabulary. There will sometimes be assignments on here. Recently I put up some of the words from a spelling test. I will also put up optional assignments (i.e.: Greek suffixes). Students can practice learning word meanings here as well as practice spelling. There is a group option where we can play a game in class.
VisuWords Visual Dictionary
This is an interesting way to look up words and see how the word expands and connects to smiliar meanings. Give it a try!
I will often go to this site when I want to dig into the meaning of a bigger word. You can look up word parts (i.e.: Latin, Greek) and origins easily here. I usually learn something new when I visit!
When looking up a word's meaning, I suggest using this online dictionary by Mirriam-Webster, geared towards students.
This site seemed to be the simplest one I came across for building and filling in a family tree for free and then print it from the site. It might be best to plan to sit and do it all in one session. For our autobiographies, having just the first and last names is good (you may add the dates for births and deaths on this page, but that will be very detailed).
This is a site where you are not only building skills, but the World Food Programme donates rice to the poor when you answer correctly. They just updated the site so I'm still learning what they changed. Students can practice/learn vocabulary, math facts, chemistry symbols and many other topics.
TypingClub is an educational program that will help students learn to type quickly and accurately on a standard computer keyboard. The program is fully web-based, so students can use it to practice keyboarding in class, at home, or anywhere an internet connection can be found. If you would like to help at home, the most important thing for your child to focus on while practicing is to avoid looking at the keyboard while typing.
Here is a link to our religion book. There are online activities and a quiz for each chapter here (we did Chapter 1 and 2 quizzes orally in class).
Test your typing speed (I don't think these links work well on school iPads, but check your home computer):
Today's students need typing skills more than ever before! A little practice each day will help with accuracy and speed. Be sure to use the HOME ROW keys and cover your hands if you can't help peeking. In class, we are all subscribed to the Typing Club app to learn and practice the home row, but here are some fun ways to practice as well.
- Check your speed and accuracy after you type 3 sentences in one of their popular wpm tests.
- Type for one minute to see how you do (there is also a 3-minute version). We will do this together to get a baseline to see how much improvement we can make over the year. Typically it takes about 3 hours of work to increase one wpm. Practice makes progress--let's go!
- Type a quote from a movie while racing a car against other typists.