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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Families have dealt with a variety of challenges over the past few weeks and we know that learning activities are just one of many things that families are trying to provide for their children.  The ASD-S Subject Area Coordinators put together a list of ideas to support learning in various curriculum areas. 

We have tried to include a few online and offline resources to provide families with some options.   Certainly if you have found resources and routines that work for your family we would encourage you to continue with those.  We have reviewed these and feel that they will be supportive of continued learning in areas that support curriculum goals.   

We hope you find this resource helpful and will continue to add relevant resources and ideas.  ​


Gary Hall

Gary D. Hall, Director of Curriculum and Instruction​

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General

 

 


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Kahn Academy

 

CK-12

 

Sun West Resource Bank

 

Crash Course

 

Amazing Educational Resources


Public Libraries e Collections - (Apply here​ for Library Card to Access e Collection) 



 ​NB Education Supplement Edition 1.pdf

 

 


Elementary English Language Arts

 

 


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Learning A-Z (also known as RAZ-KIDS)

 

Raz-Kids, Headsprout, and Writing Practice - Free 90 day membership includes books for reading practice, a listening component, along with writing components.  This site also includes a special link for our English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.

 

 

 

 




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•  (K-2) Help kids with PLAY; talk about how to be creative and make things from recyclables, or things they find outside; write about it, however simple this is.  Reading is also imperative; set up a daily reading time (any book of interest, depending what is in your home). 

 

•  (K-5) Set a goal to accomplish; have the child create the plan to accomplish it and write about it.  Set aside reading time each day.

 


 


Middle/High Level English Language Arts

 

 



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NewsELA

 

Free membership gives students access to non-fiction articles about current events. Each article can be modified for different reading levels and comes with a series of questions about the reading.

 

 

CommonLit


This website has a number of fiction texts, poetry, fables, information text, etc. The texts have interactive features such as word pronunciation and dictionaries. At the end of each text, there are critical thinking questions.

 

 

 

 

 






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•  Build your reading stamina. Set a goal of a certain number of pages to read each day. Record your progress.


•  Our society is currently in a unique situation. Keep a daily journal of your thoughts and experiences during your time at home. Try to paint a complete picture of what your life is like so you can go back and read it in the future.

 

•   Write reviews of books, TV shows, movies, music, products, etc. Share them with friends and family, or even on websites like GoodReads and Amazon.

 

•  Read aloud to a younger sibling.  Record yourself to share with a senior.


 

 



English as Additional Language (EAL)

 

 



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Website
Multiple Resources​ (Online and Offline)

Alphabet Worksheet​ , SIght Words​Videos

EAL Set 2.pdf    EAL Set3.pdf​,   EAL Set 4.pdfEAL Set 5.pdf , EAL Set 6.pdfEAL Set 7.pdf

Language Learning Center



Elementary Math (K-5)

 

 



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Math Outside

 

This post gives plenty of ideas to practice and explore mathematical ideas in the great outdoors.

 

 

Sheppard Software

 

This is a comprehensive portal of free interactive games covering a wide-range of concepts.

 

 

Greg Tang Math

 

This site has links to a broad range of math related to Number and Operations activities that get students thinking.




 

 

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  Counting- this can be items around the house or in nature. Practice and talk about ways of grouping items to find our “how many” more efficiently. Practice counting to 20 when washing hands- forward/backward, by 2s, by 5s, 3s. Depending on your child’s age, use increasingly larger numbers that extend his/her understanding.

 

  Board games, cards and dice- Many board games involve counting and strategy. Roll dice (1, 2, 3 or more dice) or turn over cards- make the largest/smallest possible number. Add, multiply, subtract or divide the numbers. Roll one die and say the number, then the number before and after. Say the number 2 more/2 less; 10 more/10 less.



 


Middle level Math (6-8)

 

 




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Prodigy

Prodigy (Grade 1-8 curriculum aligned Math games)

 

 

 

IXL Math

 

IXL Math (K-12 Math activities)




 

 

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  Word problem of the day - Create word problems using data and various operations. Have children create word problems for you to solve.

 

  Mental math- practice basic multiplication, division and addition and subtraction facts daily. There are many games sites and free printable work sheets online.

 

  Board games, cards and dice -  Many games involve money and counting and Math skills. There are various Math games using dice and cards that can be found online.

 


 


High School Mathematics (9-12)

 


 


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Khan Academy

 

Math Site for K-12 - When visiting the Khan Academy site, click in the search engine located at the top of the opening page, enter the topic you are studying in your current High School Mathematics course, ex. Quadratics, and it will take you to activities on that topic.

 

 

Talk with Our Kids About Money

 

Many resources and possible home assignments concerning real-world applications of money and financial problems.  No cost; students must register to enter.




 

 

 

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•  Puzzles and Games: Playing a board, card games or a puzzle that involve counting, patterns, problem solving or strategy.

 

•  Check stock market numbers, students could pick something, ex. price of gold or oil, follow how it moves from day to day, make predictions, graph etc.   This would have many applications to high school math courses from graphing lines and curves, generating equations etc.  Many of these items are reported daily on news shows and radio.

 

 


French 

 

 


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Idéllo

 

For students in Grades: 1-12.

More than 12000 resources for families to learn and have fun. This comprehensive site features unusual and funny facts, reading activities, games, STEAM projects, interviews with awesome young people, answers to all kinds of questions.​

 

 

Boukili

 

Grades: 1-8

This website allows parents to create an account to have students access books in French. Students can listen to a recording of the book, read the books themselves, and then answer comprehension questions. All the questions and answers can be read aloud, which makes this site accessible to visual and auditory learning styles.

 

 

Duolingo  (app)

 

Grades: 6-12

This app (available on your app store) will challenge you as you practice your reading, writing and speaking, as there are levels for all French Second Language learners



 

 




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Speaking & Listening


Each day ask your child these questions and have them answer you to practice speaking in French: What is the date? Desscribe the weather. How are you feeling today?


Provide opportunities for your child to use oral language by talking in French to an older French Immersion student or a francophone neighbor over the phone, talk to a friend from school, start a French Club, etc.


Music and TV shows are a great way to bring French alive at home for a child to practice their listening skills.  Netflix has a feature allowing you to change the language to French, for both the audio and the subtitles.

 

Reading


Listen to your child read. Talk about it! Discussion is a good approach to take in developing comprehension and critical thinking skills. 


Your child can set a goal, such as “how many pages will I read today?”  Have them record their progress.

 

Writing

Write a daily note to your child, ask a question so your child has a reason to write back in French.


Encourage your child to write letters to friends, relatives, neighbors.


In a journal, write daily about your experience and thoughts during this school closure


Genre writing (Grades 3-12) – Students can choose or be assigned a topic of writing, and follow the writing process (plan, write, revise, edit, publish, and share). The topic should be one with which they are familiar and comfortable. Allow students the opportunity to share their writing aloud, online, or within your family.

 


 


Science

 

 



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SJ Astronomy Club

 

These volunteers do an awesome weekly YouTube broadcast.  You can watch prior shows on their channel, or tune in for the live show every Sunday evening

 

 

Cherry Brook Zoo daily virtual field trip

 

Starting Monday, March 23, every weekday at 10:30am the Cherry Brook Zoo will be holding virtual field trips, featuring different animals at the zoo.

 

 

 






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How accurate is the weather forecast?  How could you find out? 

What variable do you want to test?  What variables will you need to keep consistent?  What’s your prediction? When you look at your results, do you see any patterns?  With whom might you share your results?

 

Survey the types of trees on your property, or the cars that drive by your house, or the advertisements on your favorite TV show. How might you classify them?  Using your classification system, do you notice any patterns? 

 

 



Social Studies

 

 



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The Canadian Virtual Museum

 

“One-stop-shopping" for stories about people, places, and things across the country. Canadian museums from all regions contribute some of their best material to this site. You will find many lessons to accompany these interactive stories.

 

Canada’s History

 

One of the best sites for lessons for learners of all ages in the area of citizenship, past/current issues, and Canadian history.

 

 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

 

This site is a great one for learners of all ages to discover more about issues associated with such topics as infrastructure, gender identity, poverty, climate change/action, food security, etc.

 

Graphic stories (comic-style books) on global issues

 

Stories are effective in teaching because they require readers to not only passively receive information, but also interact with the text and images to construct meaning, and that is the key to the magic. Words and pictures work together!

 




  

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Exploring how the world is inter-connected


This is an excellent activity to discover how inter-connected (inter-dependent) the countries and people of the world are.  Over a day, or a week, learners can keep a log of what they consume and/or use. They will also note where the item originated. In the case of an item that has a few components or ingredients, they can do their best to discuss and provide an educated guess as to where the ingredient comes from (e.g. coffee - Colombia, sugar - Jamaica, tea - India, etc.).  There are many clues about the origins of items. The best clues are on the labels of course; for example, while looking at clothing, the tags will indicate their country of origin. 

 

The information should be recorded in a graphic organizer like this one:

 

Item:

Components or ingredients:

Country of origin:

e.g. t-shirt

 

Nicaragua

e.g. chocolate chip muffin

Chocolate

Sugar

wheat/grains

Guatemala

Panama

Canada

e.g. orange juice

 

Florida, USA

 

There are many ways that learners can show the results and how inter-connected the world is.  For example, using a map of the world, place a pin on home (NB). Then place pins on the countries, Now, connect pieces of string or yarn from home to those countries.

 

Activity Extension:  Research and/or discuss other ways that the people of the world are inter-connected.  Start with your interests/passions and identify the items and/or people connected. For example: the Toronto Raptors - where do the players come from?  USA (Kyle Lowry), Canada (Chris Boucher), Cameroon (Pascal Siakem), Congo (Serge Abaka) etc.

 

 



First Nation Education

 

 

 


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The Wabanaki Collection

 

This site houses many lessons, videos, and articles that support learners of all ages to learn more about the Wabanaki First Nations of this territory. The Wabanaki Confederacy is comprised of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy), Abenaki, and Penobscot Peoples.

 

 

 

 




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The Wabanaki Peoples

The Wabanaki Peoples are: the Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik), Mi’kmaq, Passamoquoddy, Penobscot and Abanaki. Wabanaki is a word that means “People of the Dawn.” Since these First Nation Peoples established territory in the east, they are the first Peoples on Turtle Island (North America) to greet the sun. We are all now living in the territory of the People of the Dawn.

 

Activity:

  • Discuss the meaning behind Wabanaki (People of the Dawn) and how it applies to the five Nations that live in the East: Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik), Mi’kmaq, Passamoquoddy, Penobscot and Abanaki.
  • Write “Wabanaki” and the names of all five Nations somewhere for the kids to see them.
  • Paint or draw a horizon line near the middle of the paper.
  • Above the horizon line, paint or draw a skyline with a large sun beginning to rise.
  • Paint or draw five large rays from the sun using any combination of warm colours. The rays should be wide enough to include words later on. Below the horizon line, imagine the reflection of the sun in the water. Paint or draw the rest of the water in any combination of cool colours.
  • Above the horizon paint or draw the words of each Wabanaki nation into the five rays: Maliseet (or Wolastoqiyik), Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abanaki
  • Below the horizon find a place to paint or draw the words, “Wabanaki: People of the Dawn.”
  • Learn more about the history of the Wabanaki Peoples and Wabanaki artists. 
  • Create a map of the Atlantic provinces and indicate the traditional lands of the Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik), Mi’kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy). 
  • Create a map of New Brunswick that illustrates the location of the 16 Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik communities.

 

 


Technology

 

 



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GCF Global

 

Various online courses and tutorials covering all aspects of technology, from hardware to software to coding and online safety.



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Create a Lego maze, then have a partner create a code to navigate through it.  (4 cm forward, 2 cm left, etc)

 

Your partner is your robot, create a code on a sheet of paper to get them to do a task, then have them execute your program.  Start with something simple, like stacking disposable cups.

 

Example

move your left hand 20 cm to the left,

open your hand

move your hand 10 cm forward until you touch the cup

close your hand until you’re gripping the cup

etc.

 

 

 


Physical Education

 

 



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Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

 

This website offers guidelines and suggested activities for specific age ranges.

 

 

Participaction

 

This website offers a neat, downloadable info graphic to encourage kids to “Build Your Best Day”, along with many other resources to help encourage physical activity.




 

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At home, students can be supported by encouraging them to play outside and participate in a variety of activities every day.  Children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day.  Students can practice their gross-motor skills by participating in activities such as running, hopping and skipping.  Students should also perform muscle- and bone-strengthening activities at least 3 days per week.  Make physical activity part of your family routine.  Walk or bike, play tag, or visit a local park.  While watching or playing sports, discuss strategies such as where to pass the ball or how to defend a target.  Students should always be encouraged to play fair, be persistent when learning new skills, cooperate with others, and act respectfully and safely during activity. 




 


Fine Arts and Music

 




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Metropolitan Museum of Art ; The Louvre

 

Many art galleries have large collections of public-domain high-resolution images online.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre are just two examples.

 

 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ; San Francisco Symphony

 

Both the Dallas and San Francisco Symphony websites have fun games and activities related to music.

 




 

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Art


  • Encourage your child to draw pictures of what they’ve done, where they’ve been, how they are feeling, and things they are imagining. Families can paint together and take photographs together.  
  • Visual Literacy skills can be enhanced when viewing a work of art by discussing what your child sees. Ask your child questions such as:  What do you observe is happening in this picture?  What do you see that makes you say that?  What more can we find?  


Music


  • ​Young children should be encouraged to sing every day – have songs for various purposes such as cleaning up, bedtime, or going for a walk. Rhymes, clapping games, and finger-play all help to develop a sense of rhythm in young students. Encourage your child to teach you the songs and dances that they learn at school and have fun performing them together. 
  • Students of all ages should listen to a variety of high-quality music including, but not limited to, popular music, classical music, and music of other cultures. Discuss the music – what makes a piece of music valuable or not in their opinion? Attend virtual concerts particularly those aimed at children and youth.  

 

 


Global Competencies in Education - the Global Competencies are taught across all areas.

 

 


The NB Global Competencies are:

-Communication

-Collaboration

-Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

-Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

-Sustainability and Global Citizenship

-Self-Awareness and Self-Management



 

 

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The Critical Thinking Consortium

 

Excellent resources and lessons for learners of all ages to understand and apply critical thinking skills. Specific lessons are designed to address some of the challenges that we all confront as we attempt to understand our world. Sample skills addressed are: how to determine the credibility of sources; distinguishing between fake and real news; how to develop a reasoned argument; and, comparing and contrasting ideas and concepts.

 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

 

Excellent resources related to Sustainability and Global Citizenship.





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A great way to engage learners in critical thought is to encourage them to analyze things in their own space.  Three examples follow.




Analyzing cartoons:  All cartoons convey a message, some that are obvious, and some that are not so obvious. Sometimes there are underlying messages that are only seen through closer analysis.  Some of the techniques cartoonists use to communicate their messages are:

  • a caption: a sentence or phrase that is the title for the cartoon
  • a label: words in the drawing to identify people or objects
  • relative size: figures are drawn much larger or smaller than others
  • light and dark: use of dark shading and white space to create an effect
  • composition: the arrangement or location of figures or objects in the cartoon
  • symbolism: a sign or object used to represent something else
  • caricature: a distorted, oversimplified or exaggerated representation of a figure.

What obvious message(s) can be identified?  What are the less obvious messages?  What techniques are used to convey the messages?  Analyze the use of the techniques in graphic novels or comic books.  Identify stereotypes portrayed in a cartoon.  Draw conclusions about the author’s background and perspective in cartoons.  Create a cartoon with an obvious and a not-so-obvious message.  Record the observations and interpretations on an activity sheet.


Strategies of persuasion:  We are all bombarded by sources of information by people who want to convince us of something – whether something is good or bad, something we should buy or believe. Encourage learners to identify the types of strategies people will use to convince us of things. For example: the use of celebrities – “if they are saying it, it must be true”; the use of music in commercials, movies; the use of film, photographs, colour, etc.

Encourage learners to add to this list and to identify specific examples in commercials, magazines, newspapers, songs, videos, movies, documentaries and other sources of information.

 

Judging evidence of a source:   We are in an era when it is hard to know if information is “real news” or “fake news”, so the need to learn how to determine the credibility of sources is becoming more and more important. We can invite learners to assess the credibility of sources in many ways. One way is to introduce the learners to a strategy for assessing the credibility of a source. They can apply this 3-part process:

  • How accurate is the evidence? Is the evidence correct in all details, given the context of the conclusion?
  • How relevant is the evidence? Is the evidence closely related to the topic of the conclusion?
  • How specific is the evidence/source? Does the evidence include detailed examples or statistics?