With a kids’ section included on this web site, students and families can learn simple phrases and words for First Nations languages in BC. www.firstvoices.com
Scavenger hunts are a great way for families to spend some fun and active time together. They provide children with opportunities to increase their vocabulary and to categorize objects. This activity can be used indoors. If it is possible to go outdoors safely and at an appropriate distance from others, scavenger hunts provide an opportunity to share knowledge of the land around the home. Remember: any outside activities should be considered carefully with the safety and well-being of participants in mind, and recognizing any related First Nations’ directives related to social distancing. See Appendix 1 for details.
This web site provides carefully selected folktales from around the world that have been adapted into sound and music-rich radio plays for kids. www.wbur.org/circleround
Interview a community role model
This activity encourages children to explore the process of generating questions, interviewing, organizing information, and making a product. Participants should be sensitive to the individual needs and feelings of people to be interviewed and they should connect remotely. See Appendix 3 for more ideas.
These science and technology related podcasts will ignite student curiosity and wonder about the world of science. Topics range from “The secret world of dust” to “Dreams: The science of a sleeping brain.”
The purpose of this project is to bring children onto the land, have them ask questions, make observations, and encourage everyone to share their knowledge about the territory. Remember: any outside activities should be considered carefully with the safety and well-being of participants in mind, and recognizing any related First Nations’ directives. Tips are included in Appendix 4.
This resource is free for a month and contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction books and videos, as well as a section with books that are read aloud. www.getepic.com
Make a Plant Collection
Keeping a plant collection and thinking carefully about the kinds of plants that are growing around the community is a good learning activity. Appendix 7 shares further ideas for this activity. Remember: Any suggested activities should be considered with the items that families currently have in their homes. All outside activities should be considered carefully with the safety and well-being of participants in mind.
Activities that appreciate family connections
Many activities can make time with families extra-special, as family connections are a meaningful source of learning for students of all ages. Appendix 5 includes several suggested activities, and students can be encouraged to present their learning through photos, artifacts, story-telling, interviews, writing and drawing.
This website is free and has lessons at all grade levels and in many subject areas. It includes videos, books, lessons, visuals, and resources. It also has simulations to help students learn math and science concepts with numerous options for practice. www.ck12.org
Additional on-line resources for families
Fun experiments, fact pages, writing activities, and videos for science and social studies are available on these web sites.
Paper Airplane Science
Students can test their airplane making skills and record how well each design performs, considering airplane composition – as described in Appendix 6.
This web site is an excellent resource for reading and reading comprehension activities. If computers are not available for all students, all of the resources are printable. www.readworks.org
You Be the Critic
Students can critique something familiar, using evidence to evaluate and rank options, and then produce a video (or other product) explaining their rankings. This would be a great activity for friends to share with each other, and/or with a teacher. Two options for this activity are included in You Be the Critic: Video Game Edition and You Be the Critic: Snack Edition. Other topics can be substituted for this activity. Appendix 8 suggests writing a script and recording a video to describe the findings. Other options, such as writing a critique or presenting the findings to other family members live, can be suggested.
Activities for families
Any suggested activities should be considered with the items that families currently have in their homes. All outside activities should be considered carefully with the safety and well-being of participants in mind, and recognizing any related First Nations’ directives.
- Texture Walk – Create a list of words to describe how things feel to the touch. Go for a walk and see how many things you can find that match the describing words.
- Relax and Listen – Go outside and sit or lay down and remain quiet for a few minutes. Relax and listen to the sounds you hear. Imagine a story to go along with the sounds. Write, draw, or tell your story to your family.
- Obstacle Course – Design an obstacle course for the whole family. Think of different ways to go through the course each time – such as hopping, walking backwards, etc.
This web site provides free, fun online learning classes (with assessments) for math, science, storytelling, computer programming, history, art, economics and much more! www.khanacademy.org
Keeping Kids Active During the Pandemic
This resource from the First Nations Health Authority, shares fun activities to keep young children active and engaged while at home. Link to the resource
This site has a wide selection of fun and educational STEM challenges for students of all ages. Link to the resource
IXL offers skill practice in all areas of math and at all grade levels. Parents can sign up for a free 30-day membership. www.ca.ixl.com
These stories keep children engaged and learning by listening. This is a good activity to use in conjunction with crafting or creating art. Great for students of all ages – including adults. stories.audible.com/discovery
JABC is a non-profit that delivers business education programs in schools across the province, including activities that focus on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship for grades 4 – 12. jabc.ca/online-learning/
PBS Learning offers free educational videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. Create lessons, quizzes and activities with any of the resources. Good for learners of all ages. www.pbslearningmedia.org
Virtual Museum of Canada
This site offers virtual tours and an online experience for exploring historic and cultural heritage sites, as well as exhibits. www.virtualmuseum.ca
Connected North @ Home
This site provides 4 to 6 daily Connected North sessions for students/families to access directly at home. Topics include such things as Deep Sea Animals, Music and Movements, Narwals and Unicorns, You Are What You Eat, Life Under the Microscope, etc. The website includes links to join live. Recordings are available online and on dedicated apps for Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV!
Create a Cell
In this three-day project, students create a “cell” by dissolving the shell of a chicken egg, consider liquid solutions, measure size and mass, record results, and make scientific predictions. Activity link
Critical Thinking about a Call to Action
This activity encourages older students and adult students to practice critical thinking and analysis skills, by reflecting on an issue they find interesting and motivational, and persuading others to make a positive difference. Activity link
Chemical Reactions at Home!
In this activity, students use baking soda and vinegar to study how chemical reactions occur. Many students may have used baking soda and vinegar, but have they tried to catch the bubbles? Activity link
Rock / Paper / Scissors Ratios
This classic hand game is a fun way to practice recording results and it can be used to introduce the concept of ratios. Activity link
At-Home Language Learning Lesson
The first objective when learning a language is to listen to it and begin to understand what is being spoken to you. Repetition and exposure is key! This activity is meant to facilitate that experience. Activity link