Students and families can learn simple phrases and words for First Nations languages in BC. www.firstvoices.com
This website 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
This website provides free, fun online learning classes (with assessments) for math, science, storytelling, computer programming, history, art, economics and much more! www.khanacademy.org
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
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.
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.
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.”
Additional on-line resources for families
Fun experiments, fact pages, writing activities, and videos for science and social studies are available on these websites.
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 also 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.
This free website has lessons for all grades 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! Lots of options and practice are available. ck12.org
Paper Airplane Science (grade 8 – 12)
Students can test their airplane making skills and record how well each design performs, considering airplane composition – as described in Appendix 6.
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
FNESC and FNSA Connected Classrooms Program Moodle Site
This site includes a number of continuous learning activities for high school and adult students. All BC First Nations schools are welcome to access this information while classes are suspended and they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for login details. Link to the site
These stories keep children engaged and learning by listening. This is a good activity all ages to use in conjunction with crafting or creating art. 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. 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
For older students, this award-winning website promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format. Teacher lesson plans are included on the site. www.procon.org
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. Links to join live are available and recordings are available online and on dedicated apps for Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV!
Create to Learn @ Home
This is an at-home training initiative in partnership with imagineNATIVE to support student learning at home. These video tutorials on digital skills and/or traditional knowledge using digital tools are all created by First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists and media makers to share their skills with students. videos.createtolearn.ca
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