Weekly Activities

EL One

May 18th-21st

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Reminder: There is No School this Friday!


*Read a book, or look at its pictures for 10-20 minutes.

*Do 15-20 minutes of assignments on Khan Academy


Reading Aloud

Read aloud to your parent or another family member for 10-20 minutes. Practice using an animated voice!

If you are not yet reading, look through a book together and tell your family the "story" that you see from the illustrations.

Handwriting Practice

Do 2-3 pages in your handwriting book.

Coffee filter sun catcher

Coffee filters
Washable markers
Squirt/spray bottle
Paper towels
Black construction paper
Double sided tape or glue

Color coffee filter with markers. Make sure most of the filter is colored. Place on several paper towels (to reduce mess). Using the squirt bottle spray the coffee filter, the colors will start to spread. Let coffee filter dry. Make a frame, example a tulip. Fold a piece of black construction in half. Cut the shape of half a tulip. Then cut the same shape again leaving 1/4 inch or so of paper around the edge. When you unfold the paper you will have the outline of a tulip. Use a small piece of tape and tape the tulip frame to the coffee filter. Trim the excess filter. Hang in a sunny window.  


*Spelling Book (for those spelling)
Do your list and complete your pages in your Spelling Book.

*Beginning Sounds (for those not spelling)

Find 5-10 objects in your house that start with the same sound. Tell them to your family or write a list.


Parent note: 4th grade students and up were the only ones set up with this program previously. If your child is writing words and wants to start typing practice, let me know and I will add them to our account.

Practice typing for 20 minutes. To access your typing practice, go to typing.com and choose "student log-in" in the upper right. Your username is your name+fhms, for example mine would be lynnfhms. Your password is "hello"

Life Journal

Write or draw in your Life Journal, or use paper or another notebook. You could journal about what your life has been like lately, or write/draw about your dreams for the future.


*Spelling List Practice (for those spelling)
Do your spelling "choice" work. Practice using your spelling word list in some way. You may decide to draw pictures of each word and label them, you could write sentences using the word, you could create a word search (check out this online word search maker http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/WordSearchSetupForm.asp) and then complete it, you could write each word three times, or??? use your own idea.

*Rhyming Sounds (for those not spelling)

Find 5-10 objects in the house that end with the same sound. Tell them to your family or write a list.

Soap Propelled Boat and Pepper Spreading

This is an experiment that teaches about water surface tension. This will reinforces the understanding of the power of soap to wash away germs and dirt!  Two liquids with different surface tensions will result in a surface tension gradient, resulting in a net force (the Marangoni effect).  It is this force which allows the items to move.
Through their observations, your child will learn that soap breaks apart the surface tension of water, because when the soap is added to the items in the water, it propels them.  This activity can happen inside at the sink, a bathtub or with any container that holds water. A large casserole pan is ideal.
A tub or container, such as a large glass casserole pan, that will hold water
A towel to wipe up any spills
A thick piece of rectangular paper such as a business card, index card or piece of cardboard.
dish soap
cotton swab or small paintbrush
Start by having your child cut two corners of the rectangle off so one side is in a point, sort of like a motorboat shape. Fill your pan with water.  Have your child paint the straight side (opposite the pointed side) of the paper motorboat with a strip of liquid dish soap.  Set the paper motorboat on the water, and it will be propelled through the water as the surface tension of the water breaks apart behind it!  Then make sure the pan is clean of all soap, fill it again with water, and have your child sprinkle some pepper in.  Next, add one drop of dish soap to the center of the floating pepper.  It will spread quickly away from the soap drop! (The soap molecule  weakens the hydrogen bonds holding the water molecules together at the surface. The result is a break in the surface tension of the water.)
Extension: Have your child decorate their "motorboat" with exciting colors using colored pencil or crayons  

*Spelling Test (for those spelling)
Ask a family member to give you your spelling test! If you get less than 5 words incorrect, write each misspelled word correctly 3-5 times for extra practice. If you get 5 or more words incorrect, start your next week with a new list consisting of the misspelled words. 

*T-Chart (for those not spelling)

Pick two categories (ex. spheres and prisms or tools and toys or sea animals and jungle animals) and make a "T" chart listing 5-10 items that fit in the appropriate category. If needed, parents can help with writing the words on the T chart.

Care of the Environment

Find a chore that you can do to help around the house. Some ideas are: cleaning the bathtub, folding laundry, sweeping the porch, repotting a plant? Look around the house for a need and meet that need with a smile. If you need help with ideas, ask your parent/guardian. 

Crayon Cookies

Pieces of broken crayons
Paper cupcake liners
Muffin tin

Chop up old crayon into 1/4” Pieces and place in the bottom of the paper muffins cups. Place cups in a muffin tin and put into a 400 degree oven. Bake until crayons just start to melt, about five minutes. Don’t melt crayons completely, or the colors will all mix together to form one muddy color. Remove from oven and cool completely. Then use crayon cookies for coloring and other activities.