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    Parental Resources and Supports for Remote Learning

    Dr. Julie Riley

    4-18-20

    My goal with this website is to share resources with parents, guardians, families, and the community to support the educational goals of MERSD during the COVID-19 crisis. Our main concern is, and always will be, the health, welfare and safety of our students and families in Manchester and Essex as well as the families of our teachers, school, and district staff. All schools and teachers have received a tremendous outpouring of support which is greatly appreciated during this challenging and difficult time.

    While we understand that many families may battling this healthcare crisis, I've designed this page as a means of support for parents, caregivers, and families. I will continue to update and add resources that will help support the educational goals of our schools as well as supports for our families and community. This site is a work in progress and will evolve over time! Please contact me with additional supports that you feel will be helpful to our families.

    Stay safe and be well!

     

    Families and Community

    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-Educational Resources for Students and Families

    In addition to those resources provided by local districts and schools, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) pulled together this list of available resources that can support students and families while schools are closed. This list is not comprehensive, and DESE does not endorse these products. We are making the list available to families and caregivers as a way to support engaging students in learning while they are out of school.

    Family Guides to the Massachusetts Curriculum Standards (Created by DESE)

    These guides to the Massachusetts learning standards help families understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade. Designed to help families and teachers work together to support learning, the guides are available in English, Spanish,

    Brazilian Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Promotional materials advertising these resources are also available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    Link:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/highstandards/

    DESE and WGBH Partnership for Educational Resources

    PBS LearningMedia,  https://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/, and WGBH’s new online Distance Learning Center,  https://www.wgbh.org/distance-learning-center

    The Department is partnering with WGBH to bring educational resources to students and families through television and digital media. WGBH has created  a distance learning site, and we hope to reach as many students and caregivers as possible.  PBS LearningMedia is a FREE digital repository of tens of thousands of high-quality media resources that are contextualized for educational use. The resources span disciplines for grades PreK-12, are aligned to national and state standards, and include videos, comprehensive lessons, interactive activities, and support materials (teaching tips, background readings, and student handouts). Here are just a few collections on PBS LearningMedia to explore:

    Elementary Resources

    The following resources have been selected to support our parents and children during our remote learning experience.

    School-Wide Resources:

    Hot off the Press! Apple collaborated with Common Sense to share remote learning content on their new website at WideOpenSchool.org.  Check out K-5 Resources for Learning at Home at: https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/PreK-5/

    *This site helps to break down each day with a daily schedule for PreK, K-2, 3-5 with activies to support and deepen practices in: reading, writing, life skills, math, movement activities, science, and social studies. And, evening entertainment activities are also recommended!*

    Reading:

    • Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning experiences to support reading, writing, and critical thinking at home.

    • CommonLit – A free collection of fiction and nonfiction texts for grades 3-12. Includes an annotation tool, guiding and discussion questions, translations in various languages, and texts read aloud.

    • Great Minds, https://greatminds.org/Great Minds has daily lessons in Wit & Wisdom (English language arts) available for free for students in grades K–8 . These lessons will be delivered by Great Minds’ own teachers and will be viewable on any device.

    • Molly of Denali: The MOLLY OF DENALI™ collection offers videos, digital games, lessons, teaching tips, and activities with a focus on informational text. Grades PreK-2

    • ARTHUR: Beloved characters keep the focus on community, civics, and social-emotional learning. Grades PreK-5.

    Math

    Science 

    Social Studies

    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCEHistory and social studies resources from one of public media's flagship broadcasts. Grades 4-12.

    Technology

    Health & Wellness

    Middle School Resources

    School-Wide Resources: 

    Hot off the Press! Apple collaborated with Common Sense to share our remote learning content on their new website at WideOpenSchool.org.  Check out our 6-12 Resources for Learning at Home at https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/6-12/

    *This site helps to break down each day with a daily schedule for grades 5-8 with activies to support and deepen practices in: reading, writing, life skills, math, movement activities, science, and social studies. And, evening entertainment activities are also recommended!*

    ELA

    Literacy Across Content Areas

    • Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Self-paced lessons include videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with engaging science, social studies, mathematics, and English language arts topics. Grades 5-8.

    • Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning experiences to support reading, writing, and critical thinking at home.

    • CommonLit : A free collection of fiction and nonfiction texts for grades 3-12. Includes an annotation tool, guiding and discussion questions, translations in various languages, and texts read aloud.

    • Great MindsGreat Minds has daily lessons in Wit & Wisdom (English language arts) available for free for students in grades K–8 . These lessons will be delivered by Great Minds’ own teachers and will be viewable on any device.

    Math

    Science 

    Social Studies

    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCEHistory and social studies resources from one of public media's flagship broadcasts. Grades 4-12.

    Technology

    Health & Wellness

    Foreign Language

    • Spanish-Middle School

    • 50 Online Spanish Stories for Kids - Spanish Playground

      Wilbooks Online Spanish Books come at a range of levels. You can also order print copies. This is a wonderful resource! Buena Gente Spanish eBooks. These stories are PDFs that you can print or use on a device.

    • Slow News in Spanish: https://www.newsinslowspanish.com/
    •  Spanish language learning games online | Digital Dialects

      Vocabulary builders (for PCs and tablets) - as you begin to acquire more Spanish vocabulary, these two Spanish games each offer 48 additional words. Match the written or spoken Spanish word with the corresponding English word. Vocabulary builder game 1 and then play the slightly more advanced vocabulary builder game 2.

    • Spanish topics for learners online. 100+ free beginner topics

      Free Spanish topics for learners. Our Spanish topics are made up of 10 items (Beginner) or 20 items (Intermediate) of Spanish (both the written text and a recording of a Spanish person speaking the word / words) with a picture that illustrates that vocabulary.

    • Spanish topics for learners online. 100+ free beginner topics

      Free Spanish topics for learners. Our Spanish topics are made up of 10 items (Beginner) or 20 items (Intermediate) of Spanish (both the written text and a recording of a Spanish person speaking the word / words) with a picture that illustrates that vocabulary.

    • French-Middle School
    •  Learn French topics - 100+ free topics @ French Games

      Free French topics for learners. Our French topics are made up of 10 items (Beginner) or 20 items (Intermediate) of French (both the written text and a recording of a French person speaking the word / words) with a picture that illustrates that vocabulary.

    •  News in Slow French - French Podcast

      The News in Slow French Podcast . Intermediate. Two hosts discuss this week's top stories from France and around the world

    • French language learning games online | Digital Dialects

      Learn some of the most useful verbs in la langue française (the French language). A good practice game to complete before you start on verb conjugation. A good practice game to complete before you start on verb conjugation, and a resource for complementing French grammar lessons

    • Tex’s French Grammar | Francais interactif

      Search form. Search . Tex’s French Grammar

    • verb practice | Francais interactif

      verb practice introduction. Welcome to French verb practice at UT Austin. In this section, you will conjugate a series of verbs, in one of various tenses. You will be provided ongoing feedback re: your responses. The filters below do not work if both 'Any' options are selected. conjugaison: pratique

    High School Resources

    School-Wide Resources: 

    Hot off the Press! Apple collaborated with Common Sense to share our remote learning content on their new website at WideOpenSchool.org.  Check out our 6-12 resources for Learning at Home at https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/6-12/

    *This site helps to break down each day with a daily schedule for grades 9-12 with activies to support and deepen practices in: reading, writing, life skills, math, movement activities, science, and social studies. And, evening entertainment activities are also recommended!*

    ELA

    • Achieve the Core: High School ELA Lessons

    • CommonLit : A free collection of fiction and nonfiction texts for grades 3-12. Includes an annotation tool, guiding and discussion questions, translations in various languages, and texts read aloud.

    • Great MindsGreat Minds has daily lessons in Wit & Wisdom (English language arts) available for free for students in grades K–8 . These lessons will be delivered by Great Minds’ own teachers and will be viewable on any device.

    • Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning experiences to support reading, writing, and critical thinking at home.

    Math

    Science

    Social Studies & History

    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCEHistory and social studies resources from one of public media's flagship broadcasts. Grades 4-12.

    Technology

    Health & Wellness

    Foreign Language

    Spanish:

    French: