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On March 26th, OSPI updated districts in Washington State of the expectations to provide students with opportunities to engage and learn, rather than activities and resources. Since March 13th, the district and the Pullman Education Association (PEA) have been working collaboratively to develop and implement a plan to meet OSPI’s new directives. We know that this has been a challenging time for families as we all try to adjust to “new” instructional delivery strategies. This is an unprecedented situation and we are grateful for continued support and understanding from the Pullman community. 

The following information is a week-by-week guide of what families and students can expect from our teachers during this school closure. Please note that this is subject to change based on future OSPI guidance.

What to Expect: The Week of March 23-27:
  • Teachers are working to learn new technologies needed to deliver non-digital and digital learning.
  • Teachers will connect with their students/families at least once this week (various methods of connecting might include email, Class Dojo, phone call, Remind.com, letters, postcards, etc.).
  • Teachers will develop a second week of activities for students, shifting from engagement opportunities to continued learning activities – these will be posted to the district website and emailed to families.

What to Expect: The Week of March 30 – April 3:
  • Teachers are working to learn new technologies needed to deliver non-digital and digital learning.
  • Teachers will hold daily office hours for students, over email or another platform.
  • Teachers will begin implementing digital learning opportunities for students.

What to Expect: The Week of April 6-10:
  • Spring Break – Staff, students and families take a well-earned week of rest.
  • Families are welcome to continue accessing optional learning activities and resources (not required).

What to Expect: The remainder of the 2019-2020 school year (last day of school is June 19):
  • Teachers will hold daily office hours for students, over email or another platform.
  • Teachers will continue to provide various non-digital and digital learning opportunities for students, focusing on teaching essential standards.


Thank you in advance for your patience as we all adjust to this new approach to learning. This is a substantial change for all of us, and we are working hard to scale up our technological capabilities to accommodate new methods to serve our students and families. As we receive more guidance and shift our educational practice, it will get better. If you have questions, please reach out to your student’s school principal or the district office.

 

The documents below are organized by grade level and subject. The activities and resources provide students a variety of opportunities to connect with the different academic subjects. Students are encouraged to work at a comfortable pace.

 

Students will find several high-interest activities designed to keep their minds thinking about Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. There are also many activities for students participating in Special Programs, and for students participating in electives such as Music, Art, Health and Fitness, World Languages, and CTE.

 

If your student is in need of translated materials, please contact the district office at 509-332-3581 or sfocht@psd267.org.

 

If you do not have internet access, or know of a student that does not have internet access, please contact the student’s school to request paper packets of resources.

 

 
Helpful Websites:
 
 

Reading and Library Resources:
Neill Public Library online resources (most will need a library account) access via:
  1. The Kanopy Kids section offers unlimited access to PBS TV shows, kid’s movies, and audiobooks
  2. TumbleBook Library—does not need a library card: An online collection of animated, talking picture books that teaches kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
  3. TeenBookCloud—does not need a library card: A collection of ebooks, graphic novels, chapter books, enhanced novels, videos, educational videos, and audio books targeting middle and high school grades.
 

Washington Anytime Library is offering digital library cards that people can sign up for with a mobile phone number to anyone who doesn't currently have a library card from their local library.  The  mobile phone number is to send a verification code to you. Go to the Washington Anytime Library page and click on “Instant Digital Card” to sign up.

Storytime with Mayor Glenn Johnson


Additional free online sources available due to school closures:
  1. Audible.com  (all ages): For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
  2. Scholastic’s Learn at Home  (K-12): This free resource provides your children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order.
  3. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!  (elementary)
  4. Storyline Online (elementary): The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  5. Happily Cultivated  (elementary): Presents books read aloud & is a good resource for parents to excite reading for kids or when parents can’t read books aloud themselves. Bedtime stories are a great way to calm children and these books read aloud are a perfect way to help them relax at bedtime. Each of our videos are digital reading books for kids, providing a great kid's books online resource for preschool books, elementary books and home school books for kids.
  6. Storytime Pals  (elementary): Meet Amber and Vernon, the Story Time Pals! Come join them as they read all kinds of books for kids that are fun, educational, silly, inspiring, motivational, and much much MORE! And don't forget to subscribe to our channel, like our videos, and click on the little bell to get notifications of brand new videos.
  7. Junior Library Guild - FREE unlimited access to Junior Library Guild’s Digital Online eBooks K-12
 
Math Talk #1: Dice Patterns

Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this quick two minute video for K-5 students we will explore some patterns we see in an arrangement of dice.  We will also look at two math racks and compare how they are similar and how they are different. My cat Junipurr puts in a brief appearance – because she LOVES math too! I miss you all and remember --- MATH ROCKS!!!

Math talk 1
 
 
Math Talk #2: Tile Patterns

Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist

In today’s talk we will notice and wonder about number tile patterns.  Did you know that your brain loves to explore patterns? There are so many predictable patterns in our awesome number system (like skip counting, multiplication, and place value).  Let’s give our brains a little work out and see if we can find and extend some patterns together! Remember, math is visual and creative --- MATH ROCKS!!!

 

math talk 2

math talk 2

 

 

Math Talk #3: How Many 5's?

Link to short YouTube Video

Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
I need your help!  How many 5's can you find?  Junipurr shows up to help us find numbers in my home. I miss you all and hope you have a good day filled with sweet thoughts about numbers!

Math Talk #4: Fractions are Numbers
Link to short YouTube Video
Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
A Fraction is a number!  Let’s look at what fractions represent. Have some fun with fractions – MATH ROCKS!!!

Math Talk #5: Coins
Link to short YouTube Video
Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist

Let’s see if you can help Junipurr find some patterns in an array of coins. Do you see the pattern with the stacked coins?  Can you find different ways to count and add coins together. MATH ROCKS!!!

Math Talk #6: How Many Beads?
Link to short YouTube Video
Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Let’s look for patterns together.  Today we will use Number Racks or Rekenreks to help us see structures in our number system. Can you find out how many beads are hidden?  MATH ROCKS!!!

Math Talk #7: Cooking with Math?
Link to short YouTube Video
Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
I need your help again! I was cooking breakfast and found something that may help us with numbers and patterns. MATH ROCKS!!!

Math Talk #8: Equal Parts?
Link to short YouTube Video

Math Talk from Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this Math Talk we will explore area of flags.  How can we determine what the area of a colored region is? Is this related to what we know about geometry and frations? So many things to think about.  Junipurr and Cali are napping so they can’t help us figure it out!  Math Rocks!!!

Math Talk #9: What Does 1/2 Look Like?
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist

Let’s explore Area models.  I am so excited about connecting mathematical ideas while we examine visual patterns.  Can we represent the same “area” in different ways? Junipurr shows up briefly in the beginning to start us off – but we are on our own for figuring out the math!  Math Rocks!!!

Math Talk #10: Attributes of Shapes
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk From Home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist

Geometry- Let’s examine some attributes of shapes. Can you draw a quadrilateral or pentagon?

math talk 10

Math Talk #11: Patterns in Dominoes
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist

In this math talk we will explore patterns on dominoes. Can you find multiple patterns and use those to help you determine efficient ways to find the total?

math talk 11

math talk 11

Math Talk #12: Equivalent Fractions
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
What are equivalent fractions? Junipurr wants to help us figure out the patterns in equivalent fractions.

Math Talk #13: Challenging Dice Patterns
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
This is a more challenging math talk! I think you can find patterns and structures in numbers using atypical dice.
dice

dice



Math Talk #14: Multiplication & Division are Related

Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this video we will explore the meaning behind multiplication and division. We will also look at how they are related and connected.


Math Talk # 15: Division & Arrays
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Did you know that multiplication and division use the same arrays and area models? We will also discover what the long division symbol means!

Math Talk #16 Rekenreks
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this math talk we will work on mental math using 20-Bead and 100-Bead Rekenreks. Can you use this tool to visualize numbers and combine groups efficiently? Let’s give it a try!!! Math Rocks!!!

Math Talk #17 Clock Angles
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this math talk we will use our arms and a clock to understand angles.  Remember Math Makes Sense!!

math talk 17

Math Talk #18 Obtuse Angles on a Clock
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Let’s look at more angles using the clock model.  We will work on making sense of obtuse angles and use a protractor to measure the size of angles.

Math talk 18

 

Math Talk #19: A Mathematical Folktale, Part 1
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Let’s put some reading and math together! In this math talk we will read the first half of , “One Grain of Rice,” a mathematical folktale by Demi.  We will preview the story to set a purpose for our reading.  We will also look at some words that may be new to you.  Do you remember what a folktale is? Have you ever heard of a mathematical folktale? Junipurr makes an appearance as we read the story. Math Rocks!!!

 

Math Talk #20: A Mathematical Folktale, Part 2
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
We will finish reading our mathematical folktale, “One Grain of Rice” and find out about Rani’s reward.  As you listen, can you find out why this is a mathematical folktale? What do you think would happen if the story kept going? There is an awesome math challenge at the end of the story!  Junipurr can’t wait to find out what happens in the story! Remember, Math is Everywhere!

Math Talk #21: Groups of Stickers
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this video we will look for different ways to compose and decompose numbers. Junipurr and I will look at sheets of stickers and try and figure out ways to group them together.

math talk 21

Math Talk #22: Subtraction Sense Making
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Junipurr wants to help us look at numbers and make sense of subtraction! Numbers can be grouped in multiple ways to help us subtract.

 

Math Talk #23: Apps & Asynchronous Videos
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this math talk we will look at some great math apps for virtual math manipulatives – https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/apps. Junipurr and I will also share distance learning best practices for creating videos so that teachers, families, and students can see how “learning” looks different from home. We can’t do “school” online, but we can do “learning!”

 

Math Talk #24: Find my Number
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
What Number? Can you help me find a number? Let’s explore different ways to represent a number.

Math Talk #25: Clock Fractions
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
In this math talk we will look at how we can use the clock model to visualize multiplication and division with fractions. Junipurr will help us see patterns with fractions and operations.

clock fractions

Math Talk #26 Division with Fractions
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Let’s explore connections with fractions, multiplication, and division!

clock fractions

 

Math Talk #27 Adding Bigger Numbers
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Junipurr and I are up early to talk about looking at numbers and making sense of them before we CHOOSE how we want to combine them. Let’s get flexible with our numbers and use the traditional algorithm too!

Math Talk #28 Composing Numbers
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
How many ways can we make a number? How do you know? Juniper and I want to explore combinations of numbers with you!  Math Rocks!!!
 
Math Talk #29 Distance and Subtractions
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Junipurr will help us connect the distance model on a number line to subtraction.  Juni is actually not helping much but we can still think about subtraction as a difference -- distance two numbers are apart!
 
Math Talk #30 Area and Perimeter
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
What is the difference between Area and Perimeter? Let’s take a closer look at how area and perimeter measurements differ.
 
Math Talk #31: Math Relaxation
Link to Short YouTube Video
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
This video is about how we do math not just what we do in math. I’m going to show you some ways to relax and calm yourself when you’re feeling math anxiety.
 
Math Talk #32: Strong, Flexible Math Brain
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
Our brain needs to do hard work to Get stronger, just like our muscles grow stronger when we lift heavier weights. We also need to learn things lots of different ways so that we can pick and choose the most efficient strategy for whatever problem we’re working on.
 
Math Talk #33: New Bridges Math
Math Talk from home with Joni Stevens, District Math Specialist
We have a new math program for K-5. It will look different and may have parts that you don’t understand. Relax and use your powerful brain to make sense of math!!!
 
 


More Math Talks:
Fractions
Cooking with Fractions #1
Cooking with Fractions #2

Geometry
Equal Shares

equal shares


Partitioning a Rectangle

Partitioning a Rectangle


Composing and Decomposing Shapes

composing and decomposing shapes