Over the next month, many students will be taking a week or more off for “Spring Break”. Spring b recess is a time for students to relax and unwind and spend time with family. This is also the time of year that typically comes right before many states administer standardized tests. Having students relax during their break is important, but teachers could provide fun and interactive activities for students to continue their academic growth without school.
Engaging Reading & Writing Activities
One way to have students to continue learning during “Spring Break” is through reading. Many schools assign students to read novels and write reports as reading assignments over Spring Break. Instead of assigning a book that all of the students read, allow the students to choose their own (level appropriate) book will be more engaging over break time. Also, instead of having the students write traditional book reports, allowing students to make multi-media projects will be more engaging. Students could summarize the story, complete a literary analysis, or personal reaction of the story by creating video, picture montage, Voki, online comic book, or Wordle.
To get students writing over spring break, you could have them keep an online diary of what they did over spring break. Students can use a site like Blogger to write their reflective journal. This journal can then be shared digitally with other students in the classroom. Students can then comment on other students “Spring Break” activities. Encourage students to expand their vocabulary and use descriptive words that are not typically used in their writing.
Less formal activities could include providing an annotated list of online learning games that students could complete during “Spring Break”. Providing parents with a goal for the amount of time the students should spend on the activities would be helpful.
Online Reading & Writing Activities
Math & Science Activities
A great science and math based “Spring Break” activity would be to have the students watch an episode of Head Rush from the Science Chanel. This is a newer TV show hosted by Kari Byron from Mythbusters. The show provides a variety of science experiments that are explained from beginning to end. Students are asked multiple choice questions about the experiment to guess what or why questions about the experiment. If students don’t have the Science Chanel at home, many of the clips and experiments can be found online at the show website or on YouTube. Students could then either perform experiments, with parent supervision of course, complete a lab write-up about which show they watched that they can then share with the class, or just watch the show for learning pleasure and then be ready to discuss the show in class after the spring recess.
Online Math & Science Activities
Article By Laura Ketcham
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