Lesson adaptations to support social distancing.
Each week, we provide two new lesson opportunities. Some will be very easy to adapt to a distanced classroom setting. Some require a bit more thinking. We're here to help with that! Remember, you can skip any lessons you choose and still provide your students with a great mission experience. Even under normal conditions, it is rare that a class do EVERY lesson associated with a mission, so be kind to yourselves. Less really can be more!
That being said, I'll add to this page weekly so you can find adaptation ideas for the lessons you DO choose to do.
My all time favorite homemade play dough recipe is the one my mom used to make play dough for me as a child. She wrote the recipe out for me when I started teaching. I’ve yet to find one I like better!
Remote: This activity makes a great family project. The spine uses nine pieces of paper and the skull three more for 12 pages of fun and learning! Challenge students to work on this over time at home. Encourage siblings and adults help with the cutting and assembly. Make sure they share photos comparing their spine to things around their house and yard!
Remote: Tape yourself setting up a box with sand for exploration of wind erosion as described in the lesson materials. Then challenge students to build a similar device at home. The variety of box sizes and shapes, straws, and objects within the model should lead to some interesting follow up discussion! Bonus challenge: What can be used in place of the sand? Flour? Sugar? Potting soil? Be sure to celebrate the learning from models that “fail” as those are great learning opportunities!
Remote: If students have access to the food and seed cards, you can adapt the original game to be a table game a child can play with two or more household members.
Day 12: Publishing
In person with distancing: After a group planning session determine which students will make which elements for the final display. Students can complete components individually, then add them to the group display. Remember to share your results on the Publish It! page. We’d love to see what you create.
Remote: Instead of creating a physical poster, try creating a slide show or even a BitMoji style poster session. Students can take screen shots of the evidence or write and draw about it in their journals. Have students determine which elements they will contribute to the collective final display. Remember to include a statement of the hypothesis, a description of the testing method, the evidence collected, analysis of that evidence, and conclusions! We can’t wait to see what you create!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!