GCSS Weekly Enrichment Activities for the week of May 4

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 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Daniel Tiger: Pretend Play
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: TV Episode/Streaming

At school, Teacher Harriet shows the children a cardboard box and asks them what they think it is. Daniel and Miss Elaina pretend the box is a spaceship and a jungle boat, but O the Owl just sees a big cardboard box. With a little encouragement, O learns that when you pretend, you can do anything!
Skill: The child will acquire vocabulary introduced in conversations, activities, stories, and/or books.
Georgia Standard: CLL2 Receptive Lang
Count On It
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

A fun and innovative series to teach mathematics to kids in PreK-3. Because this is PreK-3, some skills will be beyond the expectations of a preK child.It features two puppets, Blossom and Snappy, who love finding math in everyday situations.
Skill: The child will organize, represent, and build knowledge of number and quantity.
Georgia Standard: CD-MA1
 
Play and Learn Science App
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: App

Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. 
Skill: The child will demonstrate scientific inquiry skills.
Georgia Standard: CD-SC1, CD-SC4
Arthur's World Neighborhood
Source: PBS Learning Media
Help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world, with this guide from Arthur.
Skill: The child will demonstrate understanding of his/her family and an emerging awareness of their own culture and ethnicity.
Georgia Standard: CD-SS1
 Kindergarten Kindergarten Reading: Phonological Awareness: Volume 02
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Streaming

Learns how to put together consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, and goes over the vowels and consonants in the alphabet. The program also teaches how to build words, and reviews rhyming words, syllables, and words that begin with the same sound. 
Skill: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - PA ELAGSEKRF1
Modeling with a Ten Frame
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

One of the visual tools your child will use in Kindergarten is the 10-frame card. Your child will know a 10-frame card as five on top and 5 on bottom. It is important he understands five without needing to re-count each time. The children will add and subtract with the 10 frame card and begin to understand fractions.
Skill: Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Georgia Standard: MCCK.OA.1

Sky Patterns: Sun, Moon, and Stars
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Read Aloud

Interact with the animated storybook to observe and predict patterns of the Sun, Moon, and stars over a day and analyze evidence of the apparent movement of the Sun along the arc-like path over a day in a time-lapse video.
Skill:  Obtain, evaluate, and communicate observations about time patterns (day to night and night to day) and objects (sun, moon, stars) in the day and night sky. 
GA Standard: SKE1
  
All About the Holidays
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Collection

Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1 
 First Grade Electric Company
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The Electric Company media and resources entertain and engage children ages 5–9 while teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and reading Motivation. Here you’ll find full episodes, clips, games and activity sheets to excite even the most reluctant readers.
Skill: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - Phonological Awareness - ELAGSE1RF2 
Make the Cake - Peg + Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this game resource with children to learn how to divide a circle into fractional parts, and fair sharing. Peg and Cat are having a birthday party for a friend! Can they help them make the cake?
Skill: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.G.3
 
Different Types of Weather
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Explore the four factors—temperature, wind, snow or rain, and sunlight and clouds—present in various weather conditions in this video from WGBH. Students can use the videos to observe, identify, and compare evidence of these four factors in different weather conditions.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate weather data to identify weather patterns.
Georgia Standard: S1E1
 
Theodore Roosevelt | 60-Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos

Theodore Roosevelt stepped into the presidency after William McKinley was assassinated. See how he moved the country forward through his Square Deal, the construction of the Panama Canal, and his willingness to use his presidential powers.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
 Second Grade Electric Company
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The Electric Company media and resources entertain and engage children ages 5–9 while teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and reading Motivation. Here you’ll find full episodes, clips, games and activity sheets to excite even the most reluctant readers.
Skill: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - Phonics and Word Recognition - ELAGSE2RF2 
Shape Hunt Adventure
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

This activity will help children recognize shapes. Taking a walk around their house, neighborhood or town and going on a shape hunt is a great way for them to learn.
Skill: Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.G.1
 
Star Show | Dinosaur Train 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Type: Video

In this Dinosaur Train clip, Mr. Conductor teaches the Pteranodon family about stars, constellations, and the sun. He explains that the sun is also a star, and that the sun and stars are all part of nature.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about stars having different sizes and brightness
Georgia Standard: S2E1
 
Martin Luther King Day | All About the Holidays
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The third Monday in January is a national holiday observing the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more about this leader of the civil rights movement and about how we honor him today.
Skill: Describe the lives and contributions of historical figures in Georgia history. (Focus on Jackie Robinson, MLK, Jr., Juliette Gordon Low, and Jimmy Carter in Unit 5 and Unit 6 of curriculum guide)
Georgia Standard: SS2H1 
 Third Grade Electric Company
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The Electric Company media and resources entertain and engage children ages 5–9 while teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and reading Motivation. Here you’ll find full episodes, clips, games and activity sheets to excite even the most reluctant readers.Skill: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - Phonics and Word Recognition - ELAGSE3RF2  
Equivalent Halves | Cyberchase Games 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Find thirteen ways to show one half by solving this brain teaser from Cyberchase.
Skill: Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Georgia Standard: MGSE3.G.1
 
60 Second Science: Taking Soil Apart
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Taking Soil Apart shows children become soil scientists, or pedologists, and explore sediment using a water bottle, water and a tool for digging. The video models ways for adults to encourage children's growth, self confidence, problem solving skills, and cognitive development through open ended hands on exploration with familiar materials, such as soil and water.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
Georgia Standard: S3E1
 
Native Village Field Trip
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Penny and the KidVision VPK kids go to the Native Village to find out about the Seminole Indians. They learn about their clothing, colorful beads, interesting houses, and even learn some Seminole Indian words!
Skill: Describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America. a. Locate the regions where American Indians settled in North America: Arctic, Northwest Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast. b. Compare and contrast how American Indians in each region used their environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter. c. Discuss how American Indians continue to contribute to American life (e.g., arts, literature).
Georgia Standard: SS3H11 
 Fourth Grade Electric Company
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The Electric Company media and resources entertain and engage children ages 5–9 while teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and reading Motivation. Here you’ll find full episodes, clips, games and activity sheets to excite even the most reluctant readers.
Skill: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - Phonics and Word Recognition - ELAGSSE4RF3 
Perspective Drawing
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students use line segments, angles, and parallel and perpendicular lines in order to create a one point perspective drawing.
Skill: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.G.1
 
Planets | Science Trek
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the sun, the center of the solar system, the planets, and asteroid belt of the solar system. It explains why earth is in a favorable spot for life, and the importance of gravity in keeping planets in their orbits. Learn how the planets are alike and different.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

 
George Washington and the American Revolution
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Collection: videos, images, documents, interactive resources

This collection is intended for 6-12 but has many useful components: videos, documents, interactive resources, documents, and images that could easily be adapted for 4th graders from George Washington’s Mount Vernon highlighting his role as a leader during the American Revolution. See the progress of the war through the actions and decisions of General George Washington, such as direct confrontation, military strategy, disease prevention, and spy techniques.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution. 
Georgia Standard: SS4H1
 
 Fifth Grade Electric Company
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The Electric Company media and resources entertain and engage children ages 5–9 while teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and reading Motivation. Here you’ll find full episodes, clips, games and activity sheets to excite even the most reluctant readers.Skill: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - Phonics and Word Recognition - ELAGSSE5RF3  
Introduction: Rectangular Coordinate System
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video

A coordinate system includes the horizontal and vertical axes and coordinates, or ordered pairs.
Skill: Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).
Georgia Standard: MGSE5.G.1 
Cause and Effect on Land, Shifting Shorelines, Sand Shake, Look Out Below!
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity

Various student activities to choose from. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
Georgia Standard: S5E1 
George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

George Washington Carver was a world-renowned American botanist who devoted his life’s work to helping farmers successfully grow their crops. A lover a nature, with a keen intellect and desire to help people better their lives, Carver used his knowledge to make American farms flourish, which helped the nation as a whole. By doing two primary source activities and watching a short video, students will explore the life of science and innovation led by George Washington Carver.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1 

Special Opportunity from Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The AJC invites children ages 13 and under to share drawings that salute, thank and celebrate metro Atlanta's front-line workers. The AJC will publish these pieces in a special keepsake newspaper section later in the summer.
AJC's Art from the Heart


Middle School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Sixth Grade The Giver by Lois Lowry | The Great American Read
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Support Material

The Giver is a Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of 12-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly perfect society called “the community,” where memories and feelings have been eliminated. He eventually discovers the community’s dark side and takes a daring step to save a life and seek freedom. We explore how Jonas is an ordinary boy who does the extraordinary.
Skills: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE6L1, ELAGSE6L5 
 
Equivalent Expressions with the Distributive Property
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This animated Math Shorts video explains how the distributive property can help students model and create equivalent expressions. In the accompanying classroom activity, students play a quick game where they identify common factors within an expression and work on a series of problems that expand their understanding of how to apply the distributive property.
Skills: Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them).
Georgia Standards: MGSE6.EE.3, MGSE6.EE.4
   
Solar System Scale
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore the vast distances between the planets in our Solar System and also compare thesize of our sun to the planets and our moon. The students will use small household or edible objects and compare them to the sizes of the Solar System bodies. Ultimately the students will walk the Solar System, placing the sun, then planets in order as they walk outward toward Pluto, our dwarf planet. Then in small groups the students will create posters depicting a new planet in our Solar System and where in orbit it would travel. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.
Georgia Standard: S6E1 
  
History Kids: Forms of Government Around the World
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Series of Videos

Analyzes the following five types of government that exist in some variety in the world: monarchy, constitutional government, democracy, dictatorship, and Communism. The program discusses both the theoretical and actual philosophies behind each form of government, and provides various examples of each in action. The program also discusses how the types of government overlap with one another, and contains a three-question video quiz for each segment.
Skill: Compare and contrast various forms of government. 
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1
   
 Seventh Grade How to Avoid Dangling Modifiers | No Nonsense Grammar
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Modifiers are phrases, clauses, or even just words that add description. In clear sentences, modifiers are next to target words they are describing. Dangling modifiers are modifiers with no target to describe, which can confuse many readers.
Skill: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE7.L.1 
Commutative and Associative Properties of Addition
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Generate equivalent expressions using two additive properties. This video focuses on using the associative and commutative properties of addition to combine like terms, simplify expressions, and create equivalent expressions.
Skill: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.
Georgia Standard: 7.EE.1
 
Classification Station
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will learn why scientists classify animals and will classify the animals living in kelp forests, with an emphasis on how California sea lions interact with their environment.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.
Georgia Standard: S7L1   
News Quiz
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (with support Materials)

News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an Extra Credit report.
Georgia Standards: ALL SS7    
 Eighth Grade Active and Passive Voice | No Nonsense Grammar
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Know when to use verbs in the active voice or the passive voice. The active voice shows the subject acting. The passive voice shows something else acting on the subject. Most writers consider the active voice more colorful and avoid the passive voice unless necessary.
Skill: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE8L1
  
Equivalent Expressions Using Exponents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive & Activity Documents

Students will apply critical thinking skills to learn about multiplication and division of exponents. This interactive exercise focuses on positive and negative exponents and combining exponents in an effort to get you to recognize patterns and determine a rule.
Skill: Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 3^2 × 3^(–5) = 3^(–3) = 1/(3^3) = 1/27.
Georgia Standard: MGSE8.EE.1
   
Properties of Matter | Chemistry Matters
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video and Lab *see lab in Toolkit*

In this segment, our students learn about physical properties of matter using the densities of pennies as a model.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.
Georgia Standard: S8P1
    
Georgia Stories
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Videos

We have correlated the Georgia Standards of Excellence for social studies to our Georgia Stories video series. Select a standard code to see the aligned Georgia Stories episode.
Georgia Standards: all SS8   

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