GCSS Weekly Enrichment Activities for the Week of May 11

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 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Peep and the Big Wide World: The Watchamacalit
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: TV
Episode/Streaming
Peep, Quack, and Chirp discover how ramps and slides work by using angles and round objects, in this video segment from PEEP and the Big Wide World.
Skill: The child will acquire vocabulary introduced in conversations, activities, stories, and/or books.
Georgia Standard: CLL2 Receptive Lang
GASHA GO!
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Interactive

GASHA GO! is a skill-building math game that focuses on developing children’s number sense. There are 3 skill levels for each game: How Many; Count Up, More or Less, Count On, and Add it Up. Skill levels may go beyond PreK expectations.
Skill: The child will organize, represent, and build knowledge of number and quantity.
Georgia Standard: CD-MA1 
Sorting Out Soils | Project Learning Garden
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Students observe and sort soils samples according to physical attributes and make the connection between healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy vegetables, and healthy people.
Skill: The child will demonstrate knowledge related to the dynamic properties of earth and sky.
Georgia Standard: CD-SC2
 
Arthur's World Neighborhood - Cultural Connections
Source: PBS Learning Media
Providing daily exposure to various cultures will enrich your children's experiences. Enable them to appreciate and share their own heritage, in this activity from Arthur.
Skill: The child will demonstrate an understanding of his/her community and an emerging awareness of other's culture and ethnicity.
Georgia Standard: CD-SS2 
 Kindergarten Between the Lions - Transportation
Source: GPBKids.org
Resource Type: TV

Skill: Learn transportation vocabulary in this video about vehicles, from Between the Lions: "Roller Coaster." Featured vocabulary includes car, bus, boat, plane, motorcycle, train, and transportation.
 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.6
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.See More CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.6 Resources
Chicken Coop - Peg + Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this game resource with children to count to 100 by 10's. Help return 100 chickens to their home sweet home! Can you find a place for each chicken? All 100 of them?!
Skill: Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Georgia Standard: MGSEK.CC.1 
Predictable Patterns in the Sky
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Observe how the Sun, Moon, and stars appear to move across the day and night sky. Use this resource to observe and predict patterns in the position of the Sun, Moon, and stars that occur in the sky over a day.
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
  
Celebrate with DE: Holidays around the World
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video

Highlights the following winter holidays that are celebrated around the world: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Lunar New Year. The program focuses on the origins and meaning of the holidays, and teaches about the most-common traditions that are associated with each holiday.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1 
 First Grade Electric Company: R Blends; additional video clips
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this clip, the Music Man sings about the "fr" consonant blend.
Skill: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
Georgia Standard: Reading Foundational - Phonics and Word Recognition - ELAGSE1RF3 
Baby Fox
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this game with children to count, measure, and look for 3-D shapes in a series of adventures on a farm, the Purple Planet, Pirate Island, and in the Magic Forest. Peg’s “Totally Rockin’ Adventures” brings together the collection's many elements into simple, game-like pathways that reinforce interrelated stories and math content. The interface is designed with little kids in mind, allowing them to move from video, to game, to video, to activity, and collect rocks along the way!
Skill: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.MD.1 
Evidence of Weather
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Weather is the combination of various factors—snow or rain, wind, sunlight and clouds, and temperature—that happen in a specific location at a specific time. As the combination of factors constantly shift, the condition changes and leaves behind evidence that shows how the weather has changed. Students can use the images in this interactive tool to observe weather conditions and document evidence of weather that happened earlier in the day.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate weather data to identify weather patterns.
Georgia Standard: S1E1
 
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos

Although many of these historical figures are not covered in first grade standards, learners could compare them to the historical figures they have learned about in the standard. The show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.Use these video clips, teaching tips, and historical figure biosketches to support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills.
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 Gullah Tales: What a Friend
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Students will read and listen to Aunt Pearlie Sue’s animated Gullah version of the traditional folktale "What a Friend." Often, stories teach a moral or explain the origin of something in nature. In “What a Friend” snail learns valuable lessons about true friendship.
Skill: Recount or describe key ideas or details from written texts read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp and Collab - ELAGSE2SL2 
The Language of Math: Half, Third, Fourth, and Quarter
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video

This video presents a lesson on the basics of fractions. The program uses simple illustrations and clear descriptions to help define such concepts as shares, whole, half, thirds and fourths.
Skill: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.G.3 
Shifting Shadows
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
and Support Materials
Explore how the position of the Sun affects shadows on Earth.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to develop an understanding of the patterns of the sun and the moon and the sun’s effect on Earth.
Georgia Standard: S2E2 
Historical Figures
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Teacher Board

Activity designed by teacher in which students compare/contrast the GA figures in the 2nd grade history standards; includes video clips, images, and activity ideas. Students' task is to compare Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr., James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, Sequoyah, and Jimmy Carter. By comparing these American Heroes, students will come to their own conclusions on what makes an American Hero.
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 What's Good: Garden
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Discover communities that use science to plant thriving gardens and grow sustainable food sources. Gardening, tending to the environment, and observing nature can help kids understand their relationship with the earth and our responsibility to take care of it and each other, so don’t be afraid to grow something amazing with your kids.
Skill: Determine the main idea and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats including visually, quantitatively, an orally.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp and Collab - ELAGSE3SL2 
Puppet Show | ODD Squad
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

The Puppet Master has turned a bunch of people into puppets... including Olive and Otto! Can they set things right again before they're stuck as puppets forever?
Skill: Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure elapsed time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram, drawing a pictorial representation on a clock face, etc.
Georgia Standard: MGSE3.MD.1 
Erosion Rates
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

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. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
Georgia Standard: S3E1 
American Indians of the Plains
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video
Students will discover the different ways of life for each tribe and the many ways the buffalo was used in day to day life. Students will also learn about a battle that erupted over the differing views of land ownership between Chief Sitting Bull and General Custer know as the Battle of Little Big Horn.
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: SS3H1
 
 Fourth Grade Martha Speaks
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with support materials

You can use this video for Session 6 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha tries to find out why the new dog in town is so loud and mean. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Choose and Chat game, read a children’s book together, and write in their journal. Prior to using this resource for Reading Buddies, be sure you have read the complete introductory materials in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide
Skill: Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp and Collab - ELAGSE4SL2
 
Classifying Polygons
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Exhibit your knowledge of 2D shapes and search for similar characteristics. This interactive diagram focuses on sorting polygons by common properties and then you select the correct label for each section of the Venn Diagram.
Skill: Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.G.2 
Sun, Moon & Stars
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

Students learn about the planets in our Solar System. This video follows the history of the exploration of the planets from the use of telescopes to robotic spacecraft. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1 
Liberty or Death: Patrick Henry's Speech
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Series

Patrick Henry's impassioned plea at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775, "Give me liberty or give me death," defined the American Revolution. This one-hour documentary-drama captures this seminal moment in American history by balancing experts' commentary on the events preceding the Second Virginia Convention with dramatic re-enactments of the historic moments that followed.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1 
 Fifth Grade Martha Walks the Dog
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

You can use this video for Session 6 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha tries to find out why the new dog in town is so loud and mean. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Choose and Chat game, read a children’s book together, and write in their journal. Prior to using this resource for Reading Buddies, be sure you have read the complete introductory materials in the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies Program Guide
Skill: Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp and Collab - ELAGSE5SL2
 
The Coordinate Plane and Ordered Pairs
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video
Introduces the coordinate plane, which is a chart made of horizontal and vertical number lines that intersect. Ordered pairs communicate where to plot a point on the coordinate plane.
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
 
STEM Career Challenges: Mining Engineer
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Activity

Mining engineers design efficient and safe mines used to remove materials such as coal and metals. Most mining engineers focus on one particular material or metal. They design the mine to get the most out of the deposits. Often, geoscientist and metallurgical engineers will work with mining engineers to find and evaluate the ore deposits. Mining engineers may even develop new equipment or operational techniques used in the field! *Follow the arrow to the right for a PDF or Studio Board for activity.*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
Georgia Standard: S5E1 
The Cattlemen
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video

Demand for beef led cowboys on cattle trails to bring herds to transportation centers in the north.
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 ELA | Lesson 16 | Punctuation for Nonrestrictive Elements
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Document

Students will learn about nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements and how they function in sentences. They will learn how to use commas, dashes, and parentheses to separate these elements from the rest of the sentence. Students will complete an activity to enclose nonrestrictive elements in sentences using punctuation.
Skill: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE6L2 
  
One-Variable Equations: How Much Did He Read?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Visualize a word problem in multiple ways to develop your problem solving skills. This video focuses on converting a problem with fractions into a one-variable equation and alternately modeling it using unit blocks.
Skill: Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.
Georgia Standard: MGSE6.EE.7 
  
Transforming the Solar System: Copernicus and Galileo | Genius by Stephen Hawking
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

We know that Copernicus and Galileo made great discoveries in astronomy and reconstructing our understanding of the solar system. The question is, how? Find out as leading scientists guide Stephen Hawking’s geniuses to making these amazing discoveries for themselves.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.
Georgia Standard: S6E1 
  
Home Planet: Modern Forms of Government
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink)
Resource Type: Video

Explains the different forms of government and why a government exists. Different forms of government include a dictatorship, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, a presidential democracy, and a parliamentary system.
Skill: Compare and contrast various forms of government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1    
 Seventh Grade ELA | Lesson 17 | Spelling Correctly
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Document

Students will learn spelling rules and conventions that pertain to i before e, plurals of nouns ending in y, homophones, and the suffix -tion. They will complete an activity in which they identify and revise misspelled words in sentences.
Skill: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE7.L.2
   
Linear Equations in One Variable
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson

Visualize solutions to one-variable equations by performing a balancing act. This interactive exercise focuses on linear equations and mathematical reasoning to show how one-variable equations need to stay balanced to be solved correctly then you get to model your own problems and solve them.
Skills: Use variables to represent quantities in a real world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
Solve word problems leading to equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Solve equations of these forms fluently.
Georgia Standards: 7.EE.4, 7.EE.4a
 
Crazy Classification
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will explore how classification is used to identify an organism.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.
Georgia Standard: S7L1 
  
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 different forms of citizen participation in government. 
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1    
 Eighth Grade ELA | Lesson 17 | Spelling Correctly
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Document

Students will learn spelling rules and conventions that pertain to i before e, plurals of nouns ending in y, homophones, and the suffix -tion. They will complete an activity in which they identify and revise misspelled words in sentences.
Skill: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE8L2
    
Approximating Square Roots of Nonperfect Squares
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video & Activity Document

Students will identify rational and irrational numbers, compare sizes of irrational numbers, and estimate the value of irrational square roots.
Skills: Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations. Recognize that x^2 = p (where p is a positive rational number and |x| < 25) has 2 solutions and x^3 = p (where p is a negative or positive rational number and |x| < 10) has one solution. Evaluate square roots of perfect squares < 625 and cube roots of perfect cubes > -1000 and < 1000.
Know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. Understand informally that every number has a decimal expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats eventually, and convert a decimal expansion which repeats eventually into a rational number.
Use rational approximation of irrational numbers to compare the size of irrational numbers, locate them approximately on a number line, and estimate the value of expressions (e.g., estimate π^2 to the nearest tenth). For example, by truncating the decimal expansion of √2 (square root of 2), show that √2 is between 1 and 2, then between 1.4 and 1.5, and explain how to continue on to get better approximations.
Georgia Standards: MGSE8.EE.2, MGSE8.NS.1, MGSE8.NS.2
 
Density Lab Results and Crush Lab | Chemistry Matters
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video and Lab *see lab in Toolkit*

Our students continue their discussion of penny densities in this segment and begin a crushing experiment to examine the different physical properties of chemicals.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.
Georgia Standard: S8P1    
Georgia Studies Digital Textbook - Student Edition
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Textbook

Welcome to the Georgia Studies digital textbook for students. You can access the iPad version by downloading the free GPB Education app on iTunes.
Georgia Standards: all SS8   

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