GCSS Enrichment Activities for the Week of June 1

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 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Georgia Read More
Source: GPBKids.org
Resource Type: Streaming

Famous Georgia personalities read classic children's books.
Skill: The child will acquire meaning from a variety of materials read to him/her.
Georgia Standard: CLL5 Early Reading
Shapes All Around Me | Everyday Learning
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video from KET shows a young man hopping, skipping, and moving his body in different ways while he counts to 10. This is a great way to show young children that it doesn’t matter what they do as long as they just keep moving. Being active is vital for a healthy lifestyle, so it is important to show preschoolers that there is a way to be active in everything they do, including learning.
Skill: The child will explore, recognize and describe shapes and shape concepts.
Georgia Standard: CD-MA6

Life Cycles of Frogs, Dragonflies, and Butterflies
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Students explore similarities and differences in the life cycle of organisms and are introduced to the process of metamorphosis.
Skill: The child will demonstrate knowledge related to living things and their environments.
GA Standard: CD-SC3

Past, Present, and Future | Activity Starter
Source: PBS Learning Media
Learn about the difference between past, present, and future in this video. Then try the hands-on activity in the classroom or at home.
Skill: The child will understand the passage of time and how events are related.
Georgia Standard: CD-SS5

 Kindergarten Georgia Read More
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Streaming

Famous Georgia personalities read classic children's books.
Skill: Confirm understanding of written texts read aloud or information presented orally or through media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp & Collab - ELAGSEKSL2

Ty Burrell: Hexagon | Sesame Street
Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Video
Teach language, vocabulary and listening comprehension with Celebrity Vocab clips!
Skill: Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes.Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Georgia Standard: MGSEK.G.1

Is All Water the Same?
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson
Plan
Students will observe different types of water.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe the physical attributes of earth materials (soil, rocks, water, and air).
Standard: SKE2

Sid the Science Kid: Sid's Cool Holiday
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it’s always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it’s chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can’t be warm everywhere. At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world! NOTE: This full-length program is not available. Please select a video clip from the "Segments" tab on this program's player page.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1

 First Grade GPB Writers Contest
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Activity

GPB's PBS KIDS Writers Contest encourages Georgia kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade to submit original, illustrated stories for great prizes and a chance to be featured on the GPB website. Deadline is April 10, 2020.
Georgia Standard: Writing
Digital and Analog Clocks
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Will introduce vocabulary associated with analog and digital clocksLists the elements that comprise digital and analog clocks..
Skill: Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.MD.3

Objects and Light
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video and Documents

Observe how objects can be seen in a dark space when light enters the space, and how different objects reflect different amount of light that falls on them, in this video gallery from WGBH. Use this resource to help students make evidence-based claims about how objects can be seen in dark spaces even with low levels of light and how light reflects off different materials. Support materials include: Background Reading, Videos, Teaching Tips, and Discussion Questions.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate light and sound.
Georgia Standard: S1P1

What Was the Louisiana Purchase
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video and quiz
Teaches that the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 doubled the size of land that the United States claimed, and explains why President Thomas Jefferson ordered Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. The segment also provides a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment.
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 Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: I am Jackie Robinson/I am Anna Pavlova
Source: PBS Kids Video
Resource Type: Video

The series follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina and their friend Brad. In each episode, the three face a problem and must turn to the Secret Museum to help them solve it. The Secret Museum allows the three friends to travel back in time to meet real-life historical figures when they were kids.
Skill: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
Georgia Standard: Language - Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - ELAGSE2L4

Inch
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
This short video introduces the concept of an inch as a measurement unit. There is a brief discussion of centimeters as well, so this might also be used with 2.MD.2.
Skill: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.MD.2

All about Water: Teacher Guide | Ready Jet Go!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Teacher guide

Teach your students about the properties of water and other liquids, and the differences between solids and liquids by using this set of Teacher Guides from the PBS KIDS show Ready Jet Go!

What makes liquid water different from frozen, solid water? How does temperature affect the state of water? With a little help from Jet and his friends Sidney, Sean, and Mindy, your students will explore the various properties of water in both its liquid and solid forms. From finding the best tool to carry water to dissolving a homemade comet, your classroom will engage in fun activities to broaden their understanding of material properties.

In this guide, videos from Ready Jet Go! are used to demonstrate these concepts, and make your students' scientific inquiry truly out of this world!
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the properties of matter and changes that occur in objects.
Georgia Standard: S2P1

Georgia Stories: Juliette Gordon Low and the Birth of the Girl Scouts
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

When Juliette Gordon Low found herself unprepared for what life brought her as an adult, she found a way to use her experiences to help young women better prepare for their futures. Called Daisy as a girl, Juliette Gordon was born into a well-to-do and loving family of privilege in Savannah. Prepared for life as a Victorian wife and mother, she was unsure of her own future when her childless marriage failed. Inspired by Sir Robert Baden-Powell who founded the Boy Scouts in England, Juliette Low started the organization known as the Girl Scouts at her home in Savannah.
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 GPB Writers Contest
Source: GPBKids
Resource Type: Activity

GPB's PBS KIDS Writers Contest encourages Georgia kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade to submit original, illustrated stories for great prizes and a chance to be featured on the GPB website. Deadline is April 10, 2020.
Georgia Standard: Writing
How Much Space?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this video segment from Totally Rad, the CyberSquad figures out how changing the shape of the perimeter changes the area inside.
Skill: Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Georgia Standard: MGSE3.MD.8

Get Cooking
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will build a simple solar cooker. They will make observations and qualitatively describe the melting rate of a piece of chocolate in the cooker. *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 ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Profiles of the American West: Chief Iron-Eye How the West is Fun
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Chief Iron Eye and his family kept Salish traditions alive. In the Salish tradition, the "family unit" extends to the entire tribe, not just father, mother, and children.
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 Firedog Martha
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with support materials
You can use this video for Session 3 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha’s dream comes true and she gets to ride on a fire truck. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Tic-Tac-Talk 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: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp and Collab - ELAGSE4SL1

Comparing with Multiplication Money and Distance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video and Practice

When comparing, it's often helpful to start by using letters to represent numbers. This video will walk you through two examples.
Skill: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.MD.3

Phases of the Moon
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Examines the sources of the moon's light. The moon reflects the light from the sun. Different parts of the moon are lit up at different times depending on the position of the sun which results in the phases of the moon.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

Thomas Jefferson | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Thomas Jefferson influenced the landscape of America, both politically and geographically. Discover more about the third president of the U.S. and why he's such a big deal.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1

 Fifth Grade Firedog Martha
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

You can use this video for Session 3 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha’s dream comes true and she gets to ride on a fire truck. After watching, buddy pairs talk about the episode, play a Tic-Tac-Talk 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: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Georgia Standard: Speaking and Listening - Comp and Collab - ELAGSE5SL1

Geometry and Classification of 2D Figures: Bianca Busts a Move
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video and Activity

In this video from Cyberchase, Bianca breaks her friend’s tabletop when she’s practicing dance moves in his living room. She uses measurement and geometry to get a new piece of wood that will fit the table exactly. The accompanying classroom activity helps students advance their understanding of perimeter and area by creating their own tabletop designs.
Skill: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.
Georgia Standard: MGSE5.G.3

What is the Story with Sand?
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will differentiate between sand, soil and other small particles and understand that sand is the result of weathering and erosion.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes. a. Construct an argument supported by scientific evidence to identify surface features (examples could include deltas, sand dunes, mountains, volcanoes) as being caused by constructive and/or destructive processes (Examples could include deposition, weathering, erosion, and impact of organisms). b. Develop simple interactive models to collect data that illustrate how changes in surface features are/were caused by constructive and/or destructive processes. c. Ask questions to obtain information on how technology is used to limit and/or predict the impact of constructive and destructive processes. (Clarification statement: Examples could include seismological studies, flood forecasting (GIS maps), engineering/construction methods and materials, and infrared/satellite imagery.)
Georgia Standard: S5E1
Immigrant Contributions to America
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Describes the various jobs immigrants took once they arrived in America.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1

Middle School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
Sixth Grade Literary Elements and Techniques | Tone and Mood
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Explore the difference between tone and mood in this animated video from WNET through definitions and examples from poetry and prose. Discussion questions below help students to further apply their understanding before analyzing a text.
Skills: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE6L4, ELAGSE6L5, ELAGSE6RL4, ELAGSE6RL6

Greatest Common Factor
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this video, learn how to find the greatest common factor of two numbers. Then, see how this can be used to solve problems with large numbers. In the accompanying classroom activity, students learn to find prime factors using factor trees. They then learn how prime factors, a Venn diagram, and simple multiplication can help them find the greatest common factor of two numbers. The lesson challenges students to find the greatest common factor of increasingly large numbers. It also pushes them to think about how prime factors are the building blocks of composite numbers.
Skill: Find the common multiples of two whole numbers less than or equal to 12 and the common factors of two whole numbers less than or equal to 100.
Georgia Standard: MGSE6.NS.4

To Every Season
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Interactive
What makes the seasons? This Exploration shows how Earth's tilted axis and its orbit around the sun contribute to the changes in season.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2

What is Democracy? Vote Democracy! Lesson 1
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity With Supporting Documents

Definitions and conceptions of democracy are many. In this introductory lesson, students attempt to define for themselves what democracy is and what it means. Students are also exposed to how people around the world view democracy and what democracy looks like in other countries. The other activities will further expand this study of democracy.
Skill: Compare and contrast various forms of government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG1

Seventh Grade Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy By Parker Palmer | Global Oneness Project
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Support Materials

In this article, Parker Palmer presents qualities of citizenship that are essential for sustaining democracy in troubled times. Palmer suggests that we must value our differences, draw inspiration and greater understanding from contradictions, and celebrate the power of community building to restore our democratic society.
Skills: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE7.L.4, ELAGSE7.RI.4, ELAGSE7.RI.8

Constructing Triangles
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Attempt to build a variety of different triangles using virtual linkage strips. This interactive exercise focuses on the appearance and manipulation of triangles.
Skill: Explore various geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on creating triangles from three measures of angles and/or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.
Georgia Standard: 7.G.2

Blueprint for Life
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore DNA as a code for biological traits and extract samples of DNA from the interior of living cells. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.
Georgia Standard: S7L3

Types of Government
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Provides an overview of different types of governments across the world and compares democratic and authoritarian states. The program also addresses the daily life of citizens in totalitarian states.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government.
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1

Eighth Grade Sherman’s March
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

This activity helps students understand how General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea was one of the most controversial aspects of the later phases of the Civil War. Sent by Ulysses S. Grant to create havoc and destruction of all resources that would be beneficial to the enemy, Sherman began his Atlanta Campaign in May 1864. Students will view a video clip from Ken Burns: The Civil War that explains how after capturing Atlanta, Sherman marched his army to the sea, capturing the city of Savannah in December, and then marching through South Carolina into North Carolina. Students will then analyze two primary sources. Student questions follow, which can be used for general class discussion or individual assessment. Answers to the questions are included.
Skills: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE8L4, ELAGSE8RI2, ELAGSE8RI3, ELAGSE8RI4

Slope and House Construction
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video & Activity Document

Students will list two or more instances of slope in everyday life, name a career that involves working with slope, define slope as height/length, and identify the steeper of two slopes.
Skills: Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance-time graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.
Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a non-vertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y = mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b.
Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). For example, given a linear function represented by a table of values and a linear function represented by an algebraic expression, determine which function has the greater rate of change.
Georgia Standards: MGSE8.EE.5, MGSE8.EE.6, MGSE8.F.2

Separating Mixtures | Chemistry Matters
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video and Experiment *see experiment in Toolkit*

In this segment, students learn how to separate particles from a mixture while completing a candy chromatography lab.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.
Georgia Standard: S8P1

How a Bill Gets Passed
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

How does a bill become law, and who's in charge of writing it and getting it passed? We explain in this episode of Peach State Politics.
Skill: Analyze the role of the legislative branch in Georgia.
Georgia Standard: SS8CG2

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