GCSS Enrichment Activities for the Week of June 22

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Elementary School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K ABC Games
Source: PBSKids.org
Resource Type: Online Games

Games can be sorted by skill.
Skill: The child will demonstrate increasing knowledge of the alphabet.
Georgia Standard: CLL7 Early Reading

Enough with the Seashells / Sid the Science Kid
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this episode of Sid the Science Kid, Sid uses a new strategy called estimation for making his best guess as to how many seashells he has.
Skill: The child will use mathematical problem solving, reasoning, estimation, and communication.
Georgia Standard: CD-MA7

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

Painting Cookies
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game
Mix painting and poetry with this colorful, rhyming preschool module that lets children express themselves with the power of words
Skills/Standards: P-LIT 6
Child writes for a variety of purposes using increasingly sophisticated marks

 Kindergarten GPB Writers Contest
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Online

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
Super Peg + Cat Guy
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this web game to move and put together shapes. Help Super Peg and Cat Guy protect the citizens of Mathtropolis!
Skill: Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”
Georgia Standard: MGSEK.G.6

What's an Insect?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (with Support Materials)

What makes an insect and insect? Explore our narrator’s backyard to get an up close look at some tiny friends. Students will learn the common characteristics of insects, and why other creepy-crawly creatures like spiders and worms are NOT insects.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms.
GA Standard: SKL2

Abraham Lincoln | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Abraham Lincoln pulled the nation out of the Civil War by taking matters into his own hands. Learn about some of his greatest moments, from the Gettysburg Address to the Emancipation Proclamation. Honest Abe is honestly one of the nation's greatest leaders.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1

 First Grade Common Core 1st Grade Reading: Sight Words: Volume 03
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink & click on activity link)
Lists 22 commonly-used words, called sight words. The program helps students memorize these sight words by writing them, repeating them, and using them in sentences.
Skills/Standards:
ELAGSE1L6 - Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., I named my hamster Nibblet because she nibbles too much because she likes that).

Gasha Go! (Level named Add it Up)
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

GASHA GO! is a new skill-building math game that focuses on developing children’s number sense which is a sense of what numbers mean and their relationship to one another.
Skill: Add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number and adding a two-digit number and a multiple of ten (e.g., 24 + 9, 13 + 10, 27 + 40), using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.NBT.4

The Needs of Living Things
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students learn what animals and plants need to survive, how their habitats support these needs, and how organisms can change their environment.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the basic needs of plants and animals.
Georgia Standard: S1L1

Images from the Life of Jefferson | Ken Burns: Thomas Jefferson
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Collection of Images

View images of Jefferson, Monticello, and the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1846) was the third president of the United States of America, and served two terms between the years 1801-1809. He was a founding father of the country, and author of the Declaration of Independence. The son of a Virginia planter, Jefferson was educated at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. As president, he created the military academy at West Point; he expanded the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase, and commissioned Lewis & Clark to explore the western United States.
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 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
Ones, Tens, and Hundreds - Cyberchase
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video focuses on grouping objects into same-size groups, ones, tens, and hundreds. A place value chart is used and what the digits mean is discussed throughout the short video.
Skill: Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. Understand the following as special cases:
a. 100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens — called a “hundred.”
b. The numbers 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine hundreds (and 0 tens and 0 ones).
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.NBT.1

Force and Motion Educator Guide/Sesame Street
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
In this educator guide, help discover exciting new ways to build on children's fascination with STEM concepts. This topic will discuss how different forces affect the movement of different things.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the effect of a force (a push or a pull) in the movement of an object (changes in speed and direction).
Georgia Standard: S2P2

The Peanut Historical Society
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
This video is an animation between peanut butter and jelly to introduce and discuss great moments in peanut history, with references to Jimmy Carter, former president of the United States, and George Washington Carver, a scientist, inventor, and teacher.
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 Writing Kids: Academic Essay Writing for Beginners
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink & click on activity link)
Teaches how to write an academic essay, and develops an example essay about a summer vacation. The program goes in-depth on the structure and function of the introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion of an essay, and differentiates between personal, literary, and research essays. The program also contains a three-question video quiz for each segment.
Skills/Standards:
ELAGSE3SL4 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Rectangle Area Perimeter Word Problems
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
If you know the area and perimeter of a rectangle, you can figure out the length and width.
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

How Does a Thermos Work? (Click Here for Spanish Version)
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Tom Thomas buys his mother an ice cream cone but needs help figuring out where to hide it. Simka describes how a thermos could help Tom Thomas keep his secret gift cold.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Christopher Columbus | PBS World Explorers
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Brilliant explorer? Or violent conqueror? Almost no other explorer inspires as much controversy as Christopher Columbus. Find more about this Italian explorer's historic journey to the Caribbean in 1492.
Skill: Describe European exploration in North America. a. Describe the reasons for and obstacles to the exploration of North America. b. Describe the accomplishments of: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France). c. Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between European explorers and American Indians.
Georgia Standard: SS3H2

 Fourth Grade Axle the Freeway Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Book

In this online book from the International Children's Digital Library, a lonely cat lives in a car with a kitchen on the dashboard. He delights in his work cleaning the highways. When he helps someone with car trouble in a traffic jam he makes a new friend. They then enjoy creative music together with a car horn. Author and Illustrator—Thacher Hurd.
Skill: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSERL4.2

Geometric Shapes: Angles, Parallelism, and Symmetry
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Activity
In this constructed response task, students will draw specific geometric figures, identify parallel and perpendicular sides, and identify and draw lines of symmetry.
Skill: Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.MD.5

Wacky Water
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore similarities and differences among liquids and build foundational ideas of matter and molecular structure. Students will investigate different properties of liquids to help them explain how raindrops run down a window, observe how insects can walk on water, and understand that liquid fits into the container in which it is held. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.
Georgia Standard: S4E3

King George Covers His Ears and Closes His Eyes: Teaching with Primary Sources
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Inquiry Kit with questions
This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources focused on the protests that led to the American Revolution.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1

 Fifth Grade Gullah Tales: The Jealous Bragging Turtle
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Students will read and listen to Aunt Pearlie Sue’s animated Gullah and English versions of the traditional folktale "The Jealous Bragging Turtle." Storytellers are important people in most cultures. They entertain, educate and pass on the history of their culture. Often the stories they tell are what we call folktales, traditional stories that have been passed down through the generations. Often, these stories teach a moral or explain the origin something in nature. In “The Jealous Bragging Turtle” Cootah learns a valuable lesson about jealousy and bragging.
Skill: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text
Georgia Standard: ELAGSERL5.2

Measurement: Understanding Units of Length, Weight, and Volume
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Presents a variety of methods used to measure length, weight, and volume. The program visits Busch Gardens to examine the different ways in which zookeepers use the standard and metric systems of measurement.
Skill: Convert among different sized standard measurement units (mass, weight, length, time, etc.) within a given measurement system (customary and metric) (e.g., convert 5cm to 0.05m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
Georgia Standard: MGSE5.MD.1

Oobleck
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity

Students will examine the behavior of different types of solids when they are dissolved in water and explain those behaviors by examining the properties of the solids. *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 the differences between a physical change and a chemical change.
Georgia Standard: S5P1

The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Performance
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Louis Armstrong was never looking for the critic's praise, but rather the love of the audience. His goal was to put on a good show with great showmanship, gravely vocals, and trumpet playing skills of a genius. Louis Armstrong's performances had a universal appeal that made him famous around the world.
Skill: Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
Georgia Standard: SS5H2

Middle School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
Sixth Grade Civil War Letters
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will use one of the major tools of a historian: personal letters. These primary source materials provide firsthand evidence of events and information on the perspective, cognition, values, and attitudes of the person writing the letter.
Skills: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE6RI1, ELAGSE6W2

Locating Points on the Cartesian Graph
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

In this interactive, students use clues and logic to plot the location of aquatic animals on a Cartesian graph that represents the four cardinal directions. The three riddles in the interactive, including one that requires students to understand rate, have randomized values so that students can practice placing points at different locations on the graph. The accompanying classroom activity provides students with a review of locating points on a Cartesian graph. A response sheet helps students work with the interactive. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.
Skills: Understand signs of numbers in ordered pairs as indicating locations in quadrants of the coordinate plane; recognize that when two ordered pairs differ only by signs, the locations of the points are related by reflections across one or both axes.
Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram; find and position pairs of integers and other rational numbers on a coordinate plane.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate.
Georgia Standards: MGSE6.NS.6, MGSE6.NS.8

Why Do We Have Seasons?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson
Plan and Reading Material
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

The Structure of Canada's Government
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Learn about the structure of Canada's government and its underlying history. From the original indigenous peoples to the arrival of European explorers, explore how Canada was shaped into the nation it is today. Learn about the different indigenous, French, and British influences that can be seen in Canadian culture today, and how they’ve remained in culture.
Skill: Explain citizen participation in the Canadian government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG2

Seventh Grade Wave of Undocumented Children Challenges Health Care Programs
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Support Materials

Update your students on how U.S. organizations are caring for undocumented children that cross the U.S. border with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from August 28, 2014. Check out more teaching resources at PBS NewsHour Extra.
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.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE7.L.4, ELAGSE7.L.5, ELAGSE7.L.6, ELAGSE7.RI.3, ELAGSE7.RI.5

Finding Unknown Angles
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Learn how to solve problems that involve finding unknown supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in this Math Shorts video from the Utah Education Network and Planet Nutshell, Inc.
Skill: Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.
Georgia Standard: 7.G.5

Georgia Forests Virtual Learning Journey
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Activity

STEAM Challenge #1: Food Chain Lanterns
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.
Georgia Standard: S7L4

Way of Life: The Kenyan Way of Life
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Note: This video is from 1993
This program looks at today's Kenya, a country of beauty and mystery, that is home to 40 different cultural groups and tribes, wildly varying climates and topographies and some of the world's most beautiful and exotic animals. Its modern cities are bustling, while in traditional villages things haven't changed much for hundreds of years.
Skills: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government.
Locate selected features of Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Analyze continuity and change in Africa.
Analyze how government instability in Africa impacts standard of living.
Analyze different economic systems.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7CG1, SS7G1, SS7G4, SS7CG2, SS7E1, SS7E3, SS7H1, SS7G3

Eighth Grade won't you celebrate with me, by Lucille Clifton
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this video segment from Poetry Everywhere, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated poet Lucille Clifton reads her poem “won’t you celebrate with me.” Drawing from Whitman, the Bible, and the tradition of the sonnet, the poem invites readers to explore themes of identity, race, and gender.
Skill: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE8RI10

Solving Simultaneous Linear Equations
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video & Activity Document

In this video, students learn the elimination method for solving two simultaneous linear equations in a real-world context. In the accompanying classroom activity, students watch the video, solve a pair of simultaneous linear equations, and write a word problem to fit the equations. In order to facilitate introduction to and practice with the elimination method, students work with simple linear equations.
Skills: Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations (systems of linear equations).
Solve systems of two linear equations in two variables algebraically, and estimate solutions by graphing the equations. Solve simple cases by inspection. For example, 3x + 2y = 5 and 3x + 2y = 6 have no solution because 3x + 2y cannot simultaneously be 5 and 6.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables. For example, given coordinates for two pairs of points, determine whether the line through the first pair of points intersects the line through the second pair.
Georgia Standards: MGSE8.EE.8, MGSE8.EE.8b, MGSE8.EE.8c

Mineral Mixtures and Mining
Source: Dig Into Mining
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students become immersed in a classroom investigation to separate several materials and track them back to their original pure substance.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.
Georgia Standard: S8P1

What Does a Governor Do?
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

What is the role of Georgia's governor, and how does it compare to the responsibilities of the U.S. president? We explain in this episode of Things Explained.
Skill: Analyze the role of the executive branch in Georgia state government.
Georgia Standard: SS8CG
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