GCSS Enrichment Activities for the Week of July 20


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Elementary School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Upper and Lowercase
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video segment from Between the Lions stars an Elvis-like singer singing about upper- and lower-case letters. The song explains that upper-case letters start sentences and names and also that upper-case letters are larger than lower-case letters. This video segment provides a resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.
Skill:
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
Georgia Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1.d
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1.a 

What’s the Difference | Peg + Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Use this video to help children recognize shapes, count to 10, and compare shapes and sizes. Everything is black and white in the Highlight Zone! Shapes and sizes have changed, too. Peg and Cat have to spot ten differences in the Highlight Zone to get things back to normal. 
Skills/Standards:
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Georgia Standards: 
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4.a,
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4.b 
Building is a Breeze | The Ruff Ruffman Show
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Explore structural science as Ruff Ruffman uses his new service, called “Ask Ruff First” or “ARF, to help kids looking for a way to keep their mini-golf tower from tipping over in the wind in this video from The Ruff Ruffman Show. Ruff recalls the story of his great-great-great-grand-uncle Ruffois and his assistant Blossóm, who discovered that cutting holes in a tower can prevent it from falling. Will the same strategy work for the kids’ mini-golf tower? Watch to find out!
Skill:
Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions.
A bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly.
Pushing or pulling on an object can change the speed or direction of its motion and can start or stop it.
Georgia Standards: K-PS2.A.2, K-PS3.C.1, K-PS2.A.3

Hungry Pirates Game - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Game

Use this game resource to help children find locations on a grid and a map by following directional cues and counting. They can use their map, the grid on the ground, and their counting skills to move toward the tarrrr-get.
Utiliza este juego con niños para encontrar lugares en una cuadrícula y un mapa siguiendo las señales direccionales y contando. Ellos pueden utilizar el mapa, la red del suelo y sus habilidades de conteo para avanzar hacia la meeee---ta.
Skills/Standards:
Creates simple representations of home, school and community.
Georgia Standards: CD-SS3.4a

 Kindergarten Opposite Bunny Built:Demolished
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Learn the opposite words "built/demolished" and "sad/happy" with an animated superhero bunny and an elephant, from Between the Lions: "Night Shift." The bunny helps an elephant re-build a demolished tower so he is happy instead of sad. Featured vocabulary are “built,” “demolished,” “sad,” and “happy.”
Skills/Standards:
Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).
Georgia Standard: 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5.b

Word on the Street: Subtraction | Sesame Street
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

What's the word on the street? Murray introduces the vocabulary word "subtraction."
Skill: Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Georgia Standard: MGSEK.OA.2

Let’s Fix Chuck’s Machine | Everyday Learning
Chuck is a dog. His owner built a fancy Rube Goldberg machine to deliver his favorite tennis ball, but it’s broken! In this interactive, students help Chuck by experimenting with different parts, pieces, and simple machines to get things working again.
Skills/Standards:
Child observes and describes observable phenomena (objects, materials, organisms, and events)
Georgia Standard: P-SCI 1 


American Flags
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video clip

Short 10 second clip for students to study. Students could analyze the video for students to share what the see, think, and wonder. This Building Block video features nine American flags on poles billowing in a strong wind.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2

 First Grade Bee Bim Bop
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Enjoy a delightful story that will make you hungry, hungry, hungry for family, food, and fun! Children will ‘cook up’ their very own 3-letter words, put them in bowls, and sound them out in this lesson that reinforces segmenting and blending.
Skills/Standards:
Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes). Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words. Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Georgia Standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2.d
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2.c 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3.b

Dino Drink | Dinosaur Train
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Dinosaurs need to drink a LOT of water, and this event showcases their incredible sipping skills! The goal of the game is to pair the right sized cup with the right dinosaur.
Skills/Standards:
Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Georgia Standard:
CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.A.1

Happy Flower's Guide to Plant Care
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Happy Flower needs food, water and sunlight in order to grow and be healthy!
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the basic needs of plants and animals.
Georgia Standard: S1L1

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

With her baby boy on her back, Sacagawea aided Lewis and Clark through the rough terrain of what is now the northwest US.
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 Shush!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Shush! is pure fun! In this entertaining lesson, it will be hard to shush up the kids about ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’, and ‘wh’. Everyone will be talking about ‘consonant digraphs’ and will want to do this lesson over and over again!
Skills/Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3.a
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.

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.
Skills/Standards:
CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.3
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

From Seed to Fruit
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

From Seed to Fruit takes children through the different stages of growth in the life of a cherry tomato plant. Planting a seed in a cup and watching it grow over time is a wonderful way to introduce the life cycle to young children.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the life cycles of different living organisms.
Georgia Standard: S2L1

Cha-ching Financial Literacy: Earn, save, spend, and donate
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Children have many misconceptions about where money comes from. Some children even think money is printed in ATM machines! This music video shows how money is printed by a press and then passes through the cycle of every banknote: earn, spend, save, and donate!
Skill: Describe the costs and benefits of personal saving and spending choices.
Georgia Standard: SS2E4

 Third Grade The Blue Sky
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this online book from the International Children's Digital Library, a sad and lonely little girl dreams of seeing her mother again as she watches the clouds in the sky. She finds friends in the birds who talk to her. She discovers that creatures live in the clouds, and finally one of the birds help her return to her mother.
Skills/Standards:
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Georgia Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.7
 
Bianca Gets a Present
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca is babysitting two young girls on Halloween. When their mother is late, she has to take them trick-or-treating even though it is her birthday. To thank her, the girls combine their Halloween candy and then share it equally amongst themselves and Bianca.
Skill: Interpret whole number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares (How many in each group?), or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each (How many groups can you make?).
Georgia Standard: MGSE3.OA.2

Science U: Can You Cook a S'more Without Electricity?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

See how Science U campers make pizza box solar ovens that harness the sun's energy to make a s'more (melted chocolate and marshmallow between two graham crackers). Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout, or at Science U.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Establishing the Colony of Georgia (Georgia Stories)
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

What some people refer to as Oglethorpe's Folly, others think is a valuable outpost for the British crown. Only time will let us know the answer about what will become of Georgia. Turn on the television, and let's watch the Colonial Evening News. Imagine a television newscast from Savannah in 1734. Anchorman Jonathan Patrick from Williamsburg gives the overseas reports and colonial news from Philadelphia before introducing the feature story: the Georgia colony.
Skill: Explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America. a. Identify key reasons why the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies were founded (religious freedom and profit). b. Compare and contrast colonial life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies (education, economy, and religion). c. Describe colonial life in America from the perspectives of various people: large landowners, farmers, artisans, women, children, indentured servants, slaves, and American Indians.
Describe how physical systems affect human systems. a. Explain why American Indian groups occupied the areas they did (SS3H1a), with emphasis on why some developed permanent villages and others did not. b. Describe how the early explorers (SS3H2a) adapted, or failed to adapt, to the various physical environments in which they traveled. c. Explain how the physical geography of the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies helped determine economic activities.
Georgia Standard: SS3H3, SS3G3

 Fourth Grade There Goes the Neighborhood
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with support materials

You can use this video for Session 8 of the MARTHA SPEAKS Reading Buddies program. Students watch the video, in which Martha is annoyed about what a big fuss everyone is making about a new little kitten, until they become friends. 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: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSEW4

Modeling Equivalent Fractions Using Cuisenaire Rods
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Model solutions to the fraction problems given by stacking and connecting your virtual manipulatives. This interactive exercise touches on comparing, simplifying, and basic operations with fractions using virtual Cuisenaire® Rods.
Skill: Explain why two or more fractions are equivalent byusing visual fraction models. Focus attention on how the number and size of the parts differ even though the fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.NF.1

How's the Weather
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

Students will make their own weather station, consisting of several homemade versions of real weather measurement equipment and use that equipment to make observations about the local weather. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to predict weather events and infer weather patterns using weather charts/maps and collected weather data.
Georgia Standard: S4E4

History Kids: Major Events of the Revolutionary War
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Showcases some of the major battles, people, groups, and events of the American Revolution, and focuses primarily on the perspective of the 13 Colonies and the United States. The program discusses the events leading to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the importance of, and the actions of, the First and Second Continental Congress, the major documents and treaties of the American Revolution, and the conclusion of the war. The program also contains a three-question video quiz for each segment.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1

 Fifth Grade WQED PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Gallery

This media gallery is designed to assist students, teachers, and parents in successfully completing an original composition for the WQED PBS KIDS Writers Contest. These resources can be used with students in grades K-5. Visit our website for more information about the WQED contest.
Skill: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE5W3

Volume Word Problems
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Activity
Students solve geometric word problems involving height, base, and volume.
Skill: Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.
Georgia Standard: MGSE5.MD.5

Design Squad Nation: Hack a Greeting card
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Surprise your friends with this sound system that you can hide or wear. Experiment with the design process in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate electricity.
Georgia Standard: S5P2

Franklin D Roosevelt | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the leader of the free world. Ushering the nation out of the Great Depression and into the WWII meant that FDR's presidency was far from boring. Find out what made him so exciting! Note: This is part of a series of videos highlighting each president that could be valuable in highlighting for other historical times.
Skill: Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
Georgia Standard: SS5H3

Middle School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
Sixth Grade The Amazing Adventures of Equiano
Source: PBS Learning Media
This online book from the International Children's Digital Library traces the journey of Equiano, a young African boy of the Ibo tribe, from his capture by Africans to his life in the Americas. It describes his arduous adventure from slavery to becoming a free man. Inspired by the memoirs of Olaudah Equiano, a freed and literate slave.
Skill: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE6RI10

Horizontal and Vertical Distances on the Cartesian Graph
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

In this interactive, students use logic and mathematical skill to place aquatic animals at locations on a Cartesian graph with cardinal directions. Then, they determine both the vertical and horizontal distances between points. The riddles in the interactive, including one that requires an understanding of rate, have randomized values so that students can practice placing points at different locations and calculating different distances. The accompanying classroom activity provides a review of concepts related to determining the distances between points on a Cartesian graph and a response sheet to help students work with the interactive. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.
Skills: 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.
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.
Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Georgia Standards: MGSE6.NS.8, MGSE6.NS.6, MGSE6.G.3

Useable Water
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will investigate the concept that water is a limited resource.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3

Types of Economic Production
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
The three types of economic production in most cultures are service, agriculture, and industry & manufacturing.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS6E1, SS6E4, SS6E7

Seventh Grade Top 4 Tips To Spot Bad Science Reporting | Above the Noise
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Support Materials

In an era of sensationalized news and “alternative facts” it can be hard to figure out what to believe or not. And this is especially true when it comes to science and health news. Crazy claims and sketchy science reporting dilutes the public’s understanding of science, which can have some big consequences, especially when it comes to our health and environment. How can we make solid decisions--like how to vote, what to buy or what can make us sick, if our science news is hyped? Host Myles Bess helps you get above the noise by sharing tips on how to spot bad science reporting. This resource is part of the News and Media Literacy Collection.
Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.
Skill: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE7.RI.1

Additive Inverse
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This animated Math Shorts video from the Utah Education Network explains the term additive inverse and provides several examples that demonstrate the concept. In the accompanying classroom activity, students create equations and solve problems that involve adding groups of negative and positive integers that sum to zero. To get the most out of this activity, students should be familiar with plotting positive and negative integers on a number line.
Skill: Show that a number and its opposite have a sum of 0 (are additive inverses). Describe situations in which opposite quantities combine to make 0.
Georgia Standard: 7.NS1a

When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos

These videos take students on a journey through the fossil record and introduce patterns that let scientists know that these organisms share common ancestors.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information from multiple sources to explain the theory of evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics.
Georgia Standard: S7L5

What is Monarchy?
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
States that a monarchy generally includes inheritance and the rule of a queen, king, emperor, or empress, and teaches that monarchies have existed for at least 5,000 years. The program differentiates between absolute monarchies and constitutional monarchies, and provides various examples of monarchies that exist in the 21st century.
Skill: Compare and contrast various forms of government.
Georgia Standard: SS7CG
3
Eighth Grade Literary Elements and Techniques | Setting
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Explore how authors use setting to establish the time, place, and social conditions in which a story takes place in this short animated video from WNET.
Skills: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme and/or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE8RL1, ELAGSE8RL2

Interpreting Stories and Graphs
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive
& Activity Documents
Students will demonstrate problem solving skills by interpreting and sketching graphs. This interactive exercise focuses on how line graphs can be used to represent mathematical data and provides an opportunity to translate actions from a story into graph form, and then asks students to write their own story to coincide with a line graph.
Skill: Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.
Georgia Standard: MGSE8.F.5

Motion in the Ocean
Source: Siemens STEM
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will model the process of heat transfer by convection in Earth’s oceans. *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 law of conservation of energy to develop arguments that energy can transform from one form to another within a system.
Georgia Standard: S8P2

When the Smoke Has Cleared: Behind the Scenes with Georgia's Firefighters
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

Firefighters Capt. Billy Shoemaker, Steven Woodworth, and Roderick Smith go behind the scenes of firefighting in Atlanta to show what it takes to do an often overlooked but necessary job.
Skill: Analyze the role of local governments in the state of Georgia.
Georgia Standard: SS8CG6

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