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Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 6: Beach Day

Hello, friends!

I don’t know about you, but to me spring break isn’t complete without a little beach time. I’ve planned a little beach day for us, and the best part is that you won’t end up with sand in your shorts. Enjoy!

First, click here to get to the beach.

  • Make the video full screen.
  • Look at the sunny sky, the green trees, and the bright blue water.
  • Close your eyes and imagine the warm sun on your face.
  • Listen to the gentle waves and just relax.

Once you feel relaxed and ready, grab your scuba gear. 

  • Click here to go for a dive and see some of the amazing creatures that live in these waters.

After your diving adventure, you’re probably ready for some rest and refreshment!

 

  • Be sure to ask an adult for help to make a smoothie.

 

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Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 5: Space

Hello, friends!

Buckle up! We’re blasting off to visit a place that I know you haven’t been to before: space! 

Have you ever wondered how astronauts live in space? How do they sleep? What do they eat? Why are they even living in space in the first place? If you’d like answers to those questions and more, check out this video tour of the International Space Station. It includes four videos. You could watch all of them or only the ones that interest you. 

  • Learn about daily life in these videos: 
    • “Station Tour: Harmony, Tranquility, Unity”
    • “Station Tour: Cupola and Leonardo.” 
  • Learn more about the laboratories and scientific work in these videos:
    • “Station Tour: Destiny, Columbus, Kibo”
    • “Station Tour: Zarya and Zvezda”

Maybe the thought living in the International Space Station reminds you a little too much of quarantine and you’d rather explore something bigger. Check out this video tour of the moon!

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Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 4: Your Neighborhood

Hello, friends!

Today I encourage you to have an adventure in your own neighborhood… while you practice social distancing, of course! Mrs. Wysocki created a fun scavenger hunt game for families to play while out taking walks. Our game is hosted on a free app called GooseChase. To play, just download the app to your phone or tablet, enter our game code and password, and off you go! Parents, you received an email on Tuesday afternoon that includes the game code and password.

 

This game is shared among our four 5th grade classes and only has 40 open spots. However, if the games become full, we will create an additional so that you can still play. Our scavenger hunt has missions worth different point values. For most missions, you’ll just need to snap a picture or video of something that you find around your neighborhood or wherever you are out walking. 

 

Our game starts today at 8:00 am if you’d like to play along. You have until midnight on April 12 to complete as many missions as possible to be the top of our leaderboard. The missions will change daily.

This is a “just for fun” game, but hopefully it’ll brighten up your day just a little!

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Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 3: All Things Harry Potter!

Hello, friends! 

Do you love Harry Potter? I know many of you do! One of the places I’d love to visit is Harry Potter World in Orlando Florida! If we can’t physically go there, let’s check out a couple of virtual highlights from the attraction!

Harry Potter Art – If you enjoy art and imagining the stories in different ways, read through an interview with Jim Kay, illustrator of the new editions of the Harry Potter series Here

Read and listen to the first book FREE – Pottermore Publishing will also be teaming up with digital library supplier OverDrive to gift the first book in its digital form. Patrons of OverDrive libraries will be able to borrow Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as an eBook or audiobook in over 20 languages from participating local and school libraries, including via OverDrive’s Libby App, for schools. Also, Audible invites you to listen to the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as many times as you like in the coming weeks. This is one of many classic books that will be available on Audible’s new platform, stories.audible.com. – take a look and see what you can find.

Check Out Harry Potter at Home! – Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom! More at Harry Potter at Home!

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Museum Exhibition – I’m delighted to report that the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition can be virtually explored from the comfort of your couch. Originally housed at the British Library in London, the sprawling display has been available to tour online for nearly two years through the Google Arts & Culture site.

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Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 1: Visit National Parks

Hello, friends!

Today was supposed to be the first day of spring break. My family, like many of yours, was so disappointed when we had to cancel the trip we had planned.  We won’t be going to Florida this week, but we will be having all sorts of virtual adventures!

Join us today as we explore some of our national parks! Click here to take virtual tours of these beautiful national parks :

  • Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawai’i)
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
  • Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

If you tour any of these parks, leave a comment to let us know which was your favorite!

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Science Fun!

Hello, friends!

I know that Fridays are the day for science and social studies, but when I saw this, I knew that I wanted to share it with all of you!

Steve Spangler Science has 50 science experiments that you can do at home.

  • You can access them for free by clicking here.
  • They are releasing one each day, but you can go back to previous days’ experiments as well.
  • You could do some of them on your own, and others might require some adult help.
  • Always make sure you have permission from a parent or caregiver.
  • You might even be able to earn some bonus points with your parents if you entertain your younger siblings with some science fun!

If you try any of these experiments, send me an email to let me know how it went. I love your photos and videos.

Love,

Mrs. Ball

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Fun Non-academic Learning Opportunity

Hello, friends!

My family is using our time away from school, sports, and other activities to rest and enjoy the slower pace. One thing I’ve enjoyed is having time to cook and bake with my kids. They are learning some important life skills! I don’t know about your kids, but mine are eating c-o-n-s-t-a-n-t-l-y while we’re home, so we have plenty of opportunities to practice these skills.  At the very least, they will know how to prepare a few simple meals beyond ramen, Easy Mac, or PB&J.  At best, they may be able to start preparing a few of those meals or snacks on their own!

I’ve seen a few free online cooking classes for kids that look like fun, so I thought I’d share them here in case you’re looking for something new or interesting to try during your time at home.

$5 Dinners School Cancellation & Kids Cooking Lessons

  • They post videos on the $5 Dinners Facebook and 1:oo PM EST Monday through Friday.
  • You can also access weekly ingredient/shopping lists and each of their videos at any time using the link above.
  • These are mostly main dish options.

Delish Free Digital Cooking Classes for Kids

  • They post live on the Delish Instagram page at 1:00 PM EST Monday through Friday.
  • Videos remain on Instagram for 24 hours, but if you miss the videos, you can still access the recipes and ingredient lists using the link above.
  • These include main dishes, appetizers, snacks, sweets…a little bit of everything!

Happy cooking!

Students, if you try something, send me an email to let me know what you made and how it turned out.

Love,

Mrs. Ball