Flaherty Elementary School
Welcome Flaherty Students
Remote Learning Plan (RLP)
Kindergarteners will be creating a time capsule of their experience and time at home during the pandemic. Parents can hold onto this until the students graduate from high school! Then they can look back at this time and the memories they made.
First grade students will have a Flat Teacher Adventure. Each student will get his/her own flat teacher with a bingo board of adventures to take them on. They will complete a daily journal page telling about their adventure that day. They can also email pictures of their adventures that will be shared on Google Classroom and Class Dojo.
Starting June 3, second graders will complete mini projects in each subject and take their Flat Teachers on adventures. Be sure to send pictures to your teachers to share! Starting June 10, second graders will go on Virtual Field Trips each day and continue to take their Flat Teachers on adventures. Please share pictures with your teachers!
Third graders will be reading about a famous individual and writing a Wax Museum speech about the person’s life. Students may opt to dress up as their person to give their speech via Google Meet or video recording. Students may also opt to make a poster or Google slideshow about their person.
Fourth graders will be writing an informational essay or “book” in the form of a Google Slide presentation. They will pick a topic of their choice, organize the information into subtopics/chapters, and focus on text features to make their slideshows informative and easy to view.
The fifth graders are going to get to be the teacher! They will research a topic of their choice and then create a slideshow to teach the reader about what they have learned. They will have an opportunity to present their project at their last weekly Google Meet.
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RLP Core Features
The RLP goes beyond the enrichment activities we have been providing to a model that emphasizes academic assignments, student and teacher engagement, and deeper learning.
Each school will organize by grade-level teams to present activities that reinforce previously taught skills.
Staff will communicate with students/families at least once a week to support learning and ensure engagement.
The RLP utilizes asynchronous learning, allowing for work to be completed on a flexible schedule that respects the time constraints and challenges many of our families are facing.
Lessons will focus on those Massachusetts Curriculum Framework Standards that we have identified as most important for students to cover during the school closure.
Our educational resources page will continue to be available for student use and will be updated regularly: https://braintreeschools.org/dailylearning.
Assignments will be issued each Wednesday and will include five days’ worth of activities for each grade level that can be completed over a 7 day period.
Among the 5 weekly assignments, certain ones will be designated as “targeted” and will be submitted weekly by students for teacher feedback.
Activities will allow students to work at their ability level, and may also include certain advanced options for those students who are academically motivated.
No lessons will be conducted via interactive video conferencing. Platforms including Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, and others have security and safety issues that create unacceptable risk, especially for our youngest learners. Some of our teachers (and principals!) will be providing videos to help keep our school-community connected.
Teachers at each school will utilize one of three technology learning platforms based on prior use with students and/or their developmental complexity: 1. Class Dojo, 2. Bloomz, and 3. Google Classroom.
Special education case managers and related service providers will make contact with parents weekly by emailing a service delivery template with a weekly plan for how students will access and receive their services.
English Language Learners (ELL) will complete lessons from classroom teachers, supplemented by work provided by ELL teachers based on students’ proficiency levels.
ELL staff will communicate with families to support learning and ensure engagement, including the utilization of our phone translation services.
Support Services Staff will be in online collaborative sessions with general education teachers to modify work, supplement lessons, and support their students during this unique learning experience.
If your student needs help with a username or password for Google Classroom, or assistance using a BPS Chromebook, please contact your child’s teacher.