Highlands Elementary School
Welcome Highlands Students
Remote Learning Plan (RLP)
Did you know you are living through history right now? This week, you will all become historians and journalists who are recording your personal stories of this period in history. First graders are going to create a Time Capsule to remember this important time. This is a moment of collective history that we will all remember and want to share with future generations. Have fun with this! Be creative and add anything that is meaningful to you and your family. There is no wrong way to do this. Visit our Google Classroom for ideas and suggestions.
Students will create a memory book where they will record events from this year, especially events from the past few months. Imagine reading these words later on in your future! You will spend this week writing down, in your words, pictures, and images what this year has meant to you in a digital memory book. Be creative and remember this will last for years to come. This can all be done on the computer or you can print it out and draw and write. It is all up to you. When you are done, we will have time to share. The following week, we will be taking some time to finish up exploring the world through some exciting adventures of your choice, using digital field trips!
Starting June 3, students are encouraged to act as zoologists and “discover” a new animal that has never existed. Students will create a poster or Google Slides describing the animal to others. The poster or Google Slides will include: animal name, habitat, adaptations, and necessities for the animal’s survival in nature. Students are encouraged to use any materials available to them if they choose to create a poster. Google Slides can be accessed by logging into a Braintree Google Account, clicking the “waffle” grid and choosing Slides. A student checklist will be provided for support through this process. These projects will be shared with teachers and feedback will be given. In addition, there may be an option to share projects during an upcoming Google Meet. We are looking forward to seeing the creative ways that the third grade students share their New Animal Alert Projects.
On June 10, students will also receive a Google Slideshow called “Highlands Last Week Activity Choice Board”. Within the slideshow, students will choose at least THREE activities (out of six) to complete during the last week of school. The activities include: a science project, origami, card game, shoe-balance challenge, Lego activity and virtual field trip. Upon completion of at least THREE activities, students will be filling out a Google Form response to inform the teachers about their completed activities. In addition, there may be an option to share their experiences at our last Google Meet. We hope that the third grade students enjoy choosing activities within the Highlands Last Week Activity Choice Board.
What better way to have students use real-life math, reading, and writing skills than with this fun, high-interest DIGITAL Road Trip Project? In this unit, students will have the opportunity to plan a trip and persuade others to visit their chosen destination!
Students will choose one destination to research. They will then have the opportunity to plot information such as: sights to see, things to pack in their suitcase, and music they would like to listen to! This unit is broken into two weeks. In the first week, the students research their destination. In the second week, the students will choose between either a brochure or a persuasive writing about their destination
Students have access to a time capsule project about their experience in fifth grade in school and during quarantine. Students will include their own thoughts and memories through various activities and special messages from teachers and classmates will be provided at the end of the slideshow time capsule. Students can complete this at their own pace and personalize it as much as they would like. It is not due back, but they can share it if they would like to.
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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.