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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

PBS Kids Summer Adventure Math Lessons

Summer is here (in the Northern Hemisphere) but that doesn't mean that the learning has to stop. PBS Learning Media recently published set of resources designed to help you help the learning going throughout the summer.

PBS Kids Summer Adventure is a set of eight online and interactive activities designed to help kids ages 4-8 acquire and practice new math skills. Each activity should take roughly an hour to complete. All activities are aligned to national math standards as listed here.

PBS Kids Summer Adventure activities include online activities and hands-on physical activities. For example, the Sid the Science Kid Outdoor Adventure includes video segments for students to watch to learn about measurement as well as plans for taking kids outside to measure plants. The Wild Kratts Outdoor Adventure has students watch a couple of videos about animal habitats before making wildlife journals of their own.

If you're looking for more outdoor learning activities, take a look at my on-demand webinar titled 5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons

Theme Poem Lesson Plans and Interactive Module

Read Write Think is one of my all-time favorite resources for free language arts lesson plans and interactive activities. I've written about and published videos about many of RWT's interactive tools over the years. But somehow the Theme Poems interactive has escaped my attention until now.

RWT's Theme Poems interactive provides students with 32 pictures to use as the basis for writing short poems. To write a poem students launch the interactive then choose a theme. Within each of the five themes students will find related images. Once they choose an image students are prompted to write the words that come to mind as they look at the image. Students then create poems from those words. The finished product can be saved as a PDF and or emailed to a teacher from the RWT site.

Applications for Education
As mentioned above, every RWT interactive has related lesson plans. Visit the RWT Theme Poems interactive page to find a handful of lesson plans appropriate for use in K-5.