Read & Write at Home

Read! Children need to read or be read to every day. This includes reading to learn as well as reading for enjoyment. Reading should be no less than 20 minutes a day.  If you are home all day, a few 20 minute sessions would be great. The Resource Bank has plenty of audio books, story times and online reading available if you are short on books at home. You will find great reading resources in each grade collection.  Sun West families also have access to Sora for reading books and Pearson E-Texts for textbooks. 

Write! Your child should do a bit of writing (this includes typing) every day.  They can respond to what they read, write a journal or poem, work on a story or essay, or write a "how-to" manual.  Kids could even watch one of our live animal cams and write an observation or story based on their expereince.  The possibilities are endless.  

If you find there are too many resources to sort through, you can filter the results using the “Filter Resources” area on the left side of the screen.  Select “Education Level” to narrow your results to a specific education level. (Please note - for the purposes of this site these "Education Levels" are used when filtering - Lower Primary = K-2, Upper Primary=3-5, Middle Years=6-8, High School=9-12)

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10 Writing Graphic Organizers
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Includes:
-essay planner
-events planner for story writing
-sandwich paragraph planner
-narrowing a topic
-poetic devices
-responding to literature
-sensory observation chart
-writing project planning web

If you liked these, there are 50 more available to purchase here: https://www.shop.tweduware.com/50-More-WRITERizers-for-Windows-and-Mac-116.htm (please copy and paste the link to go to Chad Manis' site to purchase!)

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Chad Manis
Date Added:
09/18/2018
10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects
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Final projects can help students summarize and review content from the entire semester. Plus, they can create fantastic products with what they've learned!

Projects let students take what they’ve learned, put it all together and show off a little of their own creativity and personality.

Options include:
1. Create a website
2. Create a screencast video
3. Make a single multimedia webpage
4. Connect with a cause
5. Create an infographic
6. Create a series of podcasts
7. Do a genius hour-style project
8. Create an annotated collection
9. Tell it as a story
10. Make an explainer video

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Agriculture Studies
Arts Education
Computer & Digital Technologies
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Physical Education
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Computer Science
Social Studies
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Ditch That Textbook
Date Added:
05/17/2021
150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
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This site offers an extensive list of programs for students available on Netflix on topics such as:
Animals
Earth & Nature
Space
History
Documentaries
Entertainment
Geography
Food/Nutrition/Health
Mystery

Subject:
Arts Education
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Physical Education
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Career & Work Exploration
Science
Social Studies
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Author:
Andrea Rigler
Homeschool Hideout
Date Added:
03/25/2020
180 Daily Writing Journal Prompts
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Based on the assumption that an academic year, in most cases, consists of 180 days divided into 4 quarters, I have grouped these prompts accordingly. You, of course, may choose to use any of these at whatever time you like.

Permission has been granted by Chad Manis to use this site in the Sun West Resource Bank.

If you like this resource and would like to purchase more you can copy and paste this address to go to his store: https://www.shop.tweduware.com/Journal-Jumpstarts-Volume-1-for-Windows-301.htm

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Chad Manis
Date Added:
09/18/2018
20 Perfect Anchor Charts for Teaching Phonics and Blends
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Phonics charts and blends charts are a great way to teach difficult concepts to beginning readers. Keep them around the classroom (or accessible at home), and your students will be able to use them independently for increased confidence and learning!

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English Language Arts
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Diagram/Illustration
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Author:
Stacy Tornio
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
220 Writing Prompts for Kids to Spark Student Creativity
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Writing prompts for kids help students:
- Express themselves and their creativity
- Grasp lifelong literacy skills and concepts
- Tell their own stories and build self-confidence
- Develop a growth mindset when it comes to their writing skills
- Writing is like a muscle — it takes practice to build up skills. Luckily, we put together a list of over 200 writing prompts to help your students get started.

Contents include:
- Creative writing prompts
- Fun writing prompts
- Persuasive writing prompts
- Social emotional learning journal prompts
- Math writing prompts

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Maria Kampen
Prodigy
Date Added:
03/23/2021
Awesome Stories
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This site offers 5,390+ robust, original stories based on primary sources and presented in various media formats: written, dramatized narrations, videos, images, maps, and more!
Free stories each day are available for access - see the home page and the What Matters Now tabs

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English Language Arts
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Awesome Stories
Date Added:
03/23/2020
Best 4th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fourth graders are independent explorers, full of ideas and opinions. They have an impressive skill set and are ready to go deeper. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 4th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best 5th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fifth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are curious, capable, and ready to tackle the world. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help them build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 5th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best First Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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First grade is an adventure! Kids are excited to learn and always ready for more. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment. This list of first grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Game
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Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We are teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Kindergarten Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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It’s fun to be five! Here is our list of favorite kindergarten websites and activities that kids can enjoy at home with their families. We’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020