Literacy ideas

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Connecting to Nature: Wonder Writes

Shelley Moore’s 5 Moore Minutes ~ Learning at Home Series

Check out the POPEY website.  They’ve added a Home Learning Menu that offers choice to children and k-3 literacy and SEL activities.


Virtual Field Trips to Inspire Writing!


Some of the best writing done by children often takes place after a rich experience like a field trip.  Field trips aren’t exactly possible right now so why not check out some live cams and take a virtual field trip to inspire writing!  At Webcamtaxi you can choose any country in the world … visit a place or check out live animals like the steller sea lions of British Columbia!

Just because you can’t hop in a car and drive to Tofino right now, doesn’t mean you don’t get to check out the action at Chesterman Beach!

After watching any one of these live web cams, invite students to write in role pretending they were actually there.  Sensory descriptions can be a nice way to add details to your writing.  Include details such as  what you saw, heard, smelled, tasted or, touched?  And don’t forget to include details like all your favourite parts and feelings about it.

Students can stick to home by visiting sites on Vancouver Island, further around B.C., other parts of Canada, or any country in the world!

For some Earth Week k-3 activities, click on the world!

Tumblebooks has offered free access to family and educators.  Using the table below families are invited to choose a book and participate in playful literacy activities. To login to Tumble books and find the books shown below, click on this link:  Log in to Tumblebooks

Get ready to be creative!  Write a great big, long list of animals (An adult can help with your list.) Now, choose some of those animals and write what might happen if you try to read to it!


You can read to a kangaroo but be prepared to read while you’re hopping up and down!

You can read to a porcupine but it might be a great time to practice social distancing!!!

Have fun writing!

In this book, sloth finds a quiet, slow-moving friend. What do you like to do when you slow down?  Who do you like to be with when you slow down?

Draw and write about a favourite slow-down activity.  Remember to include lots of details in your drawing and in your writing.

Imagine driving a fire truck yourself!  Create a piece of writing (or a drawing for younger children) in which you include details about all the fun you have. Make sure you include the exciting parts about the challenges you run into as a new driver!

Draw a picture to go along with your writing.

The giant did not understand proper health routines for coughing or sneezing.  Write a letter to the giant explaining how it’s supposed to be done!

Create a different soup recipe for the giant’s cold-curing soup.  What items would you put in it? Provide directions how to make your soup.

As an extra challenge, try to create a rhyming set of ingredients and directions!

Create your own indoor tent using sheets and sofa cushions (ask permission first.!).  Inside the tent, curl up with some good books or listen to Tumble Books online!

While inside your tent think of all the things a camper might need.  On a piece of paper, write down each letter of the alphabet.  Try to think of something a camper might need to match each letter!  You can choose 4 letters to write the word, FREE beside it.  That means you don’t need to write anything down beside those letters.  Hint:  write free beside the letter X!

Think of other jobs people do.  Create a mini clothesline using string.  Draw and cut out images that show the clothes people wear and the equipment they use as they do their job. Hang them on your clothesline. Write labels to show what you’ve drawn.  Invite others to guess the job you’ve drawn?


e.g. veterinarian, teacher, nurse etc.


What other jobs can you think about and draw? Other family can also create them, and you can guess each other’s!

Check out the Puzzles & Games section within Tumblebooks.  There are interactive sentence games and memory games too.

Connecting to Feelings

Madalena Moniz wrote a book through the alphabet of feelings. She did not hold back in choosing rich vocabulary not usually associated with ABC books for young children.

Play with a thesaurus today and others in your home.

Wonder what emotions & feelings words would you include in your wonder write.

I wonder if there are 26 words to describe my feelings today?

When you Are Brave by Pat Zietlow Miller

Our worries and our wonders are connected. After you listen to the story When you are Brave, consider yourself and your wonders. List things that concern or worry you. When do you know you need to be brave? How do you know that you are brave?

The Don’t Worry Book by Todd Parr

Sometimes I’m Scared When by Todd Parr

I wonder what worries I could write about? How do I face my worries?

You don’t have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds! No matter where you live, they’re in your neighborhood just look up.

I wonder what I have around the house to help me bird watch?

What do you notice? What do you wonder? When you are out on a backyard bird watch. Where will you record your wonders? How might you draw your ‘notices’?

Look up in wonder and record your observations.

Returning to this favourite picture book: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

What do you notice about Scaredy Squirrel this time you listen to the story? Picture book authors share many character feelings through words and illustrations. Choose an emojii and develop a wonder write around it.

What Matters by Alison Hughes This beautiful book is available through Follett Destiny on sd71 website in ebook format.

Wondering: How can one tin can affect so much?

Noticing: What are the effects of paying attention to one small thing?

A feeling of mattering is so very important. We matter to others and are there ways we can let others know they matter to us. I wonder how we might show our care for others today…

Numeracy Ideas …

The Math Learning Center

The Math Learning Center (MLC) is providing free resources for all students to use independently or with support from family members or educators.

Here is a grouping of free math apps from this fantastic resource. Teachers and students will love these.

Virtual Manipulatives

Youcubed at Home

Here you will find engaging tasks to help K-12 students at home continue to explore and learn maths in rich and creative ways.