• General Information:

    Michigan Virtual- For the duration of school closures, Michigan Virtual will be offering the content of over 70 of our high-quality online courses FREE as a resource to supplement student learning.  This course content includes all digital lessons; however, it does not include assessments. It is intended to provide enrichment materials to keep students engaged and learning during school closures.

     

    College Board- Visit College Board for PSAT/SAT test prep.

     

    Amazing Educational Resources

     

    https://mea.org/at-home-learning-resources/

     

    Math:

    GO Math- Our online math textbook for grades 6-8 is available at my.hrw.com. Students must login using the following:

    Username- school email address including @gowcs.net

    Password- school16

    Students have complete access to their textbook on this website. They may review prior lessons and modules or look ahead to what has not yet been covered. The Interactive Student Edition Lessons are particularly helpful and also link to a personal math trainer at the end of these lessons.

     

    Khan Academy- This links to a quick guide for parents if your child does not have an account and you would like to create one. Free instruction, lessons, and practice.

     

    Khan Academy- This is the general link to Khan Academy for students that already have an account they are using.

     

    Prodigy- https://www.prodigygame.com/#start-now Prodigy is a free, curriculum-aligned, fantasy-based math game. It offers content from every major math topic. The game also uses adaptive learning and differentiated instruction principles to adjust content, addressing each student’s trouble spots. Many students still have accounts they use from elementary school.

     

    Youcubed- Math practice and games

     

    Sumdoghttps://pages.sumdog.com/   Personalized math and spelling aligned to k-8 standards.

     

    Math 8 Resources (most of these also include other math topics):

    • my.hrw.com - our online textbook, interactive lessons, teaching videos, practice problems
    • Math is Fun - lessons, interactives, and games 
    • Khan Academy - self-paced lessons covering major topics of secondary course
    • Gizmos - simulations, can search by academic standard, grade, topic
    • Math Open Reference - topic information and interactives
    • Brilliant - site to challenge students on various topics
    • Quizlet - search topic to find premade quizzes / flashcards / games
    • Quizizz - search topic to find premade quizzes



    Geometry Resources (most of these also include other math topics):

    • my.hrw.com - our online textbook, interactive lessons, teaching videos, practice problems
    • GeoGebra - use the search feature to find interactive activities and lessons.
    • Desmos - geometry tool to perform online constructions, transformations, and more
    • Math Planet - lessons, which include teaching videos
    • Math is Fun - lessons, interactives, and games
    • Khan Academy - self-paced lessons covering major topics of secondary course
    • Gizmos - simulations, can search by academic standard, grade, topic
    • Math Open Reference - topic information and interactives
    • Brilliant - site to challenge students on various topics
    • Quizlet - search topic to find premade quizzes / flashcards / games
    • Quizizz - search topic to find premade quizzes

     

    Language Arts:

    ELA Textbook: My Perspectives-

     

    Our ELA 6-8 online textbook and resources can be accessed via Hosford, A. Clark, Ellis, Williams and Cruce’s Google Classroom.  Students can work on readings and assignments in their current unit. Teachers may also be linking activities from the book in Google Classroom for additional grammar, writing, or reading practice. 

     

    Choice Book Reading: Students can read their choice books, and many students brought home books from classroom libraries.

    Additionally, here are online Michigan eLibrary sites. These are free resources for your whole family provided by the Library of Michigan to all state of Michigan residents:

    MeL eResources 

    Britannica School 

    Reliable, quality information is available from home with just a few clicks. Students from elementary through high school will find resources to help them write essays and research papers and complete homework assignments. Includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, and novels and essays. Tools include translation for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality.  

    eBook Collections in MeL

    The eBooks K-8 Collection includes beginner cookbooks, craft books, alphabet books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Big Nate series, and a wide range of students’ favorite sports’ team, just to name a few.  The eBooks High School Collection has Illustrated Classics, Orca series, sports’ collections, biographies, history books, STEM books, do-it-yourself projects, and over 1,200 young adult fiction titles.  Be sure to explore the eBooks Academic, eBooks Business, and eBooks Public Library collections as well. 

    Grammar practice websites-

    https://www.noredink.com/

     

    Numerous reading passages paired with comprehension questions. These passages are diverse in content and reading level. 

    https://www.readworks.org/

     

    Current and past articles on a variety of topics. Includes a quiz after each read as a check for comprehension. 

    https://newsela.com

     

    If you have a library card, you can log in and check out eBooks that you can read on your phone, tablet, laptop, or an e-reader. You can also download audiobooks. Checkout times range from 7-21 days.

    • Sign up with Overdrive through Capital Area District Library: https://mlc.overdrive.com/
    • Or you can download Libby, an app where you can add multiple library cards and sort through available books. You can also place books on hold and Libby will alert you when they are available: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/



    Science:

    Our online science textbook for grades 6-8. Students must be first signed in to Google using their WCS credentials. Eddy, Dutcher, and Keith also have this linked in as part of their Google Classrooms. Any readings in any lessons - past or present - are great supplementary sources of information and real-world connections to content. 

    https://gowcs.iqwst.com/webapp/

     

    A lesson about every single element on the periodic table. Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform.

    http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos

     

    *Anything posted during the school year in Google Classroom (i.e., slides presentations with embedded demos and simulations, other demos and simulations) are still there! 

     

    http://phet.colorado.edu/

     

    Sites from Dan Keith

    8th Grade Science:

     

    Audio - Nice 3-D sound page that I assembled

    Personal Favorites - links, pics, and more that are cool to me

    Science Toys you can make

    Invisible Inks

    Edible Science

    http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/index.html

    Electromagnets

    Toys made from junk (in India)

    https://www.instructables.com/

    http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/

     

    Science Supplies and Cool Toys to Buy

    Archie McFee - Strange Toys and gags

    Educational Innovations - A great science and science toy source

    Arbor Scientific - one of my favorite science supply sites

    Edmund Scientifics - a great, older company with lots of optics and new lines of stuff

    https://www.grand-illusions.com/




    Social Studies:

    Social studies does not have access to print or online curriculum. Please check Google Classroom as your teachers personally create their own curriculum from a variety of sources (many with personal accounts that do not allow student access). *Check Google Classroom, your teacher is posting lessons

     

    6th Grade

    *Check Google Classroom, your teacher is posting lessons

    MI Open Book Project (WMS will follow the 7th-grade text for the 6th-grade class)

    National Geographic Provides students with access to resources as well as experiences to further inquiry into social studies. 

    PBS Learning Media - Middle School US History

    Discovery Education-  Offers primary sources and virtual experiences to students to learn more about US History. (pending access from Discovery Ed)

     

    7th Grade

    *Check Google Classroom, your teacher is posting lessons

    MI Open Book Project (WMS will follow the 6th-grade text for the 7th-grade class)

    National Geographic Provides students with access to resources as well as experiences to further inquiry into social studies. 

    PBS Learning Media - Geography

    General Geographic Information: Open Geography  Education

    Discovery Education-  Offers primary sources and virtual experiences to students to learn more about US History. (pending access from Discovery Ed)

    8th Grade

    MI Open Book Project - Digital option for students to access a textbook written by Michigan educators.
    National Geographic - Provides students with access to resources as well as experiences to further inquiry into social studies. 

    Library of Congress: American History - Offers access to primary sources for students to reinforce their understanding of concepts learned in social studies.

    PBS Learning Media - Middle School US History

    iCivics- provides educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens.

    Khan Academy - Google Classroom. There is a posted unit on the Civil War Era for all 8th-grade students to access once they sign in with the WCS Google account information.

    Discovery Education-  Offers primary sources and virtual experiences to students to learn more about US History. (pending access from Discovery Ed)

     

    Spanish:

    https://www.senorwooly.com/

    https://www.duolingo.com/

    https://conjuguemos.com/

    A multitude of smaller links and recommended activities here

     

    Elective Courses:

    Health - Health notes and “mini” lessons may be found on Google Classroom.

     

    Computers/Coding:

    Look below to see new and familiar coding exercises and programs.  Like we have talked about in class, these will all build off of your previous knowledge and experiences while also providing guided instruction form a novice to a master in no time! Follow the links below to new and exciting coding activities:

    Scratch: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tutorial=getStarted

    Code.org’s Artist Program:  https://studio.code.org/projects/artist/wESijntdDy6QWVoPWDLnPc4OGkdN3tPBEvtTKy9cvTk/edit

    Code.org’s App Lab (used to create phone apps): https://studio.code.org/projects/applab/cBJfXG2nqi-r269N_zKtu6zv4P54IqYwuNGPuc7vBko/edit

    App Lab Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDnoxkOSfQw

    HTML intro (used to create websites): https://codepupil.com/ex.html

    HTML Resource Info: https://html.com/#tutorial

    Codecombat (java): https://codecombat.com/play

     

    Remember… if you end up running into a problem that you are having trouble solving try googling it, looking up a tutorial on Youtube, or even seeing if they have a HELP button or any other tutorial resources on the pages/site. 

     

    Art:

    Virtual Art Museum Tours

    Louver: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

    Guggenheim: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum

    The Met: https://www.metmuseum.org/

    This site has various resources and activities, like viewing the current art (online gallery), follow along with art lessons (how to make an origami helmet), and more!

     

    6th Grade Art:

    Our next project will have to do with GRAPHING. This is when the artist puts a graph over their paper in order to help them recreate a picture and be as accurate and detailed oriented as possible. Check out the video below to see how an artist uses a graph.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0AK09TTE-w

     

    7th-8th Grade Art:

    As you know, we are currently working on our ALTERED BOOK PROJECT and have really just gotten started.  I have a few suggestions of prep work or improving what you currently have so that when we return you can really get into your book!

     

    Improving:

    Think about the digital notes you have taken so far, this includes any links, copied and pasted info from websites, and images. Next, think about your chosen theme and what you wrote down on our first page of the brainstorm packet. This page contains a list of all the images, items, people, etc that you could think of pertaining to your theme.  With that list in mind, revisit your digital notes and find images to add as a reference later on!

     

    Prep Work:

    Those of you who read ahead into our brainstorm packet know that we have many different lessons, or mini-projects, in this altered book project.  Below I have made a list with links to resources/videos breaking down the basics or those mini lessons. Feel free to read and watch to get a basic understanding of the topic before we jump into it upon our return!

    Collaging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5PVeuRadAQ

    Fore, Mid, and Background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0S5vZKR--Y

    Stencil Printmaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD43dyjWGvk

    Cut in/out/down pages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFUgYzQfpqo

    Pop Up(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c4MNvCVotI

    Tessellation/pattern with stamp:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca5J_moee7U

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqOdDfAw1uU

    Remember… These videos are not the only tutorial videos out there, if you are confused look up other videos to see what else is out there!

     

    Drama:

    Various Radio Dramas to listen to and reflect on. Think about their tactics used to visually paint a picture for you the viewer and how they used this to try to control what you, the listener, visualized to the best of their ability.

    Twilight Zone: The Fear - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vEOaYmxOeE

    Sherlock Holmes: The Six Napoleons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAwSxt_vPEg&list=PLWX1hfU1FFvpnwyNxpxYItHGqqR6PC16E&index=12

    Ozzie and Harriet: The Electric Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISWblBqnIsI

    Here is one of the most famous Radio Dramas of all time, War of the Worlds.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q7tN7MhQ4I

    What made it famous was not really what they did for their radio drama, but how they presented it and how the public REACTED to it

     

    Remember our next steps: Think about what you can do when we return to help control what the listener visualizes when listening to YOUR Radio Drama. This might include visual descriptions (ex: “that tall man in the red hat is jogging towards us.”), sound effects, and tone and speed of voice to portray emotions.

     

    Problem Solving:

    Big Problem Solving Project

    Even though everything has been put on hold due to us not being in school I recommend using this time to try and bump up the quality of your current information in your BIg Problem Solving Project, but from a different angle. Try looking into what is continuing to be done during this time of self-quarantine, and, on the flip side, what has been postponed or put off due to quarantine/redirecting efforts. When looking at this remember the 5 step problem-solving method: Point out the problem, break it down, assess and form a gameplan, enact the plan with fidelity, and finally reassess. This should help you in figuring out if you have the correct information and/or the appropriate amount. 

     

    Medical Detectives:

    Check out Google Classroom for activities and resources.

     

    Social/Emotional Health:

    Planet Fitness: Facebook live stream of 20-minute exercise sessions - can find by liking them on Facebook

     

    Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty- https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

     

    NAMI Guide to mental health during the coronavirus: https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

     

    Headspace “Weathering the Storm” has a few guided meditations for free right now: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

     

    Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health- https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

     

    How to prevent loneliness- https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-prevent-loneliness-in-a-time-of-social-distancing/

     

    Here are the CDC 's suggestions for protecting your mental health:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

     

    Suggestions for how to help your child cope with social isolation:

    - Limiting exposure to the news (only 30 minutes to 1 hour a day). If your child is especially anxious about the news, have them avoid it during this time. 

    - Keeping a clear routine: For example, still enforce bed and wake up times, have scheduled academic times, scheduled chores

    - Go outside and play, go for a walk, pick up litter in your neighborhood, tidy the yard, play with your siblings 

    - Limiting screen time: For ex., having two hours where students are expected to read, go outside, play with non-electronic toys 

    - Staying connected with friends and loved ones through technology

    - Focus on what you can control instead of what you can't: For example, we can't control the world right now but we can control how we treat others, what we wear, what we eat, what we say to others, etc.

    - Use mindfulness strategies, yoga, or music to help manage stress

    - Write in a journal about what you did each day and be sure to include what you are thankful for

    - Exercise & eat healthily 

    - Organized family time: For example, game night, movie night, cooking together, going for a walk, etc 

    - Using this time to do things you have always wanted to do, but have never had the time to: clean, pick up a hobby, finish a read, etc 

    - Sample daily schedule: