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Resources for Extended Spring Break

Helpful learning activities and resources for during the extended spring break are below, and please also see the learning resources that Adams 12 Five Star Schools e-mailed families on March 16.

Prodigy and Epic require scholars to log in with their 2nd grade account, and the rest are free.

We can't wait to get back to learning fun with our scholars! Wednesday, April 1, is when Adams 12 will begin remote learning. Please request a device from the district immediately if you need one; details for how to request are on the link. 

Spring break reading and math bingo 2020: This is featured in the spring break packet we sent home with 2nd graders. Feel free to make a simple list of what tasks scholars complete if they don't have a copy. 

2nd grade spring break packet: Here is a copy of what we sent home with students who were able to be at school the last day before the break. 

Math
Prodigy: This is a popular site for learning and practicing math skills.

Reading
Epic: Find exactly what you're interested in among tens of thousands of books and watch learning videos. 

Read-aloud videos: Some familiar Riverdale voices reading on this page include Mrs. Krautler, Mrs. Stang, Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Baer-Gutierrez. There are read-aloud videos of many popular children's books on YouTube! (Due to auto-loading, always check YouTube settings before allowing a child to view independently.)

Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 1-2: Scholastic News has created daily lessons that include books, spelling practice, and videos about topics including spiders, our bodies and animals! They will publish more during the extended break too. There are daily lessons for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten,  grades 3-5 and grades 6-12 as well.

National Geographic Kids: You'll find articles, videos, and quizzes about one of our 2nd graders' favorite topics--animals!--and much more. 

Storyline Online: Celebrities such as Kristen Bell from "Frozen" read children's books aloud.

Phone-A-Story: Children can call this free Denver Public Library number to choose a story to listen to in English or Spanish. 

Riverdale Library: Find links to educational websites and free online books. 

Anythink Libraries: While Anythink's physical locations are closed at this time, you can use your library card to access free audiobooks, magazines, music, videos and more. 

Denver Zoo animals: Read about some of the animals that live at the zoo. 

Writing
Writing prompts: 2nd graders should be able to hook their readers with a catchy introduction; include characters, descriptive language, dialogue and details; and leave their readers with something to think about in their closing.

Art-making
Make Art at Home: Riverdale art teacher Ms. Hinshaw curated these resources for K-5 artists and their grown-ups! Learn how to make a flipbook, origami sunglasses and more.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: The popular children's author is posting a daily doodle session on YouTube. Wow! Look for a new one at 11 am mountain time daily during the extended break. 

Denver Art Museum Creativity Resource: Videos, art explorations and lesson plans that the museum created with teachers

Movement
Beachbody Kids Workouts: These videos are made for families to stay active--and sane!--together

GoNoodle: We watch these pop songs, dances and sing-along lessons in the classroom. Click the link for information on getting the free app. 

Keyboards/Typing
Typing Club: Teaches "home row" finger positioning and makes typing practice fun

Nitro Type: Scholars can practice faster typing. This doesn't teach home keys, but it does help users learn to identify keys faster. 

Other Activities
National Geographic Family: Activity ideas for busting boredom with your child

Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Games, crossword puzzles, coloring sheets and audio and video of Colorado animals

Verywell Family: You might find this parenting website's roundup of 17 fun, educational websites helpful too!

Virtual field trips: Travel to national parks, space and other destinations without leaving your house.