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Eight no-prep blended learning activities provide hours of fun independent work. This module includes an 11-page student booklet (PDF and Google-ready), answer keys, and an interactive website. Kids engage in meaningful experiences on their devices (computer, Chromebook, iPad, etc.) and respond in their packets.
What Is It?
Each Independent Learning Module (ILM) merges digital content with engaging activities. The specially designed website houses texts, presentations, and learning links. It was designed to encourage high third grade students, average to high fourth grade students, and all fifth grade students to work independently.
How Can I Use It?
• Online Fun for All - The October ILM provides eight fun, meaningful lessons. You can use them individually, assign them over the course of the month, enjoy a full day of online learning, or however you’d like!
• I’m Done, Now What? - Let the independent projects provide anchor activities for early finishers or enrichment material for gifted and talented learners.
• Five Minutes Peace (and More!) - Are you behind on grading? Do you need to meet with individual students or small groups? The independent learning module will keep your students busy for hours.
• Sub Plans - For a full day (or two) of sub plans, just leave the ILM! Kids will learn, work independently, and have fun.
• Homeschool (or Learn at Home) – Hey, parents! This is a great way to enhance your homeschool curriculum. It’s also fantastic for kids who go to school but need some extra enrichment at home.
This month’s module includes activities for eight subjects. Pick and choose or use them all!
Informational Text - Answering Questions
• ILM Online - Students read an article about the history of Halloween.
• ILM Packet - They look back in the text to answer comprehension questions.
Language - Writing Dialogue
• ILM Online - Kids watch a presentation that teaches strategies for writing dialogue.
• ILM Packet - Using Halloween riddles, they practice writing direct quotes with dialogue tags at the beginning and end.
Listening - Gathering Information from a Speech
• ILM Online - Students watch a four-minute video on creative ways to carve pumpkins.
• ILM Packet - They gather information from the speech and write it in their packets.
Literature - Making Inferences
• ILM Online - Students read an adaptation of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
• ILM Packet - They construct a response telling whether they believe Ichabod Crane was carried off by the Headless Horseman or moved to New York and became a lawyer.
Math - Practicing Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
• ILM Online - A set of Halloween-themed games provide addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division practice.
Science - Finding Physical and Chemical Changes
• ILM Online - Students watch a video on physical and chemical reactions. Two other videos show how to make an oozing pumpkin and more amazing chemical reactions.
• ILM Packet - Students define physical and chemical change and list examples.
Social Studies - Creating a Map
• ILM Online - National Geographic’s MapMaker Interactive lets students explore the world.
• ILM Packet - They create a map showing countries that celebrate Halloween.
Writing - Writing an Informative Piece
• ILM Online - Students carve a pumpkin with a fun interactive website.
• ILM Packet - They list steps on a planner and write a sequential paragraph.
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was last updated in October of 2018.