This bundle of nine Independent Learning Modules provides eight no-prep activities per month. Third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade students engage in meaningful online learning experiences on their devices (computer, Chromebook, iPad, etc.) and respond in their packets. It’s a teacher’s (or parent’s) dream come true!
What Is an ILM?
Each Independent Learning Module (ILM) merges digital content with engaging activities. The specially designed websites house texts, presentations, and motivational learning links. They were designed to keep high third grade students, most fourth grade students, and all fifth grade students working independently.
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How Can I Use It?
• Online Fun for All - Each 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 present them 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.
Teachers love these! Read what they’ve had to say:
• To any potential customers, please know that these ILMs are just as perfect as can be for students. They cover a great deal of content in a rigorous way and are highly engaging for the students. I cannot recommend them enough. My students could hardly wait until they got this assignment each month. They actually cheered! As their teacher, I did too!
• I have been using them as an early finisher project for students who finish their writing and reading projects first, but they all love them so much that I have students begging to stay in at recess, at lunch, and at other “self selected” times.
• Added the link to my Google Classroom as an assignment, printed the packet, and we were rockin and rollin!
Monthly activities are listed below. Click on the title to see the monthly ILM in more detail.
Activities relate to fall foliage and trees.
• Informational Text – Exploring Cause and Effect in Text
• Language – Analyzing Figurative Language
• Listening – Examining Claims and Evidence
• Literature – Investigating Imagery
• Math – Using Factor Trees
• Science – Using Chromatography to Separate Pigments in Leaves
• Social Studies – Mapping Changes in Fall Foliage
• Writing – Personifying a Tree
Activities relate to Halloween.
• Informational Text - Answering Questions
• Language - Writing Dialogue
• Listening - Gathering Information from a Speech
• Literature - Making Inferences from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
• Math - Practicing Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
• Science - Exploring Physical and Chemical Changes
• Social Studies - Creating a Fall Foliage Map
• Writing - Writing an Informational Piece
Activities relate to Veterans Day, Pizza Day, and Thanksgiving.
• Informational Text - Reading a Turkey Diagram
• Language - Capitalizing Relatives’ Names
• Listening – Taking Notes on How to Make Pizza Video
• Literature – Reading and Responding to “Two Thanksgiving Gentlemen”
• Math – Evaluating Thanksgiving Dinner Nutrition Facts and Logic Puzzles
• Science – Exploring Engineering and Design
• Social Studies – Sequencing the History of Veteran’s Day
• Writing – Persuasive Writing About the National Anthem
Activities relate to December events and holidays.
• Informational Text – Learning About the December Solstice
• Language - Capitalizing Titles
• Listening – Drawing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
• Literature – Analyzing “Twas the Night Before Christmas"
• Math – Determining Perimeter and Area in Santa’s Workshop
• Science – Exploring Electrical Circuits
• Social Studies – Learning How Kids Can Make a Difference
• Writing – Persuading Santa to Hire You
Activities relate to snow.
• Informational Text – Discriminating Between Primary and Secondary Sources
• Language – Exploring Commonly Confused Words
• Listening – Learning About Snowboarding
• Literature – Comparing Personification of Jack Frost in Video and Poetry
• Math – Finding Symmetry
• Science – Exploring the Formation of Snow
• Social Studies – Learning How People Use Snow
• Writing – Designing a Snow Fort
Activities relate to the heart and Valentine’s Day.
• Informational Text – Keeping Your Heart Healthy
• Language – Learning About Coordinating Conjunctions
• Listening – Exploring How the Heart Functions
• Literature – Making Inferences from Drawings of the Queen of Hearts
• Math – Analyzing Candy Heart Fractions
• Science – Writing About the Sequence of a Heart Attack
• Social Studies – Discovering Economics Related to Candy Hearts
• Writing – Writing a Shape Poem
Activities relate to leprechauns and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
• Informational Text – Reading About the Gold Rush
• Language – Understanding Common Proverbs
• Listening – Learning About Panning and Mining for Gold
• Literature – Exploring Two Golden Tales by Aesop
• Math – Calculating the Price of Gold
• Science – Exploring Light and Rainbows
• Social Studies – Following Gold Through the Ages
• Writing – Using Ethos, Logos, or Pathos to Convince the Leprechaun
Activities relate to kites and the windy weather of April.
• Informational Text – Exploring the Water Cycle
• Language – Using Precise Language
• Listening – Learning to Build a Tetrahedral Kite
• Literature – Comparing Two Poems About Wind
• Math – Analyzing Weather Data
• Science – Considering Why the Wind Blows
• Social Studies – Taking a Look at Kite Festivals Around the World
• Writing – Writing a Story About Flying Kites
Activities relate to plants and growing things.
• Informational Text – Exploring Pollination
• Language – Ordering Adjectives
• Listening – Learning About Seed Dispersal
• Literature – Analyzing Classic Literature from Hans Christian Andersen
• Math – Planning a Garden
• Science – Taking Notes on Photosynthesis
• Social Studies – Exploring Causes and Effects of Deforestation
• Writing – Writing About Germination