Eight no-prep blended learning activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This March Independent Learning Module includes a 13-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids 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!
As a tribute to St. Patrick’s Day, this month's ILM features activities related to gold and rainbows.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved. The ILM is also part of the Independent Learning Module Bundle
, which includes all nine monthly ILMs at a discount price. Click here
to view all of them.
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 keep high third grade students, average to high fourth grade students, and all fifth grade students working independently.
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How Can I Use It?
• Online Fun for All - The March ILM provides fun, meaningful instruction and practice for your entire class. Use it all or pick and choose for specific subjects.
• I’m Done, Now What? - Let the independent learning module provide anchor activities for early finishers or enrichment activities 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.
This month’s ILM features heart-themed activities for eight subjects. Pick and choose or use them all!
Informational Text – The California Gold Rush
• ILM Online - Students read an article to learn how the gold rush began. Then they watch a video to learn about the largest migration in American history.
• ILM Packet - Students read the article to answer questions. They click on a link to discover three routes the forty-niners took to get to California.
Language – Common Proverbs
• ILM Online - Students ponder the meaning of “All that glitters is not gold.” They then read over a list of common proverbs and their meanings.
• ILM Packet - Kids select one proverb and draw a cartoon to show its figurative meaning.
Listening – Panning and Mining for Gold
• ILM Online - Two videos show how people find gold today. The first explains how to pan for gold; the second, how mining companies find and mine gold deep under the earth’s surface.
• ILM Packet - Students write paragraphs explaining how to pan for gold in a river and how present-day mining companies find and obtain gold.
Literature – Two Golden Tales by Aesop
• ILM Online - Students read two related fables by Aesop: “Pot of Gold” and “The Goose and the Golden Egg.”
• ILM Packet - They list elements of each story - characters, setting, plot, and theme - on a table. Then they compare and contrast with a Venn diagram. If you’d like, you can have them use the Pot of Gold stationery to write a compare/contrast essay.
Math – The Price of Gold
• ILM Online - Students watch two videos on line graphs. Then they use an interactive graph to explore the price of gold. Tabs on the page let them view line graphs for the price of gold over the past month, three months, six months, one year, three years, and five years.
• ILM Packet - Students find and record the highest and lowest prices of gold over the past month, three months, six months, one year, three years, and five years. Then they answer questions using the graphs.
Science – Light and Rainbows
• ILM Online - After reading an article about light, students watch a video that explains how rainbows form. They can also watch a time-lapse video of a rainbow forming.
• ILM Packet - Students answer questions and draw a diagram of what happens inside a raindrop to create a rainbow.
Social Studies – Gold Through the Ages
• ILM Online - An interactive timeline tells the history of gold from 4600 BC to 2011 AD.
• ILM Packet - Students match events in ancient history with their dates then locate them on a map of the world.
Writing – The Leprechaun and His Pot of Gold
• ILM Online - Kids watch a video on persuasive techniques: ethos, logos, and pathos. They then consider how to write an essay to persuade the leprechaun to give them a pot of gold.
• ILM Packet - An organizer helps students plan their persuasive essays. Two pieces of themed stationery are available for writing.
What Standards Are Covered?
• Informational Text - reading closely to answer questions
• Language - understanding common proverbs
• Listening - summarizing audio-visual information
• Literature - comparing and contrasting two fables
• Math - reading a line graph
• Science - understanding how refraction and reflection create rainbows
• Social Studies - exploring the history of gold with an interactive timeline
• Writing - writing a persuasive essay
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