Overview of Grades 3 to 6 Continuous Academics
On March 23rd, our teachers rose to the challenge of continuous learning quickly and efficiently! Both homeroom and specialist classes are offered in creative, interactive online formats for our students. To accommodate the difficulties of delivering curriculum online, the school year is extended to June 30th.
Grade 3 to 6 students and parents have enjoyed printed-out packages, a regular Monday-to-Friday schedule with flexibility, live (synchronous) lessons, face-to-face interaction between classmates and teachers on Zoom, pre-recorded video (asynchronous) lessons weekly to allow flexibility, tools shared daily on Seesaw including schedules, lessons, audio instructions, links, tasks, RAZ Kids assignments and teacher feedback, and finally, pencil-paper activities and supplies to continue development of fine motor skills.
During our continuous learning, curriculum has increased focus on numeracy and literacy:
The DRA assessments for Term 3 are being modified to be conducted in an online format, Term 3 OWAs will be replaced with a compilation of writing in a class anthology, novel studies are progressing as a read-aloud, group readings or individual readings with follow-up discussions and tasks and Grade 3 to 4 students complete RAZ reading assignments.
Lessons are being taught online at a slower pace to ensure conceptual understanding, which also allows for additional practice time. Assessments are conducted in various age-appropriate formats.
Additionally, Term 3 Units of Inquiry are continuing with modified lessons suited to an online platform, lessons with specialist teachers continue with weekly live and offline lesson options and our librarian is visiting classes for read-alouds and workshops as needed!
Grades 3 to 6 Expectations
Teachers use school workbooks and Seesaw to share daily announcements and activities (posted by 9:00 am each day), where they also share important dates, schedules and information with parents and students and provide timely feedback. Teachers also use Zoom calls for live lessons that strengthen understanding and update the school curriculum calendars. They are readily available for support via phone calls and one-on-one student support, reply to parents concerns and CC Lead Teachers within 24-hours, offer schedule flexibility to students and families and check in with families of absent students to ensure their wellbeing.
Teachers use Maplewood for attendance, keep anecdotal notes for participation and work completed, administer the Term 3 DRA and OWA, use diverse, fun resources such as Epic, Raz-Kids, Quizizz, Prodigy, YouTube/Khan Academy videos and more.
Grade 3 to 6 students are expected to attend Zoom sessions, find an appropriate workplace at home to complete work assigned on Seesaw to the best of their ability with academic honesty, check Seesaw for updates, participate in class discussions, follow and comply with SJA Code of Conduct and Online Consent and partake in exciting school events such as daily challenges and after school activities.
For parents of students in Grades 3 to 6, our Continuous Learning Plan expects parents to ensure the student is signed up on resources like RAZ Kids, Epic and Prodigy and to contact appropriate teachers to give or receive additional feedback or ask any questions and address concerns. When able, parents should assist the student with Zoom, Seesaw and Abby, provide a comfortable, conducive workspace and device for learning, practice a daily schedule, encourage their child’s participation in class and extracurriculars and remind them to take healthy breaks! In addition, we hope that parents will capture this exceptional continuous learning experience in photos and videos of their child completing daily work and challenges and participating in extracurricular activities!