5th & 6th Activities & Links

Language Arts

These activities should take no more than 40-45 minutes and this time can be broken up throughout the day.

  • Activity One: St. Patrick’s Day Escape Room on ⅚ Google Classroom 
  • Activity Two: Interview a family member. Taking the time out to learn more about the people in your family might surprise you. Dig deep and think about their questions and their responses. Save these interviews so you can read them again.
  • Activity Three: Construct a family tree. Make this one wide-open and out of the box. Challenge yourself to create any kind of tree you want and include anyone who you consider to be family.
  • Activity Four: Write and mail a [real] letter to your teacher or principal or classroom pen pal. Address the envelope yourself. Learning to write a letter and address an envelope is important even in the age of email. The thrill of getting a letter in the mail cannot be overestimated. Address: 410 Schoenbar Rd # 202, Ketchikan, AK 99901
  • Activity five: Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days or share a story from their childhood. Just like #1, this is something that can really help you learn more about the people in your lives. Write down the song or story. 
  • Activity six:  Learn ten new big words. Write them in marker on your bathroom mirror. Don’t worry, markers come off mirrors easily. Meanwhile, yay for big words like: ubiquitous, flippant, and redundant.
  • Activity seven: Write a poem on your sidewalk using chalk. Writing poetry is freeing because there aren’t a lot of rules. Or you can establish a rule and see how different people think about it. For example, write a poem about snow without using the words white or cold.
  • Activity eight: Write down every adjective you say for one full day. Depending on how much you talk during the day, this might take a while.

Online Resources 

Online time should be limited and balanced with other activities.

Wit & Wisdom (Literacy resources)– The same literacy program we use at school, but tailored to our current at-home situation! 30 minute lessons that are free and require no downloading.

Math

These activities should take no more than 40-45 minutes and this time can be broken up throughout the day.

  • Activity One: Measure the area and perimeter of each room in your home. This is a math skill everyone needs to know how to do. Bonus points if you do the windows too so you’ll know what size curtains would work! Draw a layout of your home. 
  • Activity Two: Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows. Bird watching is fascinating for everyone. Once you’ve tracked your birds, make a graph to show how many of each kind were in your backyard during a certain period of time.
  • Activity Three: Logic Puzzles on Google Classroom 
  • Activity Four: Design and build puppets that perform a show about multiplication, fractions, ratios or anything we have learned this year. Thinking about things in new ways drives new learning. It’ll be fun to get puppets teaching about math, and nothing helps solidify understanding better than teaching someone else.
  • Activity Five: Measure the length of your bed using five different nonstandard units. My bed is 126 pieces of sea glass long, how long is yours?
  • Activity six: Improper Fraction War – Math with a Deck of Card – For this game, Aces are one, Jacks are 12, Queens are 14, and Kings are 15. Shuffle the deck and split the cards evenly. Players turn over the top 2 cards and make an improper fraction (big number on top). Each player converts that improper fraction to a mixed (or regular) number and the largest number wins. Winner keeps the cards and play continues. If there is a tie, the cards go in the middle to be taken by the winner of the next round. Extension add, subtract, multiply and divide the fractions made.
  • Activity seven: Fraction Battle – Math with a Deck of Cards -This game’s purpose is to compare fractions. Start by shuffling the cards. Leave the face cards and aces in. Aces = 11, Jacks = 12, (no 13’s for this) Queens = 14, Kings = 15. Split the deck(s) and each player turns over 2 cards that he/she will use to make a fraction. The smaller number is the numerator and the larger is the denominator. Compare fractions and the larger fraction wins and keeps the cards. If the fractions are equivalent, the cards are put in the middle and the winner of the next round takes those too. Extension add, subtract, multiply and divide the fractions made.
  • Activity eight: Plan a Balanced Meal for Two – Use receipts, store advertisements, or the internet to design a balanced meal  of protein, veggie, grains, carbohydrate, drink (water or dairy) for two. The total cost of the meal must be under $20. Extension – plan a meal that costs $10.

Online Resources

Online time should be limited and balanced with other activities.

Khan Academy 

IXL

Prodigy

Science

These activities should take no more than 40-45 minutes and this time can be broken up throughout the day.

  • Activity One:  You know that game where kids blindfold each other and then do taste tests with things like hot sauce and beet juice? This one is less messy, or likely to start sibling arguments.
  • Activity Two: Observe the moon each night, when possible. Then illustrate and record the phases in your quickwrite journal.
  • Activity Three: Wind Chime – Make a simple wind chime out of string and old silverware or other pieces of metal, wood, and rocks you can find. Illustrate and record your findings in your quickwrite journal.
  • Activity Four: Classify twenty everyday objects by shape, size, color, height, mass, and material. Learning how to classify and organize things is a skill that’s helpful for reading, math, science, and history. In other words–everything.
  • Activity five: Using paper, tape, and string, design, build, and test a device that warns you when someone opens the kitchen cabinet. Developing ideas that can be helpful for human beings is one of the best skills we can develop in kids.  If you want to dig a little deeper, learn about engineering design to help them plan and execute. https://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/workshop/process.html 
  • Activity six:  Magic Milk Science Activity – This is a creative and colorful way to see the science behind a simple activity. https://funlearningforkids.com/magic-milk-science-experiment-kids/ 
  • Activity seven: Leak Proof Bag – learn how to poke holes in a plastic bag filled with water without spilling a drop. https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/leak-proof-bag/?tab=video
  • Activity eight: Nature Bingo Print out or create your own nature bingo cards, then set off to explore! Materials Needed: Ruler, Paper, Pencil to create a bingo sheet and search in nature for items, crossing them off as you find them. Try to cross off an entire row, column or diagonal. Theme can include birds, bugs, pollinators, trees, various natural and seasonal elements.  Create your own Ketchikan themed bingo – seashore, ocean, rain forest.  
  • Activity nine: Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer. Record findings in your quickwrite journal.
  • Activity ten: Sit silently for 15 minutes while you write down every sound you hear. When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.). Work on paying attention to silence and making comparisons.
  • Activity eleven: Find, pick, and dissect a flower. Think and act like a scientist when you choose a flower and carefully take apart its parts. Not sure what every part is? Check out this site to learn more about dissecting a flower. https://www.greenkidcrafts.com/flower-dissecting-project/

Social Studies

These activities should take no more than 40-45 minutes and this time can be broken up throughout the day.

  • Activity One: Draw a map of your home and neighborhood. In addition to being an important part of understanding how maps work, this activity helps you define your world.
  • Bonus tip: choose a safe place near your home on the map to meet family members in an emergency.
  • Activity Two: Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people connected to you in any way. Understanding that people who seem very different may have a lot of similarities shifts our perspective and creates room for kindness and understanding.
  • Activity Three: Call a person who speaks a language you do not. Ask them to teach you five common words or phrases. If you can’t do this, change your tv shows to a different language and try to figure out what is happening.