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6th Grade Online Curriculum Resources During COVID-19 Shutdown

While nothing can replace face-to-face interaction with an educator, access to instructional materials is essential during an extended closure.
 
Beginning the week of April 6, 2020, RCS will offer optional assignments and activities to keep students engaged throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. New assignments will be added for each week of the shutdown. Teachers in all content areas will be sharing resources via their websites and will provide feedback on submitted assignments, although a grade will not be given.
 
Printed packets can also be made available, as needed. Curbside packet pickup will be held on Monday's from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
 
 
6th Grade Resources for the Week of May 11th 
 
 
 
**Students can also check the websites of their individual teachers for learning resources and are encouraged to submit any completed work to their teacher for feedback. 
 
 
 
 
 
**Students can also check the websites of their individual teachers for learning resources and are encouraged to submit any completed work to their teacher for feedback. 
 
 
 
**Students can also check the websites of their individual teachers for learning resources and are encouraged to submit any completed work to their teacher for feedback. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
**Students can also check the websites of their individual teachers to view supplemental learning resources that go along with the Weekly RCS resources listed above. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
**Students can also check the websites of their individual teachers to view supplemental learning resources that go along with the Weekly RCS resources listed above. 
 
 
 
 
 
**Students can also check the websites of their individual teachers to view supplemental learning resources that go along with the Weekly RCS resources listed above. 
 
 

Use the District Clever portal https://clever.com/in/rcschools to access the following textbooks:

  • Math iReady App through Clever 
  • Science Pearson Realize App through Clever 
  • Social Studies Grades 6-7 McGraw Hill Thrivist App through Clever
 
ELA no online textbook 
 
Student log-in credentials for the Clever Portal are the same as the student's computer log-in information:
Tennessee is also partnering with PBS television to offer daily programming with teachers providing lessons (MORE INFO
Two local Internet Service Providers are offering free high speed internet service for two months (MORE INFO).

Middle School Resources (Grades 6-8)

Student Access to District Apps:   https://clever.com/in/rcschools
 

Subject

Resource

Description

All 

CK-12 

Great resources for learning about 4 cores subjects with video-based lessons. 

All 

BrainPOP 

Short videos w/ activities on wide-range of topics, but offering free for distance learning 

All

Engage NY 

CCSS lessons for ELA and Math grades k-12 

ELA

ActivelyLearn

Texts and videos on a variety of topics and content areas with embedded questions and writing opportunities.

ELA

CommonLit

Paired text sets with standard aligned practice questions and writing prompts.

ELA 

Scholastic Learn at Home 

Lessons by grade level to help students read think and grow 

ELA 

Squiggle Park 

Reading skills and comprehension K-8 

ELA 

Storyline Online 

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations 

ELA 

NewsELA 

Offers articles on various subjects, can adjust articles to students' reading levels. Good to use with Science, Social Studies and the Arts. ($) but offering free for distance learning 

Math 

Khan Academy 

K-12 interactive lessons for learning all math concepts

Math 

Prodigy 

Create a free account and play interactive math games K-8 

Math

Math Games 

Offers digital practice of CCSS standards grades pk-8, as well as printable worksheets 

Math

Middle School Statistics

Online lesson plans for students to learn about statistics 

Math 

Algebra 1 Lessons

Algebra 1 lessons that can be used for e-learning 

Math 

 

Open Middle Math 

 

Thought Provoking Problems 

 

Science 

PhET 

Free online simulations for science and math. 

Science 

The Kid Should See This 

A collection of kid-friendly videos that are a smarter and more meaningful way to learn science 

Science 

Science Snacks 

Fresh, exciting science activities based in amazing phenomena 

Science 

The Concord Consortium 

FREE interactive STEM/science activities 

Science

Study Jams

A place to learn, review and practice science and math topics with videos, slideshows and songs

Social Studies 

History for Kids 

Great resources for students to explore the world! 

Social Studies 

National Geographic Kids 

Mix of science and social studies great games and activities to learn about the world. 

Social Studies 

Geography Now 

Learn about countries around the world through entertaining and informative videos 

Social Studies 

TN History for Kids 

Information about Tennessee History 

 
 

Acknowledgement and Introduction

This document is intended as a resource in coordination with “RCS Learning Plan (Covid-19)” to support students with learning differences during school closure due to Covid-19. We urge school teams and families to focus first on the health, safety, and well-being of students. We encourage flexibility and collaboration while schools remain closed. Rutherford County Schools is deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities for all students. We appreciate the collective effort of students, families, teachers, and support staff as we rise to the challenge of supporting our students and families during school closure.

 

General Accommodations for Students with Learning Differences

Accommodation

Definition

Example (s)

Allow movement/breaks 

Allow student to have frequent movement breaks to help with attention/focus 

Timer 

 

Brain Breaks, such as https://www.gonoodle.com/ 

 

First/then statements (e.g., “first complete [insert task], then you may [insert reward]”) 

Calculator 

A small electronic device used to make mathematical calculations using a keyboard and visual display.  

Calculator on phone, computer, tablet, or handheld calculator 

Check for Understanding 

A periodic check of student understanding 

Checking student’s work to ensure he/she is understanding the material or asking if the student has any questions about the content 

Chunking/Segmenting Assignment 

Break assignments into smaller sections 

Have students complete 5 problems at a time instead of the entire assignment at one time. 

Grid or Lined Paper 

Paper with built in spacing to help organize and solve math problems such as long division, decimals, and fractions. 

Grid paper 

Highlight Key Words/ Points 

Highlight or underline keywords/points within the text to maximize understanding  

 

Highlight clue words indicating the task the directions are asking them to do.

Math -highlight key words that indicate the needed operation(s).   

 

Reading -highlight clue words for the task the questions are asking them to do. 

 

Math Manipulatives 

Any small objects used to help student solve math problems 

Cereal, Coins, Blocks, Crayons,

Skittles 

Quiet Location 

To ensure focus, ensure the student has a quiet location to work. 

Student works away from environmental distractions such as TV, siblings, center of the home 

Redirection 

Prompting to refocus attention to the current task.  

“You’ve been doing a great job, let’s keep working” 

Repetition/Rephrasing 

Rephrase/Reword the question or directions in a way that students can understand 

 

Repeat the directions or questions as needed for task completion 

Simplify or re-explain the directions by Using language at the level of a child’s understanding.  

 

Take unnecessary words out of questions or directions to simplify 

Rewards and Reinforcers 

Provide a reward to reinforce good choices upon completion of tasks or a specified number of tasks. 

Student chooses their favorite activity,  

Stickers, Star on paper, Positive reinforcement (nice work) 

Scribe 

A person will write a student’s answer as they dictate it, word-for-word. 

If your child states “the boy runned at the park” you will write the answer exactly as they stated it. *Do not correct grammar* 

Speech to Text 

Students can talk while the software will type what they say. Remember to say punctuation marks ex. “period” 

Google Voice Typing 

Text to Speech 

Software will read the text on the screen 

Human Reader 

 

Google Read & Write(extension) 

Visual Aids 

Visuals such as pictures, charts, or drawings that help students complete a task. 

Multiplication Chart 

100s Chart 

Graphic Organizers 

Task Strips 

Checklist 

 

Word Processor 

Any technology that can be used to type a response 

Google Docs 

 

Microsoft Word 

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs 

 

 

 

General Academic Resources

 

Content

Site

Link

For grades K-12: Lessons in Early literacy, Language, Reading, Social Studies, and Science.  Students take a placement test that provides a personalized lesson pathway to meet each student's individual needs. Students can log in by going to the RCS district clever portal and selecting the Moby Max tile. 

Moby Max

https://www.mobymax.com/signin

 

 

PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials 

 

PBS Learning Media

https://tn.pbslearningmedia.org/

 

 

Preschool through 8th grade Home schooling E-Courses

A Better Way to Homeschool 

https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/homeschooling-classes

Educational games for grades PreK through 6 that will keep kids engaged and having fun. Topics include math, reading, typing, just-for-fun logic games   

 

ABCya!

 https://www.abcya.com/

 

 
 
Adapted/Modified Curriculum/Life Skills
 
Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. These resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. We have included several example sites and direct links.

 

Accommodation

Definition

Site(s)

Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8

 

Adaptive Curriculum:

https://www.adaptivecurriculum.com/us/

Adaptive curriculum in Science

 

Scootpad:

https://www.scootpad.com/index

Activity Schedule

An activity schedule is a visual representation or sequence of pictures or words that represent each step during an activity. For example, an activity schedule might list the specific steps involved in brushing teeth, getting dressed, or playing with play dough. 

 

https://www.template.net/business/schedule-templates/activity-schedule-template/

 

https://www.printablesample.com/kids-activity-schedule-templates.html

 

 

 

File Folder Games 

 

Includes free templates to file folder games

https://filefolderfun.com/

 

Have Fun Teaching  

 

Worksheets, coloring pages, flash cards, activities, videos, songs and more tools that teach every standard. 

 

https://www.havefunteaching.com/

 

 

Academic Resources: Reading

  

Free Touch Math Samples: https://www.touchmath.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=freestuff.welcome

 

Click on appropriate grade level 

 

 

Touch Math: 

 

Videos are available on Youtube.com showing how to do touch math.

 

 

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/

 

Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. 

 

 

Quick Math:  https://quickmath.com/#c=simplify_algstepssimplify&v217=8855%2F45

 

Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly (2nd grade through college) 

 

 

Imagine Math:  https://math.imaginelearning.com/users/sign_in/

 

High School Math Intervention  

Students should use the log in information provided by his/her teacher  

 

 

Freckle (Free):   https://www.freckle.com/

 

 

Reflex Math:  https://www.reflexmath.com/

 

 

iReady:  https://login.i-ready.com/

 

Students log in through Clever account 

 

There is also an app available i-Ready for Students

 

 

 

Academic Resources: Writing

 

No Red Ink:  https://www.noredink.com/

 

Online curriculum that builds better writers.   

 

 

Paragraph Punch:  https://paragraphpunch.com/

 

Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial   

 

 

ReadWriteThink:   http://www.readwritethink.org/

 

 

StoryBird:  https://storybird.com/

 

 

*** Fine Motor Handwriting See Below***

 

 

 

Resources: Autism

 

School Closure Autism Kit:

 

https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/how-handle-school-closures-and-services-your-child-autism

 

 

 

Autism Toolkit: 

 

https://qrcgcustomers.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/account4876975/6576200_1.pdf?0.9405035283981562

 

Educate Autism:   http://www.educateautism.com/

 

Educate Autism is a website dedicated to helping those working with children with autism by providing free teaching materials, various tutorials to help you make your own teaching aidsand articles to provide information about teaching methods and behavioral principles. 

 

 

Autism Classroom:   http://autismclassroom.com/

 

AutismClassroom.com is an online resource for parents, educators and administrators about setting up classrooms, setting up home and teaching children with autism. AutismClassroom.com provides free teaching materials, information on free and low-cost trainings and mobile apps. 

 

 
 
Resources: Behavior

 

University of South Florida Family Engagement Page:

 

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Implementation/family.html

 

Contains resources across a variety of languages on teaching social/emotional skills, addressing problem behavior (found under “backpack connection”), family connection (teaching play skills), social stories, and general resources.  (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

 

 

Autism Speaks:   https://www.autismspeaks.org/tool-kit/challenging-behaviors-tool-kit

 

“Challenging Behaviors Toolkit” contains videos for parents to watch. 

 

 

Child Mind Institute - Guide to problem behavior https://childmind.org/guide/parents-guide-to-problem-behavior/

 

Contains information on providing reinforcement for appropriate behaviors, setting boundaries/not delivering rewards for inappropriate behaviors, how to deliver instructions, and helping deal with emotions  

 

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

 

Videos are available on Youtube.com that promote yoga, movement/body awareness, mindfulness and relaxation designed for kids ages 3+ 

 
 
Resources: Fine Motor/Handwriting
 

Handwriting Heroes: (Visit your App Store)

 

Our playful heroes teach students how to form their letters through captivating stories, hilarious animations, and catchy songs. The format is simple, and the pace is fast! 

 

 

The OT Tool Box:   https://www.theottoolbox.com/

 

At home OT, PT, and Speech Therapy resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play 

 

 

Learning Without Tears:   https://www.lwtears.com/

 

Includes the Handwriting without tears program which teach students letter formation through developmentally appropriate, multisensory strategies and child friendly lessons and activities. Right now, families/parents can access the pre-K interactive teaching tool and/or handwriting interactive teaching tool for 90 days at no cost. Families can also access keyboarding without tears for free by contacting their customer service. 

 

 

Therapy street for kids :    http://therapystreetforkids.com/

 

Offers resources for parents who are looking for occupational therapy activities that can be done at home and with household materials. Skill areas include fine motor, visual motor, crossing midline, self help skills, sensory processing and handwriting.   

 

OT Learning Mom Activities:     https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/handwriting-for-kids.html

 

Includes simple learning activities that would help kids develop the skills they need for formal schooling 

 

 

OT Plan:    https://otplan.com/

 

Search engine that helps you find occupational therapy activity ideas by skill and by using common household materials  

 

 
 
Resources: Social/Emotional
 

Emotional Well-Being:   https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Emotional-Well-Being

 

Offers a variety of resources for nearly every aspect of emotional well-being 

 

Feelings Chart:

 

Print or pull up one of the linked feelings charts. Have your child point to or talk about how s/he is feeling every morning. You can model this by talking about how you are feeling and why. Feel free to use these charts throughout the day as feelings change for you and/or your child. You can also make your own feelings chart with pictures of your child’s feelings.    

Chart 1  Chart 2  Chart 3 Chart 4 

 

Tantrums, Tears, and Tempers Behavior:  

https://www.pacer.org/ec/early-development/behavior-is-communication.asp

 

Communication and strategies to help.  

 

Social Emotional Learning Activities Free resources:

https://www.centervention.com/social-emotional-learning-activities/

 

Lessons, activities, and printables – in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation 

 
 
Resources: Speech/Language
 

School-Home Reading Kits:    www.ed.gov/pubs/CompactforReading/tablek.html 

 

Kindergarten level, including recognizing letters, understanding words consist of a sequence of sounds, rhyming, building vocabulary, following directions, and more. 

 

Mommy Speech Therapy:    http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55

 

Words in various speech position, great for articulation, worksheet for speech sounds 

 

Vocabulary builder 

 

Learn idioms 

 

Home Speech Home:   https://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-word-lists.html

 

Speech therapy word list 

 
 
Resources: Hearing
 
 

American Sign Language:   https://www.lifeprint.com/

 

Kids stories in ASL as well as other news and information in ASL 

 

Signed E-Books and Resourses:

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rgAG1vqyU1RAlOZOXSvdyPk0Y4gPN51jOFTqLKN00hw/mobilebasic

 

 

ASL STEM Forum:   https://aslstem.cs.washington.edu/

 

 

 

Resources: Vision

 

Subject 

 

Website 

Information 

General 

Bookshare 

www.Bookshare.org  

An accessible online library for those who qualify. 

General 

Zoomtext 

www.freedomscientific.com  

Offering Free access for home computers until June 30, 2020.   

JAWS-Screen reader 

Zoom Text-magnifier/reader 

General 

Hadley School for the Blind 

https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos/ 

 

 

Instructional videos and tips on using vision accessibility features across tech tools and applications 

ELA 

YouTube 

Story Time 

https://www.youtube.com/user/Storylineonline/videos 

Stories read aloud by Authors & Famous people 

General 

Paths to Literacy Homework Hotline 

https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/national-homework-hotline-blindvisually-impaired-students-nhh-bvi 

or 

https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/virtual-learning-academy  

Homework help for blind and visually impaired students. 

 

This is an opportunity for students to participate in fun, daily activities, each day covering a different area of the Expanded Core Curriculum. 

 

 

USING ACCESSIBILTY FEATURES in WINDOWS 

In the search panel type in accessibility 

 

 Accessibility instructions

 

  • Adjust font size under “Make text bigger” 
  • Adjust Screen Brightness under “Make everything brighter” 
  • Changing background color 
  • Adjust Cursor Size – on the left side under “Curser and Pointer” 

 

Tips 

  • Use a line marker to keep your place when reading-this can be an index card or ruler that you move down the page 
  • Use wide tip marker to outline activities student is struggling to see 
  • Use of highlighter to get student to focus on specific task 

 

 

 
Extension Resources
 

 

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth: A CTY Reading List: Good Books for Bright Kids

 

https://cty.jhu.edu/resources/cty-reading-list.html

 

 

Tennessee R.E.A.D.S: Reginal eBook & Audiobook Download System

 

https://reads.overdrive.com/

 

 

College Board:  Big Future supports your college search and career exploration.

 

College Board's Big Future College Search

 

 

Khan Academy: educational lessons in a variety of subjects including AP

 

http://www.khanacademy.org/