Grades 4-6

It will be important to stay connected with students and their families. Speak to your division about what may already be available, and check out the Teaching Remotely page for things to think about.

We have compiled a list of resources in Literacy: (click to expand)

  • FATTY LEGS Intro and Chapter 1 This is a reading of Chapter 1 of Fatty Legs by author, Christy Jordan-Fenton. In the description of the video, there are links to the next chapters, as well as links to a teacher’s guide and activities to supplement. There is also links to other books. FATTY LEGS Intro and Chapter 1
  • Scholastic: Learn at Home: Grades 6-9 has online articles (many with embedded videos) with accompanying student activities and teacher resources, arranged by day and week for the period of time that schools are closed. Teachers can adjust the reading level of articles. A text-to-speech function is available when articles are read online. Students can click on key vocabulary (bold font) for a student-friendly definition. Articles can be downloaded and printed. Articles are aligned with US standards and there is some American content. However, most articles and content can be used in our Saskatchewan context. Scholastic: Learn at Home: Grades 6-9
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 3-5 has online articles (many with embedded videos) with accompanying student activities and teacher resources, arranged by day and week for the period of time that schools are closed. Teachers can adjust the reading level of articles. A text-to-speech function is available when articles are read online. Students can click on key vocabulary (bold font) for a student-friendly definition. Articles can be downloaded and printed. Articles are aligned with US standards and there is some American content. However, most articles and content can be used in our Saskatchewan context. Scholastic Learn at Home: Grades 3-5 
  • Je lis, je lis, littératie! (French) is offering French Immersion teachers free access to its online levelled reading program until June 30th, 2020.  This program was designed especially for Canadian French immersion students. Je lis! Online can also function as a class communication tool as teachers can add daily announcements, reminders of reading strategies, and suggestions for word work or other activities. Teachers will have to sign up for an account.  Je lis, je lis, littératie! 
  • Online Kids’ Cree Dictionary is a web based interactive First Nations language portal with Cree dictionary and curriculum-based resources to further the development for Cree language in Canada. The Cree Language Resource Project (CLRP) dictionary will have the ability to translate words from English to Cree in Syllabics and Roman Orthography (Cree written in English). The translated word will be associated with a picture, sound and a video clip. The goal of the project is to promote the learning and preservation of the Cree language. The online dictionary will have the ability to accommodate different regional Cree dialects. Following the ‘Links’ menu, teachers have access to learning activities that allow students to explore thematic content. This resource is still in development. Some links may not be fully functional.      Online Kids’ Cree Dictionary
  • Publisher’s Lunch is a listing of permissions and processes for posting live and recorded read-aloud videos and sound files. So far, official permission and guidelines have been issued by several publishing houses. This is informational for educators, not a resource per say, but impacts choices in terms of copyrighted materials and sharing online.  Publisher’s Lunch
  • Epic Books is an online collection of over 40 000 titles of award-winning fiction, non-fiction, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), biographies, graphic novels, DIY (Do It Yourself) and more. Sign up as an educator and the account is free. Epic Books can be used by teachers and students for read-alouds, shared reading, and independent reading time. Read-to-me and audiobook functions allow for the listening portion of a balanced literacy program. Teachers can use these books as part of interactive small group instruction for specific skills or strategies. They can also assign certain books and tasks for practice to individuals or groups. You must set up the free account and add students to your classroom in order to get a class code to provide to families. Then when students have that code, they can log in from home with free access. This quick start information is helpful.   Epic Books
  • Radio-Canada : Livres audio (French) has a wide selection of audiobooks from children’s books to novels. Longer novels are divided into sections, which can be used as a foundation for a novel study. There is a selection of French audio books at various levels, but there are no visuals to support younger students. Radio-Canada : Livres audio
  • Pobble365 helps to keep students writing.  Every day, Pobble365 provides a weird, wonderful, and/or thought provoking image to spark ideas for discussions and writing. It is free and along with a different idea-inspiring image every day, Pobble365 provides a story starter, discussion questions, as well as sentence challenges and “sick sentences” to build language skills. If students don’t have online access, images and writing supports can be printed and photocopied.   Pobble365
  • Storybird is a Toronto-based “visual storytelling” platform that allows students to read, write, and share their own picture books in a moderated environment. Students can illustrate their stories with artwork by professional artists and read stories written by other students. They can sign up for a free seven-day trial; subscriptions are $4.99 for a two-month period right now.  Storybird

We have complied a list of resources in Numeracy: (click to expand)

  • The Math Learning Centre has a wide variety of high quality math apps and virtual manipulatives to support student sense making at home. All apps have web, android or apple options. Students will need dedicated learning time on how to use the app before it can support their mathematical thinking. The Math Learning Centre 
  • Math en direct offers math games and exercises that align with all four math strands. Directions for students are read aloud. Printable practice and assessment pages are also included. There is a glossary and guides for teachers and parents with suggestions for further activities. Note that this resource requires Flash Player (so might be better with Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. Teachers must log in as students, then select a specific outcome before they have access to the guide. Math en direct 
  • Desmos is a powerful learning tool where teachers can use or modify pre-made mathematics lessons, or create their own. Lessons are suitable for both synchronous and asynchronous learning and allow teachers to provide written feedback to students. The Desmos team is providing rich supports for teachers during school closures, including webinars and additional features. Desmos can be as simple or complex as teachers want. Desmos activities are best suited for tablets or laptops, and many activities have been translated into French. and
  • Open Middle is a website and book with a collection of open problems for students to explore and extend their mathematical understandings. The flexible nature of these problems allows for enrichment of understanding. Students or families can investigate and play without additional instructions.  French resources are also available. Open Middle
  • Counting Collections is an important mathematical routine that students or families can do with very little guidance at home. Teachers could make kits with available resources for use at home, or send suggestions for commonly found objects that families could use for counting practice at home.  Counting Collections
  • Numeracy Tasks are designed to have students interact with mathematics in a way that is meaningful to them and that strengthens their understanding of mathematics and numbers in the world. These would benefit students by giving them opportunities to share and discuss their thinking in small groups afterwards. Numeracy Tasks

  • Illustrative Mathematics is posting a daily picture accompanied with mathematical prompts for various grade levels/topics. Families or teachers are able to choose how they wish to engage with the photo, and where their learning takes them. There are many opportunities for cross-curricular engagement and for students to launch inquiry projects.  Illustrative Mathematics

The following section will include subjects that are not literacy or numeracy exclusively, but will be useful resources for other subject areas and for integrating subjects. Other: (click to expand)

  • Media Smarts offers information and resources for families and educators about determining accurate information online, managing tech time, explaining news and media coverage to kids, and online games and media literacy lessons to learn about digital literacy topics like online privacy and verifying online resources.  It provides SK curricular connections to media and digital literacy as well as links to supporting resources and lessons for these connections and is available in English and French.  Media Smarts
  • Choose Your Voice tackles the issue of exclusion head on and encourages students to uncover some of the historical and present-day narratives of groups who have faced discrimination in Canada. Students will hear first-hand accounts of intolerance in the Jewish, African-Canadian, First Nations, Chinese and Asian communities. Through the videos and learning activities in the four units within this series, students will explore prejudice, stereotypes, and historical and current oppression through the first-hand accounts of people from different communities who have faced oppression, genocide, antisemitism, and discrimination. It encourages students to stand up and speak out against bullying and hatred, rather than be bystanders or perpetrators. It is also provided by FAST (Fighting Antisemitism Together), a nongovernmental organization dedicated to addressing intolerance, prejudice and discrimination. Choose Your Voice was Winner of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence 2010. It offers: free online social justice teaching resources; available in English and French; Each unit features an introductory 5-minute video, video discussion guide, lesson plan and accompanying fact sheets and graphic organizers, as well as a four-point rubric; Saskatchewan curriculum connections to ELA, Social Studies, and Arts Education are also provided. Teachers need to register to access the videos and materials, but registration is free.  Choose Your Voice
  • PBL: Projects for Remote Learning is an online cache of resources for project-based learning. Offers many hands-on activities K-12. Exploring this website may offer ideas to encourage student-driven learning and offline opportunities for learning. For students with no Internet access, teachers could communicate by phone or by letter to monitor and encourage student inquiry-based projects. Students may need adult support in the home to find materials. Teachers will need to be monitoring and supporting student progress.  PBL: Projects for Remote Learning
  • TeachEngineering is an online STEM resource for teachers to provide students with hands-on STEM activities K-12. It is a great source of hands-on activities for students.  TeachEngineering
  • iNaturalist is an identification key for plants, protist, fungi and animal species. It has online features as well as an app for Apple or Android, and is a joint initiative between California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.  iNaturalist
  • WE Schools @ Home Teachers can sign up for weekly lesson packages that include interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency, The website also provides issue-based discussion cards to support students in exploring local and global social issues. Each card has corresponding online resources where students can find more context, perspectives and statistics. A sign-up required to receive the free weekly lesson packages.  WE Schools @ Home
  • PhET has math and Science simulations to support hands-on support of math and science concepts. PhET
  • BioAlive has science videos and interactives for middle years to high school.  Many other supports (tutorials, science vocabulary, etc.) are available in this online resource. It is free and does not require a login. Teachers may want link specific videos/interactives that they want students to use, as there is a lot in this resource and it may be overwhelming for students.  BioAlive
  • EMSB Virtual Library (English) or CSEM Bibliotèque virtuelle (French) is a compendium of bilingual Canadian resources that support learning across all subjects and grade levels. There is a large selection of nonfiction texts and videos to support curriculum.  EMSB Virtual Library or CSEM Bibliotèque virtuelle
  • Idello (French Resource) is developed in Ontario. It offers multiple resources with teacher guides in different subjects and has a great search engine to help locate activities. Sign up for a free account is required to access resources.  Idello
  • North American Association for Outdoor Education offers a rich bank of resources to get students to interact with nature through art and science exploration.  There are many cross-curricular activities that can be done in students’ backyards. Some resources include printable material, while others have links to videos and detailed activity guides.  While this resource is North American, rather than specific to Canada or Saskatchewan, many of the activities align with Saskatchewan Curriculum.  North American Association for Outdoor Education 
  • Let’s Talk Science has a variety of ready-to-use hands-on activities to support science investigations at home. Let’s Talk Science is a Canadian company that aligns all of their resources to Saskatchewan curricula. It is a completely free resource (no sign-up) that teachers can use for technology supported or non-technology supported families. It has really great hands-on activities to do at home with household items. Let’s Talk Science
  • Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants brings science, exploration, adventure, and conservation to students through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe. You can access the virtual lessons at the website or through their YouTube channel. All past live streams are available and access is free.
  • Enroute Air Canada – Take Your Kids on a Virtual Field Trip Curate your own exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario; swim with African penguins at the San Diego Zoo; travel back in time at the Louvre; visit the Canadian Museum of History; blast into outer space with NASA.  Applicable for supplemental learning.  Enroute Air Canada
  • newsela provides high-interest, printable news articles from a wide range of subject areas. Teachers can adjust the reading level of news articles to meet the needs of students. Within each article, power words are identified. Students can click on these and see the definition in student-friendly language. Newsela also provides writing prompts and questions about the articles. You can sign up for free access to the end of the 2019-20 school year. Although the site is American, there are lots of applicable news stories that align with Saskatchewan curricula and context. newsela
  • The Canadian Homeschooler – 5 Canadian Virtual Field Trips for Fun and Learning Invite your students to go on the following virtual field trips: Parliament Buildings in Ottawa; Iqaluit, Nunavut – The Canadian Arctic; Farm Tours (15 different types of farms); Canadian Museum of History; Royal Turrell Museum. The virtual field trips are all set in Canada and contain applicable supplemental learning.  The Canadian Homeschooler