Enrichment Activities during the school closures:
First – visit the Dubuque Community Schools Educational Resources page – they have activities for all grade levels.
Keystone AEA At-Home Resources – Our at home digital resources are familiar to your child as they are used in many classrooms and they are also great for at home reading and viewing entertainment! Below are just a few of our online resources: ebooks, read aloud ebooks, videos, animations, clipart for digital fun, and research databases for finding reliable information. A special thank you to some of our Keystone partners and publishers who have temporarily made access to their digital content easier with direct links. Users can “click and go” with some of the offered resources. If you need a user name/password, email Michelle Weber.
MackinVia – Students, teachers, and staff can download books for free from MackinVia. These books can be downloaded to any device that can access apps (smart phones, Kindle Fire, etc.)
1. Download MackinVia app or visit the website on your computer.
2. Open the app or website.. You will be prompted to sign in to Jefferson’s account. To do this type: Jefferson Middle School, DUBUQUE, IA
3. After entering the site for our school, you will login using your school email address and password.
4. Both audio and ebooks are available to check out.
Scholastic “Learn at Home” – This is set up with daily activities in grade level bands from preschool to grade 9. Most of the activities are reading related, but many connect to science and social studies topics.
Audible – For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Khan Academy – If you haven’t heard of Khan Academy, bookmark this resource. Students can work at their own pace on different subjects. And it’s free. To access, click the courses button on the left-hand side of the page and select a course. We suggest grade level math courses as a place to start.
Nitro Type – A middle school favorite. Compete as a family or organize your friends to race. Plus… you’re learning to improve your typing skills.
Code.org – Most 7th and 8th graders have learned how to code this year in exploratory class. If you’re looking for a fun way to improve your skills or to just learn to code, check out Hour of Code in the link.
Smithsonian Digital Education Resources: The Smithsonian Institution has launched a central portal highlighting an array of distance learning resources, from STEM webcasts to American history podcasts and comprehensive lesson plans. Offerings range from low- or no-tech (interviewing family members for oral history projects) to high-tech (diving into an interactive exploration module).
Time for Kids – As the world asks more of families and teachers, TIME for Kids salutes you, and we’re here to support you! TIME for Kids is in the unique position to help kids understand this unprecedented moment. You will need to sign up to access this library of online magazines. The choices say up to 6th grade, but they are definitely appropriate for 7th/8th graders.
Exploratorium – Tons of hands-on science activities that use available materials. Plus tons of cool online exhibits to view.
National Park Virtual Tours – Although we’re socially distancing, that doesn’t mean we aren’t stir crazy. Take a virtual of one of our US National Parks, without leaving the comfort of your couch. Note: Tours are created with Google Earth, so they take a bit of time to open.
Virtual Marine Biology Camp – Two scientists from the Oceans Initiative are doing a virtual marine biology camp online. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @oceansinitiative and tune in for live broadcasts on Mondays and Thursdays at 1 PM CDT. (11 AM PDT).
Henry Vilas Zoo – Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison is doing a live show of different animals at 2:00 on Monday thru Fridays. Students can ask questions and learn about animals.
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari – While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational. Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 2 pm CDT (3pm EDT) where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted to this webpage and to our YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.
PE with Joe – Get moving by following a daily PE with Joe video.
Challenge to Change Yoga and Mindfulness – To offer some light + positivity during this time, we would like to offer our communities 💙FREE💙 online access to Yoga and Mindfulness practices for students, teachers and parents through April 13th! Our hope is that these practices will offer some peace of mind during an uncertain time and create a fun way for families to connect with one another at home.
Art at Home – Including: Art Contests: submit your art for cash prizes; Museums: take a virtual field trip to museums around the world and even stream Operas on your TV; Art Games: compete against yourself and others; Digital Art: create art on your device; Art Education: learn about art; Art at Home: Art tutorials and prompts for you to create where you are
Low Tech/No Tech:
What can we do without technology?
- Read! Find a free library around town to find a new book if you need one, or check out online options.
- Write! Journal about your experience everyday (we’re making history here)! Write a letter to a member of your family and send it in the mail.
- Art! Draw, sketch, create with found materials. Get creative with what you have.
- Create a scavenger hunt for younger siblings or even your friends to do virtually.
- Play a game or do a puzzle.
- Help with cooking a meal.
- Write a letter, draw a picture, or send a card to local nursing homes / retirement communities currently on lock-down.