PK-5 Weekly Offline Activity Sheets

(These are distributed with the Emergency Youth Food Program every Tuesday)

MAY 26

Preschool

  • Make an obstacle course: take chairs, blankets, pillows, tape and make an area for children to crawl through, over top, under. Use positional words (over, under, through etc.) as directions for how to go through the obstacle course. If you have tape you can make a course on the floor or use the tape to tape between walls for an extra challenge. Or, make a tiny obstacle course—and use a straw to blow a cotton ball, or crumpled paper into a box or along the table or floor. 
  • Draw a picture of your family. Talk with each other about how you are similar and different. 
  • Go for a listening walk outside. What things do you hear? Birds? Trucks? Wind in the trees? Draw a picture of the things that you hear!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • Choose three small objects, such as shoes, pencils, books, or toys, and compare their lengths. Ask your child which object is the longest and which is the shortest. 
    Make a list of people who have done something nice for you. Write a thank you letter to one of them.
  • Draw a picture of two different trees you see in your yard or neighborhood.  Make sure to label the 4 parts of the tree, roots, trunk, branches, and leaves.  If you can’t see the roots, label where they would be!
  • Do a sight word hunt- Pick a room in your house to start in and hunt for sight words that are on your class word wall.  Read the words as you find them.  Tally the number of words you find in that room.  Move to the next room and start a new tally.  Continue with at least 4 rooms of your house.  When finished, count the tallys to determine which room had the most sight words (don’t forget to look at items such as shampoo bottles, mail, and items in the fridge!)

2nd and 3rd Grade

  • What can you learn about Ottumwa history?  There are lots of places to visit that have a lot of history.  Graham’s Ice Cream and The Canteen restaurant have a long history in Ottumwa.  Ask adults you know to help you find out about the history of one of those places or another business or building in Ottumwa.  Visit that place.  Ask people who work there what they know about the history of the business.  Look around for other businesses that may have been in Ottumwa a long time.  
  • Draw a map of Ottumwa, at least your neighborhood.  Put three businesses on the map.  Show street names and where your school is.  Remember to include parks, the river, and places to shop.

4th and 5th Grade

  • While reading, locate at least 3 words and phrases that are used in the text that you don’t know. Use context clues to figure out what they mean. How did the clues lead you to that meaning? What do next year’s 4th or 5th graders need to know about context clues and how to use them?
  • Write a letter to your middle school teachers or your 5th grade teacher for next year. What are 3 things you want them to know about you? What kind of instruction do you enjoy the most? What will you miss about 4th or 5th grade? What are your worries for next year? How can they help you? 
  • As you continue to read, keep track of how many pages you read each day. Convert these numbers into fractions and plot how much of your book you've read on a number line.
  • Reflect on this past school year. Think about your experiences and your feelings. Use this information to create a soundtrack for your 4th or 5th grade year using songs that describe your own personal journey. Was it all happy? Was there a rollercoaster of emotions? What kind of song(s) would your soundtrack end with that describe your feelings of the pandemic and the cancellation of school.

Talk About It 
Bulldog Beliefs
Respect     Responsible     Compassionate     Safe

Make a chart for each family member and hang it somewhere in your house.  Each time one of your family members follows one of the Bulldog Beliefs write a note or make a mark on the chart next to  that person’s name.  At the end of the week talk about what you find on your family chart.  Celebrate your successes.  Set a goal for the next week and try the chart again.  Tell your family members how it feels when you live the Bulldog Beliefs at home.

Compare and contrast times in your home when people follow the Bulldog Beliefs with times that you don’t.

 

MAY 11

Preschool

  • Make a weather chart this week. Each day, look outside and talk about what you see the weather doing. Is it sunny? Cloudy? Rainy? Windy? Log your observations each day and talk about the patterns that you see. How does the weather impact what we do every day?
  • Exercise your fine motor skills this week by exploring with play dough. Take a picture of your creation and share with your teacher. 
  • Help with laundry this week. Can you match all of the socks? Can you sort laundry by shirts and pants? By color?
  • Be an author and illustrator. Draw a picture about something exciting you have done this week. Write your lines and sounds to tell the story about your illustration. 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • Write a story with the title Where do you think Max is going?  Tell the story by writing where you think Max is going and what happens next in the story.  Max could go on any adventure your imagination can create!  Draw a picture to go with your story. 
  • Using paper and pencil- create a May calendar.
    • Color all the weekdays yellow and color the weekend blue
    • Put a circle around all the odd days and put a square on all even days. 
    • Record the weather with a symbol for each day, such as raindrops for Monday.
    • There are 31 days in the month of May.  Practice making tally marks for the number of days in May. How many tens are in 31? How many ones are in 31?  How many different ways can you make 31 cents? 
    • Count backwards from 31 to 1 
  • Draw a picture of a mother bird and a baby bird. Label features on both birds that would look the same based on heredity.
  • Build your own sight word book. Fold notebook paper in half and staple to make a book. Write a sight word at the top of each page. Search for your sight words in old magazines and newspapers. Cut them out and glue them on their sight word page. How many words can you find? Can you add sight word pages to your book?

2nd and 3rd Grade

  • Make a schedule of different activities you do throughout the day (ex: 7:30 AM Wake Up, 11:30 Lunch, 2:45 Play Outside).  You can show time with a clock by drawing a circle and adding the minute and hour hands.  Between your activities you listed on your schedule, find the elapsed time.  How many hours did you sleep?  Grab a handful of coins and find out how much money.  Repeat this several times.
  • Find a newspaper grocery store advertisement - if you could pick out five items to buy - how much would they cost.  Write a story about the best meal you ever had, who made it, where did you eat it, why was it special?  Find a book to read and see if the characters talk about spending money or having a meal.  Look to see if you could write out the schedule for a day for the character.

4th and 5th Grade

  • Hometown heroes are people in our community that are dedicated to helping others. Think about a hero that you have read about. Why are they considered a hero? What does it take to be a hero? What caused them to have the courage it took to do what they did/do? What effect did they have on others? Imagine you are a hometown hero. Write about what your job would be (healthcare worker, firefighter, grocery store clerk, semi driver, factory worker, restaurant worker). What stresses or fears would you have? What precautions would you need to take? How will you stay brave? 
  • What about business owners - how does a business owner take care of the heroes that work for her?  Think about the items businesses have to buy right now to protect their workers.
  • Estimate the cost of those items.  Do some research about the actual cost.  How much would it be for a week?  A month?  A year?

Hands-on

  • As humans, part of survival is learning to adapt to the changes in our needs overtime. Because of Covid-19, our country is experiencing a shortage of face masks. People now are having to create their own homemade masks. Design a mask using household materials. It must cover your nose and mouth and fit comfortably.

Talk About It 
Bulldog Beliefs
Respect     Responsible     Compassionate     Safe

Which of the Bulldog Beliefs would you be following if you wore your mask?

 

MAY 4

Preschool

  • Make environmental print puzzles.  Use the front of a cereal box. Cut it into pieces making a puzzle.  You can also use greeting cards, coloring pages, or photographs.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood.  Bring a garbage bag with you and pick up any trash you find. Let’s help keep our town clean!
  • Place different objects in a bag. Take turns placing your hand in the bag, touch an object and then try drawing a picture of what you think the object is. For a twist on this game, place your hand in the bag and grab an object (but don’t look at it) and then try finding a different object from your house or outside that has a similar texture.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • Write an all-about book about an animal - it could be a pet or another favorite animal. Include details such as: What type of animal? What does it eat? Where does it live? What does it look like? Does it have any special skills?
  • Take a picture of your writing and share it with your teacher or send it to a grandparent or special adult friend.  Draw pictures for your book.
  • Label each cup of an egg carton with numbers 1-12. Put two pennies in the carton, close the lid, and shake it up. Using the numbers of the two cups the pennies landed in, make up and solve addition or subtraction problems. Take turns giving each other true and false number sentences with addition or subtraction facts and saying whether the number sentences are true or false. (  4+6= 10 and 10-4=6:True; 7+3=11 and 11-7=3: False)
  • Talk with your parents about what the word “community” means.  Draw a map of our community with your family.  Label your favorite places on the map - like a park, a restaurant, a place to shop, or a place where someone special works or lives.

2nd and 3rd Grade

  • Spring is a great time to observe weather.  Find a book to read that shares about weather or problems people have with weather.  Observe the weather over five days.  Keep track of the temperature when you wake up, when you eat lunch and when you go to bed.  Figure out the differences between the temperature each of those times.  Find out about big weather events in the history of Ottumwa.  When was the biggest snow storm, the last flood, the driest year?  
  • Write a story about your favorite things to do on a snowy day, on a rainy day, on a hot summer day.  Draw pictures of what your bedroom or living room would look like if the weather moved inside your house.  Create a story about a weather event that could not really happen but would be interesting to see (Like “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs”)

4th and 5th Grade

  • Do a journal entry. Think of a problem you have had to deal with since you have been out of school. How did it make you feel? How did you deal with it? How do you feel about the choice you made? Is there anything you think you could have done better? What advice would you give to other students your age who might have the same problem?
  • Observe shadows and look at them 3 times a day to see how they are changing throughout the day.  Observe a tree, a swing set, or your own shadow and outline it with chalk.
    If your parents allow you to stay up late enough to see the moon. Consider- tracking and journaling the phases/observations of the moon or selecting stars/planets. Write or draw what you are seeing. Then after a week’s worth of observation write about your “data” like a real astronomer! Keep your journal, find someone to share it with in a phone call or email.  
    Can you find something read about the moon or shadows to learn more?

Let's Get Ready for Mother's Day

  • Read a book to your mom (or other loved one) each night this week.
  • Explore a newspaper or other ads to locate words that describe your mom (or other loved one). Create a collage of these words by placing your mom’s name in the center of a paper and surrounding it with the descriptive words you found. 
  • It’s your turn to plan a meal for your family. How much money do you have to spend? Use that budget and local grocery ads to create a shopping list for your meal.
  • Mother’s Day is almost here and you don’t; have a gift for mom yet…oh dear! Recycle and reuse household items to create a homemade gift for your mother (or other loved one).
  • One way to celebrate your mom (or another loved one) is to let them know you are thankful for them. Create a gratitude poem that tells that special person how thankful you are and why.

Talk About It 
Bulldog Beliefs
Respect     Responsible     Compassionate     Safe

Which Bulldog Belief would your mom want from you for Mother’s Day?

 

APRIL 27

Preschool

  • Count how many spoons and forks you have in your home. Do you have more spoons or more forks?
  • Find things around your house that are small, medium, and large. Can you put them in order from smallest to largest? Share a picture with your teacher!
  • It is important to be responsible and help around the house. Pick one room in your house and pick up all of your toys and put them where they belong. 
  • April showers bring May flowers! Go for a nature walk and see how many flowers you can find. Draw pictures of the flowers that you see. Which color or type of flower did you see the most of?

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • After reading a story together at home, complete a sight word hunt.  See if you can find our ten sight words/heart words for the week: said, come, down, with, was, what, say, all, that, this.
  • Complete a journal entry about what you’ve done each day this week.  Use the following sentence frame: Today I did ______.  It made me feel ________.  Write one or two sentences about what you’ve done.  Parents and guardians, don’t focus on every word being spelled correctly.  Work with your child to stretch out these words and use inventive spelling.
  • Spend some time outside! Use a string to measure around the trunks of at least 2 trees.  What does this tell you?  Use a different baggie for each tree.  Collect items from around at least 2 different trees in your yard.  When you’re finished look at the different items.  What is the same/different from each tree?  Why do you think different items come from different trees and similar items come from trees?  Do you think the items came FROM the tree? 

2nd and 3rd Grade

Choose a book and after you read it you tell a family member what it was about or something you might change to make it better.  
Opinion Writing about Pizza 
Our focus this week will be on opinion writing. 
*Come up with a list of creative words that describe pizza. (“greasy”) Try to think of 5-10 words.
*Now compare and contrast two different pizza restaurants. Draw a Venn Diagram on a piece of paper to show similarities and differences. 
*Here are some guiding questions to think about while your compare and contrast:

  • Is it take out/delivery or can you eat there?
  • What does the restaurant look like?
  • What is the pizza like?
  • How does it taste?
  • What are the prices? Cheap/expensive?
  • What kind of sides do they have?

*Now write your opinion on which place is better and why.  Don’t forget to Revise, Edit and Publish your writing

4th and 5th Grade

  • Choose something to read.  Have an adult ask you Who? What? When? Where? Why? questions.  Explain relationships between two or more ideas, concepts, characters, settings, events, etc…. Compare/Contrast, Cause and Effect
  • Write a summary of what you read.  Find three challenging, new words and use context clues and resources to figure out their meaning.
  • Try a new product or activity and write about it. How would you describe it? Would you recommend it? Create an advertisement to sell it to others using sensory describing words. 
  • Build 3D shapes with sticks. These can be any size. Measure the dimensions? What is the length, width, and height? Can you use that information to find the volume of this shape? 
  • Create an ecosystem in a jar or in your backyard. What will you need? Dirt, worms, and/or other decomposers, leaves and other organic material (fruit or vegetable scraps, sticks, grass, etc.) Observe and record the changes over the next 2 weeks. Describe what you see and draw pictures to support your words. 

Family Fun for Everyone

Friday is May Day!  May Day is celebrated on May 1st and the history of this holiday goes back to Roman times as a festival of flowers. People make small baskets filled with treats or flowers to give secretly to friends and neighbors. It is customary to leave the basket on the doorstep of a neighbor or friend, ring the doorbell and run away.

Talk About It 
Bulldog Beliefs
Respect     Responsible     Compassionate     Safe

May Day Baskets are an example of which Bulldog Belief?  What interesting and unique things might we put in May Baskets this year during the Covid-19 pandemic? What would be the thing you would like most to get in a May Basket?

Journal About It

Pretend you are a May Basket!  Write a story or draw a picture of your adventure on May Day as a May Basket.  What do you have inside you?  Who did you get delivered to?  Deliver a May Basket to a neighbor.  Be creative!
 

 

APRIL 20

Preschool

Line up your stuffed animals or toys at home.Count how many you have. Can you write that number? Send a picture to your teacher on Class Dojo.

Have a Dance Party! Play your favorite songs and move to the beat!

Good friends offer help when someone asks for it. Be a good friend to your grown up and ask if you can help with anything around the house.

Read your favorite book with a grown up at home. Talk about the characters and create puppets with paper and crayons so you can retell the story to your family. 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Read books of your child’s choosing with them 20-30 minutes a day! Set a reading goal as a family and try one of the options below to keep track of how many minutes your child reads. 

  • Make tallies of how many minutes you read in 5 minutes chunks. 
  • Add a sticker to a page or a candy to a jar for every 5 minutes you read.

Use any grouping of objects (bears, cereal, coins, etc.) to make combinations of ten.  For example, if I start with 3 coins how many would I add to make 10?  Write your number sentence to represent your findings, 3+7=10.  Make up story problems as a family.  Grow your learning and use numbers to 100.

2nd and 3rd Grade

Ottumwa is a City of Bridges.  Bridges can be a theme of your learning this week.  Think about ways that you might read about bridges.  Think about things in your house that you could build a bridge out of and build a bridge.  You might use paper, legos, cardboard, cereal boxes, or empty cans.   How might you test the strength of your bridge?  What do you think engineers need to think about when they build bridges?  Find information on different sizes of bridges and write math problems for family members to solve.  Write trivia questions about bridges.  The Jefferson Street Bridge in Ottumwa is getting new lighting and the lighting ceremony will be a Facebook Live event on April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

4th and 5th Grade

Reading: Visit one of the “Little Libraries” located at many schools and in neighborhoods. Select a book or two and read for 20 minutes a day. 
Writing: Write a  journal, “The Days I Didn’t Go to School”.  Write for the reader who may find your journal about what you ate when you didn’t have a school breakfast or lunch? What did you do since you didn’t have a playground? What were your thoughts? What and who do you miss? What did you do to keep yourself encouraged and connected to friends?
Choose to write an adventure, fantasy, or sci-fi story that includes a main character, a setting and a problem..
Math: Create your own flashcards to practice math facts.. Write the correct answer on the back so you can check your work as you practice.  Create your own Memory Match/Concentration math game. It could be with fractions and decimals or pictures of polygons and polygon names. 

Family Fun for Everyone

As you go on a walk with your family...
Look at the different trees in your front and back yard.

  • How are they the same and different?
  • How are they the same and different since the fall?
  • What animals do you see in or around the trees?

Write and/or draw what you see!  Could be with paper/crayons, sidewalk chalk, or whatever you have!

Talk About It 
Bulldog Beliefs
Respect     Responsible     Compassionate     Safe
How can you show that you are grateful for our essential workers?  These workers are compassionate everyday.

Journal About It
Things are very different right now and it can make us feel many things. You might feel confused or sad about all the changes and other times you might feel happy and grateful for the chances to be home. ALL feelings are ok. Adults are always willing to talk with you about how you are feeling. Use this sentence frame to write about how you are feeling during your time away from school. Today I feel _________ because ____________.  You can write a feeling sentence every day and talk to your family about it.

 

APRIL 13

Preschool
Go on a letter hunt around your home.  Can you find all the letters in your name?

Take a walk outside and see how many of the items in the picture you can find.  Use tally marks to keep track, when you are finished count them and write each number.  Which one has the most?  The least?

Use small sticks, rocks, grass or other items outside to make the letters of your name.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Heart Words are words you need to know by heart.  Sometimes they are called sight words.  Pick a book at home to read to a family member or have a family member read to you.   See how many of the heart words below you can find in a book.  Heart words: the, in, my, a, for, is, I, am, here, and, go, at.

How many Heart Words did you count in your book?  What would be a number that is 10 more than that number?  Which word did you find the most of?  Which word did you find the least of?  Now you are doing math with your Heart Words.

2nd and 3rd Grade
Animals are all around us!  Think of an animal you would like to know something about.  Figure out a way you could learn about that animal at home.  Find out three things about the animal you picked, write about that animal in a journal or on a bookmark.  You might also write a commercial about your animal and present it to your family or your pets.

Go on an animal scavenger hunt at home.  How many animals or pictures of animals can you find in your house or in your yard?  Include insects too when you are outside.  
Pretend you are your favorite animal.  Write a story about your day as that animal, what do you do, what do you see, what do you eat?  

Think about your day as a 2nd or 3rd grader.  Make a two column chart about how you spend your time.  In one column think about a day when you go to school.  List all the ways you spend your time at school and how many minutes you think you spend doing each thing.  In the second chart list all the things you are doing during a day at home now.  Think about how many minutes you spend doing those things.  Use this chart to write some math problems for your family members to solve.

4th and 5th Grade
You have probably had lots of time to watch famous people on television shows this month.  Think of a famous person you watch on television or someone who is important in the news right now.  Figure out a way you could learn more about that person at home.  Find out three things about that person and think of a way you could share that learning.  You might design a poster or write a nomination of that person for an award.  Share your learning with your family.

One person who is pretty famous right now is the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds.  Design an office for the Governor of Iowa.  Draw a layout for the office of the Governor.  If you can find a ruler try to figure out what size to make the office and all the furniture and items in the office.

Family Fun for Everyone
Follow each of the animal actions and have fun being a little silly!

  • Frog Jumps- hop, hop back and forth like a frog
  • Bear Walk- hands & feet on the floor, hips high
  • Gorilla Shuffle- sink into a low squat, with hands on the floor, shuffle around the room
  • Starfish Jumps- jumping jacks as fast as you can, with arms and legs spread wide
  • Cheetah Run- run in place as FAST as you can!
  • Crab Crawl- sit with your palms flat on the floor behind you, lift up off the ground and crawl
  • Elephant Stomp- march by lifting your knees and stomping the ground as hard as you can

Talk about it 
Bulldog Beliefs
Respect     Responsible     Compassionate     Safe
What are all the ways you are demonstrating the Bulldog Beliefs at home right now? Which belief is most important to your family and why?