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eLearning Guidance in the Wake of COVID-19

eLearning Guidance for Parents and Educators 

While the school district may be closed for an undefined time, our students will continue to receive quality instruction by completing assignments that teachers will provide virtually through our eLearning. 

An overview of D7’s eLearning instruction and basic steps, grading, and FAQ can be found here - https://www.spartanburg7.org/elearning

Elementary Grade Level Remote Learning Lesson Plans 

eLearning Matrix Spartanburg School District Seven has created a matrix of lesson plans for each elementary grade that helps teachers work in tandem across schools during the COVID-19 closure. Each matrix is a guideline that may be followed explicitly or that teachers may augment based on student needs and their class’ current scope of learning. Daily activities cover Reading/Writing, Math, Science/Social Studies, Health/Social Emotional Learning, Art and Music and Physical Education. They are designed to engage students and families together in the learning process, keeping in mind that not all families have the same resources or access to WiFi. Teachers are continuing regular communication and engagement with students and families in order to stay connected, to facilitate learning, and to provide support throughout this process. Independently, our teachers continue to design relevant and meaningful lessons based on prior learning which supports the state learning standards and the District 7 teaching and learning expectations. The lesson plan matrix serves to enhance the remote learning experience.

Elementary Lesson Plans for April 7 - 17, 2020

Kindergarten (PDF) (Kindergarten - Spanish Version)

First Grade (PDF) (First Grade - Spanish Version)

Second Grade (PDF) (Second Grade - Spanish Version)

Third Grade (PDF) (Third Grade - Spanish Version)

Fourth Grade (PDF) (Fourth Grade - Spanish Version) 

Fifth Grade (PDF) (Fifth Grade - Spanish Version) 

Elementary Lesson Plans for April 20 - May 8, 2020 

Kindergarten (PDF) (Kindergarten - Spanish Version)

First Grade (PDF) (First Grade - Spanish Version)

Second Grade (PDF) (Second Grade - Spanish Version)

Third Grade (PDF) (Third Grade - Spanish Version)

Fourth Grade (PDF) (Fourth Grade - Spanish Version)

Fifth Grade (PDF)  (Fifth Grade - Spanish Version) 

Elementary Lesson Plans for May 11- May 15, 2020 

Kindergarten (PDF) (Kindergarten - Spanish Version)

First Grade (PDF) (First Grade - Spanish Version)

Second Grade (PDF) (Second Grade - Spanish Version)

Third Grade (PDF) (Third Grade - Spanish Version)

Fourth Grade (PDF) (Fourth Grade - Spanish Version)

Fifth Grade (PDF) (Fifth Grade - Spanish Version)

Online Learning Resources

Along with the traditional eLearning already in place, D7 has developed additional resources and guidance to assist educators and families during this unprecedented time. District 7 has assembled high-quality materials, examples, and thinking from our trusted partners and networks in the FAQ below. We hope you find these helpful as you strive to quickly meet the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

Online Tutoring Resource

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Need help with schoolwork? The South Carolina Public Library is providing an online tutoring service that you can access for FREE through June 30. It covers practically all content areas and goes through grade 12. The resource is linked from the Discus A-Z List and By Grade Level pages at www.scdiscus.org. Users have access to drop-in live tutoring 7 days a week from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm. Spanish-speaking tutors are available from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
This resource also includes an ACT and SAT Test Prep Center and a Skills Center.
Here’s how to access:
· Go to www.scdiscus.org
· Click on A-Z List of DISCUS Resources
· Click All on the left side of the alphabet
· Click on the Tutor.com logo in the New Resources box
· Click on Home (shaped like a house)
· Click “Take the tour” to see how to get started!

We will work to update this page regularly with the best available guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. 


Digital Teaching and Learning Resources for Students 

SC Department of Education Recommended Websites
Educators at the S.C. Department of Education have developed remote learning resources that can be used by teachers across all grade levels.

Department of Education remote learning screenshot

Digital Teaching and Learning Resources: South Carolina Remote Learning for teachers, parents and students 

Support for Families Helping Students Learn at Home  - provided by the SC Education Oversight Committee


SCETV Educational Programming
SCETV is on a modified programming schedule.

  • Early learning content (PreK-5) is scheduled for 8am - 1pm each day. Middle and high school content is scheduled from 1pm - 6pm each day. 
  • Local SC content for middle and high school blocks will also be streamed online from 1 – 4pm at https://www.scetv.org/live/home-learning-scetv.
  • Educators may request a certificate of attendance if they attend a virtual PD session.
  • Supplemental learning activities are available at https://www.scetv.org/athomelearning.

SCETV's modified TV programming schedule - 

Spartanburg Public Library Resources
Our Spartanburg County Public Libraries have online resources available 24/7. Please enjoy exploring their online resources from home.
Spartanburg County Public Library Dial a Story - (864) 596-3530 Call anytime to hear a story. Stories updated weekly.

Schoology
Schoology recently released new resources for students and parents.

They include:

  1. Tips: Online Learning Quick Start Guide for Students & Parents (on Prepare and Planning Page)
  2. Tips: Online Learning Quick Start Guide for Teachers and Admin (on Prepare and Planning Page)
  3. Taking it Mobile: Using the Schoology iOS App as a Student (on the Getting Started with Schoology page)
  4. Taking it Mobile: Using the Schoology iOS App as a Parent (on the Getting Started with Schoology page)
  5. Tips: 6 Tips for Video Conferencing (on the Engaging Students page)
  6. Tips: 5 Es Lesson Template (on the Engaging Students page)

National Geographic Kids 
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ Resources available for K-12 students in all content areas.  

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The Smithsonian
https://www.si.edu/kids The Smithsonian provides resources for all age levels and all content areas including articles, simulations, videos, virtual field studies, and games.   

Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

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Reading and Storytime Resources
Dial A Story
Spartanburg County Public Library Dial a Story - (864) 596-3530 Call anytime to hear a story. Stories updated weekly.

Storyline Online 
https://www.storylineonline.net/library/ The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.  Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. 

Teach Your Monster To Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ Teach Your Monster to Read is a series of games that’s helps children learn to read. Play for free on the website. Covers letters to sounds to reading whole sentences.  

Math and Science Resources 

Khan Academy is a free online learning platform that offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard for students to learn subjects including math, science, computer programming, history, art history and economics from home. It also has specialized content from NASA, the Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences and MIT. In light of the recent school closures, Khan Academy released daily schedules for students in pre-K through grade 12 to follow from home. 

 

 


Virtual SC
VirtualSC, South Carolina's free, state-sponsored online program is offering free educational resources to our students, parents, and teachers while our schools are closed. Please visit virtualsc.org/resources to find a variety of resources, including: test prep for national exams like SAT, ACT, PSAT, Advanced Placement exams, personalized math programs for 6-12th grade students, free educational videos , and more.


Resources and Information for Special Education Students 

During this time of school closures due to COVID-19, there are some important things to remember. Any actions taken by a district or school regarding closures are for the safety of all students, families, school personnel and community members. As districts are determining the most appropriate steps to ensure student and staff safety, we want to provide you with guidance relating to students with disabilities and their services. It is extremely important for families and schools to collaborate and communicate regarding services for students with disabilities.

Letter to families from the South Carolina Department of Education 

Additional guidance may be found in the following:

Please direct student-specific questions to our District 7 special services team (formerly special education). For general questions, you may access the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Services webpage at https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/special-education-services/.


Resources for Students Compiled by D7 Odyssey Teachers 

SCETV PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings - for Students of All Ages
As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS Learning Media producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home.

They’ve assembled packets of printable activities to download and share with parents and students here.

The Kennedy Center for Students of All Ages
For educators looking to infuse the arts into their educational practices, the Kennedy Center has developed a robust collection of hundreds of digital learning resources: lessons, articles, performance guides, how-tos and much more.  

Information for AP Students
Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school:

  • We’re providing live and on-demand AP courses for free.
  • We’re developing a new at-home testing option.

Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible.Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.  

Advanced Coding for High School Students
CodeAcademy Pro - It's free during COVID-19 for High School and up 

ODYSSEY Students – 3rd – 5th Grade 
The Mensa for Kids website features high-quality content and programs specifically designed for gifted youth, their parents, and teachers around the globe, regardless of Mensa affiliation. An outreach of the Mensa Foundation, Mensa for Kids encourages excellence in the service and education of intellectually gifted youth.  

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page is all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike.  

Exquisite Minds believes in the importance of cultivating creativity in bright and gifted children. Exquisite Minds offers support to parents and educators who want to challenge children to find new and constructive ways to look at the world.  

Metropolitan Museum of Art for Kids children can go through time machines and learn about various exhibits.   

Kids Think Design is a website that promotes design thinking and provides a showcase for kids' original projects. 

NanoWrimo for anyone wanting to do creative writing. 

Wonderopolis helps kids research topics they're curious about.  

Circle Round was created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. 

Neuroscience for Kids was created for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. Discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system.

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html 

Mystery Science uses mystery to teach science and uses simple hands-on activities designed to use supplies you already have (or are easy to get).  


Resources For Educators
Educators at the S.C. Department of Education have developed remote learning resources that can be used by teachers across all grade levels.The links and resources included were both developed internally and vetted from outside sources for use by school districts as instructional resources. Resources will continue to be added as they are developed and vetted.  bit.ly/SCDEresources SCETV is offering FREE Virtual PD Sessions for Educators via Zoom.

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