Category Archives: Learning Experiences and Assessments

Remote Learning: K-12 English Language Learners

Each of these resources opens up to large resource websites.

  • ELL resource page: Grande Erie webpage with lots of great ideas for activities at home for ELLs

  • Teaching ELLs online – Ideas to address teaching English Language Learners online

  • Breaking News English – Practice reading comprehension for 4 levels of reading for ELLS; Current events for ELLs.

  • Supporting ELL GSite – created by ERLC with programming, resources and materials.

  • Unite for Literacy – has ebooks for K-2’s that are read in human voice, captioned translations also included.

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Remote Learning: French

Resources for French Immersion and French as a Second Language.





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Remote Learning: PE, Health and Wellness

Staying at home doesn’t mean we can forget about taking care of our health and well being. Whether we must stay inside or use our backyard or go for a walk while #socialdistancing, there are a number of ideas below that can help you:

  • ADLC Digital Teacher Resources – includes content, assessments and answer keys. Teachers can select all or some of the material and decide how and when to use it. Free. Contact Partner Support team at 1-866-774-5333 or email

  • AMA Virtual Youth Run Club:

  • Be Fit For Life:

  • BOKS Kids At Home:

  • Chair Yoga Flow:

  • Coronavirus Info – How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells. Students might start with the classic K/W/L chart: What do you know, or think you know, about this pandemic and its impact? What else do you want to know? Make a list of as many questions as you can on as many aspects of this outbreak and its effects and implications as you can think of, then choose one to investigate. What is known? What is still unknown?

  • Edpuzzle – introduce students to self-paced learning with interactive video lessons. It’s easy to add your own voice narration and questions! Find or create a video and then add in questions. Whether or not you have an account, check out the information on how to get started

  • Offline Activities – track how many sit-ups/jumping jacks you can do each day, track how long you can hold a plank, create a new dance move, count the steps to move between locations in your home, put items in bags to lift and see if you can add more items after a few days, invent a new sport, do some exercise move or march in place during commercial breaks or on the hour, play trashketball (wadded paper and use trash can for basket) and see how far you can move from the basket, go for a walk outside.

  • Peekapak – an award-winning, literacy-based social emotional learning (SEL) platform of stories, research-based lessons and interactive learning games.

  • Top Exercises for People Living With a Disability:

  • Walking Curriculum – 60 easy-to-use walking-focused activities are designed to engage students’ emotions and imaginations with their local natural and cultural communities, to broaden their awareness of the particularities of Place, and to evoke their sense of wonder in learning. Free Kindle download from Amazon.

  • Wanna Play a Game? 3 different Google Slides games – Connect4, Tic Tac Toe, Dots. Make your own copy and have some fun online with students.


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Remote Learning: 7-12 Numeracy/Math

Middle years and High School resources for Math and Numeracy span various environments. One   resource that both teachers and students love is a place to whiteboard and even whiteboard and   screen cast. You’ll find those favorites among others below.

 Math Makes Sense…eText

Pearson has released access to its eText series… over 70 digital learning resources. Access to the digital learning resources at

Which resources can you access? … Through Kivuto’s Texidium platform and eReader, families can access digital versions of over 70 curriculum-based elementary and secondary textbooks. These resources cover curriculum areas, including literacy, math, science, French as a second language, and social studies.

How long will the resources be available? … We’ll provide open access to these resources until May 25, 2020. With this support, your family now has access to the same high quality, trusted resources that are used in classrooms across Canada every day to support student learning.

Nelson Math Resources

As a valued Nelson customer, you have access to all your digital resources by visiting As things evolve in the coming weeks, we will continue to work to provide solutions. To support this, Nelson has created a Resource Support Centre which will be updated regularly with best practices and relevant information.

At Nelson, we strive to create a safe and healthy environment for our employees and the communities we serve. During these times of uncertainty, the physical and mental wellbeing of students and educators is our top priority. If you’re interested in sharing your experiences, needs and insights, as things unfold in the coming weeks, we would love to hear from you.

Searchable Sites for Supports

Digital Creation Tools

More Learning Platforms and Sites

  • CK-12 – various online resources such as Math grades 1-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, PreCalculus. Must Join as a Teacher for Free.
  • Curriki digital learning content divided into grades and subject areas. Can easily share with GClassroom.
  • Favorite Math Sites – as curated by Alberta Math teachers and facilitators.
  • Knowledgehook: great interactive activities for students grades 3-10. Free Premium access for teachers during Covid.
  • Marbleslide: High School topics of math support with animations to support dynamic based elements.
    Polyup – math education app available freely on the web. With the goal of instilling creative problem solving and computational thinking skills into K-12 students, Polyup allows students to play with numbers and functions in a freeform environment.

Whiteboard Tools

  • Google Jamboard chrome app – online collaborative whiteboard, can draw while sharing screen for students to see or use screencastify while you talk through a problem. Can even invite students to join and create extra pages. Tutorial video.
  • Google Keep for Math – great EDU in 90 video and go to the       to add drawing for different backgrounds (grid, dot, lined). Can save into Google Doc or share with others.
  • Google Chrome Canvas – individual basic whiteboard, easily shared during GMeet sessions, can also bring in images to annotate over.
  • PearDeck Google Slides add-on – pull PearDeck whiteboard slide into Google Slide deck via the “Add-ons” and have students respond to a particular question, student individual whiteboard, teacher sees all of them. Math Templates.
  • Texthelp’s Equatio – chrome extension that allows you to type, write or speak math expressions. Also check out Equatio Mathspace.
  • – watch video, teacher creates whiteboard, students join and have their own individual whiteboards (only teacher sees them).

Playing with Numbers


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Remote Learning: Grades 4-6 Literacy

There are many online options for students to read, listen, view, write and communicate (share this   within a GClassroom or platform with students and parents). While this list has many items, choose 1-2   to start with. You may already be using these with students, so continue in an online environment OR   you may want to try something new to engage students in this subject area.

 Listening, Reading, Viewing

Author/Book Readings

Read-Aloud Guidelines

Reading Comprehension

  • Book Hashtag Activity – this is a quick reading check-in activity. Can be used for a specific reading, article, blog post, podcast, video or novel.
  • CommonlitPractice reading comprehension K-12. Free access to digital texts, questions with differentiated supports
  • Freckle – adaptive ELA practice, teachers must register
  • Newsela –  differentiated reading resources. Teachers visit the coronavirus resource center, and click “Get instant access.”
  • ReadtheoryK-12 adaptive learning for reading comprehension. Teacher needs to set up a free account and can monitor student progress.
  • ReadWorks – Teachers can choose readings and assign them to students. Text options – reading passages, article-a-day (boost, challenge and ELL), paired text.
  • Scholastic at Home Grades 3-5


  • 81 Ways to Play, Process, Stretch, Express, Disrupt Words and Form from Home
  • Book Creator – ability to collaborate together on books in real-time. Free 90 days use once you have started the collaboration trial on your account. Fill out this short form to let them know you’re affected. Don’t have a Book Creator account yet? Sign up here. You’ll get 1 library and 40 books for free. ELA ideas.
  • CK-12 – various online resources such as Writing and Spelling. Must Join as a Teacher for Free.
  • Curriki digital learning content divided into grades and subject areas. Can easily share with GClassroom.
  • GSuite Apps in ELA – various examples.
  • Jarrett Lerner Blank Comic Book Pages, “Finish This Comic!” Comics, and Drawing/Writing Prompts.
  • One Pagers templates for a creative activity that you can do with any novel.
  • ReadWriteThink – wonderful writing and literacy lesson plans and activity suggestions
  • Visual Thinking StrategiesImage of the Day, every weekday a new image with questions appear



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Dicing Up the Stories

Over the summer I had the opportunity to move my daughter from Alberta to Aberdeen, Scotland. She had taken a one year teaching contract so I jumped at the chance to help her get settled and get in some great sightseeing at the same time. During one of our excursions I came across these Storyteller Dice (created in Denmark).

They reminded me of Rory’s Story Cubes that I had seen on Amazon. I bought one set while in Aberdeen and then for Christmas my daughter sent me two more. I like that they don’t take up too much room in my bag when I travel around to schools.


As a facilitator, I support teachers, library staff, educational assistants. I plan many workshops, lessons and source out resources.


Two ways that I use them with adults is:

  • Anticipatory – based on the outcomes/topic, what sentence can you create with 2-3 (or all the) cubes to share what you already know or wonder about the topic?
  • Summative – create a sentence with 2-3 (or all the) cubes to share what you noticed about the topic, what your are excited about, or what are your next steps?


If you do not currently have access to these cubes, you can create your own. Grab some dice from the Dollarstore or create your own cardboard dice and add images to the sides. You can have themed dice or just random images, whatever you desire.


I also use the Dixit Cards (english and french) in a similar fashion. Instead of choosing many cards, participants choose one card to share their thoughts.


Take 5 to Make Math Meaningful


Mathematicians, researchers and teachers support a constructivist/problem-solving mathematics classroom. This design engages students in critical thinking, individual and collaborative thought and builds upon and improves on their current knowledge while solving the task in front of them. Check out the resources, in alphabetical order, that will help you in asking questions in the math class:





General resources for math teachers: