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The end of the school year is usually filled with excitement, mixed with antsiness, and sprinkled with “cabin fever”. For many students, it can be one of the best parts of the school year. For others, it is a sad time for they will soon be away from their friends.

Since the end of this school year is mixed up, many have been away from their friends for quite a few weeks. I can only imagine some are feeling sad, scared, anxious, and angry. Maybe they are feeling just some of these emotions. A few students may be feeling all of these emotions. Regardless, I want the students at SCS to know that I think about them often and wish them well. To try and help the students feel a little better, I have compiled a list of optional activities to help bring some joy to this current situation.

I have also put together four optional writing activities that involve the end of the school year. If you and your family are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work, or just need a break, you do not have to utilize these activities. Like I stated before, they are here just in case you want to use them or you feel your student needs more practice and support with writing.


CADE Museum

This website has great ideas on different STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (science, technology engineering, art, and math) activities to do at home. Not only does it provide you with plans to follow and lists of materials, but there are also videos to watch. (This link is for kids ages 6 and up.)


Egg Drop Challenge

-Your child/children are challenged to create a contraption to hold an egg that would protect it from a high drop.


Color Mixing: Create and Name Your Own Color

    -By mixing paints, create your own colors and give them a name. Experiment and have fun!


Make a Marble Track

    -Using common items found around the house, create a track for marbles to race on.




Pinball in a Box

    -Using items in your house, can you create a pinball machine? Try it out!


“Walk to Read” Writing Activities:

“Dear Next Year's Class”

    -For this activity, your child can write a letter to the students that will be in the grade they are currently in. For example, if your child is in third grade, they can write a letter to a student that will be in the third grade starting next fall. In the letter, your child can write about what they liked about the grade they are in, different fun things he/she got to do during the school year, and cool facts about why it is fun to be in that grade.


“My Teacher Taught Me”

-This writing assignment asks students to think about their teacher and talk about what their teacher helped them learn over the course of the school year.


“Summer Kids”

    -This writing assignment asks students to think about this summer and something they are looking forward to. 


“Words of Wisdom”

    -This activity asks students to write some advice for the incoming class in the fall. It could be a trick they learned to succeed with a particular skill, something they need to do as a member of a new class, or something their teacher likes his/her students to do.



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Hello Stewartstown Families! 😊

Below you will find a few writing activities for students in grades 1-5. As “Walk to Read” groups are flexible and created based on each student’s individual needs, I can not label which activity goes with which grade. In order to find the appropriate writing assignment for your child/children, take a look at what is entailed for each and see which one sounds like they can feel the most successful. Also, check out which one they are most interested in. Many times, a student will be successful with writing when they are interested in the topic, regardless of the level of difficulty. 

I have also included some fun learning activities that can be done outside. (Why not take advantage of the nice weather during the school day?) These activities are geared toward the younger students that I pull out for interventions. 

Mrs. Stebbins 

Learning Outside

Whether it is academic skill building (reading, writing, and math) or critical thinking skills (building, creating, exploring, experimenting), a lot of learning can be done outside. Letters, numbers, sight words, math facts, and so much more can be practiced while outside. Oftentimes, this non-traditional setting is more enjoyable for kids, making practice more meaningful. 

A lot of these ideas involve some form of sidewalk chalk (traditional solid chalk, liquid chalk, frozen chalk, etc). If you do not have this tool on hand, it can be made at home. The link below gives 5 different types of sidewalk chalk that can be made at home.


Learning Outside Activities:








“Walk to Read”

                                                                                    “Zebra on the Loose: Write an Article”

“Scrambled Paragraph”

“Pokemon Trainer Profile”

  • For those of you that love Pokemon, this writing activity requires that you create a character that is out trying to collect Pokemon. What does your character look like and what do they like to do? Where is this character looking for Pokemon? (Describe the setting.) Create a story about your character on their quest to collect Pokemon.

  • Do they catch any Pokemon? If they do, what do they look like?

  • https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pokemon-Narrative-Writing-Creation-Lab-4584754

“Stretch the Sentence”

  • This activity requires adding details to short sentences to make them more interesting for your reader. When you write sentences, you want the reader to be able to picture what you are talking about in their mind. For example: The apple fell. (This sentence has the potential to be more interesting. By adding describing words and using who, what, when, where, why, and how questions, sentences can come alive.) The rotting, squishy brown apple fell off of the old apple tree in my backyard last night during the thunderstorm.

  • https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Stretch-The-Sentence-Writing-Activities-Free-Sample-1058567


                                                                        “The Adventures of Tony”

  • Tony is a snail that likes to go on adventures. Tell a story of one of his adventures to go along with the pictures provided.


  • Create an “Adventures of Tony” comic strip. You can draw the boxes and pictures of your own to go along with your writing. (This is similar to our “graphic novel” assignment we did together at the school where you would be drawing and writing in the boxes.)

(I am sorry the images are sideways. I fought with the computer for over an hour trying to get it to rotate, but I could not get it to upload correctly.) 

Dear SCS Families,

          During this time of remote instruction, one of the top priorities here at Stewartstown Community School is to ensure that your child/children continue to receive quality lessons and structured learning. This will look different for each child in order to help support their individual needs as a learner. For those students who receive my Title 1 support, I have put together a packet of engaging activities and fun games that can be used while students are learning at home.  My “office hours” at the school will be every other day, 8:00-12:00. I will also make myself available to answer questions (via email) in the evening time after my children are in bed.

In addition to making myself available to answer any questions you or your child/children may have with respect to these materials, I have put a list of resources together that may be helpful to you and your family.


Letters, Reading, and Word Play

Alphabet Letter Dance with Sesame Street


Sesame Street Storybook Builder


Rhyme Time


Adventure Stories 






Kid Bloggers?

          In this technological age, blogging has become an important online platform in which to share personal opinions, research, and our daily lives with the rest of the world. Increasingly, kids are getting involved with this type of social media. Instead of banishing it from them, I think it is important to teach them the “right” and “wrong” way to go about blogging, its intended usage, and how to do it safely. In light of our next “Walk to Read” project in March, I felt it would be a great idea to share a few resources that highlight how to introduce blogging to kids so they can safely join this technological realm. Not only is it an important skill they will need to learn (and some to master) before finishing with their education, but they are sure to run into them later in life if they are researching online for school projects or even in their careers.

According to freedomsprouts.com, there are many benefits to allowing your child/children to blog (under supervision) including:

·        Blogging is fun (rainy day activity?)

·        Blogging helps improve/reinforce writing skills

·        Blogging allows for sharing of ideas

·        Blogging promotes learning about various topics

·        Blogging can be done anywhere

·        Blogging is a way to spend quality time with your child


The link above also gives tons of information on how to start a blog, what to use it for, and how to write one. The best way to learn to blog is to do it! Just try it out!

Other related links:




Examples of Kid Blogs/Bloggers:



          I am excited to introduce this topic to the students in “Walk to Read” after February break. We will be creating our own blog (typed, by not on the internet) to share with others in our building. I hope this educational experience will be beneficial for kids, as it will be a chance for them to get their feet wet and join this rapidly growing trend. Who knows? One of our own SCS students could grow up to be a professional blogger one day. Many have made this hobby into a sustainable career. We all have to start somewhere! J

Wreck It!

When your child is feeling stressed, anxious, or just needs an outlet for creative energy, a fun and unique experience could be a “Wreck It Journal”. These journals can be easily created/tailored to each student’s interests for free, purchased online, or found and printed with a quick Google search.

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Below is a link to free printable pages and ideas to help create your own!



Ideas for Creation:

“Color The Page Entirely”- https://www.pinterest.com/pin/83527768062887836/

“Fill This Page with Circles”- https://www.pinterest.com/pin/83527768062948773/

“Poke Holes in This Page Using a Pencil”- https://www.pinterest.com/pin/83527768062844837/

“Copy One Word Over and Over Again”- https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=wreck+this+journal+write+one+word+over+and+over+again&safe=strict&es_sm=119&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=qtbrVMfuO-GzmAWTq4CgDQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1258&bih=630&gws_rd=ssl#gws_rd=ssl&imgrc=Wk-tr4Cr5gOQSM:

“Sew This Page”- https://www.pinterest.com/pin/79657487135542981/

“Color Outside of the Lines”- https://www.pinterest.com/pin/79657487135408089/                 

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Science Sparks!


What better way to engage students during the long winter months, than with cool science experiments! The website Science Sparks (linked above) has wonderful experiments and STEM challenges that can easily be recreated at home. Science inquiries are a great way to extend learning, grow the brain, explore new topics, and develop a well-rounded understanding. Listed below are winter-themed activities for students of all ages.

Christmas Candy Experiments:

-These experiments involve marshmallows, candy canes, skittles, and more!


Christmas in the Kitchen Science Experiments:

-Some of these experiments require cooking (apple sauce) and building (gingerbread houses)! There are also experiments for growing sugar crystals, making slime, and making fizzing solutions.


Santa STEM Challenges:

-These challenges incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math all in one! They are a great well-rounded way for kids to explore different concepts and show that they know(of what they have learned).




-the celebration of something in a joyful and exuberant way

The holiday season is fast upon us and, with this joyous time of year, excitement is in the air for many! How do we contain this excitement (or foster it) and keep things fun for kids at the same time? Check out the links below for some festive ideas.

35+ Magical Christmas Activities for Kids to Plan This Year

-This resource is packed full of indoor activities, outdoor activities, volunteer activities and so much more!


28 Best Christmas Games for Kids (They’ll Want to Play for Hours)

-This resource includes many DIY games and crafty projects.


101 Holiday Activities for Kids

-This resource includes activities for building, creating, writing, cooking, and exercising. It also includes activities for different winter holidays (not just Christmas)!


Aside from different activities, reading and sharing stories is another way to contain (and foster) this excitement too! Listed below are some holiday stories that could become a new favorite in your home. There are books that talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

·        “The Crayons’ Christmas”- Drew Daywalt

·        “The Shortest Day”- Susan Cooper

·        “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins”- Eric Kimmel and Trina Schart Hyman

·        “Seven Spools of Thread”- Angela Shelf Medearis

·        “Christmas Tapestry”- Patricia Polacco


Reading a story to your child/children each night is a great way to spend time together and improve listening and reading skills. For students in grades K-2, enjoying a picture book or two before bed would allow them time to rest and relax. It would also expose them to new vocabulary words and the skill of making predictions. For students in grades 3-8, reading/listening to pieces of a longer novel each night would help students develop their comprehension skills and inference skills. Reading pieces of a longer story multiple nights in a row also allows students to practice the skill of recall (remembering details, characters, and plot over a length of time).

Listed below are reading suggestions for this month! They are grouped by K-2 interest and 3-8 interest/reading level.

“Turkey Trouble”

By Wendi Silvano

 “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

By Charles M. Schulz

“Balloons Over Broadway”

By Melissa Sweet



“Shadow Children” 7 Book-Series

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

4th Grade Reading Level

“Children of Exile”

 By Margaret Peterson Haddix

5th Grade Reading Level

“Mighty Jack”

By Ben Hatke



As I mentioned above, reading with your child/children is very beneficial for the development of both small and large children alike. It helps create connections, builds imaginations, and increases vocabulary.  For more information on the importance of reading with children and different strategies to use, check out the links listed below. Happy Reading!






With school officially back in full swing, challenges and frustrations are bound to show up from time to time. After all, EVERY student has struggles at some point in their educational career. One area that can be a struggle for students, especially after returning from a long summer break, is reading. Below are some links to help students strengthen their confidence with reading and become more fluent.

Sight Words




Sight words, words frequently used in books and other forms of communication, are words that students are encouraged to learn automatically without the use of decoding. They are considered mastered when a student can recognize them in print within a few seconds. There are many games and activities that you can do with your child to help them remember these words. There are also multiple lists (broken down by grade-level and parts of speech). One method I found beneficial for students at school is simply writing one word on a notecard. Creating stacks of notecards allows students to flip through them quickly to see if they know the words. Having words they know mixed in with words they have yet to master allows them to feel successful and allow for practice at the same time.

The links above give more detail on what sight words are, different lists for children of various reading levels, and games that can make practicing more fun. I truly believe that, when a student has a strong foundation in sight words, they feel more confident with their reading and become more fluent with their reading. Sight words can be found everywhere (not just in school books): menus, street signs, maps, grocery stores, newspapers, websites, etc. The faster that children learn to recognize these words, the more they will be able to absorb and learn.

Reading Comprehension




When a child reads, they may struggle to understand what they actually read about; they may be able to recognize and decode a multitude of words, but understanding the main ideas and/or making connections could be difficult. How do we help students develop their reading comprehension? READ, DISCUSS, READ, DISCUSS, READ, and DISCUSS! Understanding what is going on in a story, article, or other printed material can be practiced by reading with others and talking about it along the way. What’s going on right now? What just happened? Who is the main character? Who is talking? Where is this story taking place? 

The links above provide ideas on how to practice reading comprehension with you child and prompting questions to ask. If this is not your child’s favorite skill to practice, reading comprehension can also be turned into a game. Inflatable balls, old games (like Jenga), and flashcards can all be transformed to make reading comprehension more enjoyable. Remember, the more fun you make these activities, the more kids will want to practice with you and the more they will learn.

Reading Materials



When it comes to reading, kids do not just have to practice with books. There are many types of materials that can be used to help students become more confident and fluent with reading.

  • Magazines

  • Comics

  • Newspapers

  • Brochures

  • Catalogs

  • Recipes

  • Dictionary and Thesaurus

  • Play Scripts

  • Road Signs and Maps

  • Food Packaging (Cereal Boxes)

  • Blogs and Websites

  • Menus

  • Closed Captions on TV and Movies

Reading is reading regardless of where the words are found!

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