7-8 Learning

The Ansonia Public Schools staff came together to develop a variety of learning activities and resources for all grade levels and subject areas, PreK-12. Children and families can access the resources below to engage and maintain learning during the COVID 19 extended school closure. 

K- 12 Distance Learning Plans are available here!

 Students are suggested to spend 3-4 hours of their day on academics
  • Read and engage in activities for 30-60 minutes
  • Write for 20-30 minutes
  • Grow their vocabulary
  • Read about science, technology, and business
  • Conduct inquiry and experiments
  • Engage with math for 45 minutes a day
  • Listen to and talk about music
  • View and produce their own artwork
  • Engage in physical activity
  • Immerse in social studies for 30 minutes a day
Student Passwords
  • Clever Usernames: Student's 6 digit school ID number
  • Clever Password: ansonia

 

READING

Ansonia Public Schools middle school students engage in reading with multiple modes of texts. Lessons include instruction in vocabulary and comprehension. The suggested time frame for instructional use is 30-60 minutes per day.

  • IXL Language Arts: Students have access to phonics, reading comprehension and writing strategies.

  • Newsela: This collection of  grades 2-12 news articles span topics and subjects. access through your child's Clever profile.

  • Readworks: Access to thousands of high-quality, free K-12 articles. - Teacher must provide class code for use

  • Wonderopolis: Wonderopolis is an informational site that helps kids ask and answer interesting questions about the world. 

  • Commonlit: A digital collection of fiction and nonfiction for (3rd-12th grade) - Teacher must provide class code

  • Scholastic: Free website with exciting learning journeys on multiple content areas.

  • Kid Zone: Literacy activities for students

  • PBS Kids: Educational games and videos

  • Ducksters: List of biographies for a wide variety of people.

  • Vocabulary Workshop

  • Audible: Audio Books

  • Age of Learning: Adventure Academy. Enter School Code: SCHOOL1565

Podcasts: Select podcasts to listen to at brainson.com. Students can listen to stories in different languages, as well. 

  • Podcasts:
    • Brains On - Topics explained
    • Smash, Boom, Best - Debates
    • Forever Ago - Explains the history of various topics

WRITING

Using their notebooks, students should write about their opinions, thoughts and ideas every day. They can use the read-aloud texts they engage with above, or read and listen to fiction and nonfiction texts.

MATHEMATICS

At Ansonia Public Schools, middle school students engage in math learning with Eureka Math. Lessons include instruction in numbers and operations, algebraic thinking, measurement and geometry. The suggested time frame for instructional use is 45 minutes per day.

  • Khan Academy: Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.

  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: A library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).

  • Math Help: (Alg 1 students ONLY) Site that offers the one-on-one learning experience that every student needs to conquer math.

  • CK-12 Math/Science: We offer free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects.

  • Flipped Math: Allows students to demonstrate mastery of all concepts and progress at their individual pace. Good for Algebra 1 classes.

  • NEOK12: A collection of educational videos, games, quizzes, diagrams, and puzzles that kids love.

  • Math Drills: free math worksheets including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more.

  • Students can also visit Greg Tang Math for games and other math learning opportunities.

  • Desmos Online Calculator: A free on-line graphing calculator.

  • Funbrain: Offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

  • Engineering Activities for Kids: STEM activities using regularly found items in the household.

  • Ansonia Middle School Chess Club: (MUST download Chess App) - A link to join the Ansonia Middle School Chess Forum. This is open to ALL Ansonia Middle School students!

SCIENCE

NGSS challenges students to use science and engineering practices to show they understand core ideas and concepts in science. Students think and act like scientists using real world situations as they explore and make sense of the world around them. The suggested time frame for instructional use is 45 minutes per day.

  • CSI - Web Adventures: Experience first hand what it is like to have a career in science.

  • Ask A Biologist: Has games and simulations for students.

  • NASA STEM Engagement: These science, technology, and engineering, and math activities are fun for kids, adults and the whole family.

  • PHET Simulations: Offers students hands on experiences to different STEM simulations.

  • Check out the NASA site about Galileo missions and space.

  • Climate Kids: Tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth.

  • NEOK12: A collection of educational videos, games, quizzes, diagrams, and puzzles that kids love.

  • CK-12 Math/Science: We offer free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects.

  • Virtual Periodic Table: Access to an online and virtual periodic table.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3) states that there are four major disciplines in social studies—civics, economics, geography, and history. Students can continue to explore social studies with the websites provided. The suggested educational time frame is 30 minutes per day.

 

 

VISUAL ARTS

Students can still engage in visual arts learning. Visit these museum web sites to view art and create art inspired by the works you see.

MUSIC

Listen to music and write about what you feel and think. Create music, too!

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH

Physical Education/Health
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that children and adolescents ages six through 17 years should achieve a minimum of 1 hour of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day, and activities that strengthen bones and build muscles at least 3 days a week.
These three types of physical activities should include:


• Aerobic: Most of the 60 minutes or more per day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity such as walking, running, or anything that makes their heart beat faster.


• Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity, such as climbing or doing push-ups, on at least 3 days a week.


• Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity, such as jumping or running, on at least 3 days a week.