Grades 1 to 3 - Learning Resources

The activities provided offer a variety of suggestions for parents and students to work through while away from school.


Supports for Parents/Guardians

Reading and Writing with Your Child, K-6

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Online Resources

Other Suggestions

  • Read some books you have in your home, or online, that look interesting to you and tell a family member about them
  • Check out one or more of these Canadian picture books: CBC: 11 Canadian Picture Books. Do you have a favourite? Tell or write to someone to tell them which is your favourite and why
  • Take a photo of something interesting (e.g., place, object) and write a caption for the photo (a sentence or two that tells what the photo is about and what you are wondering)
  • Make a Top Ten list of environmental print (e.g., product labels, restaurant logos) and tell or write why you chose each item on your list
  • Create a scrapbook of photos, artifacts and pictures with captions you would like to share with your class when you return to school
  • Keep a journal. Write and draw how you are feeling and what is happening in your day
  • Play language-based games (e.g., Scrabble, Boggle, Pictionary, Trivia games)
  • Go for a walk and look for posters around your neighbourhood. Choose one to talk about. Why was this poster made? Who was it made for? Can you make a sign or poster with a message you think is important? Use pictures and words in your creation


What is My Child Learning in Math?

Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Doing Mathematics with your Child K-6

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Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math

English French

Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math

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Online Tasks/Activities

DreamBox Learning

(Grade 3, or if your student has access) - log in and continue working through activities on the dashboard OR

    • DREAMBOX - Sign up for a free 90-day trial until April 30, 2020 using your child’s @hdsb account.
    • If you are a new user, DreamBox will take some time to get to know your child. It is important they answer honestly - and remember we all make mistakes when we are learning but these are also the times when we grow our brains!​

Home Supports - What math activities can we do together?

    • WINS - Working in Number Sense Activities
    • Home Connections - Math activities from each strand to connect the learning in the classroom to experiences at home
    • Math Storytime (Les contes qui comptent)
    • Games (Representation Match Whole Numbers, Diamond Drop - Whole Numbers, Bouncing Ball - Whole Numbers)
    • Learning Tools (Colour Tiles, Money Tool, Number Chart, Pattern Blocks, Rekenrek, Set Tool, Whole Number Rods)

Visuals and prompts to spark great math discussion.

Look at an image. Which one doesn’t belong? Challenge: Can you find a reason why each one doesn’t belong?

Interesting tasks and games that provoke mathematical thinking!

Tasks and resources for parents and students.

Videos, games and content that supports the Ontario curriculum.

Other Suggestions

  • Find math in everyday life (e.g., different ways to see numbers, explore money, counting bricks on a building, organize items in nature, track your steps, look for patterns)
  • Play! - board games, math games with cards or dice, puzzles

Core French, French Immersion & Extended French

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Log onto any of the suggested websites at this link
  • Listen to a French song and try to sing along
  • Watch a French video and retell what you saw
  • Read or listen to a French book and share your favourite part of the story with your family
  • Make a photo book of the places you visited on your trip and name or label what you can en français (colours, numbers, objects, actions)

Health & Physical Education

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Create a snack food log
  • Engage in 20-30 min of moderate Physical Activity Daily (e.g., brisk walk, cycling, badminton, hiking, jogging)
  • Go Noodle

The Arts

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Use your body parts (e.g., arms, legs) and locomotor movements (e.g., galloping, skipping) to alter and exaggerate how you travel from point A to point B (e.g., walking from your hotel to the pool, from driveway to driveway, kitchen to the family room)
  • Go on a colour scavenger hunt with a family member
    • Look for secondary colours (e.g., orange, yellow, purple)
    • Find a colour that interests you and name it (e.g., Minecraft Green)
    • Repeat this scavenger hunt looking for textures (natural and artificial)
  • Listen to the local/cultural music of the area and discuss the pitch and sounds you hear with a family member
  • Try something new (e.g., origami) in the arts
  • Write down a variety of animal names (e.g.,dog, zebra, elephant, beetle), put them in a jar and play charades
  • Play your favourite song, grab a scarf and create a bunch of new dance moves
  • Gather objects from around the house to create a symphony of sounds or go digital (e.g., virtual drumming)

Social Studies

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Look for and draw three natural features (e.g., lakes) and three built features (e.g., places of worship) of the surrounding community
  • Create a photo log to showcase a ceremony, festival/fair or celebration in the area that you attended or draw a picture to show a showcase a personal ceremony, festival/fair or celebration
  • Gather a variety of loose parts from the indoors and outdoors (e.g., twigs, leaves, cotton balls) and create your own city, name your city and create labels to go with it
  • Take a virtual tour of a history museum (e.g., Canadian Museum of Civilization, Virtual Museum of Canada) write down 5 things you learned or observed
  • Research a historical figure and write down three things that person would say in today’s society

Science & Technology

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Consider the wild plants and animals, and domestic plants and animals, that are in the area.
    • Do you notice different plants and animals than what you would see at home?
    • Are they the same all year long?
    • Why? Investigate
  • How do people get from place to place in an area that you are visiting and is this different from at home?
    • Do the methods use the same amount of energy?
    • Where do we get the energy resources that power them?
    • Why do boats float?
    • Investigate
  • How does the weather every day compare to the weather at home right now?
    • Is it the same? Is it different?
    • Observe and measure precipitation. Where does it go over time?
    • Are there different types of clouds?
    • Why? How? Investigate
  • How do machines help move objects?
    • Look around the house or go on a family walk and look for examples of levers, inclined planes, pulleys, wheels and axles? (e.g., shovels, accessibility ramps, teeter-totter, slides, fishing rod, cranes, car wheels, etc.)
    • How? Investigate
  • What kinds of structures do people and animals build?
    • What sorts of materials are used? How are they joined together?
    • What makes a structure strong and stable?
    • Why? How? Investigate