Grades 4 to 6 - 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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Other Suggestions

    • Select a picture book and read with a family member, changing your voice to match the characters (e.g., Top Canadian picture books)
    • Explore and research a topic or person that you find interesting…
      • Record your thinking and learning in a blog, journal or with visual notes (sketch note or doodle note)
    • Create a myBlueprint (Grade 6) or All About Me (Grades 4 & 5) - portfolio to showcase your journey
      • Include a timeline of your time away from school and significant events that happen along the way
      • Capture important/historical/interesting photos
    • Record (orally) the story of your day (e.g., record with voice to text, myBlueprint/All About Me) and share with friends or family
    • Gather a variety of loose parts from indoors and outdoors (e.g., pinecones, string), make something and then write a story about it
    • Play language-based board games (e.g., Mad Libs, Apples to Apples, HedBanz) or quick literacy activities
    • Explore Scholastic Learn at Home and complete any of the daily readings and activities
    • Create labels in French for key objects inside and outside, ask a family member to match them to the objects inside or outside
    • Go on a nature walk with a family member, record 10 adjectives to describe what you see


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 (if your child has access) 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 that 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 (Operations)
    • Home Connections - Math activities from each strand to connect the learning in the classroom to experiences at home
    • Games (Catch a Bouncing Ball - Operations, Representations; Drop Ball - Fractions; Representation Match - Fractions; Diamond Drop - Whole Numbers)
    • Learning Tools (Colour Tiles, Fraction Strips, Money, Number Chart, Number Line, Pattern Blocks, Relational 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?

Estimation challenges to support number sense and problem solving.

Interesting tasks and games that provoke mathematical thinking!

Tasks and resources for parents and students.

Videos, games and content that supports the Ontario curriculum.

University of Waterloo CEMC

Engaging problem-solving tasks with Math at Home resources and Problem of the Week - A, B.

Other Suggestions

  • Find math in everyday life (e.g., graph the temperature, measure distances, keep a log of driving times, find angles and shapes in buildings, look for patterns in nature, make change for purchases)
  • 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 more than once and think about how it connects to another song that you know
  • Watch a French video and create a vlog or a blog about your favourite part
  • Videotape a place that you have visited and record your perspectives, opinions or impressions (e.g., Voici la ville de…, Je suis à la plage…)
  • Read or listen to a French book and do a dramatic reading of 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 key information en français

Health & Physical Education

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Health: Food log for two or three meals/day; Physical Activity Log and reflection
  • PE: 20-30 min. Moderate-vigorous physical activity daily (e.g. brisk walk, cycling, mowing the lawn, badminton, hiking, jogging)
  • Ophea Teaching Tools - Individual Pursuits

The Arts

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Take a selfie that shows the perspective of where you are, send the photo to a family member
  • Investigate a style of music that interests you and reflect on this genre in an Arts portfolio in myBlueprint/All About Me or in a journal
  • Gather a variety of objects (e.g., plastic cups, pencils, elastics) to create your own instrument and think about creating a family band
  • Play daily drawing games (e.g., 4 Drawing Games) with a family member or virtually with a friend
  • Go for a walk and record all the elements of art (e.g., line, shape, colour, space, form, texture, value) you see
  • Find a picture and then use a variety of objects to create a soundscape for the image
  • Investigate dance genres from across the decades, find a song of your favourite genre and present it to your family
  • Write down a variety of occupations (e.g., teacher, electrician, painter, cashier, doctor), put them in a jar and play charades
  • Find a poster (online) to your favourite movie, write down the things you like about it and what you would change about it

Social Studies

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Create a slide presentation with images from your environment, label the photos with #s (hashtags)
  • Use Google Maps to look up and explore the street view of government buildings in your community
  • Describe the climate of the area you are visiting and track what you see by uploading images into your myBlueprint/All About Me account
  • Gather a variety of loose parts from the indoors and outdoors (e.g., twigs, leaves, cotton balls) and create your own civilization, name your civilization and create a story to go with it
  • Compare and contrast the social and cultural differences between the place you are visiting and where you live
  • 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 and
  • Record (on a daily basis) one way you have been an active citizen

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 there characteristics that we could use to classify or sort them into groups?
    • What are the relationships between plants and animals (e.g., birds eat bugs and worms, and use grasses and twigs to make nests in trees)? Investigate
    • Why? How? Investigate
  • The colour of light bulbs control the colour we see, but why do rainbows have so many colours if they are made from sunlight? Investigate
  • Design (and test) a device that uses pulleys and/or gears to help something move
  • Design (and test) a structure that can withstand forces of nature (e.g., earthquake - shaking, wind storm - a fan, etc.)
  • Where do we see rocks in our neighbourhoods? Where do they come from? How are they made? Investigate
  • How do parts of our bodies work together to help us live and move? Investigate
  • What happens to the water when it is boiled? Frozen? Ice when it melts?
    • How do rain and snow form?
    • Why? Investigate
  • Where does the energy come from that lights up your home and powers electrical devices?
    • How can we store energy? Investigate
    • Design (and test) a device that transforms one form of energy to another
  • Design an airplane that flies fast and another that can carry a small object
  • What are the differences in your design? Why? Investigate
  • On a clear night, look up at the sky
    • What do you see and why? Where is the sun? Are there objects that we can’t see?
    • Why? Investigate