Distance learning has been hard on students (and teachers!) - not just from the lack of human interaction, but the stress of figuring out new technologies, the eye strain of staring at screens, and the absence of hands-on, collaborative learning activities they thrive on in a classroom setting. With distractions abound and parents often struggling to assist, take-home, printed activities may be a strategy worth employing to encourage a kinesthetic approach to a learning environment we've all had to adapt to.
As discussed in a recent article for eSchool news, several studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of print vs. digital learning, and the results should surprise no one. Printed materials are easier for brains to process than information on-screen, and the physical engagement of such materials allow for enhanced focus, without the distractions of the vastness on the world wide web.
As such, if you're looking for more printed materials for your distance learning students, we've got some here for you!
It's well known among educators that in the learning pyramid, students learn a small percentage of what they see, hear, and do - but they learn the most from teaching others. In this activity to practice math skills, students in grades 1-8 will put together their own game - helping them learn during its creation, and when the game is carried out, they're teaching others how to follow by the rules they designed! Download game board templates and guidelines for this fun activity which encourages family involvement!
Labels for the Home
Designed for English Language Learning (ELL) students or students learning to read, this activity involves printed materials to help identify items around the house so students can practice reading, writing, and drawing them. Using cutout shapes of basic household items like tables, chairs, bathtubs, and more and complete with a printable booklet, letter for families, and preparation instructions, download this free "Labels for the Home" activity now.