47 Learning Activities for Virtual School Students Who Finish Work…
If you’ve worked hard all year to keep your family ahead of schedule on virtual school lessons, your student could finish schoolwork before the school year officially ends. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can start summer vacation early! State laws require online school students to attend for the entire school year.
When students complete their work early, they are required to do educational activities related to their core courses. Here is a list of teacher-approved learning activities for your student in grades K–8 that will keep his or her mind engaged in learning until the finish line!
- For any texts or quizzes on which your student scored below 70%, review the corresponding lessons and complete additional learning activities.
- Go back and view teacher comments on portfolios and work on any skills that the teacher said needed improvement.
- Take a field trip to a local museum and ask your student to write about what he or she learned or observed.
- Subscribe to the free Macaroni Kids website and receive a weekly email of kid-friendly events and activities in your area.
- Watch a movie based on a book and then read the book (or vice versa). Ask your student to write a paragraph comparing and contrasting them. (A few good choices: James and the Giant Peach, Shiloh, Call of the Wild, Because of Winn-Dixie, and The Lightning Thief.)
- Read a biography together, and then have your student write his or her autobiography, a family member’s biography, or a memoir about a special time.
- Research a topic of your choice and write a research paper. Practice taking notes, making sure to write a bibliography or cite sources correctly.
- Read a novel with your student and ask him or her to write an alternate ending or a book review.
- Write a play to read/act out for the family. Videotape it and send it to your teacher!
- Read to a pet, friend, or sibling.
- Write or type words on paper, cut apart, and mix up the words. See how many sentences you can create.
- Read a book together and ask your student to summarize each chapter and the entire book.
- Review the year’s spelling and sight-word lists. Make sure your student can spell, define, and use each word in a sentence.
- Have your student write about his or her summer plans.
- Ask your student to write a letter of advice for a future online student that explains how to be successful in virtual school.
- Write a letter to the school’s principal describing your favorite things about your online school.
- Write about goals for next year or after graduation. Help your student include steps for achieving the goals, deadlines, and a plan for measuring success.
- Choose a silly topic (like Jell-O) and have your student write a story about it using as many descriptive words and as much figurative language as possible.
- Challenge your student to practice keyboarding skills and gain speed.
- Play Yahtzee.
- Finish any remaining workbook pages.
- Challenge your student to play the card game War and see who can multiply the two cards laid down faster. Think you’re too advanced? Lay down three cards each and see who is quicker. Ace = 1, face cards = 10.
- Create a grocery list and estimate the total bill. Have your student compare prices to see which product is a better deal. Calculate the percent or price difference of items on sale. Count back change.
- Cook, having your child measure ingredients. Have your student practice doubling a recipe. Use fractions to express how much people have eaten or how much is left.
- Use fruit to model math problems.
- Teach your student how to calculate how many miles per gallon the family car gets.
- Have your student calculate the distance your car has traveled in a day or week. What is the best unit to measure this distance (feet, inches, yards, miles, kilometers)? Convert the distance to each of these units of measure.
- Choose a destination and have your child find the shortest route to it. Then, draw a map with a key and measurements.
- Measure various objects around the house or estimate the capacity of various objects. Make it a scavenger hunt to add fun!
- Create book illustrations with geometric concepts covered this year.
- Create word problems/study guides for peers.
- Make practicing math facts fun with online math games. You can do addition, subtraction, and multiplication and division games—and timed tests.
- Have your student research what the scientific method is, describe it in written form (noting the steps and what they are about), and complete an experiment using this information.
- Look for science experiment ideas online. Perform experiments together, emphasizing the scientific process.
- Borrow a Bill Nye the Science Guy episode from the library and watch it as a family.
- Help your student create a science journal. He or she can use it to record scientific terms and write down any observations seen at the park, in your house, etc.
- Have your student observe an animal in nature and write a research report on his or her observations and research. For example, your student could research various birds, including what their calls sound like, where they live, and what they eat. Have your student draw pictures and record the sounds they make etc.
- Keep track of the weather for a week and make graphs.
- Help your student create a timeline of important historical/news events in his or her lifetime.
- Ask your child to choose a state or country that you have never visited. Have him or her research and map out the area with points of interest, major cities, etc.
- Pick a time period or event in history and have your student write a journal about what life was like back then. Encourage him or her to draw pictures of clothing, inventions, and everyday life.
- Research your family history and create a family tree.
- Play the game Oregon Trail.
- Have your child write a letter to a government official about a topic that is important to him or her.
- Research a country and make food related to this country. Research should also include the culture’s clothing, music, and arts and crafts.
- Read the newspaper on current events.
- Visit the U.S. government’s website for kids to learn about states, flags, other countries, and more!
We encourage you to save this list and use it during the summer months, too. Every little bit of time that you and your child devote to skills practice will pay off by keeping his or her mind sharp and preventing learning loss.
What end-of-year or summer learning activities have been a “hit” with your family? Share your ideas in the comments below.