Remote Adventures In Learning

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    Update on Adventures in Learning (AIL) Remote Learning Program

    With the onset of Covid-19 and Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, it became evident that this would not be a typical summer for Adventures in Learning. From July 6-24, 2020, the District is offering families a reimagined version of AIL with creative classes from a remote platform. Details are as follows:

    • Each class will run the 3 weeks and be offered via synchronous learning 30-minutes per day.

    • Period 1: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Period 2: 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    • Students have the choice of up to two sessions per day

    • Class size would range from 5-10

    • The fee is $100 per class

    • Remote Adventures in Learning is open to students attending 3rd through 8th grade in the fall, 2020.
    • A course catalog is here: https://www.winnetka36.org/adventures/catalog

    • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Registration will open at noon, Friday May 22nd, 2020. PROGRAM ONLY OPEN TO WINNETKA RESIDENTS.

    • SUPPORT EMAIL: adventures@winnetka36.org 
     

    Summer 2020 Remote Adventures In Learning Catalog

    Click here to register. Registration opens at 12pm, Friday, May 22nd, 2020. 

     

    Adventures Plus

    Grades 7 & 8
    Double Period (1 hour)

    Specifically structured for incoming 7th and 8th-grade students, this class will blend the creativity and community of traditional Adventures classes with the academic focus of traditional school. If your 7th or 8th-grade student feels they could benefit from some additional academic practice, support, and/or challenge in a variety of core subject areas, this remote learning class is for you. Through a combination of guided curricular work and synchronous learning, we will build upon and continue to practice the academic skills developed during the school year, while still finding ways to keep students excited and engaged. Please indicate your preferred area(s) of focus (Math/ELA/Social Studies/Science).

     
    "A Visit to the Art Institute of Chicago" using the visual to enhance critical thinking and interpretation skills

    Grades 6-8
    Period 1

    Each of the six days will cover a different artist, genre, or topic. In response to the rich discussion, participants will respond in artistic and literary activities designed to foster deeper understanding and self-expression.

    Adventures in Birding!

    Grades 3-8
    Periods 1 and 2

    Adventures in Birding! Students will have the opportunity to learn about their local birds. We would focus on skills such as identifying birds by sight and sound, what food attracts the birds, how to use binoculars, migrating patterns, how to prevent bird strikes, etc. This class would incorporate many other content areas as the students would also be doing things including taking pictures of birds, drawing their own pictures, reading stories about birds, making birdhouses out of household items, writing stories about birds, etc. This class will engage students with their local natural surroundings. We will meet in a Google Meet class to discuss what we've seen and what we've learned. Students would need a device capable of taking pictures and connecting with Google Meet.

    Animals and the World Around Them

    Grades 3-8
    Period 1

    Have you ever noticed how cute a penguin’s waddle is? Or maybe you’ve wondered which animal’s eye is bigger than their brain. (Psst, it’s an ostrich!) Each week we’ll explore different unique animals that live on this planet through discussion, games/trivia, informational videos, jokes, crafts, and more!

    Additional entertaining extension activities and reading suggestions will be presented to students to aid in our conversation for the next day’s session. You can access the free ebook and audiobook resources through Hoopla, a free app supported by the Winnetka Public Library. All you need is your public library card. Don’t have one yet? Sign up today for free on WPL’s website for a temporary digital library card.

    Week 1- Cute and Cuddly Creatures
    Week 2- Amazing Animal Awards
    Week 3- Creepy and Curious Critters

    Apple Apps on the iPad

    Grades 5-8
    Period 2

    Apple Apps on the iPad-Activities will focus on the “feature apps” that are installed on all iPads. Participants would need access to an iPad with apps including Camera, Photos, Keynote, Pages, Sheets, Clips, iMovie, and Garageband. The Foundation of activities will focus on efficiency, creativity, and productivity tech tips.

    Book Club

    Grades 5-8
    Period 1

    This course would meet through Google Meet and would discuss the reading. Students could utilize Learning Ally to access books. The book selection could be genre-based, or it could be the study of a series. This class could be offered at different reading levels to support different level readers. Students would spend time reading but then would meet in a virtual class to discuss the reading.

    Breakout EDU-Game Design

    Grades 4-8
    Period 1

    Similar to an escape room, Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform where players of all ages are challenged to open a locked box by solving unique and challenging puzzles within a set amount of time by using the 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity).

    In this course, students will learn about Breakout EDU, experience digital Breakout EDU games and learn how to create and design their very own Breakout EDU games. The goal is that students finish this course with a completed game that can be shared with others! Classes will be held remotely using Google Classroom.

    Week 1- Designing basics in Google Slides (paper and pencil will work just fine as well) and Intro to Breakout EDU
    Week 2- Learning about the various locks and beginning to design a Breakout EDU digital game.

    Camping and Team Building

    Grades 3-6
    Period 1

     

    Camping and team building on Zoom? Yes! Much of the class revolves around team building in which the students sat together in a circle on a tarp. Now these activities will take part in the Gallery View of Zoom! We'll learn how to tie knots, learn Morse-Code, backyard games, and about constellations. They'll explore national parks and places to go camping, go through camping simulations, do virtual activities through the Morton Arboretum, tell ghost stories, do virtual geocaching and much more! Each Friday, we used to cook. Instead, if possible, students could cook s'mores, baked apples, or pita pizzas with their parents and then we could share pictures and discuss how delicious they were! Just like the food, some of the team building activities that are harder to do on Zoom could be discussed during class and tried out with their families. Then we could discuss how they went during class! If you like camping, virtual camping and team building will be a blast!

    Cardio & resistance training club

    Grades 3-8
    Period 1 and 2

    Cardio Club is a class that will help students enhance their fitness utilizing a variety of methods of training. Students will also be introduced to the basics of age-appropriate weight training. Students will engage in a variety of fitness challenges, teacher-led workouts, and students will have an opportunity to focus on any area of fitness and workouts that they are interested in. Students will track and log their workouts, miles completed throughout the summer, goal set, and work on personal training habits. Healthy choices start today!

    Cheerleading

    Grades 3-5
    Period 2

    Kids will stretch, learn cheerleading position and fun cheers in a google meet class

    Computer Animation/Clay Animation

    Grades 3-8
    Periods 1 and 2

    Use a simple app on your iPad or even your phone to make quality animations. I will guide you and offer support, tips and help as you make your own animated movies.

    Creative Lettering

    Grades 3-8 
    Period 1

    Hand lettering and fancy fonts are everywhere from signs, to cards, to bullet journals, and more. This class will teach students a variety of hand lettering techniques using markers, pens, pencils, and papers. Use your own beautiful word art and graphics in order to create fun and unique projects!

    Creative Writing

    Grades 4-8
    Periods 1 and 2

    If your child loves to write and would benefit from having a personal writing coach, this class might be a good fit. Students will have one-on-one, daily check-ins with the teacher to discuss their work. Those conversations will be tailored around whichever aspect of writing that the student chooses: new writing techniques, editing and revision, or character and plot development. This is a great opportunity for students who love to write independently for their own enjoyment.

    Dog Days

    Grades 3-6 
    Period 1

    Do you love dogs? In this class, we will celebrate our furry friends! We will do fun activities focused on dogs, including arts, crafts, and even do a fundraiser to support a local shelter. We will learn about different breeds of dogs, police dogs, and service animals. If you have a dog, you will get a chance to show and tell!

    Draw Draw Draw!

    Grades 3-4
    Period 1

    Class I: For students entering 3rd and 4th grade - Emphasis on composition and basic shapes, shading, simple perspective, and architectural drawing, landscapes, choice of subjects for independent exploration.

    Draw Draw Draw!

    Grades 5-8
    Period  2

    Class II: For students entering (5th - 8th grade) Enhanced skill development from Class I. Includes perspective, architectural drawing, landscapes, and free exploration of choice - animals, people, fashion design, etc.
    We'll take a virtual tour of the Art Institute.

    Drawing from Life

    Grades 3-5
    Period 2

    Brush up on your observation and drawing skills! This fundamental class will introduce you. to techniques to improve upon your existing drawing skills such as shading, composition, color theory. Great for beginner or more experienced artists.

    Dungeons and Dragons

    Grades 3-6 
    Period 2

    Play a campaign of dungeons and dragons online!

    Exploring Other Cultures

    Grades 5-8
    Periods 2

    Have you ever heard of a Japanese Kabuki Theater, Navajo hoop dancing, Australian Lamingtons, or Gambian Kaftan In this class we will explore cultures from around the world through various cultural traditions? We will see what dance, theater, clothing, and foods look like in other parts of the World. There will be links to see videos of cultural dances and various types of theater. There will be an opportunity to create your own dance and submit your own video. Use scarfs and other items of clothing you own and play with different cultural costume ideas and submit your picture. Online access to recipes from other countries will be shared with you. There will also be links with directions to create your own shadow puppet theater. So come explore the World's cultures through this class.

    Granny Squares Everywhere

    Grades 3-5
    Period 1

    We will begin by learning, or refreshing, how to crochet during week 1. Then, during week 2, we will learn how to crochet a granny square. These crocheted squares can be left separate or will be joined to make a scarf or blanket by the end of week 3. Everyone will walk away with the end result of their choice.

    Supplies - crochet needle and yarn. needle size depending on the size of yarn.

    Harry Potter Adventures

    Grades 3-8
    Periods 1 and 2

    Students will learn and create spells; get instructions for making potions, wands, and brooms at home; get sorted into Hogwarts houses; create coats--of-arms; learn about and create different magical creatures; and more!

    History of Winnetka

    Grades 3-5
    Periods 1 and 2

    How was the Village of Winnetka founded? Who founded the Village? How does local government work? In this community-based course, students will acquire an increased appreciation for how the founding fathers of Winnetka and it's residents have shaped the history of the Village. Topics include: places of historical importance, architecture and commerce. Further inquiry into local historic figures, the economic engines of Winnetka, and entrepreneurship will also be explored. Students will have the unique opportunity to "walk in the shoes" of an urban planner by planning their own Village, restaurant, home and community.

    Improv!

    Grades Offered 3-4
    Periods 1 and 2

    Share your creativity, wacky ideas, and help others show off their unique qualities with improvisation! In this class students will help each other shine through fun activities that encourage students to think on their feet and use what they know. We'll engage in games and activities that foster support, listening, collaboration and confidence. Come work as a team while laughing and having fun!

    Improv for kids:

    Grades 4-8
    Periods 1 and 2

    Learn the world-renowned Second City technique of the art improv. Improv improves communication skills, team world, thinking on your feet, and allows for creative expression. Memory games, story building, and cooperative scene design, build confidence and self-expression while having a ton of fun and laughing all the way! Ideal for students in grades 4-8.

    Juggling!

    Grades 3-5 
    Periods 1 and 2

    This class will teach you the fundamentals and basics of juggling...from scarves to bean bags, then on to balls and rings! Campers will need 3 juggling scarves, 3 bean bags, and 3 small balls (tennis, racquet, etc.) to use at home.

    Life Around the Globe

    Grades 3-5
    Period 2

    Do you want to know how other kids get to school? Where their water comes from? What kind of houses do they live in? What do they eat? In this class, we will see how people around the world live and discover similarities and differences between their lives and ours.

    Meditation Through Zen Tangle Drawing

    Grades 3-5
    Period 1

    When was the last time you sat down to color? Ever admired the coloring books with the complex drawings in them? Well this class will help you to make your own Zen Tangle Drawing. Drawing is a great form of relaxation and expression. So join me in doing some of your own Zen Tangle Creations. We will start with the basics of Zen Tangle Drawing. Then you will be able to do a drawing using a selfie and another with your favorite animal as inspiration.

    Mini-Playwriting

    Grades 3-5
    Period 2

    Like to be creative and enjoy writing? MIni-Playwriting provides a great opportunity for you to explore your imaginative side! Students will use Google Docs to create mini-plays or if they decide, one larger one! We'll also work with Google Talk to Text for those students who haven't been typing very long.

    Using Zoom, we'll meet each day to brainstorm, write, and edit/revise our plays. This platform can be used to conduct rehearsals. It's fun when we work on using expressions and projecting our powerful voices! When putting the video together, we'll use an app such as iMovie to streamline performers as much as possible.
    There will also be time for karaoke via Zoom, which has been a hit in the past!

    "Poetry"

    Grades 5-8
    Period 2

    This class will take participants on an exploration of a variety of poems, both old and new. They will come away with a foundation in poetry vocabulary and literary devices. This class will also provide opportunities for kids to dabble in the art of poetry writing.

    Razzle Dazzle Science & Nature Magic

    Grades 3-5 
    Period 1

    Razzle Dazzle Science & Nature Magic-Video tutorials on mixing up safe and common household materials to observe their natural reactions. Activities will simulate experiments applying the scientific method, including practicing predictions, observations, sketching and annotating, analyzing and formulating conclusions. Participants will handle a variety of ingredients, containers, and natural resources.

    Robots Robots Robots

    Grades 3-5
    Period 2

    Get ready for 3 weeks of robots! We will look at robots, read about robots, and create our own robots (and probably more than 1!). Week 1 will focus on looking at robots, brainstorming for our drawings, and beginning our creation process. Week 2 will continue our creative process of drawing and painting or coloring. We will use our imaginations during Week 3 to build our own robots (and see how tall we can make them!).

    Supplies - basic art supplies - markers, crayons, pencil, paper, brushes, plus water, cardboard, tape/glue, and scissors.

    Roel’s Reading Rockets

    Grades 4-8
    Period 2

    Do you LOVE to read and LOVE to chat about books with others? If your answer is yes, please join Mrs. Roel for one-week virtual book adventures! Each week will showcase a new novel along with daily reading assignments (approximately 70 pages each) to keep us at a healthy pace to complete the book together by Friday. Fellow bookworms will enjoy daily rich discussions, games and more!

    You can access the free e-book and audiobook versions of each of the titles through Hoopla, a free app supported by the Winnetka Public Library. All you need is your public library card. Don’t have one yet? Sign up today for free on WPL’s website for a temporary digital library card.

    Week 1- Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy (Realistic Fiction)
    Week 2- In the Red by Christopher Swiedler (Science Fiction)
    Week 3- Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh (Mystery/Fantasy/Horror) A 2021 Rebecca Caudill Book Nominee!

    Scrunchie Making

    Grades 3-5 
    Periods 1 and 2

    Make your own scrunchies with your choice of fabric! Scrunchies are very in right now and I think it would be very appealing to many! I think 3-6 graders could take the class. They would have to be independent enough to learn how to sew or use a sewing machine.

    Super Sleuths

    Grades 3-5 
    Period 2

    If you like solving mysteries this class is for you! Sharpen your detective skills through games and fun lessons that will help you become a super sleuth. 

    Spalicious

    Grades 3-5
    Period 1 and 2

    Please join us for a virtual, remote version of Spalicious. You will join Spalicious teachers via virtual classroom as well as pre-recorded instructional videos in order to make our amazing products at home using ingredients that will be delivered to you. Make your own health and beauty products using natural ingredients. Also incorporate healthy living practices into your life such as: yoga, meditation and art. Possible personal care products : lip scrub, hand scrub, body balm, body glitter, lavender sleep pillows, bath jelly, body art, and more.

    Slumber Party Fun

    Grades 3-5
    Period 1

    Kids will have a virtual camp out the first week, have a spa week the second week and a "classic slumber party" the third week also a google meet class.

    Star Wars Activities

    Grades 3-5
    Periods 1 and 2

    A STEAM-based Star Wars class that will feature activities involving building, stop-motion animation, filmmaking, cooking and science. There will also be educational videos on the history of Star Wars and special effects. Gr. 3-5.

    Some Good News!

    Grades 5-8
    Period 1

    Students will work collaboratively and creatively to research positive news stories to share in a weekly news broadcast. Students can also share tips and ideas for fun and creative ways to cope with our current situation while we are all sheltering in place.

    Sketchnoting

    Grades 4-8
    Period 2

    Sketchnoting, also known as visual notetaking, is the creative and graphic process of notetaking where the individual uses illustrations, symbols, structures, and texts to take notes. Studies have proven that sketchnoting improves concentration and helps individuals focus on the main ideas that are important. While sketchnoting, individuals are using both verbal and visual modes to create cross-references forming a visual map that helps recall details days, months, and even years later. even years later.

    In this course, students will learn:
    - the basic elements of a sketchnote
    - the types of sketchnotes
    - sketchnoting skills and techniques

    Video Production with iPad/iPhone

    Grades 5-8
    Period 2

    Learn to create videos with your phone or iPad. Students choose the message, theme, and style of their video, Learn tips and tricks for better quality videos. Once complete, we'll share out the videos with the group and reflect.

    Virtual Book Club

    Grades 3-5
    Period 2

    Students will have to purchase or download the book (I can also voice record chapters for them if they don't have access to audiobooks). They will engage in discussions about their book with their peers via Kid Blog. Students will also be assigned daily reading and writing activities that go along with their assigned books.

    Virtual HORSE

    Grades 3-4
    Period 1

    Have kids set up the laptop/iPad out outside (or inside if they have it) facing the basketball hoop. Kids take turns taking a shot, and we play a game of horse

    Virtual Summer STEAM

    Grades 5-8
    Period 1

    Students will choose from a variety of STEAM-related activities and challenges of their choice and work to complete. The students will share their progress and discuss their learning with the group.

    Weaving - Learn to weave!

    Grades 3-5
    Period 1

    Learn the basics of making one-of-a-kind woven tapestries using a variety of colorful yarns. Teacher has all the materials for it and could easily make a 'supply bag' for each student for pickup. 

    Writing Club

    Grades Offered 5-8
    Period 2


    Students would work in a writer's workshop model. We would meet virtually to work on ideas and share writing. Students could also have one on one time with me to critique their stories. There could be a creative strand and a non-fiction strand.

    Yoga for Kids

    Grades 3-6
    Periods 1 and 2

    This will be an interactive yoga “practice”, allowing students to learn yoga poses, understand the fundamental philosophy of yoga, and find a sense of calm and balance in both mind and body.