Lots of ideas/websites with activities:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to give you a few ideas of things you can do to help your child.
Class teachers have given specific work for each class but these are extra ideas and activities and are completely optional.
Activities on Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/
Mindfulness Session https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvF9AEe-ozc
Operation Transformation 10@10 https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/
Read a Book
Book Review: Write a book review for your favourite book. Write an alternative ending to your favourite story. Design a new cover for your favourite book.
Create a comic: Think of your own idea or take a scene from your favourite book.
Create a superhero: Draw a superhero, describe the superhero and identify super powers.
Character profile: Write about your favourite book character, write 20 questions you would like to ask them.
Write a letter to yourself– you age, your favourite TV show, book, song and dreams for the future
Oral Language Activities
Last Man Standing
Name a category or theme, such as things found in a kitchen, food, professions etc. Throw the ball and the student must say a word related to the theme and throw the ball back to you/another person. If they repeat a word that has already been said or can’t think of a new one within a few seconds, they are out.
Alternatively, each student gives the next student another theme. You might start off with “something red.” The first student to catch the ball could say “strawberry” and then choose another topic and throw the ball to the next person.
Write words on slips of paper for students to choose. The student must convey the word using only drawings. Students cannot use words, symbols or hand gestures. Limit the time to three minutes maximum. Each correct word is a point.
Write down words on slips of paper for students to choose. Verbs are likely to be the easiest. Students use actions to communicate the secret word. For each correct word, that student receives a point.
Write a list of words on slips of paper. Pupils must describe the secret word without saying it. This helps students practice with synonyms and descriptions.
Test your memories and vocabulary! All you need is a clear desk and 20 common items from the house. Arrange the objects on the desk and let students gather around to look at them. Cover everything with a sheet (or something similar) after one minute. The student must write out as many items as they can remember on a piece of paper. Alternatively, you can call out the 20 objects twice and the pupils must write out the 20 items.
Draw six columns on paper and write a category (food, names, cities or countries, furniture, verbs and clothing) at the top of each column. Choose a random letter. Give students enough time to write down a word for each category that starts with that letter. You can repeat with new letters as many times as you like.
Letter Scramble- This can be used for spelling lists from Spellbound
Make a list of words that your students have recently learned and write a scrambled version of each on a sheet of paper. Allow students to unscramble the words on their paper. The first one to finish deciphering all the words wins.
Write a word vertically and then have students write a word starting with each letter of the vertical word. For example:
Make this more difficult by requiring the words to be related to the acronym.
What Am I Thinking Of?
Each person thinks of an object and write 5-10 words describing the object on a piece of paper. After one minute, swap papers and try to figure out what the other person described. The first person to have both words guessed correctly wins.
- Picture Bingo:Use pictures on the Bingo card and call out the words that relate.
- Synonym Bingo:Get those brains working by giving students a word that means the same thing as a word on their card.
- Antonym Bingo:This is just as it sounds. Call out the antonyms of words on their cards and see how many students get it.
The Daily News
This task can be done with any age from 2nd to 6th class. It can be done in a number of ways but here is a suggestion for different age groups:
Race yourself: Set a timer- say as many Irish words and sentences you can think of-food, weather, colours etc. and try and increase your time each day!
Watch a cartoon as Gaeilge: Cúla4/TG4
Tables Games-Hit The Button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Tables Games- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division https://www.theschoolhub.ie/sample.php
Create a 4×4 Bingo board and select a tables group (e.g. times 7). Pupil must write out answers e.g. 35, 14, 70, 7, 49. Call out a sum e.g. 5×7 and the person to clear their Bingo board first is the winner.
Extra Maths Worksheets available here https://www.math-drills.com/
Games for all areas of the maths curriculum http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/index.html
Daily 10 minutes Mental Maths Activity https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10
Time- Grab a clock and practise reading the time in five minute intervals and digital times
Weight scavenger hunt! Have a look in the presses and find foods that weigh 1kg, half kg, quarter kg etc. Look at liquids too! Find a liquid measuring 1 litre.
World Book Online- fantastic resources online https://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/home?
Research a landmark around the world such as Burj Khalifa (Dubai), Eiffel Tower (Paris), Empire State Building (New York), Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco), Great Wall of China (China)- then build it with Lego!
- Design and Make a Homemade Board Game
- Draw a map of your local Area
- Draw a Treasure Map
- Design a bookmark
- Build a cardboard castle
- Tissue box monsters
- Draw a self portrait
- Build a lego skyscraper, your favourite animal, a lego bridge, a lego cube, a dinosaur, an igloo, a lego tree, your favourite fruit, a castle, a pyramid, a boat that can float, a lego car, a fire station, a lego staircase, a robot, a house,
- Build something with only the blue lego, something that can fly, an alien
- Pick a landmark around the world and build it with lego
- Use your lego and baseplate to build a marble maze
- Make a sculpture using exactly 18 bricks.
- Create a pattern
- Make your favourite film, book or TV character with lego
- Write your name and age with lego
Resources below this (click on the picture of the doc) are provided from the CESI Group on a Google doc (you will need a gmail account to open this). CESI is the Computers in Education Society of Ireland. This document is a variety of resources compiled by teachers all over Ireland. Simon Lewis of Carlow Educate Together shared it with the CESI mailing group.Thanks Simon and CESI! Ignore the bits about Google Classroom as we use Office 365. Pupils may share work they have done with their teachers or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a one-stop shop of resources compiled by Maggie Green- an ASD class teacher in Donegal- Thanks Maggie! Click on the picture below to access:
Most pupils have had this this set up by their teacher. Please contact your class teacher or myself if you are having problems logging in.
This is a daily quiz competition during the school closures:
Get Epic is a reading website and some teachers have already set it up in their class- feel free to go on yourself and set up an account for your son if they do not have one:
Twinkl is a website offering free resources this month:
You can access the material on www.twinkl.ie/offer and use the code: IRLTWINKLHELPS
Folens are giving access to all their digital resources on FolensOnline.ie. This would be handy if you were missing your Reading Zone book:
Parents and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:
- Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
- Select Teacher
- Fill in a username, email and password
- For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
NOTE for Teachers: if you already have an account on FolensOnline but want to access all our resources simply create a new account with a different email address.