Grades 3-4 Virtual Learning Plan

Beginning on Thursday, April 2, we will all engage in virtual school.  Grades 3-4 will utilize Google Classroom as their primary platform. The teachers have been working diligently preparing for these virtual days. They are growing as educators through this experience as well. I cannot be more proud of our SPEC staff. They are spectacular at being flexible, being able to change, and learning from that change to better themselves and our students.   

The instructional framework is attached below.  For those students and families that are unfamiliar with this Google classroom, simply log in to your Chromebook, click Google Chrome icon for the Google Homepage, click on the “waffle” (pattern of 9 dots in the upper right-hand corner) and click on the icon labeled “Classroom.” It should then display all of the classes that students have been invited to. Finally, just click on the highlighted “Accept” button. Again, many of the students are already utilizing Google Classroom and may already be enrolled in various classes. Over the next few days, 3rd and 4th graders will be receiving an additional Google Classroom invitation for their specials classes. Please follow the above directions to accept the class. 

Teacher availability: 

Teachers will be available by email during the typical instructional day. Please be patient while waiting for a response. In addition to traditional methods of communication, teachers may opt for virtual class time where students can join up on a video chat to discuss classwork, enrichment, remediation and other issues that may arise that would need a video system to discuss. These virtual sessions will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check with your teacher for more information on these “virtual office hours.”

Grading/Assessment

Digital work completed will be turned in as it has been for FID days as well as the typical usage of Google classroom in the school.

To view the April specials calendar, 
click here.

Instructional Framework Continuity of Education

 Student Role:

  • Access Google Classroom
  • Assignment dates due will be determined by the teacher.
  • Record your attendance for the day on the provided Google Form by 10 a.m.
  • Pick your teacher’s class according to the schedule for the day to see what they have waiting for you. This will include primary teachers, specials, and any additional teachers you may have throughout a typical day.

Parent Role:

  • Assist your child in accessing their Google Classroom or gathering their hard copy or virtual workbook.
  • (Grades 3-4) Be sure your child records their daily attendance and help as needed 
  • Promise to support your child in the completion of online coursework.
  • Contact your child’s teacher(s) if you need assistance with anything.  Office hours are designed to support you with home learning. Our faculty and staff are here for you!  

Teacher Role:

  • Create lessons and add them to the corresponding Google Classroom or hard copy/virtual workbook according to the Instructional Schedule.
  • The lesson itself and any extension work related to the lesson should not exceed 20 minutes per subject. 
  • Be available to support families and students by phone or email during “Office Hours" as well as daily during the typical instructional day.
  • Contact the family of any students not engaged in learning activities.  

Teacher Office Hours:

Office Hours will be determined by each teacher. There will be both AM and PM times available on Tuesday and Thursdays. If you need immediate assistance on a day where office hours are not available you may still email the teacher/principal at any time. 

Virtual Instructional Schedule 

Students are expected to work through all the materials given by the teacher on a daily basis. Primary subject focus is Reading and Math. Specials Schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, April 2 - Art

Friday, April 3 - Library

Monday, April 6 - Music

Tuesday, April 7 - Gym

Wednesday, April 8 - Technology

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Furman by emailing rob.furman@sparksd.org


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