Summer Learning


Your child can continue their remote learning this summer using the resources provided below.

For all Great Minds® curricula, start at the beginning of the Knowledge on the Go™ video series for the grade-level students recently completed. Then move forward one video lesson at a time.

Eureka Math® for Grades K–12

For each Knowledge on the Go lesson, use the following protocol.

  1. To prepare, review the problem set for the lesson. Choose one problem for analyzing student work during the debrief. Then choose additional problems for students to complete after they watch the lesson video. Aim to assign about ten minutes of work. You can adjust the assignment for students with varying levels of proficiency. One way to adjust the assignment is to name some problems as “must do” and others as “could do.” All students should complete at least a few of the same problems—including the one you identified for the analysis during the debrief—and each student should have sufficient work to engage them for ten minutes.
  2. Direct students to watch the video and then independently work on their assigned problems for ten minutes. If working in-person, circulate among the students and look for student work samples to feature in the debrief. If working in distance learning mode, ask students to photograph their work and submit it in advance of a debrief video conference.
  3. Gather students for the lesson debrief. Have students choose two similar problems and ask them to reflect on how they completed the work for each problem. Then feature two to three student work samples for analysis. Ask students to notice any differences and similarities in the work samples, and to share where they see the problem represented in the sample.
  4. Have students complete and then submit the lesson’s exit ticket. Do not assign a grade for daily exit tickets. Rather, use them to check each student’s progress, knowing that subsequent lessons continue to offer opportunities for students to demonstrate progress. If you see common errors from multiple students, use the debrief in the next lesson to address and correct any misconceptions.
  5. If graded assessments are desired, use the Affirm topic quizzes and Module Assessments.

Wit & Wisdom® for Grades K–8

  1. At the beginning of summer school, have students complete the Knowledge on the Go Welcome lessons to build an understanding of Wit & Wisdom instruction and expectations. Use each lesson’s written and oral responses, called Checks for Understanding, to establish students’ proficiency.
  2. Then have students engage in the Module 4 Knowledge on the Go lessons. The videos for these lessons can be used in different ways—examples below—and remain conducive to both in-person and distance learning modes. Assign the lesson’s video for students to watch before the class meets. Then teach the lesson according to the written instruction in the Teacher Edition. This preview method prepares students to confidently engage during live instruction. Watch the lesson videos with students, pausing as suggested, to discuss and complete tasks.
  3. Finally, have students complete the Module 4 Affirm assessments to determine the knowledge they built over the summer with Knowledge on the Go. Because Knowledge on the Go videos are modified from the written instruction in the Teacher Edition, adjust expectations for performance on the Affirm assessments as needed. If schools have not purchased Affirm for summer school use, download the multiple-choice Question Sets for Grade 3 through Grade 8 available on GreatMinds.org.

PhD Science® for Grades 3–5

  1. At the beginning of summer school, have students complete the Knowledge on the Go Recap lessons for Modules 1, 2, and 3 to set a foundation for starting Module 4.
  2.  Then have students engage in the Module 4 Knowledge on the Go lessons. The videos for these lessons can be used in different ways—examples below—and remain conducive to both in-person and distance learning modes. Assign the lesson’s video for students to watch before the class meets. Then teach the lesson according to the written instruction in the Teacher Edition. This preview method prepares students to confidently engage during live instruction. Watch the lesson videos with students, pausing as suggested, to discuss and complete tasks.
  3. At the end of the summer, have students apply the knowledge they gained from the lessons by completing them Module 4 Science or Engineering Challenge. Assign the Module 4 Socratic Seminar, which provides an opportunity for students to synthesize learning. Then assess learning by using the End-of-Module Assessment.

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