High School Content

Scituate High School Learning Opportunities

ELA

Reading

  • Pick a book you haven’t read. Read it. Enjoy!
  • If you finish quickly, repeat.

 Writing

  • Argumentative: Do you think the district’s response to COVID-19 has been appropriate? Why or why not? Write a response in which you weigh both sides and explain why your opinion is the correct one.
  • Explanatory: What do you want to know about _______? Or, what should people know about _______? Fill in the blank with something that interests or excites you. Write a response in which you explain the most important parts about this topic. 
  • Narrative: Write a short story, poem, or short play about any topic you like. Get creative, and have fun!
  • Publishing: If you’d like, submit your work to the Scituate Kids’ Community Newsletter, a website that will post work every few days. It’s run by a teacher and graphic designer who lives in Scituate.

 Language

  • Grammar: No Red Ink is a good resource for practice with grammar, and it’s pretty intuitive. In light of all the school closures, many of their premium options are now available for free. 
  • Vocabulary: There are many word-of-the-day programs available online. Sign up for one of those, or just grab a dictionary and learn a word a day.

 Speaking & Listening

  • Interview (via phone, Facetime, Skype, etc.) an older family member, family friend, teacher, or neighbor. Ask that person about her/his/their thoughts about everything that’s going on. Does it remind her/him/them of anything else? 

 Testing

  • MCAS: We’re still waiting on guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about this. If you’re eager to practice and prepare for MCAS, here’s a link to practice tests. 

AP and SAT: We’re still waiting on guidance from the College Board about these exams....



Math

Below are recommendations for resources that students can use. These are not required, will not be graded and should be accessible for free and with little to no assistance. Stay well and enjoy some math!

Khan Academy- Khan Academy math practice. Depending on level, one of the following courses are likely appropriate: One practice the site has seen teachers and students use to great effect is to start, regardless of age, start at least two grade levels below your current grade.

Course challenges and unit tests can be used to accelerate through material. If you don’t have too many gaps, you should be able to get through a previous year’s content in 1-3 hours. If you do have gaps, it may take a bit longer, but that is good!  This is your chance to fill in those gaps that might otherwise hold you back in the future.

 

Enrichment

Programming- enrichment to explore programming in a fun way!

 Additional Work

  • Teachers may recommend or suggest that students complete additional, course-specific work.
  • Due to state guidelines, however, teachers cannot require any additional work.

Grading

  • Due to state guidelines about equity of access, neither the general Learning Enrichment Opportunities described here nor any additional work recommended by teachers can be used as part of a course grade or as extra credit.

Testing

  • MCAS: We’re still waiting on guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about this. If you’re eager to practice and prepare for MCAS, here’s a link to practice tests.
  • AP and SAT: We’re still waiting on guidance from the College Board about these exams. Here’s a link for Official SAT® Practice.


Science

Grades 6-12 science, technology, and engineering learning enrichment opportunities

 Find an age appropriate science/nature documentary available on streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+) or some other source (such as on-demand or YouTube) and write a reflection on what you have learned and how that information might be used to solve some real world problem.

  • Choose a phenomenon from Phenomena for NGSS.  Write an explanation for the phenomenon based on evidence. Evidence may come from content knowledge and/or information from supplemental resources (e.g., reliable Internet resources, textbooks, nonfiction texts). 

     

    For high school students:

     

  • Choose from the following:

 

Science and Engineering Practice

Learning Activity

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

View one of the following short films: An Elemental Question, A Royale Mystery, or A Tale of Two Birds. Based on the film chosen, complete two lists: What did you notice in the film? What do you wonder about in the film? From these lists, generate a series of testable questions that may be explored further with scientific research/investigation.

Planning and Carrying Out an Investigation

Choose a High School level PhET Interactive Simulation that you have not used in class, even one for a course different than you are currently taking. Run the simulated investigation. Identify the variables within the investigation. Choose a variable. Plan an additional investigation that targets the effect of this variable on the original simulation.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Choose a data set and analyze using the templates provided: https://www.turnersgraphoftheweek.com/gow-archive.html

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Choose a simple investigation to conduct at home (e.g., does ramp height affect the energy of a toy car). Identify the dependent and independent variables and conduct the investigation. Collect data and organize it in an appropriate data table. Using paper and pencil or digital tools, graph this data. Determine the relationship between the two variables.

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Choose a controversial topic in science related to the class you are currently enrolled in (e.g., climate change, cloning, animal rights, vaccines, evolution, stem cell research, responsible land use, GMOs, industrial agriculture, fossil fuel use, use of alternative energies, ocean acidification). Using your knowledge of the topic, prepare a table of confirming and conflicting evidence. From this table, make a claim in support of or against the topic you chose. Outline evidence to defend your claim and provide scientific reasoning to make sense of the claim and evidence provided.

 



Social Studies/History

Social Studies Enrichment grades 6-12. 

(Your teacher might have other suggestions that fit what you are currently learning.)

 

  • Watch a documentary on a web site or program like The History Channel, PBS, or National Geographic. Choose something that connects with the history course you are taking, or just something that interests you.
    • Reflect after you watch by writing about what was interesting or how the show helped you understand the saying “History repeats itself.”
  • Go back over material you have studied and to make sense of things in a different way by creating one of these products.
    • A one page 6-box comic that tells the story of an important decision or individual
    • An annotated map that tells a story of what happened in a time and place
    • A timeline that includes causes and effects of an important event
  • Telephone a grandparent or family friend and ask them questions about how things were different when they were your age, and if they have strong memories of any historical events. Write a letter or make a card comparing your life to theirs, or sharing what you learned. They will love to get the mail!
  • Explore the news.Pick a story, and read or look at a couple different sources. Write down a question, then answer it in a couple of sentences. Do 3 or 4 on the same topic.
  • Identify a community need or a group of people who are facing hardship because of our efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
    • How are local organizations helping people affected by coronavirus shutdowns?
    • What actions are individuals taking to help?
    • Communicate with friends or family members about what you learned.


World Language

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KlkL3CPe3qpScOuasA-HPDgUKnsvCOi_lr6yuBHsVhQ/edit?usp=sharing



Fine Arts

SHS Art 

  • Create artwork! (Sketching, painting…)

     

    Great resources for photography students:

     

  • "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time"

    1h 32m Netflix

     "Wasteland" Vik Muniz. 1h 40 m

    "Erik Johannson: Impossible Photography"  Ted Talk 6:21m

     

  • ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) videos and audio recordings including exhibition previews, artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators.. https://www.icaboston.org/video-audio

     

     

  • TED talks have an entire art series "Artists, designers and curators share their work, their process and their vision. Watch TED Talks from sculptors, painters, illustrators and photographers — and those who blur the boundaries." https://www.ted.com/topics/art These are great for 9-12 visual art students.

     

     

  • "The Virtual Instructor" for Intro to Art 9-12 Courses https://thevirtualinstructor.com/lessonplans.html

 

 

SHS Music:

 

 

Guitar:

 

Piano:

  • If you have access to a piano or keyboard, consider practicing concepts taught in class
  • Here are some links to YouTube videos I suggest you listen to!
  • Mozart piano music
  • https://youtu.be/6cUbI8ibYZo
  • Jazz piano music
  • https://youtu.be/y-lJcNRGcqs
  • Dvorak Slavonic Dances (4 hands)
  • https://youtu.be/1WyF-s6REq0

     

     

  • Free Performances to Watch Online
  • Several major performing groups are setting up streaming concerts for people to enjoy at home!  I have included a few links below:
  • The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming a free opera performance every night! If you want to have any idea about what Ms. Kieran studied in music school, this is it! 
  • Performances will be available for 20 hours.
  • https://www.metopera.org/
  • The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the worlds finest, is making their digital concert hall free to everyone.  There is a wealth of great performances here!
  • https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/titelgeschichten/20192020/digital-concert-hall/
  • Fun Ways to Practice
  • Websites like Smart Music and Sight Reading Factory are offering free subscriptions to students affected by school closures.  Sight Reading Factory is a ton of fun and it is a great way to practice your sight reading skills at home
  • Links are included below:
  • https://www.smartmusic.com/
  • https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/

 

 

 

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PE, Health, Wellness and Business

Physical Education, Health and Wellness Enrichment Opportunities

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QMewHTHCmZ4LVi3nwYT6pFFgciwHGjiTczv-jjH2KLw/edit

Business Education Enrichment Opportunities 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TmGiehJOd5Ol1963Ich50guKqaUe3ywi-DcGmfmNZDs/edit

 


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