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Supporting Students During Summer Break

SUPPORTING STUDENTS DURING SUMMER BREAK

ADDRESSING THE COVID-19 SUMMER SLIDE

 

Learning Slide  Dear DVUSD Parents and Guardians,

 

We are grateful for your patience with Home Learning, for your support with Google Classroom and Canvas, for your encouragement with your child for virtual class meetings, and most importantly for your belief that during the COVID-19 school closure children could still learn and thrive. You have our utmost respect and heartfelt appreciation for helping us teach your child during the last quarter of the 2019-20 school year. Thank you!

 

When we begin the summer break, we want to provide access to engaging mathematics and reading resources that you can use as we all prepare to support student learning in the 2020-21 school year. We know that preliminary COVID-19 learning slide estimates suggest students will return in fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year. However, in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains, returning with less than 50% of the learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions.*  

The resources below are recommendations to combat the summer learning slide. If your child’s teacher has made other suggestions, please follow their guidance along with these resources.

 

ELA Recommendations (Grades K-5)

Amplify Reading (available until July 1) 

Capit Kindergarten only (available until July 1)

Independent/Shared Reading is time for students to build stamina and apply skills in reading stories of choice.

Closed Caption TV Turn off the volume. Have your child read the script or read along with the audio for at least 1 show a day


ELA Recommendations (Grades 6-8)

Common Lit is a free resource of reading passages with quick checks for understanding and comprehension skills.

NoRedInk is a free resource site that gives students practice on grammar and writing skills.


ELA Recommendations (Grades 9-12)

Common Lit is a free resource of reading passages with quick checks for understanding and comprehension skills.

NoRedInk is a free resource site that gives students practice on grammar and writing skills.



Math Recommendations (Grades K-5)

DreamBox (available until July 1)

Zearn If your child does not have a classroom account, create an account here.

Khan Academy If your child does not have a classroom account, create an account here.


Math Recommendations (Grades 6-8)

DreamBox  (available until July 1)

Khan Academy If your child does not have a classroom account, create an account here.


Math Recommendations (Grades 9-12)

Khan Academy If your child does not have a classroom account, create an account here.

cK-12 is a free resource site that gives students practice on math skills.



ACT Online Prep - ACT Test Prep Practice skills needed on the ACT test.

The College Board SAT - University & College Practice skills needed for the PSAT/SAT.

Advanced Placement® (AP) – The College Board AP students can log in to access practice tests and review.


*The COVID-19 Slide full article

Kuhfeld, Dr. Megan and Dr. Beth Tarasawa.  The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement. NWEA Research Collaborative for Student Growth. April 2020.