Academic Resource Guide
How can we make sure our student is successful?
- Check Skyward and Canvas regularly. If you’re new to Canvas click here.
- Talk about the school day. For some ideas on what to talk about click here.
- Come up with a routine for homework.
- Keep materials and work spaces organized.
- Prepare and review for upcoming tests and quizzes.
- Review the retake policies for different classes.
- Reach out to teachers about concerns.
What should we do about a failing grade?
- Stay on top of student progress by checking Skyward and Canvas. Checking them regularly can help prevent any unwelcome surprises.
- Identify which assignments are missing.
- Check to see if there are extra copies on Canvas or in the classroom.
- Don’t get overwhelmed. Focus on one or two classes at a time to improve in.
- Check for the teacher’s office hours. When is a good time to check in with them before or after school?
- Check for any additional upcoming assessments.
- Come up with a schedule for making up missing work.
- Don’t wait for parent/teacher conferences. Reach out to set up a meeting to discuss your child’s progress.
Additional Classroom Resources
Science Resource and STEM
- http://www.uen.org/k12educator/uenresources.php?cat=Science (separated by topics)
- http://www.uen.org/k12educator/uenresources.php?cat=Social%20Studies (separated by topic)
- http://onlinelibrary.uen.org/ (research)http://interactivesites.weebly.com/social-studies.html (interactive sites)
Writing and Research
- http://www.uen.org/k12educator/uenresources.php?cat=English+Language+Arts (how to write and sample papers)
- https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ (citing papers)
- http://www.utahcompose.com/ (writing papers)
- https://www.flocabulary.com/vocabulary-mini-games/ (games to play at home)
- http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2015/01/15/11-vocab-review-games-to-make-the-learning-stick (more games at home – register as a parent)
- http://www.sadlier.com/surviving-until-the-end-fun-vocabulary-activities-worth-repeating (more games to play at home)
- http://www.readingrockets.org/article/top-10-resources-vocabulary (articles how to increase children’s vocabulary)
- http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/tips-howtos/talk-expanding-child-vocabulary-30956.html (article how to increase children’s vocabulary)
- http://homeliteracyblueprint.com/building-vocabulary/ (article how to increase children’s vocabulary)
- http://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/secondary-6-12.html (information about online safety)
- http://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/classroom-connections (tips)
- https://www.khanacademy.org/ (click on subject in top left corner, no need to sign up with an email, math videos for all subjects)
- http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/videos (videos for pre-algebra, algebra, & counting and probability)
- http://www.algebrahelp.com/ (written explanations, worksheets, calculator check)
- http://www.mathtv.com/videos_by_topic (videos for 8th grade support – click on the person’s picture to pick your teacher)
- http://www.321know.com/ (sort by grade and subject)
- http://www.mathsisfun.com/index.htm (similar to a textbook)
- http://mathpickle.com/ (math puzzles and riddles)
- http://www.hoodamath.com/index.html (math video games)
- http://www.arcademics.com/ (basic facts games – multiple grades)
- https://www.ixl.com/math/ (math practice – multiple grades)
- http://mathsframe.co.uk/ (basic facts games – multiple grades)
- http://www.uen.org/k12educator/uenresources.php?cat=Mathematics (separated by topics)
- http://parentconnections.canyonsdistrict.org/reflex-math.html (reflex math instructions)
Ask your child for their SRI score and visit the following websites to practice reading at home. When they find the text is too easy to read (fluency and comprehension), move to a higher number.
- http://www.readworks.org/books/passages (passages by topic and lexile level)
- http://tweentribune.com/ (news articles by reading lexile level)
Read aloud to your child
- http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/read-aloud-brochure.pdf (Why reading aloud is important)
- http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/12-read-aloud-DONTs.pdf (Reading aloud guidelines)
- http://hpread.scholastic.com/ (Strategies with Harry Potter books)
- http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/book-selection-tips/lexile-levels-made-easy (information on Lexile levels)
- http://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/reading-resources-and-help/ages-11-13 (Parent strategies about reading)
- http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/quiz/tools/home-library-builder-ages-11-13 (Home library)
- http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/questions (Parent questions)
- http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-tips-parents-11-languages (basic reading tips to implement at home)
- http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html (games for spelling, grammar, root words, etc.)
- http://www.gameclassroom.com/language-arts/6th-grade (speaking and listening, vocab, grammar games)