Invisible Connections
"INVISIBLE CONNECTIONS" Even in times of separation, we are all connected! Today we will travel the globe and reflect on our connection to our community and the world at large. By: Carmel Portillo, Belleview School, and Sheri Betz, Chinese Camp School

Today’s Activities


Here are some key vocabulary words that appear in the story. Talk about them with an adult helper before listening to the story: devastated, fled, dung, scarce, bazaar, meager, morsel, incantation, enchanted, forgave

Talking Math Day 3

Where do Mallard ducks live?

  • When feeding baby ducks, 1/4 bag of feed is divided among 8 feeding bowls. How much of a feedbag will be in each bowl? Explain or show how you know. (5.NF.B.7)
  • What birds do you see around your home? Sketch and color the different birds you see. Keep track of the type and number of birds you see during the day. Make a display of the data. Show someone and ask them what they learn by looking at your display.
  • Ducks weigh far less than one might imagine. Find the weights of different kinds of ducks and put them in order from least to greatest. Mallard ducks migrate to different places. Read more about them here.  
  • Learn how to draw some birds with Mo Willems here
  • Related children’s book: Johnny’s Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema
  • Find somewhere around you that relates to the math you saw in the image. Take a picture or shoot a video. Send it our way!

Use this modified worksheet to help you talk about the ducks. 

Build It!

  • Use these instructions to make the “Incredible Hoop Glider” and send it from one place to another. Measure the distance in feet and inches, to the nearest half inch.

Explore It!


  • Draw a map of your community. Include your house, school, nearest grocery store, and any other landmarks in your community for which you feel invisibily connected. Label as many roads as you can between those landmarks. Add a title and a compass rose.

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Speech & Language

Focus on complex sentences when answering these questions about the book “How I Learned Geography.” 

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