Be a Genius
Be a Genius: Take time each day to work on a project that interests you! Become a genius in an area that is important to you.

Today’s Activities

Read / Watch

  • (See History/Social Sci Section for reading about Genius Across the Centuries ). Watch the video and set aside an hour each day to work on your Genius Project. Start brainstorming ideas. This can be your opportunity to research or design anything you want. Keep a journal or folder of activities and be ready to share (at a future date) what Genius Idea you have come up with. 

Agriculture and Industrial Development

  • Read the first article in the student edition of Agriculture and Industrial Development in the United States titled California at the 1893 World’s Fair, pages 2-6. Then, in the student workbook, complete Lesson 1, page 4 titled Historical Detective’s Report . If you cannot print the page, that is okay. Either create a similar page electronically or on another sheet of paper.

Get out and Move

  • With your parent’s permission, and practicing social distancing, get at least 60 minutes of moderate activity every day. Play in the sun, snow, or even rain. Continue with journal of daily activities.

Move your body.
Make up your own dance moves.
Take a selfie or video.

Move your body.
Make up your own dance moves

Everything will be alright

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Teaching Tips

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Teaching at home

Engaged learners ask lots of questions. This time home together is a great opportunity to model that skill. While we are all home together with our families, many of us will find ourselves watching more movies or television that we normally do. Take this chance to engage with your student. Ask them why they chose what they are watching. What do they find appealing about it? Does it make them want to know more about something? If it is funny, try to have your student explain why it is funny and provide examples of other things that are funny in the same way.

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