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Useful Websites and Activities

Parents
Here is an extensive list of websites which you may access:
Junior Infants - 1st class
Literacy activities:
www.starfall.com
http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/
https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/
https://clubs-kids.setantabookclubs.ie/clubs_assets?games=true
Maths activities:
https://ie.ixl.com/
https://jr.brainpop.com/math/
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/
Science/Geography/History:
https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/
http://www.engineersweek.ie/engineeringactivities/
http://www.engineersweek.ie/videos/
https://jr.brainpop.com/science/
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html#.VYmm2GTF_fZ
https://babbledabbledo.com/25-steam-projects-for-kids/
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Arts:
https://www.education.com/activity/arts-and-crafts/
http://www.iamanartist.ie/
2nd class to 3rd class
Literacy activities:
http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/
https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/
https://clubs-kids.setantabookclubs.ie/clubs_assets?games=true
https://www.highlightskids.com/
Maths activities:
https://www.mathsisfun.com/
https://ie.ixl.com/
https://jr.brainpop.com/math/
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/
Science/Geography/History:
https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/
http://www.engineersweek.ie/engineeringactivities/
http://www.engineersweek.ie/videos/
https://sciencebob.com/
https://www.brainpop.com/
https://jr.brainpop.com/science/
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html#.VYmm2GTF_fZ
https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
https://babbledabbledo.com/25-steam-projects-for-kids/
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Arts
https://jr.brainpop.com/artsandtechnology/art/
https://www.education.com/activity/arts-and-crafts/
http://www.iamanartist.ie/
4th to 6th class
Literacy activities:
http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/
https://clubs-kids.setantabookclubs.ie/clubs_assets?games=true
Maths activities:
https://www.mathsisfun.com/
https://ie.ixl.com/
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/
Science/Geography/History:
https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/
http://www.engineersweek.ie/engineeringactivities/
http://www.engineersweek.ie/videos/
https://sciencebob.com/
https://babbledabbledo.com/25-steam-projects-for-kids/
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
https://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/activities
https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
http://100objects.ie/education/
Arts
https://jr.brainpop.com/artsandtechnology/art/
https://www.education.com/activity/arts-and-crafts/
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/ancients_art.pdf
https://www.scoilnet.ie/uploads/resources/7143/6917.pdf
Official Quentin Blake Website http://www.quentinblake.com/about/interview3.html
Books illustrated by Tony Ross http://www.encompassculture.com/encompass/magic_pencil/?S=Tony%20Ross
https://www.moma.org/interactives/projects/2001/whatisaprint/flash.html
http://www.iamanartist.ie/
Here is a list of useful off screen activities:
Junior Infants
Literacy:
Listen to an audio book
Read a book/story with a grown up:
     Talk about what happened first/next/last
     Draw a picture of what happened first/next/last
     Draw a picture of your favourite character in the story
     Draw a picture a different ending to the story
Free Writing:
     Write/draw about your day
     Write/draw a story of your own
     Write/draw about your favourite film
     Write/draw a list
     Write/draw a postcard
     Write/draw about Spring time
     Write/draw about your friends, your family, your home, your school
Oral Language:
     Play I spy
     Play Simon Says
     Play Name 3 things (ie name 3 things you could find in the fridge, in the car, in a playground etc)
     Play out one out - say three words, two rhyme and one doesn’t, the child must identify the non rhyming word
     Say nursery rhymes together, then try changing a word, child claps when they hear the wrong word.
     Retell a favourite story
     Find three objects in the house and use them as props to tell a story
Maths:
     Go on a shape treasure hunt
     Measure objects in your house using available non standard units (you could use coins/clothes pegs/paper clips etc). Estimate how many long it is first (a good guess) then check.
     Sort collections of things (for example sort out the cutlery drawer)
     Make a colour book - on each page paste in or draw items for each colour (could be cut from magazines/newspaper or drawn using crayons)
     Practise writing your numbers 1 -5. Ask a grown up to write them first you can do it the correct way.
     Make up a number story (I went to the shop and I bought 2 pears and 3 apples, how many pieces of fruit did I buy?)
     Use a weighing scales and have fun weighing different objects. See what’s heavier/lighter.
     Make a play shop and buy things using real coins or make paper coins and use them. Write prices and give change (at this age children could use 1c, 2c and 5c coins)
     Play with lego, blocks or other construction toys. Draw a picture (model) of what you make.
     Make jigsaws.
     Play snakes and ladders or other counting games.
Arts:
     Draw a portrait of a member of your family
     Draw the view from one of your windows
     Design a new mode of transport
     Design a new home
     Draw a picture of your favourite fairy tale
     Make a poster for a film you love
     Try to find some found objects and do some printing
     Make a card (birthday card, thank you card)
     Listen to your favourite band/artist
     Listen to your parent’s favourite band/artist
     Listen to music by an Irish band/artist
     Sing your favourite songs and nursery rhymes
     Draw a picture of your favourite song
     Use “junk materials” to construct something
     Draw a map
Senior Infants - 1st Class
Literacy:
Listen to an audio book
Read a book/story:
     Write a book/story review
     Write about the main character
     Think of three words to describe the main character
     Draw a picture of your favourite part
     Write an alternative ending
     Make a comic of the story/book
     Design a cover
     Make a mask of your favourite character
     Make puppets to help retell the story.
Reading/Phonics/Spellings:
     Write down the alphabet (in cursive) and try to find an object in the house to match each letter (ie A apron, B box etc)
     Write down the alphabet (in cursive) and draw a picture for each letter
     Write down the alphabet (in cursive) and write a word to go with each letter
     Retell nursery rhymes and identify rhyming words, think of additional rhyming words to match the rhymes
Free Writing:
     Write/draw about your day
     Write/draw a story of your own
     Write/draw about your favourite film
     Write/draw a list
     Write/draw a postcard
     Write/draw about Spring time
     Write/draw about your friends, your family, your home, your school
     Write a letter to your favourite book character.
     Write a letter to a family member.
Oral Language:
     Play I spy
     Play Simon Says
     Play Name 3 things (ie name 3 things you could find in the fridge, in the car, in a playground etc)
     Play out one out - say three words, two rhyme and one doesn’t, the child must identify the non rhyming word
     Say nursery rhymes together, then try changing a word, child claps when they hear the wrong word.
     Retell a favourite story
     Find three objects in the house and use them as props to tell a story
Gaeilge
     AGAM - As gaeilge ar maidin - try speaking in Irish only at breakfast time
     RAAG - Random Acts as gaeilge - compliment someone as gaeilge
     Read a book as gaeilge
     Watch some cartoons as gaeilge, and discuss afterwards
 
Maths
     Go on a shape treasure hunt. What 2D or 3D shapes can you find. Can you draw and label them?
     Play with lego, blocks or other construction toys. Draw a picture (model) of what you make.
     Measure objects in your house using available non standard units (you could use coins/clothes pegs/paper clips etc). Estimate how many long it is first (a good guess) then check.
     Make a colour book - on each page paste in or draw items for each colour (could be cut from magazines/newspaper or drawn using crayons) Write the names of the colours.
     Practise writing your numbers. Ask a grown up to write them first you can do it the correct way.
     Make up a number story and write it down.
     Use a weighing scales and have fun weighing different objects. See what’s heavier/lighter.
     Make a play shop and buy things using real coins or make paper coins and use them. Write prices and give change. Write a list and calculate how much everything will cost.
     Make patterns using found objects in the house. Record your pattern on paper afterwards.
     Do a survey - find out what everyone’s favourite colour is/favourite animal/favourite food. Draw a graph or record the results as best you can. (A pictogram or a bar graph is an easy one to do)
     Play snakes and ladders or other counting games. If you don’t have a snakes and ladders board at home can you design one? Can you construct a dice? What other counting games could you make/design?
Arts:
     Draw a portrait of a member of your family
     Draw the view from one of your windows
     Design a new mode of transport
     Design a new home
     Make a poster for a film you love
     Try to find some found objects and do some printing
     Design a repeat pattern and make wrapping paper
     Make a card (birthday card, thank you card)
     Create a drawing without taking your hand off the page (one single line)
     Listen to your favourite band/artist
     Listen to your parent’s favourite band/artist
     Listen to music by an Irish band/artist
     Sing your favourite songs
     Write out the lyrics of your favourite song and illustrate it.
     Use “junk materials” to construct something
     Design a stained glass window
     Try out some calligraphy writing
     Do a pen drawing
     Use light and dark shading to draw an object from observation
     Copy a photograph
     Make a comic characters of your family.
     Draw a detailed map
2nd Class to 6th Class
Literacy:
Read a book/story:
     Write a book/story review
     Write a character sketch
     Write an alternative ending
     Make a comic of the story/book
     Design a cover
     Write a blurb for the book
     Write a sequel to the story
     Draw your favourite scene/part of the story
     Draw a map based on the story
     Write a diary extract by one of the characters
     Find any tricky spellings in the book/story and write them in a sentence
     Look up any words you don’t know and put them in your personal dictionary
     Write a play/drama of the story
     Listen to an audio book.
Writing ideas:
     Write a poem
     Write a joke and illustrate it
     Write instructions
     How to make a sandwich
     How to brush your teeth
     How to make a pancake
     How to send an email
     Write a letter to a friend
     Write a postcard from a hot and sunny holiday destination, design the postcard
     Write a diary
     Write a fictional story
     Write about yourself
     Write about your favourite animal/food/country/season.
     Write about your favourite holiday/film/sport
     Write your full name and use the letters to make/spell as many words as you can
Oral Language:
     Play Simon Says or Deir Ó Grádaigh (Simon says in Irish)
     Play battle ship
     Talk about a film/programme you saw together
     Have a debate (
     Explain why you would recommend a book/film/piece of music
     Play games like Headbanz, guess who, charades, categories, pictionary etc
     Tell stories, collaborate on a story
     Mystery character. Find some objects in the house and create a character based on them.
     Do any of the above As Gaeilge!
Arts:
     Draw a portrait of a member of your family
     Draw the view from one of your windows
     Design a new mode of transport
     Design a new home
     Make a poster for a film you love
     Try to find some found objects and do some printing
     Design a repeat pattern and make wrapping paper
     Make a card (birthday card, thank you card)
     Create a drawing without taking your hand off the page (one single line)
     Listen to your favourite band/artist
     Listen to your parent’s favourite band/artist
     Listen to music by an Irish band/artist
     Sing your favourite songs
     Write out the lyrics of your favourite song and illustrate it.
     Use “junk materials” to construct something
     Design a stained glass window
     Try out some calligraphy writing
     Do a pen drawing
     Use light and dark shading to draw an object from observation
     Copy a photograph
     Make a comic characters of your family.
     Draw a detailed map
Project work (across the curriculum):
     Do a project on a family member: write a list of questions to ask them, conduct an interview (in person or on the phone) use drawings/photos, write facts about the person.
     Do a project on your favourite animal.
     Do a project about your local area - draw a map, draw or find photos of interesting buildings/public spaces, famous people from the area, animal and plant habitats, local names in Irish and what they mean etc
     Do a project about your favourite visual artist  or author.
     Do a simple science experiment and write about it/record your findings.
     Create an advertising campaign to sell a product.  The product can be real or imaginary.
     Autobiographies: write the story of your life.
    Biographies: write the life story of someone else.  It could be a friend, family member, historical figure, or a fictional character.
    Brochures: brochures can be made as either tri-fold or bi-folds. Students can create informational brochure’s about geographic locations, a story’s setting, or a natural event such as how a volcano erupting or how the food chain works
    Casting Calls: select people (fictional, famous, or otherwise) to play the role in a movie version of story or historic event.  Explain which character traits were considered in each selection.
    Coat of Arms: create a family coat of arms for a character from a novel or a person from history.
    Crossword Puzzles: create a crossword puzzle to review definitions of challenging vocabulary words.  Great for science, social studies, reading, and even math terms.
    Fables: create fables that teach a lesson.  Students may create illustrated story boards of their original fables or even dramatic adaptations which they then perform.  A good character building activity.
    Flags: create a flag representing either an actual county (like Libya)  or fictitious place (like Narnia).  This project should be accompanied by a brief report explaining what ideas the colors and images on the flags represent.
    Hieroglyphics: create pictures that represent vocabulary words.  Alternately, students could retell the events of a story or historical episode in simple pictures.
    ID Badges: create identification cards for characters from a work of literature or for people involved in an historical event.  Include relevant details on the badges.
    Illustrated Quotes: Have students choose a meaningful quote from a text that they are reading.  They should explain why the quote interests them and then write the quote on a blank sheet of paper and draw related images.
    Movie Adaptations: plan a movie version of a novel, scientific discovery, or historical event.  Pick who will play what role, plan scenes, write dialog, even create a soundtrack.
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