Upper Grade Resources Perfect for Distance Learning


If you're in a position where distance learning has become your life (temporary life), I'd love to share some resources that are helping ME on this same journey.

If you read THIS post, you'll know that I'm currently assigning my students enrichment-based work but I'm also holding daily Google Meet sessions.

When this all came down the chute, I grabbed a LOT of my resources, as well as picture books and student workbooks, chart paper, and markers.  These resources have transferred over to our e-learning and might help you, too!


These little cards are like slices of gold.  We discuss them during our daily Meet, but I also use them as daily writing prompts, now that we are learning from home.  I just create a Google Doc, post to Google Classroom, and expect them to respond in at least five sentences.  It's GREAT writing practice with topics that are applicable to them.

You can grab the morning meeting cards HERE.  But also, THIS resource contains morning meeting cards that focus on social-emotional learning and growth, with are SO important right now.


We use THESE power words every day in school so why not continue?  You can use these several ways, all of which we are currently doing. 

I like to post the word on Google Classroom (just on the stream) and have students either define it OR use it in a sentence. I allow them to comment on one another's work, which they LOVE.

Or, you could create a Google Doc where they would do several words in a week.

OR, go over one in your Google Meet or daily Zoom!  Challenge students to try and find their power words in the books they're reading and report back to you (they're VERY good with this!).


Just because you aren't together doesn't mean you can't have conversations!  I use THESE mats to get conversations started in class and now, at home.

During our Meet, I'll pull a mat and tell them the topic.  Then, we go quadrant by quadrant, discussing it.  If a student wants to share, he/she can use the chat feature to type a "!"  That is a signal to me to call on that student.  That child un-mutes the microphone and either adds something new or bounces off something another student said.

These are super easy and really unify the class with low-stakes, high-interest topics.


This would be a great project to assign OR do virtually together.  I could really see families getting on it to do together, too!

I use THIS resource to guide students through what symbolism is and looks like.  They begin applying it to themselves and that's where it gets really meaningful.

If printing isn't an option, take a screenshot of the pages you want to include, upload to Google Slides, and have students create text boxes to type (or, YOU could create text boxes but I feel like it's a great skill for older kids to learn!).

Bonus: If a family has clay or play dough or wants to make salt dough, they could even sculpt their symbolic item!


I would always, always, always recommend reading picture books or linking to picture books or finding websites that provide read alouds.  Take it a step further and encourage students to use THESE depth and complexity icons to really push their thinking.


Even though we are currently using distance learning, we still read a picture book and I always have an icon or two ready to drive our discussion.  I like to print and laminate mine, using a magnet on the back to hold it up on our boards.


Keep your students' writing sharp by constantly cycling back to what components go into a constructed response.  You can use the picture books you share or maybe a novel you're reading together.

If they don't have the book to cite specific evidence, they can use another stem.  It's just great review.  To grab everything in the photo above, click HERE.

Also, this is a great one to prep for next school year because WE WILL BE GOING BACK!


These are SO valuable right now!  I use them in my Google Meet sessions as review.  I ask that my students bring a piece of paper and a pencil and we work through these together.  If they're ready to share or want to solve, they type a "!" or "I'm ready" in the chat option.  I'll call on them, they un-mute, and share out.

These fraction ones are also life-savers right now!  They're created in manageable chunks that provide great review!


You don't have to save goal setting for a new year!  In fact, I think *now* is a pretty sweet time to set some goal for ourselves and our lives!

My favorite thing about THIS resource is the challenge to make our school a better place.  Some slips might have to be omitted during distance learning but most give students an opportunity to think of others, help out, and encourage kindness.  This would be a fun challenge to post on your website or Google Classroom.

Alright friends!  Those are the ones that I'm currently using, loving, and getting good mileage from.  I'd love to hear how YOU use these resources, too!


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