Assignments for Extended Breaks

Assignments for Extended Breaks

Hello All!

I hope this finds all of you happy, healthy, and carrying on as usual.  Unfortunately, considering the state of world health and the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus, the latest announcements from WHO and the CDC, and how these things are affecting schools and teaching the world over, “usual” and “normal” are not the case for many of us though.

With this in mind, I wanted to share a list of resources that can be put together and sent home for independent student work with little or no preparation.  With more and more schools closing every day and teachers being asked to put together work for students to do while out for extended periods of time, I hope this might be of some help.  Please feel free to share this list and/or add additional ideas and resources in the comments section below.

Unless otherwise noted, all of these activities and projects can be done without Internet access.


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Sentence Diagramming Made Simple

This full unit will walk students through sentence diagramming from the simplest simple subject/simple predicate structure all the way through clauses and verbals.



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Daily Writing:  An Eight-Week Project

Originally designed as an independent summer writing project, this provides simple daily writing prompts for eight weeks and covers writing styles from persuasive and creative writing to self-reflective journaling and poetry response.  This can easily be done in part or in its entirety.


Independent Reading Projects

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Independent Reading Project

Also originally designed as a summer project, this project works very well any time.  Students are asked to read a book from the list of fifteen titles and complete a three-part project on that novel.  Though novels are divided by grade, there is no reason that these age suggestions must be used or that other titles cannot be added as you see fit.


Short Stories

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Six Story O. Henry Product Bundle Plus Author Study Activity

This bundle includes text and activities for six different O. Henry stories.  Each of these can be easily done independently or with partners over the phone.  ***The included author study activity does require use of the Internet.***



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Poetry Response Form—FREE!

This is an easy four-question poetry response form for use with any poem.  You could easily assign this by:

  • asking students to find one poem a day that they like,
  • using one of the many “poem of the day” sites on the Internet,
  • making use of the poems included in your students’ literature books,
  • looking at a collection on Teachers Pay Teachers like my Great Black American Poets Pack,
  • having students respond to their favorite songs,
  • and so on!



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Student-Created Board Games

Have students pick a topic that they have already studied this year and create a review game on it.  When you return to school, these can be shared and used for end-of-the-year review!


Religion/Catholic Faith

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Rosary Reflections Bundle

Have students (or you) reflect on and practice their prayer life by saying and reflecting on the Mysteries of the Rosary. This pack includes a worksheet for each of the Mysteries (twenty worksheets in all) as well as twelve extension activities.



These novel bundles will take a bit more prep on your part but are not hard to convert to independent studies. Discussion questions can easily become journal prompts, reading quizzes can be done as students read, and activities can be done independently or with partners over the phone or services like Skype.

Novel Bundles for the Following Titles:

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Beauty by Robin McKinley

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley


As a side note, about a year ago I wrote a post on dealing with the number of missed school days we had last winter.  Not all the ideas are directly applicable or are but need some tweaking, but I thought I would share the link to that too:

Snow Day Headaches…And What to Do About Them


Good luck everyone, and again, don’t hesitate to share ideas and resources in the comments section below!

Teach On!


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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth says:

    A thoughtful list of resources. Here ever the home schooling co-ops are on hold.

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  2. Awesome Mama says:

    Thanks so much for inviting me to add to your list! Really happy that we might be able to help some kiddos who are having to be at home rather than in their classrooms.

    My whole line of grocery store activities can be used for homeschooling or on extended breaks…or during normal trips to the store to keep kiddos engaged and screen-free.
    I’ve listed the two that are most fun (donuts!) and have the most variety in a single product. I’ve also listed the bundle just in case kiddos are really into grocery shopping. My favorite parts? The mini grocery ads and coupons of course! … le-4975562 … es-5224361 … ds-4974508

    Add a book, a youtube video (or brainpop/brainpop jr), and maybe a craft and you have a solar system unit when using my planets worksheets. While learning facts from the worksheets is super fun, following directions to give the planets some personality is what makes these age 4+ worksheets a real hit:) … ts-4621754

    Tallying and graphing are more fun with pizza. Have kiddos count, tally, and graph with fun pictures and shapes. … ice-update

    Parts of speech are better with comics and word clouds. Don’t believe me? check my Parts of Speech Word Clouds and comics out! Kiddos glue, circle, and more to a better understanding of the English language. … cs-4952299

    Turn any written material from a web article about recent archeological discoveries to a gaming magazine into a reading lesson with this set of comprehension worksheets and materials. … al-5286052

    My 12 Apostles Information Cards allow kiddos to cut, glue, write, and draw their way to learning about Jesus’ friends. Multiple versions are included and the resource is suitable to different denominations. … ty-4993944

    Thank you very much for making this list on your blog!! I’m sorry this ended up being so long…I love allllll of my products and it was difficult to choose lol


  3. Hi, Rebecca,

    Maybe teachers and parents in America would find my newly created online niche store of good to go downloadable (remote learning) homework materials useful. The focus is on reading comprehension. At present, I have enough material up to cover five weeks.

    Be in the very best of health.



  4. Tricia says:

    Thank you for sharing these great ideas for at-home use for students!

    To add to the list here are some resources that can be helpful for grades 4-6:

    DIGITAL- Figurative Language Find (can be completed online 🙂 )

    St.Patrick’s Day Reading Comprehension and Math Activity

    Amelia Earhart & Sally Ride Activity Pack- Math, Reading, and Writing

    U.S. President Research Project- Google Slides

    Happy (home)teaching!

    Creatively Mrs. B


  5. These all look like such great options, Rebecca! Here’s a free CO-VID19 Fact Sheet for Kids with lots of great information about the coronavirus and what kids can do to stay healthy:

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  6. Awesome Mama says:

    Anyone who needs a lesson about what germs are and how to prevent getting sick can check out this distance learning freebie:

    It’s super fun and has is chock full of different kinds of activities…even video games and crafts!!


  7. Awesome Mama says:

    Or rather *avoid* getting sick…handwashing poster is included 🙂


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