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End-of-Year Celebration
28 Ways to Celebrate From a Distance

Bring you and your students some much-deserved joy as we close out the 2020–2021 school year. These creative ideas will give your students closure and highlight their accomplishments.

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end of year celebration template

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Preschool–grade 12

Digital Yearbook Template

Use this customizable template to create your own DIY yearbook. Kids can add their own memories and photos to celebrate this one-of-a-kind year!

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Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Have your students make interactive videos, or create interactive video lessons yourself with these high-quality apps and web-based tools.

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grades K–12

Great Vocabulary Games, Apps, and Sites

Get kids engaged with words and give them the supports to understand definitions, uses, and meanings.

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5 ways to help kids deal with disturbing news

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Preschool–grade 12

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news -- and listen, too -- can help.

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grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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grades 3–5

Write and Perform

Write an original rap, song or spoken word poem with friends, family members or by yourself. Practice your performance.

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reading skills boost

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grades 1–3

Reading Skills Boost

This free program includes nine weeks of daily literacy practice to help kids in grades 1 to 3 catch up or stay on track.

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There's More to Black History Than Slavery and Civil Rights

Watch educator Tory Wadlington as he shares his experience celebrating Black History Month. Tory will share resources for exploring Black individuals who have shaped the world we live in. We'll learn how he shares with his community to make Black history and culture a part of every day.

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Preschool–grade 12

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.

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Holiday Activities for Virtual Classrooms

Spread some cheer in your classroom with these activities that promote gratitude, creativity, and celebration.

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Creating Learning Spaces for Hybrid Education

Learn tips from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco on engaging students in distance learning, setting up physical learning environments, and acclimating kids to hybrid spaces.

Build strong relationships with students' families to support learning at home.

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5 ways to help kids deal with disturbing news

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news -- and listen, too -- can help.

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u.s. capitol

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Preschool–grade 12

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.

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grades 7–11

Wide Open School Resources for Learning at Home

Learn how Wide Open School can help families and teachers find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning for kids in pre-K through grade 12.

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7 Tips for Remote Family-Teacher Conferences

Learn how to make these essential check-ins positive and productive for everyone during the coronavirus pandemic.

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How to Host a Virtual Back-to-School Night

Get helpful ideas and learn about recommended tools for making this kick-off event a success for you and your students' families.

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Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

Help parents and caregivers keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

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Daily Routine Template

Outline the day's learning activities and provide helpful support to students and families during distance learning with this customizable template.

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Learning Conversation Template

Help parents and caregivers track student progress during distance learning with this customizable short discussion guide.

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Free Distance Learning Plans for K–2 Students and Their Families

Help kick-start K-2 learning at home with these easy-to-use, customizable packets.

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Apps and Websites for Parent-Teacher Communication

These apps and websites provide instant, practical, and regular communication tools to encourage active engagement between students, teachers, and parents.

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Conversations with Common Sense: Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health

Listen to the latest research and learn how to best to support adolescents in an increasingly digital world that is both unequal and uncertain.

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In Support of Black Lives

It's time to do the work — Common Sense is proud to bring you these vital and challenging conversations in support of Black lives.

Establish your virtual classroom culture and procedures, and make sure everyone is on the same page.

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Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for K-5 Distance Learning

Use these short, self-guided digital citizenship activities and create a positive culture around digital learning.

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Digital Learning Pledge for Grades K–5

Set a positive culture of digital citizenship from the start with this customizable student agreement in English and Spanish. Set expectations for device use, online behavior, and more.

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Digital Learning Agreement for Grades 6–12

Establish a classroom culture of digital citizenship for distance learning with this customizable template in English and Spanish. Discuss expectations for communication, safety, device use, and more.

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Distance Learning Cheat Sheet for Families

Fill out this distance learning info sheet for families so they can post it at home for easy reference. Available in English and Spanish!

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Our Distance Learning Classroom FAQ

Customize this FAQ to set expectations and answer families' questions about your distance learning program.

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Learning Devices FAQ Customizable Guide

Edit and share this handy guide to make sure families have the information they need about your school-issued devices for distance learning.

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Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Support the transition to virtual learning and help students think critically and compassionately about what they see online.

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Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle and High School Distance Learning

Get tweens and teens thinking and talking about real issues they've encountered online -- from media addiction to hate speech.

Help your students catch up or stay on track with their core learning goals.

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grades K–12

Great Vocabulary Games, Apps, and Sites

Get kids engaged with words and give them the supports to understand definitions, uses, and meanings.

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reading skills boost

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grades 1–3

Reading Skills Boost

This free program includes nine weeks of daily literacy practice to help kids in grades 1 to 3 catch up or stay on track.

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Recover Lost Learning

Use these worksheet packets for kids in grades K–5 to get them up to speed with essential math skills.

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Math Snacks

Check out the games and choose one that provides practice on a familiar or new concept.

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grades K–12

Colorín Colorado!

Find advice, recommendations, videos, and more for teachers and families of English-language learners.

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grades K–5

Epic!

Choose a book, read it yourself, or listen and follow along to fiction and nonfiction.

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grades 2–9

Khan Academy ELA

Choose your grade level (2–9) and then an interactive lesson to build vocabulary and reading comprehension.

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Newsela

Browse high-interest articles on everything from current events to science—each available in five Lexile levels ranging from grade 3 to 12.

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grades K–5

Zearn

Innovative online math curriculum offers live whole- and small-group instruction along with adaptive independent practice.

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grades K–3

Lalilo

Focus on essential early literacy skills like sight words, word families, and letter-sound recognition.

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LearnZillion

Access over 1,000 free video lessons to enhance your math instruction or tailor the learning to kids' needs.

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grades K–3

Favorite Phonics Games

These engaging experiences will delight kids and encourage them to explore words and build literacy.

Get valuable tips, strategies, and recommendations for teaching with technology.

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Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Have your students make interactive videos, or create interactive video lessons yourself with these high-quality apps and web-based tools.

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Holiday Activities for Virtual Classrooms

Spread some cheer in your classroom with these activities that promote gratitude, creativity, and celebration.

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Supporting Students' Mental Health During the Coronavirus

Get tips for strengthening students' mental health and well-being during remote or hybrid learning.

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Elementary Remote Learning Class Meeting Guide

Provide SEL support while teaching remotely with 32 adaptable activities for elementary school classrooms.

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eBook Guide to Distance Learning for Educators

From choosing your tech to optimizing instruction, get tips and recommendations on how to make the transition to distance learning.

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Middle School Remote Learning Advisory Guide

Learn how to provide SEL support by creating a remote advisory program. Plus, find templates, strategies, and activities to use with middle school students.

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How to Plan for Hybrid Teaching and Learning

Learn 6 key considerations for a blended model of in-person and remote instruction.

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Best Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning

Set up an effective virtual learning environment with top tools for communicating and messaging, facilitating discussion, assessing learning, delivering lessons, and more.

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Learning Resources from Apple

Discover apps, curriculum, resources, and support to help build great learning experiences wherever you are.

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teach from home

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Google for Education

Find tips, resources, and tools on this information hub to help teachers keep teaching.

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Educating over Zoom

How to successfully spin up virtual classrooms, participate in online classes, and use Zoom for distance education.

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Teachers' Essential Guide to Google Classroom

What is Google Classroom? And how are teachers using it? Learn more about this popular platform and how to use it with students.

Hear from peers and experts on timely education topics — from SEL during the pandemic to culturally responsive remote teaching.

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There's More to Black History Than Slavery and Civil Rights

Watch educator Tory Wadlington as he shares his experience celebrating Black History Month. Tory will share resources for exploring Black individuals who have shaped the world we live in. We'll learn how he shares with his community to make Black history and culture a part of every day.

Video

Creating Learning Spaces for Hybrid Education

Learn tips from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco on engaging students in distance learning, setting up physical learning environments, and acclimating kids to hybrid spaces.

Video

grades 7–11

Wide Open School Resources for Learning at Home

Learn how Wide Open School can help families and teachers find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning for kids in pre-K through grade 12.

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SEL and Supporting Students from a Distance

Learn three key strategies for SEL support during uncertain times.

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Trauma-Sensitive Practices During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Learn ways to identify what students and their families need, and get strategies to help students feel safe and supported while learning at home.

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Elections in the Digital Age: How to Cut Through the Noise

Watch Common Sense for a discussion about how you, media, and tech companies can help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage this election season and beyond.

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Common Sense Together: Building a Better Tomorrow

Watch Common Sense for an inspiring virtual fundraiser with special guests, hopeful reflections, and a provocative conversation about educational equity.

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Your One-Stop Shop for Teaching During the Pandemic

Watch a walk-through of Common Sense's new one-stop shop for teaching during the pandemic: The Wide Open School Resources for Teachers Center.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense: Building a Diverse Community Library for K–12 Students

Watch Dina D'Amore, elementary school librarian, as she shares ideas and resources on how to build a diverse library within your school or classroom.

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Creating a School Culture and Curriculum of Racial Equity and Justice

Watch this important conversation with Common Sense, social justice experts, school administrators, and educators.

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How to Set Up for Distance Learning Success

Learn new strategies to engage students, collaborate, and reach out to parents and families at a safe social distance.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense

Tune in to this weekly video series to learn how educators around the country are managing the shift to distance learning and preparing for the coming school year.

Find ways to prioritize your own well-being and infuse self-care into your teaching.

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Self-Care Bingo

Carve out some time for yourself. Take a walk, call a friend, or just ditch the to-do list for an hour.

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Educator Well-Being and Student SEL: The Critical Connection

In this experiential workshop, Dr. Ilana Nankin, Breathe for Change's founder and CEO, guides educators through a transformative mind-body wellness experience.

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Help for Stressed Educators During COVID-19

Learn how to prioritize your own well-being and support students at the same time with practical strategies from experienced educator and trauma expert Jen Alexander.

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Infuse Personal Reflection into Your Teaching Practice

Use these reflection prompts and action steps to infuse self-care into your teaching.

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Self-Care Tips for Teachers

Learn five ways to prioritize self-care while teaching from home during the pandemic.

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End-of-Year Celebration
28 Ways to Celebrate From a Distance

Bring you and your students some much-deserved joy as we close out the 2020–2021 school year. These creative ideas will give your students closure and highlight their accomplishments.

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end of year celebration template

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Digital Yearbook Template

Use this customizable template to create your own DIY yearbook. Kids can add their own memories and photos to celebrate this one-of-a-kind year!

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best interactive video apps and sites

Website/App

Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Have your students make interactive videos, or create interactive video lessons yourself with these high-quality apps and web-based tools.

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various created images

Website/App

grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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Website/App

grades K–5

Book Creator

This easy-to-use digital book-making tool lets kids publish their own writing with images, sound, and video.

Activity

grades 6–12

Visual Essay

Go out (or stay in) and take photos -- or make drawings -- of your world that you'd like to share with someone. Add short reflections to each photo or drawing and email your special person the essay.

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reflecting on what we have

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grades 6–12

Reflecting on What We Have

What are you grateful for? Use a journal to write down the things—big and small—that are going well in your life.

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Website/App

grades 3–12

GarageBand

Turn your iOS device into a powerful multitrack recording studio complete with awesome loops, impressive editing and production features, and more.

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Photoshop Express Photo Editor

Get creative with this free mobile photo-editing tool with filters, standard adjustments, borders, text overlays, and more.

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creating a movie

Website/App

grades 6–12

WeVideo

Students of all ages can use this cloud-based video-editing site to showcase their creativity and demonstrate learning.

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grades 1–5

Create a Recipe Book

Write and assemble a book of your original recipes, or of recipes you've collected from friends and family. Consider adding photos or illustrations.

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grades 3–12

Song Maker

Make a song or beat using this super-fun visual sequencer. If you've got something good, download it and save it!