Tips for Choosing First Grade Distance Learning Activities
Take the guesswork out of selecting appropriate first grade distance learning activities. These time-saving tips will help you find the very best digital resources. As you’re “vetting” distance learning resources, look for these key features for your young learners:
- includes rigor that is developmentally appropriate
- easy for students to navigate online
- supports literacy skills
- covers engaging topics
- provides interactive components
- low teacher prep, easy to assign
- eye-catching and attractive
With these tips in mind, we have created distance learning activities, called Digital Learning Quests, as a way to support young students through self-directed, independent learning and research. Now, your first grade students can have more ownership over their learning in a distance learning setting.
Students practice literacy skills in several contexts during a Learning Quest. They independently listen to or read provided texts on the topic, complete a variety of interactive activities to explore the topic more in-depth, watch a video clip, write in response to their learning, and show understanding by submitting answers to a quiz.
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Supporting 21st Century Skills
Each Learning Quest experience also helps students develop important skills that reach far beyond reading and writing. With Learning Quests, students begin to build habits, skills and understandings in the areas of:
- critical thinking
- self direction
- digital literacy
- curiosity and research
- virtual work spaces
Supporting Busy Teachers
Teachers know that distance learning activities can take a lot of time and prep work to prepare for first graders. With this in mind, Learning Quests are built to help busy teachers with no prep, easy to assign digitally research activities. Learning Quests are pre-created to be compatible with Google Slides and Seesaw. The activities are also printable for teachers needing resources for in-person or blended learning models, making these activities the perfect 3-in-1 resource.
Supporting Digital Student Engagement
First grade students will love learning quests as digital learning activities because they include engaging and interactive research experiences on topics that are highly interesting to young learners. Student engagement can also be increased by implementing these digital lesson plans.
Distance Learning Topics for First Grade
Explore the digital activities that are included in each Learning Quest topic.
Folk Tale Distance Learning Activities
Life Cycle Distance Learning Activities
Physical Science Distance Learning Activities
October Distance Learning Activities
November Distance Learning Activities
December Distance Learning Activities
Holidays Around the World Distance Learning Activities
January Distance Learning Activities
February Distance Learning Activities
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