Benchmark Advance: Extending Learning at Home

Hi, Benchmark Buddies! I’m using this post to show you several ways you can extend learning from home using the Benchmark Advance resources.

If you haven’t already, check out the following posts for additional support:
Solutions for COVID-19 Remote Learning
Markers and Minions Digital Resources
Markers and Minions Take-Home Packets

Create Customizations

You can open up the e-readers (leveled and student magazines) and create customizations which you can then share with your students. This is a really powerful tool for digitizing your lessons. Within the customizations, you can type in your teaching notes and annotations, and even copy/paste a link to a Screencast video of you teaching the lesson. (Learn how to create a Screencastify video here.)

You can also add sticky notes onto the pages of your e-reader with pre-typed questions. You can use the text-dependent questions that come with each text and each leveled reader and type them there for your students to see. Students type in their responses onto the sticky notes. If you don’t know WHERE to find the text-dependent questions for the leveled readers, see this tutorial video and then come back here to see how to use them.

Here’s a (silent) video showing how to create a customization with annotations and sticky notes.

Creating Assignments for Students to Access at Home

You can assign almost anything to your students. The exception is you can’t assign PDFs from the handbooks. Here are some ideas for things to assign for e-learning.

1. Leveled reader texts with customizations
2. Student magazines with customizations
3. Heidi Songs videos
4. The Interactive Learning Games
5. Decodable books for primary

This is a video showing how to assign something to your students. I am using the Benchmark Advance assessments as an example, but the process is the same for assigning anything else.

Daily Take-Home Activity Calendar

If you’re sending the students’ consumable texts home (K-1 Shared Read texts, 2-6 student magazines), definitely send them home with this activity calendar. It’s meant to be completed with parents at home using the student texts. Here’s how to access the activity calendar in addition to some other Home-School resources.

Please share in the comments if you have any other suggestions!

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