Schoology at the Elementary Level

There are 4 teachers (grades 4 and 5) at each elementary school that are going through Schoology Basics training and are piloting the online learning management system with their students.

At Lewis and Clark ES, Carol Yonkin (4th grade) and Melissa Taylor (5th grade) are diving right in with their students by starting with simple tasks for becoming familiar with the system.  Pictured below students follow oral directions for navigation and learn some terminology.  Then they explore by following course instructions.

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Taylor’s Class – First day in Schoology. Students watched Grammar Gorillas from Fun Brain and took part in a discussion.


Yonkin’s Class – First time in Schoology. Students reflected on a video and participated in a discussion using guidelines and a rubric.

Lewis and Clark ES students seem to enjoy this method of learning.






Schoology is packed with apps and resources that keep courses inclusive.


Students can work in Schoology without having to veer outside the platform.

VSauce for Educational Video Content

VSauce is a channel featured on YouTube with a wide array of education playlists on knowledge, physics, space, earth, human behaviour, and more.

Watch this interesting experiment called the Greater Good on human behaviour (25 mins) in the classic “Trolley Problem” survey.  What would you do in an actual real-life dilemma where you are faced with rerouting a train that could essentially run over 1 person to prevent it from running over 5 others.  I think you’ll find this experiment very interesting and hook you enough to explore more video content to share with your students.

Subscribe to the channel and be captivated!

  • Why do we dream?
  • Is the earth actually flat?
  • Why way is down?
  • What is the most dangerous place on earth?
  • Is your red the same as my red?
  • Is anything real?
  • Can you solve this Ice Diamond riddle?
  • Cousins Explained; Isolation; Lenz’s Law; The Psychedelic Experience

ReadingVine for Improved Reading Skills

ReadingVine is a free web-based resource that provides fiction and non-fiction reading passages and question sets for students of all ages.

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Hone in on skill sets or search material by grade level.  There is a myriad of different reading passages to help your students improve their reading skills.

Whether you are a teacher, parent, or tutor, ReadingVine is a resource you will want to use.  Create your account today!


Summertime Learning for Young Children

* App to Grow a Plant

Wouldn’t it be fun to grow a plant from a seed and then create a time-lapse movie of it?

Seedling’s Grow is a free iOS app that will excite students to grow a plant by themselves. The interactive platform walks them through each step of the germination process, from planting seeds to sprouting leaves. Once their plant has grown, students can create and share time-lapse videos with family and friends. 

The app also provides gardening tips and facts to educate children about plants and inspire them to become ecologically aware.

* APP to explore nature with image recognition

Seek by iNaturalist is a free iOS app that encourages outdoor exploration and learning by harnessing image recognition technology to help users identify plants and animals from their photos.

Students can choose from a list of nearby plants, animals, and fungi and collect photographs of as many species as they can find. They can earn badges as they photograph new species, become more engaged with the wildlife around them, and learn cool facts about the critters and plants that live in the outdoors of their neighborhood. Registered users can pin their finds to their personal collections, provided the app’s recognition technology produces a match.

Browse Passages From Books

Google has a new way to find answers and assemble information on the internet on a range of topics.

What is fun about computer programming? Would you advise young people to pursue a career as a musician? How can I stop thinking and fall asleep?Students simply type a question or passage into Talk to Books and the AI-powered tool will scan every sentence in more than 100,000 volumes in Google Books and generate a list of likely responses with the pertinent passage in bold. Talk to Books will tackle any query users have.

The Al tool draws on the ability to understand natural human language. For example, if students try out any of Talk to Books’ generated queries, such as “Who are the smartest characters in Harry Potter?”, they won’t get a list of books they could use to find an answer to their question. Instead, they’ll get the actual passages from books most likely to provide a natural response to their query.