Distance Learning

Distance Learning
Tanya Spishak

While a mandatory shelter in place closed our campus for the last half of our spring semester, Woodland students continued their learning via Zoom.

Teachers adapted lessons for a virtual setting and students creatively approached school from home.  Everyone demonstrated our core value of resilience by adapting well in the face of adversity and growing through the experience.  Students engaged in at-home science experiments, virtual field trips, virtual community presentations, and modeled our core value of stewardship through a campaign in support of essential workers.  And this all happened while continuing their regular coursework!  Check out the examples below:


7th grade students explored the biodiversity of their neighborhoods by calculating species richness in their backyard plant life.

Third grade students read traditional and adapted fairy tales to learn about common story elements, as well as ways authors adapt stories. Through Zoom meetings, students discussed the different scenes in the stories, thinking about the beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Students used the information to help them create their own adapted fairy tales which they published using Book Creator (a digital book publishing platform). Students added pictures for the cover, beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution, and then recorded their stories. We loved seeing their developing writing skills and creativity shine through!

The Class of 2022 harnessed the wisdom of the ancient world to design a society using technology and knowledge available in 500 C.E. Integrating six subjects, this project brought new challenges each week. Students thoughtfully identified crops that would thrive in their society and illustrated maps that considered food systems, irrigation, sewage and social hierarchy. Students used sidewalk chalk, legos, online tools and their boundless imaginations to create their maps. The Class of 2022 really knows how to innovate, no matter where they are!

Linda Janklow, the founder and director of Peopleologie, presented a lesson about the Native Peoples in the Southwest. During her visit, she shared many wonderful pictures and important information about how Native Peoples have and still live today. It was especially exciting to see a few artifacts she collected on her many trips to the Four Corners area! She suggested projects we could try, including pottery making, weaving, woodworking, and painting traditional symbols.  We were grateful that this field trip could continue through Zoom!


In second grade, our young physicists used a cup of water, a sunny window and a shadow to uncover the secret of sunlight. Enjoy the results of their detective work.

First Grade worked on their Roots & Shoots project. After watching a short Jane Goodall video, students, together with their families, thought of some great ways to show global citizenship by having thoughtful discussions with their parents, and noting observations about needs in their community. Students submitted their ideas, made a grid/survey, and voted on ways to show global citizenship. Many students decided they wanted to show their support for front line workers by making masks, writing thank you cards, and donating money. 


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