At Home Assignments and Activities


Advanced Studies

Week of May 11 - May 15, 2020

Eighth and last week of at-home learning

Last chance for a Zoom meeting again this week. It was great to see those of you who made it last week!

This Wednesday, May 13

          Second Grade  10:30

          Fourth Grade 11:00

          Third Grade 11:30

          Fifth Grade 12:00 noon.

Since it's our last week, I have a fun assignment for you first.

Make a poster of your memories of Advanced Studies:

IF you can remember coming to my class and the things that we talked about and did together, I would love to see a year-end poster of random things that you remember learning about or doing.

You can make it on whatever paper you have, using whatever materials you have available. Maybe you can make several little pictures with captions under them. Or maybe you might have little phrases around the poster in different colors. It's up to you. Just think back and remember what you have learned and hopefully will prepare you for your life ahead.

Send it to me in any way you can. Hopefully you can show your classmates on Zoom on Wednesday! Same times as last week.

Science -- Brainpop - Immune System

You are strong and will be stronger every day!

Eat right, get exercise and sleep, and your body's immune system can fight off all kinds of bad stuff!

Learn about your immune system from a different perspective.

username:  gryphons   password:  ua12

Do the quiz until you get 100%

More Science

Kids Discover Online

Go to the Kids Discover Online website and choose the category

Human Body, then Germs.

Enjoy each section and take the quizzes for each section.

You'll be an expert on what we are going through right now!

If you have time, and are interested, you can do any or all of the sub-chapters in the Human Body. Then you'll know more than anyone! Let me know if you want me to set up any of the quizzes for those extra chapters.  :)




Advanced Studies

Week of May 4 – May 8, 2020

Seventh week of at-home learning


Hi again my delightful students!

Let’s try again for a Zoom meeting this week. We got some of you last week. It was great to see those of  you who made it!

This Wednesday, May 6

          Second Grade  10:30

          Fourth Grade 11:00

          Third Grade 11:30

          Fifth Grade 12:00 noon.


Let’s make this happen. I’d love to see every one of you!

To make you smarter this week, here are your activities:


Watch The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Carlos Gets the Sneezes (Episode 6) It is available on Netflix and Youtube.

I have made a Quizizz for it. Please do the quizizz: Magic School Bus Rides Again Ep 6 Carlos Gets the Sneezes. Go to

Language Arts

Do as many Madlibs games as you want to! Let me know which you chose. And did they end up funny?

In Google Classroom, I have attached helpful lists of interesting options for parts of speech that you can use to make your MadLibs funnier! Take a look at them for ideas!



You will see 3 pages of options for math problems from our 225 Fantastic Math Facts. Do at least 3 problems. Let me know which problems you did.

Logic and Reasoning

Do the two puzzles:  Mixed Up Flowers and At the Pie Shop that I have downloaded to Google Classroom. They are fun!


See you Wednesday! Have a great week!

Advanced Studies

Week of April 27-May 1, 2020

Sixth week of at-home learning


Hi my wonderful students!

Is anyone available for a Zoom meeting this week?

I am going to ask for Wednesday (April 29)

          Fourth Grade 11:00

          Third Grade 11:30

          Fifth Grade 12:00 noon.

          Second Grade  either 12:30 or 10:30

We’ll try to make that happen. I’d love to see you all!


Everything is up and ready for you on Google Classroom.

This is what I have for you this week:

Critical Thinking:

A conspiracy theorist has accused a woman of causing this pandemic and her life is in danger.


Kids Discover magazine -- How learning works. Check it out.


Number patterns

Patterns Worksheets | Dynamically Created Patterns Worksheets


Advanced Studies

Week of April 20-24, 2020

Fifth week of at-home learning


I’m so happy that many of you are participating in my activities. I hope you enjoyed last week’s!

This week I have several options for this week – you can do any or all of them. Instructions are on each activity in Google Classroom.

  • Hands on learning:  One – I hope you all received your gift from me – a Jacob’s Ladder. There is a video to show you how to use it if you are not sure.  Try to figure out how it works!


  • Social Studies:  CBS 60 Minutes clip of Jose Andres, a world-famous chef, who sets up food kitchens to serve millions of people who suffer from disasters. He is helping victims of the current national emergency here in the US.


  • Logic Problems:  Ways to exercise your brain



  • Grammar Police:  Making sure that you don’t forget your grammar just because you are not in school. I’ve made a review sheet and a fun Quizizz. I hope it works!


  • Critical Thinking:  Editorial (political) cartoons. How do they say a lot in a quick way?



I think all grades can do these activities.

Let me hear from you!

Hugs  –

Mrs. D

Check out Google Classroom for the full activity

Advanced Studies

Week of April 13-17, 2020

Fourth week of at-home learning (!! )

Fun activity this week: Make your own parabolic line designs!

Read the instructions below and send me a picture of what you made. 😊


Do you many remember the end of last year when we used cardstock and a needle and thick thread to make cool parabola designs?

This year, we’re doing the same thing, but using lines on paper.  You can get as creative as you want.

Parabolas are found everywhere. This is your chance to create real-life math.

A PARABOLA is a section of a cone, like a slice, as you can see in the illustration above. (Those are all math terms you will use in more advanced math in high school and college.) The fun and amazing thing is that you can make parabolas of all shapes and sizes by using simple straight lines and arranging points on line segments at different (but equal) distances apart.

  • For this activity, you will need blank paper (or you can use graph paper), a pen, and a ruler. You can get fancy later and use different colors.
  • To get started:  draw an x-axis and a y-axis and mark off points at equal intervals (how far apart the points are). When you vary the intervals, you can vary the shape of the parabola. To make a right angle, you can use the corner of a book or sheet of paper as a guide. You might start with half-inch points on your line axes.

In the picture below, note how the numbers or letters are placed on the axes. It is DIFFERENT than the normal way starting with zero and going out from the origin.


grid  Line design tutorial. The guy is clearly not a professional, but I think he gets the point across.

This is just one video of a couple that I saw out there. I typed in “parabolic line designs” and there are many options for tutorials.

The picture below is a combination of four parabolic line designs and very regular because all of the points are the same distance apart.

Let me know if you have any questions! Have fun!



Advanced Studies

Week of April 6 – 10, 2020

At home learning week 3

 Take a look at Google Classroom. Pictures show up there.
Can't wait to hear from you!

Hi my fabulous students!

Here we are – third week into taking responsibility for your own future.

I appreciate those of you who have been participating in my activities to make you smarter, and hope those of you who have not yet, will start!

Here we go!

Similar to last week – choices. Do as many as you can fit in and let me know what you have completed.

Monday at 1:00 – Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman. Go to Facebook, type in cbs evening news kindness 101. You can actually participate! Half hour.

Math:  I copied three pages of 225 Fantastic Math Facts. Try to do at least five of them. Let me know which ones you did and whether they were a challenge for you.

Language Arts:  I didn’t get Rhyme Outs from everyone last week. That is still an option. Those are fun!

            Lang arts Critical thinking – political/editorial cartoons

  1. Irony is defined when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs. Describe the irony shown in Steve Kelley’s cartoon. Can you see why this cartoon is ironic? Tell me what you think.


    Here’s another one:

  2. Editorial cartoonists often use symbols to represent a person, group or idea.

There are three symbols in this cartoon. The houses, the little creature, and the black scribble over its head. What is the cartoonist trying to tell us with each symbol? What is he trying to tell us overall?

Political cartoon


Logic and Reasoning:  More puzzle challenges!  Enjoy!

Social Studies:  Identifying states, capitals, countries, rivers, lakes, and oceans/seas. Your choice. Explore this site. Let me know what you chose to learn.

Science:  Brainpop   Go to 

 username gryphons  password ua12 

This week choose any of the topics there. Watch the video and do the quiz and anything else you want to do there. Let me know what you learned.


Advanced Studies

Week of March 30 – April 3, 2020

Week 2 at home learning

Hi parents and my wonderful Advanced Studies students –

I know you all are working hard to continue school in this weird time.

In that light, I’m trying to give assignments that are fun and interesting, as well as educational.

I have also sent this to you through Google Classroom. Hopefully you can access all of the attachments there.

Let’s see how much you can fit into your schedules this week.


Opportunities to get smarter:

Resilience:  Short video from Steve Hartman

This video is about finding ways to be kind to people during this weird time we are in. What is something you could do in particular to show someone kindness and make their day? 

Math:  24 Game 

 and 225 Fantastic Math Facts   (see attached)

Logic and Reasoning:  Lots of Puzzle Challenges  (see attached)

Science:  Brainpop   Go to 

 username gryphons  password ua12  Type in “Virus.”  Choose any of the topics there. Watch the video and do the quiz and anything else you want to do there. Let me know what you learned.

Language Arts:  Rhyme Out     Come up with your own clues and share them with the class. Then try to guess each others’ clues. Reply.

Social Studies:  Identifying states, capitals, rivers, and lakes. Your choice. Explore this site. Let me know what you chose to learn.

Also for fun you might watch and sing to Tour the States  


Your assignment is to do what you can for each topic and let me know your progress, successes and failures.

Here’s an example of how I’d like your answer.

I’ll pretend I’m a student:

Hi Mrs. D – this is Pasquale

Resilience:  I loved the video. Something I could do to be kind to someone during this hard time is when I see my elderly neighbor on her porch, I could sing her a happy song and ask how she is doing and if she needs anything. I could get her what she needs, but I’d make sure to use wipes if I give anything to her.

Math:  I did three 24-Game cards (5, 5, 4, 3) (11, 10, 6, 2) (8, 8, 7, 1)and three of the Fantastic Math Facts (World’s most petted dog, life expectancy of a queen termite, and how many cats in the US).  

Logic and Reasoning:  I did Puzzle Challenges 1, 3, and 5

Science:  I chose the Brainpop on Viruses. It helped me understand the idea a little better, but there is a lot of science behind it I don’t know yet.

Language Arts:  Here’s my Rhyme Out for the class:

An arachnid, an apple drink, person on horseback

Social Studies:  I learned the names, shapes and locations of the Great Lakes! And of course I watched and sang to Tour the States!  😊


 I love you all! Let me know how this goes. Feel free to contact me any time!

Mrs. DiPasquale


Advanced Studies, week of March 23 – 27, 2020

Week 1 at home education


Hi my lovely grade Advanced Studies students!

This is by far the strangest thing I have experienced in my lifetime – everything shutting down and everyone having to stay away from each other. You are living through history. When you are older you will look back and be able to tell young people what it was like for you.

I want to share a story with you that I think has many parallels with today. It is a story about something unexpected and pretty awful happening to a group of people and how they overcame the problem (at least partially) through coming together and being creative. 

It is told from a child’s perspective, but there is a lot of grown-up background history that goes with it. There are some lessons I want you to take away from this story, but I want you to figure out what they are.


Vocabulary words (look up, or ask your parents or other adult what these words mean if you are not sure):


Pearl Harbor



Racist act / unconstitutional

Internment camp





Background knowledge:

Japan is a small island country in Asia, but very strong and with a very long, proud history. World War II began in 1939 with many countries all around the world joining in on basically two sides. 

The United States was on the opposing side to Japan (and Germany and others).

The US took over the republic of Hawaii (which is now a state, but was not at the time) – small islands about halfway between Asia and the United States – so that we could have a place to put a military base (our Navy) that would be closer to Asia if we needed to fight. The city where the base was located was named Pearl Harbor.

In 1942, Japan bombed that naval base and brought us into war with Japan.

Book   Problem was – there were lots of people living in the United States at the time whose parents and grandparents had moved here from Japan.

(Remember what we learned about Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel, being in a family who had come from Germany in World War 1?)


Main lesson of the week:  Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

I want you to watch and listen to the video (with captions) on the link below.

Some questions to keep in mind are:

  • Why are Shorty, his family, and other Japanese Americans at the internment camp? How did they get there?
  • What is the purpose of the camp?
  • What is significant about the fence on the cover of the book?
  • Why does Shorty’s father decide to build a baseball field and league?
  • How does baseball improve life at the internment camp? How does baseball help both the grown-ups and the children at the camp?
  • Why is hope important for enduring life at the camp?

There are lots of other questions to ask and things for you to think about, but I also want you to compare this story to what is happening right now in your own life.


This is your assignment due by Friday (I will write back to you!)

I want you to think deeply to answer the questions below as best you can. Make your answers in another color and send them to me. Maybe get someone else to type for you or do your best on your own.

Then copy and paste from the line just above to the end of the document into an email to me and send to You can write me a note too and tell me if you like the story and what else is going on with you. 😊

  1. What is happening around you right now that is really scary? How is it similar to what Shorty experienced?
  2. What is something good that is happening right now that makes you know things will be all right in the end?
  3. What is something that you personally can do to help yourself and other people get through this scary time?
  4. In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” How does that apply to the virus going around now? What happens when everyone is afraid?
  5. This coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China last year. Should we be afraid of all Chinese people who live in the United States? Why or why not?
  6. What happens when some people are afraid of another group of people?
  7. Are there any other lessons that you can take away from this story that you want to share with me?

Know that I love you dearly and I hope you feel smarter after you watch this and think about it!

We are Advanced Studies, Yes we are!

We’re here to learn and we’ll go far!

Hooray for us, we can’t go wrong!

We work and think the whole day long! GO US!

March 24, Second Day -- Ideas for things to enhance learning (from Amazon..)
Sent in email to all parents:

Hello hello!

I am sure you all are completely overwhelmed, so I'll make this brief.

Just wanted to offer up some ideas of good challenges which can benefit a variety of ages that I use in my classroom. Some I have probably sent along to you before.
All available from Amazon.

For math:

Nothing better than this game for mental math agility. You use all four numbers on each card to add, subtract, multiply, or divide to get to the number 24. Comes in single digits, double digits, plus more advanced challenges. For younger students, they have a set with just adding and subtracting.

Math and logic:
Louis Sachar is a super-engaging author and this book is fun and a great challenge. First challenge is Why does ELF plus ELF equal FOOL? All of my students have done some of these. This is the first of two on math, a spin off of the main series Sideways Stories from Wayside School (not on math). Those are just hilarious! Kids love Louis Sachar.

For logic:
There are several levels Perplexors. All students have done these with me and enjoy them. (Also I see they have a math one that I don't have yet.) This is from Mindware. Everything they sell is excellent.

For language exploration and spelling:
Very fun. Kids love this.


For excellent and engaging books:
Winston Breen books. Great stories, great writing -- kids solving a mystery, and puzzles within the story. 


You can give a writing assignment to your student and have them write me from their UA student account. I can't wait to hear from them!

Hang in there! We'll get through this!

Mrs. D