Spring Break Enrichment for Students in Grades K-12
The District has assembled resources and worked with partners to provide students opportunites for learning over Spring Break. These activities and contests will help your student learn about coding, find out more about the history of Detroit and the nation, and engage them in fun reading and math activities.
Make Spring Break a time of learning, enrichment, and fun for your student!
Math and Reading
LearnZillion K-5 Spring Reading Challenge
LearnZillion is hosting a reading challenge for students in grades K-5. To enter this challenge, students will log on to the LearnZillion platform to complete an assignment describing a book that they recently read. Students have the choice to talk about the book using a voice recording, draw a picture or write a short paragraph. Any student who completes the assignment in full will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Four winners, two from K-2 and two from 3-5, will be chosen. To access the assignment, students will log in to LearnZillion through Clever and enter an assignment code below. The challenge begins Monday, March 29th and will close on April 2nd. Good luck!
K-2 Access Code: 5GD2687
3-5 Access Code: M3S6564
Please use this brief tutorial video to learn how to log on to LearnZillion through Clever.
Spring Break K-7 Zearn Math Challenge
Zearn is sponsoring a math challenge for all students in grades K through 7 from March 27th to April 4th. If you accept the challenge, log on to Zearn and complete the target. Kindergarten students must complete 10 "Next Up" activities and students in grades 1-7 must complete 5 "Next Up" activities. All students who complete the challenge will earn a $10 Little Caesars gift card!
Detroit Tigers Annual Jackie Robinsone Art Contest
"To celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, the Tigers want you to learn more about the legendary Jackie Robinson and create an original art piece! Using Jackie’s nine values, the Tigers are encouraging young fans aged 18 and under to create and submit an artistic expression that captures the spirit of one or more of the values. Original works of art can be a painting, drawing, or rendering."
Submissions are due: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021.
Three winners will be selected. 1st place: $1,500 & artwork featured on billboards across Detroit. 2nd place: $750. 3rd place: $250. And all three winners and their families will be invited to Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday, April 20th!
See the Detroit Tigers website for more information.
Yo-Coding Spring Break Virtual Camp
Yo-Coding is a 5-day virtual camp teaching kids in grades 3-6 about coding basic games and animations after starting some fun yoga stretches to start the day. The virtual camp will take place from March 29th through April 2nd from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Register here. Yo-Coding is sponsored by Accelerate4Kids.
The internet is filled with fun activities designed to teach students about coding and computer science. Check out some of the sites, resources, and games below!
Pre-readers – Grade 5
Beaver Achiever - https://hourofcode.com/codemonkeybeaver
Help a Beaver achieve its goals! Dive into this beaver's natural habitat with a fun-packed coding activity that will jump-start your coding education. Beavers can swim, collect wood, and build dams. This little beaver needs your help. Use the simple blocks of code to complete the dam in the lake so the water remains calm, build a house, and make smoothies!
Code Monkey, Jr - https://hourofcode.com/codemonkeyjr
In a world filled with captivating creatures and bright colors, 4-6 year olds will join a monkey on a mission to collect bananas and unlock treasure chests. All the while, they will explore and learn the basics of code as they use blocks to program a monkey's journey through the world.
Mystery Island Coding Quest - https://hourofcode.com/monster
The Mystery Island Coding Quest by Monster Coding offers a fun filled self guided adventure that teaches several key programming concepts to children. Each block based activity builds on the previous, introducing kids to Functions, Boolean Values, Loops, If/Else Statements, and Arrays, using colorful animated graphics, audio instructions.
A Minecraft Tale of Two Villages - https://hourofcode.com/meeempathy
For centuries, the Villagers and Illagers shared the same space but seldom interacted with each other. Now you can use the power of code to bring the two villages together. Players will experience empathy and compassion for their neighbors, learn cooperation and inclusion, and embrace the diversity that makes us all uniquely special.
Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code - https://hourofcode.com/star-wars
Learn to program droids and create your own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away.
Code a Cartoon – https://hourofcode.com/scratchcartoon
Bring some of your favorite Cartoon Network characters to life by coding your own animation! Add more characters and make them jump, fly, and talk.
Ozaria: Your Journey Begins - https://hourofcode.com/codecombatozaria
Enter the world of Ozaria where you become a hero in an epic adventure. You must use the power of coding to defeat a darkness that has taken over the world! Along the way, you'll meet interesting characters and travel to different lands, practicing coding concepts like sequences, loops, debugging, and decomposition. In the end, you'll design a playable game that you can share with your friends!
Codesters: Basketball - https://hourofcode.com/codestersbball
Learn the basics of coding in Python while creating your own Basketball game. You'll learn how to add backgrounds and sprites, and how to use events to control the motion of sprites on the stage.
Code Combat: Build Your Own Game! – https://hourofcode.com/cocomgame
Grades 9 & Up
Flexbox Froggy – https://hourofcode.com/flexfrog
Learn some web development with this educational game where you help Froggy and friends make it to their lily pads. By the end of the game, you'll learned how to use write code using new CSS properties called flexbox. No prior coding experience required!
Talk to Me Mobile App – https://hourofcode.com/talktome
Learn to make a mobile app that makes your phone talk to you!
Build a Photo Booth App – https://hourofcode.com/caphoto
Want to learn how to play chess? Or perhaps you know how to play but haven’t played in a while and want a refresher course on how the Queen, Knight, King, Bishop, Rook, and Pawns move. Then you you need to go to chesskid.com. Just click on the link below and learn how all the fascinating pieces move in the great game of chess. This link provides you with a one-stop-shop to every video lesson. Have fun learning all about chess!
History and Social Studies
Detroit has a wealth of museums and historical sites where students and families can experience history. Plan a visit (real or virtual) to one of these Detroit gems to learn more about the history of our city and nation.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has a variety of great exhibitions to check out, including exhibits centered on Black women’s history, and Voting Matters. The museum is open for in-person visits by appointment, but you can also take free virtual tours of the exhibits here.
The Detroit Historical Museum is also open to in-person visits, but advance ticket purchases are encouraged. Residents of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park are eligible for free Detroiter memberships- view more information here. The Detroit Historical Museum has several permanent exhibits that showcase the rich history of the city, including exhibits which focus on Detroit as an arsenal of democracy, and Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad.
Belle Isle is definitely a Detroit destination, especially during the spring and summer times. However, Belle Isle also offers a wealth of historical learning. You can check out maritime history at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum or learn about the indigenous history of Belle Isle here.
The Motown Museum is open to in-person visits, but you should make an appointment here. The museum captures the history of Motown music and its role in Detroit and the world. Aside from the usual attractions, there is currently an exhibit of photographs documenting the change to Motown during the 1960s & 1970s. The musuem also has some free online events, including a reading of the children’s book Frankie Finds the Blues.
The Detroit Institute of Arts features world-renowned exhibits of a variety of art and is free for residents of Wayne County. You will, however, need to make a reservation here. Kids may especially enjoy the free app-based scavenger hunts that have students search for and examine art by theme, including the art of the Suffragettes, and African American Art. These scavenger hunts use the app GooseChase, which is free on Android and iOS.
The Underground Railroad Reading Station offers walking tours of the Underground Railroad in Detroit, including the historic Second Baptist Church. Tours are $7 for adults, $4 for children, and can be booked here.
Pewabic Pottery is a ceramics studio and National Historic Landmark. Constructed in 1907, it is one of the longest-running potteries in the nation. Monday-Friday you can take free self-guided tours and explore original handcrafted ceramics and even watch the production of these works, including pressing, glazing, and firing tiles.
The Ford Piquette Plant works to preserve the birthplace of the Model T and offers both in-person and virtual tours. This National Historic Landmark offers a close look at the beginnings of Detroit as the Motor City.