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APS Storm Learning Center

Storm Learning Center

While schools are closed due to Hurricane Sandy, many APS families are looking for ways to take advantage of this time together and to try some alternative learning activities.

We have updated our award-winning "APS Snow Learning Page" to help you "weather" this time at home.


One of the best at-home online resources available to APS students, staff and parents is Blackboard. On Mon, Oct. 29, Blackboard was active all day with over 1,000 APS staff and students logged into the site. Instructional technology staff continues to monitor bb.support, assisting parents and students who need help to login. Parents are also reminded that the majority of the textbooks used are available in digital format by going to the "For Students" tab. On the same tab there is a link to "APS Library Online" that gives users access to a variety of electronic databases subscribed to by the APS Office of Library Services including ACORN (Arlington County Library) resources.

Students can research hurricanes and compare the attributes of previous storms to Sandy. Some teachers are posting additional activities for their students, and the "For Students" tab has resources for students organized by elementary and secondary levels,including practice activities, copies of many textbooks and other related curriculum web links.

Great Resources Online for Parents

If your power is on, the Web has a wealth of information for families and students. Many of the APS Instructional Department web pages include links to resources for parents and students. For example:

MATHEMATICS: includes Math Resources for parents and students. For secondary students, last year's Summer Math Review activities are also available online. Activities are listed by grade or subject.

SCIENCE: The page includes links to many science-related sites including external websites that support learning opportunities about hurricanes. Weatherwizkids has photos, games, flashcards, interactive activities and much more to explore, and you'll also find links to National Geographic, science bulletins from the American Museum of Natural History, and other resources.

SOCIAL STUDIES: With one week to go before the presidential election, the APS Social Studies Office offers some great ideas to help students "Follow the Election" from home.

Here are a few more links for families:

Family Activities for Learning

rain During "Snowpocalypse" of 2010, we asked parents for ideas.  Here are just some of the suggestions gathered from Arlington families to help your children continue to learn and explore from home.
  • Have a spelling contest by pulling words from a variety of books at home. Select a word, then read the paragraph in which it was found. For those words that need more practice, have your kid(s) write out the correct spelling three times each. Then let your kids test you!
  • Make your own mail boxes out of an old box and some paper. You and your kids can write letters and deliver them to each other throughout the day. They love checking to see if they have mail, plus they're having fun writing silly notes and drawing pictures for each other.
  • Start a story with a sentence like "There was an old rundown house at the end of the long dirt road." Then each person in the family takes a turn adding a sentence to the story; keep going around the table many times, until you run out of ideas or the story comes to a natural conclusion. If kids are young, one parent can act as the scribe, if not, you can pass the pencil around and everyone can write their own sentence. Read it out loud when you are done.
  • Family baking and cooking projects are excellent opportunities for students to practice reading and following directions, weights and measurements. Plus everyone can enjoy the results.
  • Card games, board games, video and electronic games, charades - all of these provide great opportunities for strategic thinking and communications while indoors where it's (hopefully) warm.
Here are some other fun activities when you're housebound:
  • Begin a hurricane journal. Take pictures (or draw pictures) of the front and back of your home, as well as your surrounding neighborhood. Include comments about the changes before, during and after the storm.
  • Bring the outdoors in by using watercolors to paint what you see. Experiment with mixing colors to create new ones.
  • Decide how you would describe to someone in Uganda (look it up to know the weather there) what a hurricane is like, what a hurricane is, etc.
  • Find the driest and wettest city in US every day - what's the difference in temperature between that location and here?
  • Take digital photos of your backyard and then print out a page for each child. Have each kid draw people (themselves and friends) playing in the rain, and then have them write a story to go with the picture.
  • Try some weather-related math calculations:  If a wind gust of 70 miles an hour keptmoving westward, how long would it take to reach California? Hawaii? China? If it rains two inches of rain per hour, how long will it take to fill up your bathtub?

APS Classroom Work & Other Learning Resources:

Students are reminded to continue to read and review materials and assignments provided or referenced by their teachers in their course materials. Some of these materials are in print form and others are available online through teacher-created webpages, Blackboard sites, and/or school webpages. Students may wish to practice their skills by reviewing the SOL-released items tests from the Virginia Department of Education, where they can practice and then check their answers using the answer keys included in the released tests, available online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/index.shtml.

Finally, all students are encouraged to continue with reading and writing. Keeping a journal is an excellent way for students to continue developing their writing skills, and enjoy sharing their writing and receiving feedback.
This page contains links to one or more websites that are outside of the Arlington Public Schools network. APS does not control the content or relevancy of these links.

Last Modified on October 30, 2012