K to 5 Enrichment Opportunities for Use at Home

  • You may be looking for things to do while you are away from school. Here are enrichment opportunities for families and students during the school closure. Check back often as we will be updating this resource.

Educational Resources K-5

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  • What is Clever? Clever is an app that makes it easy for students to access many online learning programs and resources with their Barnstable Public Schools Google account.
    Clever is used in grades K-8.  

    How do I access Clever from home?

    1. Click Clever.
    2. Click "Log in with Google"
    3. Type your BPS email address and password

    Example: jones_harry27@mybps.me
    Their password is their lunch code with two additional “00”

    What is my child's YOG (Year of Graduation):

    Kindergarten - 32
    Grade 1 - 31
    Grade 2 - 30
    Grade 3 - 29
    Grade 4 - 28
    Grade 5 - 27

    Clever can be used to access many Barnstable Public Schools to access district approved resources, including: Google Classroom, Code.org, Imagine Learning, Dreambox, and Typing Club (K-8)

Offline Educational Resources for Families (Non Tech)

  • English/Language Arts

    • Interview a family member: Talk to an adult in your family in your house or over the phone and ask them the following questions.
      • What was your favorite thing to do when you were my age?
      • What did you enjoy learning at school?
      • What did you want to be when you grew up?
      • Create your own questions based on what you’re curious about learning.
      • How are your lives different?  How are they similar?
    • Write and mail a (real) letter or create a homecard to those people in assisting living or rehabilitation homes that cannot accept visitors. Address the envelope yourself.
    • Learn Morse code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors.
    • Alphabetize the spices in your kitchen.
    • Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days.
    • Design and build puppets that perform a show.
    • Construct a family tree.
    • Learn ten new big words. 
    • Draw a map of your home.
    • Sit silently for 15 minutes while you write down every sound you hear. When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.).
    • Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two people in your family, your neighborhood.
    • Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick.
    • Learn, practice, and tell three new jokes.
    • Use household materials to make and play stringed, percussion, and wind instruments.
    • Put your favorite book, toy, and keepsake on a small table in sunlight. Draw or paint a full color still life.
    • Call a person who speaks a language you do not.  Ask them to teach you five common words or phrases.
    • Create and use a secret code.
    • Write down every adjective you say for one full day.
    • Design a map of every state ever visited by people in your family.
    • Write or tell a story titled "What if humans had to leave the Earth and no one remembered to turn off the last robot?"
    • Imagine, create, and fly a full size flag that tells the world about you.
    • BOOKS! Reading, read, read!
      • What did you read?
      • What was your favorite part of the story and why?
      • Rewrite the story! What would you have liked to happen? Would you have changed the ending?
      • Rewrite the story from a different character’s point of view,


    • Measure the area and perimeter of each room in your home.
    • Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows.
    • Stay up late and stargaze.
    • Using household materials, build a working rain gauge, barometer, and wind vane.
    • Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer.
    • Collect leaves from ten different (non-harmful) plants. Sort them by size, color, and texture.
    • Find, pick, and dissect a flower.
    • Determine the volumes of ten containers, them display them in order on your porch.
    • Using one type of paper (constant), build three different paper  airplanes (independent variable) and test to see how far they fly (dependent variable).
    • Find ten rocks smaller than a quarter.
    • Create your own real world word problems (such as calculating tip, total grocery bill, or driving distance) and give them to your family members to solve.  Then, have them do the same for you.
    • Draw a picture using as many shapes as you can.  The challenge is to make them 3D shapes and build a structure using them.
    • Calculate perimeter, area, surface area, and or volume for items in your house.
    • Help your family cook a meal and write down any fractions you notice.  What would the amounts be if you doubled the recipe or even tripled it?
    • Think of your dream vacation and plan a budget around travel, stay, gas prices, etc.  How much money will you need for your trip? Make sure you can prove it.
    • Write/type, draw, talk about, and or use a digital creation tool such as Google Slides or Google Drawing to answer any or all of the questions.