Together When Apart: Week 4 Extension Activities for Early Learners

During the week 4 inquiry, students examined how people are taking action to encourage and uplift their community. You can always dig deeper into this topic, challenging students to ask questions and make inferences. Try the extensions below!

Feedback and Reflection Extensions

On day 3, challenge students to post their “Uplifting Action Plans” in your digital classroom and give feedback by responding to the questions:

  • Is this person doing something they love in a way that brings joy to someone else?

  • Will this person be able to do this safely with the materials they have?

  • Does the sketch show the action they want to do?

On Day 5, challenge students to post images of their final work in your digital classroom and give feedback using the “Share and Get Feedback” form.

Reading/ELA Extensions

Challenge students to view the video read-aloud of Love the World by Todd Parr

  • Summary: This book is all about being yourself, appreciating others, and spreading joy. As the world slows down for a moment, it’s a good time to think about what you love about your family, your neighbors, your community, and the world you live in.

  • Task: In response to the message of the book, challenge students to write a letter, draw a picture, do something kind, or find another way to share the love!

Art Extensions

Challenge students to learn from a famous artist. Many artists are offering lessons at this time:

  • Join artist Mo Willems for Lunch Doodles. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.

  • Join artist and author Dav Pilkey to get creative! Every Friday morning he will be broadcasting “Dav Pilkey at Home” in partnership with Scholastic and the Library of Congress. Find the activities here on the Scholastic website Find more information here from the Library of Congress about where to access the programs and all he will be offering!

Music Extensions

Challenge students to select and watch a musical performance given during this time. Select examples that are appropriate for your students. Provide parents with information about the access of social media as needed. Ask students to respond to the music by creating their own songs or performances.

Health and Physical Education

Challenge students to design a way to stay active while home from school. They could create an obstacle course, a workout routine - the possibilities are endless! Check out the sources below for inspiration.


It’s spring time! So many exciting changes are happening in nature at this time of year. Challenge students to explore the outdoors. Check out the sources below for inspiration.


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