Home Study

These pages are designed to assist families during the COVID-19 school closure event, to help skill practice continue at home. These resources are not a replacement for the high level of instruction that students receive from their professional teachers in their classrooms. APS does not endorse these activities as instruction that replaces what would be happening in the classroom. These resources are meant to reinforce learning that has already occurred.

Latest Update

Monday, April 28, 2020 (3:35 PM Eastern Time): Added Grade 1 SeeSaw documents from Town Hall 5.

When your student came home on Friday, March 13, your student should have had all of the things they need for Home Study, including usernames and passwords for the various resources listed below.

For additional current information, please see http://www.twitter.com/DiscoveryAPS.

Health and Public Safety Information

For the latest information from Arlington Public Schools regarding COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus), please visit the APS COVID-19 updates page.

The Student Wellness page linked in this section’s menu provides information from the APS Department of Student Services.

For the latest information from the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding COVID-19, please visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 updates page.

Please help ensure the transmission of accurate information in our community by fact-checking and confirming information with a reliable, reputable source before posting it on social media.

The Centers for Disease Control has provided a helpful article for families who would like to learn effective ways to discuss COVID-19 with children.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science interviewed a Yale physician and social scientist to discuss the medical facts behind school closures in health emergencies, and published the article in the magazine Science, which you may read online.

Teacher Office Hours

APS has asked all schools to post teachers’ “office hours,” during which they will be able to take telephone calls and respond to family emails. While Discovery teachers and staff continue to respond in real-time, our official office hours are held every Wednesday during the following hours:

Special Education Contact your case carrier
Encore 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kindergarten 1:05 PM – 2:05 PM
Grade 1 12:35 PM – 1:35 PM
Grade 2 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Grade 3 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Grade 4 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Grade 5 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Continuous Learning (All Grades)

On Friday, April 10, 2020, the APS Department of Teaching and Learning released the APS Continuous Learning Plan for Elementary, PreK-5 (PDF).

Choice boards for all grade levels are available on the APS Elementary Choice Boards page.

Additional resources are available on the APS Resources for Families page.

Specific information will come to each student through their teachers, and some specific links are available here:

Signing In to Resources

You must use your student’s credentials to access many APS resources, including materials hosted in Google. We cannot grant access to your personal account. If you do not have your student’s credentials, please contact your student’s teacher teacher directly.

Please sign out of all of your personal accounts before you begin. We cannot grant access to personal accounts. Do not click "Request Access."

After you click the link, you will asked to sign in to Google. When you sign in to Google as your student, use studentid@apsva.us. For example, if your student’s ID number is 0123456, use 0123456@apsva.us. See the graphic below.

An image of the Google sign on screen.

You will next be redirected to the APS single sign-on system called MyAccess. There, use your student’s student ID and password. Do not use @apsva.us on this screen. See the graphic below.

A picture of the MyAccess sign on screen.

Grades PreK-2 (March 13 – April 3)

Please note that these resources were provided for use from the closure on March 16 through April 3. Materials for use after Spring Break, starting April 13, will be primarily provided by teachers through Google Classroom. The Continuous Learning choice boards are located here.

The Arlington Public Schools Department of Teaching and Learning has prepared daily Learning Plans for Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2, for access at home. You will need to use your student’s username and password to access these resources. If you see a “request access” button, you are not signed in to the authorized student account.

These resources are cloud-based in Google Drive, and may therefore be accessed on any device.

Please also see “iPad apps” below, as students can use Dreambox to practice math skills.

We’ve also been told “Mission: Unstoppable” may be a show of interest around science and technology.

Grades 3-5 (March 13 – April 3)

Please note that these resources were provided for use from the closure on March 16 through April 3. Materials for use after Spring Break, starting April 13, will be primarily provided by teachers through Google Classroom (or Canvas for Grade 5). The Continuous Learning choice boards are located here.

The Arlington Public Schools Department of Teaching and Learning has prepared daily Choice Boards for Grades 3, 4, and 5, for access at home. You will need to use your student’s username and password to access these resources. If you see a “request access” button, you are not signed in to the authorized student account.

These resources are cloud-based in Google Drive, and may therefore be accessed on any device.

Please also see “iPad apps” below, as students can use Dreambox and Reflex to practice math skills.

We’ve also been told “Mission: Unstoppable” may be a show of interest around science and technology.

iPad Apps

There are several apps appropriate for student use at home, to reinforce learning and practice skills. As always, home use of digital learning tools is at the sole discretion of the family.

Dreambox

The Dreambox icon, a stylized letter D in blue and green.

Students may use Dreambox practice math skills, available as an iPad app or online here. Please see this PDF for information about Dreambox and guidance for usage. Students in all grades, Kindergarten through Grade 5, can do one or two lessons per day.

The school code for Discovery, if you are asked for it, is bqt4/e233.

RazKids
The RazKids app icon, featuring a smiling metal robot with blue eyes on a yellow background.

Students may use the RazKids app to access supported reading materials, as they would in their classrooms. Learn more about how to use this app on the RazKids page.

Reflex

The Reflex icon, depicting a strange alien-like crab cheering at you.

Some students in Grades 2 through 5 may use Reflex, available as an iPad app or online here. It is a tool used for practicing and solidifying fact fluency. Not all students have an account; once a student achieves mastery, Reflex is no longer appropriate. If students have an account, they should play daily until they achieve “the green light.”

Consider monitoring your students while they use technology at home, and better yet, involve yourself in their learning. You can learn more about skills and strategies for developing a healthful relationship with digital technology at the Discovery Parent Media Academy.

Joining Google Classroom

First, you must be signed in to your student’s Google account, as described above. Please read and follow those instructions thoroughly.

Once you have done so, type into your browser’s address bar: classroom.google.com. You should be taken to Google Classroom. Note the following conditions:

  • If there is a button on your screen that says Go to Classroom, click it.
  • If you are prompted to sign in to Google Classroom or there is a button that says Get Started, follow the directions above to sign in to Google.
  • If there are buttons on your screen that say Student or Teacher, click Student.

Once in classroom, there is a + button in the upper right corner, shown here:

The "create or join class" button in Google Classroom.

Click it, then click Join Class, shown here:

The Join Class button in Google Classroom

Online Resource Logins

Education.com APS does not provide Premium accounts at Education.com. The resources you see when clicking on an Education.com link may include free resources. There is no need to or point to log in. As with all items in the Choice Boards, you may choose another item instead.
Newsela

To log in to Newsela, students use their APS-provided Google accounts. On Newsela.com, for example, click the Google link:

An illustration graphic with the words "Sign into Newsela with:" and a green circle around "Google."

Remember that APS student Google accounts “look like email addresses,” so when a Google site asks you for a username or email address, use studentid@apsva.us. For example, if the student ID is 0123456, then the Google account is 0123456@apsva.us, so Google knows to look at our school systems to confirm the student credentials are valid. This almost always redirects to the APS MyAccess page. On MyAccess, because it’s an internal APS system, just use the student ID for a username. The passwords are always the same for Google and MyAccess accounts: the six-digit standard APS password you were provided.

You will need to use a class code to finish signing in. Class codes for Newsela are available here:

Class Name Grade Subjects Class Code
ELA 2 2 English DPMH6K
Math 2 2 Math 9XKUMP
Science 2 2 Science 726GUZ
Social Studies 2 2 Social Studies EYRDMJ
ELA 3 3 English M9XY4S
Math 3 3 Math 7XWVCB
Science 3 3 Science 592V3W
Social Studies 3 3 Social Studies QNYHJ4
ELA 4 4 English 7BKWGV
Math 4 4 Math SYESKC
Science 4 4 Science 72ZN9D
Social Studies 4 4 Social Studies 9CH5TE
ELA 5 5 English WUVFH2
Math 5 5 Math MBJ3NB
Science 5 5 Science 43264W
Social Studies 5 5 Social Studies 4CWKGG
World Book Online Teachers have been provided the World Book username and password, and have been asked to post it to their Google Classrooms (or Canvas for Grade 5). Your students should receive this information.

Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

Students at any grade level may access the “Be Internet Awesome” digital citizenship curriculum online. There is a weblink on student iPads, or you can visit the Be Internet Awesome page to explore “Interland.” This age-appropriate curriculum can help prompt meaningful conversations with your students about how to utilize online resources responsibly. This may be of heightened importance during the COVID-19 crisis, with access to technology resources at home.

Census 2020: Everybody Counts

The United States Census Bureau has provided activities for all grade levels around the decennial census. If you have any questions, please contact Discovery’s census liaison, Angelique Coulouris.

Contacts

All Arlington Public Schools email systems should continue to function throughout the COVID-19 situation. You may email staff directly as you normally would.

For technical support during this period, please visit the home study tech support page.