Instructional Coach

I am available to you all anytime of the day or night! :) LOL, I'm kind of joking, but not really... I am a social media junky so you truly can reach out to me via email at [email protected], Seesaw, Google Classroom, Twitter (@bekahflora), facebook, or facebook messenger. If you reach out I will answer you back as quickly as I can, but do keep in mind that I'll be playing teacher mom to a 2nd grader and PK student of my own for the next little bit. If you need a resource, an idea, an answer, or anything else please feel free to reach out and I'll see what I can do. It is my honor and pleasure to serve our school in any way that I can, especially during this time of uncertainty. Please check out some resources that I've gathered below, and check back for updates when you can.

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Virtual Science Showcase
Even though our 4th Annual Science Showcase didn't happen as planned, we are STILL excited to share these amazing videos with you. Our students stepped up to the plate and turned our Science Showcase into a digital format without missing a beat. Check out the work these students did - I guarantee you you'll learn something!

LS Science Showcase     JW Science Showcase

LD Science Showcase   JA Science Showcase

Virtual Living History Museum
Our Living History Museum will be a little different this year, but it will be amazing as it always is! Students submitted videos of their work and you can view them all here. Some students still used their costumes, but some traded that in for visual presentations using Google Slides and uploaded with voice over using Screencastify. I am so proud of these students for going the extra EXTRA mile in getting this done. A little grit and some new technology is allowing us to share the awesome things we learned with the Boones Mill School community.

Pocahontas by LD     Maggie Walker by JH

Pocahontas by KH     Benjamin Franklin by KK

Helen Keller by SB      Ancient China by AH

Clara Barton by EC    Helen Keller by AB

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Helpful Resources and Links

Join in the fun and stay connected with all of the folks at BMES. This flipgrid is simple to use and can be accessed by computer, tablet, or phone. You can download the free app on all sorts of devices. To log in, use your school email (last name, first initial, middle initial and then use the flipcode boonesmill (no spaces, all lowercase) to get into the grid. There will be new posts every Friday that you can make a video comment to respond to. You can watch videos left by others and comment on them with a video response. Let's stay connected while we stay apart for a little while. 

BMES Flipgrid Link

Here's a link to my Google Classroom. Students who normally come with me for PowerUp are already in there, but other students are not. However, ANYONE is welcome to join in - just send me an email if you'd like the code to get in. I have materials posted there that we have used in our lessons and will continue to post some links to things that you might find interesting. All information about the Living History Museum and our BMES Science Showcase can be found there. Those two events will have to be drastically different than we had planned, BUT we've got a plan to make it work! Check out the link below for details.

Google Classroom

During the time we are not able to be physically present with one another, the Gifted Department realizes parents/guardians may need additional resources for their students at home. Here are some websites you might find useful to challenge your student with at-home learning. Be sure to check out the site ahead of time to make sure it is appropriate for your child’s age and skill level.

Gifted Resource Link

Unite for Literacy has completely free digital access to picture books for early elementary grades, printed in English with narration available in 47 different languages. This is a fantastic resource to TONS of titles and in multiple languages. You can read them on your own, but the read to me option is a great one, too!

Unite for Literacy

Check out this eagle family as they patiently wait on their new additions to arrive. This live view from Southwest Florida will allow you to watch as a baby eagle hatches in the wild. There are two babies hatched now and are about 20 days old as of 4/24/2020. Check in on them often to see the baby hatch, grow, and change.

Eagle Cam

NASA is providing some great online activities to get your little space explorers interested in the world around us - far around us! There is some printable, downloadable content, but also lots of online games and activities with science, math, reading, and writing connections. 

NASA Space Place

YouTube is filled with amazing educational opportunities if you know where to look! Here are two playlists that you might enjoy. School House Rock is a series of educational songs that first started in 1973, premiering between regularly schedule cartoons. From history to math to science to language arts, this series has it covered. The second playlist is from Storyline Online a great resource of books that you can hear read aloud by your favorite celebrities. It's a fun way to enjoy listening to books with some pretty familiar voices (think Anna from Frozen and more!). 

School House Rock     Storyline Online

Our friends at Success for All (SFA) have shared some resources to help us keep our GAT program (Getting Along Together) alive and well as we branch out into at-home learning. Check out this GAT Newsletter, which contains some resources about elements of the program and some games you can play as a family to keep those skills sharp.

GAT Resources

Introducing SPARK! Go full throttle with NASCAR Hall of Fame online lesson plans and project-based learning experiences to do at home. These STE(A)M-driven activities will help students in elementary through high school discover how lessons apply to real-world situations.

NASCAR Spark Link

Time for Kids is going to be offering its digital magazine service free for students throughout the rest of this school year. There are different issues for each grade level. Click on the edition number that corresponds to your grade level to access the digital edition that's right for you. 

K-1 2 3-6

K-1 2 3-4 5-6

 Throughout this time I'm putting together some science and math videos. Most of them have something for all grades (K-5) and some are messy! LOL! I am excited to be able to provide some hands on science and math videos as we move through this time of at home learning. Check back often for more... I'll upload there here as I make them.

Sound Demo       Physical and Chemical Changes 
              Sound Demo                           Physical and Chemical Changes

Pi Day Part 1         Pi Day Part 2   
Pi Day Part 1                                             Pi Day Part 2

Electricity Part 1    Electricity Part 2
Electricity Part 1                                              Electricity Part 2 

Surface Tension Video
Understanding Surface Tension

Access dozens of lessons and activities through Scholastic. There are pictures, books, videos, activities, and much more organized by grade level. You can find something for all ages!

Scholastic Learn at Home       

Though I am not advocating never ending TV watching during this time :), it is nice to know that Amazon has lifted its Prime Video paywall for a select group of kids' shows. (A free account is still required for viewing.) Titles include Amazon's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Pete the Cat, and Costume Quest, as well as PBS Kids Shows such as Arthur and Caillou. 

Prime Video Free

BrainPop is offering FREE family access (this is normally a paid service) for families affected by school closures. You can get that access here and then follow Tim and Moby through all their digital lessons. There is great information presented in a cartoon style that is fun for learners of all ages. 

Brain Pop

Check out this list of amazing virtual field trips! From art museums to zoos and more you can be on your way with the click of a mouse and check out some neat places from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual Field Trip Links

It's like Netflix for books! Bookflix will allow you to check out lots of different books and is being offered FREE through Scholastic during this time of distance learning. If it prompts you for a username and password use Learning20 (for the username - with a capital L) and Clifford (for the password - with a capital C) to access an amazing library of digital books.

This collection of science websites is great for parents and kids. Over 40 links to sites with all sorts of activities that can be done at school or home. 

Science Sites

Here's one for math resources, too! :) Links for online math activities for all ages.

Math Links

Want to hear a book read aloud to you? How about participate in an online art tutorial? Check out this list of LOTS of books being read aloud by authors, artists, and actors. They are lots of fun and they do great voices! :) There are links to art tutorials as well. I am constantly adding links to this wakelet page, so keep checking back and enjoy!

Wakelet Link
How about something fun to do with your hands? LEGO has created a 31 Day LEGO Building Challenge. There's no limit to the amount of fun you can have! You can download the 31 Day LEGO Build Calendar by clicking the LEGO link below.

LEGO 31 Day Calendar

Due to the distance learning that is being mandated throughout the country, ABC Mouse and Adventure Academy are being offered for FREE. You can go in and set up an account to access countless lessons to build reading, language, and math skills. Adventure Academy also has science and math resources as well. To access, click on the picture below (I would say ABC Mouse is for the younger students, maybe grades PK-2 and Adventure Academy is for the older students, maybe grades 2-5 but that is completely just my opinion, so use what your kiddo likes best) and enter the code SCHOOL7771 to get free access.

ABC Mouse Link        Adventure Academy Link

Jarrett Lerner, author and artist has shared some of his art for free and is encouraging students to make comic books and/or finish comics that he started. What a fun way to inject some fun and creativity into your day! You can access all of the available resources by clicking on Jarrett's self-portrait below. Feel free to share what you create with me. I'd love to see your work!

Writing and Drawing Prompts

My son loves to program and code and we have a subscription to Tynker. Due to school closures, Tynker is offering parents FREE access to this program. There are all sorts of coding activities and programming practice that kids can do. It's mostly block coding, but there is some coding akin to scratch as well. You can play games and learn lots about computer programming. When you click the link below there is a message that says "Free Access to Premium Coding Courses During School Closures" then click the orange "Get Started for Free" button. Let me know if you need help with it - I'm no pro, but my eight year old can do this in his sleep!

Tynker Link
Staying in for extended periods of time can definitely make you feel a little isolated from the world. Check out this list of 12 museums that offer virtual tours. You can visit them from your house and check out some amazing art all around the world! Scroll down the page until you get to the section called British Museum, London. That's the first one and there are more below that.

Museum Virtual Tours

Zoos, aquariums, and museums far and wide are setting up webcams that you can access anytime. What an amazing way to take a trip and see some neat things that you otherwise might not have access. Check out the links below to start your visits. 

Georgia Aquarium Link      San Diego Zoo Link       National Zoo Link

Wildlife Art Museum       International Space Station        Corvette Museum

American Dairy Association Virtual Tours


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