Mrs. Sparks' Class

Hello My Name Is Jennifer Sparks
Welcome to my page.

Jennifer Sparks
Conference time - M - F 12:23-1:13
sparksj2@nechesisd.net

Tigers,
Wow! What a great team!
This is a trying time for everyone.
I hope you all have enjoyed your spring break as best you can. I miss each one of you very much and I am here to help you continue learning.  As alluded to the prior days, now is the time to plan how to offer up learning opportunities during our planned school outage.  This too shall pass...but in the meantime, during this time of transitioning towards distance learning, please utilize the online tools/resources you were currently using that you can log into while away, develop introductory, and review work covering the TEKs for your grade level. Continue to use educational videos and online games that cover your lessons, practice your strategies, read books, or other things you can think of to connect to school and academia. The following are resources and guides for you:  

Neches Learning @ Home 

**Dyslexia**
IStation - www.istation.com  - please do every day 
*Speed Drill-Time yourself for 1 minute as you read the passage aloud.Graph your progress each day!
Practice your coding as needed.
Practice your Sight Words
Handwriting - Practice the cursive letters that you have learned.
starfall.com (phonics)
Nessy (App/Website) - audio books (FREE trial for 30 days)
Learning Ally (website) - audio books
Epic Books - audio books (FREE for 30 days -online)
RAZ Kids - audio books
Lexia For Home
Book Share - audio books
KidsSpell.com
*Please Note:  You may want to practice skills on other sites as well and utilize a grade level down if too challenging. 


**Gifted and Talented **
*Please only email a pic of your creations during this time.  Do not send back in packet.
DoGoNews -  dogonews.com
National Geographic Kids (website)
Texas Performance Standard Project - www.texaspsp.org (Choice Boards)
Genius Hour - geniushour.com
Khan Academy - http://bit.ly/2Qv1eEk
Wonderopolis - Wonder of the Day
Stem Scopes
Discovery Education
Bill Nye the Science Guy (online videos)
Scratch
Code Combat
Mensa For Kids

**Jr. High (CTE classes)**
ICEV - Jr. High (continue online with the lessons, notes, career interviews, and tests)
Career Readiness  smore.com/9fz67 (click the tabs, continue to explore careers/colleges)
NAVIGATE Book 
Virtual Field Trips
Hotel Management Game (online)
7th grade - Marketing Activities are work in progress.  Please do not turn them in (only email a pic to me)
8th grade - Portfolios are work in progress.  Please do not turn them in (only email a pic to me)

**FREE Online Educational Websites/Resources**
PBS/KERA Channel 13
Discovery Education
Virtual Field Trips
DoGo News - dogonews.com
Scholastic
Scholastic Learn at Home
National Geographic Kids
Khan Academy - http://bit.ly/2Qv1eEk (helps with student scheduling as well)
Cool Math 4 Kids - coolmath4kids.com
Funbrain
BrainPop - brainpop.com
Moby Max
Time4Learning - Time4Learning.com
Scholastic - https://bit.ly33ww7O5
Molly of Denali (PBS Learning channel)
 Bill Nye the Science Guy (youtube videos)
Magic School Bus (youtube videos)
School House Rock (youtube videos)

Other Online Resources (good for all levels)
*Please note: If you have learning challenges, may want to use a grade level down. 
IXL
Reading Naturally
Education Galaxy
Prodigy
United for Literacy
Dream Box


*Use these websites and guidelines weekly:
2 hours - Reading
2 Hours - Math
1 Hour - Writing
1 Hour - Science/ Soc. Studies


Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.  For students that do not have assess to the internet you will be fine. Please check the district website and the plan of contingency on how the paper copies will be made available to you.  Please know that we will all be fine.  This is the time to ignite a true desire for learning for the sake of gaining knowledge.  I truly wish we could be learning face to face, but I know we all are in spirit.  If you need anything, please let me know.  Please feel free to email me if there's anything you would like me to be aware of.  Thank you and Keep On Keeping! 

 "Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember,you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
  ~  Harriet Tubman
  Parents, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I care about the education of each of my students and appreciate your support!  



What is Going On in Our Classes?
 Refer to the District website.
Thankful for our leadership at this time, transitioning towards distance learning.  Please know that we are being sensitive to challenges and limitations as we explore new avenues for learning. Everyone is working together and we will be successful in these efforts so that when the fog of this circumstance lifts, we can go back to life as it was before with a better and refined way to press on.