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 Tobi Koffer

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Tobi Koffer

I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. I am in the process of getting my teacher page up and running.  All students have assignments on Rethink Ed. Today I added more assignments for every student, and contacted you by email.  

I appreciate your patience during this time of transition.  I will be adding resources to make online learning at home fun and meaningful.  Please email at tkoffer@yonkerspublicschools.org with any questions.  I am available from 8:15 to 3:15 every day, but you may email me any time.  Thank you very much. Stay safe and well. 

 

Sincerely. 

 Ms. Koffer

 

Good Morning. 25 March 2020

 Here are a list of some free educational websites that you can view with your children: 

 

www.starfall.com

www.seusville.com

www.abc.mouse.com

www.pbskids.com

www.raz-kids.com

www.funbrain.com

www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

www.timeforkids.com

www.discoverykids.com

www.scholastic.com

www.abcya.com

www.readworks.org

www.colorincolorado.com

 

Daily Schedule: 

 

In the morning the students should write and/or say aloud the month, day, year and weather.  

For ELA, students can use the above websites to work on language activities and games, especially Starfall, ABC Mouse, Scholastic, PBS Kids, and Seusville. 

For Math, students can use www.coolmath.com to work on addition and subtraction problems. 

For Science and Social Studies content, students can use Funbrain, Discovery Kids, Kids National Geo, Discovery Kids and Time for Kids. 

For typing practice students can use www.typingclub.com and follow the prompts. They will be given typing activities to practice. 

This gives you a start on exploring the websites. I will add specific assignments in the near future. 

Thank you very much for your patience during this time of change.  I hope everyone is safe and well. 

 - Ms. Koffer

 

30 March 2020 - Good Morning Class 310!  I hope that you are all doing well.  Welcome to a new week of online learning! Parents please contact me by email to let me know how your child is doing with the work, and to answer any questions. 

Here is daily schedule: 

Morning Routine: What is the month, day, and weather today?

Here is a question for today: Which dessert do you like better, ice-cream or cake? Can you be even more specific, such as what flavor of ice-cream or what kind of cake?

Please write, draw or speak the answers with your parents.

For ELA and Math, please continue to work on your Rethink assignments. 

ELA: Please log on to www.seussville.com and click on "explore." After exploring this website, say or write one thing you enjoyed about it. 

Math: Please continue to work on www.coolmath4kids.com, and continue with addition and subtraction problems.   

Today please explore the  www.kids.nationalgeographic.com website and find a topic that interests you. Write down that topic. 

Have a great day, everyone!

- Ms. Koffer

 

 

6 April 2020 

 

Good Morning,

 

I hope you are all safe and well.  Here are the lessons for the week, and I will be in touch with you individually.  Thank you very much for your continued effort.  Have a great day. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Ms. Koffer

Calendar - Students write/speak. the day, month, year and weather. 

Question of the Day (for the week): 
What is your favorite game to play outside?
What is your favorite game to play inside?
What is your favorite holiday? 
What is your favorite subject in school? 
What is your favorite color? 
 
Students will say/write the answers to these questions each day, with their families. 
 
ELA and Math - Rethink continued
 
ELA - students will visit Starfall this week and work on the following: 
 
"It's Fun to Read" 
 
Math - students will use Funbrain and Cool Math to continue math activities. Parents are being sent specific assignments for their children. 
 
 
Week of 13 April 2020 - Happy Holidays to all who are celebrating! I hope everyone had a great week.  Thank you very much for all your hard work. As always, please let me know if you have  any questions. Have a nice weekend. 

 

Calendar: say/write the day, month, year and daily weather
 
Question of the Day for the week: 
What was your favorite trip?
What is your favorite season?
Do you like to swim in the summer?
What is your favorite vegetable?
What is your favorite fruit? 
 
ELA/Math - continue/finish Rethink assignments
 
ELA - Go to the PBS Kids Website and read the Clifford The Big Red Dog Adventure Stories - click on all the book choices.  Answer: What is this story about? What did you like about this story? 
 
Math  - Addition and Subtraction practice on Cool Math for Kids. Additional assignments will be emailed to parents. 
 
National Geographic Kids website, click on "Animals" - Look at the pictures of different types of animals.  Pick three animas and say/ write down a fact about each.    kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals 
 
Continue to work on the Starfall website. 
 
Question of the Day (for the week): 
What is your favorite game to play outside?
What is your favorite game to play inside?
What is your favorite holiday? 
What is your favorite subject in school? 
What is your favorite color? 
 
Students will say/write the answers to these questions each day, with their families. 
 
ELA and Math - Rethink continued
 
ELA - students will visit Starfall this week and work on the following: 
 
"It's Fun to Read" - All About Me, Art Gallery, Music - Two students in the class can read, one can read a few words, the others are pre-readers working on phonics or are non-verbal. 
 
Math - students will use Funbrain and Cool Math to continue math activities. Two students are working on double-digit subtraction problems, 3 students are working on shapes. Parents are being sent specific assignments for their children. 
 
Students view the website Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids and look click on "Identify Animal Tracks." Students will say/write which animal track they like the best. 
 
Students view National Geographic for Kids and find an animal they like (point, say, describe). 
 
This will be posted on my teacher page, and I will email parents additional specific details for their child. Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you very much. 
 
Sincerely,  
 
Tobi Koffer
 
 
 


 
 
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20 April 2020
 
It is Spirit Week!  We can still show our school spirit, even though we are not in school!  If you would like your child to participate, please click on the Virtual School Spirit Week flyer!
 
 
 
 
Weekly Work:
 
 
Music: View Mr. Pollak's "Good Morning Song"
 
Mr. Pollak's music videos will be sent by email.

Calendar: Month, Day, Year, Weather  - say/write

Question of the Day for the week: say/write
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
What is your favorite subject in school? 
Which do you like better, soccer or baseball?
Which do you like better, the beach or the pool?
 
ELA/Math:  Several students are still completing Rethink assignments. 
 
ELA: 
Starfall Website: Go to the "Talking Library" - listen to/read each book.  Answer these questions: What is this book about? Did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?
 
Math: 
View Mr. Pollak's "Counting By 5s' Song and Practice aloud.
Starfall Website: Add and Subtract, Coin Monkey, Look Under Measurement - Pizza-Making Activity
 
View the website for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and click on the animal camera.  You can find it by putting it in google, if the link below does not work. They will show different types of live animals.  View one or two animal cam each day of the week.  Discuss with your families what you are seeing.  What kind of animals are they? What are they doing? Say/write.  
For Fun: 
 
Explore the website Seusville. 
 
Click on the picture of the Lorax.  Read with your families about the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  Explore the different activities and pictures. 
 
Look Under "Watch." Enjoy the different videos!  
 
Earth Day is Wednesday, 22 April 2020!  It is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  Talk to your children about ways they can celebrate Earth Day while spending time at home.  Some examples are helping with recycling, reusing items instead of throwing them out, and using technology to learn about nature, including different types of plants and animals.  These are just a few suggestions. 
 
27 April 2020
 
Hello Class 310  Students and Parents, 
 
Welcome to a new week of online learning.  Please keep up the great work.  We miss you, but we hope to see you again soon.  Meanwhile, Parents, don't hesitate to reach out any time with questions.  Please continue to email me student work.  Please also use this Student Log.  Click on the link, and please let me know if it does not work. Thank you very much for your great effort, patience and support.  Stay safe. 
 
 
Lessons for the week of 27 April 2020
Please continue daily calendar - say/write day, month, year, weather
 
Question of the Day for the week - say/write  
 
Do you like puzzles or playdough better? 
Do you like crayons or paint better? 
What is your favorite thing to paint? 
What is your favorite holiday?
What is your favorite cartoon character? 
 
ELA/Math - If you still have Rethink assignments, please continue to work on them. 
 
ELA - Write a letter to your friend or to a family member, please include artwork. Individual models will be sent to parents to work with.  Ideas for the letter include how you are spending your time at home, and what kinds of activities your do with your families. 
 
Math - Geometry practice - parents will be sent individual assignments for shapes and patterns. 
 
Please continue to explore these websites for fun: 
 
 
 
 
 
Lessons for the Week of 4 May 2020
 
Calendar: Students say/write the day, month, year and weather for each day of the week. 

Question of the Day for the Week: (say/write) 
What is your favorite topping on ice cream?
Do you like brownies or cookies better?
Do you have any pets? If not, would you like one? 
Do you like cats or dogs better, or both?
What would you like to do after you graduate high school?
 
Music: Listen to Mr. Pollak's song "Wash Your Hands."  Write/say: Why is washing your hands so important? Did you enjoy the song? What instrument is Mr. Pollak playing?

ELA: Rethink, finish letter to friend if not done. Then work on letter to health care workers.  Model letter will be sent to individual families.  The letter will express thanks to health care workers and others who are helping people who are sick with the virus. 
   
Math: Individual math assignments and worksheets. They will be emailed.  Topics include geometry, patterns, addition, subtraction.  

Special Days: 

30 April was Yonkers History Day. Please answer these questions: How long have you lived in Yonkers? What do you like  best about Yonkers?  (say/write)

1 May is National Physical Education and Sports Week. Please answer these questions: What is your favorite sport? What do you like best about gym class? (say/write)

3 May is Be Kind to Animals Week. Please answer these questions. What is your favorite animal? What is one fact about that animal? (say/write)
 
5 May is Cinco de Mayo. Please answer these questions: Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo? If so, how do you celebrate? (say/write)
 
Fun:
Continue to view Starfall and PBS Kids websites, and explore under different subject areas. 
 
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR AWESOME STUDENTS AND PARENTS!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!
 
 
Lessons for the Week of 11 May 2020

Monday 11 May
Calendar - Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Would you rather go to the zoo or to the aquarium?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets (emailed to parents)

Tuesday 12 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What fruit do you like better, grapes or bananas?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Wednesday 13 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Would you rather travel on a bus or a train? Why?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Thursday 14 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Would you rather go to the park or to the movies?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets 

Friday 15 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Which do you like better, the city or the country?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Each day during the week students will log on to the Sandiego Zoo for Kids website.  Here is the link. ttps://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos
 
They will look under the "Animals" heading and read about two animals each day.  For example: African Cheetah, African Dwarf Crocodile, Allen's Swamp Monkey, California Sea Lion, Coati, Galapagos Turtle, Honey Badger, Jaguar, Leopard Shark.  There are many animals in this section, and they are arranged in alphabetical order.  Students will write down facts and questions about one animal per day. 
 
Then they will look at the "Videos" heading and look at the animal cams.  Again there is a long list to choose from. For example, "The Koala Cam," and "The Panda Cam." Students will enjoy watching these live animal videos. 
 
Next students will look at the "Stories" heading. They will choose one story a day to read/look at.  For example, "Beautiful Baby Hippo," in honor of Mother's Day; "A Tall Tale: Giraffe BFFs;" "Welcome, Zuli!," also in honor of Mother's Day.  Students will view these with their families. 
 
Please continue to send me your child's work through email.  Thank you so much for all your hard work.  We're in this together!!  Please contact me anytime.  Have a great week!
 
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!
 
 
Lessons for the Week of 18 May 2020
 
Monday 11 May
Calendar - Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Do you like spring or summer better? Why?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets (emailed to parents)
Math: Individual Math Worksheets (emailed to parents)

Tuesday 12 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Do you have a favorite vegetable?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Wednesday 13 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Do you have a favorite superhero? Why is this one your favorite?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Thursday 14 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Which snack do you like better, potato chips or pretzels?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets 

Friday 15 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What is your favorite activity in gym class?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Students will explore "Highlights Kids" this week.  They will click on the link, and go to "Explore." Look at each type of dinosaur. Read about it, and say/write some fun facts.  Students can enjoy the other parts of the website, such as "Jokes" and "Listen." The link should open when you press "cntrl" and click. 
 
 
 
 
Lessons for the Week of 25 May 2020
 
Since Monday is Memorial Day, students can do this work on Tuesday. 
 
Monday 25 May - Memorial Day
Calendar - Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Which food do you like better, French Fries or onion rings? 
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets (emailed to parents)
Math: Individual Math Worksheets (emailed to parents)
Optional Memorial Day Assignment: Enjoy this website about Memorial Day. Answer this question: How do you celebrate Memorial Day with your families? Why is this holiday important? 
 
 
 
Tuesday 26 May 2020
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Would you rather play baseball or basketball?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Wednesday 27 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day:  Would you rather play kickball or volleyball?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Thursday 28 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day:  On a playground, which do you like better, the Monkey Bars or the slide?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets 
 
Friday 29 May
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What is your favorite subject in school? Why is this one your favorite?
ELA: Reading Comprehension Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Students will explore "National Geographic Kids"  and "The Cincinnati Zoo" this week.  They will click on the links below.  Read about it, and say/write some fun facts.   The links should open when you press "cntrl" and click. 
 
 
Click on "Amazing Animals."  Then click on "Leatherback Sea Turtles." Then explore the "Cool Stuff" section. Say/write about what you see. 
 
 
The Cincinnati Zoo
 
Click on "Classification." Explore several animals throughout the week. Say/write about the animals you saw.  
 
Students can also work on the optional art project for the virtual art show. Students can create "summer-themed" art, but parents can submit any artwork students have done at home during the online-learning time. Please email me artwork and all student work at your convenience. Thank you. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your continued effort and stay well. 
 
 LESSONS FOR THE WEEK OF 1 JUNE 2020
 
Wow, June already!  Time is flying by, and it is hard to believe that we have been involved in distance learning for more than two months!  As the end of the school year 2019 2020 approaches, we are reminded that no one thought our school year would end in this way, but we are very proud of the students and grateful for the incredible effort of the parent community.  Students and parents are doing an amazing job with distance learning.  We are so proud every day when we see the students work.  We know how hard parents are working too, and we really appreciate your effort on behalf of your children. 
 
Monday 1 June 2020
Calendar - Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What is your favorite farm animal? 
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets (emailed to parents)
Math: Individual Math Worksheets (emailed to parents)
 
Tuesday 2 June 
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Do you like horses? If so, what do you like about them?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Wednesday 3 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What is your favorite movie? Why is this one your favorite?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Thursday 4 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day:  Do you like doing science experiments?  What kind of experiments do you like?  
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets 
 
Friday 5 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Do you like picnics? What is your favorite picnic food? 
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Students will explore The American Museum of Natural History this week.  They will take a virtual field trip by clicking on the "Hall of North American Mammals."  Explore the animals that are on display.  Read about them, and say/write some fun facts.  Students do not have to download the worksheets on the website. 
 
Students will click on the links below.  Read about it, and say/write some fun facts.   The links should open when you press "cntrl" and click.  
 
 
Students will also explore the Starfall website.  
 
 
Specific activities will be emailed to parents for the different sections of the website, but students can also browse the activities that interest them. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you very much for your incredible effort.  Have a wonderful week of distance learning!
 
 
Lessons for the Week of 8 June 2020
 
Monday 8 June 2020
Calendar - Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What is your favorite type of music?  Do you have a favorite song?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets (emailed to parents)
Math: Individual Math Worksheets (emailed to parents)

Tuesday 9 June 
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: What toppings do you like on pizza?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Wednesday 10 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Do you have a favorite cartoon character?  Why is this one your favorite?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Thursday 11 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day:  Have you ever seen a rainbow?  If so, where did you see it?  Describe what the rainbow looked like. 
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets 

Friday 12  June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Which planet is most intesting to you?  Why?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets
 
Students will explore The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids this week.  Students will click on the link below.  Read about it, and say/write some fun facts.   The links should open when you press "cntrl" and click.  
 
 
Click on the red button "Stories" 
Then you see "Almanac 7" 
Click on "A Few Bars About Soap" 
 
Click on "Almanac 6" 
Click on "Pet Curiosities" and "The Brain: Your Own Personal Supercomputer" 
 
Say/write what these articles are about. 
 
Then go back up to the top of the home page and click on "Night Sky, " "Time Travel" and "Weather Watch."  In "Weather Watch" click on "Identify Clouds in the Sky." Look at the different types of clouds.  Do you see any of these out of the window today?  Students can continue to explore this website throughout the week. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you very much. 
 
Have another great week of distance learning, and keep up the great work!
 
 
Lessons for the Week of 15 June 2020: 

This week in honor of Father's Day, students will write about their fathers, grandfathers, or father-figures, who are very important to them.  What is this special person like?  Describe them, include what you love about them.  What kind of things do you do together? (say/write) This writing assignment should be handed in by Wednesday, 17 June. 

Monday 15 June 2020
Calendar - Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets (emailed to parents)
Math: Individual Math Worksheets (emailed to parents)

Tuesday 16 June 
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Have you been on an airplane?  If yes, where did you go, and when?  If no, would you like to go on an airplane? 
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Wednesday 17 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day: Which sport do you like better, soccer or baseball?
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets

Thursday 18 June
Calendar- Say/write day, month, year, weather
Question of the Day:  What is your favorite animal?  Why is this one your favorite?  
ELA: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Packets
Math: Individual Math Worksheets 
 
This week students will explore "Time For Kids" and will read "Welcome to the Crayola Factory!"  Please click on the link below.  Students will say/write:  What did you learn about the Crayola Factory?  How are crayons made?  What is your favorite color crayon?   The link should open when you press "cntrl" and click.  
 
 
If this link does not work, please go to the "Time For Kids" website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Welcome to the Crayola Factory!"  Students can enjoy other articles too. 
 


Congratulations students and parents on finishing the school year strong!  You have done a fantastic job!  Thank you very much for your hard work and effort.  Please celebrate your achievements and accomplishments in this unique time. Have a wonderful summer!  
 
Please continue to use the resources and websites that you were working on, so that students can continue to be engaged in fun and interesting activities all summer long!  Please also visit the Yonkers Public Library's website for summer reading resources.  The link for getting a Yonkers Public Library Card is: 
 
 
Yonkers Public Schools is participating in a summer reading program called "READsquared."  Details can be found on the Yonkers Public Library website. 
 
8TH GRADE GRADUATION IS THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2020!!!  CONGRATULATIONS CLASS 310 GRADUATES!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!
 
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!