Upper Elementary Work Ideas

Dear Upper Elementary Parents,

We have generated a list of ideas for your child to choose from during these days at home. This is an unprecedented time for us and we want to help any way that we can.

Our daily school schedule is as follows: 

  • 8:30 work time
  • 11:15 jobs/clean up
  • 11:30 outside
  • 12:15 lunch
  • 12:45 silent reading
  • 1:00 community time/ meditation
  • 1:15 work time/creative time
  • 3:00 jobs/clean up
  • 3:10 read aloud or journal
  • 3:35 dismissal/outside time for late pm
  • 5:30 late pm ends

This schedule is only a guide, and you may consider altering it to suit your own needs or those of your child.

It is recommended that you provide your children with a notebook and a folder to record any work and hold extra papers. The children are familiar with writing the date every day and recording what they work on, this would be helpful to continue. If the children could continue daily reading and writing practice, that will make it easier when we transition back to school.

We look forward to being back together soon.

Kindly,
The Raintree Montessori Upper Elementary Guides
Ann, Eric, Kathy, and Lisa


Perhaps aim for 3 in the morning and 1 or 2 in the afternoon. Be flexible, some of the works on the list may span the entire day or longer! Of course, we understand that many of you will still be working and you will have to figure out what works best for you.

Language Ideas

  • Find a passage in a book and analyze the sentences.
  • Daily Edit: Write your own sentences with mistakes, correct, and recopy in best handwriting. Symbolize.
  • Write a paragraph on any topic they can research (preferably) without using the internet.
  • Symbolize a poem.
  • Write a short story about a topic of their choice.
  • Summarize the most recent book they have read.
  • Write a poem.
  • Choose a prompt from https://www.thoughtco.com/quick-writing-prompts-p2-2081846 and write a journal entry.
  • Read.
  • Use grammar symbols and symbolize a sentence or poem
  • Make a list of verbs (or adjectives, etc) in the book you are currently reading
  • Write a letter to your teacher about what you did today.
  • For each letter of the alphabet, find an object that begins with the letter.

Math/Geometry Ideas

Social Studies

Other Activities

  • Bake something from scratch and practice fractions
  • Liquid measurements- how many cups equal a pint, a quart, etc.
  • Use a tape measure (or object) to measure rooms in your house and make a floor plan with the area of each room recorded, draw on graph paper, determine how many feet each square represents
  • Types of clouds observation
  • Bird watching, draws birds try to identify
  • Leaf rubbing- label parts, try to identify
  • Sketch an object in your house and write about why it is important to you.
  • Write a report about a family member.
  • Look for buds emerging on trees and plants
  • Go on a neighborhood walk with an adult. Count and tally the number of windows in houses and cars. Count the number of trees. When you get home, add up all of these numbers or make a bar graph if you know how.
  • Write the world’s longest list of animals, then alphabetize it.
  • Draw a map of your house.
  • Write a report and do a presentation to your family
  • Make a diorama
  • Draw a food web.
  • Dance, play music
  • Find science experiments to do
  • Observe cars that pass by your house in half an hour.  Tally the color of each car. Make a pie chart or other type of graph to display the data you have collected.

Care of Family/Home/Environment

  • Prepare breakfast or a snack for a sibling or parent and yourself.
  • Fold a load of laundry and put it away.
  • Unload the dishwasher.
  • Sweep the driveway.
  • Read a book to a sibling or pet.
  • Write a letter to a relative and mail it. Include artwork.
  • Read for 20-30 minutes a day.
  • Organize a dresser or closet
  • Write a book or comic book
  • Clean plants with a damp cotton ball
  • Scrub grout between tiles with a toothbrush
  • Do a sewing project
  • Research a woman in history and do a project to go with it
  • Reproduce a famous art piece

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