Ross Street Clubs & Supplemental Programs
STEM Fun for Elementary School Kids ↑
Cool STEM Websites
- Funology: At Funology, science is bound to get interactive. Make a tornado with water. Build a Jurassic Park terrarium. Or, simply torment your siblings with endless jokes about bugs and insects.
- Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics: Your parents might be interested in this. Curated by the U.S. Department of Education, this website contains math activities (to be completed at home, at the store and on the go) for preschoolers and elementary kids.
- Kids Do Ecology: Every kid should be an ecological hero. Learn about biomes, blue whales and data collecting. You can even create your own classroom experiment. Available en Español.
- Kids.gov: From imaginary jungles to ion experiments, Kids.gov has plenty of resources for a rainy day. Watch an animation on thunder and lightning or take a virtual field trip to the National Zoo.
- The Kids’ Science Challenge (KSC): Hands-on science activities, games, cool videos, scavenger hunts … this website is full of fun stuff. KSC also hosts a free, nationwide science competition for students in grades three to six.
- NASA Kids’ Club: At NASA Kids’ Club, it’s perfectly okay to fool around in space. You can use your science and math skills to explore Mars, construct a fleet of rockets or search for NASA spinoffs in your garage.
- NASA Space Place: Build your own spacecraft, play space volcanoes or browse through a gallery of sun images. When you’re at the Space Place, the universe is the limit.
- National Geographic Kids: Which do you think is cuter: the puffer fish or the clown fish? On this website, you can vote in polls, take part in eggs-periments, watch videos, play puzzles and learn amazing facts.
- Weather Wiz Kids: Meet meteorologist Crystal Wicker. She’s put together a website that explains everything about the weather. Find fun facts, games, flashcards and photos, plus get answers to your meteorological questions.
- TechRocket: Learn programming languages, graphic design in Photoshop, and more! Use the promo code “MIDSFREE” to get a free first month!
- Carnegie Cyber Academy: The Carnegie Cyber Academy has interactive games that teaches kids proper safety while browsing the internet.
- Wonderville: Wondervlile has it all – science experiments, comics, videos, activities on topics such as solar energy and aerial fire-fighting.
- Kinder Care Learning Center: Kinder Care Learning Center is focused on providing continuous education to those curious minds during winter and summer break.
- Cyberchase: Help Jackie, Matt and Inez use math to protect the digital universe from evil. Don’t worry: Cyberchase has lots of math games, videos and activities to aid you in your quest.
- Design Squad Nation: Design anything (!) your mind might imagine. Through Design Squad challenges, videos and tutorials, you’ll discover all there is to know about engineering principles.
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Pre-K STEM games, activities and videos galore. The adventurous Cat in the Hat is even ready to lead you on an exotic math safari adventure
- Lifeboat to Mars: Explore the world of biology with this free online game. In one simulation (Microland) you control hungry microbes. In another (Ecoland), you have to balance out the space station’s ecosystem.
- Zoom: Hot science and cool ideas. You’ll find all kinds of activities and experiments on Zoom’s website, including things like lemon juice rockets, crazy straw bridges and bubble cities.
- Design Squad Global: Want to partcipate in cool scientific challanges, play games and watch fun videos? Check out Design Squad Global.
Science Games and Apps
- Amazing Alex App: Amazing Alex has a lot of crazy physics challenges in need of your inventive solutions. You can even build and create your own. Brought to you by the creators of Angry Birds.
- Angry Birds Space App: Those whacky (and wildly successful) birds are now playing their physics puzzles in space, where gravity does some pretty strange things!
- Every Body Has a Brain!: Plunge headfirst into your amazing brain with songs, animations and mini-games. The complete game is available for purchase as a CD-ROM or digital download.
- Geo Walk: 3D World Factbook App: Geography nuts rejoice! This educational app contains pictures and facts on hundreds of places, plants and animals.
- Kinectic City: An amazing collection of science experiments, games, activities and challenges. You might choose to run the blood cell relay race or use a computer model to build your own interstellar slush business.
- Max and the Magic Marker App: In this fun physics-based game, you’re in complete control of Max and his incredible magic marker. There are 15 puzzle levels, with challenges, secrets and rewards in each.
- Move the Turtle: Programming for Kids App: You don’t have to be a computer genius to code! With this app, any kid can learn the ABCs of programming in a graphic environment.
- Seasons! App: Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you. In this app, you’ll learn how to identify various weather situations in different seasons. For kids age 3 to 6.
- Sid’s Science Fair App: Sid from PBS’ “Sid the Science Kid” has three science games for your entertainment pleasure: Gabriela’s “Collection Inspection,” May’s “Chart It!” and Gerald’s “Time Machine.” For kids age 3 to 6.
- Team Umizoomi: The cheerful animated characters from Nick Jr.’s TV program offer lots of math games and activities for preschoolers.
- Chicago Museum of Science and Industry – Experiment: Experience and learn science through interactive mobile apps and get hand-ons science activities you can try at home.
Math Games and Apps
- Geometry Quest App: Travel the world by solving geometry challenges along the way. You’ll receive passport stamps for perfect quests. Covers Common Core standards 3MD, 3G, 4MD, 5G, 6G, 7G and 8G.
- Math Blaster: Do you have what it takes to save the galaxy? You’re going to need your math skills to complete your training missions in this free online game.
- MathBoard App: One for the parents. This useful app walks kids through the steps to solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division equations. There’s a handy scratchboard area where kids can work problems out by hand.
- Motion Math: Pizza! App: Pizza, pizza! In this math-based game, you buy ingredients, design signature pizzas and sell them to customers (hopefully at a profit).
- Motion Math: Questimate! App: How fast is the world’s fastest train? How many jellybeans fill up a soccer ball? In Questimate!, you get to make up your own questions.
- Mystery Math Town: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to rescue the fireflies hidden in Mystery Math Town. Be warned: you’ll need your math skills to unlock all the rooms and passages on your quest!
- Numbers League: In the Numbers League, only math can save the day. You’ll use everything from addition to negative numbers to assemble a team of superheroes and capture a horde of villains.
- Umigo: Bored with everything? The crazy characters at UMIGO might have the answer. Their interactive games are just right for building math and critical thinking skills.
- Brain Pop Jr.: Do you like mathematics? Want to be able to calculate numbers quickly? Brain Pop has all the tips and tricks to get better with numbers.
- CoolMath4Kids: Cool4Math is a great resource for kids who love playing games. It combines education with gaming, to deliver extra mathematical fun.
- Fun Brain: Funbrain is sorted by grade type, it’s for kids in grades pre-k through 8th grade. It has every mathematical resource your kids need.
- Junior FIRST® LEGO® League: Are you a LEGO® fiend? Then this is the contest for you. You’ll use LEGO® bricks to design and build a moving model; then, you’ll assemble a Show Me poster to showcase your solution. For kids age 6 to 9.
- NSBE KidZone Elementary Science Olympiad: Collect a team and test your science skills in 18 different events at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention. Open to grades three to five. Those in kindergarten through second grade compete in a non-competitive league.
- Perennial Math Tournaments: A virtual math tournament (via videoconferencing) for both teams and individuals. Open to grades three to eight.
- Audubon Nature Camps: Audobon offers a ton of Nature Camps throughout the country. Beginning in April, they start taking applications for Wild Birds Pathways to Nature.
- Camp Invention: Daydreams become discoveries at this summer day camp. Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention presents essential STEM concepts through creative hands-on activities.
- Cosmophere Camps: To infinity and beyond! These cool flight and space adventure-themed camps take place at the Smithsonian-affiliated Kansas Cosmophere and Space Center (KAOS) in Hutchinson, Kansas.
- Destination Science Camp: Spend a week this summer creating robots, building a digital music system, training an electric-powered chameleon or even preparing for a mission to the moon! Held at 130 locations in six states.
- Digital Media Academy Adventures Camp: Digital Media’s award-winning camps cover everything from cartoon creation to computer programming to advanced robotics with LEGO® EV3. For kids age 8 to 12.
- Engineering for Kids: Engineering for Kids is an education company for kids age 4 to 14. It offers a variety of STEM programs, including in-school field trips, birthday parties, workshops and camps.
- iD Tech Camps: The sky’s the limit at iD Tech’s day and overnight camps. Make your own video game, program your own app or even code in Java.
- KinderCare® Summer Camps: From the wacky wet science of water to the basics of surviving in the wilderness, KinderCare offers a variety of programs for pre-K through school-age kids.
- Science Explorers: Sharks and submarines, potions and slime, castles and catapults .. whatever you love, these science summer camps have just the activity for you. Offered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
- Snapology: Snapology partners with schools around the country to offer STEAM programs, contests, and camps. The programs are interactive, which allows kids to learn through hands-on instruction and play. Programs are offered in a number of different formats, including after school, on weekends, and over the summer.
- Vision Tech Camps: Vision Tech offers camps for kids ages 7-17 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Camp topics include robotics, programming, minecraft, and more.
- Youth Digital Summer Camps: Design 3-D models for Minecraft, create your own video game or even direct a 3-D animation! These camps focused on digital technology are held in various southern cities. For kids age 8 to 16.
- www.Code.org: it’s a great STEM based website!
Cup stacking (take plastic cups and stack them in different
Build a structure out of straws and tape (you can also use
cotton balls, tooth picks, any form of tape, etc.)
If you have another STEM related items or electronics at
home, feel free to use them
Welcome to Ross Street School Virtual Art Club!
Here all students can explore the art of making pottery. Simply download the free app under App Store Games.
Search for Pottery.ly
This app allows the user to create virtual pieces of pottery through sculpting, firing and finally designing. There are several tools available to custom make each piece while making the experience really easy to follow!
Email Ms. Padilla for more information: Stacey.Padilla@woodbridge.k12.nj.us
- Here are opportunities for our students and families to play, learn, and grow through gardening, while learning the basics during distant learning. There are four sections: Activities, Gardening Basics, Virtual Tours, and Mystery Science. Choose what piques your interest and have fun!
Please contact NATALIA.JAREMA@woodbridge.k12.nj.us or BROOKE.CASONI@woodbridge.k12.nj.us for more information!Activities:
Click on the following links to take virtual tours of gardens from all over the world!
Key Garden, Richmond, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioG_Vfh0Kxw&feature=emb_logo
Claude Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France
Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, England
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, US
RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey, England
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou, Hawaii
US Botanic Gardens, Washington, US
Keukenhof, Amsterdam, HollandMystery Science:
Each of the following links will take you to a video that will teach you about the topic and walk you through how to complete the activity. Even if you are unable to get all of the materials for the activity, you can still follow along with the video to see it in action!
It’s recommended to complete these in order as the videos build on concepts learned in previous videos, but you don’t have to!
How do plants and trees grow?
Click on this link to learn about what plants and trees need to grow. Then complete the activity to see what happens to seeds that get light and seeds that don’t!
Why don’t trees blow away in the wind?
Click on this link to learn how roots, branches, and leaves keep trees from blowing down. Then complete the activity to make your own wind-proof umbrella!
How did a tree travel halfway around the world?
Click on this link to learn how seeds must get away from their parent plant in order to survive. Then complete the activity to fly your own seed!
Do plants eat dirt?
Click on this link to learn what plants need from dirt. Then complete the activity to build a Root Viewer and observe a radish seed as it develops roots.
Why do trees grow so tall?
Click on this link to learn more about why trees need sunlight. Then complete the activity to create Grass Heads and see how sunlight affects it depending on how you place it. (You will be using the Grass Heads again in the next video.)
Should you water a cactus?
Click on this link to learn that plants have different needs in terms of sunlight and water. Then complete the activity to examine the Grass Heads from the video “Why do trees grow so tall?”
Where do plants grow best?
Click on this link to think like a gardener and learn where plants grow best. Then play the Plant Survivor game.
Why do plants make flowers?
Click on this link to learn how and why flowers are pollinated. Then complete the activity to see how bees help in pollinating flowers!
Why do plants give us fruit?
Click on this link to learn why plants give us fruit. Then complete the activity to predict if the examples of produce are fruits or vegetables. Finally, look at slices of the produce to find out for sure!
What do plants eat?
Click on this link to learn the surprising nutrient that makes up most of a plant’s food source. Then complete the activity to weigh air!
Where do fallen leaves go?
Click on the link to learn how fungi help decompose dead material and create soil. Then complete the activity to make a Mold Terrarium!
What are the parts of the plant?
Click on the link to learn about the parts of the plant, watch the brainpop video. Then complete the activity to label the plant
Student Council continues to support our school and community. Student Council members are available to help other students in need of social interaction. Council members attend Zoom meetings to discuss ways to support our community during distance learning, coordinate Spirit Weeks, and are formulating new ways to reach out to our families to ensure we feel "together".
Wellness club meets twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Lead by Ms. Acheson, Wellness Club discusses self-care, character education pillars, and how we can support each other in today's climate. Wellness Club practices stretching, meditation, and yoga. Wellness club is accepting new members, if you are interested in participating please email Ms. Acheson: Amanda.Acheson@woodbridge.k12.nj.us
We will follow up with Zoom calls to practice the material.
Email Mr. Filoramo for additional information.
Reading Club- 1st Grade
Reading Club for first graders will be offered via Zoom four times a week at different times. Throughout the Zoom sessions, teachers will review first grade words/sounds and will assist your child with his or her reading performance. Be sure to check your e-mail for Zoom links as well as for videos and other activities!
Reading Club- 2nd Grade
Welcome to our Reading Club classroom!
If your child was part of the 2nd Grade Reading Club, you should have received an email with the Google Classroom code. If you did not get this, please reach out to any of the teachers listed below.
We are looking forward to getting back to reading with our second graders. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we will be having online Zoom classes to practice our reading skills. Look for fun activities and reading practice assignments weekly as well in the Google Classroom.
We have set up a schedule of times that we hope work for everyone. Join all three or one that works best with your schedules. The invitation to the zoom classes will be posted daily on the classroom.
The schedule is as follows;
Tuesdays with Ms. Casoni - 9:30AM
Wednesdays with Ms. Burke - 11:00AM
Thursdays with Ms. Toth - 2:30PM
Reading Club- 4th Grade
Welcome to our Virtual 4th Grade Reading Club!
We will be communicating via Google Classroom and you can find the code in any of the 4th grade Google Classrooms (posted by Ms. Cook)!
On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will be hosting two different Zoom classes to review the ELA based assignments posted in the Google Classroom throughout the week. Be on the lookout for fun activities to be reinforcing all of our assignments and stories as we go along!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to any of us!
Spartan Math Club
Welcome to our Virtual 3rd Grade Spartan Math Club!
We will be communicating via Google Classroom and you can find the code in any of the 3rd grade Google Classrooms (posted by Ms. Power)!
On Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays we will be hosting Zoom classes to review the Math based assignments posted in the Google Classroom throughout the week. Be on the lookout for fun activities, games, and videos to reinforce math skills.
Incredible Water and Candle experiment
What do fireworks, rubber, and silly putty have in common- https://mysteryscience.com/chemistry/mystery-4/chemical-reactions/110?code=NTM4MjY2OTA&t=student
Fun with NASA- https://www.nasa.gov/stem
Video 1 - Grow a Rainbow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K82UmL4Rd4&feature=youtu.be
Here are some EXTRAS for you to use about RAINBOWS:
How is a Rainbow Made:
Can we make it rain? Learn about the water cycle in this video and activitiy:
Video 2 - Skittles Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrLpgmv0fWI&feature=youtu.be
Here's Another Video:
Video 3 - Marker Madness!:
Marker Madness Worksheet:
Solar System STEM:
Watch this first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtyU2n7eo2c
Great for students of all ages:
Make your own Rocket:
Salt Dough Solar System Models:
Learn facts about the solar system with this video:
Nasa Stem Activities:
Great for younger students:
Learn about moving shadows in this video and activity:
Learn about the how the sun can help you if you’re lost with this video and activity:
Learn about why the stars come out at night with this video and activity:
Great for older students:
Learn about wandering stars in this video and activity:
Could there be life on other planets? Learn more with this video and activity:
Coding games: https://codecombat.com/play
All instruction is taking place on Google Classroom. Please email Mr. Barbato with any questions.