Principal’s weekly message
Principals can send a brief video message to students and parents to recognize the community’s efforts in coming together, to address concerns and questions, and to motivate students for the week ahead.
Encourage students to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day and have them track their activity as an online assignment. Consider making it a challenge and giving rewards for achievements like trying something new, being the most consistent, etc. There are free online resources for meditation, yoga and physical education for children.
Virtual lunch table
Randomly assign small groups of students to get together via video at lunchtime once per week. Give them conversation starters to make it fun.
Invite a guest speaker to deliver a motivational, educational or a fun message over streaming or recorded video to the classroom or school.
Have students journal, blog or create art to help them express themselves. Encourage them to share, if they're comfortable.
100 minutes of making
Students choose one creative project, such as drawing cartoons, building with LEGO bricks, origami, and do it for 20 minutes per day to share with the class each week.
Students interview others
For a history or social studies topic, have students virtually interview a grandparent, parent or neighbor and report on what they discovered. This encourages research and social connectedness across the community. Students can create reports via presentation slides, podcasts, video.
Some students will naturally have a friend who they pair up with to study, but others might not. Consider randomizing your students and matching them up into pairs or triads to encourage them to connect via phone or video at times that work for them. This doubles as a helpful learning tool and another opportunity for social connection.