SPS Suggested Learning Opportunities

From SPS:


Below are general learning opportunities for students and families to consider while away from school. These suggested learning extensions are optional and will not affect students’ grades or ability to complete the semester.

Grades 9 – 12


  • Suggested reading time for high school students is 45-60 minutes a day.
  • Questions to consider while you read:
    • What questions do you have about the text?
    • What inferences and/or predictions are you making as you read?
    • What connections do you have to the text?
  • English Learners: Continue to speak, read and write in the language that is most comfortable at home.


Below are questions to consider during and after reading. Remember to use text evidence to support your responses.

  • What is the main idea or theme?
  • Who is the intended audience? How do you know?
  • How is the text structured or organized?
  • What is your connection to the text?
  • What is the author’s purpose and/or message?


High school students should spend 30 minutes/day for math review and activities.

Data Collection:

  • In most high school math courses, statistics is a focus of study. In our daily lives, data and statistics is present and presented to us to better understand the world around us, used to persuade or influence people on an issue, or to make predictions about how past and current events will play out in the future.
  • Students can collect data to bring to school to be used during their statistical study. Data can be collected on an infinite number of items. Here are a few examples: the number of each letter of the alphabet on a page of text, the amount of time it takes to finish a meal, the number of times someone uses a specific word during a conversation, the time it takes to do 20 jumping jacks, or the ages of coins in a coin jar. Data can be collected on multiple items in order to make comparisons. For example, the measuring the height of a person and the length of their arm, asking friends whether they have a pet and whether they have a sibling, measure the number of bounces a ball takes when it is dropped from varying heights.
  • Data collection should be recorded and organized in a table or spreadsheet.

Geometry design and measurement:

  • Geometric measurements are used in design. For example, angles and area are considered when creating graphic designs. Lengths and volume are considered when designing packaging. Angles and area are considered in designing playgrounds.
  • Students can design something that involves measuring, angles, and area and/or volume calculations. For instance, students can take an existing package and improve upon its design (more efficient, lower cost, etc.) Students could calculate the amount and dimensions of lumber needed to build a bookshelf. Students could use trigonometry to calculate the height of a tree or tall building in the neighborhood.


  • Play card or dice games and calculate probabilities of getting different outcomes.


  • Read a news source on the coronavirus daily.
    • Research the validity of the claims using expert sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to identify inconsistencies.
    • Guiding Question for HS Chemistry: What is your hypothesis about why the CDC recommends people to use hand sanitizer in addition to hand washing? How does hand sanitizer work?
    • Guiding Questions for HS Biology: How does the coronavirus infect a cell? How does it move from organism to organism? How can this virus potentially mutate?


  • Do you have a favorite book? What are the themes of the book? Discuss the book with a friend or family member. Consider the themes, accuracy (if nonfiction) and other merits.
  • Check Schoology. Does your library have a Schoology page?
  • Choose a current event or social justice topic. Research this by using online databases, newspapers, or by calling your local Seattle Public Library branch. Consider how you would cite your research. Why is it important? How will you evaluate your research sources? Databases can be found at

World Languages

  • Language – Practice using phrases and vocabulary from the language you are studying (Spanish, Chinese, French, etc.). Practice using these phrases and vocabulary by speaking and writing, as well as texting or chatting with friends.
  • Literacy – Practice reading and writing in the language you are studying (Spanish, Chinese, French, etc.). Do this by trying to write summaries of daily headlines or events. Choose 2-3 headlines or events a day and write 4-5 sentences for each. If you have internet access through a computer, library or phone you can also search for articles in your language of study and read for phrases, words, and ideas you recognize.
  • Culture – Choose a country that speaks the language you are studying. Explore how this country is currently being impacted by COVID-19. Make a daily journal of different headlines and news report about the impact of COVID-19 on this country.

College and Career Readiness

  • Naviance is a college and career exploration tool available to all students in grades 6th-12th. Students can complete the grade level College and Career Readiness Curriculum in Naviance. There are 15 lessons per grade level.
    • Students can access Naviance via the student portal. Instructions are available on the Naviance webpage.
    • Once a student is logged into Naviance, they can access the curriculum by following the instructions below:
      • From the home page scroll down and click on the purple box on the bottom left side of the screen that says Naviance College, Career, and Life Readiness Curriculum.