Answer Key: Teaching Outdoors During the covid-19

Teaching  Outside is One Way to Teach Safely During Covid-19

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. peer  |pir| verb [no object] look keenly or with difficulty at someone or something: Blake screwed up his eyes, trying to peer through the fog.
  2. *beats down  if the sun beats down, it shines very brightly making the weather very hot.
  3. embrace  |əmˈbrās| verb [with object] hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection: Aunt Sophie embraced her warmly | [no object] : the two embraced, holding each other tightly.
  4. inspire |inˈspī(ə)r| verb [with object]  fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: [with object and infinitive] : his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing.
  5. *bundle up PHRASAL VERB – to put warm clothes on yourself or someone else, or to wrap  someone in something warm.  You’ll have to bundle  up, it’s cold outside. 
  6. carpentry |ˈkärpəntrē| noun the activity or occupation of making or repairing things in wood.
  7. hasten |ˈhās(ə)n| verb [no object, with infinitive] be quick to do something: he hastened to refute the assertion.
  8. temporary |ˈtempəˌrerē| adjective lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent: a temporary job.
  9. prohibitive |prəˈhibədivprōˈhibədiv| adjective 1 (especially of a law or rule) forbidding or restricting something: prohibitive legislation.
  10. fundamental |ˌfəndəˈmen(t)əl| adjective  • affecting or relating to the essential nature of something or the crucial point about an issue: the fundamental problem remains that of the housing shortage.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

*Macmillan Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 3 – take

Some students take shelter under shades made from boat sails.

II – 2 – have

You can have a six-foot-apart seating chart.

III – 1 -to

Six feet is hard for kindergarten students to picture.

Reading Comprehension: Identify The  Speakers

  1. Sharon Danks, the chief executive of Green Schoolyards America and the coordinator of the National Covid-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative:  “The outside provides much more flexibility…You can have a six-foot-apart seating chart, and have enough space to move around.”
  2. Maria Libby, the superintendent of the Five Town Community School District in Rockport, Maine: “Covid has hastened the pace of a shift toward trying to take better advantage of the outdoors,”
  3. Amy Leonardi:  “Montessori-style, or Waldorf, they’ve been doing this kind of thing for a long time…But to do it in the public school system has been kind of prohibitive.”
  4. Rose Moran, the principal of Mullen Hall Elementary School:  “The students are excellent…They have been remarkable coming back. They get it. They want to be here.”
  5. Lori Duerr, the Falmouth Public Schools superintendent:These are not just parents…These are just community people who are jumping in to also help.”
  6. Wallace Simpson, principal of Essex Street Academy, a public school in Lower Manhattan: “Now, the roof doubles as a classroom space.
  7. We didn’t really have to modify anything, because it’s technically a schoolyard.”
  8. Lindsey Earle, a fourth-grade teacher at the Prairie Hill school: “Virtual learning definitely isn’t a strong option for us, so we wanted to come back to school in a safe way.”