April 20

Enrichment Activity for Week of 4/20–Earth Day

This Wednesday, April 22 is EARTH DAY! Our activity this week will be centered around the concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Please remember that as of today, your work and participation counts per the Dearborn Schools Continuity Learning Plan. You have three ways to get credit for your learning:

  1. Create a Google Doc or Google Slideshow with your responses.
  2. Take a picture and send me a message on Class Dojo
  3. Take a picture and send it to my email farhatm@dearbornschools.org

I will be posting one lesson per week so that you can work on this together as a family. If you have siblings, this is the perfect way to work with each other and BOTH get credit.

Please know that I am here for you if you have any questions or need support–I’m just a quick message away!

Today I will be reading I Can Save the Earth by Allison Inches

Picture of Book Cover I Can Save the EArth

Please listen to the story by clicking the video below:

After you watch the video, I have a short text for your with some questions:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zjt84781Y-BzySJD6ps8VeL03aB3ulMZ4jHUlALoIz4/edit?usp=sharing

And finally, I have a challenge for you and your family:

I’m so excited to see what you come up with for your Earth Day challenge. I know you are creative! Don’t forget to share with me, I’ll be sharing your awesome ideas on Class Dojo Sunday, April 26th.

April 16

The Learning Continues

Dearborn Schools Students First Logo-Learning Continues

The learning will continue at Dearborn Public Schools. We know this is a difficult time for all and adjusting to distance learning takes some time to get used to–we are here to work together to ensure that learning will continue.

Check back Monday for a new Enrichment post!

March 19

Playdough Recipe

Here is a recipe for a fun, family activity. There is so much learning involved: math, science, reading, and collaboration!

I can’t wait to see what you create with your playdough. Remember to put it in a Ziplock bag or a sealed plastic container so it lasts a long time.


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Any seasonings or scents you would like

Making the Play Dough:

  1. Add the water, oil and lemon juice to a medium non-stick pot and heat on medium heat on the stove (maybe even slightly lower heat depending on your stove).
  2. Add food coloring, liquid scents or Kool-Aid to the water mixture.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and any dry seasonings you are using.
  4. After the water is hot, but not boiling, slowly add the dry ingredients to the pot and while mixing to combine. I use a wooden or plastic cooking spoon.
  5. Continuously stir until the ingredients combine, dry out and begin to form a ball. If there are parts that seem a bit sticky still, just flatten the dough out and put the sticky side down on the bottom of the pot very briefly. Flip back and forth frequently until it doesn’t seem sticky anymore. However, don’t cook it too long. It is better to be a bit undercooked as it will firm up as it cools down.
  6. Place on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down a bit. Then knead the dough for a minute or two to bring it all together.
March 16

Remote Learning Activities

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Good morning! I know adjusting to our online remote learning options will take some time getting used to. I will be posting Make it Monday activities each Monday that we are out of school. You will have all week to work on the activity, so no rush to get things done in one day.

I would love to see what you create, so please share a photo or video with me to my email farhatm@dearbornschools.org OR in a message on Class Dojo.

March 12

Important Message to our Families

Dear McDonald Families:


All Dearborn Public Schools will be closed for students effective immediately, March 13, 2020. This is a result of Governor Whitmer’s order to close all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5.

Dearborn Public Schools spring break will take place from Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. Students will return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Students may report on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the normal start time to pick up their belongings and school supplies.

All staff should report on Friday, March 13, 2020 to assist students. Staff will only attend for the morning half of the day followed by a half day release time.

As of Thursday, 3-12-2020 there are no reported or confirmed cases of COVID 19 in the Dearborn Public Schools.

This closure of schools is part of a nationwide effort to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus. These actions will not eliminate the COVID 19 virus, cure COVID 19, and this will not guarantee that a person will not contract the COVID virus at a later time. Again, these actions are part of a nationwide effort to slow the spread and limit the number of people who will become infected.

Thank you