• Encourage Your Child to Read

    • Encourage your child to read both orally and silently.
    • When reading a nonfiction book, discuss the purpose of the book. Have your child tell whether the book was written to answer a question, explain something, or describe something.
    • Encourage your child to use technology to access e-books (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.).
    •  When reading a fiction story with your child, ask him/her to write down or to tell you what the theme of the story is. Discuss the characteristics of the characters (visual picture/feelings) in the story and how they respond to challenges.


    • Encourage your child to keep a personal journal or diary to tell about things he/she knows or have learned.
    • Ask students to tell the time to the quarter-hour, half-hour and each five minutes on an analog clock.
    • Read informational and literary text and have your child write about his/her opinions on the text.
    • Encourage your child to use linking words to create more complex sentences (e.g., The story was exciting because...).
    •  Read articles and stories on the Internet together.
    • Use books and Internet sources to gather information; have your child write about what he/she learned.


    • Practice adding up to four two-digit numbers together.
    • Practice adding and subtracting within 1,000.
    • Glue dry macaroni or other pasta to a piece of paper, or use drawings, to illustrate an addition or subtraction word problem within 100.
    • Quickly add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies, such as counting on and/or using addition to solve subtraction problems.
    •  Identify the value of a given digit in the 1’s, 10’s and 100’s place. For example, given 319, the 3 is in hundreds place and has a value of 300.
    • Count within 1000 by ones and skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
    • Compare two three-digit numbers (e.g., 473 and 462) using the hundreds, tens and/or ones place (place value) to determine which number is greater than or less than the other.
    • Take a small number of mixed coins and/or dollar bills and determine the total value.
    • Write the amount using a decimal and a dollar sign.


    • Observe insects in nature.
    • Read a book on insects and identify all their parts.
    • Keep a daily log of temperature, wind, rain or other weather details.
    • Draw the phases of the moon over a 2-4 week period of time.
    • Sort items by living and non-living characteristics.