• Encourage Your Child to Read

    • Share books and read with your child.
    • Read different types of books together, including fables, folktales, and myths; discuss the points of view of the character(s).
    •  Read different texts written on the same topic and com-pare the important points and key details.
    • Read informational texts and Internet sources together; use search tools to find information.
    • After reading a chapter of a book, have your child summarize what was read.
    •  Encourage your child to use technology to access e-books (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.).


    • Encourage your child to keep a personal journal or diary to tell about things he/she knows or has learned.
    • Show your child how to use informational and literary texts and the Internet to locate information; use the information to formulate an opinion and write about it.
    • Help your child add details and reasons to support his/her opinions.
    • Before your child begins a writing activity, assist him/her in listing out all of the ideas or things that should be included in the writing. Then help him/her arrange the list in a proper sequence for inclusion in the writing, paying attention to the beginning, the middle, and the end.


    • Practice multiplying and dividing within 100. For example, 8 x 5 = 40, 40 ÷ 8 = 5.
    •  Practice adding and subtracting within 1000 using place value and properties of operation. For example, 145 + 233 can be found by 100 + 200 = 300, 40 + 30 = 70, 5 + 3 = 8; therefore, 145 + 233 = 378.
    • Practice reading and writing number words to 100 (one, two, three… one hundred).
    • Practice determining the unknown number in multiplication or division equations relating three whole numbers. For example, 8 x _ = 48, 5 = _ ÷ 3, 6 x 6 = _.
    • Extend a pattern such as 5, 7, 11, 13, 19,_,_.
    •  Solve two-step word problems using the four operations (e.g. +, -, x, ÷). Use mental computation and estimation to assess the reasonableness of answers.
    • Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve one-step word problems involving masses or liquid volumes using grams, kilograms and liters. For example, find the total mass of two boxes of cereal in grams, or check for accuracy of serving size and servings per box of cereal.


    • Read a book about your favorite animal and create a diorama of that animal in its natural habitat.
    • Explore the sounds different objects make (metal, plastic).
    • Collect rocks from your home, nearby park, or nature walk. Use books or the Internet to identify the rocks found.
    • Create a poster of the food chain using pictures from magazines.