•  Encourage Your Child to Read

    • Share books and read with your child.
    •  Ask your child questions about stories he/she is reading; have him/her use parts of the story to explain his/her thinking. 
    • Encourage your child to use technology to access e-books (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.). 
    • Find poetry or plays to read or watch together. 
    • Discuss informational texts on a topic of interest to the child. 
    • Encourage your child to take notes when reading, writing down key points from the text, to aid in overall under-standing of the story.


    • Solve multi-step problems with whole numbers with and without remainders. Interpret the meaning of the remainder. Does the remainder stay the same, round up, or not needed based on the context of the story?
    • Generate number or shape patterns that follow a given rule. For example, “Add 4, starting at 1,” or “subtract 3, starting at 97.” 
    • Find all the factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1–100. For example, the factor pairs for 12 are 1 and 12; 2 and 6; and 3 and 4.
    • Compare two multi-digit numbers, using <, >, and = symbols. For example, 345 ___ 354, or 107___117. Discuss each answer.
    • Round multi-digit whole numbers to any place value. For example, 367 rounded to the hundreds place is 400 because its closest hundred is 400.
    • Solve problems involving measurement conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. For example, 1 foot is 12 times as long as 1 inch, a 4 feet snake is the same as a 48 inch snake.
    • Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.



    • Encourage your child to keep a personal journal or diary to tell about things he/she knows or has learned. 
    • Include your child in real-life writing experiences. (e.g., write a letter to a family member to share recent events). 
    • Show your child how to use books and online resources to gather information on a topic. 
    •  Encourage your child to practice typing on the computer. 
    •  In reviewing your child’s writing, be sure to check for use of proper punctuation (i.e., commas, apostrophes, periods, question marks, exclamation marks, etc.). 


    • Create a model of the solar system.
    • Explore magnets in your surroundings.
    • Create a sundial.
    •  Experiment with water (record the evaporation of water in an open jar and in different locations).
    • Research endangered animals and what can be done to help save them.