• Reading Tips for Students

    • Make a time and a place for reading in your home.
    • Use technology to access e-books (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.).
    • Go to your local public library and register for a library card. Get the one free card that brings a world of opportunity – no matter what your age. 
    • See yourself in the story while you read, as if you are the leading character in a movie version of the book. Find quotes from the story that relate to you and explain how they relate to you.
    • Check yourself while you read. Do you remember what you read? If not, reread.
    • Estimate the distance from your home to various places in the community. Check your estimations using the car’s odometer.
    •  Use magazine illustrations to find objects that form angles of various degrees. Measure the angles with a protractor.
    •  Create a comic strip or cartoon about reflex, supplementary, and/or complementary angles.
    • Write examples of symmetry in nature. For example, pinecones and butterfly wings.
    •  Flip a penny 50 times and record the results. Then spin the penny on a hard surface 50 times recording the results. Compare the results.
    • Take a survey by asking all your family members and friends which vegetable or fruit they like most and record the answers in a tally chart.
    •  Check the local newspaper for graphs. Describe the data and discuss future trends that can be predicted from the data.


    • Encourage your child to keep a personal journal or diary to tell his/her own stories. 
    • Include your child in real-life writing experiences (e.g., writing letters or e-mails to family members) and en-courage the use of idioms, adages, and proverbs
    • Encourage your child to practice typing on the computer. There are many free typing activities and games for kids on the Internet.  
    • Encourage your child to write a friendly letter to a relative, friend or a letter to the editor of a newspaper.


    • Name five sources of pollution. Write two to three sentences on how you can help stop or reduce pollution.
    • What happens on a dry day when you scuff across a rug and then reach out to touch a metal doorknob, or other metal object? Why?