• 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.).
    • Figure out the main lesson of the story. Find quotes from the story helped you understand the main lesson. 
    •  Look for dialogue in the story that is important to character and plot development. What do the characters say that help push the story forward? 
    • Figure out how the author creates different points of views for different characters. What do the different points of view tell you about the story overall?
    • Check yourself while you read. Do you remember what you read? If not, reread.


    • With a partner, deal out cards face down. Each player turns a card over so that it is face up. Using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, creates the largest number possible. Black cards are positive numbers and red cards are negative numbers.
    •  Practice basic arithmetic operations by playing Krypto® (available online at www.mphgames.com). 
    • Estimate the distance from your home to various places in the community. Check your estimations using the car’s odometer.
    • Flip a coin 25 times and record the results. Look for any patterns that appear in the results.
    • Explain what the exponent (2 or 3) means in squared centimeters or cubed centimeters.
    • Explain how a change in one dimension alters the volume of a solid or the area of a figure.
    • Build a structure out of household items. Without showing the structure, explain and describe it to your parent. Then ask the parent to build the same structure without your assistance. When completed, reveal the structures. See if they match.


    • 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.


    • Using a magazine or news-paper, collect ads for products and services that were not available 30 years ago. Discuss the scientific advancements that have made these new products and services available to the public.
    • Look through the classified ads for science-related jobs. What kind of education or training would you need for these jobs?