• Dear Fantastic Families,
     
    What a year it’s been! Thank you for all of your support throughout the year and
    especially through distance learning. We know it hasn’t been easy but we want to
    thank you and commend you for working with your child. Here’s a list of some
    suggestions to continue learning through the summer as well as a list of things
    that we’ve worked on during distance learning. Please do not hesitate to reach
    out if you have any questions or concerns. This is merely a guideline but is
    helpful in making sure your child doesn’t “slide” through summer and is prepared
    for third grade in the fall. All Seesaw and Google Classroom assignments will
    remain up through summer and students will continue to have access to most
    online programs. (Please note that some programs such as Mystery Science,
    Brain Pop Jr, and Epic Books only have free access until June 30th. Please also
    refer back to the Back to School Night packets and Home-School Activities guide
    (sent at the beginning of distance learning) for even more suggestions of
    activities.
     
    READ, READ, READ​!
    Please continue reading ​with ​and​ to ​your child. This is the most valuable thing
    you can do. Keep it fun! We want our children to love reading. ​Pack books
    wherever you go. You can also ​take a look at your local library’s reading list. A
    great way to practice fluency is by having your child practice their reading
    through Readers’ Theatre. You can look up scripts online and they can perform
    their plays in front of your family or friends. Make it fun by having them create
    costumes and props. Hold a zoom meeting or have your child perform it distantly
    for their family and friends. You can also look up ​scholastic book wizard​ online or
    download the app on your phone to see books that match your child’s reading
    level. Time your child and see how long they can read for and if they can beat
    their last score. Second graders should be able to read for at least 40 minutes
    without stopping. Ask them what the story is about or even have them act it out!
     
    MATH
    Practicing addition and subtraction facts to 20 will help students build their
    automaticity and fluency with math. You can do this in the car, in line at the
    grocery store, and so many other places. The students have learned a variety of
    math games such as forehead math. Math is everywhere! Have them help you
    add and subtract money at the grocery store, tell you the time, or give them a
    word problem to solve! Practice math through baking and measuring, practicing
    making equal groups. They can practice multiplication with cookies on a baking
    sheet or eggs in an egg carton. You can also continue to work on counting and
    grouping items by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s, 100’s, etc. Students can also continue to work
    on their math workbooks.
    Goals for third grade:​ place value, skip counting forwards/backwards, adding
    and subtracting with and without regrouping, telling time, using a number line,
    basic multiplication/arrays
    Concepts that students should continue to practice that we learned during
    distance learning are:
    1) ​Adding and subtracting 3 or more digits with and without regrouping;
    2) ​Money​: counting money and finding multiple ways to make the same amount of
    money, adding and subtracting money;
    3) ​Time​: elling time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, and minute, practicing
    telling the difference between AM and PM, and working on elapsed time: (how
    much time has passed if we saw a movie at 4:15pm and the movie was 1 hour and
    50 minutes).
    4) ​Graphing​: coming up with a survey question, taking tally mark data, graphing
    the data, labeling the graph, and being able to compare the data in the graph by
    using most, more, fewest, fewer;
    5) ​Multiplication and Arrays:​ understanding that an array is an equal number of
    items in a row or column. See Seesaw for an explanation on multiplication and
    arrays.
     
    Social Studies
    Spend time learning about people past and present in the world around us. Take
    a virtual field trip around the world to the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, the
    Tundra, or to a National Park. Create time for your child to interview peers,
     relatives, neighbors and to document this unique time in their lives. Teach them
    about different jobs that are available to them and about other cultures,
    traditions, and holidays that people around the world celebrate.
     
    Science
    Have your child think of something that they’re interested in and investigate it.
    Learn about how crystals or plants grow, learn how to make slime, or create a
    chemical reaction through baking or mixing various chemicals together. Record
    your results.
     
    ART/Building
    Arts and crafts projects are a great way for your child to continue to develop
    their creativity. Projects that involve cutting and gluing are awesome for building
    fine motor skills. Challenge your child to use various household materials to build
    something that floats, a bridge, or something that moves. Create engineering
    challenges for them using recycled materials! Keep it fun and engaging!
     
    ONLINE PROGRAMS
    RHS online programs (Lexia, Myon, ST Math, Freckle, Imagine Math) will be
    available to your child all summer. See the RHS website for details about how to
    log on over summer vacation! Please continue to have your child work on ST
    Math if they have not finished the second grade curriculum and Lexia if they
    have not finished up to level 13.
    Students can also practice and learn how to type through typing.com.