Dear Fantastic Families,What a year it’s been! Thank you for all of your support throughout the year andespecially through distance learning. We know it hasn’t been easy but we want tothank you and commend you for working with your child. Here’s a list of somesuggestions to continue learning through the summer as well as a list of thingsthat we’ve worked on during distance learning. Please do not hesitate to reachout if you have any questions or concerns. This is merely a guideline but ishelpful in making sure your child doesn’t “slide” through summer and is preparedfor third grade in the fall. All Seesaw and Google Classroom assignments willremain up through summer and students will continue to have access to mostonline programs. (Please note that some programs such as Mystery Science,Brain Pop Jr, and Epic Books only have free access until June 30th. Please alsorefer back to the Back to School Night packets and Home-School Activities guide(sent at the beginning of distance learning) for even more suggestions ofactivities.READ, READ, READ!Please continue reading with and to your child. This is the most valuable thingyou can do. Keep it fun! We want our children to love reading. Pack bookswherever you go. You can also take a look at your local library’s reading list. Agreat way to practice fluency is by having your child practice their readingthrough Readers’ Theatre. You can look up scripts online and they can performtheir plays in front of your family or friends. Make it fun by having them createcostumes and props. Hold a zoom meeting or have your child perform it distantlyfor their family and friends. You can also look up scholastic book wizard online ordownload the app on your phone to see books that match your child’s readinglevel. Time your child and see how long they can read for and if they can beattheir last score. Second graders should be able to read for at least 40 minuteswithout stopping. Ask them what the story is about or even have them act it out!MATHPracticing addition and subtraction facts to 20 will help students build theirautomaticity and fluency with math. You can do this in the car, in line at thegrocery store, and so many other places. The students have learned a variety ofmath games such as forehead math. Math is everywhere! Have them help youadd and subtract money at the grocery store, tell you the time, or give them aword problem to solve! Practice math through baking and measuring, practicingmaking equal groups. They can practice multiplication with cookies on a bakingsheet or eggs in an egg carton. You can also continue to work on counting andgrouping items by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s, 100’s, etc. Students can also continue to workon their math workbooks.Goals for third grade: place value, skip counting forwards/backwards, addingand subtracting with and without regrouping, telling time, using a number line,basic multiplication/arraysConcepts that students should continue to practice that we learned duringdistance 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 ofmoney, adding and subtracting money;3) Time: elling time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, and minute, practicingtelling the difference between AM and PM, and working on elapsed time: (howmuch time has passed if we saw a movie at 4:15pm and the movie was 1 hour and50 minutes).4) Graphing: coming up with a survey question, taking tally mark data, graphingthe data, labeling the graph, and being able to compare the data in the graph byusing most, more, fewest, fewer;5) Multiplication and Arrays: understanding that an array is an equal number ofitems in a row or column. See Seesaw for an explanation on multiplication andarrays.Social StudiesSpend time learning about people past and present in the world around us. Takea virtual field trip around the world to the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, theTundra, 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 themabout different jobs that are available to them and about other cultures,traditions, and holidays that people around the world celebrate.ScienceHave 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 achemical reaction through baking or mixing various chemicals together. Recordyour results.ART/BuildingArts and crafts projects are a great way for your child to continue to developtheir creativity. Projects that involve cutting and gluing are awesome for buildingfine motor skills. Challenge your child to use various household materials to buildsomething that floats, a bridge, or something that moves. Create engineeringchallenges for them using recycled materials! Keep it fun and engaging!ONLINE PROGRAMSRHS online programs (Lexia, Myon, ST Math, Freckle, Imagine Math) will beavailable to your child all summer. See the RHS website for details about how tolog on over summer vacation! Please continue to have your child work on STMath if they have not finished the second grade curriculum and Lexia if theyhave not finished up to level 13.Students can also practice and learn how to type through typing.com.
Second-Grade Web Sites
More Online Academic/Educational Resources
- Capstone: Interactive e-books: 3,877 high-interest books! Fiction and non-fiction at all levels. Read-aloud capability. Only 49 Spanish titles but they are popular choices like Sofia Martinez.
Use username and password below:
- PebbleGo: Easy, a fun database of books for K-3rd students. English & Spanish. Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies, Dinosaurs, Games.
Use username and password below:
- Newsela: free news articles for students
Also this as a resource guide: https://sites.google.com/newsela.com/stayingconnected/home?authuser=0
- Mystery Science: Free and engaging science lessons for all grade levels!
- Vooks: Library of read-aloud, animated storybooks. Free for 30 days with this link.
- Britannica: Free encyclopedia resources for kids!
- Brain Pop! Free (for school closures) math, science, social studies, language arts for kids. Great introduction to topics. Take the quiz at the end to test your knowledge
- Lakeshore Learning: Free printables, craft ideas, lesson ideas for school closures.
- Scholastic: Free books that students can read, activities paired with books for school closures
- Exploratorium: Hands on crafts, learn about viruses, etc.
- S’Cool Moves: Calming techniques and body movements. Download the free posters in the link above.
- GoNoodle: Create a free account and get your body movin’!
- Freckle is an online, adaptive learning platform that includes content in math, ELA, science and social studies. OUSD has been granted free premium access for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. Your students have been automatically rostered and can access the program through Clever. Intro to Freckle
- Code.org for coding (also accessible through Clever page)
- Typing Club (also accessible through Clever)
- Oliver Jeffers and Peter Reynolds, two children’s book authors, will be doing live readings of their books during the school closures. Oliver Jeffers will read on his Instagram stories and Peter Reynolds will read on facebook. www.facebook.com/PeterHReynolds
- Handwriting without Tears
- Learning Liftoff: 20 Best Homeschooling Websites and Learning Resources
- Open Culture: K-12 Educational Resources
- Free Academic Resources During School Closures Free Learning Platforms during school closures