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Here are some fun activities you can do at home to help your students.

Try this really great writing lesson

Subject: Writing

Common Core State Standard and Description: W.2.3

Text Types and Purposes – Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include detail to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Supplemental Materials:

Family photos or old magazines and catalogs Glue A small notebook, poster board, or several sheets of plain paper plus construction paper A stapler A pencil or pen, colored pencils, or markers

Learning Activity Description:

Give your child some family photos or old magazines and catalogs to look through for images. Let him glue several photos that interest him into a small notebook or onto a sheet of poster board or several sheets of plain paper. Encourage your child to think of descriptive, funny, or just plain crazy captions for each photo. Have him write the captions below the photos (with help if needed). If you’ve used plain paper, assemble the pages into a booklet by adding a construction-paper cover and stapling everything together.

Adapted from The Children’s Busy Book, by Trish Kuffner, with permission from its publisher, Meadowbrook Press, © 2001.


Subject: Math

Grade: 2 - 4

Common Core State Standard and Description: knowledge of numbers

Supplemental Materials:

★ License plates

★ Paper

★ Crayons or markers What to Do

Learning Activity Description:

★ If you’re stuck in traffic, point out the license plate of a car in front of you and ask all family members (except the driver, of course!) to study it closely. Then tell everyone to use the individual numbers on the plate to make the largest three-digit number possible and write it down. For example, if the plate number is 254–116, the largest three-digit number that can be made is 654. Have each person read aloud his or her number. The person with the largest number wins the round. You can change the game by asking everyone to make the smallest three-digit number.

★ For your younger child, these activities can be simplified by having them find the largest single or double digit, or even to recognize individual numbers or add all the numbers on the plate.

Choose a license plate number, for example, 663M218. Then ask your child to use numbers from the plate to solve math problems Helping children practice number recognition can take many forms. such as the following:

add two numbers to get the answer 5. [answer: 3+2 = 5] use three numbers to get 5. [answer: (3+2) x 1 = 5] use four numbers to get 5. [answer: (6+3+1) ÷ 2 = 5] use five numbers to get 5. [answer: (6+6+3) - (8+2) = 5] use six numbers to get 5. [answer: (6+6) + (3x1) - (8+2) = 5]

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