We encourage students to continue to work on their reading, writing, and math skills over the summer so they are primed for 3rd grade. We’ve been asked to list some ideas and resources below for families to use this summer so, as one parent said, “their brains don’t turn to mush.”
Math: The students should have mastery and automaticity of all their addition and subtraction facts and of many of their multiplication and division facts. Students have been using Xtramath.org on their iPads and each has an account. Before they can move on to subtraction, they have to show mastery of addition facts. This is a great way to practice their math facts and it shows their progress as well. Students should also use analog clocks whenever possible and should help estimate costs and change when shopping with their families. The students also know quite a few math games that you can play at home. Resources for those games can be found in the parent newsletters for math on our website or at https://emgames.everydaymathonline.com/demosite/demo_chooser_ec.html
Writing: Keeping a journal of things they’ve done over the summer is a great springboard for writing a memoir in 3rd grade. Students may also want to do some research and write about things they are learning during the summer. This is also a great time to write about anything. Students love writing fiction and fantasy and summer is a great time to do that kind of writing. It’s also fun to write and perform plays for family members.
Reading: Ms. Vogel, our librarian, posted a great article in the last Headliner and it’s worth sharing – just turn this paper over. Just read, read, read, read and read some more. Read with your children and have them read on their own, but please talk to them about what they are reading. This increases comprehension so much!
Enjoy your summer with your children! We look forward to their visits in the fall.
-Your 2nd Grade Team
Summer Reading Programs:
1. St. Paul Public Library Summer Spark: When kids ages 0-18 read (alone or with someone else) and/or complete fun activities, they earn a free book of their choice and are entered into drawings for prizes. Visit any SPPL library to pick up reading and activity logs. Check out the calendar for the many Summer Spark events at your local library. This summer reading program runs June 13th- August 31st, 2015. Link: http://www.sppl.org/summer
2. Ramsey County Library Summer Reading Program:Kids: Ages 4 and Under
Pick up a reading record at any Ramsey County Library. Color one image for each day you read or have books read to you. After 14 days of reading, bring your record in for a prize of your choice. Prizes include books, CDs, shaker eggs and more.
Kids: Ages 5 - 11 Simply read four books and either write about or draw a picture illustrating each book you
read. Turn in your four forms to any Ramsey County Library to receive a prize. Prizes
include a free book, coupon for Culver’s ice cream and more.
Teens: Ages 12 - 19
This summer reading program runs June 6th-August 16th, 2015. Link: http://www.rclreads.org/kids/summer-reading-program
- Go to www.bookawocky.org.
- Enter book reviews online with the super easy form.
- Book reviews will be entered into a weekly prize drawing of gift cards from Target and Barnes & Noble, as well as pairs of state fair tickets. At the end of summer, every review enters you into our grand prize drawing to win one of seven $50 visa cards.
3. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Log your reading minutes in Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge to help Scholastic break their 2014 world reading record! As you log more minutes, you unlock access to great ebooks and earn rewards. And this isn't just for kids: their Parents section offers great daily reading tips, suggested book lists, and other parenting reading resources. Teachers: You can earn free books too through this program. This summer reading programs runs May 4 - September 4, 2015. Link: http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2015
4. Newsela: Entering this program is simple: students with a Newsela account are automatically registered. Students earn badges and newsroom ranks by reading articles and completing reading comprehension quizzes. Compete against other Newsela readers in your grade. This summer reading program runs June 1st-August 14th, 2015. Link: https://newsela.com/summer/
5. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Kids in grades 1st-6th read 8 books of their choice, record them in the B&N's Reading Log (download it here), then bring the log into your local B&N store to pick out a free book! List of the free books available included on the Reading Log. This summer reading program runs May 19th - September 7th, 2015. Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/
6. Sylvan's Book Adventure Program 2015: Sylvan's reading program called Book Adventure encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points. These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD's, and games. This summer reading program is ongoing, all year around. Link: http://bookadventure.com
7. Half Price Books Summer Reading Program 2015: Half Price Books gives out free gift cards to kids who read books this summer. When kids read for 300 minutes during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books. One lucky kid in each age group and store will get a $20 gift card. Staff book suggestions and reading tips also available on their website. This summer reading program runs June 1 - July 31. http://hpb.com/fyb/suggested/