Fun activities you can work on at home!

Animated computer from Discovery Education's Clip Art Gallery

I am sure your child has already mentioned Study Island at home, but I wanted to share this resource so that you may have a chance to look at the site and try it out as a family. Your student has their own login and can show you around the website as they have had many opportunities to use this site during school.  

Here are some additional fun and educational activities that you and your child can work on at home...

Language Arts

While the library is a great resource, it only carries a limited selection of books from around the globe. The International Children's Digital Library is a free resource that gives you and your child access to books from all over the world, in countless languages. Your child can even create their own login. The kids book search is easy to use and offers many different ways to search for books they would like to read. This is a great way for your child to take care of their required 20 minutes of reading and find books to use for their book reports. I hope you and your child enjoy this site!

Mathematics

Our math curriculum Everyday Math covers a great deal of information and your child has learned a lot about many types of math. The best way to reinforce what we learn is to practice, practice, practice. A great source for fun activities that build on student math skills is NCTM Illuminations. Here, students can play games and solidify what they learn in class. Research tells us that kids learn nw information and skills best when they use manipulitives. This web resource offers electronic manipulatives so that students can learn by doing - and afterwards, there is no mess to clean up!

Social Studies

As you know, our class will be studying all abour Rainforests this year. One really wonderful outcome of this unit is that students will be exposed to many countries around the world. We are hoping to spark their interest in the world around them. InfoNation is a wonderful resource for students to compare data of various nations worldwide. They can choose what type of information they would like to focus on and which countries they want to narrow their statistics to. This site offers an excellent opportunity for students to go beyond the classroom. 

Science

Given recent earthquakes and fears of dangerous tsunamis that we have been hearing about, and the fact that Washington state is in a zone at risk for similar levels of earthquakes, I wanted to share a website that helps us to understand how an earthquake can cause tsunamis. PBS has created a Wave Machine simulator that lets students play with the aspects that determine likelihood of a tsunami occurring. Please take some time to experiment with this website and learn more about what signs to watch for should a "tsunami potential" earthquake happen in our area. Remeber, the best way to stay safe is to be prepared and knowledgeable.

...and beyond...

Science often times overlaps with other educational focuses, so it is appropriate that this science resource is multidisciplinary. Kids LOVE to have "Did you know..." facts to share. I think this is a wonderful curious nature and I love to encourage it. To nurse this fantastic attribute, I found Iknowthat.com so that students can learn even more to share with us.  

I hope that these web resources add a great deal to your family time at home and your child's excitement for education.

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