Happy Summer!

As promised, here is a list of suggested websites to help your child review all the skills they learned during the year over the summer:

http://www.fcrr.org/resources/resources_sca.html (Great printable activities to practice language arts skills for a more formal practice.)
https://www.readworks.org/summer-reading (FREE summer reading passages with comprehension questions!  Great for fluency practice too!!) 
http://www.ixl.com/ (Math and language arts by grade level.  You can do a small amount daily for free!)
http://littlebirdtales.com/index/default/errors[]/AUTH_REQ/ (children can create on-line story books)
http://jmathpage.com/ (math)
http://sheppardsoftware.com/ (all subjects)
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ (math)
http://playkidsgames.com/ (all subjects)
http://www.spellingcity.com/ (spelling, vocabulary- use their pre-made lists or search for Mrs. Janetzke to find my lists from our spelling curriculum)
ttp://read.cph.org/ (Family summer reading program)
http://www.brainpopjr.com/ (Game Up link has free access to all the games from the videos and also links to other on-line games.)
http://www.readwritethink.org/ (parent activities for summer/home practice in reading and writing)

Remember that your child brought home 3 stapled packs of unused Saxon math pages.  These are great to review what we did and preview some 3rd grade math concepts.  Children also have all their addition and subtraction fact cards to use at home.  

I encourage you to do your library's summer reading program.  Remember that there are also several reading activities/ideas that were in your final report card envelope.  

Simple Machines

We’ve enjoyed learning about the 6 simple machines, seeing how they combine to make compound machines, and building things with the simple machines.

Levers Lab

While learning about Simple Machines, we experimented with levers. We challenged ourselves to see if we could balance the lever on the fulcrum. We also experimented with lifting the same load but putting the fulcrum at different points to change the length of the load arm. We discovered that the closer the fulcrum is to the load, the easier it is to lift!

Fire station trip

Before going to the fire station, we made Fire Fighter Survival Kits to deliver. Even though our fire fighters were busy at multiple calls when we went, we enjoyed some fresh air and playing tag outside the station! We dropped off our kits and they emailed us back to express their appreciation.

Grammar teamwork posters

To practice adding detail to sentences using adjectives and adverbs, we worked in groups to stretch a basic sentence into a very detailed sentence.