• Summer Practice Ideas for Second Grade
     
     

    Reading:

    Essential Skills to Maintain

    • Fluency-Reads grade-level text with appropriate pace, accuracy, expression, and understanding.
    • Accuracy-Self-corrects mistakes and re-reads when necessary.
    • Vocabulary- uses phonics skills to sound out new or unknown words, learns meaning of new or unknown words, tries to use new words in context
    • Comprehension-understands what he or she reads
    • Genre-Reads a variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction, fables, and poetry, and understands and talks about their main ideas and lessons.  Students should also begin reading longer texts.  

     

    Ways to Practice

    •  Get Serious About Series: Find a series that interests your child and begin to read it together. You can read to your child, your child can read to you, or he or she can read a chapter independently. You can even interview each other as you read — ask about main ideas, events, and thoughts you each have about the books and characters.
    • Look It Up: When your child encounters a word he or she doesn’t know the meaning of, look up the meaning together. Use a grade-appropriate tool like the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary — or you can even keep your own family dictionary, recording words and their definitions. Use the word yourself, or encourage your child to use that word in a sentence sometime during the day.
    • Encourage activities that require reading — for example, cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying an interesting bird's nest or a shell collected at the beach (using a reference book).
    • Establish a reading time, even if it is only twenty minutes a day.
    • Encourage your child in all reading efforts.

     

    Resources to Use

    • IXL-students should continue to work in the Language Arts section.  If they master a skill at the second grade level try the same skill on the third grade level.
    • Read Theory- offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. The program adapts to students’ individual ability levels and presents them with thousands of skill-building exercises that suit their needs. Free, Grades K-12 (https://readtheory.org/)
    • ReadWorks- Literacy lessons that include comprehension and short passages to analyze. Free, Grades K-12 (https://www.readworks.org/)
    • EPIC!- provides books for kids at all levels. It gives them the opportunity to read to self, listen to reading and take short quizzes afterwards to see if they are comprehending. Free, (https://www.getepic.com/sign-in)
    • ABCya!- Provides games for reading. This will make working in the summer seem less school-like and more fun! Free, (https://www.abcya.com/)

     

    Math:

    Essential Skills to Maintain

    • Basic Math Facts - Practice basic addition/subtraction math facts.  
    • 3 Digit Addition/Subtraction - Practice 3 Digit Addition/Subtraction problems with and without regrouping.
    • Word Problems - Decide if the problem needs to be solved using addition or subtraction and make sure the answer makes sense.
    • Money - Count coins and bills.
    • Time - Tell time using digital and analog clocks.

     

    Step Up to Grade 3 Preparation

    • 10 Step Up to Grade 3 lessons are located in the math workbook after Topic 15.

     

    Ways to Practice

    • Complete the workbook pages “Step Up to 3rd Grade”
    • Make Flash Cards to practice facts
    • Play Math games online
    • Play card games or dice games that involve adding, subtracting, or comparing numbers
    • Play “Store” practice money adding/subtracting by “buying and selling items”
    • Ask “What time is it?” throughout the day to practice time
    • Count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s for fun

     

    Resources to Use

    • Pearson Realize - Students can use the website by clicking on the Explore tab after they sign in. 
    • IXL - Students can continue to practice the above skills on the second grade level and move up to the third grade level for a challenge.
    • Fun4thebrain.com - Provides a fun way to practice/sharpen their knowledge of basic facts.
    • Mathplayground.com - Students can play games to practice various math skills.  You can play games without signing in.
    • Homemade games - See ideas under Ways to Practice.

     

     


     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     Helpful Homework Tips: 
     
    1.Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, and scissors — within reach.
     
    2.Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
     
    3.Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks.
     
    4.Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
     
    5.Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
     
    6.Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
     
    7.Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives. 8.If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Homework should be fairly independent.  If your child struggles on a continuous basis please contact me as soon as possible.