Ways to study your spelling words
    Spelling Bee -Practice spelling your words aloud to a parent or sibling.
    Scrabble- Use Scrabble tiles to spell out your spelling words.
    Spelling Flashcards - Make a set of flashcards to practice reading and spelling words.
    Spell-er-size-Cheer up for tall letters(b,d,t,l,h), hands on hips for middle letters(a,c,e,o), and cheer down low for letters that fall below the line(y,j,g) as you spell your words aloud.
    Back Writing-Use your finger to spell out each spelling word on someone's back.
    Clean Words- Write your spelling words with your finger in shaving cream on the counter or a paper plate or in the dust on furniture!
    Magazine Words-Use letters in an old magazine, cut them out and glue them on your paper to make your spelling words.
    Flash Writing - In a darkened room, use a flashlight to write your spelling words on the wall or ceiling.
    Letter Writing- Write a letter to a friend or family member using all of your spelling words.  Mail it to them!
    Toss-A-Word- Toss a ball with a partner.  Spell your words. You say the 1st letter, your partner says the 2nd letter, and so forth.
    Trace Around- Write each of your spelling works with a pencil.  Then trace around each word with a crayon or marker.
    Type 'em - Type your spelling words on a computer.  Make each word a different font or color!
    Other Handed- Write your spelling words with your right hand.  Then try to write them with your left hand!
    Practice Test - Take a practice test by having your Mom or Dad call out the words to you.

    Grammar Gorilla

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    Telling Time  


    **It is expected that 2nd grade students respond automatically when asked an addition or subtraction fact.  Please practice with your flash cards, learn + and - strategies, and play the games below!

    Helping your child with addition:  The following thinking strategies are useful for learning addition facts:
    Adding zero: The sum is always the other number. 8 + 0 = 8, 0 + 4 = 4
    Counting on by 1 or 2: Find sums like 5 + 1 or 6 + 2 by simply counting on.
    Combinations to 5: Learn combinations to 5 such as 3 + 2 or 4 + 1
    Combinations to 10: Learn combinations to 10 such as 6 + 4 or 8 + 2
    Doubles: Learn sums of doubles such as 4 + 4 or 6 + 6
    Nines: When adding nines, the one digit in the sum is always one less than the number added to nine. For example 7 + 9 = 16, the 6 is one less than 7. Another example, 5 + 9 = 14
    Doubles plus one: When addends are consecutive numbers, count on from the double. For instance, 7 + 8 becomes 7 + 7 + 1. Another example, 8 + 9 becomes 8 + 8 + 1
    Sharing doubles: This method works when the addends differ by two. When this occurs, it is possible to subtract 1 from one addend and add to the other addend. This results in a doubles fact that has already been memorized, 7 + 5 becomes 6 + 6. Another example, 6 + 8 becomes 7 + 7. Commutative Property: By changing the order, 3 + 4 to 4 + 3, facts can be recalled.

    Helping your child with subtraction: 

    The following thinking strategies for useful for learning subtraction facts:
    Fact Families: This strategy works when students understand the relationship between addition and subtraction. When students see 6 - 2 and think 2 + ? = 6
    Counting backwards: This method is similar to counting on in addition. It isn't quite as easy. Students should only count back up to three.
    Zeros: The pattern for subtracting zero is readily recognizable. 5 - 0 = 5
    Sames: This method is used when a number is subtracted from itself; this is another generalization that students can quickly identify. 7 - 7 = 0


    MATH MANIPULATIVES (to Use for Practice):
    Virtual Manipulatives for K, 1st, and 2nd Graders

    Count by Twos and Threes                      

    Place Value - Each number has it’s own value or place.
    639 “six hundred thirty nine“ = 6 hundreds, 3 tens, 9 ones
    Expanded Form of 639 = 600 + 30 + 9 233="200+30+3
    802 “Eight hundred two“ = 8 hundreds, 0 tens, 2 ones
    Expanded Form of 802 = 800 + 00 + 2 or 800 + 2

    Fraction Games        

    Bowling for Fractions              All About Fractions
    Fraction Race                   Pizza Party     




    Shape Explorer                              

    Graph Creater                                                                                                         Data Picking - Tally Charts
    Bar Graph Creator                                  

    www.coolmath4kids.com/ Math puzzles, games and activities

    *MATH STORY PROBLEMS:  If your child is having difficulty with story problems, visit these websites.  Or do a web search on Yahoo! or Google for "free math story problems" to locate more sites.

    Adam Ant--Perimeter                   Measure It!

    Quia Multiplication Matching Game                                  Quia Division Matching
    Quia Multiplication Concentration