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### Trace Letters on Rice

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... activity by using the leftover rice for a different purpose. Now that your child has written all of his letters onto paper, have him glue rice on top. It may sound a...

### Play Popsicle Math

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...;they’re a great game to pull out over snacks, in the car, or even when you’re sitting in the dentist office. Math is all around us; and with your help...

### How to Write Science Fiction

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...? Think about all the arguments for and against these ideas. Extra credit: What makes us human? high school, science, writing, literature, science fiction, high school activity...

### Fermi Questions

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... amount of time all the students in your school spend studying for tests in one year? Have your child think up with some of her own “Fermi Questions&rdquo...

### Olympic Games for Kids

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...’re learning how to record, organize, and show data. Of course, all of that can get a little dry. To spice it up, form your own Olympics committee and host The...

### Make a Paper Chain

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... each thing on its own strip. For Earth Day, use each link to name something that you can recycle at your house. Ask your child to brainstorm the names of all the...

### Tic Tac Toe for Three Equations in a Row!

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...One way to "trick" your child into getting extra practice with one-step equations is to play a variation of the classic game, tic tac toe. We all know how...

### Circle Measurements

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... circle, either diameter, radius, or circumference, you can calculate all of the other values. So when doing math problems, she should focus on finding one of those...

### String Story Necklaces

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... second card, using the word “Next” as the intro. And the third card should start with the word “Last” and go from there. Talk About It: Once all...

### Go on a Backyard Botany Hunt

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...;ll need to do a little research into the types of plants that are growing all around him. There are many ways to get the goods, but getting an illustrated field guide...

### Halloween Ghost Craft

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...’ve got your outline and mouth all set, take the glue and make another line of it on top of the fuzzy yarn. Now you’re ready to lay the remaining tissue...

### Hopped Up Hide and Seek

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...;Hide and Go Seek", but don't be fooled. Sure it's fun, but in between all that play, it reinforces verbal instructions and listening skills. Plus, it...

### Stack Coins for Integer Action!

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... cancel each other out - so these penny-nickel stacks equal zero! Subtracting integers is all about changing the signs first. For example: 4 – (-1) becomes 4...

### Patchwork Placemats

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...: this can be tricky for second graders; it requires them to cut straight and to arrange all of the pieces carefully.  Be patient! When your child is done, he'...

### Slide Sounds to Teach Reading

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... practice. Readers, ho! Learning to read is incredibly exciting, but it’s like a complex puzzle—for it to happen, all of the pieces need to be in place...

### Stock Market Math

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...) are all well-known companies that are publicly traded. Explain that when a person buys a share of stock in a company, they buy a piece of the company and become a...

### Find the Gist: A Textbook Study Strategy

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... front of your child. Have your child look through all the books and magazine articles and pick something she would like to read. Having your child read something...

### Dye Eggs with Onion Skins

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... about the natural dyes found all around them. What You Need: Onion skins (from both a red and yellow onion) Two medium sauce pans White eggs Panty hose...

### Explore Genetics by Finding Family Traits!

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... seem like rocket science to your child, but an introduction to genes doesn’t need to be confusing. In fact, we all carry evidence of the way genes work: in our...

### Tibetan Prayer Flags

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...;an eagle), tiger, and snow lion. Encourage your child to draw one or all of these images or an image of his own on the cloth using fabric paint or markers. Help him...