Ou & Ow

Ou & Ow

Brainstorm a list of words that have the "ow" and "ou" with your child. Try to find a pattern that the words with each spelling follow.
Have students think about words that have the "ow" and "ou" sound and chart them on sticky notes. Then have students sort by spelling pattern. Ask: "What do you notice about when to use 'ou' or 'ow'?"

2D & 3D Shapes

2D & 3D Shapes

Ask your child if he knows the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. You can explain the difference using real objects, such as a piece of paper and a cereal box.
Explore flat shapes, like pattern blocks, and 3D shapes, such as cans, tubes, and cereal boxes, then have students share what they notice about these shapes. How are they similar? How are they different?

Nonfiction

Nonfiction

Your child might have several nonfiction books about a single topic. Present these books to your child and ask him what makes them different and what makes them the same.
Get students to sort nonfiction books into categories by topic. Pair students up to compare and contrast the books. Some prompts to start: "How are they the same? How are they different? Do they give us the same information, or do we learn something new?"

Writing Nonfiction: Beginnings

Writing Nonfiction: Beginnings

Make sure your child starts his nonfiction writing with an attention-grabbing introduction. Try prompting him to start with a riddle or question.
As students work on nonfiction writing, make sure they have an attention-grabbing introduction. For fun, have students start with a riddle or question!
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