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OPS At Home Learning: 2nd Grade

Grade level resources

Math

Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes

15 minutes of math activities (choose one below)

10 minutes of Khan Academy (see suggested grade level starting point)

5 minutes of XtraMath

Activities:

  • Lego Math-Gather some Legos of equal size and shape. Create a story problem about the number of Lego studs you have in all. For example, I have 4 Legos. Each Lego has 6 studs on the top. How many studs do I have altogether? Try to create other problems using a different sized Lego or a different number of Legos. Explain to someone in your house your thinking. 
  • The number of the day is 35. Write down all the ways to show the number 35.  (add, subtract, multiply, divide, draw a picture, base ten blocks and any other ways you think of.) 
  • Set a timer for 30 seconds and count how many jumping jacks you can do in the 30 seconds. Write down your number. Do this 5 times and record your number of jumping jacks each time. How many jumping jacks did you do in all? How many more do you need to do to reach 100 jumping jacks? 
  • James wants to give 6 cupcakes to each family on his block. There are 8 houses on his block. How many cupcakes does James need? If his muffin tray makes 12 cupcakes at a time, how many batches does he need to make? 
  • Ask 5 people to tell you a 3 digit number. Write the numbers down. Put the numbers in order from least to greatest. Explain to an adult how you know your order is correct. 
  • If you have two nickels and three pennies, how much money do you have? Explain how you know your answer is correct. 
  • If you have three dimes and four nickels, how much money do you have? Explain how you know your answer is correct. 
  • Mandy has five dimes and two nickels. Kyle has two quarters and seven pennies. Who has more money? Explain how you know. 
  • Janna has two quarters and three nickels. Hannah has six dimes and three pennies. Who has the amount closest to $1.00? Explain how you solved the problem. 
  • John has one dollar. Bobby says that he has more money than John because he has one hundred pennies. Is Bobby correct? How do you know? 

Resources:

Click Sign up to create a free parent account and have your child begin or continue with 2nd Grade Measurement, Data, & Geometry.

XtraMath Click Sign up for a free account, it is important to focus on thinking strategies instead of speed when helping students develop fluency.

 

Social Studies

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Read a book about the Fourth of July on Epic! 
  • Draw a picture of something you do to celebrate the Fourth of July. Write a description about your picture. 
  • Read about the Fourth of July (Independence Day) on PebbleGo 
  • Write a thank you letter for someone who has served in the military.  
  • Do something kind for someone else in your family. 
  • Draw a picture of someone being respectful. Write about how the picture is showing respect. 

 

Resources:

Epic eBook - Goods or Services?  This eBook is a nice introduction to what is categorized as a goods or a service.  Use classroom login information or create a free account. 

Epic eBook - Goods and Services around Town This eBook looks at all the goods and services you can find around town.  Use classroom login information or create a free account. 

Unite Books   This site provides a group of non-fiction books students can look for Goods and Services. 

Language Arts / Reading

Recommended minutes per day: 45 minutes

20 minutes Self-Selected Independent Reading

15 minutes Reading Activities (choose one below)

10 minutes Daily Journal Writing:  Create a daily writing journal. Write about anything you want. You can also journal about your daily learning:

o   What did you enjoy the most about your day?

o   Why did you enjoy this moment?

What did you learn?

Activities:

  • Watch a Fourth of July program as a family. Then make your very own flag using materials that you find around the house. When you are done, display your flag. Tell everyone why you chose the colors and the designs for your unique flag. 
  • Stage a debate. One side presents why we should have fireworks all year long and the opposing side argues why fireworks should only be allowed on July 4th. 
  • Write a list of other times during the year when we decorate our house inside and outside. Tell about your favorite decoration and why. 
  • Learn all you can about ice cream. With permission use a computer, a I-Pad or a smart phone and research about who, when and where ice cream was invented. Then enjoy a refreshing treat with the whole family. 
  • Learn a Patriotic Song and teach it to all of your family. Do a Patriotic Music search. Listen to the song, learn the song and then teach the song! 

Resources:

PBS Learning-Early Elementary Engaging and interactive online resources for students to use at home

Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books

ReadWorks Create a free account to access authentic and engaging texts to read

Science

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Build a structure near a sunny window using any items in your house (Legos, blocks, etc.). Notice the different shadows you can make. 
  • How heat changes things. Bake a cake. How does the liquid from the batter change when it cooked in the oven? Draw a picture of what it looks like before and after. 
  • Pick an animal you can see in your backyard. List 4 living and non-living things it interacts with.  
  • Draw a picture of any ecosystem. Label at least 3 living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem. 

Resources:

These websites provide interactive learning opportunities, virtual field trips, and videos for your students.

PBS Learning Science

Mystery Science

Exploratorium

 

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