Kid's Corner

Games You Can Make

Memory:

  • Write your spelling words on two sets of index cards or squares of paper.  Turn the word cards over so that you cannot see the words.  Turn one card over and read the word.  Turn over a second card and read it.  If the two cards match, close your eyes and spell the word.  If you spell it correctly, you get to keep the pair and take another turn!  If you do not spell it correctly, or the two words don't match, flip them back over.  If you are playing alone, take another try.  If you are playing with a  friend, it is his/her turn.
  • To play memory with your math facts, write the beginning of some number sentences(expressions) on one set of cards.  For example, you might write 5x6, 8x8, 7x5, and 10x3.  On another mathboardset of cards, write the products.  You would write 30, 64, 35, and 30 for the expressions above.  After you make the cards, turn the cards over and mix them up.  Turn one card over and read it.  Turn another card over and read it.  If the cards match, the expression matches the product, you get to keep the pair and take another turn!  If they do not match, flip the cards back over.  If you are playing alone, take another try.  If you are playing with a friend, it is his/her turn.  You can also make a set of cards to practice your division facts; write the expressions on one set of cards and the quotients on another.
  • Write down a fraction on a card and draw a small picture of the fraction using a rectangle divided and colored appropriately.  On a second card, write down an equivalent fraction and draw a small picture of that fraction.  Make one more card with an equivalent fraction and a small picture of that fraction.  Do this for eight to ten fractions.  Mix up the cards and place them face down.  Turn three cards over.  If they are equivalent fractions, keep the set.  If they are not, flip them back over and let your opponent try.  If you are playing alone, take another shot.


On a Roll:

  • All you need is a die, a piece of paper, and a pencil.  Roll your die one time.  Write down the number you rolled on our paper.  Put an addition or a multiplication sign (+ or x) next to your number and roll again.  Write that number down with an equal sign (=) after it.  Add or multiply your numbers and write the sum or product at the end of your number sentence.
  • Ready for a challenge???  Roll the die three times and try to add or multiply three numbers.


Spelling Scrambles:

  • Write each of your spelling words on a strip of paper.  Cut up the words so that each letter is on its own square; mix them up.  Have a parent, sibling, or friend say a spelling word.  You have to spell the word with the letter squares you made.
  • After you spell all of your words, choose one word and mix up the letters.  How many words can you make using the same letters as your spelling word?  Make a list.
  • Write a sentence that uses at least one spelling word on a strip of paper.  Cut up the strip of paper so that each word is on its own piece.  See if a friend can put your sentence back together again.   To challenge yourself, try using two or more spelling words in each sentence.

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Household Hunts

Number Mania:
To complete these activities, look through an old magazine or newspaper and cut out as many numbers as you can find.  You will also need a pencil, piece of paper, and glue.

  • Glue a number onto a piece of paper and write down the number in expanded  form and word form.  For example, the number 1,674 would have 1,000 + 600 + 70 +4 and one thousand, six hundred seventy-four written next to it.  Repeat with the other numbers you found.
  • Take two numbers and glue them onto a piece of paper, stacking them vertically. Add them together and write down the sum.  For a challenge, add three, four, or five multi-digit numbers together.
  • Take two numbers and glue them onto a piece of paper, stacking them vertically with the larger number on top.  Subtract them and write down the difference.
  • Glue two numbers onto a piece of paper horizontally, drawing a small circle in between them.  Inside the circle, write >, <, or =.
  • Take four numbers and put them in order from least to greatest.  Take four different numbers and order them greatest to least.shapesandsolids


Measurement Masters:
To complete these activities, you will need a pencil, a piece of paper, and a ruler.   

  • Find an object in your house with at least one flat surface, called a face.  Choose one face of the object and calculate the perimeter by adding the lengths of all its sides.  Record your findings in a t-chart.  Choose a different face of that object or a new object and repeat the process.  Do this five or six times.  Then look at your t-chart and circle the object with the largest perimeter.  Put an X on the object with the smallest perimeter.
  • Find an object in your house that is a cube or a rectangular prism.  Choose one face and calculate its surface area by multiplying the length and height of its sides.  Record your findings in a t-chart.  Repeat this process with five or six objects.  Then look at your t-chart and circle the object with the largest surface area.  Put an X on the object with the smallest surface area.
  • Using the same objects as you did to find the surface area, calculate the volume of the objects.  To find the volume, multiply the length, height, and width.  You may need some help with this multiplication if your objects are large.  Add a third column to your chart and record the volume there.  When you are done, circle the object with the largest volume and put an X on the object with the smallest volume.  What do you notice about your circles and X's from the area and volume experiments.  Are the same object circled or X'ed?  Why or why not?  Explain your findings in a short paragraph or orally to a parent.

Animal Groups:
To complete this activity, look through an old magazine or newspaper and cut out as many animals as you can find.  You will also need a pencil, a piece of paper, and glue

  • Fold your piece of paper into four columns.  Label the first column, "Picture," the second column, "Name," the third column, "Habitat(s)," and the fourth, column "Findings & Wonderings."  Glue one picture in the first column and draw a line under it across the paper.  In the second column, write the name of the animal.  In the third column,shark list the habitat(s) in which it lives.  In the last column, write any interesting facts or knowledge you have about the animal as well as any wonderings you have.

 
Common Objects Poem:

To complete these activities, you will need a pencil and a piece of paper.

  • On the top of your paper, make a t-chart.  Label the left column, "Nouns," and the right column, "Verbs."  Take a walk through your house and write down ten nouns in the left column.  Go back to your desk or table, and next to each noun, write a verb that goes with the noun.  Make sure you write the verb in gerund form (i.e. Put an -ing on the end).  For example, if sink is my noun, I might put dripping next to it.  Now you are ready to make your poem!  Write the title, "A Day at Home," on your paper.  Then choose seven pairs from your list and write them below the title, one pair per row.  The last line of your poem is, "All in a day at home."
  • Create another poem using your own topic. Ideas include: camping, swimming, drawing, baby-sitting, reading, grocery shopping, and anything else you come up with.  Your title will be, "A Day ______," and your last line will be, "All in a day ______."

 
Silly Sentences (a.k.a. Farmer in the Dell Sentences):
To complete this activity, you will need two pieces of paper and a pencil.

  • Fold one piece of paper into five columns.  Label the first column, "Adjective," the second column, "Noun," the third column, "Verbs," the fourth column, "Adverbs," and the fifth column, "Prepositional Phrases.  Now fill in our chart.  Start by choosing an object in your front or back yard.  Write it down in the noun column.  Then list five adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and prepositional phrases on your chart.
  • Remember: 
    • an adjective describes a noun (e.g. hot, ugly, humorous)
    • a verb is an action word (e.g. shouts, crawls, leaps)
    • an adverb describes how something is done and usually has -ly at the end (e.g. quickly, happily, lazily)
    • a prepositional phrase tells where something happens and uses a location word (e.g. under a bus, next to the washing machine, over the table)stationery
    • Now you are ready to create some silly sentences.  Take two adjectives, the noun, one verb, one adverb, and one prepositional phrase to make your sentence. Sing your sentence to the tune of, "The Farmer in the Dell."  Here's an example from the words used above, "The hot, ugly weasel crawls quickly under a bush."

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Writing Ideas

Here are some narrative, expository, and journal writing ideas for you in case you get stuck when writing at home.

Narrative:
A narrative can be a creative writing story or a story about a person, place, or event in your life.  Be sure to include description of the characters, the setting, and the plot (what happens in the story, usually a problem and solution)

  • The engines of the space shuttle started to rumble...
  • A lion broke out of his cage at the zoo...
  • Room B1 was reading quietly in the library, when all of a sudden...
  • The students hear that President Obama was gong to visit Valle Vista, so...
  • The train went zooming down the tracks and...
  • One day, a penguin and a polar bear... funpencil


Expository:
An expository paragraph presents non-fiction information in an organized sequence.  Be sure to include a topic sentence, at least three main idea and supporting detail sentences, and a conclusion.               

  • Who do you admire or look up to, and why?
  • How are you and your sibling(s) the same?  How are you different?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
  • What is your favorite place to visit?
  • How do you play ______?  Explain how to play your favorite sport or board game.
  • In what way will third grade help you in the real world?


Journals:                        

  • Write about a time that made you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt.
  • Write about a day that you wish you could live all over again.
  • What do you think a cool job to have would be?  Why?
  • Imagine you were the teacher in Room B1 or principal at Valle Vista.  What would you teach the students?
  • Write about a time you felt scared?
  • Write about a time you shared with your family when you were littler.