Link to printable version of Summer Tips for Gr. 5 Students going to Sixth Grade
Please visit the Middle School Summer Learning in the next section for additional information!
Often, parents and students ask what can be done over the summer to maintain skills and develop mathematical thinking. This letter contains some ideas and opportunities for you and your child to enjoy math over the vacation months. There are example activities that you can do every day with your child. These games and activities will help strengthen your child’s mathematical foundation.
Fact Fluency Review from Fifth Grade
Most important for your child’s success is their continued work on number fluency. Our new state standards now require students to be fluent with their basic facts by the end of third grade and fluent with all computation by the end of fifth grade. This means that your child should be able to independently, with speed and accuracy:
add and subtract mentally within 20;
add and subtract within 1,000,000 on paper; and
multiply and divide mentally within 100.
In order to build and maintain these skills, it is important for your child to practice his/her math facts. Some helpful resources are below:
Recommended Math Websites
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm Games for all math operations
gregtangmath.com Games as well as electronic versions of all of Greg Tang’s books. Take Greg Tang’s Summer Math Challenge!
www.abcya.com Practice math and language arts, while sharpening computer skills
www.mathplayground.com Challenging games
www.fun4thebrain.com Games for all math operations
www.xtramath.com Your child can use their account from school or you can create an account for free and track your child’s progress with fact mastery
bedtimemath.org Daily math problems at various levels, typically with a theme
www.prodigygame.com/play Story-based, interactive math game
http://www.ct.gov/sde/summermathchallenge Governor’s Math Challenge
A Dozen Tips for Summer Learning
1. Grocery Store Math – Counting, estimating, and making change are good math exercises. Using the latest advertisement announcing sales at the grocery store, ask what can we get for $10? At the store, point out that yogurt is $2.59 a six-pack. Ask how much it would cost to buy 3? At the register, ask your child to count the change.
2. Menu Math – Next time you are at a restaurant, hang on to the menu while you are waiting for your meal. Ask your child to find the least expensive item on the menu, then all the items that cost between $5 and $10 or three items whose total cost is between $9 and $20. Have them “order” meals for the family for a total of $20 or less.
3. Kitchen Math – Practice fractions by using recipes or reading cookbooks. Measuring ingredients is a perfect math lesson. Have your child tell you how much of an ingredient you will need if you double the recipe. Have your child determine how to share items. If there are 5 people in your family and 15 strawberries to divide equally, how many strawberries will each person get?
4. Map Math – You don’t need to leave the house, although this activity is ideal for vacations. Get out a map that indicates miles between cities. What’s the distance from home to our destination? How long will that take us if we travel the speed limit?
5. On-the-Road Math – Numbers are all around roads if you look for them. Have your child add the numbers on license plates. To practice multiplying, assign letters on license plates a number (such as 5), and have your child find the total. For example, TEM334 would be 5+5+5+3+3+4=25.
6. Money Math – Have your child pay and then count the change at the grocery store. Ask them to figure out other ways to make the same amount. Count the money in a piggy bank. Talk about the advantages of saving for a big purchase or for a rainy day.
7. Reading and Writing Math – Read books about math. Some suggestions:
Any of the books by authors Greg Tang or David Schwartz
Math Curse by Jon Sciesza
Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar or Anno’s Magic Seeds by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno
If the World was a Village by David Smith
Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tombert
8. Calendar Math – Count down the days until special events, like the first day of school, birthdays, holidays, and vacations.
9. Game Math – Play games that encourage math skills. Some examples: Battleship, Simon, Cribbage, Concentration, Checkers, Connect Four, Krypto, Mankalah, Yahtzee
10. Computer Math – There is no shortage of valuable game and instructional websites. Check out the list of recommended links on the front and these iPhone apps:
Math Concentration from NCTM
Divisibility Dash, Baseball Multiplication, Beat the Computer, Name that Number from Everyday Mathematics Math Drills Lite and Rocket Math
11. Mail Math – Keep junk mail to make out “pretend” orders of clothes, books, groceries, etc. Add up the orders. Compare and contrast prices
12. Growth Math – Measure everyone in the family. Compare heights. Measure growth over time.