Almost all of our "summer math packets" are optional. We would actually prefer if mathematics was as entwined in our every day thinking as reading is. This article highlighting a Harvard study, offers the specifics of four ways to integrate math into the fun of summer.
1. Highlight the math in every day activities.
2. Read short math stories together
3. Play math games.
4. Find small ways to practice math at home. Our summer challenge problem for every one can be tackled as a family or as individuals. Multiple methods to solve the problem can be shared, defended, and discussed.
There is no need for math to be a chore in August. Enjoy the math in the world around us!
A train broke down and the passengers had to alight and take buses to continue their journey. When the first bus came, ¼ of the passengers tried to board, but 4 of them were not able to get on. When the second bus came, ½ of the remaining passengers tried to board, but 6 of them were not able to get on. When the third bus came, ¾ of the remaining passengers boarded. There were still 8 passengers left stranded. How many passengers were on the train?
As it is with many problems, there are different ways to solve this!...
For students entering grades 1-7: Get ready to discover mathematics all around you this summer! We have developed diverse and creative mathematics activities for families and children to do together in a calendar format. The goal is for students to have fun with math. However, there is no requirement to return the calendar or any finished math tasks to school in the fall. Each month’s activities are organized into “math days.” You can choose which activities you’d like to complete on which day. We encourage your child to complete at least 20 math days each month. Please scroll down for activities by grade level.
For students entering grades 8-12: We are have developed voluntary math reviews for most math grade 8-12 math courses. Please visit the Grades 8-12 Summer Math page for these reviews..
We welcome any feedback you have on these math experiences.
Have a great summer vacation!
Please Note: Some of the elementary calendar activities may refer to additional materials or directions. These activities are marked with a red asterisk ( * ) on the calendar. The necessary materials are available in the second list below. Click here for a Calendar Answer Key for students entering Grades 1 through 6.