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Stop the Summer Slide with this Resource List

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” By Albert Einstein

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It is getting to that time of year again where teachers are gathering resources for their students and parents in order to help limit the summer slide. Below I have gathered some summer slide resources to help you out:

  1. Camp Newsela
  2. Camp Wonderopolis
  3. Start with  Book
  4. Lego Juniors Create and Cruise
  5. Makercamp
  6. DIY Camp
  7. School of Doodle
  8. Teenreads

Other ideas:

  1. Create a digital book club
  2. Have students blog
  3. Create a webquest of virtual field-trips for your students
  4. Beat the Summer Slide with Project-Based Learning

You can also see my previous years summer slide resource list.

3 FREE Resources to Help Avoid the Summer Slide

No Summer Slide Using these Resources

Resources for Avoiding the Math Summer Slide

Summer Slide and the Importance of Reading over the Summer

3 FREE Resources to Help Avoid the Summer Slide

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” By Daniel J Boorstin

Another school year is coming to an end and with that comes summer 2015. We as educators know how important it is for our students to continue to exercise their brain muscles. Here are my top FREE resources to send to parents this summer to help our students avoid the summer slide.

1. TenMarks – An adaptive math program that has students working on math concepts based on their needs. This program cost money for families but now it is FREE and educators get a toolkit to send home so the parents know how to use it.

2.  CK-12 Brain Flex – A self-paced online summer program that has students working on math and science. They bring the practice, students just need to bring their brain.

3. Camp GoNoodle – Go Noodle has made a virtual camp for students by offering a fun online program that has students learning through play and other various educational activities.

To learn great reading resources to avoid the summer slide, read my previous post on ‘No Summer Slide Using these Resources‘. If you are in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools two resources your students have all summer long are Dreambox and Compass Learning.

Resources for Avoiding the Math Summer Slide

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb

The “summer slide” is what happens when students minds sit idle for three months while on summer vacation.  Many parents do not realize how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break. Many parents make their children read over the summer when they go to the pool or beach but they often forget about math. Math skills decline more over the summer than any other academic skill, according to researchers from Duke University. Some students lose up to 3 months of learning.

What as educators can we do?We can inform the parents about the ‘summer slide’ so they are also aware that students need to be working on academic skills all summer.

Educators can easily get the word out about what the summer slide is and how to avoid it by sending it home with the students in their last report cards, in a newsletter, email. Or teachers can also post the information on their website, Facebook/Twitter page etc. Here are 8 resources educators can give parents to help avoid the math summer slide….

1. Read math stories- Kill two birds with one stone and combine math with reading to improve both numeracy and literacy skills. Try this website for some math books to try.   http://bit.ly/9MXY3E

2. Connect math to the real world- Ex. Have your child add items at the grocery store. Such as apples are $3.99 a bag, about how much will two bags cost us?

3. Play Traveling Math Games- such as guess my number or gas prices rounding. It’s almost a guarantee that while you are driving you will run into some type of gas station. When you do, have your children round the prices to the nearest number of your choice. For example, you drive by and it’s $2.41 per gallon, have them round to the nearest tenth.

4. Cook Together- There is lots of measuring and fractions in cooking! Have your child measure a cup and see how many ounces are in it.

5. Games- Play these classic board/card games with the whole family to add math into your summer:

– Bingo or War for K to identify numbers.

– Life, Monopoly or Payday for students 3rd grade and up to work on adding and subtracting money.

– Battleship for students in 4th and 5th grade to work on coordinate points.

– Chess, Clue  or Checkers for strategy and problem solving in grades 1st and up.

Don’t forget games such as Sudoko, 24 or many card cards such as Go Fish.

6. Websites: Try playing these games on the internet for virtual math fun.

http://www.mathgametime.com/
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com
http://www.fuelthebrain.com
http://www.mathisfun.com
http://www.ixl.com/math
http://www.coolmath4kids.com
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/mathcode.htm
http://www.wildmath.com/playset.htm

7. Apps- Download these free Apps to keep your math skills sharp:

– Adding Apples: This app lets students practice adding using apples as manipulatives while earning coins for trophies.

– Coop Fractions: This app has multiple fraction games that kids can use to practice their fraction skills.  The students love that the chickens ‘poop’ eggs, which are the fractions.

– Virtual Manipulatives: This app focus is on fraction, decimals and percent manipulatives. It gives a visual tool to allow students to see how different math measurements are equivalent, allows students to write and allows you to even email your answers to others.

– Square 9 Lite: This app practices facts (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). It is a great way to practice facts without flashcards! Bet the timer and move up levels of difficulty.

8. Journal or Blog: Have student write about their summer academic fun in any subject area to also practice writing in content area. This will also help the student reflect on the subject area after they have had the experience.

 

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