“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.”
— Mickey Mouse
The facts….Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.
Summer Math: Keep up those math skills. Students that bring in evidence of regular summer math practice to keep their skills sharp can visit me the first week of school for some special prizes and goodies for a job well done.
Here are some links to check out for summer math practice:
Xtramath: It is so important you keep up your fact practice over the summer. You will need to come into 5th grade with automatic recall of your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Five minutes of Xtramath a few times a week is strong recommended!
Happy Numbers: You will have access to the Happy Numbers site until June 30th. Strive to complete at least 45 minutes per week until the end of June! The practice on this site will help you build and retain your skills.
Freckle: The students have been using Freckle (formerly Frontrow.com) all year. This is a great site for math practice and reading/language arts. Many of the activities are adaptive, meaning the questions/practice provided adjusts to each student’s level. The site also has video explanations of how to complete tasks if students are unsure how to proceed. I highly recommend this site for summer review.
DigitWhiz: DigitWhiz is an online, games-based program aligned to the Common Core that guides kids ages 8+ to master key foundational skills in five areas: multiplication • division • integer operations • like terms • solving equations. It is a paid site, but you can get a 14 day free trial which might be the perfect amount—and a great site to take the place of Happy Numbers in July.
4th Grade Interactive Math Skill Builders (can also link to 5th grade or higher)
Academic Skill Builders is a research-based and standards-aligned free educational math games and language arts games website that will engage, motivate, and help students improve their academic skills. There are many interactive games to choose from and they’re all pretty fun, have decent graphics/sound effects, and offer great practice to specific skills
Great math worksheets to print from this site.
Batter’s Up Baseball Math:
Lots of fun math practice games: