Summer Math

  • The goal of the D36 math program is to develop students' conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, problem-solving skills, and math practices/ processes, while cultivating in them positive mathematical identities. Summer provides many opportunities to reinforce what was learned during the school year and also explore the joy and wonder of mathematics. Below are recommendations for incorporating math into your summer days!

    1. District website: has a wealth of ideas for activities to support math learning at home, listed by grade level. Go to Elementary or Middle School Mathematics→ choose Grade Level→ Suggestions for Help at Home.
    2. Practice math-facts
        1. ​​addition and subtraction facts for 1st and 2nd graders
        2. multiplication & division facts for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
    3. Play board/card games as a family! All good board games have elements of strategic play that engage logical thinking and processing. Your children are using the same parts of their brain when playing strategy games as they are when they are problem solving in math. So much of math is problem solving and logical thinking, these are skills that are also developed by playing games. Some ideas are: Guess Who, Qwirkle, Blokus, Rummikub, Mastermind, Backgammon, and Chess.
    4.  Additional Resources
      1. The Summer of Math is a subscription to math fun and learning for children ages 5-10. From June-September, a box of engaging math activities will be shipped to your doorstep! “You’ll color, count, make patterns, designs and shapes. You’ll read together, draw, and challenge yourselves. You’ll notice. You’ll wonder. You’ll play. And when school starts back up in the fall, your kids will remember this as the best, math-iest summer ever.” Also check out their blog, Talking Math with Your Kids, and Facebook page for creative ideas to interact with your children and math.
      2.  Bedtime Math, provides parents with a daily math problem for preschool to middle school age children. You can sign up for free to receive daily emails or visit their website and click on “fun-math”.
      3. You Cubed: Try some of their favorite math puzzles and challenges for elementary- middle school levels. Check out Math Apps and Games here as well.
      4. A great way to support your child's learning in math is to play games. Follow this link to find a variety of videos demonstrating age-appropriate and skill-targeted games for you and your family. Your child may be familiar with some of these games from math workshops in their classrooms.  All of these games require nothing more than a deck of cards or dice. 

      5. ST Math: your child (Grades 1-4) can continue working on this app using a desk-top or lap-top:→ hover over OUR SCHOOLS at the top of the page → choose your child's school -->  hover over STUDENTS →  click on ST MATH near the bottom of the list.  Students can log into their own account and continue the work they have been doing this school year.

      6. Learnzillion contains instructional videos and guided practice for each Common Core content standard across the grade levels. If your child would benefit from revisiting some previously taught concepts (or if you would like to better understand what your kids are learning!), this is a great option.