Dear Parents and Families,
Summertime is a great time to help children investigate mathematical concepts in a variety of exciting ways. Playing games, telling math stories, solving real world problems, and using technology are just a few fun ways to help our students retain their number sense and to further develop their computational fluency.
In Madison Public Schools, we are placing emphasis on how children understand mathematical problems and strategies, rather than memorization of rules, algorithms, and formulas. In this packet, you will find descriptions of many of the strategies your child is learning in school to develop fluency in computation. We encourage you to refer to these strategies while playing games at home with your child.
Jo Boaler, professor at Stanford University, writes, “It is really important to communicate ‘growth mindset’ messages to students… the latest research is telling us that students can reach any levels in math because of the incredible plasticity of the brain.” Our goal is to help your children believe in themselves and speak the language of mathematics more fluently. This packet provides many ideas for how to develop your child’s numeracy skills through fun and engaging math games and activities this summer. Attached are activity menus for each grade level with a variety of ways your child can engage in math activities this summer. Each child is asked to try to complete any 10 squares on the menu for the grade level they are entering in the fall over the course of the summer. Squares can be colored in or circled to indicate which activities were completed. Please return the menu to your teacher at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
Happy Learning! Best wishes for a safe, fun-filled, mathematical summer!
- 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
- 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- 4. Model with mathematics.
- 5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
- 6. Attend to precision.
- 7. Look for and make use of structure.
- 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.