K-6 Summer Math

Don’t Let Your Math Skills Disappear This Summer!

Madison Public Schools, Grades K-6 comprehensive list of math activities to keep your child’s brain in the game!
Summer 2019

June 2019


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!

Stacey Daly

Math Specialist

Jennifer Maxwell

Math Specialist

Carol Sullivan

K-8 Math Coordinator

Questions to Ask to Help Your Child to Become Mathematically Proficient

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • How would you describe the problem in your own words ?
  • What do you know that is not stated in the problem?
  • Would it help to create a diagram? Make a table? Draw a picture?
  • Can you plan a way to solve this problem and stick through it?

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively

  • What does it mean when...
  • Can you use pictures and words to describe numbers?
  • Can you use numbers to describe pictures and words?

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • What do you think about what ____ said?
  • Do you agree? Why/why not?
  • Can you explain what _______ is saying?
  • Can you explain why his/her strategy works?
  • How is your strategy similar to ____’s?
  • Can you convince the rest of us that your answer makes sense?

4. Model with mathematics.

  • What number sentence represents your drawing/picture?
  • How could we use symbols to represent what's happening?

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • How did using that tool help you solve the problem?
  • If we didn’t have access to that tool, what other one would you have chosen?
  • What might be the best tool to help us solve this problem? Why?

6. Attend to precision.

  • Can you tell me why that is true?
  • How did you reach your conclusion?
  • How does your answer connect to the question? Does it make sense?
  • Can you make a model to show that?
  • Can you convince the rest of us that your answer makes sense?
  • What new words did you use today? How did you use them?

7. Look for and make use of structure.

  • How do you know your rule/equation will always work?
  • Are there patterns that help us understand these numbers? Shapes?

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

  • Is there a shortcut / algorithm you could use?
  • Do the solutions have anything in common?