Summer Math

Parent Letter
Sharing Math in Everyday Life
Games to Play
Websites for Math Games & Help
WMS Practice Packets by Grade
(Download this Summer Math Intro in a printable PDF format)

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Dear Parents:

Through the years many parents have asked what can be done over the summer to maintain skills and develop mathematical thinking. There are a couple of options for families.

1. The Middle School math teachers have created a calendar to help your child retain his/her skills and to provide valuable practice over the summer. You should feel free to discuss the work with your child. Math discussions are an important way for students to remember and retain concepts. Students may enjoy working with peers or parents as they practice. Again, this calendar is simply an opportunity for your child to maintain skills. The calendar and answer key are here on the Wayland Middle School website (see links at the top of this page) and can be downloaded and printed at your convenience. 

A few things to note:

  • The summer math calendars have not been updated since our adoption of the Common Core State Standards.  This means that there may be a few problems on your grade-level packet that you actually haven't seen before.  These are great extension questions for you to try and talk about with your family.
  • Our goal is to provide work for students seeking to keep their math skills sharp over the summer.
  • Packets will not be graded.
  • There is no penalty for not doing the packet
  • Students may get help from sibling, parent, etc.
  • If a student doesn’t know how to do a certain problem, it’s OK to try it and move on to another problem.
  • It is OK to use extra paper if more space is needed to work the problems

2. There are many options for summer math skills review workbooks that can be purchased by families. Here are two.  Both are intended to be used only 3 days per week for ten weeks.

Rather do your WMS summer math calendar on the computer?
Check this out!

In the middle school we use a web-based program called ASSISTments to help students with math problems.  The summer math questions can be completed on paper (attached) or using ASSISTments.  Your child may do either one.  To sign up for ASSISTments follow these simple directions.

  1. Go to www.Assistments.org.  If you already have an account go to step 5.
  2. Click on Register Now
  3. Select ‘Student’ as the role.  Use the following registration codes:         Entering 6th - 64d8rv
    Entering 7th - 4dg2nr
    Entering 8th - 8qfajs
  4. Follow the prompts to answer the questions to fill-in your state, district, Wayland Middle School and personal information.  When prompted for the grade, select the grade that you will start in this fall.
  5. Once registered make sure the Classes tab at the top of the page is selected.
  6. Click Enroll In A Class and enter the grade-appropriate registration code listed above in step 3.
  7. Click Enroll and verify that you have registered for the correct grade-level summer math class.
  8. To get to the summer packet click on the ‘Class Assignments’ link.
Below are some ideas of activities you can do every day with your child. On the reverse side of this letter is a list of games and websites that you can use with your child to assist the development of good math skills; such as spatial recognition, sequencing, patterns, logical deduction, visual memory and number facts. These games can help strengthen a mathematical foundation that is further developed within the math classroom. Most of the items on the list are commercial games. They are motivational and, with parent involvement, these games are an excellent way to get your child to communicate concepts while sharpening thinking skills. They also provide an opportunity for discussion and questions; encouraging your child to evaluate answers, draw conclusions and strengthen reasoning skills. Games are a low stress way to engage your child in math while developing necessary skills. Something as simple as playing cribbage daily will improve your child's number sense, addition skills and number recognition. We hope you will find time to use some of these suggestions and that you enjoy playing them.

Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to an exciting and enriching year with your child.

Sincerely,
The Wayland Middle School Math Department



SHARING MATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE  

+ Budget Share the budget (household, food, clothing, phone, vacation etc.) with your child.

+ Banking Explain and share interest rates with your child.

+ Grocery Shopping

Have your child estimate the total bill.

Share any money saving techniques with your child (coupons, percent discounts, etc).

Have your child compare unit prices to find the better deal.

+ Purchasing Gasoline

Have your child predict the cost of gasoline and how far you can travel on one full tank based on your car’s mileage.

+ Going on Vacation!

Car: Before the vacation, ask your child to predict how long the drive will take based on an average speed of 60 miles per hour (no more “are we there yet!”).

Airplane, Bus, Train: Have your student practice elapsed time (time of arrival versus time of departure).

+ Going out to Eat Have your child help figure out the tip.

+ Baking Have your child follow a recipe (dividing a recipe in half practices fraction operations).

+ Construction Project

Have your child help you plan and measure prior to construction.

+ Sports Share sport statistics with your child (shooting percentages, golf scores, baseball averages, etc)




GAMES

The following list of games, excerpted from Games and Their Uses in Mathematics Learning (Sharma, 2008), will help your child sharpen thinking skills, makes inferences, draw conclusions, evaluate answers and strengthen reasoning. Beside each title are the skills and concepts which are reinforced.

  • Simon or Mini Wizard (sequencing, following multi-step directions, visual and auditory memory)

  • Battleship (spatial orientation, visualization, visual memory)

  • Cribbage (number relationships, patterns, visual clusters)

  • Quarto (spatial orientation/space organization, patterns, classification)

  • Concentration (visualization, pattern recognition, visual memory)

  • Chinese Checkers (patterns, spatial orientation/space organization)

  • Pachisi (sequencing, patterns, number relationships)

  • Checkers (sequencing, patterns, spatial orientation/space organization)

  • Othello (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visual clustering, focus on more than one aspect, variable or concept of time)

  • Score Four or Connect Four (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visual clustering, geometric patterns)

  • Qubic (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visualization, geometrical patterns)

  • Pyraos (spatial orientation/space organization)

  • Krypto (number sense, basic arithmetical facts)

  • Go Muko (pattern recognition, spatial organization)

  • Kalah or Mankalah (sequencing, counting, estimation, visual clustering)

  • Master Mind (sequencing, logical deduction, pattern recognition)

  • Four Sight (spatial orientation, pattern recognition, logical deduction)

  • Black-Box (logical deduction)

  • Reckon (number facts, estimation, basic operations)

  • Card Games (visual clustering, pattern recognition, number facts)

  • Dominos (visual clustering, pattern recognition, number facts)

  • Hex (pattern recognition)

  • British Squares (pattern recognition)

  • Stratego (spatial recognition, logical deduction, graphing)

  • Number Safari (number facts, a paper/pencil game)

  • Pinball Wizard (number facts, a paper/pencil game)

  • Number War Games (visual clustering, arithmetic facts, mathematics concepts)




WEBSITES FOR MATH GAMES & HELP

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/Mathmagician/cathymath.html

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivitySearch.aspx

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm

http://www.mathtv.com/videos_by_topic

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-8

http://calculationnation.nctm.org/

http://quizlet.com/

http://www.thatquiz.org/

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

http://www.khanacademy.org/




WMS PRACTICE PACKETS BY GRADE LEVEL

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Answer Key GRADE 6

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Answer Key GRADE 7 July and August

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Answer Key GRADE 8