3 Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids School-Ready This Summer!

3 Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids School-Ready This Summer!

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3 Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids School-Ready This Summer! As summer starts to swing into full gear, it’s important to not lose sight of all the hard work students put into their education for the last nine months during the school year. While summer is a time of fun and celebrations, it should also incorporate educational elements that prevent students from losing their math skills. During the summer, students lose an average of 2.6 months worth of math learning (Shafer). By incorporating some of the following suggestions into the hustle and bustle of summer, students will be better off when they return to school in the fall. Hopscotch Who doesn’t love an old fashioned game of hopscotch? It’s perfect for sunny days when kids want to get outside and…
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Spring Activities

Spring Activities

Activities
Here are some fun Spring activities you can use in your classroom to make math fun and active! Bunny Hop for Fours Make bunny ears. Whisper, "one." Bend left ear down (bend left-hand fingers forward). Whisper, "two." Bend right ear down (bend right-hand fingers forward). Whisper, "three." Clap‚ "FOUR!" Continue on to forty... Carrot Printable Print and cut out the carrots. Place them around the room. Students can bunny hop to gather them. For younger students: Have them add up all of their carrots! Write different numbers on the carrots for an added challenge. Students will add up the written numbers, instead of the actual amount of carrots. For older students: Write multiplication or division problems on the carrots and use them as flashcards!  Download the free carrot printable [maxbutton id="1"…
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Holiday Multiples

Holiday Multiples

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Students form partner pairs and choose a multiple. Then, they will toss a holiday ornament back and forth to each other while skip counting by that multiple. Students could also toss a dreidel back and forth -- or any other holiday item! See if they can make it through the multiple faster next time!
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Take It Outside!

Take It Outside!

Activities
Pick a multiple and practice skip counting by that multiple while taking turns tossing the water balloon back and forth to a partner. If you drop the water balloon and it breaks, you have to do jumping jacks while skip counting by that multiple all by yourself.
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Finger Speed-Sums

Finger Speed-Sums

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The class breaks into partners and each partner has one hand behind their back. On the count of three, they each put forward some number of fingers. Whoever says the sum of both players' fingers first wins. Then the pair breaks up and each person finds a new person to play with. Older players can multiply instead of add.
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Buddies

Buddies

Activities
The teacher calls out a number (four), and the students have 10 seconds to get themselves into groups of that size. It might be impossible for everyone to get in a group every time, but each new number gives everyone another chance. In the beginning, just call out single numbers. Once students get the idea, you can call out addition or subtraction problems (“get into groups of 7-4.”)
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Multiplication Hopscotch

Multiplication Hopscotch

Activities
Create a hopscotch board with the numbers 1-10, either with chalk on the playground or tape in the classroom. Start at the beginning of the hopscotch board and roll a dice. Jump on the number 1, multiply it by the number that was rolled on the dice and say the answer out loud. Jump on the two, roll the dice and then multiply again. Repeat all the way down the board.
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Flower Multiplication

Flower Multiplication

Activities
10 students form a circle. Each student holds a different number card with the numbers 1-10 written on them (no repeats of numbers). Another student stands in the middle of the circle and represents the middle of the flower. The students holding the number cards represent the flower petals. The teacher calls out a number that will be used for the entire series. The student in the middle looks at the first number card and multiplies the number that was called out by the number of the card (let's say the number on the card was 3 and the number called out was 5). The student would say the answer, 15, and walk around the student holding the 3 card as if walking around the flower petal. The student will…
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Easter Bunny Hop

Easter Bunny Hop

Activities
The teacher preps for the activity by placing plastic Easter eggs around the perimeter of the room. The class forms a line and, in a train, the class hops around the perimeter of the room like bunnies while counting by 2, hopping over eggs. Then the class counts by 3, then by 4, then by 5, then by 6, then by 7, then by 8, and, finally, by 9.
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