Summer Edition – Closing the Achievement Gap in Math
How many math workbooks do you have around the house? I have a cubby full and at least one drawer. When I can I have the kiddos use apps and interactive websites to keep the learning fun and interesting. And I always, always try to find a way to make them see how they can use math in real life. If you are tired of the workbooks (and your kiddos are too) these math activities will definitely liven up the learning!
Happy Summer Learning!
Bonus! All reading activities presented here are based on Common Core State Standards:
High SchoolWhat will they comprehend? Geometry: Use the definition of congruence, show that two triangles are congruent if and only if corresponding pairs of sides and corresponding pairs of angles are congruent.
Read about triangles on this lovely site. Bonus! Your high school scholar can play around with the triangles on this page to gain further understanding.
Then have them practice what they just learned (or reviewed) about triangles and congruence with these interactive triangles. mathisfun.com)
Next, check for understanding – they can take this geometry quiz on triangles!
Lastly, they can learn how congruent triangles are needed and used in the real world. Then send them out to take pictures of congruent triangles or have them find some online! schoology.com)
What will they comprehend? Geometry: Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems. What is Area?’.
If they need a reminder of the different formulas for area, no worries this site offers a fabulous reminder.
Check to see if your middle school scholar understands what they are doing with this quiz.
Lastly, to really check for understanding have your middle schooler build a house! Provide a piece of paper and have them complete the following (perfect project while you’re at work or on a road trip!) Explain that they are to plan a first floor and second floor for their dream house. Explain the scale of one square = one square foot. In their drawing they must indicate where there will be windows and doors. In their drawing they can only use triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons for their rooms All rooms need to be labeled (e.g., living room, dining room, bedroom) Have them provide the area for each room.
ElementaryWhat will they comprehend? Fractions Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line. Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.
First have the kiddos practice simplifying fractions with these games. Baseball math (from math-play.com)
Soccer math (from math-play.com) chocolate cookies? Or have your whiz kid decrease the amount of cookies made, i.e. 48 cookies to 24.
What will they comprehend? Geometry: Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations. For example, understanding the number of sides and vertices/"corners" and having sides of equal length.
Review shapes with the Geo-Shapes App (only for iPhone though). Identity 2D & 3D Shapes Lastly, find shapes around the house or as you walk around the neighborhood.
Happy Summer Learning! Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!