Summer Math

Summer Math Bingo!

NEW THIS YEAR! This is a Summer Math Bingo board with a variety of math activities you can try over the summer. Bring it back to us next fall with five in a row filled in (or the entire board!) and get a prize.

Summer Math Letters

Here are the summer math letters distributed to each grade level in June 2019:

Other Ideas and Resources for Mathematizing Your Child's Summer

  • Board Games and Math Puzzles - Perhaps the most important and fun way you can engage your child in mathematics this summer is to simply play math games and puzzles together. Almost any game that involves counting, scoring, or strategizing is going to encourage your child's mathematical thinking. Break out the Monopoly or Scrabble board; dust off Battleship, Yahtzee! and Rack-O; shuffle up a deck of cards for solitaire or Rummy or Oh No! 99! ; make a homemade version of mancala or dara; try out a newer math game such as Sushi Go!, Blokus, Sumoku, Qwirkle, or Zeus on the Loose; think geometrically and spatially with Kingdomino, Katamino, Rush Hour, Tsuro, or Patchwork; or sharpen up your pencils for the logical thinking number puzzles of Hidato or KenKen. Also consider the more involved and completely captivating newer board games, such as Settlers of Catan (or the well adapted Catan Junior), Ticket to Ride (or Ticket to Ride: First Journey), and Carcassonne, all of which involve lots of scoring and strategic thinking. For more ideas, check out this list of math games we like and recommend, or the excellent Games for Young Minds website.

  • Read a Children's Book with a Mathematical Perspective - Many children's books offer a jumping off point for rich mathematical discussions with their pictures and/or the storyline. This article, Finding the Math in Storybooks, analyzes why and how this is a meaningful way to explore math concepts together. Check out the new Mathical Book Prize website for some recent children's math books, or take a look at the blog and resources at Math Book Magic.

  • $MONEY$ - Whether saving, spending, buying, or selling, money is an intrinsically engaging and important math tool for children. Pull out that jar of loose change to sort and count together; earn an allowance using a "spend-save-give" model; set up a lemonade stand or a stoop sale; clip coupons and study receipts; plan budgets for outings or trips; play a money-themed game such as Monopoly, Loose Change, or Clumsy Thief; or simply play "store" with household items together at home.

  • Bedtime Math - This website / book / app is a terrific way to share a little math with your child everyday. Each day the site and app feature a short mathematical story to read aloud and then use to solve some problems. Read about the simple power of doing this activity together in this article in Science magazine.

  • Dreambox - If you are looking for an online math program to shore up your child's skills or keep them growing, take a look at the online Dreambox math program. This program is highly regarded, adapts to your child's individual needs, and complements very well the number skills, concepts, models, and strategies that our BFS math program encourages.

  • Bridges workbooks - If you are looking for more targeted skills practice or review, take a look at the FREE downloadable PDF practice workbooks attached below by grade level from the excellent Math Learning Center's Bridges curriculum. In general, these workbooks supplement well the number sense work that our BFS math program encourages. However, you may find that your child hasn't covered all of the material in these books, so tread carefully if your child is unfamiliar with a certain page's contents.

  • Greg Tang's Summer Math Challenge - Greg Tang, children's book author and math educator, has designed a summer math challenge for students in grades K-5 using his books and online games, such as the excellent Kakooma. Check out his summer math challenge website for more details. You can also use his word problem generator to create practice story problems across a range of operations and levels.

  • Weekly Math Challenges - We created these weekly math challenges at 3 different levels for this past school year, but you're welcome to use them over the summer as well! Check out our Weekly Math Challenges webpage to download them.

  • Museum of Math (MoMath) - Have you been yet to our country's only math museum, conveniently located in Manhattan? Take a trip there to try out hands-on math problems, interactive math puzzles, and to generally expand your mind about all that the study of mathematics entails. Visit the Museum of Math's website for more information.

Parents as Learners? - Perhaps you are interested in learning more about math education, either to better support your child's math learning or simply for your own interest. If so, consider reading one of these books:

  • Jo Boaler's book What's Math Got To Do With It? is an excellent exploration of current math education by a leading thinker and reformer in the field.

  • Christopher Danielson is a math professor who is also particularly interested in helping parents to support their children's math development. His excellent book Common Core Math for Parents (in the popular For Dummies series of books) is a terrific guide to child development and math education, and might help to clear up your own understanding of how elementary math works. Be sure to also check out his wonderful blog Talking Math with Your Kids and his online TMWYK store for creative math activities to try at home, such as his wooden Tiling Turtles.

  • Frances Stern's books Adding Math, Subtracting Tension: A Guide to Raising Children Who Can Do Math are accessible explanations of the rich foundations of mathematical thinking in children and suggested activities for families to try at home. The series consists of a PreK-2nd grade book and a 3rd-5th grade book. These books were co-published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).