# Incoming 4th Grader Summer Skill Sharpeners: For Rising 3rd Graders & More?

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This packet is my way of serving all masters concerning the implications of summer math work: it has a limited number of activities that are not high stress - in fact, it’s five different games, some classic (Picos, Fermis and Bagels, Salute! & PIG!) and others that will be “new to you” (By the Digits, Close to 100), as well as a geometry puzzle featuring the Sphinx puzzle pieces.
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Here’s what you get:

• Picos, Fermis and Bagels: This is based on the board game “Mastermind,” which challenges students to use logic to identify a three-digit number using only the clues “Pico,” “Fermi” and “Bagel.” My version adds a “tracking sheet” where students can record their guesses and results.

• PIG!: This is the classic game of probablity that uses two dice and a sheet of paper, and adds two variations that are sure to challenge and entertain your students.

• Salute!: A wonderful partner game to practice multiplication and division facts by placing cards on players’ foreheads.

• Close to 100 & Close to 0: Students pick 5 cards from a deck and using 4 of them construct a multiplication sentence to arrive at a total that gets close to 100 or 0, depending on the version played.

• By the Digits: Players take turns choosing cards from a deck and choosing between ones and tens; after 7 rounds, they add up the ones and tens to see how close they got to 100; in the advanced version, they choose between ones, tens and hundreds to get close to 1,000.

• Get It Together: A 7 piece geometry puzzle that can be rearranged into 11 different familiar shapes.

I’ve included a cover page that the kids can fill out with the dates they did the activities and played the games (if they did one of the activities 3 times in June, July and August, they will have practiced some aspect of mathematics on 54 different occasions, which is not too shabby.)

Comes complete with 0 - 9 digit cards for your families to print and cut out on their own!

If they actually like the game (and there should be no reason why they wouldn’t), it might even be more than 54. Imagine that!
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