Do you give summer math work to your students? If so, I imagine it's probably a bunch of those cruddy worksheets that you downloaded off the InterWeb, printed out and told your students to complete for next year's teacher by the beginning of school. You know that your students won't use these, and will more than likely wait to the last minute to rush through them and do a crappo job.
So what's the alternative? Well, you could send home this pack o' stuff: there's all kinds of fun stuff to keep kids' brains sharp, and maybe even practice a few forgotten tricks.
Herewith the activities:
• Estimate and Calculate: Okay, it's more than just multiplying a bunch of numbers; before they complete the problem, the students fill out the two ends of a number line showing the range where the answer could be - for example, if it's 48 x 3, it could be between 3 x 50 = 150 and 3 x 40 = 120, so the answer has to be in-between. There is a page of single by double digit multiplication, 2 x 2 digit multiplication, and yes, single into triple digit division.
• Close, But No Cigar! This is another estimation game where student spick 4 cards and make a double by double digit multiplication problem, then estimate the range of the answer. They score points for how far below and how far above the answer they were.
• Fraction Snakes: Players take turns picking a fraction card (enclosed) from the deck and placing it on one of the bands of the snake. Once it is written there, it must stay. Subsequent picks of the fraction cards must be written in order from least to greatest. If the card can't be written down, player loses a turn. First one to complete the entire snake wins.
• Get It Together: A cutout version of the "Sphinx Puzzle" which can be rearranged to make the 11 shapes shown below.
• Salute! A great old game in two and three player versions for practicing single digit multiplication facts.
There's also a record sheet and letter of introduction for your parents. Students keep track of the dates they did the activity and rate it on a scale of 0 - 5 stars.
If you can find a better summer math pack, get it!