Sharing Math in Everyday Life
Games to Play
Websites for Math Games & Help
WMS Practice Packets by Grade
(Download this Summer Math Intro in a printable PDF format)
Through the years many parents have asked what can be done over the summer to maintain skills and develop mathematical thinking. The Middle School math teachers have created a calendar to help your child retain his/her skills and to provide valuable
practice over the summer. You should feel free to discuss the work with
your child. Math discussions are an important way for students to
remember and retain concepts. Students may enjoy working with peers or
parents as they practice. Again, this calendar is simply an opportunity
for your child to maintain skills. The calendar and answer key are here
on the Wayland Middle School website and can be downloaded and printed
at your convenience. Hard copies of the calendar are available through
your child's math teacher or in the school office.
A few things to note:
- Our goal is to have students experience doing math over the summer
- Teachers hope that everyone attempts the packet.
- Teachers will be collecting packets (complete or incomplete)
- Packets will not be graded
- There is no penalty for not doing the packet
- Students may get help from sibling, parent, etc.
- If a student doesn’t know how to do a certain problem, it’s OK to try it and move on to another problem.
- It is OK to use extra paper if more space is needed to work the problems
6th& 8th graders - Rather do your summer work on the computer?
Check this out!
In the middle school we use a web-based program called ASSISTments to help students with math problems. The summer math questions can be completed on paper (attached) or using ASSISTments. Your child may do either one. To sign up for ASSISTments follow these simple directions.
Below are some ideas of activities you can do every
day with your child. On the reverse side of this letter is a list of
games and websites that you can use with your child to assist the
development of good math skills; such as spatial recognition,
sequencing, patterns, logical deduction, visual memory and number facts.
These games can help strengthen a mathematical foundation that is
further developed within the math classroom. Most of the items on the
list are commercial games. They are motivational and, with parent
involvement, these games are an excellent way to get your child to
communicate concepts while sharpening thinking skills. They also provide an opportunity for discussion and
questions; encouraging your child to evaluate answers, draw conclusions
and strengthen reasoning skills. Games are a low stress way to engage
your child in math while developing necessary skills. Something as
simple as playing cribbage daily will improve your child's number sense,
addition skills and number recognition. We hope you will find time to
use some of these suggestions and that you enjoy playing them.
- Go to www.Assistments.org and click on Register Now
- Select ‘Student’ as the role. There is no registration code.
- Follow the prompts to answer the questions to fill-in your state, district, Wayland Middle School and personal information. When prompted for the grade, select the grade that you will start in this fall.
- Once registered make sure the Tutor tab at the top of the page is selected.
- Enroll in a class and where it says to choose your teacher select Summer Math Homework .
- Select the grade you are entering, Section 1, and click Enroll.
- To get to the summer packet click on the ‘Show Assignments’ link at the right.
Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to an exciting and enriching year with your child.
The Wayland Middle School Math Department
SHARING MATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE
+ Budget Share the budget (household, food, clothing, phone, vacation etc.) with your child.
+ Banking Explain and share interest rates with your child.
+ Grocery Shopping
Have your child estimate the total bill.
Share any money saving techniques with your child (coupons, percent discounts, etc).
Have your child compare unit prices to find the better deal.
+ Purchasing Gasoline
Have your child predict the cost of gasoline and how far you can travel on one full tank based on your car’s mileage.
+ Going on Vacation!
Car: Before the vacation, ask your child to
predict how long the drive will take based on an average speed of 60
miles per hour (no more “are we there yet!”).
Airplane, Bus, Train: Have your student practice elapsed time (time of arrival versus time of departure).
+ Going out to Eat Have your child help figure out the tip.
+ Baking Have your child follow a recipe (dividing a recipe in half practices fraction operations).
+ Construction Project
Have your child help you plan and measure prior to construction.
+ Sports Share sport statistics with your child (shooting percentages, golf scores, baseball averages, etc)
The following list of games, excerpted from Games and Their Uses in Mathematics Learning (Sharma, 2008),
will help your child sharpen thinking skills, makes inferences, draw
conclusions, evaluate answers and strengthen reasoning. Beside each
title are the skills and concepts which are reinforced.
Simon or Mini Wizard (sequencing, following multi-step directions, visual and auditory memory)
Battleship (spatial orientation, visualization, visual memory)
Cribbage (number relationships, patterns, visual clusters)
Quarto (spatial orientation/space organization, patterns, classification)
Concentration (visualization, pattern recognition, visual memory)
Chinese Checkers (patterns, spatial orientation/space organization)
Pachisi (sequencing, patterns, number relationships)
Checkers (sequencing, patterns, spatial orientation/space organization)
Othello (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visual clustering, focus on more than one aspect, variable or concept of time)
Score Four or Connect Four (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visual clustering, geometric patterns)
Qubic (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visualization, geometrical patterns)
Pyraos (spatial orientation/space organization)
Krypto (number sense, basic arithmetical facts)
Go Muko (pattern recognition, spatial organization)
Kalah or Mankalah (sequencing, counting, estimation, visual clustering)
Master Mind (sequencing, logical deduction, pattern recognition)
Four Sight (spatial orientation, pattern recognition, logical deduction)
Black-Box (logical deduction)
Reckon (number facts, estimation, basic operations)
Card Games (visual clustering, pattern recognition, number facts)
Dominos (visual clustering, pattern recognition, number facts)
Hex (pattern recognition)
British Squares (pattern recognition)
Stratego (spatial recognition, logical deduction, graphing)
Number Safari (number facts, a paper/pencil game)
Pinball Wizard (number facts, a paper/pencil game)
Number War Games (visual clustering, arithmetic facts, mathematics concepts)
WEBSITES FOR MATH GAMES & HELP
WMS PRACTICE PACKETS BY GRADE LEVEL
Entering GRADE 6
Answer Key GRADE 7 July and August
Answer Key GRADE 8