Thursday, July 11, 2013

Math Camp {Summer F-U-N}

It is said that during the 2-3 months we have off for "summer", students lose 20% of the learning its finished hey acquired during the school year...

I don't know about you, but I work hard to make sure my students "get it" and will take it "beyond the test".

So, what's a teacher to do? This is a large reason ive created things like my "Summer Sizzler" and also do a 2-week Math Camp.

What's Math Camp, you ask? Well, it's a M/W camp that I've set up for my students to focus on the four biggest concepts they should have mastered for the next school year. 

For example, I dedicate June to grades 4-6 (completed) and July to geades 7-9 (completed). Each day, we spend 90 minutes on a focused concept like multiplication favts, fractions, or equations. We reinforce through games, drills and exercising our problem solving skills. 

Heres a few snapshots from this past camp:

Two students playing "Fraction War"
Two students using spatial reasoning and problem solving to "pack their suitcase"
I am putting my math lab activities together for a convienent, easy download and will post when its finished :)  Have a great rest of your summer and comment as to what you've done that's successful!


  1. I'm continuing math with my 7th grade daughter (8th grade now I guess!) who was homeschooled this past year and will be returning to public school in the fall. She still needs a little boost in math, but since it's summertime, there's so much pressure to make it not feel like a drag. Any specific ideas on how to accomplish that with 7th grade concepts? I'd really appreciate the advice - big fan of your blog :)

    1. Hi Alicia!
      Definitely make it fun for her - I'd play games like Fraction War (each of you draws four cards and rolls the operation dice (available at teacher stores). whomever has the largest answer gets a point), There's also a really great website called that has LOTS of stuff on there!

      Have a great summer and good luck!