The Summer Slide Is Real. 

  • 2.6 months of math gain is lost during the summer. 
  • By sixth grade, students who haven't made up for the summer slide are an average of 2 years behind their peers. 
  • Two-thirds of the income based achievement gap in later years is attributed to the Summer Slide. 

AVOID THE BRAIN DRAIN!

But WHO Wants To Do Worksheets and Drill All Summer?

So Don't! Do MATHCamp!

MATHCamp Packets Are Mini-Math Exploration and Discovery Units That Will Get Your Kids Thinking and Begging for More Math!

Shh! We snuck in a little math drill in the form of puzzles.

Each packet contains at least a week or more of activities (except the Geometric Vanish packet) and several can be used over and over. 

We even included a huge introductory (self-checking) unit on fractions. 

Keep your student's brains sharp all summer without doing the traditional, motivation-killing, worksheets and drills. 

Naming Fractions 3 in 1 Game Pack Bundle

Most student's math struggle starts with fractions. 

Three sets of board games and cards increase in degree of difficulty. The Woodland Themed set has a visual of the fraction of each card. The Dinosaur Themes set does not contain a visual so students will need to create the fractions from written instructions on the card. The Circus Themed set includes fractions of fractions. Each set comes with it's own matching board game.

The task cards can also be used with the Dog Themed Set of 28 Bingo Cards which are included. This bundle allows a student to work on their own without the help of a teacher, but can also be used as a group activity.

Poking device (cupcake decor or stir stick), Cuisenaire Rods, and Game pawns not included.  Click here, here and here for a preview.

Math Cootie Catchers for Oral Narration

These Math Cootie Catchers make oral narration with CuisenaireĀ® Rods fun and interesting. Exercises cover naming complements (addition), naming differences, naming single rod trains (multiplication), naming fractions, fractions of fractions, math story problems and more.

Exercises provide student free choice as well as divergent solutions giving these math cootie catchers lots of play. It is a powerful addition to Gattegno Textbook 1 or anyone who just wants to play around with Cuisenaire Rods as a supplement to what you are already doing.

Cuisenaire Rods not included. Preview here.

Magic Squares Puzzles and Other Number Puzzles

Math puzzles are fun to solve and we've got a lot of them here. But this packet is much more than that. We're going to take your students and dig into the "secrets" the puzzles hold.

Investigation begins with notice and exploration. Students will make small changes and observe the affect the changes had on the puzzle, thus revealing the inner workings of the puzzle.

After in-depth discussions and manipulation of the magic square puzzles and other number puzzles, students can create their own puzzles. Puzzles like these develop logic, reasoning and problem-solving skills, and they are a lot of fun. We have included two 1 hour trainings we did with the puzzles. Preview here.

Statements of Equality Triangle and Hexagon Puzzles

Math Shape Puzzles are a great way for students to develop working memory, the habit of attention, and the habit of observation while also exploring statements of equality.

Included are 21 puzzles. Five puzzles are designed so students create their own puzzles offering many more puzzles to solve. Puzzles have students explore statements of equality for addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions.

The puzzles are designed to complement Gattegno Textbook 1.

Preview here.

Tessellation Exploration

Tessellations are repeating patterns on a plane (flat surface). We find them in nature, in our homes, and in art - particularly the art of MC Escher.

Tessellations combine the creativity an art project with the challenge of solving a puzzle. This 10 page packet will provide enough exploration for a week or more of activities and is limited only by your creativity. Students create 3 types of repetitions: translation, reflection and rotation. Students will create their own versions of each of these tessellation patterns.

A bibliography is included for further exploration. Preview here.

Math Dot to Dots

Dot to dots are a perfect way to spend a rainy day. We've taken the whole idea up a notch. Eight puzzle grids are marked with numbers 1-100. Each puzzle grid contains math statements to solve. The answers are each plotted on the grid and students connect the dots.

Half the grids are random equations for students who are comfortable with numbers, fractions and brackets. The other puzzles contain statements that will allow students to practice skills such as halving, doubling, and tripling; working with nine; and subtraction. We've included one grid template for students to create and share their own Math Dot to Dots.

We got a kick out of making these! Preview here.

The Geometric Vanish

64 square centimeters is not the same as 65 square centimeters, or is it? Some people think math is exact and predictable, which it is. Expect, when it's not. What if we could make space disappear? What if we could make it reappear?

How would we explain this? This 5 page exploration dips your feet into the crazy, wacky world of math that mathematicians and illusionists love. No student should finish school without exploring this part of math for themselves. 

Preview here.

Flexagons and DIY Mathematical Fidgets

Kids fell for the fidget spinner fad, but mathematicians have been playing with Mathematical fidgets for a long time. Hexaflexigons were brought to the world by Martin Gardner, but Vi Hart popularized them.

Patterns and directions are included for hexaflexagons and flextangles. Flextangles are easier for younger students to flip and color. Some moms like to color and play with flextangles too. I won't mention any names. 

 Preview here.

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