Cross Curricular Summer Math Homework For the Win!

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Do you have parents ask you, “What summer math homework can I give my student?” Or does your school expect you to give all your students summer math homework?

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I don’t usually give summer math homework, but when someone asks, I want to provide meaningful work that will help students review previously taught concepts in a fun and meaningful way.

Related to Key Standards

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For extra math work to be purposeful, it should review major standards from the grade level students just completed. This can help ensure students get some spiral practice of prerequisite skills before starting the next grade.

This also gives students and their families the ability to see what skills students should still be working on. For instance, if students struggle with finding the area of a rectangle, they can look for additional practice for these specific skills.

Engaging and Meaningful Practice

Summer work should also be engaging and provide students with additional learning opportunities. This is why I love cross-curricular resources! Naturally, students can start to wonder about what they are learning and use that to springboard for further discussion and practice.

Having rote practice set up in a “fun” format will make students more apt to complete it. Especially if the math practice leads to further learning.

Connect 16 key math concepts from each grade level to basic biographies.

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Students who just finished third grade can practice 16 key third-grade math skills while learning about famous Americans. Perfect for a social studies connection!

Fourth grade math pages that relate to famous inventors

Students who just finished fourth grade can practice 16 key fourth-grade math skills while learning about famous inventors. This works great for a STEM or science connection!

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Quick and Focused

If students have to complete summer work, they don’t want it to be overwhelming! These pages have only 5 problems for each skill making it manageable for students to complete in a single setting.

Each page is focused on a single skill. Being able to complete this page will give students (and possibly a tutor or their parents) an idea of what skills they can independently complete and what skills need extra practice.

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Focusing on the skills that have been previously taught ensures that students have strong prerequisite skills before entering the next grade level.

Engaging

Students are naturally engaged in these activities because each problem leads to a biography quick fact. Who doesn’t like to learn interesting facts?!

With this setup, pages are self-checking(ish) as students should see the correct answer to select the fact about each historical figure. This can help raise students’ confidence and encourage them to complete all the activities to fill in their biography booklets.

Cross-Curricular

The third grade packet connects to famous Americans and the fourth grade packet focuses on famous inventors. In both cases, students learn quick facts about historical figures. This is a natural tie into social studies and STEM.

Encourage Further Learning

Students can use these pages as a springboard for researching the famous people in each packet. In addition, the “distractor” answers often relate to other historical figures. This information can be found in the answer key.

HINT: Give the paper packet to students and email the answer key to parents and/or tutors. This will ensure that students are answering questions correctly and will give students and parents access to the “incorrect answer” information, too.

Students can also create their own math practice about a famous person. A template is included for students to create 5 questions on their own that lead to biography quick facts. This is a great enrichment activity that students find engaging!

This practice doesn’t have to be limited to summer homework. There are many ways to use it during the school year, too!

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Grab this Martin Lither King Jr. example from the third-grade math packet to see how these pages are set up

Create the quick fact packet for students to refer to all school year long! Either follow the math pacing guide or social studies pacing guide to determine when students complete each practice page. For example, I usually use the Martin Luther King Jr. Measurement practice around Martin Luther King Day. If we haven’t taught measurement skills yet, I use them for a mini-lesson to give my students some exposure before we officially start our unit.

You can also use these resources as a way to review before state testing. They can work as homework pages, in centers, or for early finishers.

No matter how you use this math practice, your students will love it!

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