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Entering 6th Grade:For the rising 6th grade students, here are two sets of summer maths learning opportunities:Perseverance, curiosity, creativity, being strategic, holding a positive disposition towards problem solving are some key virtues of mathematicians!Other fun opportunities to explore are:
Next year in 6th grade, you will do a lot of work with fractions, decimals, and percents. Be on the look-out this summer for ways in which you use them in real life! Here are some ways that you might practice this summer:
- Cook with your family- recipes often use fractional measurements. How would you double or “half” the recipe?
- Shop for bargains. Notice the “sale” signs, and what they mean. If I have a “20% off” coupon, what will be the sale price?
- Work with money- estimate the price of your groceries, make change, figure out the best deal by using unit price.
- Figure out the tip—if your family is at a restaurant, figure out how to determine the amount to leave for a tip.
In addition to the choice board, find some maths puzzles and games to play online!
- Dan Finkel's excellent TEDed puzzles includes various riddles and puzzles presented in a fun way: https://ed.ted.com/search?
- NCTM Illuminations has some free games that you can download to a mobile device: illuminations.nctm.org/
- A daily, “real-life” story, and then has different levels of maths-related questions: bedtimemath.org
- Brilliant is a website and associated community that features problems and courses in mathematics, physics, quantitative finance, and computer science: brilliant.org and brilliant.org/daily-problems/
- A new math question related to current events every school day: twitter.com/mathinthenews?
- A free online course for students from Youcubed: youcubed.org/students/
- As copied from their website: “In the spirit of geocaching, we have created activities called "MathCaching" which use the internet to find hidden boxes to reveal clues to the continuation of the games. Your success at "MathCaching" is dependent upon your skills at solving mathematical problems”: mathbits.com/caching/