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Stop summer slide with summer math packets!

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For the last few years, teacher Kristen VanDyk has been asking students to devote just a little of their summer vacation to keeping their math skills sharp.

She develops summer math packets – calendars of the summer months with math-related activities on each day. The activities are manageable -most take ten minutes or less. And they’re meant to be fun.

“If you spend $100 a day, how many days will it take to spend a million dollars? How many years is that? What would you buy?� is one question for soon-to-be sixth graders.

A question for those entering fifth grade asks kids to guess how many bananas will weigh one pound the next time they’re in the grocery store.

“These take, on average, ten minutes a day. A lot of times it’s something creative or an online math game,� says Mrs. VanDyk. “It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it makes a big difference.�

Students who complete 40 days or more get an award for their work.

“It was challenging, but not too hard,� said 7th grader Anthony DiMascio, who did his math calendar every day over the summer. “It was pretty easy to find the time to do it.�

Click on the links below to view this summer's packets!

For students entering 5th Grade.

For students entering 6th Grade.

For students entering 7th Grade.