Last week I shared a summer math opportunity for students and teachers. Here are some additional resources to help students use their math skills over the summer months.
Jo Boaler is offering a free class for students How to Learn Math: For Students. You can get more information and register for the class here https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/EDUC115-S/Spring2014/about
You can register yourself, for your own information. You can register your children and work through the class with them. You can send the information home with your students so families can access the resource from home. The class starts June 17.
Here is an activity that will work with a variety of abilities and covers many skills and concepts.
I found the idea here http://goo.gl/9HYVU3
Basically you have a “Guessing Jar,” you might want to consider a more mathematical term, “Estimation Jar,” that you fill with objects. Each student estimates how many objects are in the jar and writes their estimation on a piece of paper (writing numerals). Line up the estimates in order from least to greatest (number sequence). Then count the items in the jar, using 10- frames to organize the items (counting, structuring, place value). Repeat another day with different objects. You can extend the activity by asking questions such as, “What if the jar was only half full? What if we had two jars? What if the jar was twice as big?” Also, if you do the activity more than once, you can ask, “Will there be more or less than last time?”