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Stop the Summer Slide With Fun Math Practice!

Summer will be here before we know it. We've worked so hard with our students all year filling their minds and growing their hearts. The last thing we want to happen is the dreaded summer slide.  So, it's important to send our students home equipped with some activities to help keep their minds fresh and active during their break. We want them to head into next year being fully prepared. Today I'm going to share my favorite activity to stop the summer slide with some fun math practice. 

Use these fun and engaging activities to help your students with math practice at the end of the year, during the summer, or at the beginning of the next year.

Summer Slide

The summer slide is a real thing. When learning slows down for students in between school years, they tend to lose some of the achievements of the year. This is especially noticeable in children from lower-income families. In turn, this widens the achievement gap between students every year as they return to school. As this pattern continues year after year, the gap continues to grow. 

Obviously, this is the last thing we want to happen. We work so hard to fill those gaps and see their achievements grow throughout the year. The good news is that the summer slide can be prevented, or at least diminished to the point that its effects aren't so hindering.

Prevent the summer slide with these fun and engaging math worksheets and digital activities your students will love!
How to Prevent It

There are many different activities students can do over the summer to prevent the summer slide.  The goal is to keep their minds going and do a little review to keep skills and concepts fresh.  I love to send home a summer activity packet with my students, so they are prepared for whatever may come their way.

I've found that sending the activities home provides a much stronger chance that they will actually complete them. Parents are busy working or keeping up with other things, and they don't have the time or the knowledge to find activities to keep their kids busy. They appreciate the work being done for them. I've combined 40 days of fun math practice that is perfect for stopping the summer slide!

Fun Summer Math Practice 

At Home

I don't know any kids who want to sit around all summer and do school work. And . . . that is not what I recommend.  Students need some time to rest, have fun and be kids! However, a few minutes a day is something most of them are willing to do. 

Using worksheets like these at home which are similar to morning work will help your students feel comfortable completing their math practice.I encourage parents to find a routine that works for them and stick with it. Some kids may prefer to knock out their daily work first thing in the morning, while others may like to complete it as an afternoon activity. The timing isn't as important as completing the work and keeping their brains going all summer long.

I set up this fun math practice as a spiral review that mimics morning work. It can be completed in just 5 minutes every day. 
It's short, sweet, and effective. It's full of cute clipart with a beach theme that the kids all love! 

It'll last all summer, and you can be assured your kiddos are getting the review they need.

Rewards

Some of my parents have set up weekly rewards for the completion of work. Their kids always love a trip to the park or the ice cream shop! A little positive reinforcement can go a long way, especially when asking our kids to do schoolwork during their "off" time. 
Using a reward like this will help keep your kiddos excited about completing their math practice.

In the Classroom

This Summer Math Practice is also great as an end-of-the-year review in the classroom or a daily review during summer school. It is very versatile and can be used for many different things such as:
  • homework
  • classwork
  • independent centers
  • small groups
It is also great to use at the beginning of second grade as a quick review or an easy way to assess your students' math knowledge on the first grade skills. 

Send Your Students Home Prepared

Grab this Fun Math Practice Summer Review now! You'll love that it's no prep and easy to use, and your students will love how engaging it is. The daily math practice covers over 40 days of work to get you through the entire summer. That's eight weeks of practice! The packet includes both a printable and digital version.  If you send it home give parents a choice or share both options with them.

Use these fun and engaging activities to help your students with math practice at the end of the year, during the summer, or at the beginning of the next year.

I know you and your students will absolutely love this engaging resource!  And . . . their second grade teacher will thank you too!

Save It For Later

Be sure to save this pin to your favorite classroom board so you'll be all set and ready to go with some fun math activities to stop the summer slide.

Use these fun and engaging activities to help your students with math practice at the end of the year, during the summer, or at the beginning of the next year.

First Grade Fiesta: End of Year Review

The end of the school year is such a busy time. We get to celebrate all of our wins and accomplishments from the year. So much growth has taken place since your students' first day in your classroom. Everyone's hard work and dedication have paid off. A great way to see and measure all of that growth is through a review. I love to do this in a fun, exciting way. Today, I'm going to share my First Grade Fiesta End of the Year Review with you!

These end of year math review activities are fun and engaging for your students .

End of the Year Review

A good review will cover all.the.things from the entire year. That can sound like such a daunting task.  We want to make sure our students have mastered and retained the skills that we've taught. Then, we will be able to rest easy knowing that we are sending them on to the next grade level fully prepared for what is to come. 

But starting your end of the year review with an intentional plan can help take the enormity of this process.  That's why I created the First Grade Fiesta.  An end of the year math review that covers every math standard in a strategic and intentional way. 

When reviewing first grade math, it's important to hit all math standards and skills. This includes:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry Strands
Let's break each strand down a little bit further to be sure we have a full understanding of each topic.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Use these worksheets daily to help your first grade students review operations and algebraic thinking.
Algebraic thinking includes many topics, like making generalizations, recognizing and forming patterns, studying relationships, and analyzing how they change. 

It's an important part of the math process that helps students with the all important problem-solving skills. 

To get my students thinking algebraically, I cover four main ideas throughout the year:
By fitting these things into my daily math class, I can be sure the standard gets covered appropriately.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

It's important to remember that students must understand the importance of ten before they can move on to other math skills and concepts in the year. One of the most foundational concepts in math is 'ten.' In our base-ten number system, it is imperative that students understand this. Without this understanding, we are just moving them through mental gaps and holes in their learning. So, our end-of-the-year review is an essential step to make sure students have grasped this concept.

To review base ten we do lots of practice with:
  • Comparing Numbers
  • Adding 10's
  • Adding 10's and 1's
  • Making Teen numbers

Your students will love reviewing base ten with these fun and engaging worksheets for first grade math review.

Measurement and Data

Next up on our end-of-the-year review list is measurement and data. This is an important math strand that has so many connections to everyday life.

With so many measurement and data activities included in this end of year bundle, your students will have lots of opportunities to practice and review their first grade math concepts.
Teaching non-standard measurements to first graders can seem like a daunting task. It's not something that they usually get excited about right off the bat. However, they need to develop an understanding and become very comfortable with measurement so that they can eventually apply these skills to more complex analyses.

We will review things like:
  • Measuring Objects
  • Telling and Writing Time
  • Representing and Interpreting Data

Vocabulary review and lots of hands-on practice is the perfect strategy to review this math standard.

Geometry Strands

The first grade Common Core Math Standard I.G.1 calls for students to distinguish between defining attributes (such as closed and three-sided triangles) versus non-defining attributes like color, orientation, and overall size. Standard I.G.2 calls for students to compose two-dimensional shapes or three-dimensional shapes to create a composite shape and compose new shapes from the composite shape. 

Practicing geometry with differentiated activities is a sure fire way to keep your students engaged in the end of year math review.

I like to review these concepts the same way that I taught them.
  • Define Attributes
  • Distinguish Shapes
  • Compose Shapes

First Grade Fiesta

Reviewing math skills doesn't have to be boring. In fact, I like to make it one big celebration of all the learning that has happened.  Thus the name, First Grade Fiesta!  After all, who doesn't love a good reason for a party!  As we begin this review, and throughout the time we use it, I focus on reminding my students of their successes.  We talk about how they didn't know this information at the beginning of the year.  We really make it a reason to celebrate all things math!

This fun, first grade math review is perfect for covering all of these skills and more. Your students will be truly engaged in all of the different activities as they review what they've learned all year. 

Are you a 2nd grade teacher?  This is a great resource for kicking off your school year.  You can quickly and easily see where your students are starting the year by reviewing first grade standards.

The First Grade End of the Year Math Review Bundle covers all of the standards above. Each topic includes a colorful anchor chart poster which is perfect for a quick class review, guided practice or as a reference sheet. The math assessments include pages for independent practice, small group work, or centers. 

As a teacher, I love this because it makes it so easy to see where students have mastered concepts and who might need some additional work.  

These end of year math review activities are fun and engaging for your students .

The bundle includes:
  • 200 pages of first grade math review activities
  • 4 complete sets of math review products
  • Printable format
  • Digital format

It is all prepped and ready to go, so all you have to do is focus on the review fiesta! Grab it now to start your end-of-the-year review fiesta! Party hats, mariachi music and margaritas are not included.  😉

Save This for Later

Be sure to save this to your favorite math Pinterest board, so you'll be all set and ready to go for first grade math end-of-the-year review.

These end of year math review activities are fun and engaging for your students .
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