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Summer Math Review to Prevent the Summer Slide

The Summer Slide - don't let the term fool you.  It's not a playful summer day at the park.  Actually, this term is used for the backward slide of academic skills during the summer.  Yep, it is true and if you have been in the classroom you have seen the effects of it.  But we can and should fight against the summer slide.

Fighting against the summer slide is not hard.  In fact, in just a few minutes a day students can keep their skills fresh and in tip-top shape.  A skills-based review that students can complete independently is the perfect answer for the summer slide.

Summer Math Review

A few years ago I put together a daily math review activity to send home with my first-grade students.  I sent it home with students at the end of the school year.  I helped parents know what to do and assured them it would be easy and just take a few minutes.  The students and parents loved it!  Now your students can too!  Using a fun summer beach theme, students will practice all of the first grade math skills.

In addition to basic math problems, this summer math review also provides students practice with word problems.

Each day students complete one page of this spiral math review.  In just a few minutes students will practice a variety of different skills.  The spiral nature of this review means that students don't get bored doing the same thing but instead stay on top of all skills by doing a little practice every day.

This summer review includes a total of 40 practice pages (5 a week for 8 weeks).  Now let's just be honest for a sec - I know that not all students are going to work over the summer.  That's a problem that has be tackled from the top down and probably best left for a different post.  But if we could get our students to do just half, they would be in a better place starting the next school year. 

Print or Digital?  How About Both!

summer slide math review sheetThis Summer Math Review comes in both a printable and digital format.  That makes it perfect for you to choose what works best for you.  Better yet, share both with parents.  As teachers we sometimes forget that our ideas for engaging students comes naturally.  Parents want to help their students, but sometimes they just need some help with the what and how.    Then give them some ideas on how to incorporate it into their summer days.

  • Make a weekly packet of printed pages with a reward earned when it is completed
  • Make technology time something that is earned by completing one math page and reading for 10 minutes
  • Use digital or printed activities on road trips or long plane rides
  • Take the learning outside and spend some time reading and doing math under the shade of tree at home or at the park
  • Build math practice into the routine of each day adding it to the daily to do list

Easy to Use!

The printable version is ready to print and use.  You can create packets at school to send home during the last week or have parents print it at home.

The digital format is just like the paper format except it is completed on a device like a computer or a tablet.  Using Google Slides, students will answer questions in the provided text boxes.  All the formatting is done.  Kids just click on the text box and add their answer or drag the provided images to the right place to complete the activities.  Students can zoom in on a tablet or phone which  makes this easy to use almost anywhere!

Students LOVE the interactive nature of this digital math review.  For every problem they are typing, building, solving or drawing.  The digital word problems using Google Jamboard are a hit with students.  They really love the opportunity to create a picture for the problem and show their work.  

first grade summer math review

See it in Action!

Try a Free Sample

I know that an important review like this needs to work for you and your students.  That's why I created this FREE sample so you could try it out.  The preview packet includes three sample pages and a detailed preview of the entire review.

Let's Equip Our Students to Fight the Summer Slide

Grab the Summer Math Review and equip your first-grade students to fight the summer slide.  Choose from the Print Version, the Digital Version, or the Bundle that has both print and digital!  Then simply give or share with parents along with some simple guidance on how to use them.  

Not sure sending summer review will work?  I totally get that!  Why not end the year with a review of all the skills you worked on?  This 40-day review is great for the end of the school year too!  Use it as a daily math warm-up, a center activity, or morning work during the last 8-9 weeks of school.  It makes a great informal assessment and you can clearly see what concepts your students have mastered.

You can do a hybrid review too!  Complete the first 20 pages in school during the last month of the year.  This way students are familiar with the pages and know just what to do. Then send the last 20 pages home for students to complete over the summer.  Parents can do just a couple each week, or do them daily in the month leading up to the new school year.  

Grab the Full Summer Math Review! 


Pin It to Save It! 

If you are not quite ready for the summer review, just pin this to one of your favorite classroom Pinterest boards.  That way when summer arrives you will be able to get back here quickly and help your students stop the summer slide.

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