Summer Math & Reading

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This page lists the summer math and reading work required for incoming 2nd – 8th graders.
Grades K – 1: No summer work
Grade 2: Math work only
Grades 3 – 8: Math and reading work

Math – Incoming Grades 2-6

Choose one of the following options to complete your summer math work:

Option 1: MobyMax Online Work

If you choose MobyMax, the requirements are:
– 4 hours of “Math” practice for incoming grades 2 and 3
– 5 hours of “Math” practice for incoming grades 4 and 5
– 10 hours of “Math” practice for incoming grade 6
– Optional time can be spent on “Fact Fluency” and “Numbers”
 

Your child can access MobyMax from your home computer or tablet at any time. The login steps will be mailed home in the June packet. We will be focusing on growth, not MobyMax’s assigned “grade level” which may not be a completely accurate reflection of your child’s knowledge and skills due to the short initial assessment and the differences between MobyMax’s and St. Michael’s curriculum sequence. Regardless, this is an excellent program to practice targeted math skills with immediate feedback. Your child’s teacher will log in to MobyMax at the beginning of the school year to see how much time they spent on it. If you have any technical difficulties, please contact Rachel Hawes at rhawes@stmichael.net

 

Option 2: Math Worksheet Packet

Print out and complete a worksheet packet for your corresponding incoming grade. Please show all work on an accompanying paper and turn in the packet with work attached on the first day of school. This option is especially designed for the student who does not have access to the internet for most of the summer.

Math Packets:     2nd Grade     3rd Grade     4th Grade     5th Grade     6th Grade

Math – Incoming Grades 7-8

Choose one of the following options to complete your summer math work:

Option 1: Experiential Projects (preferred option)

Complete 3 of the following 5 experiential projects. We are hoping that our students are brave enough to take a risk and become involved in the math and not want to just grind out answers. There is hardly a job, project, occurrence, etc. that does not involve math in some way. We hope the kids will find these projects fun and see how math is involved in the real-world.

I. Puzzlegram Project
– Contains four puzzles that require manipulating cards, dice, etc to meet certain criteria
– Student completes a minimum of two

II. Tessellation Project
– Contains instructions for finding polygons that can be tessellated
– Student creates a tessellation (with instructions)
– Student brings it in to display on a bulletin board

III. Fraction Project: We’re Having a Party
– Contains a recipe that must be changed for a specified number of 7th and 8th graders
– Student MAY (not a requirement) bring in some of the food for advisors later in the year

IV. Usain Bolt Project
– Students find their rate of speed running varied distances and then project a rate of speed for a longer distance
– Rates will be calculated and charted

V. Sculpture Project: Where the Art meets Math
– Students will create a sculpture from recycled materials
– They will find the surface area and the volume of each material (formulae provided) as well as the SA and V for the entire sculpture
– They will bring in the projects for display.

Option 2: Math Worksheet Packet

Print out and complete the following worksheet packet. Please show all work on an accompanying paper and turn in the packet with work attached on the first day of school. This option is especially designed for the student who does not have access to the internet for most of the summer.

7th & 8th Grade Math Packet

Reading – Incoming Grades 3-8

These pdfs list the summer reading requirements for incoming 3rd – 8th graders.
(2nd graders don’t have required reading work over the summer.)

 

Reasons to Read

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
—Groucho Marx
 

The love, habit, and ease of reading can be actively nurtured both at home and at school. During summer — a time when many students regress in their academic abilities — families can encourage reading in many creative ways. Consider the ratio of “screen time” to “page time,” perhaps making one contingent on the other. The public library runs summer reading programs and carries a near-endless supply of great selections. If you’re looking for recommendations online, one place to start is here:
 

Common Sense Media: 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12
 

Sadly, only one in five 17-year-olds reads for pleasure. There are countless reasons to make reading a daily habit, especially for children. Here are the St.Michael’s Language Arts Team’s Top Ten:
 

1) SKILL: Reading volume (whether measured in pages or minutes) has been shown to be the single best predictor of reading proficiency and fluency, particularly through independent reading done outside school. Reading just about anything has value: novels, picture books, newspaper articles, cookbooks, instruction manuals, atlases, reference books. Just read!
 

2) EMPATHY: Reading rich literary fiction (rather than pop fiction or nonfiction) increases empathy,or the ability to “read” the feelings of others, according to an article in Science.
 

3) FOCUS: Literature trains brains — including those of young children listening to bedtime books — to attend patiently to the beginning, middle, and end of stories. One’s patience and focus can be exercised and improved through practice and repetition, much like weight training. It’s vital these days, with declining attention spans seen in people of all ages.
 

4) IMAGINATION: Not surprisingly, many of the most inspiring and successful writers are also voracious readers. As Stephen King has said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
 

5) VOCABULARY: Children’s books introduce kids to 50 percent more words than television. A child who reads 10 minutes per day reads about 650,000 words per year; a child who reads 60 minutes a day encounters about 4 million words, according to Reading Research Quarterly. The novel Little Women alone has more vocabulary than three years’ worth of basal readers!
 

6) KNOWLEDGE: Even the most breezy of summer books can teach kids about history, science, geography, sports, the arts, and more, while igniting readers’ curiosity about the world. Stock your shelves, for children with access to large numbers of books at home receive the equivalent of three extra years of schooling by the time they graduate, according to reading expert Richard Allington.
 

7) ACHIEVEMENT: Starting at a very early age, routine reading leads to academic success across the curriculum, even in areas not associated with reading comprehension.
 

8) RELAXATION: According to the University of Sussex, reading relieves stress even better than music, taking a walk, or sipping tea or coffee. Screen time at night has the opposite effect.
 

9) MEMORY: Brainy hobbies like reading can stave off memory loss or even Alzheimer’s. Subjects in a study published in Brain Connectivity displayed heightened neural connectivity in two regions of the brain even five days after completing a novel.
 

10) JOY: No studies need be cited. A love of reading is not just a means but an end unto itself!
 

-St. Michael’s Language Arts Department