Thinking Mathematically this Summer

It’s time for that final bell to ring, releasing kids for the summer.  As you encourage them to keep reading these next few months, I also challenge you to extend that excitement to doing math.  Remember that doing math can look and feel very different – enjoyable, challenging, and yes, even fun.  This post includes some of my favorite resources for any age to get them thinking critically.

First, I love the Puzzle Box series of books (3 volumes).  With seventeen different types of puzzles, each ranked in difficulty level (from 2 to 5 stars), these books certainly will keep kids thinking for months to come.

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Dan Finkel’s Math4Love is a great site to visit to access many free lessons that support play in math.  In addition to these experiences, Dan also has 2 games available for purchase that bring math to the game room (Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot).

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Sarah Carter’s site, Math Equals Love, is filled with puzzles.  Sarah has organized these puzzles so they are easy to print and play.  I have shared a few during professional learning sessions.

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Finally, Jon Orr is behind Math Before Beda site devoted to nighttime numeracy, or anytime numeracy.  Visit the site to access a collection of prompts to promote math conversation at home.  Or, check out the book, Math Before Bed.

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How do you promote math through the lens of play?  Puzzles, games, and conversations around authentic, real life math help put a positive spin on the subject of math – a subject worth loving.

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