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7 Summer Math Video Activities for 5th Grade

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7 Summer Math Video Activities for 5th Grade

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5th grade is a big year for math students.

While every elementary grade level is important when it comes to developing math skills, 5th is particularly pivotal since it's usually the year when kids have to get comfortable working with complex topics like fractions and volume.

Without these fundamental skills, it becomes extremely difficult for kids to find success at higher levels of math, which could ultimately discourage them pursuing a STEM career. 

Read Next: 10 Examples of Real World Connections in Math

So whether your kids have just completed 5th grade and could use a solid review before entering 6th grade, or they're entering 5th grade this upcoming school year, now is the perfect time to continue developing and improving math skills. 

The following short video lessons cover a few of the most challenging math topics for 5th graders. Try working through one video every day for a week and be sure to have your kids work out all of the practice problems on their own in a notebook.

1.) Equivalent Fractions with Base 10 and 100

2.) Converting Improper Fractions into Mixed Numbers

3.) Comparisons Between Equivalent Fractions

4.) What is an Equivalent Ratio?


Are YOUR kids ready for these fun daily math challenges this summer?


5.) Finding Volume of a Rectangular Prism

6.) Practice with Multiplication Word Problems

7.) How to Multiply Fractions

How do you plan on keeping your kids thinking mathematically over summer vacation? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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by Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
 

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6 Easy Summer Math Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

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6 Easy Summer Math Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

6 Easy Summer Math Activities Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

Summer vacation is a perfect time for outdoor fun, exploration, and even learning math!

There are many indoor and outdoor activities which your children can undertake to best utilize their summer break. Most children often find Math to be one of the most complicated subjects. As parents, you can make Math easy for them however, by helping them build their math skills during summer vacation.

Here are 6 summer break activities which your children can enjoy doing and at the same time learn math in a fun way:

1.) Gardening

Gardening is a great opportunity to teach your children Math in an interesting way. They can measure the area of your garden. From picking seeds together, to measuring the space between the plants and also calculating the amount of soil required for potted plants. Gardening is like a natural tuition for math which helps children improves their knowledge of the subject and nurtures their connectivity with nature.

2.) Shopping for Value

It’s the best possible way to teach your child the value of money. Begin with sharing the total budget with him or her. Turn the grocery shopping trip into a fun game. Let your child look for offers and then calculate the savings from each shopping trip. Older kids can also help calculate the cost of the food items per pound or ounce.

3.) Sports Time on TV

If your kids love to watch sports on TV, you can easily improve their mathematical skills and make their sports watching sessions more exciting. You can begin with teaching them how to keep score, count innings, strike outs, etc. They can also be taught to fill out the box score of a baseball game. It’s a great way to build their math skill as well as help them understand the game better. You can even buy scorebooks for major sports which guarantee hours of entertainment for your children while they enjoy watching their favorite sport.

4.) Road Trips

Are you planning a road trip to an exotic destination, for your child’s summer vacation? But at the same time, do you also dread a constant stream of questions like ‘how far have we come?’, ‘when will we reach there?’ and so on and so forth? Well, you can turn such boring road-trips into interesting learning opportunities. You can engage your child in a ‘license plate game’, which involves adding, subtracting or dividing the numbers on these plates. You can also teach your children how to measure the distance of your trip or how many miles per gallon does your car average.

5.) Collections

A majority of children love collecting coins, stamps, shells and a whole lot of other things. This simple activity can be made more exciting by adding a Math angle to it. For example, if your child loves collecting shells, he or she can collect a certain number of a single type of shell, or can sort the collection according to size, shape etc. This way, your child learns different mathematical concepts and gets to build an amazing collection as well.

6.) Daily Chores

Daily chores like folding clothes, sorting them for washing, setting the dinner table can seem really boring. But, you can turn such mundane tasks into fun-filled math learning sessions! For instance, you can teach your child measuring, sorting and counting through the simple task of doing laundry. The child can help sort the clothes, measure the amount of detergent that needs to be added and count the clothes before putting them in the machine.

 

By Dana Jandhyala

About the Author: Making education simple and easy to comprehend is Dana Jandhayala's forte. She's had a long career as an educator where she has taught in several different schools and institutes in multiple countries. Today, she helps students with personalized online tutorials by SchoolPage that help make concepts easy to understand, making learning fast and fun. She writes to help students study better, and to coach parents so they can facilitate the success of their children. 

 
 

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7 Trendy Middle School Sumer School Math Ideas

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7 Trendy Middle School Sumer School Math Ideas

Your summer vacation has arrived, but a break from school doesn't mean that your kids have to stop developing their math skills.

Whether you’re teaching summer school courses, running a summer math camp, or looking to keep your kids practicing their math skills at home over break, the following ideas will help you make this summer an awesome mathematical learning experience!

1.) Watch and Learn

Summer break is a perfect time for your kids to improve their weaker areas and further develop their understanding of math topics.

Rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all summer curriculum, try taking advantage of the plethora of free math videos on YouTube and let students explore lessons that meet their individual needs. 

Here are 5 YouTube channels that share fun and engaging math video lessons that your kids will actually want to watch:

  1. For the Basics: Math Antics

  2. For More Complex Topics: Numberphile

  3. For Auditory Learners: Numberock

  4. For Visual Learners: Mashup Math

  5. For Math in Story-Form: Math with Matthew

See Also: 10 Best YouTube Channels for STEAM Learning

2.) Project-Based Learning

Free from the demands of pacing guides and standardized curriculums, summer vacation is the perfect time for your kids to explore math concepts in the context of hands-on projects that are both engaging and enjoyable.

If you're looking for summer math project ideas that can be modified to appropriately challenge and engage math students at the elementary and middle school levels, check out this list of 10 Awesome End of Year Math Project Ideas.

See Also: Teaching Math Through Major League Baseball Summer Project

3.) Back to Basics

While summer vacation is a great time to further explore previously-learned math concepts and ideas, it's also an opportunity to take a step back and ensure that your kids' fundamental skills are where they need to be.

Whether it's working with fractions, breaking down word problems, or solving equations, your kids likely need extra time and opportunities to develop and improve important prerequisite skills.

If you're looking for free and helpful practice resources that are broken down by topic, I recommend the following websites:

See Also: Are you using these 5 awesome websites for free math worksheets?

4.) Gamify

Teachers often struggle to get their kids interested in practicing and learning math during summer vacation.

If you're looking to provide your kids with learning opportunities that break away from the familiarity of routine classroom lessons and activities, try gamifying your approach.

Gamification is the process of taking something that already exists – a website, an enterprise application, an online community – and integrating game mechanics into it to motivate participation, engagement, and loyalty, according to www.brunchball.com.

You can gamify your math curriculum by having kids take on math-related games and puzzles in a physical and/or digital setting.

Looking for gamified math ideas? The following resources will get you started:

See Also: Can your middle schoolers solve these math puzzles?


Are YOUR kids ready for these fun daily math challenges this summer?

 
 

5.) Get Visual

Stanford professor and progressive math education guru Jo Boaler describes mathematics as "a subject that allows for precise thinking, but when that precise thinking is combined with creativity, openness, visualization, and flexibility, the mathematics comes alive."

When your students aren't thinking about math in a visual context, they are missing out on developing a deep understanding of the material.

If you're looking to give your kids more opportunities to explore mathematics in a visual context, check out these Awesome, Research-Based Visual Math Activities suggested by Jo Boaler.

6.) Get Writing

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Did you know that writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings?

When kids write about math, they learn to organize their thinking, use key vocabulary terms and phrases, and communicate mathematically—which leads to deep and meaningful understanding.

If you're looking for ways to get your kids writing about math this summer, check out this list of 5 Ideas for Writing in the Math Classroom.

See Also: 101 Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

7.) Get Reading

So you want your kids thinking about math over the summer, without formally practicing it?

Reading math-related fiction books is a great way to get your kids thinking creatively and mathematically during vacation. 

Looking for some fun and creative summer reading STEM books for the elementary, middle, and high school levels? Check out this list of 13 STEM Fiction Books Your Kids will Actually Enjoy Reading This Summer.

See Also: 10 Best Math Movies for Middle School Math Students

How do you plan on keeping your kids thinking mathematically over summer vacation? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

(Never miss a Mashup Math blog--click here to get our weekly newsletter!)

By Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
 

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