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2019 Summer Math Learning for Grades 7, 8 and 9

Dear Families,

Our goal is to develop independent mathematicians who will continue a lifelong love of math because they realize that math helps them make sense of the world around them.  This summer, we want to encourage students to continue learning math by engaging in a choice activity. Our recommendation is to choose 1 activity from the choice board below.  We understand that summertime can get hectic for families, but your student should be able to work independently on their choice.  To celebrate their summer math, students will be asked to share their favorite choice with their math class at the start of the school year.   

Choice Board Activities

Activity #1 - Enjoy reading one of the following stories with a focus on math:

  • Math Doesn’t SuckHow to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail by Danica McKellar
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide by Workman Publishing
  • A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakly
  • Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss by Danica McKellar
  • The Magic of Math - Solving for x and Figuring Out Why by Arthur Benjamin
  • Mental Math: How to Develop a Mind for Numbers, Rapid Calculations and Creative Math Tricks by Joseph White
  • Arithmetricks by Edward Julius
  • Hot X: Algebra Exposed! by Danica McKellar
  • Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape by Danica McKellar
  • Magical Mathematics - The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Math Tricks by Persi Diaconis
  • Solving Zoe by Barbara Dee
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Activity #2 - Explore a variety of math-related websites:


Activity #3: Take a free online student course through Stanford University!

How to Learn Math is a free class for learners of all levels of mathematics. There are 6 sessions, the first three are approximately 10 minutes long and the last three approximately 20 minutes long. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. 

  1. Go to Online Student Course
  2. Scroll down to click ‘English’ or ‘Spanish’
  3. Click "Enroll in EDUC115-S - Selfpaced"
  4. Enter all of your information to create an account.
  5. Begin the course.

Activity #4 - Explore any of the following APPS:

  • Dragon Box Algebra
  • Math with Your Friends
  • Matchmatics
  • Virtual Manipulatives
  • Nine Gaps
  • Math Doodles 
  • Math Zombie 
  • MagicPlan CSI 
  • Math Bingo 
  • Math Hunt 
  • Sushi Monster
  • Slice It! 
  • Kakooma 
  • Photomath

Activity #5 - There are so many connections between Math and Art 

Use the link below to make a math-related math project or research your own math-related math project to create.

Art Class Curator - Art and Math Projects

Activity #6 - Dream Vacation: 

You have the opportunity to plan a week’s vacation with a budget of $3,500.  You will research a vacation destination within the United States and what it takes to get from here to there.  Think of how you will budget your money and still experience all that you will want to do while on vacation. Lastly, create a timeline or schedule of how you will spend your week.

Questions to consider:

  • How will you get there?  How much will transportations cost?
  • Where will you stay?  What will you spend on lodging? Are there deals?
  • What will you do while on vacation?  How much will that cost?
  • Where will you eat?  How much will you budget for meals?
  • How can you organize a timeline or schedule so that you get to experience all you can in the week?

Activity #7 - Math Autobiography:

Write a mathematical autobiography. You should include some of your early experiences including some experiences with teachers (in any grade; both good and bad ones), how your attitude towards mathematics has changed over the years (if it did), why you like it or don't like it, what feels good about doing math or learning math, what is scary for you, and what is exciting for you. As you are writing, consider:

  • What do you believe mathematics is? 
  • Why do we learn it? 
  • How would you define mathematics to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

Activity #8 - Practice, Practice, Practice: 

Use any of the following links to print, then complete practice (with answer keys) for any math topic that you feel you have not yet mastered.