School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

Middle School Summer Learning Opportunities

Grade 6-8 Literacy Suggestions

Consider a daily routine of reading a book of their choice for 20 – 30 minutes. Create a Summer Journal. Write in it each day. Create illustrations for your journal, take photographs or even glue artifacts into it.   

Grade 6-8 Math Games

Grade 6 

Big Ideas for grade 6: Students should now have a good understanding of adding, subtraction, multiplying and dividing whole numbers. In grade 6 they spend a lot of time working with fractions, including fractions larger than 1 (example πŸ•πŸ“ π’π’“ πŸπŸπŸ“)πŸ•πŸ“ π’π’“ πŸπŸπŸ“) and also working with percent.  Have your child explain how to find 15% of a number without using a calculator😊 Example to find 15% of 120 they can find 10%, which is 12, and then 5% is half of 10% so another 6 makes 15% of 120=18)

https://www.prodigygame.com/ This is a game for practicing math concepts.  You will need to create a free account.  

Card and dice games that we have been sending out during home learning are great ways to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Being able to add numbers to 20 quickly and knowing times tables will be very helpful in future grades and life experiences! Examples of games: Yahtzee, 10 000, Crib (link to rules). Check out our website at: https://sd83.bc.ca/family-math-games/ 

Knock β€˜em down Multiplication (Use nerf/squirt guns, or use a tennis ball/water balloons/bean bags/water hose/rolled up socks etc.) Write the numbers 1-10 (or whatever numbers are appropriate for your child’s math level) on plastic cups. Line them up on a ledge outside. When you say β€œGo”, the child gets 3 tries to knock down the cups. They then multiply the numbers together and tally their points. The first one to 1 000 (or 10 000 depending on how long you want to play) wins. Example: If they hit β€œ4”, β€œ6”, and β€œ3” they do 4×6=24, then 24×3=72, and they would earn 72 points.  

A harder challenge: if they hit 2 numbers, they multiply them together and earn that many points. However, if they hit 3 numbers, they must choose how to organize their equation to maximize their points. They combine any 2 digits to make a 2-digit number and multiply it by the remaining third digit. Example: If they hit β€œ4”, β€œ7”, and β€œ8” they could choose to do 47×8=376 OR 87×4=348 OR 74×8=592, which ever they decide would give them the most points.  

If I had a Thousand Dollars… 

Pretend that you have $1,000 to spend. Research what you would buy (you can ignore any taxes for this activity). Make a list of what you would buy, and find the total. How close can you get to spending the entire $1,000 without going over?  

Grade 7 

Big Ideas for grade 7: Students learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide with positive and negative numbers. Have your child explain to you how to calculate -15+7 or -13-(-3) without using β€œrules”. Students also work a lot with % calculations, such as finding 12% of a number. Have your child explain how to find 12% of 200 without using a calculator! (example: 10% of 200 is 20, therefore 1% of 200 is 2.  12% can be thought of as 10%+1%+1% so 12% of 200 is 20+2+2=24 

If you are looking for online examples or practice, the link below offers quite good explanations of grade 7 concepts.  

https://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/resources/courseware/courseware.html  This site offers good videos to explain concepts in Grade 7 and 8 math, and offers practice questions and explanations.  

https://www.prodigygame.com/ This is a game for practicing math concepts. You will need to create a free account.  

A significant concept in grade 7 is working with percent and discounts. Here is an idea for supporting this understanding:  

crop man showing fake bill in box
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Shopping spree: If I had a Thousand Dollars…  Imagine that you have been given a total of $1 000 to spend. Research what you would like to buy, remembering to include taxes. Create your list of purchases and try to spend as close to $1 000 as you can without going over.  

Extension: Give your child a list of criteria for spending the money. For example, you must spend a minimum of 15% on food; a minimum of 10% must go into investments or savings, etc. 

Knock β€˜em Down Multiplication (Use nerf/squirt guns, or use a tennis ball/water balloons/bean bags/water hose/rolled up socks etc.) Write the numbers 1-10 (or whatever numbers are appropriate for your child’s math level) on plastic cups. Line them up on a ledge outside. When you say β€œGo”, the child gets 3 tries to knock down the cups. They then multiply the numbers together and tally their points. The first one to 1 000 (or 10 000 depending on how long you want to play) wins. Example: If they hit β€œ4”, β€œ6”, and β€œ3” they do 4×6=24, then 24×3=72, and they would earn 72 points.  

A harder challenge: if they hit 2 numbers, they multiply them together and earn that many points. However, if they hit 3 numbers, they must choose how to organize their equation to maximize their points. First, they combine any 2 digits to make a 2-digit number and then multiply it by the remaining third digit. Example: If they hit β€œ4” β€œ7” and β€œ8” they could choose to do 47×8=376 OR 87×4=348 OR 74×8=592, whichever they decide would give them the most points.  

Grade 8 

Big Ideas for grade 8: Probably the biggest part of grade 8 math is developing a solid understanding of working with fractions, including how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. Practice with these concepts is really important! Fractions become the basis of a huge amount of the math in the next few years and it is important to have a good understanding.  

The website below offers some good examples and explanations of grade 8 math concepts, for those looking for a little review.  

  1. https://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/resources/courseware/courseware.html  This site offers good videos to explain concepts in Grade 7 and 8 math, and offers practice questions and explanations.  

https://www.prodigygame.com/ This is a game for practicing math concepts.  You will need to create a free account. Additional  card and dice games can be found on our website at: https://sd83.bc.ca/family-math-games/ 

Shopping spree: If I had a Thousand Dollars…  Imagine that you have been given a total of $1 000 to spend. Research what you would like to buy, remembering to include taxes. Create your list of purchases and try to spend as close to $1 000 as you can without going over.  

Extension: Provide your child with a list of criteria for spending. For example, you must spend a minimum of 15% on food; a minimum of 10% must go into investments or savings, etc. 

Planning a Trip: If you could travel anywhere within BC, where would you go? Plan your trip, including how long it would take to get there, where you would stop along the way, and whether or not you would need to stay overnight on your way to your destination. Research the price of gas and the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, and calculate how much it would cost in fuel to drive there. (If you are unable to research, you may choose to use $1.09/L for gas and a fuel efficiency of 9L/100km).  

Knock β€˜em Down Multiplication (Use nerf/squirt guns, or use a tennis ball/water balloons/bean bags/water hose/rolled up socks etc.) 

Write the numbers 1-10 (or whatever numbers are appropriate for your child’s math level) on plastic cups. Line them up on a ledge outside. When you say β€œGo”, the child gets 3 tries to knock down the cups. They then multiply the numbers together and tally their points. The first one to 1 000 (or 10 000 depending on how long you want to play) wins. Example: If they hit β€œ4”, β€œ6”, and β€œ3” they do 4×6=24, then 24×3=72, and they would earn 72 points.  

A harder challenge: if they hit 2 numbers, they multiply them together and earn that many points. However, if they hit 3 numbers, they must choose how to organize their equation. They combine any 2 digits to make a 2-digit number and multiply it by the remaining third digit. Example: If they hit β€œ4” β€œ7” and β€œ8” they could choose to do 47×8=376 OR 87×4=348 OR 74×8=592, whichever combination they decide would give them the most points.