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Make it the Summer of Sumdog!

Over the summer, teachers and students alike look forward to spending time with families, getting outside, and having fun! However, we also know that having children practice math a little bit each week will help them stay sharp and better prepare them for the next school year. So why not make it the Summer of Sumdog?!

You can use Sumdog to help some students catch up, others to stay motivated and engaged in math, and still others to get ahead with additional practice. The tasks in the Summer Challenge are quick, easy to set up, and personalized to meet the needs of all your students. 

This is something you can set up for your students before the school year ends, or email to parents/students during the summer (after a few weeks of downtime). If you utilize social media, this summer challenge is also something you can adapt and post on those accounts to generate interest and excitement.

Using the free version of Sumdog?

If you are using the free version of Sumdog, here are some ideas to include in your Sumdog Summer Challenge:

  • Assign students different times tables to practice each week OR have them practice the addition, subtraction, and division tables on their own. Learn how here.
  • Challenge students to spend a certain amount of time on Sumdog each week, to improve their accuracy, or to increase the amount of coins they earn.
  • Do a combination of these by setting up a choice board and having students pick which activity/goal they wish to work on each week.
  • You can add additional tasks of your own using our blank Choice Board. You may want to include activities that involve practical math applications, such as setting up a lemonade stand, or counting/weighing produce from a local farmer’s market.

Here are some sample templates you can use (all in PDF form): Sumdog Summer Choice Board – Blank (34 KB), Sumdog Summer Choice Board – Suggested Tasks (54 KB)

You can also give students a blank calendar and have students fill in what they did each day/week so they can monitor their own progress. Here’s a handy template for them to use: Sumdog Summer Slam – Blank Calendar (38 KB)

Additional ideas if you have a subscription

Here are some additional ideas for choice boards or weekly practice: 

  • Encourage all students to play a new game or two each week, in an effort to expose them to as many different games as possible – a subscription gives you access to 32 games!
  • Rewards students virtually with extra coins and a message – whether they meet a time spent learning goal, an accuracy goal, or other goal, you can send them extra coins to spend in the house and garden.

You can have students complete a tracking chart for all the tasks they finish – here is a template to share with them: Sumdog Summer Slam – Activity Tracker (60 KB)

Sumdog’s top tips

  1. To encourage as many students as possible to participate, be sure to keep the tasks and target goals fun and attainable.
  2. Talk up your rewards system! Let your students know what they’re working towards, whether it’s extra coins or a physical prize you give them at the start of next school year.
  3. Be sure to let families know about the Sumdog Summer Challenge as well, and send home copies of login information.

You don’t have to restrict yourself or your students to doing this just over the summer either! Adapt the boards, picking fewer tasks/goals, and use during fall, winter, and spring breaks, too.

Good luck and have fun!

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