Slowing the Summer Slide

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This SMORE is intended to provide strategies for parents and students to use throughout the summer to SLOW the Summer Slide!

What is the Summer Slide?

The Summer Slide is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. The loss in learning varies across grade level, subject matter, and family income. A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of summer (on the same test). Summer loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about 1 month (Cooper 1996), but this varies across subject matter.

Slow the Summer Slide....

Each of these SMORES will provide suggestions for students to complete at home throughout the summer by themselves, with friends, or with family members. Activities will be provided to encourage the students to maintain their skills in Language Arts, Math, and Problem-Solving. Have a super summer, and work hard to SLOW the SUMMER SLIDE!
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Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area.
Now in its 10th year, The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free global reading program aimed to keep kids reading all summer long. Starting May 9, 2016, kids can read books and as they log their reading minutes throughout the 18 weeks of summer, they will unlock stories from some of their favorite authors. Plus, throughout the summer, kids will earn digital rewards and learn about great new books to read. This year’s theme is “Be A Reading Superhero,” and it’s all about believing in kids and encouraging them to be the best independent readers they can be.

Practice Critical Thinking While Using Reading Skills

Practice reading and critical thinking in a fun story format! The kids navigate through critical thinking puzzles as they endeavor to solve problems. Many reading and mental problem solving strategies are addressed in these activities!

Don't Let your Students' Math Skills Slide!

Math skills decline more over the summer than any other academic skill, according to researchers from Duke University. Some students lose up to 3 months of learning over the summer holiday period. Math skills declined more than reading skills, since children were more likely to carry out summer tasks and activities linked to reading.
Similar to Sodoku, KenKen involves math facts and their relationships in a square puzzle. This website adds a new online puzzle each day. The puzzles require patience and part to whole thinking while challenging your math skills!
This website has really good logical reasoning math word problems! As the students work through the problems, they must use problem solving strategies in a variety of ways. These problems would be great to do with a group like a summer Math Club so that the kids can discuss their solutions and share different ideas with one another!
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Increase Your Vocabulary!

Learn a new SAT word each day. Students over the age of 13 or parents can sign up for a free "Word of the Day" each day in an email, and also have access to a personalized vocabulary tutorial.
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This site offers plenty of word puzzles that get the kids (and parents) thinking! Practice critical thinking while solving these "Wacky Wordies!"

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