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Sixth Grade Summer Expectations

As your student transitions from sixth grade to seventh grade this summer, we ask that you continue to have your student read, write, and practice his/her math skills in order to keep his/her brain sharp and ready for seventh grade. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)

 

Here are some suggestions for how to do this:

 

Math

All incoming 7th graders are expected to be proficient in all operations with decimals and fractions: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. To maintain, reinforce, and strengthen current skills and develop better number sense with fractions and decimals, it is recommended to practice through real life activities. Here are some suggestions:

 

Fractions:

  • Recipes
    • Double, triple, 1/2, 1/3, etc. the recipe to serve more or less people.
      • Do the work mentally. Ask questions as you work. How many cups do you need to double a recipe if the original asks for one-fourth cup?
      • Do the work on paper. Show the work like you do for school.
      • Both methods are good to know.
      • Actually make some recipes.
    • Aleks.com: Practice with lessons and exercises in Aleks.
 
Decimals: 
    • Shopping:
      • Compare your computations with what the actual cost of family purchases are or go on a virtual shopping spree of your own choosing.
        • Add up the total amounts.
        • Figure out the tax you will have to pay by multiplying the total amount by 0.0925.
        • Figure out the total amount owed.
      • Aleks.com: Practice with lessons and exercises in Aleks.

 

These online resources are just some that may be helpful to prevent "summer loss" for your child in his/her math skills.

 

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS - These are NOT MANDATORY, but suggestions for further practice and support.

 

WRITING:

Over the summer, have your student keep a journal of what he/she does each day. Have him/her try to use good descriptive words in his/her writing and focus on proper use of spelling and grammar. Please have your student reread what he/she writes each day in order to get into the habit of making sure what he/she is writing makes sense and is made up of complete thoughts. Have him/her read what he/she wrote to you so that you can help your student to be successful.

 

READING:
Over the summer, please have your student read novels, preferably with YOU! If you’ve ever read a book and have been dying to talk to someone else who read the book about what you read, you can understand how important it is to have dialogue with others around literature.
  • As you read with your student (you can do this however you feel is best: read the story out loud together; have your student read to you; each of you read independently, but then sit down at a designated time and discuss what you’ve read so far), have your student stop and look up words in the dictionary that he/she doesn’t understand the meaning of. Help him/her figure out which definition would best fit the word in that sentence (if you have a Kindle or other device that you are reading the book on, sometimes, you just have to click on the word, and the definition will pop up!). It’s important for students to stop and make sure that they are understanding what they are reading and not just barrel through the book.
  • While reading, stop every so often and have your student retell what has happened in the chapter so far to check to make sure that he/she is understanding the story. If your student seems unsure about part of the story, talk out what happened in the book to help him/her to understand.
  • When you are done with a chapter, ask your student to recount to you what the important events were in the chapter. Ask if any of the characters have changed in the novel. Ask your student a few questions about the chapter to see if he/she understood what he/she read.
  • When you are done with the novel, have your student tell you what he/she thought that the theme of the novel was. Why would the author have written the novel? Discuss whether or not your student liked the novel or not and why. Have your student read non-fiction text, too! This can be as simple as choosing an article from the newspaper or choosing an article online and asking your student to read it and tell you about it. What was the article about? Why is it important? What did the author want the reader to learn? Your student may login to Newsela.com with his/her SJV account (sign into the SJV account, first, and then click “Sign in with Google”) and read articles if he/she would like to. All of the students should have access to Newsela as Mrs. Santos put all of them into her classrooms in the program this year.

 

Most importantly, help your student to enjoy reading!

 

Thank you!

Ms. Wallace, Mrs. Santos, Mrs. Garman, and Ms. Hidalgo