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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Comanunity School District Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, July 11, 2013 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Your Summer Learning Ideas There's no getting around it:. Over the summer months, our students can lose up to 60% of the math and reading skills that they learned during the year. From special ways to say goodbye to fun activities to share with parents, here are over 50 ideas to keep the learning going. By Samantha Cleaver Last-day activities that bring it home These activities will help your students reminisce, celebrate fond memories and bring conclusion to your class. They can be adjusted for any grade level. • Sign it: Create an autograph book for each student. On the last day of school, pass around the books for each student to sign. • Record-keeping: Create a class book of records. Help the class come up with categories and assign the records (most pairs of shoes, most freckles, most creative, etc.). Every student should have one. • Play school: Create a class board game that takes the students through the school year; include obstacles like testing (You're too busy and focused to move: Skip one turn.) and field trips (You're on the roller coaster at Six Flags: Move ahead three spaces). • Raffle it: Clean out your classroom and give students mementos by raffling off items in the classroom. Start with smaller items (such as pencils) and work your way up (class art projects, etc.). 20, 50, 100, or 1,000 miles from home. • How many ways? As you're exploring your neighborhood during the summer, how many routes can you take to the school, the grocery store, the mall, or your friend's house? • What's the catch: No backtracking and you must take a new route each time. • Let's eat: Prepare a meal or dish for the family. Before you go to the supermar- ket, find a recipe, write what you need and how much. At the supermarket, choose the best-priced option. Summer reading activities These ideas will keep kids engaged in reading, writing and thinking creatively even on the hottest days. • Water writen Using a pall of water and a brush, have kids write words on the blacktop or sidewalk. • Sell summer: Tell kids: Try a new product or activity and write about it. How would, you describe it? Would you recommend it? Create an advertisement tosell it to others. • Plan a trip: Have kids use the Internet, travel guidebooks, brochures and maps to plan a dream weekend, week, or month-long trip. • Summer sleuth: Have kids follow a story in a newspaper during the summer, • Dear next year: Have students write a letter to next year's class. Ask them to tell the incoming class what they liked and give the incoming students advice. | • Class time 1/me: Create a tim@ !'ine of the yeartogether. Post butcher paper around the room and mark off months and important dates. Have the students walk around v and fill in events that-they remember well. • Graph It: Calculate the amount of time you, as a class, have spent in reading, math, gym, library, lunch, recess and other planned activities. Then create a graph of how you spent your school year. Starting off right Even though you're raring for summer vacation, students especially young stu- dents and those with disabilities--may have a hard time mov mg from the structured school year to full-time vacation. "It's important for teachers to recognize that many children with disabilities have difficulty transitioning," says Dr. George Giuliani, president of the National Association Of Parents in Special Education and director of the Graduate Program in Special Education at Hofstra University. The best thing teachers can do is sit down with parents to discuss summer. "Have a plan," says Giuliani. "Discuss the options. What will the child do take time off? Go to summer school? Go to camp?" In the classroom, don't have one plan for all students. "Every child is different," says Giuliani. "Mid-May through June, teachers should have ses- sions to discuss recreation. Talk about what the students want to do during summer vacation and how they're going to do it. Have them set goals." Summer math activities Help students maintain their math skills and keep them thinking in numbers all summer long. For Grades K-3: • Shopaholic: What can you buy for $5 at the corner store? From the ice cream truck? In a hardware store? At the beach? • Change it up: Start collecting change in a jar on the first day of summer. On the last estimate your change, count it and plan a special purchase. • Summer patterns: Create patterns using summer items (popsicle sticks, shells, flowers). Or, draw patterns in the sand or dirt using a stick or your hands. See how long you can carry out your pattern--along the length of the sandbox, or across the grass. • Napkin fractions: Fold paper towels or napkins into large and small fractions, from one-half to 1/16. Use markers to label and decorate different fractions. • Design hunt: Keep an eye out for shapes, patterns and designs when you're out and about. You never know what you'll find in the architecture at the airport, the shopping mall, or even the grocery store. • 100% delicious: Use ice cream to make fraction sundaes. Can you make an ice cream sundae that is one-half vanilla and one-half chocolate? What about one-third chocolate, one-third vanilla and one-third strawberry? Can you cover a scoop of ice cream with one-quarter each nuts, sprinkles, cookie crumbs and gummy bears? Or can you eat a bite of ice cream that is one-half chocolate, one-half vanilla? For older children, calculate the percentage of each ice cream flavor in the sundae. For Grades 4-8: • Record-breakers: Use a stopwatch to time yourself running, rollerblading, swim- ming, or biking. Then try to beat your time. Be sure to keep the distance you're mov- ing the same for each trial. Graph the results. (You may need a partner for this.) • Where will you be? Using a map, calculate where you will you be if you travel Concluded p. 9 SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES | =--=::: .... SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406