Suggested Summer Math Activities
for Incoming Fourth Graders
Parents: Please initial every activity your child does this summer. Students returning initialed math sheets will be given a blue ticket in the fall.
In the Car
At the Beach
- Count by 5s to 100-start with 2, then 3, etc.
- Count the cars on the highway
- Estimate the number of cars in a parking lot
- Make tally marks for the number if red, white or blue cars you see on the highway
- At a red light, count by 3s; start with 2, then 3 etc.
- Multiply the numbers on a license plate-divide if you can
- List the factors of the numbers on a license plate
- Try to find all fifty states on license plates
- Keep a tally mark of all the cars from a certain region of the US
- Estimate the number of shells on a section of the beach.
- Measure your beach towel.
- Estimate how long it will take your ice cubes to melt, time it.
- Draw a plan for a sand castle and build it.
- Count how many waves crash on shore in 5 minutes, then calculate for 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes.
- Count by 2s, 5s, and 10s while you apply your suntan lotion.
- Keep a tally of the number of times you actually get bitten by flies
At the Movies
- Buy an ice cream cone (with an adult). Pay, and then count your change.
- Weigh some fruit at the grocery store.
- Use nickels and dimes at the candy penny store-how much can you get?
- Estimate: Can mom buy the first 3 things in the cart with $10.
- Look through a flyer for back to school supplies-what can you buy for $10?
At a Restaurant
- Estimate the number of people in the theatre
- Count the number of previews you will see and then determine the probability of how many of those movies you will see. Make it a fraction and percent.
- Count the number of chairs in 1 row across the movie theater, count, the number of rows and then determine the number of seats in the theater.
- Pay for your popcorn. Count your change.
- How much change should get from $10 for a ticket? Can you buy a snack?
- Compute the elapsed time from the beginning of the previews until the end, from the beginning of the movie until the end.
- Estimate how much your meals will cost.
- Make a pattern with the sugar packets.
- Count how many seats are at your table, and then count the tables. How many seats are in the restaurant?
- Look at the menu and find three items totaling $15.
- Estimate the total cost of the bill.
- Compute the elapsed time it took from the time the waiter takes your order until you get your food.
- How many pieces of silverware do you have? In all on the table?
- Make a list of two different appetizers, two different entrees, and two different desserts? How many possible combinations?
- Count some loose change. Count the money in your piggy bank.
- Read the temperature on the thermometer make a line grpah of the daily changes for a week.
- Cut a piece of bread in half, thirds or fourths. What other fractions can you make?
- Roll a die two times, multiply.
- Estimate your Dadís height in feet and inches. Then measure him.
- Count the goldfish in a bowl.
- Make a number line from -20 to 20.
- Measure your waist in centimeters an inches.
- Count the number of ďpopsĒ in a bag of popcorn in the microwave.
- Make cookies with a grown-up. Help measure the ingredients.
- Count by 10s or 25 as you make your bed, star with 2, 4, etc.
- Measure the refrigerator in feet and inches.
- Listen to the weather forecast. Subtract the lower temperature from the higher one.
- Go for a walk. Calculate the elapsed time from when you began until you stopped.
- Count the number of laps you swim in the pool.
- Count the number of baskets you make in 10 tries. Predict how many you will make in 20, 30 etc. Write a fraction and percent.
- Estimate the number of times you will drink water at football/soccer practice.
- Determine the elapsed time from the beginning of a thunderstorm until the end.
- Draw 6 triangles. Cut them out and glue them into an interesting pattern/design.
- Copy the prices of 5 items bought at the store. Donít forget dollar signs and decimal points. Ad them.
- Draw a square, triangle, rectangle and circle. Tell someone how they are the same and different.
- Draw a picture in the driveway with chalk. Use only polygons. Label them.
- Write a math story about a cartoon character.
- Count the kernels on one side of an ear of corn, and then estimate the total number of kernels on the ear.
- Take a timed math test here
- Check out some of our cool web sites for fun math practice here>
June 21, 2010
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