UPDATE: Although this blog post was written for summer break, you can use these fun educational activities for any school break!
For most students, summer is a break from going to school every day, but to help make sure our students are prepared to succeed when school resumes, let’s make sure summer isn’t a break from learning. There are many opportunities to incorporate learning in everyday activities.
For example, challenge your child to calculate what percent of summer break is still remaining.
Lindsey Gamard, a graduate student at ASU’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, explains that when we think about percentages, we should be thinking about wholes and parts. “Percentages give us a way of comparing parts to wholes,” she says.
PART ÷ WHOLE = PERCENTAGE
Gamard breaks the process of determining the percentage into 4 steps:
- Count the total number of days in summer break (the whole).
- Count the remaining number of days in summer break (the part).
- Divide the part by the whole (days remaining ÷ total days).
- Move the decimal place two times to the right, and put a percentage sign on the end.
Or going back to your high school algebra days, you might say:
Let X = The total number of days in Summer Break
Let Y = The number of days remaining in Summer Break
Y/X = The % Summer Break left
You can keep recalculating periodically until school starts. Find more ways to support students and teachers in Arizona at TodayInAZ.org.