Leave the slide on the playground!
Did you know students can back slide in their reading abilities by a full month during the summer break? Even worse: A student can lose 2.6 months in math skills in the same time period!
Avoid the summer slide by joining the Council of Chief State Schools Officers’ summer reading and math challenges.
Find a Book Iowa
Students can use the "Find a Book, Iowa" tool, which enables students and parents to create personalized reading lists. "Find a Book, Iowa" matches a reader with books that will interest the student and provide the right level of challenge to support reading growth.
The "Find A Book, Iowa" tool will take you to a page where you identify which grade the student is in, as well as whether the student finds reading difficult, easy or somewhere in between. From there, the student will be able to select from a variety of book categories, from adventure to sports.
Then the tool will take the student to a page listing book suggestions, as well as where to purchase the book (and don’t forget you can simply borrow the book from the library!).
It's easy, fun – and it ensures the student won't fall behind during the summer break.
Enjoy your summer. And enjoy the wonders of good books.
Math + Summer = Progress Iowa
Join the Council of Chief State School Officers' math challenge.
The math challenge is structured, and requires registration starting May 1. It’s aimed at students who will be in the third through sixth grades in the fall. It is a six-week, e-mail-based initiative designed to help students maintain math skills acquired during the previous school year. Families will receive a weekly targeted instructional activity and materials along with daily personalized email suggestions and resources. The math challenge runs June 24 through Aug. 2.
For more information on the Summer Math Challenge, go to http://www.quantiles.com/content/summer-math-challenge/.