IXL in Action – Math: A Bear Necessity

December 18, 2012


In the Classroom

For many schools, it’s not uncommon for students’ math skills to diminish over the summer break.  Not so at Greenwood Elementary, where principal Brad Gustafson created an IXL Summer Learning Challenge to help students continue to learn and grow over the summer months.  The format of the challenge?  IXL bingo.  It was offered on a volunteer basis, and parents were encouraged to get involved.

“Teachers looking to foster increased mathematical engagement and thinking in their students should look for creative ways to make math fun and authentic,” said Gustafson.  “There is a misconception that math is isolated to the school setting.”

The bingo tasks were designed to help students progress through the math skills and get them to appreciate the fun features of IXL; individual challenges included earning two ribbons a week for a month, getting nine prizes in a row on a game board, and changing their personal avatar using virtual prizes earned over the summer.  Positive feedback from involved parents soon poured in; their children loved the challenges, and many were eager for even more!  Students who achieved multiple bingos received school-wide recognition upon returning to school in the fall, and all participants received a specially designed “dog tag” necklace featuring the school’s Grizzly bear logo and a simple yet powerful truth: Math: A Bear Necessity.

“Math transcends everything and it’s important that educators partner with parents to promote that positive message,” said Gustafson. “Math can be creativity, problem-solving, effort, collaboration, trial and error, growth, practice and technology…all rolled into one!  IXL can make that happen.”

Curious to learn how other schools have implemented IXL? Check out our new IXL in Action page!

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All Comments (9)

max December 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

ixl is an awesome place for kids to learn stuff like subtraction,additon and all that.its great


Anonymous December 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I agree!


Anonymous December 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

please call me at this number


The IXL Blog December 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

Hello, did you need help with IXL? If so, please e-mail us at help@ixl.com and we’d be happy to assist you!


Shilo December 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

IXL has helped me in many ways, but the one that is really important to me is this: In 5th grade, I got a 65% in math. Come 6th grade, I was in Pre-Algebra! Everyday I come home and do IXL. Thank you so much!


The IXL Blog December 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

That’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


CECE February 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

amazing !!!


grace August 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I need help I can’t find my summer bingo and I don’t know what to do


The IXL Team August 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Hi Grace, please email help@ixl.com and we can try and help. Thanks!


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