Summer Implementation Ideas for IXL Math (Part 1)

May 14, 2013


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Are you looking for ways to make summer learning more fun with IXL? Here are some ideas to get you started!

Math Olympics. Get those competitive juices flowing by challenging your mathletes to meet school, class, or individual goals over the summer. They’ll love to see how many medals and awards they can earn on IXL—but you can also throw in your own prizes!  Set goals based on:

  • Practice time
  • Skills practiced
  • Skills mastered
  • Improvements made
  • Medals earned
  • Consistency of practice

B-I-N-G-O. Create your own bingo board, where each square represents a different IXL goal. When students achieve five goals in a row, they’ve won the game (although they just might surprise you and go for multiple bingos)!  For inspiration, check out this video from Greenwood Elementary School, which used IXL bingo to engage students in math practice last summer—with excellent results!  (See Math: A Bear Necessity for the full story.)

Standards Roundup. Print out a sheet with the standards you want students to work on over the summer and have them fill out their SmartScore for each standard as they practice. Challenge them to see how high they can score, and remind them that they can return to each skill as often as they’d like, so there’s no limit to the number of tries they get. When they return to school in the fall, reward top-scoring students or students who have made the most improvement with a special prize!

Check back next week for fun and inexpensive prize ideas, plus more tips for implementing IXL over the summer!

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All Comments (8)

jessica nitek May 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

hi i love ixl


The IXL Blog May 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Thanks, Jessica! We love hearing that!


Sandra May 30, 2013 at 7:17 am

Is there a template for the bingo game?


The IXL Blog June 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Hi, Sandra. You can create any template you like! Feel free to use the above template as an example.


Nancy June 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Can you make a sample BINGO award chart for us to download and print? Thanks!


The IXL Blog June 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hi, Nancy. You’re welcome to use the above template as an example for your own bingo chart. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at


Daisy December 13, 2014 at 3:21 am

Thanks for sharing. I let my daughter use IXL last year but she found it too frustrating. The pricing is relatively too high as a supplement program. Then her teacher recommened another online learning site called Beestar for us. Based on our experience during this year, I think it really helps.
Beestar offers many core subject programs such as language arts, math, social studies. The math program is free and easy to use. Different from IXL’s punishment system, Beestar has very good reward system to keep kids motivated. My daughter likes to win the weekly ribbons. I don’t need to force her but she completes the weekly exercise on time. These exercises contain representative math questions to help her catch the point of math knowledge. There’re many competitive peers from nationwide on Beestar. I can see my daughter becomes much more confident in math exams-no fear for math any more. I am glad I made the right choice for her.


The IXL Blog December 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

Hi Daisy, we’re sorry to hear IXL was frustrating for your daughter. We hear from users that the different types of questions and the awards and certificates on IXL are motivating for students, but we appreciate your feedback and are glad that your child has gained confidence in her math skills!


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