How to Use Prodigy to Fight Summer Learning Loss

Nothing quite compares to that feeling of accomplishment at the end of every school year.

You tirelessly deliver skill-building content to students every day — and as the year wraps up, you get to see all your hard work paid off.

So, why do students seem underprepared when they return the following school year?

Summer learning loss studies have found students can lose more than a month of academic learning from the previous school year. What’s worse, this decline happens more in math skills than any other subject.

Luckily, kids can practice math on Prodigy all summer — preventing summer learning loss and possibly even improving their math skills!

Here’s how you can use Prodigy to fight summer learning loss in four easy steps:

1. Print and send home Parent Letters before summer starts

Tell parents about Prodigy’s awesome benefits and get your class ready to play all summer! Parent Letters make it easy to give each parent their child’s student account information, so they can start playing at home.

First, log into your account on Prodigy.

Select a classroom and go to your Students tab.

Click on Get Parent Letters and select your preferred language.

You can find the Students tab at the left of your screen on desktop. If you’re using a mobile device, it’s at the bottom.

Prodigy automatically generates Parent Letters for every student in your classroom. Once you’ve printed your letters, send them home with each student to show their parents.

Your parent letter will look like this, including each student’s account information at the bottom.

2. Review your Progress Report

Check student progress for the school year by grade level and strand content. When you’ve selected your classroom, go to your Reports tool and choose the Progress Report. 

View your Progress Report for a full breakdown on how students are performing in each math domain. You can use this information to decide which skills your students will need to practice more over the summer, to prepare for the next grade level.

3. Create Assessments throughout the summer based on common gaps in your Progress Report

Within your classroom, go to the Assessments tool.

The Assessments tool lets you create a summer schedule for your students, choosing which math skills they’ll be practicing when they log into Prodigy at home, or even when traveling on summer vacations!

At the top of your screen, click the Create button and select the second option: Plans.

You’ll be asked to select a domain for your Plan.

Choose a skill, then select your desired date range during the summer months. We’ll tell you how long it should take for students to finish your Plan, so you can choose an appropriate date range based on how much you expect them to play Prodigy.

Keep making Plans for every math skill you want to target. Make Plans for the entire summer ahead of time, or add new Plans throughout the summer as you go.

Now you can feel confident knowing students will work on important math skills, so they can enter the new school year ready to keep learning!

Click to create alignment now!

4. Get your students excited about Summerfest!

Once your Plans are ready, make sure students look forward to playing all summer by hyping up the brand new in-game festival, Summerfest!

Summerfest will include tons of fun summer-festival themed features to keep kids engaged for hours! As soon as it launches, students get automatic access when they log in to play.

Tell your class to stay tuned for summer decor, new summer items and much more! Summerfest brings a whole new level of fun to the game that students won’t want to miss.

“Playing Prodigy during the summer is a great way for kids to keep being confronted with the math they learned that year. It would absolutely help with beginning of the year review.”

Crystal Babb
4th grade teacher

To start fighting summer learning loss with Prodigy Math, create or log into your teacher account now! 👇

Laney Kennedy

Laney is a Content Writer at Prodigy. She's passionate about education, literature, and looking at pictures of corgis on the internet!

27 thoughts on “How to Use Prodigy to Fight Summer Learning Loss

  1. This is a great idea! I am awarding students free Prodigy memberships for leaderboard in our tournament and I hope this will encourage them to continue to play Prodigy over the Summer.

    1. I am also rewarding students with free memberships in hopes they will continue to use Prodigy over the summer.

  2. I also was going to offer memberships for student participation. I was also thinking about looking at percent correct with most questions answered and maybe doing an epic pet reward to start there new school year.

  3. I’m all for extending Math through the summer so that our students are prepared for the following year. Thank you for the information.

  4. I find that rewarding them for their hard work helps. I review their progress and time spent on Prodigy over the summer. Then I give out prizes. I will do this for my incoming class too.

  5. My students have already been asking how they can play Prodigy during the summer. Thanks for all the helpful hints. Many of my students do not have access to a device nor to the internet, therefore I will be suggesting that that they play it at the library so that they can also check out books to read.

  6. I will certainly use this for my outgoing 4th graders. Now I have to find out who my incoming THIRD graders are, as I am changing grade levels. I’d love to get them started on Prodigy over the summer!!

  7. I am working hard to get points to give at least 15-20 students free 1 month memberships that they can play until the end of the school year. Many of our students do not have computers at home but almost all of them have a cell phone. Many of the parents have allowed their children to download the app and play Prodigy on the phone. Some of the students have tablets too. This will ensure that they have access to Prodigy during the summer. I will suggest the library as well in hopes that a family member would take the there over the summer.

  8. I am so excited to let my kids know they can do Prodigy this summer. I’ve already had a few parents ask me when their account “expires.” I feel like this will really help students stay engaged and even get themselves ahead for the next year.

  9. I have done the letters home but I plan on doing that again. I am also going to reward those who did the work when they return to school.

  10. I love all of the ideas. Prodigy is a great tool. I have a new class coming in September. I don’t find out who is in my class until the end of the summer. I would love to send a letter to them with a prodigy login to at least begin the diagnostics so I can learn what type of math student they are.

  11. I change my assignments every week. This way, students who play over the summer have different skills and don’t forget what we learned.

  12. I’m messaging parents and students as soon as this posts about Summerfest. They just won’t know I’ve made plans for them to keep learning.

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