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Summer Tips

Staying Academically Active throughout the summer

Elementary Students

Tips:

  1. Visit your local library to register for summer reading programs
  2. Sign up for summer incentive programs such as Pizza Hut’s Book it and Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge
  3. Visit local museums/zoos and research exhibits
  4. Consider your local parks and recreation for Nature Walks, Observatory Tours, and Aquariums
  5. Subscribe to magazines such as National Geographic, Highlights, DynoMath, etc.
  6. Encourage your child to read every day for at least 30 minutes
  7. Practice Math fluency facts using index cards or online sites
  8. Write every week with a summer journal
  9. Make learning a priority by setting aside time in your daily routine
  10. Teach kids to cook and bake, it will help them better understand measurement/fractions and following recipes
  11. Explore science by doing experiments at home

 

8 Weeks for Summer Success

 

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Summer Reading & Writing Activities

 

For our Super Students please complete the following activities:

 

 

Week 1: Celebrate Summer

 

 

Check off when completed

  1. Tues. W Thurs.

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Write a list of things you want to do this summer.
  • Make a chart to keep track of all the books you read this summer.
  • Write down on your calendar the time the sun sets today.
  • Start a summer scrap book. Include souvenirs of any trip you take, photos, movie ticket stubs, and projects you work on during the summer.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2: Keep in Touch

 

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Make a personal email list. Keep in touch with friends and relatives by writing them letters via email.
  • Design your own stationery and write a letter to a friend or cousin.
  • Start a journal with a friend or relative. Take turns writing in it all summer long. You can do this by mail.
  • Write a letter to your favorite author. A librarian can help you find a postal or e-mail address.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

Week 3: Discover recipes for fun

 

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Use different sized measuring cups/ spoons to fill various containers. Keep a log to compare measurements
  • Invent a recipe for a cool summer drink. Write the recipe on an index card. Serve the drink to your family or friends.
  • Go the library and find a cookbook. Make the most interesting dish in the book.
  • Read the directions on a box of instant pudding

or gelatin (jello). Ask your parents if you can make dessert tonight.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

Week 4: Travel the World

 

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • If you are going on a family vacation this summer, read about your trip. Mark your travel route on a map.
  • Pretend you are going to visit another city, state or country. Search online and plan you imaginary itinerary and don’t forget to check the weather.
  • Look for out of state license plates. Make a list of all the states names and there slogans. Decide which one you like best.
  • Research on line most famous landmarks. Make a list of the top 5 landmarks you would like to visit

and why.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

Week 5: Enjoy the great outdoors.

 

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Pick wildflowers and press them between the pages of a heavy book until the end of the summer.
  • Plan an imaginary backyard camping trip with a friend. List all the things you need to survive.
  • Plan a family “booknic” at your favorite outdoor spot. Pack lunch and plenty to read.
  • Collect shells at the beach. Use a nature guide to identify them.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

Week 6: Watch the skies

 

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Learn what birds live in your area. (Birds are described in books called Field Guides.) Wake up early to go bird watching and list the birds you see.
  • Which constellations can you see on a clear summer night? Look at the sky using a star guide to help you find the constellations.
  • People have been looking at the skies for generations. Ask a grandparent or much older friend to tell you a story about his or her childhood.
  • Look at the moon, draw a picture of it. Research the different phases of the moon and decide what phase that you are looking at. Add that

phrase to your picture.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 


 

 

Week 7: Design something big

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Invent a tool to help you do chores more easily. Draw a picture of it or make it from some old junk.
  • Look in the newspaper and search for cars. Design a new car, give it a name. Draw a picture and write all the features your car will have and give your car a price.
  •  Walk around your neighborhood with a parent and look at the houses. Design a house that would best suit your lifestyle.
  • Design your own board game and write the rules.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

Week 8: Honor summer’s end

 

 

 

Read for 20-30 minutes daily

 

 

 

 

Learn with Technology- Log on to Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, or IStation 2-3 a week for minimum of 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

  • Remember the wildflowers you presses between the pages of a heavy book? Remove them, and put them in your summer scrapbook or paste them on heavy paper to make a bookmark.
  • Notice what time the sun sets today. Compare it to the time the sun set during week one.
  • Make a list of the supplies you need for school. Check with the school website and start shopping.
  • Plan an end of summer celebration. Write a list of the 10 best things you did this summer.

Complete ALL or at least

1 of 4 activities on the left.

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

10 Fun Indoor Summer Projects

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/06/11/keep-learning-and-making-10-fun-indoor-summer-projects/

10 Outdoor Summer Learning Activities

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/06/08/10-awesome-outdoor-summer-learning-ideas/

Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/07/04/74-creative-ways-to-stop-summer-brain-drain/

 

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