You can make summer a time when your students make progress through field studies and other enriching activities.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Summer-Themed Activities and Crafts
Keep kids learning all summer long with fun activities that span math, science, reading, and more.
Do your students have summer vacation on their minds? Convert daydreams into learning with this guide to warm-weather classroom activities.
The summer is the perfect time to reenergize and make concrete plans for next year. Tips and suggestions to make this your most productive summer yet!
Students will enjoy creating trees and branches from tracings of their own arms and hands in this colorful activity for introducing a unit on the four seasons.
Give your students ownership of their summer enrichment plan by having them create their very own "bucket list" of personal and academic goals they want to accomplish by summer's end.
Try this small experiment to observe how the Sun reaches a higher point in the sky as the summer solstice approaches. Just follow these steps:1. Starting to
Just click and print: Dress up your classroom, make a seasonal bulletin board, or personalize school-to-home communication.
Create pretty pinwheels to take outdoors and colorful animal masks. Plus, three great end-of-year activities.
Discover ways to get kids excited to read during the summertime.
This year's theme is Reading Under the Stars. Discover free resources for schools, book lists, teacher and student sweepstakes, and more.
Get kids excited about reading this summer with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and free teaching resources.
Here are five of classroom-tested strategies to set the stage for a fun-filled summer of reading.
This master teacher sets the stage for summer reading with a three-step plan.
Tips and tricks to keep your students turning pages all summer long!
Books will fly off the shelf and straight into your students' hands when they watch these quick video booktalks and book trailers.
Tips on encouraging your students to stay excited about books during the long vacation, plus ways to keep parents in the loop so they can provide additional support.
This lesson plan offers ready-to-use teaching ideas in science, for mixed ages. Children will learn about light as they investigate how prisms create colors.
Students will learn about winter and summer through hands-on activities, including sorting summer and winter clothing.
Children will expand their creative thinking and problem-solving skills as they learn about the concept of sinking and floating through making boats with various materials in this ready-to-use teaching idea for mixed ages. Activity: Science/Art.
Children will stage their favorite story, using creative-dramatic, gross-motor, and social interaction skills.
Show your child how different-sized sponges absorb different quantities of water. An outdoor summer activity for mixed ages. Teaches basic math and science concepts.
Children will learn about the growth of weeds and edible weeds through observation, measuring, and recording information in this ready-to-use teaching idea for mixed ages. Activity: Nuture.
Children learn about the ears and listening. Kids compare and contrast different animals'ears. There are versions of the activity for both older and younger children, and a spin off as well.
Children use creative thinking and language skills to create a mock travel agency. Kids also share stories about their own travel experiences. This article offers prop suggestions and tips for setting up.
Expand your kid's vocabulary and knowledge of birds. Build science skills while he uses tools and materials to gather information about birds in their environment.
11-yr-old William has lost a lot in the past two months. His beloved grandpa recently passed away; his father moved out of the house; and William is left to pick up the pieces. Then Riley, a large golden Labrador, bounds unexpectedly into his life...
Discussion guide for The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars.
Students pick a favorite animal and create a mini-book illustrating how it spends the seasons.
Children choose favorite songs, create a group songbook, and have a sing-along with family members at an end-of-the-year celebration.
Children make creative investigations to develop an understanding of mud. They chart and photograph their findings. A fun outdoor summer activity that promotes science and math skills.
Summer is a time to take full advantage of the myriad wonders of nature — and all the outdoor play space — with infants and toddlers.
Encourage creative-thinking skills with this summer machine activity for mixed ages. Kids learn the purpose of various tools and explore ways to design new ones.
Children paint water pictures that encourage creativity, eye-hand coordination, and fun! An outdoor summer art activity for mixed ages.
Books and Booktalks
Recommended summer reading, and booktalks on summer-themed fiction
Five summer reads that are sure to please high-school boys. Voracious and hesitant readers alike!
One of the reasons that low-income students lose ground to middle-income kids in reading is due, in large part, to different rates of learning during the summer months. Books that match a teen's interest can help motivate students to read and help teens continue to improve their reading skills. See a list of books proven to appeal to teens, particularly a female audience.
In this special celebration, we recommend books for every grade level, share facts about why summer reading is important, and more!
In 1925, the summer he was 16, Mark Purvis learned who he was and where he fit into his world.
Spending the summer on an isolated farm sounded like the worst possible kind of punishment. But that was before Paul got to know the people, the animals, and the ghost who lived there.
Claire and Hailey had no way of knowing that the creature at the bottom of the swimming pool that summer would change their lives forever.
It's the last day of school and you and your best friends are so excited to start your summer. You'll spend all of your free time together and hang out non-stop, right? For Kristy, Mary Anne and Claudia, their summer isn't quite so simple.
Top teachers and librarians recommend their picks for summer reading.