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May 19, 2016

All Set for Summer Reading

By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    The countdown to summer has begun here in Chicago-land, and for some of you, the year may even be wrapping up in the next week or two (lucky you)! We all know how easy it is for kids to get caught in the summer slump, and how difficult it can be to get them to continue keeping skills sharp or even just reading over the summer months. Who can blame them? They’ve worked hard all year and need a break, just like we do. However, reading over the summer is key to hitting the ground running when they return to school in the fall, so I've rounded up resources to keep those kiddos flipping pages over summer vacation. And I found them all right here at Scholastic.com!

     


    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge:

    The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to leap into reading and read more books during the summer months. The theme this year is Be a Reading Superhero! Students log their reading minutes, unlock stories from some of their favorite authors, and earn digital rewards.

    You can register your students and track their reading progress using the Educator Dashboard. At the end of the summer, the top school in every state will win a "Best in State" award and a celebratory party in a box!

    I love that this program has a site dedicated specifically to promoting summer reading and has EVERYTHING that teachers, parents, and students could possibly need to stay engaged reading over the summer months. When you check out the kids’ portal you will see that they may explore books and authors, games, kid-friendly blog posts, videos, and message boards.

    Teachers don’t have to worry about the hassle of tracking who has read what or wondering if anyone is reading over the summer and not knowing until they turn in paper forms in the fall. For parents, there are numerous resources that make monitoring and encouraging summer reading a snap. From suggested book lists, to a reading pledge sheet, paper reading logs, and a certificate of achievement, everything parents need (and teachers could print and pass these out, too!) is right at your fingertips!

     


    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Road Trip:  

    Join Scholastic on the ultimate reading road trip as we tour the country with our favorite authors, illustrators, and characters! This May through July, Scholastic is visiting communities big and small, hosting reading festivals for families with kids ages 0–12. Check out the list of stops on the Reading Road Trip site and see where you can start your summer long celebration of reading!

     


     

    What to Read:

    This time of year, one of the biggest complaints I receive from students is that there is nothing to read over the summer, and one of the most prevalent questions from parents is about what their child “should” or could be reading when out of school during summer months. In the past, I have spent hours researching best summer reads by grade level, interest, genre, and reading level. And then I realized it was all done right here. Check out the Scholastic summer reading list suggestions and hook your students and parents up with an instant collection of great reads for their months out of the classroom!


     


     

    Instant Printables:

    Make summer reading even more fun with these instant, FREE printables from Scholastic! Bookmarks, reading BINGO, and more are just a click away. Send these goodies home with the summer reading list, log, and pledge sheet listed and linked above for a complete summer reading ready-to-read pack for each of your students!

     



    Read Across the Country (or World):

    One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE reading activities comes from the one and only Beth Newingham! I found this idea from her over a decade ago, still use it in my classroom today, and it’s still a student favorite! Students mark places they read about on US and world maps with pushpins. Read more details about the classroom version of this activity on my previous read across America blog post. For a summer twist, send students home with this printed United States or world map. As students read throughout the summer, they mark each place they read about (setting) by noting the city and/or coloring the location on either map. You could set challenges for students to read across as many states, countries, or continents as possible for a fun challenge!

     
     

    GOOD LUCK surviving these last crazy days and weeks before summer break! I hope these instant, FREE resources from Scholastic help you send your students off ready to read all summer long!

     

    The countdown to summer has begun here in Chicago-land, and for some of you, the year may even be wrapping up in the next week or two (lucky you)! We all know how easy it is for kids to get caught in the summer slump, and how difficult it can be to get them to continue keeping skills sharp or even just reading over the summer months. Who can blame them? They’ve worked hard all year and need a break, just like we do. However, reading over the summer is key to hitting the ground running when they return to school in the fall, so I've rounded up resources to keep those kiddos flipping pages over summer vacation. And I found them all right here at Scholastic.com!

     


    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge:

    The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to leap into reading and read more books during the summer months. The theme this year is Be a Reading Superhero! Students log their reading minutes, unlock stories from some of their favorite authors, and earn digital rewards.

    You can register your students and track their reading progress using the Educator Dashboard. At the end of the summer, the top school in every state will win a "Best in State" award and a celebratory party in a box!

    I love that this program has a site dedicated specifically to promoting summer reading and has EVERYTHING that teachers, parents, and students could possibly need to stay engaged reading over the summer months. When you check out the kids’ portal you will see that they may explore books and authors, games, kid-friendly blog posts, videos, and message boards.

    Teachers don’t have to worry about the hassle of tracking who has read what or wondering if anyone is reading over the summer and not knowing until they turn in paper forms in the fall. For parents, there are numerous resources that make monitoring and encouraging summer reading a snap. From suggested book lists, to a reading pledge sheet, paper reading logs, and a certificate of achievement, everything parents need (and teachers could print and pass these out, too!) is right at your fingertips!

     


    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Road Trip:  

    Join Scholastic on the ultimate reading road trip as we tour the country with our favorite authors, illustrators, and characters! This May through July, Scholastic is visiting communities big and small, hosting reading festivals for families with kids ages 0–12. Check out the list of stops on the Reading Road Trip site and see where you can start your summer long celebration of reading!

     


     

    What to Read:

    This time of year, one of the biggest complaints I receive from students is that there is nothing to read over the summer, and one of the most prevalent questions from parents is about what their child “should” or could be reading when out of school during summer months. In the past, I have spent hours researching best summer reads by grade level, interest, genre, and reading level. And then I realized it was all done right here. Check out the Scholastic summer reading list suggestions and hook your students and parents up with an instant collection of great reads for their months out of the classroom!


     


     

    Instant Printables:

    Make summer reading even more fun with these instant, FREE printables from Scholastic! Bookmarks, reading BINGO, and more are just a click away. Send these goodies home with the summer reading list, log, and pledge sheet listed and linked above for a complete summer reading ready-to-read pack for each of your students!

     



    Read Across the Country (or World):

    One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE reading activities comes from the one and only Beth Newingham! I found this idea from her over a decade ago, still use it in my classroom today, and it’s still a student favorite! Students mark places they read about on US and world maps with pushpins. Read more details about the classroom version of this activity on my previous read across America blog post. For a summer twist, send students home with this printed United States or world map. As students read throughout the summer, they mark each place they read about (setting) by noting the city and/or coloring the location on either map. You could set challenges for students to read across as many states, countries, or continents as possible for a fun challenge!

     
     

    GOOD LUCK surviving these last crazy days and weeks before summer break! I hope these instant, FREE resources from Scholastic help you send your students off ready to read all summer long!

     

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