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6 Summer Learning Activities to Do With Kids

6 Summertime Learning Activities to Do With StudentsHere are some fun, low-cost, summer learning activities that you can do with your students and kids. These summer learning activities are stimulating and educational for kids of all ages.

Brain Teasers

Brain Teasers and puzzles are an awesome way to challenge the brain. These educational opportunities are so fun, kids won’t feel like their doing work at all. Summertime Learning Books has a bunch of  amazing math brain teasers and activities for kids.

Project Pantry

Find a spot in your classroom or house where you can store supplies. This might be a closet or a bin that stays in one spot. Get some clean paint cans or buckets. Fill them with all types of craft and art supplies. Besides the typical paints, markers, paper, scissors, and glue, include some more unusual things, such as tiles, artificial flowers, and wrapping paper. This way, you want to do a summer craft project, you have everything you need at that moment.

Collect Something

Let students choose something to collect that is free or inexpensive, such as paper clips or buttons. If the child wants to collect something that might be impractical, like horses, find pictures in magazines or catalogs, and have the students cut them out and start a picture collection.

Flash Cards

Use flashcards to learn new vocabulary words or create your own flashcards using index cards. Depending on the child’s interests and grade level, these cards might feature sight words, math problems, or states and capitals. You can create them yourself with markers or on a computer.  Let the kids help cut pictures out of magazines and glue them on the index cards. Then, find a spot outdoors, and go through the flash cards with your child.

Grocery Store Trip

Take a fun learning trip to the grocery store. Even with non-readers, you can have them help you find items on the shelf. Start by giving each child a list of his or her own. Review the list before you go. For non-readers, you might want to cut pictures from ads. Once you get to an aisle where you know there is something on your child’s list, prompt him or her to find the item. You may have to help your child get something down from a shelf.

Eating the Alphabet

Wouldn’t it be fun to eat the alphabet? During the course of the summer, see how many fresh fruits and vegetables you can eat from A to Z. You and your child can use a blank chart  or poster and write the letters A-Z on it. Once you have the chart, each time your child eats a fruit or vegetable, write it next to the matching letter of the alphabet. You can also do a smaller version of the chart by using summer themed computer paper and You can also let your child draw a picture of what he or she has eaten.

Find more summer learning activities and lessons here.

 

30 Amazing End of the Year Award Ideas

End of the Year Award Ideas

You’re in the home stretch and there’s a lot to do in the classroom to wrap up the end of another amazing school year. Don’t forget to celebrate all the achievements your students have made throughout the year. Present each student with a Certificate of Achievement Award during a classroom award ceremony. To make your students feel extra special, you could present each student with an individualized award that celebrates their best character trait, or best skill. Here are 30 award ideas for a memorable end of the school year award ceremony.

Math Award Super Student

Most Spirited Award
Peacemaker Award
Super Speller Award
Technology Whiz Award
Super Scientist Award
Good Reader Award
Aspiring Author Award
Perfect Penmanship Award
Amazing Artist Award
Master of Math Award
Queen/King of Crafts Award
Music Master Award
Good Leader Award
Classroom Comedian Award
Fashionista Award
Big Helper Award
Good Friend Award
Sunshine Award
Helping Hand Award
Best Manners Awards
Sportsmanship Award
Mother Earth Award
Problem-Solver Award
Most Creative Award
Good Friend Award
Organization King/Queen Award
Clean Up King/Queen Award
Perfect Attendance Award
Humanitarian Award Award

See more awards and incentives here.

11 Ways to Spot a Leprechaun & Activity Ideas

st. patricks day class activity

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Share these fun leprechaun facts with students and pair them with activities to get their creative minds going.

Leprechaun Facts
Would you like to meet a leprechaun? First, you have to find one. Here are some facts about leprechauns that may help. But be careful! Leprechauns like to play tricks on people.

1) Leprechauns are fairies
2) They are old men with beards
3) They are about two feet tall
4) Their job is to make shoes
5) They have pots of gold coins
6) They hide their pots of gold at the ends of rainbows
7) They can be grumpy
8) They wear hats and green clothes
9) They wear shoes with buckles
10) They live in the woods
11) They can do magic

Activity Ideas

Drawing: Use the facts above to draw a picture of a leprechaun. Make sure your picture shows where he lives. Show the leprechaun doing his work.

Writing Prompt: If I met a leprechaun and had three wishes, I would wish for.

Speaking & Listening: Have students listen to Irish Folk Music and Instruments and discuss the different types on instruments.

Shamrock Word Families Activity: Add a St. Patrick’s day twist to this classic fluency activity

Shamrock Potato Print Stamps: All you need is a potato, cookie cutter & paint for this fun art activity

For more St. Patrick’s Day and holiday activities, see Celebrating Holidays: Reading, Writing & Hands-on Activities

Interactive Notebooks & Trivia Assessment

Hey all!  It’s Staci from Let’s Teach Something Blog back again. This time, I’m here to show you how I help my students anchor their learning using interactive notebooks and a trivia assessment game.

Interactive Notebooks


Creating Interactive Notebooks

Let me give you a picture of what my teaching looks like. My 2nd graders have 2 interactive notebooks: one math, one reading.  When I introduce a new skill, we always put it in our notebook to anchor our learning.  The students are encouraged to look back in their interactive notebooks if they are unsure of what a skill should look like.  It’s an amazing learning tool that I’ve just started using this year, and I love, love, love it.  I’ve been creating pages as I go, so it’s a work in progress!

Trivia Assessment

Classroom Trivia Game

We’ve become masters at creating reference material for ourselves in our notebooks…and lots of it!  I needed a formative assessment to see how my students understand concepts of these different math and reading skills.  A test of this magnitude would be very time consuming!  So, I decided we were just going to play a good ‘ol fashioned Jeopardy-style trivia game.

To create the trivia game, I used letters from Sassy Circle Letters Pack, wrote some questions on the backs of them, and hung them on my whiteboard, and the game was ready to go.  I also have some student buzzers that help identify which team rang in first.  The students love the game, and ask for it often!

Here’s a twist to the trivia game:  I sometimes put blank letters at centers before and asked the students to come up with a question and then at the end of the week, we put them altogether for a Jeopardy trivia game mash-up.  This alternative really gets the kids invested in creating QUALITY questions!  The rule:  if it’s your own question, you are not allowed to answer it!

Need more teaching tips? Here are 5 Best Practices for Teaching Math and see some great center ideas here.