Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes

Summer Fun

Writing Prompt

Description:

Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation. Have students write several paragraphs that describe their perfect summer vacation.

Activities

Grades K–1
Summer Camp for a Day

You can help work out some of the end-of-the-school-year restlessness by turning your classroom into a campground for a day.

Grades K–1
Camping Memory Challenge

Test your students' memory skills by having them take turns hiding items that could be used on a camping trip.

Grades K–1
At the Beach

Your students can bring some sunshine into the classroom by coloring a picture of the beach.

  • At the Beach
  • http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/summer/1.gif
Grades K–2: Science/Social Studies
Summer Facts

Have students write some facts about summer. Then have them draw a summer picture.

  • Summer (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/about_summer.pdf
Grades K–2
My Summer Fun

Your students can decorate calendars for the month of June with pictures of themselves having fun in the summer.

  • June
  • http://www.eduplace.com/calendar/jun.pdf
Grades K–8: Language Arts
Fake Out!

Anything goes with this amusing word game, in which the object is to convince others that your definition is the correct one.

Grades 1–3: Language Arts
Summer Poetry

Share these summer poems with your students. Then ask them to write poems about things they will do this summer.

  • Summer
  • http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems6.html
Grades 1–5: Language Arts
Summer Poem

Get students psyched for summer vacation. Have them write a poem about a favorite summer activity or excursion. Finished poems can be used to decorate a bulletin board titled, “Can't Wait for Summer!”

Grades 1–8: Language Arts
Word Scrambles

Can your students unscramble these summer fun words?

Grades 2–8
Word Finds

Have students find summer-related words hidden in a puzzle.

  • Summer (grades 1–4) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_easy_wf.pdf
  • Summer Answer Key (grades 1–4) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_easy_wf_key.pdf
  • Summer (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_hard_wf.pdf
  • Summer Answer Key (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_hard_wf_key.pdf
Grades 3–8
Road Trip

Have your students grab their sunglasses and travel to some of America's favorite vacation spots.

  • Road Trip!!
  • http://pbskids.org/wayback/summer/trip.html
Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Summer Fun Wacky Web Tale

Students can create a wacky summer story about a trip to the beach by filling in the blanks with parts of speech.

  • The Beach
  • http://www.eduplace.com/tales/content/wwt_029.html
Grades 3–8
Tie-dyeing

Tie-dyeing is fun and creative, and it gets kids in style for summer. Just be sure kids are well supervised and are wearing old clothes.

Grades 3–8: Mathematics
Brain Teasers

Challenge your students' problem-solving skills with Brain Teasers. Each week a new Brain Teaser is posted for three grade ranges: 3–4, 5–6, and 7–8. Hints are provided, and answers are given the following week. Problems are archived for three weeks.

Grades 4–8: Language Arts
Crossword Puzzles

Have students test their knowledge of summer.

  • Fun in the Sun (grades 4–5) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_easy_xword.pdf
  • Fun in the Sun Answer Key (grades 4–5) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_easy_xword_key.pdf
  • Summer Fun (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_hard_xword.pdf
  • Summer Fun Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/june/pdf/summer_hard_xword_key.pdf
Grades 4–8: Mathematics/Social Studies
Get Your Lemonade!

Lemonade Stand is a classic game that teaches the basics about how supply and demand affect business. In this game, students try to make money running a lemonade stand.


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