Summer Learning Activities

Keeping the learning fresh and alive in the summer months is the key to preventing the dreaded summer slide.

I came across some great tips on the Education World website that I would like to link you to!

Check out the tips here.
Any other ideas?

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Preventing the Summer Slide

Research says that over the summer months, students will lose some of the learning they achieved during the school year. The number one way to prevent this summer slide is to encourage and foster reading in your children and students!

Here are some tips for fostering a love of reading with your children:

1. Make frequent trips to the library. Libraries have a wealth of resources from story times and summer reading programs to other literacy programs. Kids (and adults, too!) can check out as many books as they’d like. And remember, it is all FREE!

2. Make sure your kids see you reading! Show your children that reading is fun and something adults do as well. Have books and magazines around your room to foster that reading environment.

3. Encourage your children to find books with subjects they enjoy. Don’t force your children (especially during the summer months) to read books they do not like. It is okay to abandon books and find a new one. 

Visit the Reading is Fundamental website for a few more tips.

What are your tips for preventing the summer slide?

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Happy Summer!

For most teachers and students, schools are out for the summer or will be in the next few days. 

Take this time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate for another school year that will be here before you know it!

I’ll be taking some students on a week-long science camping trip in Wyoming and then spending a week in the Dominican Republic with my sister. 

What are your summer plans?

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Keep the Learning Going!

We are nearing the end of the school year. However, that does not mean the learning should slow down! Of course, there are skills and units we still need to fit in before the final bell rings for the year. I urge you to use these last few weeks to plan engaging, interactive lessons that will keep the learning fresh and moving forward during the summer months. Don’t revert to putting in a movie and calling it educational! 

In my science classes, we having used the Engineering Design Cycle all year during our weekly STEM challenges. Therefore, our last STEM challenge is a week-long challenge that will act as the final assessment of their science practices and take the students through the Engineering Design Cycle completely one last time. My students started the plan step of the Egg Landing System design last week, and I’m sure are eager to return to the project this week. While this project is certainly fun, it is also engaging and assesses the students’ skills we have learned all year. I am excited to see what they come up with and how far they take their learning this summer and into next school year.

How about you? What do you have planned for the last days and weeks of the school year?

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Memorial Day Ideas for the Classroom

Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

Here is a website that may help the classroom teacher with Memorial Day Lesson Idea Plans!

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. Education World celebrates this special holiday with activities, music, and Web-based ideas to help the children in your classroom understand Memorial Day’s significance.

Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives: Lessons for Memorial Day
What does Memorial Day mean to your students? Do they grasp the significance of the sacrifice that American men and women have made to preserve our freedom? Included: Five lessons help students understand the meaning of Memorial Day.

The Memory Shall Be Ours: Celebrating Memorial Day
Why is Memorial Day so important? Your students will learn the significance of this very special day with this exclusive Education World lesson plan.

Wall of Peace
Mary E. Noyes (with Barrie Citrowske), who teaches at Minneota (Minnesota) Public School, submitted this week’s lesson in which students’ essays are used to build a classroom Wall of Peace. (Grades 5-12)

Teaching Citizenships Five Themes
Memorial Day is a perfect opportunity to teach about citizenship. These activities, from the editors of Weekly Reader, will highlight each of the five citizenship themes.

Put the “Memory” Back in Memorial Day
Some teachers, concerned about students’ ignorance of the origin and meaning of Memorial Day, have created programs that stress the importance of remembering and honoring U.S. war veterans on that day.

Students Remember Vietnam War Heroes
Middle school students from Capt. Nathan Hale School in Coventry, Connecticut, pieced together biographies of the 612 state residents killed in the Vietnam War. They published the biographies so others will get to know the servicemen as well as they have.

Speakers, Projects Bring Veterans’ Stories to Classroom
Teachers use a variety of ways to educate students about the historic significance of Veterans Day, coming on November 11. Included: Classroom activities for teaching about Veterans Day.

Lessons in Life: Connecting Kids and Soldiers
While most teachers discuss the war in Iraq with their classes, many find that both they and their students also want to do something concrete to help U.S. troops abroad. Included: A list of organizations that link students or classes with deployed servicemen and women.

Make a Memorial Day Book
This work sheet offers an 8-page mini book for primary-grade students to cut and fold. The mini book tells of the origins and celebrations of Memorial Day.

Make a Memorial Day Windsock
This work sheet provides dirctions for designing and creating a red-white-and-blue windsock. Adapt this lesson for Memorial Day by having students reflect on the meaning of the day. Hang the windsocks in your classroom or at home.

Internet Scavenger Hunt: Honoring Our Veterans
What do you know about Veterans Day? Explore the Veterans Day Web site to learn about that national holiday.

Great Sites for Teaching About… World Wars I and II
This week’s sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about World Wars I and II.

Remembering D-Day: Great Sites on the Web
Education World looks at some interesting D-Day Web sites.

Great Sites for Teaching About… Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Education World recommends some of the best sites on the Wide Web for learning and teaching about these important historic events.

Raise the Flag Day (Awareness) in Your Class!
Education World salutes Flag Day with lesson activities, links to great sites, and more.