Summer and reading go together like peanut butter and jelly. Children can dive deeper into summer reading by using the Trading Cards tool. They'll examine a favorite character and write a new story for him or her. Visit our Bright Ideas for Summer project and learn how to create Summer Trading Cards. You’ll find interactive, online tools kids can use as guides as they explore the writing process.
For even more summer-friendly literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
- Find summer-ready interactive games, resources, and field trips on the Thinkfinity site.
- Bogged down by the heat? Check out this HOT resource to get kids thinking.
- What are your Favorite Resources for Teaching Fairy Tales?
- Have you seen a Beguiling Billboard recently? Find inspiration for reading and writing along the road.
- Get ready to go back to school! We have booklists, community-building activities, and free online resources.
From the Calendar
- July 22: The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning’s version and discuss how perspective changes the story. (For grades 7–12)
- July 26: Jan Berenstain, co-author of the popular Berenstain Bears series of books, was born in 1923.Teachers create “Book Kits” for students to help promote family literacy. Berenstain Bears books are included in these "book kits" which also include nonfiction books on the same subject, home activities, reproducibles, and parent information. (For grades K–2)
- July 27: The Summer Olympics start today!Students explore a variety of themes such as peace, culture, motion, sports, and competition using 2012 Summer Olympics games in London as the backdrop. (For grades K–12)
- July 28: Author of Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt, was born in 1932. Students research the concept of immortality from beliefs around the world and compose a short story, myth, or poem that addresses immortality. (For grades 9–12)
- Next week, find lesson plans and activities on J.K. Rowling, the World Wide Web, paperback books, and more!
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