Whether you choose airplanes, space travel, birds, or butterflies, you can talk about flight this week with resources from the International Reading Association Children’s Literature and Reading SIG book review column, which is devoted to all aspects of flight through fact and fiction this week. Read more in Flight & Things with Wings! Book Reviews. You’ll find books for readers of all levels, from kindergarten to grade 12, and links to related ReadWriteThink lesson plans.
For more summer-friendly literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
- Get into the games! Explore themes of the Summer Olympics with these literacy activities.
- Bogged down by the heat? Check out this HOT resource to get kids thinking.
- Watch our videos from the IRA Convention: Using Digital “Games” in the Elementary Classroom.
- Use our Brights Ideas for Summer to keep kids reading and writing during the summer. You can find additional interactive games, resources, and field trips on the Thinkfinity site.
- Get ready to go back to school! We have booklists, community-building activities, and free online resources.
From the Calendar
- July 30: Paperback books were first introduced in 1935.Independent reading is promoted among students by organizing a paperback book swap in the classroom or with other classes at the same grade level. (For grades 3–8)
- July 31: J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library. (For grades 7–12)
- August 1: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years. (For grades 3–8)
- August 2: Get ready to go back to school!Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class. (For grades 3–6)
- August 4: President Barack Obama was born today in 1961.Students are read a passage by President Barack Obama from his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to examine the ways people are portrayed by the media. (For grades 7–12)
- Next month, find lesson plans and activities on Alex Haley, Walter Dean Myers, monarch butterflies, voting rights, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- What is your favorite Olympic activity/lesson plan?
- How are you educating your students on cyber-bullying?
- Is it possible to do a 180 degree turn with our grammar wagon?
- Do you think journal writing is valuable for student writers?
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