Why not start off the new school year with collaborative projects and lesson plans that will have students working and learning together? You can find plenty of great ideas for creating classroom community on the Thinkfinity site.
For more fun literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
- New on ReadWriteThink!
- Get into the games! Explore themes of the Summer Olympics with these literacy activities.
- Use our Brights Ideas for Summer to keep kids reading and writing during the last days of summer. You can find additional interactive games, resources, and field trips for summer on the Thinkfinity site.
- Missed us at IRA Convention 2012? Interested in on-demand professional development? Watch our session videos anywhere, anytime!
- Get ready to go back to school! We have booklists, community-building activities, and free online resources.
From the Calendar
- August 5: French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850. Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century. (For grades 9–12)
- August 6: The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete “famous.” Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years. (For grades 3–8)
- August 7: The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959.After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today. (For grades 5–12)
- August 9: Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic. (For grades 3–8)
- August 10: The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit. (For grades 1–8)
- August 11: Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots. (For grades 5–12)
- Next month, find lesson plans and activities on Walter Dean Myers, Davy Crockett, monarch butterflies, voting rights, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- What is your favorite Olympic activity/lesson plan?
- Harry Potter has a Reading Club—will you join?
- 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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