Encourage students to use our Brights Ideas for Summer to keep them reading and writing during the break. You can find additional interactive games, resources, and field trips on the Thinkfinity site. Here’s a preview of the activities:
- Poetry writing: Write poetry in various forms about summer themes.
- Prewriting: Use Cube Creator to plan a story about a superhero with summer super powers.
- Character writing: Explore the qualities of characters from your favorite summer books and create Trading Cards to share with your friends.
- Persuasive writing: Map out a convincing argument for a summertime treat or special privilege using our online Persuasion Map.
And check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below for more classroom-ready ideas. Have a great week!
- New Lessons for grades 6–12:
- Discuss Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when Texas slaves learned they were free.
- Are you interested in testing the new RWT mobile apps? Find out more and let us know!
- Tune in to the newest episode of the Text Messages podcast to hear about an array of recently-published smart romance titles that feature male as well as female narrators, gay as well as straight relationships, and stories of love unfolding in a variety of circumstances.
From the Calendar
- June 10: The Crystal Palace hosted the first display of life-size dinosaur replicas in 1854. After learning about Hawkins' dinosaur replicas, students work individually or in small groups to investigate a dinosaur of their choice, comparing their findings to Hawkins'. (For grades 7–12)
- June 12: Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942. Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts. (For grades 5–8)
- June 14: June 14 is Flag Day in the U.S. Students consider how America, Americans, and the flag are represented in different patriotic songs and hypothesize about the reasons for their differences. (For grades 5–12)
- June 15: Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939. After students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, a class newspaper is created based on the story. (For grades 5–10)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on Juneteenth, summer reading, Eric Carle, and more!
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