How have the kids you know been spending their time this summer? Whether they’ve been spending their afternoons swimming in the pool, playing baseball with friends, or just hanging around in the park, you can encourage them to use their summer activities as inspiration for their own poetry.
For even more summer-friendly literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
- New Lesson: Blending the Past with Today’s Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction, for grades 5–10
- New Podcast: Teens on the Margins from Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
- New Strategy Guides:
- 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.
- The Summer Olympics are just weeks away! Get ready with these fun activities.
- Verizon Turns to ISTE to Help Teachers in Underserved Schools Use Mobile Technology to Prepare Students for STEM Careers
From the Calendar
- July 9: Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society’s most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants. (For grades 3–8)
- July 10: The Scopes Trial began today in 1925.Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated. (For grades 5–12)
- July 11: Children’s author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944.Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool. (For grades 3–8)
- July 11: Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899.Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children’s book, Charlotte’s Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction. (For grades K–5)
- July 12: Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.Students make mental “snapshots” of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk. (For grades 1–12)
- July 14: Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953.Using one of Numeroff’s books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom. (For grades 3–8)
- Next week, find lesson plans and activities on Ida B. Wells, Jack Kerouac, John Newbery, the first moon landing, Ernest Hemingway, and more!
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[Photo: Pool Day by Sherif Salama, on Flickr]