Before kids head out of the classroom for the summer, share the Parent and Afterschool Resources with their families. The family-friendly activities will keep kids learning all summer long. Families can find everything they need on the site—from age-appropriate book suggestions to rainy day activities.
Our four newest activities show some of the options available on the site:
- Friends: Similar and Different like Rat and Roach (For grades K–2)
- Postcards from the Trail (For grades K–2)
- Go Ape with Webcams! (For grades 3–5)
- Star Light, Star Bright: Reading and Writing about the Nighttime Sky (For grades 3–5)
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on spelling, Walt Whitman, and more!
- New Podcast: Talking with Teen Librarians, Episode 62 of Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers.
- Have you tried the 5 Great Activities from ReadWriteThink, featured on the Free Tech for Teachers site?
- Watch our video to learn about Using ReadWriteThink to Address CCSS and Engage Adolescent Learners.
- Find resources for Talking About Tornados in the Thinkfinity Community Hub.
- Help kids and teens beat the summer slide with our summer reading resources.
From the Calendar
- May 26: Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951. After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who’s Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride. (For grades 3–8)
- May 27: On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born. Students learn about Rachel Carson, explore different environmental websites, and write a Diamante Poem about a particular habitat. (For grades 3–12)
- May 27: Memorial Day is observed in the United States today. Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women. (For grades 5–12)
- May 28: National Spelling Bee Finals are held this week. Students discuss why certain contests get more publicity than others and what counts as “knowledge.” (For grades 7–12)
- May 31: Today is Walt Whitman’s birthday. Students write and illustrate their own children’s stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem. (For grades 7–12)
- In June, find lesson plans and activities on summer reading, Flag Day, Juneteenth, author birthdays, and more!
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[Photo: Summer Reading by Enokson, on Flickr]