We have added even more new summer activities to our Parent and Afterschool Resources in the last week. These family-friendly activities include everything needed, so let the summer learning begin with our six newest activities on the site:
- Digging for Answers (For grades 3–5)
- A Dragon’s Fire: From A to Z (For grades K–2)
- Can Letters Tell a Story? (For grades 3–6)
- Batter Up! Telling Sports Stories With Trading Cards (For grades 2–6)
- Rhyme Time With Madeline (For grades K–2)
- Summer Discoveries (For grades K–3)
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on Anne Frank, Flag Day, and more!
- Watch our video to learn about Using ReadWriteThink to Address CCSS and Engage Adolescent Learners.
- Do you like using audio books? Visit the Thinkfinity Community for resources and conversation!
- Students can create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles with our newly updated tool.
- 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
- June 1: CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980. Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news. (For grades 3–12)
- June 3: Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871. Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James’ life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw. (For grades 3–12)
- June 6: Celebrate Cynthia Rylant’s birthday! Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams. (For grades K–8)
- June 7: Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in 1943. Using the poem “My First Memory (of Librarians),” students connect memory, their senses, and the language of poetry. (For grades 1–12)
- June 8: Commercial ice cream is first sold in the U.S. in 1786. After finding advertisements from the past, students evaluate them and discuss how ads have changed over the years. Students then create an advertisement for a new flavor of ice cream. (For grades 5–12)
- 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 in June, find lesson plans and activities on summer reading, Eric Carle, Juneteenth, and more!
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