Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Student Summer Study?

What are your recommending for your students' summer study? How are you organizing the information for easy access. The world of learning has changed dramatically now that technology offers unlimited learning potential. There's many wonderful ways to learn offline too. Hence, for summer study, I recommend that my students do the following:
  • Play a lot.
  • Enjoy considerable free time to imagine, create, explore, and investigate.
  • Spend time with family and friends.
  • Travel to locations near and far including museums, zoos, parks, beaches, mountains, cities and more. Explore.
  • Read regularly.
  • Write often.
  • Practice math facts and computation too so you don't lose your fluency over the summer.
  • Explore wonderful STEAM sites and activities (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math).
How will you encourage summer study?

I decided to give my students a summer study packet including a page with individual passwords for selected sites, and a more general page of links:

Summer Online Study Menu

  • Photo Credit
    Practice Math Regularly with SumDog, Xtra Math, EDM Games, and more.
  • Practice Keyboarding (see links below)
  • Read regularly. Visit the Scholastic Summer Reading site for ideas.
  • Explore Science with Tynker, Scratch, and other sites (see back).
  • Write letters, emails, stories, poems. If you share with me, I’ll post your work on our class blog: http://teamfifteenhh.blogspot.com/

(Name)  Summer Study Passwords

Summer Study:
Links and Recommendations
Reading Daily
  • Visit the library weekly, read books, short and long, from many genres.
  • Read the newspaper regularly.
  • Read magazines.
  • Read the 2012-2013 Team 15 Blog:
  • Class website:
  • Lexia Practice
  • SumDog English, SumDog Writing
  • Great link for reading fluency: Summer Reads
  • Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge (note that students have their own passwords for this)

  • Try writing a story on Storybird (4th,5th)
  • Update your Google ePortfolio (5th graders)
  • Make a Google Presentation of your summer adventures. (5th grade)
  • Write stories on Google docs. (5th grade)
  • Keep a handwritten journal. (4th grade)
  • Write emails to Ms. Devlin about your summer adventures. (4th grade)
  • Write a story and send it to Ms. Devlin so she can publish it on the class blog:


Math Facts
  • Sketch-Up ~ 3D Building and Design
  • Energy 3D ~ 3D Building Environmentally Green Houses (These print in pieces so students can assemble them into 3D houses ~ The closest thing to a 3D printer ~ Click on the link below to learn more) http://energy.concord.org/energy3d/
  • Minecraft ~ Building and Designing an endangered species interactive tour, including biomes and facts from presentations.

I'll also offer families a computation review packet and a link to our class math site which has practice videos, worksheets, problem solving, and links. 

The world of learning is more accessible and diversified than ever before. Families and teachers have multiple paths available as they encourage students to follow their interests and passions as well as strengthen essential skills.

What learning paths will you follow this summer as a student, teacher, parent, or coach?  What tools will you explore and encourage?  Are there any must-have sites or links that I've missed on the list above, if so, please let me know. In the meantime, I hope that this study guide helps you and your students too.