Summer is just around the corner! This is one of the best times of the year because not only do you get a much-needed break, but you get to see all of the progress your students have made throughout the year and celebrate them for it. Seeing how far they have come in their reading levels or math skills is just wonderful. Even better, it’s amazing to see how their confidence has grown throughout the year!
With the long relaxing break, however, comes one not-so-fun thing. The summer slide.
What is the summer slide?
This is the tendency of students to lose some of the achievement gains that they made during the school year and regress academically. This is especially prevalent in low-income areas.
How do you beat the summer slide?
I know, the last thing you want is for your students to go backward. But what can you do? One of the best ways to keep that knowledge fresh is to assign some educational activities for students to complete during summer break. Another idea is to keep them reading with some fun reading summer challenges. You could send home a reading log for students to fill in with everything they read on their own during the summer and if they bring it back completed they get to go to an ice cream party.
How do you engage students over the summer?
You’ll want activities that are engaging enough that they will stick to it and be excited to do. Need summer activities for students? Don’t worry, I have you covered!
I love these packets because they are completely digital. This means that you don’t need to print out a bunch of packets and spend time putting them together. Students can complete it all online!
This is designed with Google Slides. It includes a parent letter, physical and oral suggestions, a reading log, and a review of math and language arts activities. Students do not need to have Google Classroom to participate.
Here’s what’s included:
- How to use this packet and Parent Tips
- Oral and physical activity suggestions
- Reading Log
- Sight Word List
- Sight Word Sort Review Activities
- Word Families
- ABC Order Printables
- Correcting Sentences
- (Nouns, Verbs, Proper Nouns, Long and Short Vowels)
- WRITING – Narrative, Opinion, Creative (Some printable to encourage handwriting)
- Comprehension & Fluency
- MATH Number Bonds, Addition, Subtraction, Shapes, measurement, 10 More 10 Less
Check out the summer packets for 1st grade video tutorial here!
If you love this summer packet, make sure to check out the packet for each grade in elementary school!
These are perfect no matter what grade you teach. The activities can be explained by the adult, but on most pages, it should not be necessary since it is a review. Children should be able to complete most activities independently.
I recommend setting a 20 to 30-minute block of time for the student daily to work on these activities. They should enhance their vacation! Each packet includes a summer journal, sight words, reading logs, math, and LA printables.
Do you assign summer activity packets? Let me know in the comments!