Summer Learning Resources

Updated on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 4:13pm

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Summer Learning Resources

The Five Star District remains committed to supporting families during summer break. Below is a list of some learning resources that your family might choose to use to keep your students engaged in learning over the summer. These resources can be sources of academic enrichment and reinforcement during the summer months.

Please feel free to reference any of the age bands for ideas and resources based on the individual needs of your student(s).

Reading

  • Access district and building eresources:

  • Read to yourself, read to someone else (dog, guardian, sibling, friend over the phone, via FaceTime/Skype, etc.), be read to by someone else. Read aloud to each other or tell each other stories. Listen to a book.

  • Discuss what you have read. An important idea in the book, your favorite part, or something you learned. 

Younger Elementary Aged Students

Learning Activities:

  • Colorado Classroom: Read With Me at Home:  PBS is broadcasting literacy lessons for k-3 children and their families, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 10 am.  Adams 12 was a partner in this work! 
  • Sing the alphabet song, play rhyming games, or check out these Reading Activities for additional practice
  • Tell an idea out loud to someone before you write; write about what you have read (about the character, your favorite part, etc), write a story about your favorite animal, activity, experience and illustrate it, write a letter/email to a friend.
  • Play board games, dominos or dice games, play card games (Make 5 / Make 10 Card games), Anytime Activities

Enrichment Activities:

  • Play I-Spy (look for objects starting with a specific letter)
  • Sidewalk Chalk (write letters, sight words, numbers)
  • Make tents and reading caves - Gather flashlights, snacks, books, and pillows!
  • Hour of Code Activities: Search by Pre-Reader, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9+ (depending on your child’s experience with coding)
  • Elementary Art Activities
  • K-5 Music Games
  • Build a cardboard castle, boat, house, puppet theater and decorate it.

Physical Activities:

  • Races of various kinds in the backyard (hopping on one foot, crab walk, walking backwards, etc.)
  • Play “Mother May I” in the yard
  • Ride a bike, scooter, skateboard etc.
  • Jump rope, hopscotch 
  • Yoga Jenga: Place small stickers on several of the Jenga blocks. Make a key indicating to what pose each sticker corresponds (click here for Yoga Poses). When the child pulls out a Jenga block from the tower, they will see what pose should be performed by all players. When the tower falls, have all the players hold a challenging pose for several breaths.

Older Elementary Aged Students

Learning Activities:

Enrichment Activities:

  • Play games: Battleship, Monopoly, Mastermind, Checkers, Chess, Life, Uno, Phase 10, Skipbo, Spoons, Crazy 8, Top It, Yahtzee, 6-5-4 or ship/captain/crew, Farkle, Quixx 
  • Explore your backyard, a little used room in the house, etc.: discuss, draw/sketch, write, paint, about what you explored or a place you would like to explore 
  • Make up a play and act it out
  • Follow a recipe and make something (double or half the recipe) 
  • Hour of Code Activities: Search by Pre-Reader, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9+ (depending on your child’s experience with coding)
  • Elementary Art Activities
  • K-5 Music Games
  • Build a cardboard castle, boat, house, puppet theater and decorate it.

Physical Activities:

  • Take a walk and make observations about your natural surroundings (rocks, plants, animals)
  • Try some new yoga or exercise moves
  • Go outside and explore interactions between living and nonliving things
  • GoNoodle YouTube channel
  • Just Dance YouTube channel
  • Walk the dog. Get your pet and your child exercise.

Middle School Students

Learning Activities:

Enrichment Activities:

Physical Activities:

  • Obstacle Courses
  • Take a Walk, Ride a Bike: Draw a map of your community based on your walk or ride
  • Music and Dancing (https://www.gonoodle.com
  • Yoga Exercises
  • Meditation (Apps: head space, smiling mind, dreamy kid)
  • Play Charades or Karaoke

High School Students

Learning Activities:

Enrichment Activities:

Physical Activities:

  • Obstacle Courses
  • Take a Walk, Ride a Bike: Draw a map of your community based on your walk or ride
  • Music and Dancing (https://www.youtube.com/user/justdancegame
  • Yoga Exercises
  • Meditation (Apps: head space, smiling mind, dreamy kid)
  • Play Charades or Karaoke

Find more resources at Common Sense Media

 

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