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     Summer Activities for Elementary Students

 

                          

             K-2 Activities

 

      Web Site Activities and Games

   3rd-6th Activities                                               

     Car Travel Games for All Kids  

 

Summer activities for K-2nd students:

·       Do letter or word collages. Choose a single letter or word and have your child cut that letter or word out of newspapers, magazines, or junk mail. Then paste the letter or word on a piece of paper.

·       Use beads, candy, or anything with colors to make patterns. Start with a simple pattern like blue, red, blue, red. After they have mastered this, do a more difficult pattern like blue, blue, red, red, blue, blue, red, red. The more changes they have to make, the more difficult. Do only what they are capable of at that time, and progressively work toward harder patterns.

·       Use a piggy bank to collect money over the summer. Count the money at the end of the summer.

·       Make a scavenger hunt using letters, phonograms, numbers, or math facts. They have to correctly answer to get the next clue. End the hunt with a prize.

·       Use letter magnets or Scrabble tiles to create words. Help the child to sound out each letter.

·       Use word searches, magazines, newspapers (anything with letters or numbers) to have students find a letter, word or number. Start with one and when they have found 10-15, do another one. Have the child circle them in different colors so they can see the difference.

·       Create a book with your child. Just take any paper, write and illustrate a story, and then staple the pages together. This will help reading, reading comprehension (understanding setting, characters, and sequence), writing, and creativity.

·       Play a game, such as basketball, and keep score. Each basket counts as 2 points so the child will have to count by 2’s. Use other games to help them count by 5’s, 10’s and 20’s. You can even make up a game together to work on creativity.

·       Do a jigsaw puzzle.

·       GO TO THE LIBRARY!! Let your child pick out books they would enjoy reading. You can also model reading by picking out a book for you to read over the summer.

·       Play the railroad game. After one person says “railroad” the next person has to say a word that starts with the last letter (d). That person may say any word that begins with “d”. If they choose “dog” the next person has to think of a word that begins with “g” and so on. If they are ready, you could begin spelling these words instead of just saying them.

·       Write letters, phonograms, or words on old calendars. Give your child a number to find, tell them what to write, then have them write in that box. This combines both Math and Language Arts skills.

·       Form letters or numbers using pretzels.

·       Use sidewalk chalk or shaving cream to write outside. The child can write letters, numbers, words, or create patterns.

·       Create an Alphabet Autobiography. Find something important in your life that starts with each letter of the alphabet.

·       Write a letter or thank you notes to relatives or friends.

·       Keep a journal. Draw a picture and write a sentence about what the child did each day.

·       Go on a walk. Read road signs, numbers on houses, look for patterns, and/or count steps from one point to another.

·       Play games that involve letters, numbers, counting, patterns, question/answer. Example: Junior Monopoly, Boggle, SceneIt games, Mancala

·       Put learning apps on a smartphone.

·       Play I Spy. One person says “I spy with my little eye something that is _________”. Put a word that describes the object in the blank such as its color or shape. The other person or people try to guess the object.

·       Play the alphabet game while traveling. Try to find each letter of the alphabet on road signs. You can work together or make it a competition.

·       Play Pass the Chicken. First person says “Name 5 __________ (colors, states, types of dog, etc.).” Then pass the “chicken” (you can use a ball, a pencil, or whatever you have available). The person who has it passed to them has to name 5 of whatever was said.

·         Use a deck of cards to practice math facts. At the same time each player puts their top card down. The have to add, subtract, or multiply those numbers faster than their opponent.

 

 

Summer activities for 3-6:

 

·         Play 20 questions. One person thinks of an object and the other person asks 20 yes or no questions trying to figure out the object.

·       Play Pass the Chicken. First person says “Name 5 __________ (colors, states, types of dog, etc.).” Then pass the “chicken” (you can use a ball, a pencil, or whatever you have available). The person who has it passed to them has to name 5 of whatever was said.

·         Use a deck of cards to practice math facts. At the same time each player puts their top card down. The have to add, subtract, or multiply those numbers faster than their opponent.

·         Play Seven Letter Scrabble Off. Choose 7 letters with at least 3 being vowels. See how many words can be created using those seven letters.

 

 

 Websites

 

Math Websites:

·        Math For Kids - By KidsNumbers.com – you can do some math problems free, but then it costs

·        Cool math 4 kids - math games, math puzzles, math lessons - designed for kids and fun!

·        http://www.aplusmath.com

·        http://www.themathworksheetsite.com – this site will create worksheets to print out if you child likes to play school or do paper/pencil activities

·        http://www.math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org

·        Lemonade Stand: http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-lemonade-stand

 

Science Websites:

·        http://www.kids-science-experiments.com

·        http://discoverykids.com/

·        http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

·        NASA Kids Club

 

 

Reading Websites:

·        Summer Reading Lists: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/summer-reading-lists?utm_campaign=partner&utm_source=rrockets&utm_medium=email&utm_content=summer

·        http://www.kidsreads.com

·        http://www.abcya.com

 

Social Studies Websites:

·        National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour: http://www.mnh.si.edu/panoramas/ 

·        http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com

·        http://www.nationalgeographic.com

·        Museum of Natural History

·        Learn about our government

 

Music/Art

·        San Francisco Symphony

·        Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

World Languages

·        Learn Spanish!

·        Learn words/phrases and about the culture: Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and English  Includes games and activities!

·        http://www.chillola.com

 

 

Career Websites

·        http://ncis.unl.edu

·        http://www.nebraskacareerconnections.org

 

Keyboarding Websites:

·        Typing Monster: http://mathandreadinghelp.org/kids_games/typing_monster.html

·        Typing games: http://games.sense-lang.org/

·        http://www.powertyping.com/baracuda/baracuda.htm

 

Coding Websites:

·       www.playcodemonkey.com

·       code.org

·       https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming

·       Will add more as we find more!

 


Other Websites:

·        http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/activities

·        http://www.timeforkids.com/

·       http://leapfrog.com/gaming/online-games

·       http://turtlediary.com

·        http://thekidzpage.com

·        http://learninggamesforkids.com

·        http://www.scholastic.com

·        http://www.primarygames.com

·        http://www.gamequarium.com

·        http://www.familyfun.go.com

·        http://www.gsn.com

·        http://www.starfall.com

·        http://www.pbskids.org

·        http://www.funbrain.com

·        http://www.hippocampus.org

·        https://www.khanacademy.org/

·        Kids Know It

·        Sesame Street

·        Brain Pop

·        Lil Fingers

·        Prongo

·        4 Kids

·        Funschool Caboose