Summer Activities:

Dear parent and students,

After one week into summer break, I find myself searching the internet for activities for my youngest daughter.  She will be entering 4th grade next school year and is already claiming that she had nothing to do.  I would like to share my findings in the event that you having  similar conversations.

Two areas that I will suggest to emphasize over the summer are journal writing and reading.  Maddie and I bought journals, decorated them and are designating times for short entries.  I am starting a journal as well in order to model the importance of writing.  I am sure that your child will think that this is a great idea!  Below are some journal ideas for both students and parents 🙂

JOURNAL IDEAS

1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn’t keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would you want them to do with it?

2. Describe one time when you were brave.

3. If you could cook any meal for your family, what would you cook? Describe the meal and tell how you would make it.

4. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Write a story telling what you see and do.

5. Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.

6. Write a story titled, “My Journey on a Pirate Ship.” You and your friends can star in the story.

7. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? Describe the pet and how you would take care of it.

8. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If you do, tell what they’re like. If not, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.

9. If you could have lunch with any famous person who would it be? What would you talk about with this person?

10. Write a story titled, “The Bat Who Couldn’t Fly.”

11. Imagine you were a wonderful painter and your parents would let you paint anything you wanted on your bedroom walls. What would you paint? Use lots of details to describe your artwork.

12. Describe the oldest person you know.

13. Describe the youngest person you know.

14. Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.

15. How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.

16. Imagine you worked at a football stadium. What would your job be? (examples: quarterback, cheerleader, coach, referee, ticket seller) Describe what you would do while you were on the job.

17. What do you like best about your home?

18. If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Describe what happens when you’re on the show.

19.  Who has been your favorite teacher or school staff member?  Explain why they are important to you.

20. Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season.

21. Write a story titled, “The Baby Dragon.”

22. Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.

23. Would you want to visit the moon? Why or why not?

24. If you could spend an afternoon with one member of your extended family, who would it be? Tell why you chose this person and tell what you do together.

25. Which superpower would you most like to have– invisibility, super strength, or the ability to fly? Describe what kinds of things you would do with your powers.

26. Think of a time when you’ve won something. Tell what you won and how you won it.

27. Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what is on it and how you would make it.

28. Describe one thing you’re really good at.

29. Imagine you were twenty feet tall. Describe what life would be like.

30. If you were a doctor, what kind of doctor would you be? (examples: children’s doctor, veterinarian, eye doctor, dentist) Tell what your job would be like.

If your child is interested in doing a computerized journal entry, I suggest letting them respond to this blog entry.  I would love to read them and comment on their writing.  Consider this as an option as well.

SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Maddie and I will be participating in Scholastic’s summer reading challenge.  This is a very easy activity that challenges students to read and document their minutes in order to help set a new world record for summer reading. Kids sign up for their school, choose books they want to read, then log their reading minutes at the Summer Challenge headquarters. Schools that log the most minutes will be published in the 2011 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records! Students will also be a part of a 50,000 book donation to Reading Is Fundamental.

Take a few minutes to register your son or daughter for the reading challenge.  I would love to see Amelia Elementary listed in the world records.

Shelfari: Personalized Electronic Bookshelf

http://www.shelfari.com/

Another great resource for both students and families is Shelfari.  This is an electronic bookshelf that documents all books that an individual has read.  It also allows the reader to rate the book and add a short summary.  This is another way to reinforce both reading and writing.  The address is listed in the links section in this blog.  I have a site created and am sharing what I have/or will be reading with students.  Feel free to help your child search for my bookshelf  at http://www.shelfari.com/mrswalker        Happy reading!

Have a wonderful evening,

Mrs. Walker

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this! Zechariah has a summer journal but never wants to write in it. It’s the same one he’s had for years now. It’s funny, because I just got it out yesterday and he didn’t want to write in it. Maybe now with these ideas, he will!

  2. Awesome ideas! Xander will be a second grader and for some reason does not enjoy reading, especially in front of people. (It’s odd, because I always have a book in my hand and we have books in every room of our house) I am going to try the journal idea also.

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