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Summer Challenges!

Summer Reading Challenge!

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenges is a free online reading program for children (May 9, 2016- September 9, 2016!!).  This year their theme is Be a Reading Superhero!  You read books and log your minutes, try to reach weekly minute milestones and answer questions to earn virtual rewards and you can enter for a chance to win awesome books every time you reach a weekly reading milestone.  You can log how many minutes you read and see the running total on their website.  You can also see how many minutes our school has read compared to other schools worldwide.

Also check out this book challenges put on by Scholastic.  Each list has a book list (by age) with the goal being to read all or as many books on the list as you can.

If you want more information, printouts, books lists, book video be sure to visit this website for more information:

Summer Math Challenge!

The Summer Math Challenges is FREE math skills maintenance program based on grade-level standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

The program is targets to students who have just completed 2nd through 5th grades and is designed to help kids retain math skills learned during the previous school year.  There are four easy steps to join this challenge.

Go to: to enroll your child

Starting June 22, 2015 check your inbox for daily emails with fun math activities and resources.  Visit the website every day to read about the weekly math concepts and earn badges.

When the program ends on July 31, 2015 print and award certificate to celebrate your child’s accomplishment!

Summer Writing Challenge!

One of the best ways to help a kids get started writing in the summer time is to have them start writing in a journal. Give them a list of journal writing prompts found below and or let them choose a topic or genre.  I included our class genre lists from this school year.  Please encourage your child to write from fiction AND nonfiction.  Just list we balance our reading diet, it is important to balance your writing diet too!

Genre’s We Learned

Personal Narrative_1 Expository - Genre List 2013_1 Letter - Genre List_1 Biography - Genre List Day 1_1 Opinion_1 Story - Genre List Day 1_1 Poetry Genre List_1 Procedural Text - Genre List_1

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

  1. What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?
  2. Summertime great for the outdoors. Go for a walk.  Write a sentence about the walk you went on.
  3. What is your favorite thing to do when you play outdoors in the summer?
  4. What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside? Why do you play inside in the summertime?
  5. If you could go on a summer vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  6. Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.
  7. Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.
  8. What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?
  9. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?
  10. What is something you would like to learn more about?
  11. What kind of pet do you think a teacher should get for their classroom?
  12. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
  13. Tell about your most favorite book.
  14. Tell about your favorite holiday. Explain why it is your favorite.
  15. Tell about your favorite restaurant. Why is it your favorite?
  16. Write a poem about what you think next school year will be like.
  17. What is something you love about yourself and why?
  18. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?
  19. Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.
  20. Which season do you like the most?? Why??
  21. Which season do you like the least, why????
  22. You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?
  23. Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.
  24. Tell about your favorite song.
  25. Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your bathtub.
  26. What is something that makes you ANGRY!!!!! and why?
  27. Tell about your favorite sport.
  28. Tell about the last time you cried.
  29. What are you scared of and why?
  30. You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?
  31. Tell about your favorite food and why it is so good.
  32. Have a family member write something about you in your journal today.
  33. What would happen to you if you never went to school?
  34. In first grade (or second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth grade…), I want to learn about…
  35. This is a list of things I like to do when I can’t watch television or play video games.
  36. What would you like to say to the President?
  37. If a cat or dog could talk, what would they say?

Summer Science Challenge!

If wondering is something you want to continue to do this summer, be sure to check out Camp Wonderopolis!  The website explains all the great opportunities to continue learning this summer.  This camp begins June 13, 2016 and you can follow the link below to register.  Since you are under 13 years of age, you need your parent/guardian’s permission and only they can register you.  If they agree, you can work through the camp together as a family.  This will help you stay safe online.

This year’s theme is Flex Your Wonder which will be full of health and fitness focused wonders.

3 Comments to

“Summer Challenges!”

  1. July 4th, 2014 at 9:38 pm      Reply Herbst Says:

    Thank you for posting all those questions.
    I will ask our kids to write, it should be a lot to do based on the long list.

    I will check the ” Summer Science Challenge”, too!

    We do not want rusty kids when school starts in August!

    Best Regards, Mrs. Herbst

  2. October 22nd, 2014 at 6:56 pm      Reply Ivy Says:

    wow! that’s a lot of ideas for kids.

  3. August 28th, 2016 at 4:16 pm      Reply Caroline bewsey Says:

    Hi Mrs. Pitzer it’s Caroline Bewsey. I miss u so much I’m so glad all ur students are enjoying u like I did. If u show this post to ur kids tell them that u are the best teacher ever from a 5th grader. U are the best ever I would do anything to go back to second grade. I love u have a amazing year kids and Mrs. Pitzer

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