Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation. Have students write several paragraphs that describe their perfect summer vacation.
Summer Camp for a Day
You can help work out some of the end-of-the-school-year restlessness by turning your classroom into a campground for a day.
- Lesson Exchange: Camping Day (Elementary, other)
Camping Memory Challenge
Test your students' memory skills by having them take turns hiding items that could be used on a camping trip.
- Summertime—Camping Memory Game
At the Beach
Your students can bring some sunshine into the classroom by coloring a picture of the beach.
- At the Beach
Grades K–2: Science/Social Studies
Have students write some facts about summer. Then have them draw a summer picture.
- Summer (PDF file)
My Summer Fun
Your students can decorate calendars for the month of June with pictures of themselves having fun in the summer.
Grades K–8: Language Arts
Anything goes with this amusing word game, in which the object is to convince others that your definition is the correct one.
- Fake Out!
Grades 1–3: Language Arts
Share these summer poems with your students. Then ask them to write poems about things they will do this summer.
Grades 1–5: Language Arts
Get students psyched for summer vacation. Have them write a poem about a favorite summer activity or excursion. Finished poems can be used to decorate a bulletin board titled, “Can't Wait for Summer!”
- Summer Fun Stationery: Black and White With Lines
- Summer Fun Stationery: Black and White Without Lines
- Summer Fun Stationery: Color With Lines
- Summer Fun Stationery: Color Without Lines
Grades 1–8: Language Arts
Can your students unscramble these summer fun words?
- Summer Fun Word Scramble (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
- Summer Fun Word Scramble Answer Key (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
- Summer Fun Word Scramble (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
- Summer Fun Word Scramble Answer Key (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
- Summer Weather Word Scramble (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
- Summer Weather Word Scramble Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
Have students find summer-related words hidden in a puzzle.
- Summer (grades 1–4) (PDF file)
- Summer Answer Key (grades 1–4) (PDF file)
- Summer (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
- Summer Answer Key (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
Have your students grab their sunglasses and travel to some of America's favorite vacation spots.
- Road Trip!!
Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Summer Fun Wacky Web Tale
Students can create a wacky summer story about a trip to the beach by filling in the blanks with parts of speech.
- The Beach
Tie-dyeing is fun and creative, and it gets kids in style for summer. Just be sure kids are well supervised and are wearing old clothes.
- Tie and Dye a T-shirt
- FamilyFun: Tie-dyed Socks
Grades 3–8: Mathematics
Challenge your students' problem-solving skills with Brain Teasers. Each week a new Brain Teaser is posted for three grade ranges: 3–4, 5–6, and 7–8. Hints are provided, and answers are given the following week. Problems are archived for three weeks.
- Brain Teasers
Grades 4–8: Language Arts
Have students test their knowledge of summer.
- Fun in the Sun (grades 4–5) (PDF file)
- Fun in the Sun Answer Key (grades 4–5) (PDF file)
- Summer Fun (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
- Summer Fun Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
Grades 4–8: Mathematics/Social Studies
Get Your Lemonade!
Lemonade Stand is a classic game that teaches the basics about how supply and demand affect business. In this game, students try to make money running a lemonade stand.