In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about summer. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Summer topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Summer
Have students explore different animals and learn how they stay cool in the heat. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about animal adaptations and how they survive in their habitats. You may wish to divide students into small groups or pairs and have them choose an animal to explore, perhaps an animal native to your community. How does the animal survive in the summer? How does it change and prepare for the winter? Students can draw pictures of the animals’ lives during different seasons, and in different weather conditions. Have students present their findings to the class.
What will your students do during their summer vacation? Have children share their plans with the class. Then create a summer checklist that challenges students. You may include specific books to read, things to write about, or art projects to create. You may want to add things like learning ten new words, or learning how to say “thank you” in four different languages. Be sure to include physical activities such as playing a game of tag or jump-roping fifteen times. Be creative and come up with different ideas together! Help children meet these goals by outlining specific dates to complete certain activities. If possible, encourage them to return the checklists to you in the fall for a special reward. If possible, you may want to invite them to eat a picnic lunch with you on the school grounds or at a nearby park, and have everyone share what they accomplished.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Summer
Over the summer, learn something new with your child. You may want to explore a new language or take up a new sport. You may want to take an art or dance class together or learn how to write a play. Decide on an activity or skill together and stick to it! Throughout the process, keep a detailed journal or blog with your child. You and your child may want to draw pictures or take photos to keep a visual record as well.
What’s the Weather?
Keep a detailed weather chart throughout the summer. You may want to make a rain gauge by sticking a ruler into a cup. Everyday, have your child read a thermometer and note the temperature, preferably at a set hour in the middle of the day, such as noon. For comparison purposes, you might also choose to chart the temperature late in the evening, as well. Then have your child record his or her observations. This will give your child a better understanding of weather patterns, but also help him or her practice important science skills. At the end of the summer, assess your weather chart. When was the hottest day of the summer? When was the coolest? How many times did it rain? Together with your child, go online and compare this summer’s average temperature to the average summer temperature in your area. Is there a difference?