Reading/Writing Activities using Ray Bradbury’s short story All Summer in a Day
• An Engaging Literary Connection to a Solar System Science Unit
• A Reading/Writing activity for Fantasy or Science Fiction Units
focusing on author’s craft, mood, tone, and pacing.
• A thought-provoking age-appropriate activity on Personal
• An easy and engaging lesson for Sub plans
State Common Core Objectives for 4th and 5th grade:
o Read and comprehend literature proficiently, with scaffolding as
o Write narratives to develop imagined experiences or events using
effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
o Use dialogue and description to show the responses of characters to situations.
Activity: Students listen to a read aloud of All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, and respond to the story’s mood and tone, literary content, themes of peer pressure and bullying, or science/science fiction content depending on how the teacher wishes to focus this lesson. It is also an easy lesson to leave for a substitute. The lesson includes a link to a downloadable copy of
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, as well as reproducibles for both the student reading response to literature and the written response with a science/planet focus. The lesson also includes reproducible grading rubrics for both writing activities.