Here's a little something you could send home with your students in grades 4-8 to entice them to do a little playing AND thinking over the summer!
I hope that my own students do much more reading than watching TV and playing video games. However, I know they tend to "do nothing" and then summer gets "boring" so I thought why not give them small digestible bites to work on? That's where this little beauty comes in!
★ A parent letter
★ List of possible projects and possible rewards that you can use to fill in on the parent letter.
★ A calendar for the months of June, July and August (matching our school calendar - June 3 - August 24) with an activity listed for each day.
I like to think of it as a "Ferb, I know what we're going to do today!" kind of thing. Some of the days just list something fun to do like "Play Frisbee" and Sundays always say "Read your book in..." and then list a fun (or funny) location. There are also writing activities and thinking activities like to write your own song or to think about what freedom means.
★ Two poems to read (one for June and one for July) with activities on the calendar to match. One is a Frost poem and the other is a pretty Poe poem.
I sincerely hope that all students read tons and tons but maybe this is a way to meet them in the middle. :)
Have a great summer!