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Summer Learning

Summer Learning Collection

All educators want to motivate their students to keep working hard – even when they’re not in school! We know how important it is that students continue to study during the summer months, but it might be difficult to keep them interested in learning when they aren’t in the classroom.

The Share My Lesson team has selected some summer activities that are both educational and fun. These resources will help keep your students interested in learning new ideas all summer long.

Elementary School materials

All about my name
In this fun and informative activity, students learn about their names, what they mean and why they were given their particular name. This is a great at home activity.

Street photography
In this activity, students learn how to use a camera and then photograph their school community and the communities where they live. This is a wonderful summer assignment.

Pinhole cameras
This hands-on science activity guides students as they create a pinhole camera that actually takes photographs. This activity requires adult supervision.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
After reading this classic book, students will create art using the same collage technique and subject matter as the artist and illustrator Eric Carle.

Middle School materials

Vision boards
Students think about their goals for the future as they create their own vision board. This activity is fantastic to help students think about the upcoming school year during the summer.

Water rocket
In this exciting summer learning activity, students use easy-to-find materials to create water rockets. This activity requires adult supervision.

Invent a character
Keep your students writing over the summer by having them invent their own literary characters.

Number CSI
Your students will review fractions, ratios and decimals as they try to solve the crime.

Rather than have your students write book reports about their summer reading, ask them to create these creative and useful bookmarks.

High School materials

Matisse art projects
Your students will design their own Matisse inspired pieces using these step-by-step directions.

Current events
Help your students stay up-to-date with current events over the summer with this informative assignment.

Graphic novels
Graphic novels, like Persepolis, are a great way to keep students reading throughout the summer.