Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Reading Toolkit

This year I wanted to make a summer packet for my students that they couldn't ignore! It's not so much about what's inside for some of these kids, but how you present it.  If they are excited to open it and show their parents, I'm hoping they are motivated to dig in and actually do it. (If anything, I hope parents are guilted/pressured inspired to motive their kids to do it.)

We've been dabbling in close reading this year, so I wanted to incorporate that into their summer packs. 

They really love sticky notes and highlighters, so I had to include those two things! The magnifying glass was more of a prop that they really enjoyed. We'd read the first time to "get the gist", then pick up our magnifying glasses to show we were ready to read closely. Sometimes they'd put their magnifying glass around the words that gave text evidence to one of my questions too. Here is a picture of what I put in their packets:

You can find some free summer-themed bookmarks here.

You can download my summer toolkit covers here.

     


If you are looking for something to put inside these envelopes, I have two summer packets (for kinder and first) that you can find here. 
   



This is a picture of my dining room table during the last week of school. I would finish one project and then another project would take the place on that table. It was not clean all week! I thought you all would appreciate that. :)



Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Literacy Packs and TWO Summer Freebies

I am SO close to summer! This is my last week at school with students. It's always a little bittersweet for me. On one hand, it's hard to say goodbye to students. On the other hand, summertime means no stress and fun with my boys. This wins out for sure! As excited as I am to start making summer plans, I need to give all my attention to school for one more week. On the last day of school, I'll be giving my students a little summer packet that (I'm hoping) they will work on to keep their skills sharp. I'll also be giving them these bookmarks. For some reason, bookmarks can be extra special to some kids. My son is all about the bookmarks. I made a few options and a black and white option.





A couple years ago I blogged about this:

 I made this little "summer suggestions" sheet that I sent home on the last day of school. I had my students fill out one and I filled out one. I chose one or two things that I felt that student really needs to focus on this summer (handwriting, reading fluency, long vowels, etc.) You can download this freebie here.




Now onto the summer packets. I just finished this pack for my kinder students (and for my own son):

There are over 30 reading passages with text dependent questions:


A variety of phonics practice sheets:


Some other reading activities like 
Read, Visualize, Draw 
Read, Think, Match
Picture to word/sentence Matching
and Read and Sequence.


Writing Pages (narrative and opinion prompts)
and sentence writing pages:


Sight word practice:



Last year, I made this pack for 1st grade students going into 2nd grade:








I recently added a couple of reading passages to this set too! 

You can find these packs by clicking on the pictures below: