S.A.I.L. Into Summer Learning

Students Actively Involved In Learning

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Literacy experts and educators agree that children of all ages need to be read to, read by themselves and talk about the books they have read during the summer. Your student’s summer reading and book discussions will help maintain reading skills, improve reading fluency and provide the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and concepts. Most importantly, when parents and children enjoy summer reading together, children develop a love of books and reading that lasts a lifetime. According to research by Richard Allington (2007), by the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement. Researchers also conclude that two-thirds of the ninth-grade reading achievement gap can be explained by summer learning loss. Let’s work together to help students stay on track and not lose valuable ground in reading.

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Tips To Beat The Summer Learning Slide

Resources For Summer Reading

The following are links to fabulous summer reading resources and suggested book lists:

Summer Reads Text Project

Check out the GREAT resource below. Here's what you get with Summer Reads: Leveled Texts There are three levels in the SummerReads program, each aimed at “getting students ready” for a particular grade level in the fall—third, fourth and fifth. An Abundance of Texts Each of the 7 books at a level has 3 chapters. 7 books x 3 chapters = 21 unique selections, one for each week of summer vacation.
  • Each book starts with guidelines on how to use the book.
  • There are comprehension questions at the end of each book.
  • There is a place where students can keep records of their reading of chapters within books.
  • If students have access to computers (e.g., the library), a recording of each text will be made available. This recording allows students to monitor and check their reading.
  • Check out the link under student texts for Beginning Reads for students K - 2!
Modeling Read Alouds for Parents

Summer Reading Incentive Programs

There are numerous programs to help ignite the summer reading spark. Find the one that's right for you!

Online Books, Videos, MP3's and Podcasts

Listen to or watch great stories in videos, mp3s or podcasts at the sites listed below.

Resources Based on Author/Illustrators

Non-fiction Resources

If you are interested in keeping an on-line reading log for your summer reading and recommending books to other students go to the following link for Biblionasium.
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Summer Writing

Have you thought of documenting your summer adventures by keeping a journal or a travel diary? Keep a notebook of stories. Send postcards to family and friends. Below are links to great online sites for writing.
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Counting on time during the summer to sharpen those math skills?

Did You Know?

  • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. (Cooper, 1996).
How To Learn Math: Session 4.10: Teaching for a Growth Mindset

A Parents Guide to Common Core Math Standards

Parents, here's an awesome, easy to follow guide, broken down by common core math standards at each grade level. Check lists and clear examples of math problems for each standard will help you guide your student's math practice.

The Helping Your Child Series

The U.S. Department of Education Series, Helping Your Child has wonderful downloadable pdfs and brochures to help with everything from math to reading to science and citizenship.
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Social Studies Resources

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Imagine, Dream, Create

Tap into your inner artist and creativity.
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It's a WIN- WIN! Take a summer challenge by entering fun contests and take part in some learning to make it even better!

Line by Line poetry contest! Win $, fame and supplies for next year! Enter by 8/19!

On the Record -The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has had some impressive interviews- including one with President O'Bama. Students ages 10-14 can submit original news stories, pitches and essays to grab a spot on the 2015-2016 Press Corps and break the next big news story by kids for kids. Deadline- Sept 25

Do you want to learn to code? Check out this cool site!

Snail mail! Imagine you've received a postcard from prehistoric times. Tell us what it says and looks like.

Are you game? Design and build a card game, board game or app showing some awesome math problems. Winning teams will share their work at the 2015 math fair and be inducted into the game-a-thon hall of fame Deadline- July 15


Pet Project! Encourage budding artists to have fun this summer by submitting a drawing of their favorite animal to the Animal Rescue kids' art contest. The winning drawing for each month will be shared on the Animal Rescue website.

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Have some summer learning fun while on a STAYCATION in metro Detroit and beyond!

  • Take family field trips to museums and other sites in the metro Detroit area i.e., science center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Society, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, the Detroit Zoo, et cetera. IDEA: Have your child write a reflection journal or draw a picture of their favorite highlights.

  • Make a photo memory book of the cool sites (if allowed). IDEA: Have your child write why these pics are memorable or something they learned.

  • If you are visiting another city, state or country, have your child take photos, write in a journal, or write on a postcard something they learned from the visit. Send postcards to family and friends.

More info: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev073.shtml

S.A.I.L. Into Summer Learning

Trombly Elementary's summer learning resources for parents and students