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Summer Weekly Experiences

Summer Weekly Experiences

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Looking for some great ways to keep your child (grades 4th-8th) engaged in learning over the summer? Check out these eight great weekly experiences you can do yourself with your children, to keep learning fresh for the beginning of the next school year.

To learn about Summer Weekly Experiences in Spanish, please click here.

Para aprender sobre las experiencias semanales de verano en español, por favor haga clic aquí.

Aby zapoznać się z polską wersją Summer Weekly Experiences, czyli cotygodniowym zdobywaniem doświadczeń, proszę kliknąć tutaj.


 

Boy and Family

Week #1: Summer adventures await!


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)
Has your child ever set a goal before? Setting goals helps us to achieve something that we really want to accomplish–or a dream that we have in our lives. Has your child ever wanted to learn how to skateboard, paint, run a mile, etc.? Think about their life passions and goals together.

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Goal Setting
    • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo and Dom Lee
    • Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
    • Someday is Not a Day of the Week by Denise Brennan-Nelson
    • Chapter book:
      • English: The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
      • Spanish: El soñador escrito por Pam Munoz Ryan
    • Share your goal on Twitter using #D59Summer or send it to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community!

Math
Ready to start your family’s summer math adventures? Here’s a good warm-up activity!

Literacy

  • Reading: Take your child to the library to join the summer reading club! While there, have them ask the librarians for some great book recommendations in their favorite genres.
  • Writing: Make a family summer bucket list! Does everyone want to visit a museum? Go to the pool or the beach? Take a trip?
    • What would you like to do together this summer?
    • When could these trips happen?
    • What planning has to take place before the trip?

Boy Counting

Week #2: Summer is better together!


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

What does it mean to collaborate? Collaborating is a skill that we all need in life in order to work with each other. No matter if we are at school, with our friends, at a future job, or on a team, collaborating helps to understand different perspectives and build communication skills.

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Collaboration
  • This week, take a picture of your family collaborating and share it on Twitter using #D59Summer or send it to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community!
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf
    • Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
    • Chapter book:
      • English: No Talking by Andrew Clements
      • Spanish: Sin hablar escrito por Andrew Clements

Math
Here are two challenges to try with your child, or invite some others to join in on the collaboration!

Literacy

  • Reading: Take a moment this week to read and discuss a news article together. This site has plenty of articles where you can search by topic or age group.
  • Writing: Work together this week to create a story. Have your child start the story by writing about a character, setting and problem. Then, they pass the story to you to continue! Keep passing the story on to other family members until someone ends the story. Read it together…How did the story turn out?

Boy with Book

Week #3: Try something new!


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)
There are so many new learning opportunities all around us in the world! This week, try something new each day!
“Every day, take the chance to do something new. It won’t cost much more than the courage to do it.” -HpLyrikz.com

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Trying Something New
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • After the Fall by Dan Santat
    • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
    • What Do You Do With a Chance? By Kobi Yamada
    • Flight School by Lita Judge
    • Chapter book:
      • EnglishThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
      • Spanish: El único e incomparable Iván escrito por Katherine Applegate

Math
Focus on seeing something new! Work with your child to see math in the world around them; suddenly the boring drive to the store isn’t so… boring!

Literacy:

  • Reading: Challenge your child to give a book from a new genre a try. Have they ever read a mystery book? What about an informational book about a place they would like to visit? Don’t hesitate to encourage them to visit a new section in the library!
  • Writing: Encourage your child to write a book review to share with others! Their review just might get others into a book they don’t know about yet.   

Boy with Yellow Toy

Week #4: What moves you?


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

How are you moved to help? This week, think about something you can do to help in your community. Clean up trash? Pull weeds? Chores around the house? Read to someone?…What moves you?

 

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: What Moves You?
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld
    • Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press
    • A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
      • Spanish: Me llamo Bud, no Buddy escrito por Christopher Paul Curtis

Math
Go on an adventure with your child that you create together with a coding challenge! Choose what interests you and get those fingers moving!

Literacy

  • Reading: Is there someone that inspires your child or someone they look look up to? Have them read about someone that moves them! Visit your local library to find out if there is a biography about that person.
  • Writing: Prompt your child to write about how this person inspires them.
    • What were this person’s accomplishments?
    • What personality traits does this person possess?  
    • Why does this person inspire your child?
    • Drop off the writing at the district office or email to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community!

Girl with Pencil

Week #5: Celebrating our Similarities!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

This week take time to celebrate all of the similarities and differences within your family and your community.  As a family, focus on having conversations throughout the day about why diversity is important in our world. 

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Diversity
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
    • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Taking Sides by Gary Soto
      • Spanish: Tomando partido escrito por Gary Soto

Math

  • Your child might recognize these math challenges from their math workshop warm-ups. This week, instead of finding which one doesn’t belong, let’s change our mindset and think about: “What do they all have in common?”

Literacy

  • Reading: Challenge your child to look for ways the author uses different language to describe an everyday object or action in the book they are reading.
    • For example, the author may use a metaphor to describe a lake: The peaceful lake was a mirror. (The lake is similar looking to a mirror.)
    • Discuss with your child why they think the author would have used that language.
    • Reference Link
  • Writing: Have you ever heard of an Intentional Family Tree? This week, write about all of the people who are really important in your life. Click the link to find out more!

Boy with Books

Week #6: Summer learning on the go!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

Learning can take place anytime, anywhere. Whether you are waiting in line or stopped at a stoplight, embrace each moment together by asking a question during these waiting times.

 

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Question Challenge
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Choose Your Own Adventure stories by R.A. Montgomery
    • You Choose: Can you Survive Collection by Rachael Hanel
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul by Jack Canfield
      • Spanish: Sopa de pollo para el alma de los niños escrito por Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap

Math

  • Have you ever thought about how much math is involved when you go to the store? Or go to a restaurant?  Or even just get in the car? As you go places with your child this week, see if you can make the math connection!

Literacy

  • Reading: While on the go this week, have your child notice where print is being used and how.  Look at billboards or signs on a storefront!
    • What’s the purpose of the print? (Is it an advertisement? Is it informational?)
    • Is there intentional word choice?
    • How is the formatting different from the print in the book you are reading?
  • Writing: Have your child create their own billboard or storefront sign for a favorite restaurant or store.
    • Prompt them to think about the purpose, word choice and formatting…let the creative juices flow!

Summer

Week #7: Fun in the summer sun!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

During busy schedules and daily life, it is important to take time to center our bodies and thoughts.  Mindful moments are quick and easy strategies to use during your day.

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Mindful Moment
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde
    • Silence by Lemniscates
    • Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
      • Spanish: Un latido a la vez escrito por Sharon Creech

Math

  • Before you head outside, did you check the weather? How warm is it going to be? What are the chances it might rain? How windy will it be? You are using so much math even just preparing for a day outside! This week, practice seeing the Math in the Weather!

Literacy

  • Reading: Take a picture of your child or family reading outside!
    • Share the picture with the CCSD59 community on Twitter using #D59Summer or send it to [email protected]
  • Writing: Go on a walk to enjoy the summer sun! Have your child share what they see and hear using descriptive language.
    • Use the language to create a poem
    • Poem can be free-verse or rhyming, you choose!
    • Drop off the poem at the district office or email to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community

Boy

Week #8: More adventures ahead!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

Earlier in the summer, you discussed setting goals as a family.  For this week, take time to reflect on the goals you created and see how much progress you have made.  Are there other goals you would like to create?

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Goal Sharing
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas to prepare you for the new school year:
    • Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
    • Beautiful Oops! By Barney Saltzberg
    • Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
      • Spanish: Como pez en él arbol escrito por Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Math

  • As you reflect on the ways you and your kids have been growing this summer through all the discussions and challenges you’ve completed, take some time to reflect on how these figures are growing!

Literacy

  • Reading: Did you read the Top Books of the summer? Check out this list to see what you might have missed…you still have time!
  • Writing: Write a reflection (journal entry) about your summer vacation.
    • What were your highlights?
    • What were some struggles?
    • Did you get to accomplish some things on your bucket list?

Screen Shot 2018 04 11 at 8.49.38 AM

Looking for some great ways to keep your child (grades 4th-8th) engaged in learning over the summer? Check out these eight great weekly experiences you can do yourself with your children, to keep learning fresh for the beginning of the next school year.

To learn about Summer Weekly Experiences in Spanish, please click here.

Para aprender sobre las experiencias semanales de verano en español, por favor haga clic aquí.

Aby zapoznać się z polską wersją Summer Weekly Experiences, czyli cotygodniowym zdobywaniem doświadczeń, proszę kliknąć tutaj.


 

Boy and Family

Week #1: Summer adventures await!


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)
Has your child ever set a goal before? Setting goals helps us to achieve something that we really want to accomplish–or a dream that we have in our lives. Has your child ever wanted to learn how to skateboard, paint, run a mile, etc.? Think about their life passions and goals together.

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Goal Setting
    • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo and Dom Lee
    • Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
    • Someday is Not a Day of the Week by Denise Brennan-Nelson
    • Chapter book:
      • English: The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
      • Spanish: El soñador escrito por Pam Munoz Ryan
    • Share your goal on Twitter using #D59Summer or send it to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community!

Math
Ready to start your family’s summer math adventures? Here’s a good warm-up activity!

Literacy

  • Reading: Take your child to the library to join the summer reading club! While there, have them ask the librarians for some great book recommendations in their favorite genres.
  • Writing: Make a family summer bucket list! Does everyone want to visit a museum? Go to the pool or the beach? Take a trip?
    • What would you like to do together this summer?
    • When could these trips happen?
    • What planning has to take place before the trip?

Boy Counting

Week #2: Summer is better together!


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

What does it mean to collaborate? Collaborating is a skill that we all need in life in order to work with each other. No matter if we are at school, with our friends, at a future job, or on a team, collaborating helps to understand different perspectives and build communication skills.

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Collaboration
  • This week, take a picture of your family collaborating and share it on Twitter using #D59Summer or send it to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community!
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf
    • Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
    • Chapter book:
      • English: No Talking by Andrew Clements
      • Spanish: Sin hablar escrito por Andrew Clements

Math
Here are two challenges to try with your child, or invite some others to join in on the collaboration!

Literacy

  • Reading: Take a moment this week to read and discuss a news article together. This site has plenty of articles where you can search by topic or age group.
  • Writing: Work together this week to create a story. Have your child start the story by writing about a character, setting and problem. Then, they pass the story to you to continue! Keep passing the story on to other family members until someone ends the story. Read it together…How did the story turn out?

Boy with Book

Week #3: Try something new!


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)
There are so many new learning opportunities all around us in the world! This week, try something new each day!
“Every day, take the chance to do something new. It won’t cost much more than the courage to do it.” -HpLyrikz.com

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Trying Something New
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • After the Fall by Dan Santat
    • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
    • What Do You Do With a Chance? By Kobi Yamada
    • Flight School by Lita Judge
    • Chapter book:
      • EnglishThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
      • Spanish: El único e incomparable Iván escrito por Katherine Applegate

Math
Focus on seeing something new! Work with your child to see math in the world around them; suddenly the boring drive to the store isn’t so… boring!

Literacy:

  • Reading: Challenge your child to give a book from a new genre a try. Have they ever read a mystery book? What about an informational book about a place they would like to visit? Don’t hesitate to encourage them to visit a new section in the library!
  • Writing: Encourage your child to write a book review to share with others! Their review just might get others into a book they don’t know about yet.   

Boy with Yellow Toy

Week #4: What moves you?


Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

How are you moved to help? This week, think about something you can do to help in your community. Clean up trash? Pull weeds? Chores around the house? Read to someone?…What moves you?

 

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: What Moves You?
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld
    • Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press
    • A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
      • Spanish: Me llamo Bud, no Buddy escrito por Christopher Paul Curtis

Math
Go on an adventure with your child that you create together with a coding challenge! Choose what interests you and get those fingers moving!

Literacy

  • Reading: Is there someone that inspires your child or someone they look look up to? Have them read about someone that moves them! Visit your local library to find out if there is a biography about that person.
  • Writing: Prompt your child to write about how this person inspires them.
    • What were this person’s accomplishments?
    • What personality traits does this person possess?  
    • Why does this person inspire your child?
    • Drop off the writing at the district office or email to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community!

Girl with Pencil

Week #5: Celebrating our Similarities!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

This week take time to celebrate all of the similarities and differences within your family and your community.  As a family, focus on having conversations throughout the day about why diversity is important in our world. 

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Diversity
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
    • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Taking Sides by Gary Soto
      • Spanish: Tomando partido escrito por Gary Soto

Math

  • Your child might recognize these math challenges from their math workshop warm-ups. This week, instead of finding which one doesn’t belong, let’s change our mindset and think about: “What do they all have in common?”

Literacy

  • Reading: Challenge your child to look for ways the author uses different language to describe an everyday object or action in the book they are reading.
    • For example, the author may use a metaphor to describe a lake: The peaceful lake was a mirror. (The lake is similar looking to a mirror.)
    • Discuss with your child why they think the author would have used that language.
    • Reference Link
  • Writing: Have you ever heard of an Intentional Family Tree? This week, write about all of the people who are really important in your life. Click the link to find out more!

Boy with Books

Week #6: Summer learning on the go!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

Learning can take place anytime, anywhere. Whether you are waiting in line or stopped at a stoplight, embrace each moment together by asking a question during these waiting times.

 

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Question Challenge
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • Choose Your Own Adventure stories by R.A. Montgomery
    • You Choose: Can you Survive Collection by Rachael Hanel
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul by Jack Canfield
      • Spanish: Sopa de pollo para el alma de los niños escrito por Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap

Math

  • Have you ever thought about how much math is involved when you go to the store? Or go to a restaurant?  Or even just get in the car? As you go places with your child this week, see if you can make the math connection!

Literacy

  • Reading: While on the go this week, have your child notice where print is being used and how.  Look at billboards or signs on a storefront!
    • What’s the purpose of the print? (Is it an advertisement? Is it informational?)
    • Is there intentional word choice?
    • How is the formatting different from the print in the book you are reading?
  • Writing: Have your child create their own billboard or storefront sign for a favorite restaurant or store.
    • Prompt them to think about the purpose, word choice and formatting…let the creative juices flow!

Summer

Week #7: Fun in the summer sun!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

During busy schedules and daily life, it is important to take time to center our bodies and thoughts.  Mindful moments are quick and easy strategies to use during your day.

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Mindful Moment
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas:
    • I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde
    • Silence by Lemniscates
    • Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
      • Spanish: Un latido a la vez escrito por Sharon Creech

Math

  • Before you head outside, did you check the weather? How warm is it going to be? What are the chances it might rain? How windy will it be? You are using so much math even just preparing for a day outside! This week, practice seeing the Math in the Weather!

Literacy

  • Reading: Take a picture of your child or family reading outside!
    • Share the picture with the CCSD59 community on Twitter using #D59Summer or send it to [email protected]
  • Writing: Go on a walk to enjoy the summer sun! Have your child share what they see and hear using descriptive language.
    • Use the language to create a poem
    • Poem can be free-verse or rhyming, you choose!
    • Drop off the poem at the district office or email to [email protected] to be shared with the CCSD59 community

Boy

Week #8: More adventures ahead!

 

Family SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

Earlier in the summer, you discussed setting goals as a family.  For this week, take time to reflect on the goals you created and see how much progress you have made.  Are there other goals you would like to create?

  • Family Discussion and SEL Activity: Goal Sharing
  • Family Read Aloud Ideas to prepare you for the new school year:
    • Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
    • Beautiful Oops! By Barney Saltzberg
    • Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
    • Chapter book:
      • English: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
      • Spanish: Como pez en él arbol escrito por Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Math

  • As you reflect on the ways you and your kids have been growing this summer through all the discussions and challenges you’ve completed, take some time to reflect on how these figures are growing!

Literacy

  • Reading: Did you read the Top Books of the summer? Check out this list to see what you might have missed…you still have time!
  • Writing: Write a reflection (journal entry) about your summer vacation.
    • What were your highlights?
    • What were some struggles?
    • Did you get to accomplish some things on your bucket list?
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