As summer sets in, learning doesn’t need to stop. According to National Summer Learning Association, all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during over the summer months and most lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills.
Both teachers and administrators can make a big difference in thwarting summer learning loss, particularly for students with limited access to expanded and summer learning opportunities. Explore these free online resources and share them with families so that summer is a time of learning and growth.
Reading & Language Arts
Vocabulary is a critical component of reading comprehension. Playkidsgame.com helps your students build and retain reading comprehension skills through interactive games. Students can play within their current RIT Range and create their own games if they master a specific level.
We Give Books
When a trip to the library is not possible, students in grades K-5 can access free books online at We Give Books. New books are added each month and include those appropriate for read-alouds and independent readers. This summer, students can enjoy the site’s 10-week summer reading program. The best part? Books read online are donated to charity as a part of the site’s ongoing literacy efforts.
Go beyond the typical summer reading lists and develop grade-specific titles that will excite the curiosity of your students at Education.com. Explore titles by topic, title and grade.
The Opposite Ocean is a great app to improve student vocabulary and reading comprehension on the go. Available on IPad, IPhone and IPod touch, this interactive app developed in concert with the Virginia Department of Education allows students to master antonyms while “going deep” on grade-appropriate vocabulary. Current game settings are appropriate for students in grades 2-6.
Nothing sparks learning like competition. Help your students retain math, reading and writing concepts with Sumdog, an interactive gaming site that allows students to become superheros, complete activities and build skills while school’s out. Teachers can create free logins for their students and track their progress over the course of the summer.
Math class becomes a lot more fun with the MAP Math resource, an online site that helps students improve their mastery of algebra, geometry, data analysis, and number operations through a variety of activities. Games and challenges are tailored by RIT scores and provide a wealth of targeted math support.
Summer math programs such as TenMarks can help teachers and parents maintain academic rigor with online coursework. On-demand curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and provides adaptive instructional models that keep students learning during the summer months.
Available on IPad, IPhone, and IPod Touch, Math Champ is a challenging and innovative gaming app that allows students to test their math skills and go head-to-head against classmates in a virtual math competition. Teachers can customize quizzes by selecting appropriate content by grade and difficulty level. After the competition, teachers can also access aggregate student data and see the performance of all students in an easy Excel format.
Service and experiential learning opportunities are also excellent ways for students to continue learning once the school year ends. Educators can reinforce math and reading concepts learned during the year by developing a list of local field trips families and students can complete together. Have students who can’t journey to the local museum or nature observatory? Encourage them to participate in a virtual trips using Google’s Connected Classroom to bring the fun to them.
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