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Category: Academics
Tags: summer learning summer activities smithsonian institution summer homeschool ideas

Keep your kids learning and occupied throughout the summer with a variety of free programs. Scroll down for printable math and reading booklets.

Learning at Home: Hands-On activities, online resources, printables, apps and more.

PBS Summer LearningA collection of videos and interactives.

Legends of LearningThis site is providing 10 weeks of free math and science activities that are game-based. They are also running STEM competitions. For grades 1 - 8.

Wide Open SchoolA collection of online learning sites organized by grade (pre-school through 12) and subject.

Smartpegs8 weeks of free science activities

Start with a BookThis site has printable Reading Adventure Packs for grades K - 3, covering a variety of topics, including Bugs, Birds, and Animals; Flight; Time and Time Travel; and others (24 altogether). You'll also find links to hands-on activities, writing prompts, websites and mobile apps.

Things You Wanna Know: NatGeo Kids video series.

Newsela Summer Reading ClubsFor grades 2 - 12, students can join clubs on a variety of interests, including animals, technology, movies, and more.

Explorer HQBecome an intrepid explorer and complete a variety of unusual missions to earn badges.

Science of Summer: Explore the science behind summer activities at this PBS LearningMedia site. Topics include the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the science of blowing bubbles, the mineral composition of sand, and the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and roller coasters.

Maker CampFeatures a collection of projects to make at home.

Camp WonderopolisExplore wonders about music and how it relates to other fields, such as science, math and history.

Camp GoNoodleEach week in July, you receive an email with  new adventures and activities, both online and off, and the ability to earn badges. 

Self-Learning for KidsNot really a program, but a very long list of free, self-learning online resources for kids in pre-K through sixth grades. There are 75 resources, organized by type.

Summer Learning Packets (Printable booklets):

Grade K Math

Grade K Reading

Grade 1 Reading

Grade 1 Addition/Subtraction

Grade 1 Counting

Grade 2 Fiction

Grade 2 Non-Fiction

Grade 2 Math

Grade 2 Math Answer Key

Grade 2 Geometry

Grade 3 Fiction

Grade 3 Non-Fiction

Grade 3 Math

Grade 3 Math Answer Key

 



Free Journeys Reading Resources Tags: journeys reading journeys reading program journeys leveled readers harcourt journeys

This post begins with descriptions of the free ebook resources available here. Scroll down for the actual links to each grade (K - 5). Clicking into the links will automatically launch the ebooks. For printable pages, look at the buttons on the left side of the ebook. The last button is "More." Click into it to print pages.

Descriptions:

Student ebooks provide lessons with reading and comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and writing exercises. There's also a link to the In the News current events ezine.

Leveled Readers include target skills (like main idea), vocabulary, and writing exercises.

Additional tools are available for some of the grades.

Lessons appear to align with the main student ebooks:

Reading Adventures Magazine includes literature and informational texts and activities.

Writing Handbooks include step-by-step exercises for writing different types of compositions. Pages can be printed. 

Write Smart is an interactive tool that provides writing ideas, graphic organizers, writing models, and revision lessons.

Write-In Readers have short comprehension, vocabulary, and handwriting exercises, with pages that can be printed. 

Reader's Notebooks have spelling, vocabulary, and grammar lessons. Pages can be printed.

Cold Reads are reading comprehension passages with questions. Pages are printable.

Grammar Snap Videos are short lessons on grammar topics.

Links:

Kindergarten Ebook

Kindergarten Leveled Readers

 

Grade 1 Ebook

Grade 1 Leveled Readers

Grade 1 Writing Handbook

Grade 1 Write-In Reader

Grade 1 Reader's Notebook

Grade 1 Grammar Snap Videos

 

   

Grade 2 Ebook

Grade 2 Leveled Readers

Grade 2 Writing Handbook

Grade 2 Write-In Reader

Grade 2 Reader's Notebook

Grade 2 Grammar Snap Videos

 

Grade 3 Ebook

Grade 3 Leveled Readers

Grade 3 Writing Handbook

Grade 3 Write-In Reader

Grade 3 Reader's Notebook

Grade 3 Cold Reads

Reading Adventures Magazine

Grade 3 Grammar Snap Videos

 

Grade 4 Ebook

Grade 4 Leveled Readers

Grade 4 Writing Handbook

Grade 4 Write Smart

Grade 4 Write-In Reader

Grade 4 Reader's Notebook

Grade 4 Cold Reads

Reading Adventures Magazine

Grade 4 Grammar Snap Videos

 

Grade 5 Ebook

Grade 5 Leveled Readers

Grade 5 Writing Handbook

Grade 5 Write Smart

Grade 5 Write-In Reader

Grade 5 Reader's Notebook

Grade 5 Cold Reads

Reading Adventures Magazine

Grade 5 Grammar Snap Videos

Buggin' Out
Category: Science
Tags: bug insect insect identification pictures of bugs insects for kids

 

For budding entomolgists and nature detectives, these free insect investigations help take the learning outside: 

Field Guides: Essential for comparing illustrations with actual crawlies and flying beasties discovered, and for learning fast facts. Here are a couple you can download for free: 

  • Orkin Guide: Has color photos and basic information on common insects, like bees, wasps, mosquitoes, flies, ants, etc. 24 pages.
  • EPA Bug Book: This more comprehensive garden guide contains pictures and information on good and bad bugs, bug control tips, homemade bugspray recipes, and plants that attract good bugs. 52 pages.

Free Online Books: 

 

 

                        

Field Studies:

Basic Insect Observation Worksheet

Cricket StudiesResources for capturing, keeping, and studying crickets, with data worksheets, ideas for experiments, and sample two-week lesson plan.

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