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Lesson Roundup: Activities for the End of the School Year and Summer Learning


Lesson RoundupWhether you’re looking for a quality lesson to fill a gap in your lesson plan or an educational activity to keep your child learning over the summer, use this blog as a resource! This “lesson roundup” features Joy of Teaching blogs with downloadable activities and resources.

Lessons on nutrition

  • Downloadable science nutrition lessons from Evan-Moor resources (grades K–6)
  • Collection of cross-curricular nutrition lessons from USDA: “Serving up MyPlate”

Creative writing ideas

  • Examples of how to use images from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick for writing projects
  • Examples of using images from the Library of Congress or magazines for creative writing prompts

Baseball-themed lessons and activities

  • Downloadable reading and language arts activities from Evan-Moor (grades PreK–5)
  • Link to a site for making your own trading cards
  • Link to math lessons via the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Quality time fillers

  • Activities from Evan-Moor’s Thinking Skills books
  • Downloadable art projects (paper weaving and paper tube animals)

Musical vocabulary activity

  • Example of how to have students create a song or jingle using vocabulary words

Quick and fun drawing and writing activity

  • See what students can create from a simple shape and how to tie this activity to a theme.

Poetry activities and poems

  • Template for helping students write an autobiographical poem
  • Examples of free verse poems to share with students

Favorite author book reports

  • Simple book report forms and suggested book lists (grades PreK–4)
  • Middle school lessons for John Steinbeck’s The Pearl and The Red Pony

Summer learning ideas

  • 10 ideas for quality summer learning experiences, including links to family gardening activities and helping children create their own blog

Science Fair project ideas

  • Free e-book with a step-by-step guide for completing science projects—ideal for a summer project, too!


Contributing Writer

Image of Theresa WoolerTheresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.

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