School’s almost out. We helped you engage your students during the school year, and now we’re here to help your students fight the summer slump with these summer activities. You can assign these activities alongside summer reading, or simply allow your students to choose one or two fun options from the list. Read on to learn more about assignment suggestions, from a summer vocabulary goal to a Week in Rap log.
1. Create your own week in rap
Create your own Week in Rap songs throughout summer by reading about current events, reflecting on them, deciding which ones are newsworthy and creating your own songs and videos. Make monthly videos instead of weekly ones, or one longer summer week in rap to cover what happened in the world while school was out.
2. Write a rap about summer reading
Most schools that assign summer reading assign some form of writing to go along with the book. Why not let your students prove they’ve read by writing a rap about their chosen reading? They can get inspired by hearing our hip-hop renditions of Toni Morrison to The Odyssey, and more. Then they can use our Hip-hop Fundamentals lesson to perfect their own songs.
3. Get a head start on history
By the time they leave school in the spring, most students know their schedules for the upcoming year. Have students get a head start on their upcoming Social Studies classes with our history songs and videos. Whether they’re taking U.S. History, Ancient World History or Modern World History, challenge students to be at the top of their class by learning key historical facts over the summer.
4. Set a summer vocabulary goal
Fight the summer slump actively! Challenge your students to learn a certain number of new words over the summer (50? 100 for the daring?). Make it competitive if you’d like. Once you set the goal, assign students to learn words on their reading level. We have a full vocabulary curriculum for grades K-8, and 12 SAT vocabulary songs. Students can simply listen to the songs and watch videos, then complete the supplemental activities to deepen vocabulary knowledge.
5. Set a summer math fact goal
Just like the above vocabulary challenge, set up a summer math facts competition. See who can come back to school in the fall knowing the most addition, subtraction, multiplication or division facts. Our math fact hip-hop songs will make it easy to win.
6. Experiment on your younger sibling
The scientific method isn’t just used with beakers, test tubes, and complicated apparatus. Students can use it to figure out everything from the best type of joke to tell their younger sibling to the best route to school. Students can follow this full scientific method lesson here, which includes our Scientific Method hip-hop video. It will allow them to set up fun experiments at home.
7. Keep a summer rhyme journal
Keep your students in the habit of writing with a quick and fun writing assignment. Have students commemorate their summer with weekly journal entries…in rhyme. Using our rhyme and rhythm lesson, practice a few lines before the school year ends. And then each week, have students write four lines about the happenings of the last 7 days.
8. Send students on a literacy scavenger hung
Literacy doesn’t just happen in a library. Over the summer, students can practice literacy skills all over town with this scavenger hunt. Analyze billboards, create a guidebook to your town and even educationally eavesdrop. Let students take their pic of 2 different assignments. See the 16 scavenger hunt assignments now.
9. Find figurative language in your favorite songs
Start by listening to Flocabulary’s figurative language song, “Wordplay,”. Then assign students to find the different types of figurative language in their favorite music.
10. Write a fantasy story
Over the summer, fantasy books are at the top of kids’ lists. Ask students to listen to our songs about imagination and fantasy, and then have them write their own fantasy song or story.