Summer Learning: Keep it Fun!


summerThere are lots of ways to keep your child active and learning this summer.  Here are a few of our favorite options:

Summer Reading Lists:

Current middle school students and teachers have created a “must read” list for our students.  You can find those lists on the Moodle page, or by clicking HERE.


Tumble Book Cloud:

Free, online books are available to SSIS students using our Tumble Book Cloud account.  You can even log in and read using your mobile devices.  Log in with these details:

Online Learning Opportunities:

While we certainly want kids out playing in the fresh air, you might capture your child’s attention with these fun online learning games.

CoolMath:  Self-proclaimed amusement park of math, the CoolMath site provides a truly unlimited number of math experiences for students ranging from basic math through Pre-Calculus.  With 8 different sub-sites, there is enough here to keep your child engaged all summer.  Be sure to check out the finance and science sections.

Math-Play:  Organized by grade level, content, and game type, this site has games for students in elementary through Geometry and Algebra 2.

FunEnglishGames:  Designed as writing challenges, this site provides students a wide range of activities designed to improve English writing skill.  Options include advertising, newspapers, debate and creative writing activities.

What to Read:  Does your child want to know of a good book?  Check out The Stacks website.  Between the Books and Authors listing, games, blogs, and video, your child will find a new list of “must read” books.

FunBrain:  This website provides a wide range of fun games to get the brain moving.  You’ll find math, reading, grammar and more.

Scholastic provides us with these ideas:

  • Record-breakers: Use a stopwatch to time yourself running, roller blading, swimming, or biking. Then try to beat your time. Be sure to keep the distance you’re moving the same for each trial. Graph the results. (You may need a partner for this.)
  • Where will you be? Using a map, calculate where you will you be if you travel 20, 50, 100, or 1,000 miles from home.
  • How many ways? As you’re exploring your neighborhood during the summer, how many routes can you take to the school, the grocery store, the mall, or your friend’s house? The catch: No backtracking, and you must take a new route each time.
  • Let’s eat: Prepare a meal or dish for the family. Before you go to the supermarket, find a recipe, write what you need and how much. At the supermarket, choose the best-priced option.
  • Map the weather: Keep a running log of the weather. Include temperature, humidity, clouds, precipitation, wind, air pressure. Can you predict what the weather will be tomorrow?
  • Invent a recipe for a summer drink and share it with your friends. For example, the Citrus Sizzler: 1/2 cup Sprite, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1 spritz lime juice.
  • Museum gallery: Collect pinecones, rocks, shells, or other natural objects to organize, categorize, and label. Present your own natural history museum.
  • Hot-weather inventor: Design an invention that you can use during summer. Some ideas: sunglasses that change color from red to yellow to blue, or a new beach toy.
  • Answer a question: How long does it take an ice cube to melt outside in the summer heat? In the refrigerator? In an air conditioned room?
  • Float or sink: In a pool or the bathtub, hypothesize which items (soap, dry sock, bottle of shampoo, rock, etc.) will float or sink. Test your hypotheses.