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Are you looking for summer literacy activities for your elementary students? These easy and fun activities are sure to get your students reading and writing this summer!

Summer Read Alouds

There are so many fun summer read-alouds that you can share with your students! Here are some thematic roundup posts to help you start picking out books to read:

Summer Reading Challenges

Monthly reading challenges are a fun way to build excitement about reading! These challenges are reading goals you aim to achieve over a certain amount of time. The goals can be related to time spent reading, number of books, or types of books read.

Challenge students to read different types of summer-themed texts. They can read a book:

  • about a character going on vacation
  • that takes place at the beach
  • with a character who lives in the ocean
  • that takes place during the summer
  • about the history of our nation
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summer reading challenge bookmarks

Other types of reading challenges can encourage students to read while doing summer activities such as read a book:

  • while wearing sunglasses
  • while sitting on a beach towel
  • as you’re traveling in a car/airplane
  • near the water (ocean, lake, pool)

Summer Reading Logs

Students can use summer reading logs to track their reading goals using summer icons (such as seashells, sunglasses etc). They can color an ocean animal for each book they read or add a seashell every day they read during the month.

Summer Literacy Activities for Reading Buddies

Students can complete various summer literacy activities with their reading buddies. Students can also complete several of these activities during independent reading.

Reading buddies can complete summer reading book hunts together. They can look for summer things during their buddy reading literacy center. Some ideas might be:

summer book hunt literacy center
  • baseball
  • beach ball
  • fireworks
  • ice cream
  • hot dog
  • flag
  • airplane
  • ocean

Discussion Prompts

Engaging discussion prompts are a fun way to work on students’ oral language skills. They can practice stating their opinions and supporting them with evidence. Some prompts to get them talking:

  • What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Why?
  • Do you prefer to swim in the ocean or pool? Why?
  • What is the best way to travel? Why?
  • Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Writing Prompts

Students can complete a shared writing activity with a buddy. These summer writing prompts would also be ideal to include in your writing center for students to select from. The options are limitless but here are some ideas to get you started. They can write:

summer writing prompts
  • Steps for building a sand castle
  • Describe the perfect summer day
  • Facts you know about ocean animals
  • A story about going in a magic submarine
  • A recipe for a new type of ice cream
  • a list of fun activities to do at home in the summer

Character Emotions

Students can use a fun summer emotions chart to identify how the characters in the story may be feeling. These charts can also be used at your writing center to encourage students to add more details in their stories

summer emotions charts

Summer Literacy Centers

Making Words Phonics Activity

Making Words is a hands-on phonics activity that promotes students’ phonological awareness and spelling skills. Students manipulate letter tiles to create words by blending the sounds together. They will need to change letters, add letters, and move letters around to spell new words. This multi-sensory approach deepens students’ understanding of how words work.

Making Words summer literacy center

Challenge students to see how many words they can find using the letters in summer-themed phrases like Fourth of July or Summer Vacation.

Low-Prep Literacy Centers

Low-prep literacy centers are simple summer literacy activities your students will love. You can make these centers with SEASON-themed cutouts from Carson Dellosa! As you’re shopping, be sure to use the code READINGROUNDUP10 for 10% off!

low-prep summer literacy center
low-prep summer literacy center
low-prep summer literacy center

All you need to do is write, cut, and/or glue words or pictures onto the cutouts to create endless possibilities for literacy centers. Students can use the cutouts to:

  • Match upper and lower case letters
  • Match letters to pictures with the same initial sounds
  • Create CVC words
  • Practice writing high-frequency words
  • Find rhyming words
  • Create real or nonsense words with blends and digraphs

What other summer literacy activities do your students enjoy? Share with us in the comments!

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