For students, summer is a time for fun and play. It is also the time when learning often takes a back seat and important skills can fall victim to the 'summer slide.' Research shows that during the summer students may forget many of the reading, writing, and math skills learned during the school year.
Our Think-a-Palooza site is designed for parents and students to explore all kinds of learning activities and resources. Check back often as content is being added to the Think-a-Palooza site often.
I know, I know. You would rather be playing outside with friends in the summer sun. Hey, don't worry, our Think-a-Palooza site can be fun, too! Make sure you check back often as our friend, Wally the Robot, will be going on a summer adventure and you can follow along!
Wally will show up from time to time with new games, fun facts, hidden treasures, and more!
Don't forget to play outside with family and friends. Be careful and have a great summer!
Reading & Writing
Explore the sites and activities below. You will find reading and writing learning activities and resources.
Summer Reading Activities
June Reading Activity Calendar
July Reading Activity Calendar
August Reading Activity Calendar
Kindergarten - Grade 2
A list of recommended books for children in grades K-2.
Grades 3 - Grade 5
A list of recommended books for children in grades 3-5.
Grades 6 - 8
A list of recommended books for students in grades 6-8.
Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images
into fresh stories.
Book suggestions, reading resources, games, and more!
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books in Storyline!
TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine that motivates kids to read!
Starfall's systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education and ESL.
Reading games and online books from the Reading is Fundamental team.
A collection of interactive English Language Arts websites.
Whether you are a student seeking to craft more effective papers or someone who has always wanted to write, these websites and pages will get you started off in the right direction.
Mathematics & Science
Explore the sites and activities below. You will find math and science activities and resources
Math Apprentice answers the question that nearly every student will ask during his or her math career: When are we ever going to use this in the real world?
Explore the fun side of math with thinking games, number puzzles, and more!
A variety of math games from PBS Kids!
Dozens of interactive math learning sites.
Webmath is a math-help web site. A good site for skills practice
Math Blaster contains skills practice, games, and downloadable activities.
SoftSchools.com provides free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics worksheets and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics.
Math skills practice. Download math worksheets.
Explore & Discover
Explore the sites and activities below. You will find all kinds of creative learning resources and activities.
Kids.gov is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Educators. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History.
Fun and educational environment for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria.
Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial.
Explore the Smithsonian virtual museum.
Explore the NASA virtual museum.
ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers.
Wonderopolois is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages!
Science fun for elementary to middle school aged students.
Funbrain offers free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8.
This Web site is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and contains stories, fun facts, interactive games, and more.
Explore, discover, solve, and learn everything Smithsonian!
Contact: Mark Hess | Executive Director of Instruction, Technology, & Assessment