Summer Learning Activities to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

June 10, 2021
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We’re all excited about summer after a long school year that required teachers and students to adapt to a mixture of both in-person and online learning. But with new challenges come new learning opportunities, and students and teachers stepped up to make the year a success. To help maintain the progress we made in 2021, these summer learning activities are a fun way to keep students’ minds working over the break!

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Try Our Memory Tool or Pre-Made Games

Our popular memory game tool allows users to create custom memory games by adding word and image lists of their own. We also offer multiple pre-made memory games that allow students to practice concepts such as:

In the settings for the memory tool, you can increase or decrease the number of cards displayed and also edit your selected word and image list. Have students play a memory game at home individually or with friends and family – with proper learning games and activities, there is no wrong way to play!

Get Creative with Pattern Blocks

Pattern blocks give students a chance for fun hands-on learning that covers a variety of basic concepts such as recognizing shapes and patterns, developing a sense of quantity, and being introduced to concepts such as perimeter and area.

Our virtual pattern blocks give users access to 6 different shapes and colors. Users can resize these shapes and group them together with other shapes to create entirely new patterns. This activity is ideal for users who access Gynzy from a tablet.

Tell a Story Using Our Story Prompts

Telling stories is an essential part of communicating with others and is necessary in many different aspects of our lives. To practice this skill, our story prompt activity includes 23 fun images for students to use to kick-start their own stories.

To create their stories, students can type into our text tool or draw directly on their device. If a student needs to practice their handwriting, we also offer a range of lessons for students who are practicing writing numbers and letters in both print and cursive, such as:

End-of-Year Learning Activities

At the end of a long school year, it can be difficult to keep students motivated and excited about learning. Our end-of-year learning activities offer 8 pre-made, summer-themed games and activities to get students minds and creativity working. These activities include:

  • A summer acrostic poem (printable included)

  • A summer-themed mad lib

  • A summer-themed memory game

  • Fun exercises and an emoji activity

Keep students excited about learning with these short and sweet summer learning activities!

Practice Spelling and Building Words

Two of our most popular educational games involve building and spelling words correctly.

In Lingo, players get 5 chances to guess a word that’s either 5 or 6 letters long. When a letter becomes green, that means you’ve put the right letter in the right place. When a letter shows as yellow, that means you’ve found the right letter but it’s not in the right place just yet. Letters that flash red mean they are not a part of the word.

In Ruzzle, players are shown a 4×4 grid of letters and are given two minutes to find as many words as possible. How many words can you find?

Study a Photo of the Day

The Photo of the Day activity includes 60 amazing photographs of monuments and landscapes from all over the world. Each picture comes with facts about the region and identifies where the pictures are located on a map. The last slide associated with each picture includes additional links and resources about the location featured.

This lesson on identifying the continents and oceans goes well with Photo of the Day, as does this lesson about the similarities and differences between a map and a globe and this lesson on the 5 themes of geography.

Play Bingo

Our take on bingo is great for students who are working on quickly recognizing numbers and letters. It is also a fun game that students and others can play over the summer to stay connected without needing to meet up in person.

Bingo uses the random number and letter generator tools to randomly cycle through the numbers or letters you’ve chosen. There is also printable bingo cards included for users who would rather play that way.

Make a Song with our Music Maker

Our Music Maker gives users the chance to create their own song using a virtual piano and drum track that can be played at normal, half, or double speed. You can create up to 10 sheets or pages of music and save them to listen to or edit later.

If you are looking for other age-appropriate music to listen to, check out the Gynzy Jukebox or our Letter Songs (A-Z), which feature 4 different videos for every letter to help students better recognize them.

Get Your Blood Moving

Summer is a great time to get outside and get moving. Our energizer activities give students short exercises to do while incorporating our spin-the-wheel widget. Other slides include prompts for student drawings, such as “draw your bedroom” or “draw your favorite food.”

Our brain breaks also give students fun physical activities to do, four of which can be done independently. For physical activities that also involve practicing concepts and answering questions, the Math & Movement series includes a series of videos involving students running in place and solving problems as they appear:

Find Something to be Grateful About

In life we all encounter obstacles and difficulties that can cause us temporary unhappiness. To manage these difficulties, it’s useful to take time out of your day to recognize things you are grateful and happy for despite the hardships you’re facing.

We have two different activities that help users do this. The first is our gratitude prompts, which ask 6 different open-ended questions about an aspect of our lives that we are grateful for. We also offer a (printable) activity asking students to consider different ways that they are lucky.

These simple exercises are not only good for our mental health, but also get students actively reflecting and creating narratives about their lives. Challenge students to discover what friends and family are grateful for or feel lucky about!

Recognizing Numbers & Solving Equations

Gynzy offers a few different educational games to help students practice working with and recognizing numbers. Our math puzzles offer equations where numbers have been replaced with pictures and need to be decoded to be solved. We also have three different versions of Sudoku featuring 4×4, 6×6, and 9×9 boards to help students better recognize numbers and number patterns.

We also have a variety of games to help students practice their times tables:

These games are good practice for older students and a good introduction to multiplication and working with numbers for younger students!

Do Something for Your Community

Summer is a good time to engage with family, friends and other members of our community. Challenge students to do something for the community this summer and get them started by reviewing how we can be positive members of our community. The 5 traits highlighted in this lesson are:

  • Respect

  • Compassion

  • Responsibility

  • Courage

  • Honesty

Other relevant lessons include practicing positive social skills and reviewing character traits of role models.

Take Time to Recharge

We hope you all take plenty of time to do things you enjoy this summer! We all had a long school year and you should take time to do things you enjoy. Before the end of the school year, consider setting up a challenge board for students filled with Gynzy activities. These independent activities can give them a fun way to practice important skills, and help you get the time off that you deserve!

If you want to view all of the standards-aligned lessons we have in ELA, Math, Science, Social-Emotional Learning and more, create a Gynzy account today.

About the author Nick SanGiacomo
Nick SanGiacomo
Nick is a Content Marketing Specialist at Gynzy.

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