This library lesson is all about summer fun and the benefits of summer reading! Part 1 is a whole-class library discussion encouraging students to read over the summer. Part 2 includes summertime trivia questions, vocabulary, would-you-rathers, and more!
**Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! The author cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.
Needed to open and edit: Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents
Also needed: For the scavenger hunt, students will need crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color the illustrations.
This lesson is editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:
- 58-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
- All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 13 slides are whole class discussion slides about the benefits of summer reading
- 44 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- 2 differentiated, editable Scavenger Hunts in Microsoft PowerPoint + PDF (3 pages)
- Students can complete these as they watch the presentation. They are looking for information and objects, and the hunt gives them something to look for while the slides roll.
- Answer key is included.
- Recommended Reading List of to accompany this lesson (1 page)
- Text is editable in Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF file, so you can tailor it to your library collection.
- Characters are diverse, and every book listed received positive professional reviews.
- Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
- 3 Recommended Summer Read-alouds for Grades 2-5 with suggested nonfiction video links to enhance each story
- Sign language slide and how-to video link: “summer”
- 5 benefits of summer reading
- Recommendation to read audiobooks on long car trips
- Slide templates for you to add the weekly library schedule and announcements
- “Happy Birthday” template — add your students’ birthdays for the week!
- Where students can get books to read over summer break
- 4 extreme close-up photos — Students try to guess what the extreme close-ups are. Includes answer slides and more information about those objects. All objects in photos are summer-themed. The four objects are: coconuts, strawberries, cockle shells, and a starfish.
- 2 Vocabulary Words of the Week: humidity and summer solstice
- Additional vocabulary: bivalve, symmetry, and drupes
- Fun facts about raspberries, hermit crabs, cockle shells, ice cream, sandcastles, starfish, algae blooms, strawberries, mosquitoes, coconuts, watermelon, and midnight sun.
- Idiom: “Dog Days of Summer”?
- 2 statistics about kids’ reading habits
- 5 trivia questions slides with answers
- 1 Would-You-Rather question slide
- 2 This-or-That question slide
- 1 joke about frogs
All information in the presentation was researched thoroughly by a certified school librarian. Research sources are noted in the Notes section of every slide.
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – A.1. – A.2.
- Include – A.3.
- Explore – A.1. – A.2.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.8.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.8.
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