Are you looking for fun summer math and reading activities? Look no further! In May or June, students are excited for the end of the year and are ready to go on summer break. How do you keep students focused during that time? By making learning fun! When you incorporate summer games and activities into the classroom, it’s easy to keep learning standard-based. Students will stay on task with these engaging summer math and reading activities.
Summer Math and Reading Activities for Elementary Students:
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Keep scrolling to see all the games in action and how to play each one!
Build a S’more Game
In this first summer game, students race to build a s’more. Each time students answer a task card, they get to add part of their s’more to their mat. There are chance cards included too. You never know who’s going to win based on this twist. The first person to finish building their s’more wins.
Depending on which grade level students are in, the skill varies. There are 2 versions included: color and black and white. The color version is great for printing in vibrant colors. The black and white version is ink-friendly.
Summer Error Analysis Game
In this second summer math and reading game, students look at each card and decide if the question and answer are correct. Then, students put a check or an X next to each one to show their thinking. An answer key is included. Every grade level contains a different skill.
This is a perfect review activity before giving an assessment or as an extra practice supplement. You receive step-by-step directions so you know exactly what to do. A sub doesn’t need lesson plans when you have an easy-to-implement review game.
Multi-Player Summer Math or Reading Game
In this third game, each time a student answers a card correctly, the student then chooses a circle card randomly. The circle card tells whether to go forward or backward. The first person to make it to the finish line wins!
The game is great for spiral review and is easy to set up and implement. This gameboard can be used for elementary children as a worksheet alternative, printables, in math stations, center rotations, math centers, reading centers, as enrichment or remediation, in small groups, as test prep, as worksheets, homework practice (send it home as a fun way to practice!), printables, and so much more! The math and reading activity is flexible so you can use it however you’d like in your classroom.
Summer Math or Reading Sort
Students decide which campground each camp supply belongs at. Students sort the cards according to the correct answers. A recording sheet and answer key are also provided. This game practices a different skill depending on which grade level you are in.
Summer Reading or Math Activity
Students read each task card and solve it to find the answer. Once they find the answer, they know which cabin the camper belongs in. They place that camper at the correct cabin. For example, the camper in green lives at Cabin #48. Students practice area and perimeter word problems. Every grade level contains a different skillset students will practice in this game.
Summer Math and Reading Puzzles
Puzzles are always a class favorite for my students! Incorporating these summer math and reading activities for elementary students into math or reading centers is very easy and a great collaborative activity. Students use their math facts knowledge to put together each puzzle. Each grade level comes with a variety of puzzles that practice different math or reading skills students will spiral review throughout the year. There are certainly plenty of puzzles for students to complete included in each math or reading game pack.
Every grade level comes with 48 puzzles for students to put together (and different skills for each grade level too!). They are easy to cut out and work perfectly for years to come if they are laminated or printed on cardstock. These are perfect for spiral review for any students in your classroom. These would work well for fast finishers or in math or reading centers.
Whole Class Summer Game
In addition to the games we’ve gone over, these summer math and reading activities for elementary students are perfect for math fact fluency or parts of speech practice! In this fun summer game, students get to race to see who can make the most ice cream cones! Students will get extra practice with counting, parts of speech, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts while completing a fun team-building game at the same time. Students in kinder practice identifying numbers through counting pictures and ten frames. 1st and 2nd-grade practice addition and subtraction. If your students are in 3rd through 5th grade, both a multiplication and division facts version is included. What about if you teach reading? No problem! A part of speech version is provided in the reading pack. It’s the perfect way for students to get content practice while collaborating. And most importantly, students are learning!
How do you play?
Lay out the ice cream cones all over your floor. Explain to students they’ll be making ice cream cones just like the sample ones shown (yellow ones). Their goal is to find the ice cream scoops they need to make the ice cream cones look like the orders customers are asking for. Each team starts with a pre-made ice cream cone (customer order) and an ice cream cone. Kids will hunt the room to look for the ice cream scoops they need. : Kids build up the ice cream cone in the same order as the customer’s order (yellow). When kids build the ice cream cone the whole way to the top, they get to grab another customer’s order from the teacher. It’s a race to see who can build the most ice cream cones! 2 versions: multiplication and division.
Digital Hide and Seek: Editable Summer Math and Reading Activities for Elementary
Next, we have a game that is SUPER easy to play! Have you ever wanted a FUN activity that is 100% editable and can be customized to any age level / any standard you are teaching? Do you need summer math and reading activities for elementary students that you can use with the whole class OR just a few students? Something that can be used over and over again without becoming boring? The answer has finally arrived! Every student I’ve ever encountered has LOVED the concept of hide-and-seek. Students find the hidden object by guessing answers to questions on the screen in this digital hide and seek game. Summer-themed slides are just right for any holiday celebration in the classroom!
Open Powerpoint to play Hide and Seek. Drag the object on the left behind any picture on the screen so it is “hiding”. Add in the object on each page so all 10 objects are hidden. Put the game in “Slide Show” mode to play! Have students “seek” where the object is by calling on students to say answers to the questions on the screen. Click to see if their guess is right. Then, when students click each picture, it’ll magically disappear to see if the student has “found” the object!
Whichever student finds the hidden object gets to come to the front of the room and call on students to guess on the next slide! Therefore, student engagement is high and students always want to come up next. Or, use the blank version to create whatever skill practice you’d like—math facts, letter recognition, spelling words…the sky is the limit!
To conclude, I hope you enjoyed learning about these summer math and reading activities for elementary students and found some new ideas for your own classroom.
Click the picture below to find these math games for your grade level (available for Kindergarten to 5th Grade).
You may also like to learn about how to do an Ice Cream Shop Room Transformation in your classroom here.