Last year I decided to do something about it. On the last day of school, my kiddos make themselves a Summer Camp Kit. This kit includes multiplication games, a Reading Response Journal, and Writing Prompts with a Writing Journal.
Because my students are the ones making it, they take ownership and they don't just toss it as soon as they leave for summer! I tell kiddos that if they bring it back completed the next year, they will earn a special treat from me. While I would like to report that all of my kiddos brought it back last year, I was please that I did get 12 students who completed it. I am going for a larger number this year.
I will also be starting a Summer Camp Success Wall in my room to hang up pics of the kiddos who completed it and allow them to sign the wall. Hopefully this will be another motivator as well.
Check it out here.
Detailed directions with pictures
Reading Journal with suggested activities and sentence starters
Writing Journal with optional prompts
Camp Workout Game: incorporation multiplication and physical activity
Hike the Hills Game: multiplication strategy game "spotting animals"
Spinner Game: includes 3 different multiplication/division game options
I did this on the last day of school with my kiddos. The key to these activities is that students take ownership in creating the journals and games themselves. Students simply color each page, cut out, and staple the journals together. They also put together the spinner and the other games. Once completed, they put each game or journal in its own sandwich bag and then place everything inside the suitcase. We play the games in partners and start off one of the journal entries for reading and writing.
I hope you check this out and find it useful. I would love to give two lucky winners this resource for free. Just tell me your favorite vacation spot and leave your email. You may find this in your in box tomorrow!