Summer Learning Guides for Grades K-6: Get Ready for Back-to-School

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Make sure that your incoming students are prepared for the new school year with these packets of fun activities and skill-builders. Each activity has been selected to draw on prior knowledge and is a sneak peek of what they will learn in the next grade. Each packet includes summer reading suggestions, tips for cold and flu prevention, worksheets for improving grade-appropriate math and spelling skills, critical thinking activities for each subject, and other activities to enjoy and learn from over the summer.

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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

Happy Halloween! Kids love this holiday and all the spooky decorations, games, and stories that go along with it. (Not to mention the candy, of course!) Take advantage of their enthusiasm with classroom connections and fun activities.