### Summer Centers for Kindergarten

Summer is quickly approaching. This is the time of year where teachers may feel like they need to step up their game to keep learning happening. There is still work to be done, still teaching to do, but the kiddos {and teachers} know that the end is in sight. We know it's important to provide our students with highly engaging activities throughout the school year - but during these last weeks of school it feels even more important. If students are on task and engaged in their work the behavior is {hopefully} less likely to be disruptive.

BUT we are tired. There is no tired like teacher-at-the-end-of-the-year tired. And you definitely have a million and one reasons to feel that way!!! But fear not, a break is coming! Today I want to share with you some easy and fun activities that will help get you through the last few weeks of school. They are easy to prep and the fun summer themed will keep kids loving what they do!

First up is this math freebie

Roll to 100 is always a class favorite. It's a fun way to practice numbers to 100. Just print the page and laminate or slide in a page protector. Add some dot cubes {dice} and plastic linking cubes or mini erasers.

To play this game students roll their dice and count the number of dots. They use the cubes or erasers to cover that many spaces on their paper game board {it sounds much cooler!!!}. They continue rolling and covering the number they rolled until they get to 100. I have my students change cube colors colors or mini erasers for each roll.

You can also make this into a partner activity.

Simply provide each student with their own game board and manipulatives. They will take turns rolling the dice and covering the number of spaces they rolled. The first student to make their way to 100 is the winner. You can add a twist...the player must roll the exact number to get to 100. So if a student is on 98 they must roll a 2 to win. If they are on 99 they must roll a 1 to win.

Here's a fun and easy summer themed literacy freebie to practice CVCe words.

Students roll a dot cube and match the number they rolled to the code on the right of the paper. They cover a picture from the corresponding word family. I have students use a different cube color for each word family. I hope your students find that this makes for a fun way to practice long vowel word families!

Here's another way to play...turn the activity into a partner game!

Students will need a dot cube and their own color plastic linking cubes. Students will take turns rolling the dot cube and covering a corresponding word family picture. If a student rolls a word family and all of the pictures have been covered, they can bump their opponent off and place their cube on top of the picture. If a player rolls the same word family twice without being bumped off, they can stack their cube {think of a "king" in checkers} and can no longer be bumped off. The game is over when all of the spaces have been filled. The player with the most spaces covered is the winner.

You can click on any of the pictures above to download the freebies.

Here's a few pictures from the activities included in my 6 Pack Center: Summer Edition. All of the activities in this packet are summer themes and perfect for the end of Kindergarten. They would also make engaging activities for summer school.

Nothing says summer like some hot dogs and ketchup!  With this activity students read the CVC word on the hot dog and match it to the CVC picture on the ketchup to make a rhyming match

On the recording sheet students record the CVC rhyming pair.

For this activity students are practicing short vowel sounds. They say the name of the picture on the sun and find identify the missing vowel sound. You can also use magnetic letters to have students spell the words.

To record their answers students match the number on the card to the number on the recording sheet. They write the word on the recording sheet.

Secret code words are such a fun hit in the classroom. We have them for Sight WordsCVC Words, and CVCe Words

This secret code activity practices beginning and ending digraphs. Students identify the beginning sounds of each picture clue to spell a simple word {CCVC or CVCC}. They decode the word and match the picture card. Also included is a beginning sounds reference page for students.

Here is the recording sheet for the secret code digraph activity.

As teachers we love activities that make our little learners think. This activity practices ten frames and teen numbers, but with a little twist. Students identify the number represented by the ten frame. Rather than just writing the number that is shown, they create an addition sentence on their paper to show the number.

This is a fun way to practice addition and subtraction. Students determine which of the three equations at the bottom of the card equals the number at the top of the card.

I have students to use a plastic linking cube or mini eraser to mark their answer on the card. You could use clothespins to have students clip their answers. This activity really makes students pay attention to the signs to determine whether the number sentence is addition or subtraction.

To record their answer students match the letter on the card to the letter on their paper. They record the addition or subtraction sentence.

I love when we can practice two skills with one activity. Here we are practicing counting and number words. Students count each set of ice cream scoops on the card. They color the ice cream scoops on the recording sheet to match the ones on the card. They write the number to show how many scoops there are for each color. Then they record the number word. {Included in this is a number word reference sheet for students.}

So there you have it! Some super easy summer centers for Kindergarten that you can put together to keep your kiddos learning and having fun until the very end. Happy summer to you!