1. Get your students to send postcards. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t going anywhere for the summer. Postcards are fun, (and then can be made too!). A few lines on what they are up to and what’s making their summer great, addressed to you, their teacher!
2. A summer reading treasure hunt. Give them a book, but instead of the title and author, give them clues for them to find the right book! You could use the theme of the book, quotes, and even a cool map to where in the library they need to look.
3. Offer incentives. A snow-cone or ice cream coupon for every book you finish from the book list! Nothing like cool incentives during a hot summer!
4. Create a chain mail story. That’s right! Collect the addresses of all your students, and send them the beginning part of the story. Each student receives the story and adds the next few lines. Then sends it to the next person on the list.
5. Get those boys reading! Include lots of hobby books and how-to activities, to keep youngsters busy and reading.