Summer Reading Challenge
For Alabama's students, summer is a time of fun, but those months away from school can result in a loss of knowledge and reading ability. The Summer Learning Challenge raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares compelling research on the importance of personalized reading activities and provides access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading and math summer learning.
Get started by submitting your Summer Reading Pledge now.
There are FREE ways to keep students engaged and excited about education:
1. The Lexile-based "Find a Book, Alabama" tool (Lexile.com/fab/Alabama) offers students over 160,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on their Lexile range and personal interests, and checks the availability of books at the local library. The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books.
3. Parents and children can create personalized reading lists for all students and learn how to use the exciting math and reading exercises. Once the summer begins, all public libraries in the state can help find enjoyable and suitable books. Check out the reading log for students to fill out over the summer as well. Click here to download the log.
4. The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge also includes a FREE email-based math skills program for children who have just completed 2nd through 5th grades. Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today. Starting Monday, June 23, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on Friday, August 1st, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child's summer accomplishment!
5. This summer, Stride Academy is FREE to all students in the state from now to August 8. Prevent "Summer Slide" with a cool blend of online math, reading and science skills practice, spectacular video games and peer competitions to pass the lazy summer days. Students may access the Stride Academy learning platform online anytime, 24-7, on tablets, PCs and Macs.
LTS Education Systems offers the Stride Academy game-based learning program, used in many Alabama school districts during and after school hours for fun and personalized learning.
Register and login at www.AlabamaSummerStride.com. LTS will provide a dedicated Parent Support Line for the Summer Learning Challenge. Parents can call in to 1-855-382-6528 for help with Stride Academy.
"Find a Book Alabama" is offered in partnership with ALSDE and MetaMetrics, Inc. Choose your reader's comfort with grade level material or reading ability for a full list of books to read all summer! In English and Spanish. http://www.lexile.com/fab/alabama.
Don't forget to submit your Summer Reading Pledge starting Now.
Print your own Bookmark!
Print Posters and Flyers for your classroom and library!
Summer Math Challenge 8.5x11 size
Summer Math Challenge 11x17 size
Summer Learning Challenge Flyer
All Alabama Public Libraries. Visit your public library for book lists and summer reading programs for kids of all ages.
TIPS, RESOURCES AND RESEARCH
Beat the 'summer slide' with free CCSS-aligned resources
APT Spotlight on Education: Summer Learning Loss
Mrs. Sherrill Parris, Deputy State Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, describes the importance of summer reading and literacy in this informative video.
Thinking Outside the Book: Summer Reading
American Library Association: Library Summer Reading Programs
tips to keep reading skills sharp over the summer