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Summer is a time of fun in the sun - but a dangerous hazard lurks in the shadows: the infamous summer slide!

Summer slide is the term used to describe the academic loss that kids suffer as they take a break from school during the summer months. But fear not, ReadWriteThink.org can help make your child's time off school filled with reading and writing opportunities that are both educational and fun.

Join us in participating in our Bright Ideas for Summer campaign.

Have your kids work on these recommended activities over the summer and then post their finished work, with a guardian's permission, on social media by using #RWTsummer. Check in often to see countless examples of kids showing off their great work and avoiding the harmful effects of the summer slide!

Activities to Try


Grades  2 – 8 |  Activity & Project

Poetic Memories of Summer

Use the sun-splashed days of summer to inspire children to write poetry. Interactive, online poetry tools guide them as they explore the writing process.


Grades  3 - 8 |  Activity & Project

Can You Convince Me?

Children learn how to make a convincing argument—an important skill in school and in life.





Grades  2 – 8 |  Activity & Project

Summer Trading Cards

Children can dive deeper into summer reading by using the interactive Trading Card Creator tool. They'll examine a favorite character and write a new story for him or her.


Grades  3 – 8 |  Activity & Project

Summer Superheroes

Calling all caped crusaders! Invite children to invent a story starring superheroes who have summer super powers.




When you are posting to social media sites, remember to protect your child's identity and post safely. For more information, read our Online Profile Tips for how to safely share information online.

For questions or assistance about the activities or how to post in the Community, please contact us. These activities are part of ReadWriteThink's Parent & Afterschool Resources.