Summer Learning Resource Page

The following resources have been compiled by OTS faculty to help students sharpen skills from the last school year, prepare for the fall, and be a source of intellectually engaging and enriching material.

All Students

  • Summer Reading Assignments and Suggestions – Here you will find required summer reading assignments for specific grade levels as well as suggested readings for younger students: Primary | Intermediate | Middle
  • Supporting Literacy Development at Home: Kathi Howard provides tips on how parents can help their children avoid the "summer slide" with a list of suggested games and strategies they can do at home.
  • Stan Hywet Virtual Summer Camp: Through a series of four interactive online video sessions held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. starting July 7, “virtual campers” go on a series of 30-40 minute adventures to uncover the story behind Stan Hywet’s beautiful and unique gardens, grounds and 65,000 sq. ft. Manor House. After each session, campers will be given a real-world “challenge” to complete within their own backyards, neighborhood or at a local park.
  • eBooks: Did you know that Old Trail owns or has access to a number of eBook accounts? Here's a compilation.  

Early Childhood Students

  • ABCYa – This is a website full of educational games, organized by both grade level and educational standard. It is available both online and through the app. 
  • Great Lakes Science Center Summer Science Camps: A trove of STEM-focused virtual experiences for children of all ages.  
  • Storyline Online – Features videos in which well-known actors read children’s books as interesting illustrations are shown.  Listening to stories reinforces auditory attention and helps children to recognize the prosody, or rhythm, of spoken language.  This also shows the text on the screen as the story is being read which can reinforce word identification skills. There are books for Primary and Intermediate students.

Grades K-2

  • EPIC! – This is an engaging literacy option for readers of all ages! Students can browse a library of books based on their interests or their favorite characters. Children can read the words on their own or choose to have a story read to them!
  • Great Lakes Science Center Summer Science Camps: A trove of STEM-focused virtual experiences for children of all ages.  
  • Great Minds – Offers free curriculum for mathematics across all grades and is Common Core-aligned.
  • Storyline Online – Features videos in which well-known actors read children’s books as interesting illustrations are shown.  Listening to stories reinforces auditory attention and helps children to recognize the prosody, or rhythm, of spoken language.  This also shows the text on the screen as the story is being read which can reinforce word identification skills. There are books for Primary and Intermediate students.
  • WHALEtales Water Safety – Old Trail utilizes the American Red Cross WHALEtales program for swimming safety and curriculum throughout the year. Click the link for videos, activities and quizzes that review our water safety curriculum for this outdoor swimming season. 

For Kindergarten Students Specifically

  • Master addition and subtraction fact to 5!
  • Little Travelers Japan – A documentary made by two children as they explore the cuisine, customs, and culture of Japan. It is free with any amazon prime account and will give students the opportunity to see expand their understanding of life in another country!
  • Farm Virtual Field Trip – Here you can take a virtual field trip to Dutch Hollow Farm, to hear more about where food comes from and extend on our farm unit from the third trimester!

For Grade 1 Students Specifically

  • Master addition and subtraction fact to 20!
  • Activities for Families – View 30 activities from Project Learning Tree to connect families with Nature, explore wetlands around our neighborhoods, and get outside!
  • STEM: Watch on Wetlands – Here is a lesson students can do with their families focused on a study of the wetlands, an extension of the first-grade curriculum!

For Grade 2 Students Specifically

  • Use the pink spelling lists to review your words. If there are words that are not “bubbled in” work to master those words.
  • Practice your math facts daily. You should be fluent with addition and subtraction facts to 20!
  • Use your MIF workbooks from school to review any unfinished pages.
  • Count coins and tell the time whenever possible. 
  • The following workbooks are available on Amazon for review. The first two are very similar to the workbooks that the kids already have at home. Workbook options: Singapore Math Practice 1ASingapore Math Practice 1BMental Math Challenge (challenge book), Singapore Math Word Problems (great review for word problems).
  • As an extension to second grade’s study of architecture around the world, students can click on the links below to take virtual tours of many famous buildings: VersaillesEdinburgh CastleGuggenheim Museum and Musée d’Orsay.

Grades 3-5 

  • Engage and Create Virtual Series – Explore your curiosity and practice your creative thinking skills with fun, playful activities and challenges inspired by works of art from the Cleveland Museum of Art collection. 
  • Great Lakes Science Center Summer Science Camps: A trove of STEM-focused virtual experiences for children of all ages. 
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture – The museum offers reading challenges over the summer for students in grades 3 and up. Each month, students will have their choice of reading three works from a curated, age-appropriate list, as well as enrichment resources and extension activities.
  • Smithsonian Science How Webcast – A video archive of Smithsonian experts in the classroom with webcasts aligned with national science standards – including sessions on Earth Science, Life Science, Paleontology and Social Studies. 
  • Storyline Online – Features videos in which well-known actors read children’s books as interesting illustrations are shown.  Listening to stories reinforces auditory attention and helps children to recognize the prosody, or rhythm, of spoken language. This also shows the text on the screen as the story is being read which can reinforce word identification skills. There are books for Primary and Intermediate students.
  • Virtual Science Explorers Camp – The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is offering a series of virtual adventures that highlight different fields of scientific study. Registration fees are $250 for members and $300 for non-members.

Intermediate School Math

  • Khan Academy – Khan Academy is one of the finest online websites for acceleration and remediation, especially in math. Courses and units are organized by both grade level and course (ie. Grade 7 vs. Algebra 1), so that students and families can find content that is tailored to their particular learning goals. Khan Academy also provides “Prepare for Math” courses, which are specifically designed to prepare students for the very next course.
  • NCTM Illuminations – Developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Illuminations includes over 700 lessons and 100 games, all tied to standards.
  • Zeam – Online platform where students can practice a variety of math problems for free. Also provides daily webinars for parents to interact with and ask questions of the Zeam team.  

Intermediate School World Languages

  • SeñorWooly – Students in grades 4 and 5 have access to Señor Wooly, which teaches Spanish through whimsical music videos. 
  • TPRS and Fluency Matters – Both sites support Old Trail's World Langauge pedagogy of language acquisition and teaching proficiency through reading. The readers are age-appropriate and promote acquisition through repetitive, meaningful and comprehensible input.
  • TPRS Reader Recommendations for Grade 3Las Aventuras de Isabela, La perezosa impaciente, El capibara con boats, Carl no quiere ir a mexico.
  • TPRS Reader Recommendations for Grade 4la llama en Lima, Berto y sus buenas ideas, Donde está Eduardo, Isabela captura un congo.
  • TPRS Reader Recommendations for Grade 5Daniel el detective, Los niños detectives, Pobre Ana 

Grades 6-8

  • Division-wide Summer Reading – How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World (Young Reader’s Edition). All students across the division are required to read this book. The ideas of invention, progress and problem-solving weave their way through the book. Johnson’s six-part PBS series by the same name can be found on Amazon Prime, the PBS app, and most likely at your local library! Parents and more mature readers are also welcome to read Johnson’s original work
  • Grade Specific Reading Assignments – Please use the following links to access required grade-level reading and reflective assignments: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 
  • Cleveland Museum of Art – Explore your curiosity and practice your creative thinking skills with fun, playful activities and challenges inspired by works of art from the Cleveland Museum of Art collection.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture – The museum offers reading challenges over the summer for students in grades 3 and up. Each month, students will have their choice of reading three works from a curated, age-appropriate list, as well as enrichment resources and extension activities.
  • The News Literacy Project - Sign up for “The Sift” newsletter a weekly rundown of how the media and social media interpret current events. Each week, the newsletter offer plenty of good conversation topics and activities for students and their families.
  • Refugee Weekly Book Club - As part of our partnership with Classrooms Without Borders, students may opt to join a weekly book club focused on the book Refugee by Alan Gratz. Students will sign into weekly Zoom sessions sponsored by CWB, and will have the chance to discuss themes with peers from across the country. Sign up by June 30.
  • If you need inspiration for other ideas, never hesitate to reach out to Mr. Chottiner or any other Middle School faculty member, who would be happy to help make personalized suggestions.

Middle School Math

  • Khan Academy – Khan Academy is one of the finest online websites for acceleration and remediation, especially in math. Courses and units are organized by both grade level and course (ie. Grade 7 vs. Algebra 1), so that students and families can find content that is tailored to their particular learning goals. Khan Academy also provides “Prepare for Math” courses, which are specifically designed to prepare students for the very next course.
  • NCTM Illuminations – Developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Illuminations includes over 700 lessons and 100 games, all tied to standards.
  • Also, consider Dr. Ederer’s suggestions to integrate math calculations and problem-solving into your everyday life.

Middle School World Languages

  • Latin – For current sixth and seventh grade students, Andrew Olimpi's novellas are still posted on Google Classroom so they can access digital copies. If they want hard copies, his books are available on Amazon here. Books that are labeled as "beginner" novellas in the descriptions would be appropriate for all, while students who want a little bit of a challenge could try an intermediate one. Books by Lance Piantaggini are also recommended, and his Amazon link is here.
  • SpanishFluency Matters is a great source of comprehensible readers in Spanish, many of them available online (for purchase). They are also leveled for varying levels of proficiency. Students would prefer advice or recommendations are welcome to email Senora Quesada over the summer. There are also many films on Netflix available with audio and subtitles in Spanish. For eighth graders, Netflix offers a series, Siempre Bruja, filmed in Spanish in Colombia. Rated TV-14.
  • Latin and Spanish – Duolingo is a fun and enjoyable language learning website/app and could be considered as a secondary recommendation. They have both Latin and Spanish on the app. 
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