Summer Learning

  • All families should think about how they can continue their child’s learning through the summer!  Let’s work together to get our students ready to start running when school begins in September. 


    Sumner School Summer Learning Packets:

    Sumner staff have put together some fun reading, writing, and math activities to help our students prepare for the next school year. Try to read and/or work on your packets a little bit each day over the summer to prevent summer learning loss and be ready to soar in the new school year!

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    Summer Reading Together

    • Summer Reading Together 2023 is sponsored by the Boston Public Library (BPL), Boston Public Schools, and WGBH.

      These booklists were compiled by librarians from BPL, the Departments of English Language Arts and Library Services, and ELA teachers from BPS. 

      Summer Reading Together engages students to share the experience of reading and talking about books they read over the summer when school begins. 

      To access books in an eBook format:

      1. Go to your Clever access and login
      2. Find the Sora App - It has a blue spaceship
      3. When Sora opens, click the Summer Reading Together 2023 banner and find your book.

      This initiative aims to prevent summer reading loss, encourage pleasure reading, and foster a culture of readers. Our focus is to motivate, engage, and cultivate a culture of readers.

    Books can also be found via your local Boston Public Library branch or the BPL ebook and audiobook pages.

    Summer Reading Lists for Grades K-2:

    English | Español | العربية | Cabo-Verdiano | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | Português | Soomaali | Tiếng Việt

    Summer Reading Lists for Grades 3-5:

    English | Españolالعربية | Cabo-Verdiano | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | Português | Soomaali | Tiếng Việt

    Summer Reading Lists for Grades 6-8:

    Download the PDF here

    • This summer, please enjoy at least two books from the lists above. You can read aloud to your child, invite your child to read to you or read together.    

      As you are reading, please find ideas that stand out to you. You can also think about the following questions:


      • How are the characters feeling? What in the book tells you how the characters feel? 
      • Who is your favorite character in the story and why?
      • What connections can you make between your own life and the characters and situations in this book? What is different from your experiences?


      • Why is the topic of this book important or interesting to you? What would you want other people to know about this topic?
      • What new information are you learning?
      • What more do you want to learn about this topic? What in the text makes you want to learn more about this topic?

      Discuss your questions and reactions to the book. Consider making notes with Post-its or on a piece of paper as you read or share your thoughts in your way: a picture, bookmark, flip-book, padlet, Tik-Tok, Flipgrid. Share your creations with someone. Have fun reading across Boston in parks, on the Greenway, and along the Charles.

      In September, bring your book to school. Be prepared to discuss this with your school community. 

      Enjoy Boston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. There are reading activities planned all summer long. Visit this site for more ideas.


    Read Your Way to Fenway

    Did you know that you could enter to win tickets to see the Red Sox play at Fenway? All you have to do is write a brief description of a book you’ve read this summer. Who are the characters, what happens in the story, and what did you like about it?

    Ask your librarian for an application or download it below.

    Read Your Way to Fenway Entry Form: (English I Español)


    Also check out various arts and culture activities offered throughout the summer by the city of Boston and local organizations:

    Summer Mental Health Supports  /  Apoyo de Salud Mental

    Resources for families  /  Recursos para familias

    Summer meal sites: Summer meal sites throughout the city are listed on the program website. To find meal locations by phone, you can call 1-800-645-8333. You can also text "Food" or "Comida" to 304-304. Or download the app: iPhone | Android

    Read Boston Story Mobile

    Mayor Wu's Arts and Crafts Workshops

    Highland Street Foundation August Adventures

    You can also reserve free and discounted museum passes through the Boston Public Library.

    Kids Bowl Free: register to receive free bowling passes at Boston Bowl!

    Mayor's summer movie nights



    Some additional educational websites the Sumner Specialist teachers recommend are: 

    Look for additional information in student packages given out on Step-Up Day in June.