Now that school is back in session, students may need a little extra help with their schoolwork outside of the classroom. Afterschool programs are a great way to provide students with additional support in learning recovery. Through hands-on activities such as flashcards, games, science experiments, and so much more, students can retain the information they learned during the school day. Below are some resources for learning retention and enrichment in social studies, language arts, and science.
Use graphic organizers.
Charts, timelines, and diagrams are great visual tools for students and can be used in various ways. From brainstorming ideas to organizing information, the possibilities are endless! Print out free graphic organizers here. Additional graphic organizers can be found in the Common Core Lessons & Activities Science and Social Studies series.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
Getting fresh air and sunshine is a great way for students to recharge after sitting inside a classroom all day. Students can hunt for acorns, rocks, and leaves of different sizes and colors and then write down their observations in a notebook. Make it a game and give a prize to whoever finds the most!
Flashcards are a tried-and-true tool for learning and memorizing vocabulary. All students need to make flashcards are a pencil and blank index cards, or they can use this free flashcard template. Pair students to take turns quizzing each other.
Write a story.
Fill-in-the-blank stories are an excellent way for students to practice using the different parts of speech. Each fill-in-the-blank prompts students to write a noun, adjective, or verb to create their one-of-a-kind story. Click here to download a free activity page. For more writing activities, check out our language arts resources.