Entering 3rd Grade Literacy

Welcome to the Literacy Virtual Learning University page! We’re so glad you’re here! Below are some activities to challenge and keep you learning throughout the summer. If you are unable to complete the challenges below for any reason, feel free to adjust the activity to meet your learner's specific needs. Happy Learning!

Challenge 1: Get a Hold of a Good Book and READ!

Pick a book, or two or three, from the Summer Reading Suggestions. Visit the library to check out new books and read! Keep returning to the library all summer to read, read, and read some more!! You can keep a tally or list of the books you read throughout the summer.

Challenge 2: Appreciation Station-ary

Research shows that positive brains have an advantage over brains that are neutral or negative. Focusing on positivity can improve your happiness and overall engagement. With this in mind, create a two-way Gratitude Journal with an adult in your family. Take turns writing a couple of things or experiences each day of summer that you are thankful for and why. As you read each other’s entries, respond and keep the conversation and gratitudes going. (i.e. Student Entry: “I really enjoyed our trip to the zoo because we got to spend time together and see lots of animals.” Parent Entry: “I liked it, too. The best part was when we….)

Challenge 3: Genre Journey

Try reading some new texts or books! Venture out into genres you may not always read. Write a book recommendation for a book you read or share a summary with a family member or friend. Here are a few genre suggestions to get you started:

  • Historical Fiction
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Graphic Novels
  • Travel
  • Magazines
  • Biographies

Challenge 4: Lights, Camera, Action

Watch a movie of your choice. Write a review and rate the movie. What did you like about the movie? In your opinion, what could be improved? How many stars would you give the movie? Share your review with a family member or friend.

Challenge 5: Think, Write, Create!

Think about a family member and the type of food they like. Write, draw, and create a dish they will love (ie. sundaes, tacos, sandwiches, cookies, etc.). Write the recipe including an ingredient list and step by step directions.

Challenge 6: Silly Summer Story

Write a story from the point of view of a beach ball, water slide, swing set, sprinkler, or water balloon. What would your object say, think, feel, and experience? Think about including the setting, problem, and solution in your story.

Challenge 7: Explore Your Local Libraries

Libraries are unique to the community around them. They try to create programing and activities that match the needs of the population they serve. Ask a grown up to take you to as many local libraries as you can to explore a variety of free activities. Consider attending a summer class or registering to participate in the summer reading program.

Local Libraries to visit:

Challenge 8: What If??

Read a book from the What If You Had… series by Sandra Markle. Think of an animal that the author did not include in the text and create a new page to show what life would be like for a human if they had that animal’s feature.

Challenge 9: Summer Bucket List

Create a list or poster of all of the fun activities you would like to do with your family this summer. Where would you like to go? What would you like to see?! This could include going to the park, zoo, or spending time with family. The possibilities are endless!

Challenge 10: Explore the Outdoors

Get out and explore the outdoors! Observe and describe the nature that surrounds you! It could be an area as familiar as your backyard or as extravagant as a vacation setting. You can check out natural spaces in the Chicagoland area such as the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanical Gardens, Fermilab, local nature centers, Starved Rock etc. Write about your experience.