Do you know any kids who are happiest swimming in a freshwater lake, body surfing in the ocean, or launching a homemade boat down a stream? Or kids who are curious about ocean tides, the physics of water, and the amazing variety of aquatic animals?
Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres (like poetry and biographies) and formats (like graphic novels and audio books). You’ll be creating your own “text sets” — collections of texts focused on a specific topic, such as water, oceans, rivers, and ponds. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
You might also want to explore our River Rangers summer science program, with a free toolkit ready to print and use!