Summertime Descriptive Essay for Students

A Southern Summer

When I think back to my childhood summers, I think of magic. I grew up in North Carolina where it was sweltering and sticky, and the humidity was so thick you couldn’t breathe. Now that I’m a Pennsylvanian, I don’t know how I ever survived those fiery summers, but I did have a whole lot of fun doing so. From chasing fireflies barefoot to fishing in the cattail-lined backyard pond, from the joys of riding my purple bike through my yard to wading in a cheap blue kiddie pool filled with the dirt from my feet, I spent the majority of my childhood summers outdoors. 

I had barn kittens to play with and white and yellow chickens to feed. There were tall wildflowers to plant and cold vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate syrup to taste. I had fresh cucumbers and big ripe tomatoes for lunch. In addition, I had my mother’s cold sugary sweet tea to quench my thirst from playing basketball outside and big box fans in the windows to cool down my bedroom while the white frilly curtains billowed. 

One of my favorite summertime memories is simply reading outside. I have loved to read since first grade, and I devoured books like a kitten laps up milk. I would park myself under a large shade tree. With Niagara Falls-like sweat pouring off my forehead, I would get lost in the world of Matilda, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew. I’d undoubtedly come inside after a little while. Always eaten alive by mosquitos, and wanting some cherry Kool-Aid or iced sweet tea, and retreat to my lavender-painted bedroom. I feel like my love for reading was solidified in those summertime lazy and hypnotic days when I had the time to stretch out, not worry about anything else, and just enjoy a good book. 

Summertime meant my teacher-mother was free from school too. It meant freedom for all of us. No early 6 am wake-ups. No rushing around in the evening to do homework, no late after-school meetings and activities, and no stress. I think that’s why teachers and students alike love summer. It’s such a stark contrast to the endless busyness, task-filled long, exhausting days that fill up ten months of our lives. Being in school as a student and now as a teacher, is all-consuming. Summertime is the antithesis. It’s a time to do whatever we want. Perhaps, tackling the to-do list we can’t get to normally. It may be taking a nap, soaking in the pool, or enjoying an iced caramel coffee on the porch…summertime is pure freedom.

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Summertime Descriptive Essay Assignment

During the last couple of weeks, I had my students write their own summertime essays. They chose from a variety of prompts, similar to the one above. They had to utilize adjectives, sensory words, personification, similes, and metaphors.

Here is the assignment I gave them. Download it yourself! It contains the assignment sheet, a peer editing checklist, and a rubric. I read my own summertime essay to students. They needed to see what kind of descriptive writing I was looking for.

Hang in there! If you’re still in school, have a coffee on your porch this evening and dream about how close the end of school is. 

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10 Quick End-of-Year Ideas

Over here on Obsessed with Learning, my mother and I are left with a couple of days to entertain our students without academic expectations. What do we do? We have a movie or two planned for our students! But even students get tired of movies. (Believe me! We’ve learned the hard way.) We thought of some quick and easy ideas that can keep your students entertained and help keep you sane. Some don’t even require you to download any type of resource!

End-of-Year Brochure: 

Grab a sheet of copy paper, fold it into three parts, and have students make a brochure to write all about the grade they just completed. You can make the requirements up for your kiddos, such as: write all about the teacher they’ll be getting, or the specific expectations for this grade level. You can have your students include what types of projects they’ll be doing or some things the upcoming students have to look forward to in their new grade.

Picture Book and Directed Drawing: 

Art for Kids Hub on Youtube has so many directed drawing videos. There is Greg’s directed drawing video from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Charlotte and Wilbur have a directed-drawing video from Charlotte’s Web. Complete a directed drawing of a character from a book you’ve read this year, or for your younger students, read a picture book and complete a directed drawing from the book. There are tons of Gerald and Piggie directed-drawing videos from Mo Willems’ books. Kids love these activities and it gives them a chance to be creative. 

S’mores E-book and Writing

S’mores are synonymous with summer camp and bonfires. Why not bring smores into your classroom in a fun and interesting way? We have a “How to Make Smores” E-book and graphic organizers to help students create their own procedural writing. This is a perfect way for students to show, in their writing, something they know how to do well! If your school allows, you could even serve s’mores, made in the microwave. What a perfect end-of-year treat!

Yes, Tami, my mom, wrote this!!! So cool!!

Pineapple Growth Mindset Writing Activity

Pineapples make me think of summertime too! (There is just something about tropical fruit and warm weather.) Reflecting on the school year and thinking about a growth mindset is a great end-of-year activity. We combined the two! How can your students be a pineapple? By writing lots of examples of how they can demonstrate Growth Mindset by “standing tall, wearing a crown, and being sweet.” Your students will love this adorable hands-on writing activity to reflect on their school year, whether through Distance Learning or In-Person Instruction. 

Mason Jars Writing Craftivity

Fireflies caught in mason jars make me think of summertime. This writing craftivity is so cute! Furthermore, they will end the school year with a writing activity exploring how they will act, speak, and treat others in such a way that “Let’s Their Light Shine.”

E-mail Fun

With many students having an email address these days, it makes this activity even more doable. Have students compose an email to themselves. In the email, they should write about what they hope one year from now will look like. Then, simply teach them how to schedule an email to themselves one year from now. 

I have completed this activity with high schoolers, and it’s so neat when they reach out to tell me they received their “one-year” later email. Many of them had even forgotten they had sent it.

Kahoot/Blooket

Create a quick Kahoot or Blooket all-about-you quiz! Quiz them on information about yourself to see if they have truly gotten to know you this year. This always incites laughter and surprises as students learn even more about you during the quiz.

Speaking of Kahoot and Blooket, there are so many pre-made games on these two websites. Just search through and find a fun quiz!

Blooket is a recent website that my principal passed along that has been amazing! It’s like extreme Kahoot. The best part is you can set it up and walk away as the teacher.

Audiobooks

This is a great idea if you need some quiet time from your class so you can fill out those end-of-year forms or clean up your classroom. Audible on Amazon will give you a month for free if you sign up. All you need is a month for that last stretch of school. There are tons of picture books read aloud on youtube as well as novels. If you already subscribe to Epic, this is a wonderful resource for books online as well. 

We just finished reading Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis and I plan on having my sixth-grade students listen to Bud, Not Buddy by the same author as an extension. 

Coloring Pages

If you’re worried about your students getting antsy during an audiobook, offer them some coloring pages to complete as they listen. We have some great ones here!

Feel free to download and color. Personal Use ONLY.

Minute to Win It

If you want an especially memorable time with your kiddos, there are so many minute-to-win-it game ideas online. Some require just a few items, such as a ping pong ball and a piece of bread with jam. (The challenge is to bounce the ball once and have it stick to the piece of bread.)

Conclusion

No matter how much longer you have left of the school year, these ideas are sure to keep students busy and to keep you sane, as well. 

Countdown to Summer

To take advantage of this abundance of energy and to steer them in the right (write) direction, we created our Countdown to Summer Sunflower Bulletin Board and Google Slide.

Can’t wait for summer to begin? I bet your students can’t either. I know mine can’t.

We wanted to channel their energy in the right (write) direction so we created 24 writing prompts for in-class students (printable) and interactive Google Slide format for remote students as well.

24 Summer Writing Prompts for All

With the 24 writing prompts, the prompts consist of things every child can do. As a teacher, I have always cringed when I read summer writing prompts that ask children to write about their family’s vacations and other extravagances that so many students do not get to do. So, when we created these, we kept ALL students in mind. To give you a couple of examples, please read some below.

  • Do you like to stay inside or outside during the summer?
  • Do you go somewhere special during the summer, like to the library, a carnival, a ride to the beach, or a trip to your grandparents or a special aunt or uncle?
  • What is your favorite meal during the summer and how is it cooked?
  • What are you most thankful for during the summer?

I feel writing prompts like these will give each child an opportunity to write about their summer and how much it means to them. If a child has a pool, most likely they will automatically write they would want to stay outside. However, if their neighborhood is dangerous, they might want to write about how they love to stay inside and play games or read stories. The writing prompts give each student an opportunity to tell about their unique situation, without making them feel sad.

Sunflower Writing Paper

Also, we have created 2 versions of writing papers to share with your students as well. Everyone will love the bright colors.

Great End-of-Year Project

Plus, you will love the fun of removing one of our 24 sunflower petals each day and having your students choose from the 24 writing prompts to write about their upcoming summer. Such a great end-of-year project.

Numberless Board for Secret Countdown

If your admin doesn’t want you to “officially” countdown, we made a numberless version to use as well. They will never catch on to the fact that you and your students are counting down the days simply because a couple of petals have fallen from your sunflower. Shhhh! This will be your class’s summer fun secret.

Grab yours today! I promise you will love it as much as your students do.