Summer of Learning


Teachers Don't Take a Vacation—Neither Do We

We know, as teachers, you’re incredibly dedicated to giving students your all. And that doesn’t end when summer begins. We took a close look at how teachers spend their summers—and the numbers speak volumes.*

  • 75% of teachers prepare next year’s lesson plans during the summer months.
  • 83% of teachers voluntarily engage in professional development over the summer.
  • 88% of teachers share their lesson plan with colleagues.

To support your focus on professional development and back-to-school prep, we’ve handpicked everything from lesson plan units on key themes to webinars featuring our best science, math and humanities content.

Join for free to get started today!


* Based on 2016 survey conducted by Share My Lesson with 674 responses.

Need another lesson?

Professional Development Webinars On Demand

Sign up for our featured on-demand webinars and earn recertiifcation credit. Topics span humanities, science and math.

Now On-Demand: Available for four hours of PD credit.

These featured science and math webinars offer a fresh take on easy-to-use teaching materials on complex concepts, featuring interactive content like digital media and video lessons—all designed to give you new ways...

Now On-Demand: Available for six hours of PD credit.

This curated collection of humanities professional development webinars features a variety of free resources for developing a summer reading program, understanding phonological awareness, engaging students through...

Lesson Plans and Activities

Access timely lesson plans and activities to keep children engaged during the summer.

Educators will be familiar with “summer slide”—when students don’t continue to read over the summer and, as a result, forget the reading skills learned in the classroom.

By creating summer reading assignments, teachers can reinforce skills and strategies that students have developed...

All educators want to motivate their students to keep working hard—even when they’re not in school! We know how important it is that students continue to study, but it might be difficult to keep them engaged in learning when they aren’t in the classroom. The free resources in this collection...

The Share My Lesson team has highlighted some free lesson plans, activities, worksheets and class materials that you can use to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics into your classroom. From videos about the science behind different Olympic events to hosting your own mini-Olympics, we’...

Summertime Blogs

Get ideas for summer learning projects and for back to school from Share My Lesson's blog posts.

Amber Chandler

As the school year winds down, and I reflect on the year, the high point was definitely my students’ Passion Projects websites. You can read about the project here, but I’m going to take what I’ve learned and hopefully provide direction for anyone who wants to go the next step with me. What’s next? A digital portfolio.

Originally posted on Getting Smart


Like an infomercial for summer reading, I walked dutifully into the Barnes & Noble flanked on one side by my six-year-old, Zoey, and on the other with my three-year-old, Oliver.

We browsed the tremendous selection of enrichment and review books, and I finally decided on “summer bridge” books, which would review the prior year and lay the foundation for the next school year.

Although it may not appear to be as crucial as covering the mandated curriculum or helping students pass standardized tests, establishing a strong classroom community is a key component of the positive academic environment that can generate student success. Students who are part of classroom communities feel safe, respected, comfortable and engaged.

One of the most important phases of creating a supportive classroom community is to get to know your students as quickly as possible so you can connect with each one on a meaningful level. You’ll find that just about every aspect of a successful classroom community is dependent on this knowledge.

The need to feel a sense of belonging is intense for students of all grade levels. Not only is your role as a teacher important in helping students who are at risk for academic failure or dropping out, but the role of their classmates is also vital. A strong classroom community could be the deciding factor in life-altering decisions such as a student’s choice to stay in school or drop out and in smaller daily choices such as doing homework or persisting at a difficult learning task.