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Resources for Summer Learning

Summer is a key opportunity to be responsive to students’ needs and help them prepare for the year ahead. Heinemann offers districts, schools, teachers, and tutors flexible and easy-to-implement summer programs for reading, writing and mathematics that are student-centered, emphasize social emotional learning, and honor responsive teaching. We also offer evidence-based and highly effective small-group accelerated literacy and math programs that will provide continued growth throughout the summer.

Small Group Accelerated Intervention

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Grades K-5+

Daily, intensive, small- group instruction for systematic, short-term tier 2 intervention and continued growth throughout the summer.

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Webinar: Watch this 30-minute webinar about using Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention for summer learning.


Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ offers districts, schools, and teachers flexible and easy-to-implement resources to meet students' unique needs, including responsive teaching, small group accelerated intervention, and interpersonal connection.

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Book Club Collections, Grades K-6

Book Clubs are small-group literacy instruction that also builds social emotional connections where students exchange ideas with their peers and co-construct richer understandings of texts.

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Interactive Read-Aloud Collections, Grades PreK-6

Interactive Read-Aloud is whole-group literacy instruction that also builds social emotional connections where students exchange ideas with their peers and co-construct richer understandings of texts. Organized into text sets for highly intentional teaching.


Webinar: Watch this 30-minute webinar about using Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ for summer learning.

Webinar: A Deeper Dive into Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Resources for Summer School
Watch this 60-minute webinar with Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell and the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ (FPL) team hear about Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ resources for summer learning and how to focus on accelerated literacy learning through responsive teaching with an emphasis on social emotional learning.

Summer School Units of Study Curriculum

The Summer School Units of Study provide six weeks of engaging learning that reviews key topics from the previous grade level units to prepare kids for the year ahead. These units offer the newest researched-based methods for teaching phonemic awareness, assessment-based decoding, vocabulary, knowledge generation, argument, and more. The units are designed specifically for teachers with a background in workshop teaching to help them bring the responsive tools and methods they use all year long into their summer school classrooms.

The Summer School Curriculum is an all-digital resource that includes videotaped minilessons to help teachers launch powerful reading and writing workshops that will inspire students’ joy and confidence while accelerating their growth. Teachers may choose to use the minilesson videos to teach directly, or as professional learning to guide their own teaching of minilessons.


Webinar: Watch this 20-minute overview video for the Summer School Units of Study Curriculum.

Complete Comprehension by Jennifer Serravallo

Complete Comprehension simplifies summer instruction and makes responsive, individualized instruction not only straightforward but possible —even for teachers who don’t normally teach reading. Click below to read more about the summer pacing guide and other suggestions for summer learning from Jennifer Serravallo.

Blog post: Boost Comprehension In Summer School—By Meeting Readers Where They Are


Webinar: Watch this 30-minute webinar about using Complete Comprehension for summer learning.

The Comprehension Toolkit Series

The predictable lesson format in the Comprehension Toolkit series supports effective summer school instruction in the development of critical thinking and essential comprehension skills. Click below for more information about how digital lessons make remote instruction possible and how support for differentiation, small groups, and ELL are built into this easy-to-use resource.

Blog post: Teaching with the Comprehension Toolkit for Successful Summer School Instruction

Free Download: Comprehension Toolkit Summer School Literacy Pacing Guide


Webinar: Watch this 30-minute webinar about using Comprehension Toolkit for summer learning.


Do The Math

Do The Math Summer School was designed for at-risk and struggling students, as well as those who require more support. The program builds the skills and understanding students need to be successful math learners during the school year.

Blog Post: Growing Mathematical Mindsets with Do The Math

Download: Summer School Brochure

Transition to Algebra

Developed by Education Development Center (EDC), Transition to Algebra is a classroom resource that approaches algebra instruction differently. Instead of re-teaching the same algebra curriculum in the same way to struggling students, Transition to Algebra uses logic puzzles, problems, and explorations to help teachers uniquely build students' mathematical ways of thinking. Units can be arranged in various configurations to meet the needs of any summer school classroom, engaging students with highly visual, hands-on lessons.

Download: Transition to Algebra - Summer Learning Guide

Math In Practice

Flexible and helpful, this K-5 professional resource offers standards-based content and coaching support that can be tailored to fit the needs of any summer school program – and it is especially suited for teachers who may have less experience with a range of grade-level content. Each grade level set includes coaching, lesson starters, formative assessment suggestions, and small group activities.

Blog post: A Great Summer School Fit: Math in Practice

Download: Summer School Planning Template

Math by the Book

Math by the Book is an effective resource for reteaching or reinforcing important math concepts and skills as part of a summer learning program. The lessons and activities built around the context of great children's literature are perfect for helping learning stick in ways that worksheets don’t.

Download: Math by the Book - Summer Learning Guide

Additional Resources

Resources, Blogs and Videos from Heinemann Authors and Consultants

We hope these free ideas and resources will help you as you support your students.

Summer School Related Blogs

Free Teaching Resources

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