When I think of summer, I think of swimming, sunshine, and lemonade. My daughter Charlie is obsessed with lemonade, and we love making it from scratch. I was asked to make more end of the year theme days so that there would be at least 10. I decided since I already had 6, I would create 6 new ones and lemonade day was a must!
Of course, I want these end of the year theme days to spark interest and be engaging, but I also want students to learn. So, I wrote a book on the lemon lifecycle. I sure learned a lot doing my research and now I want a lemon tree of my own! This book comes in color and in a mini version that is printable for your students.
After reading about the lifecycle, your students can review and work on those non-fiction text features. I have tons of activities that go along with this book to complete.
I also found some fantastic fiction stories that you can read on this day. My top picks are shown below but I do want to mention that I’m in love with “When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree” by Jamie Deenihan. This story is beautifully written and has a wonderful message about giving and receiving. Instead of making specific activities for books, I have included several activities that you can pick and choose from so you can share the book of your choice. If you don’t already have access to these books, you can view them in my Amazon store by clicking on the image below.
It wouldn’t be lemonade day if you didn’t make lemonade with your children. The recipe I included is super easy and you only need lemons, water, sugar, and ice. There is a simple donation list included to help you gather materials for this fun day. I also included a donation letter for lemon-flavored snacks too if you would rather do that. To help make the lemonade, I made a mini booklet with directions. There are several fun extensions to making lemonade too.
After doing the lemonade day activities together, you could spend the rest of the day doing centers. I included phonics, language, math games, sorts, and activities. I usually have these things set up after lunch and they work all afternoon in groups rotating around the classroom.
There is also a fun lemonade craft and lemon writing craft for some extra fun!
You can also get my new MEGA BUNDLE of End of the Year Theme Days here.
And be sure to check out my previous blog post “End of the Year Circus Day” for more end of the school year celebration ideas.
I hope you’ll enjoy these refreshing lemonade day activities with your students on those last few days of school!