- Arthur - "The Shore Thing"
Arthur and D.W. beg Dad to take them to Aqualand -- the coolest water park ever! But he says that he knows an even better place... 'Ocean Zone.' The kids explore this old-fashioned vacation spot, and find all kinds of cool sea stuff by the sea shore.
- Caillou - "Vacations"
Caillou and his family are spending the day at the beach. There's so much to see and do! Caillou and Dad go into the water; a seagull tries to steal Caillou's sandwich; Caillou sees a hermit crab and finally he and Dad build a sandcastle.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Summer Carnival - Create your own summer vacation any time of the year.
- Arthur: Washington, D.C. - Invite your class to research Washington, DC through travel brochures.
- Berenstain Bears: Vacation Postcards - Discuss family vacations and how they help family members relate to each other. (Section 2)
- Between the Lions: Travel Duck - Play this entertaining travel game while heading to your vacation destination.
- Dragon Tales: Flying Carpet - Explore your imagination by taking "trips" on a magic carpet. Describe your imaginary travels around the world, and keep track of your travels by adding a sticker to a world map.
- Reading Rainbow: Someplace Else - Read about a traveler and then learn car games for your next trip.
- American Experience: Wayback: Summer Vacation - Learn about vacation hot spots and send your friends an online postcard. (Advanced Reading)
- Arthur: Sue Ellen's Travel Tales - Get Sue Ellen's advice on where to go on summer vacation.
- Caillou: Sing Along with Caillou - Enjoy a vacation song from Caillou and print out the lyrics.
- It's My Life: Let's Hit the Road! - Read articles and get tips on making the family vacation a success. (Advanced Reading)
- The Waterfall's Gift
By Joanne Ryder and Richard Jesse Watson
Published March 2001 by Sierra Club Books for Children
A young girl and her family vacation in the cabin her grandfather built long ago. She revisits secret places and does things she used to do with her grandfather. She eats berries, skips stones at a waterfall, and greets an otter. Watson's egg tempera paintings are filled with details of plant and animal life.
By Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes
Published December 2002 by Candlewick Press
Wesley is the neighborhood outcast. He dislikes pizza, thinks football is stupid, and refuses to shave half his head like the other boys, even when his father bribes him. What does a boy without friends do over summer vacation? Wesley founds his own civilization, and in the end, finds he makes friends too.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.