Summer Learning Activity: Summer-themed Trivia Game for Students of All Ages

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Summer Learning Day is June 20th! Kick off summer learning with Connections Academy’s online trivia challenge – engaging, educational, and friendly competition for families and friends.

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Educators at Connections Academy are offering a fun, free, online summer-themed trivia game to remind families of the importance of keeping kids engaged in learning, especially when school is out for summer vacation. Students of all ages—and their parents—can play the Connections Academy Quiz Bowl Trivia Challenge: Summer Fun Edition and then challenge their friends.

Featuring twenty trivia questions of varying degrees of difficulty, the Quiz Bowl Challenge promotes lively and educational discussion and serves as a resource for parents looking to incorporate learning into every day summer activities. Parents can recognize Summer Learning Day—on June 20, 2014— to emphasize the importance of summer learning and start family discussions about educational summertime opportunities. Ideas to help keep students learning throughout every season are also available from Connections Academy by visiting

Anyone can “play” the Quiz Bowl Challenge online, or download a printable version for use in the car, at parties, or over dinner, by visiting

Research has shown that academic concepts can “slide” over the summer, so providing children with learning opportunities allows them to hold on to previously learned knowledge and better prepare them for the new school year.


  • Summer learning loss was greatest in math computation and spelling*
  • Students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer**

The new Trivia Challenge is available to the public and is inspired by Connections Academy’s year-long Quiz Bowl Challenge—a popular activity designed to educate Connections Academy students and one of the many clubs and activities students at the virtual school enjoy.


1. What is unique about the summer solstice?
a.    it is the longest day of the year
b.    it is the shortest day of the year
c.    it is the hottest day of the year
d.    it is the coldest day of the year

2. The Fourth of July is a national holiday, and represents what special event in history?
a.    the beginning of the Civil War
b.    the start of baseball season
c.    the signing of the Declaration of Independence
d.    the World’s Fair

3. What are Ultraviolet (UV) Rays?
a.    rays from the sun that can damage skin
b.    rays from the moon that help you sleep
c.    sound waves from the television
d.    extremely powerful ocean waves

Answers: 1 – (A) it is the longest day of the year, 2 – (C) signing of the Declaration of Independence, 3 – (A) rays from the sun that can damage skin

To take the Connections Academy Quiz Bowl Challenge or to download the complete list of questions, visit

Connections Academy is a leading national provider of high-quality, tuition-free, highly accountable virtual public schools. Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Connections Academy-supported schools are designed to meet the needs of students and families who are looking for an alternative to the traditional classroom—students who need a flexible schedule, learn at a different pace from their peers, are looking for a different learning environment or need more individualized attention.

Delivering personalized education, Connections Academy’s program combines strong parental involvement, support from state-certified teachers, the accountability of public education and the flexibility of online learning. Many schools are enrolling for the 2014–15 school year. For more information on Connections Academy, visit

*Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsay, J., & Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66.


About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. Among the schools supported by Connections in the 2013–14 school year are 32 Connections Academy virtual (online) public schools and Nexus Academy blended schools that operate in 23 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students from across the U.S. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, International Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).

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