Box Tops for Education - Please send in your box tops with your child
Summer of 2013
Research shows that young children that are read to will learn to read better, quicker, and with
more fluency and comprehension. One book a day is a good goal. Here are some Read-To-Me
Cladecott Award Books or books by Caldecott winning authors
Eric Carle Bill Martin
Ezra Jack Keats Laura Numeroff
Mem Fox Arnold Lobel
Dr. Seuss Norman Bridwell
Jan Brett Tomie de Paola
Stan & Jan Berenstain Paulette Bourgeois
Margret & H. A. Rey Frank Asch
Robert McClosky Pat Hutchins
Steven Kellogg Lois Ehlert, etc.
Rhyming books - especially Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Any books of high interest that contain good literautre and artwork with age appropriate content.
Have a wonderful summer. We look forward to partnering with you in your child's education.
Nancy Carlson, I Like Me
Other Suggested Reading Activities
Mem Fox, Whoever You Are
We encourage that all children practice their reading during the summer. Reading books to your child is as important as your child reading books
to you. Choosing a chapter book that is of interest to you and your child and setting time aside each day to read the story is a fabulous way to
model good reading. Taking trips to the library and checking out books is also a great way to spark your child’s interest in reading. One way to
assess if a book is just right for your child to read is to have them read one page of the book. If they do not know 5 or more words on a page then
the book is too difficult and they should try another. Practicing reading with familiar texts is also a great way to increase fluency. Have fun and make
reading a part of each day!
Dear Future 3rd Grade Readers,
Next August you will be entering third grade. Reading is one of the most important activities you can do this summer to prepare for the
new school year. Your assignment is to read the two required books and complete the assignments. You must read one
additional book from the suggested author list. All written work is due the day school begins because we will be doing activities with them.
1. Freckle Juice: by Judy Blume
2. How Oliver Olson Changed the World: by Claudia Mills
Select one from the suggested author list:
David Adler Robert McCloskey
Eve Bunting Patricia McKissak
Beverly Cleary John Peterson
Joanne Cole Jerry & Brian Pickney
Barbara Cooney Patricia Polacco
Paula Danzinger Louis Sachar
Paul Fleischman Allen Say
Jean Fritz Jon Scieszka
Kathryn Lasky Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Patricia MacLachlan Chris Van Allsburg
Gertrude Chandler Warner
5th Grade Summer Reading
Read the two required books and complete the assignments. You must read one additional book. All work is due on FRIDAY of the first week of school. Your reading teacher will grade you work and include the average as part of the reading mark for the first quarter.
1. The Landry News, by Andrew Clements
2. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
Free Choice Books (pick one)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Directions for the three reading books for grade five:
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
Shiloh, by Phyllis Naylor
The Case of Benedict Arnold, by Jean Fritz
Strider, by Beverly Cleary
On the Wings of Heroes, by Richard Peck
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
Frenchtown Summer, by Robert Comier
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Lily’s Crossing, by Patricia Griff
Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbit
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
1. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
A test will be given on this book; students will be allowed to use notes taken on each chapter. Be sure to list the characters, settings and main event
of each chapter. The test will be mainly multiple choice and matching, Read this book last to help you remember the story! We will have a test on
this book on the first Friday we return to school.
2. The Landry News, by Andrew Clements
a. Write a letter to a friend convincing them to either read or not read the story. This is a persuasive essay. Use information from the book to
help your cause. This should be typed, in letter format (e-mail or handwritten). It should be one page in length, Times New Roman size 12 font,
double spaced and one inch margins.
3. Student Choice Book
a. You are going to create a story book box report.
1. An empty, clean cereal box
2. Markers, crayons and other art supplies
3. Construction paper or colored paper
4. Tape or glue
1. Cover the box with colored paper
2. Decorate the front panel of the box, as if it were the cover of the book. Write the title and author. Draw a picture to illustrate the story.
3. Write a two paragraph summary of the book. This may be typed or handwritten. This goes on the back panel of the box.
4. On the left narrow side of the box, write the title of the book in artistic letters. This is the spine of the book that will show when it is on the bookshelf.
5. On the right hand narrow side of the box write the names of the main characters and setting (time and place).
6. On the bottom panel, write your name.
7. On the top of the box, rate the story with stars. Five stars means you loved it and one star means you did not like it at all. You may draw the stars or use stickers.
SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2013
For summer reading, I would like each student to read two books. One book I would like you to read is Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. The overview is below. Please summarize each story on a separate large note card and bind it with a ring to hold all note cards together. Be ready for a fun project when you get back from summer vacation! I have also given you a list of authors. Please choose ONE book by that author and complete the story map attached. Both the note cards with summaries and the story map are due the very first day of school.
Overview JUST SO STORIES BY RUDYARD KIPLING
How did the camel get his hump? Why won't cats do as they are told? Who invented reading and writing? How did an inquisitive little elephant change the lives of elephants everywhere? Kipling's imagined answers to such questions draw on the beast fables he heard as a child in India, as well as on folk games with language, exploring the relationships between thought, speech, and the written word. He also celebrates his own joy in fatherhood. The tales were told to his own and his friends' children over many years ...
The following is a list of authors that you may choose to read one more book this summer. Please complete the story map on your chosen book.
1. Lawrence Yep
2. Rick Riordan
3. Brian Jacques
4. Sharon Creech
5. Louisa May Alcott
I do check my email frequently during the summer, if you have any questions.
HAPPY SUMMER AND HAPPY READING!
Name ________________________________ Date ___________________
Book Title __________________________ Author_______________ Genre_______________
STORY MAP –Write answers in complete sentences. Use the back of these sheets if necessary.
Name the characters and give a brief description.
Name three character traits or personal qualities of one of the characters, with examples from the text.
Identify and briefly describe another character and tell why s/he is important to the story.
Describe the setting and tell why it is important to the story.
Describe the beginning events in the story (rising action).
2. Explain the conflict. Is it internal (man vs. self) or external (man vs. man, nature, society)?
3. List the major events including the climax of the story.
4. Explain how the main problem/conflict is solved (resolution)