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!
Students entering grade 2
Each child is required to read the two books listed:
• Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery by David Adler
• Strike Three Marley by John Grogan
After reading each of these 2 stories, please complete the required book report forms that are attached to this packet. These worksheets are due to your teacher when we start school.
Each child is also asked to pick 1 other suggested book. The following list includes suggested reading.
• Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant
• Any Amelia Bedelia book by Peggy Parish
• The Arthur series by Lillian Hoban
• Arthur Goes to Camp by Marc Brown
• Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
• Any Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
• Any Nate the Great book
• Eric Carle
• Peggy Parish
• Tomie Da Paola
• Horrible Harry chapter books by Suzy Kline
After reading one of the suggested readings, each child will pick one of the following formats to display their knowledge of the book.
1. Make a poster about the book. The poster must include the main characters and at least 3 main events that occurred in the story.
2. Design a new book cover for the book. The cover will need to include details about the book, as would a normal book jacket.
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 CurtisDirections 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.
Summer Reading – Entering Sixth Grade
Summer reading for students entering grade 6 consists of 2 to 3 books, depending on the option you choose. Option A is the mandatory selection plus 1 of the longer books. Option B is the mandatory selection plus 2 of the shorter books. The mandatory selection is one that all students must read, regardless of which option you choose.
Complete the assignments, listed at the end of the descriptions, for each of the books. If you choose to handwrite your responses, they must be neat or they will need to be rewritten. All assignments are due on the first day of school. Enjoy!!
1. Mandatory Selection (must be read by all students):
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media — the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is arrested by the Taliban, the religious group that controls the country. Since women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, or go to school, or work outside the home, the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Parvana’s determination to survive is the force that drives this novel set against the backdrop of an intolerable situation brought about by war and religious fanaticism. Deborah Ellis spent several months talking with women and girls in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Russia. This suspenseful, timely novel is the result of those encounters. Royalties from the sale of The Breadwinner will go toward educating Afghan girls in Pakistani refugee camps. “...a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive ... conditions.” — Booklist
(Choose one of these two books, in addition to The Breadwinner):
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
“Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane… Carter’s younger sister, Sadie, lives with their grandparents in London. She has what Carter wants – school friends and a chance at a “normal” life. Carter has what Sadie longs for – time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now…
On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum with a promise that he’s going to “make things right”. But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion.
Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them – Set – has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.” – The Red Pyramid
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
“Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician who sees no way to escape from his ruthless master, until the day he finds an enchanted green violin. Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker with a past he cannot remember, who secretly works to build the most magnificent clockwork man the world has ever seen. Hannah is a maid in a grand hotel, whose life is one of endless drudgery, until she encounters a mystifying new guest and learns of a hidden treasure.
As mysterious circumstances bring them together, the lives of these three children soon interlock, like the turning of the gears of a clock, and they realize that each one holds the key to the others’ puzzles. The trio’s adventures sweep them through the winding alleyways and glittering plazas of their city, and along the way Giuseppe, Hannah, and Frederick must learn to trust in one another – and in themselves – for they risk losing the things they hold most dear, as the dangers they face become all too real.” – The Clockwork Three
(Choose two of these four books, in addition to The Breadwinner):
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman (paperback)
“They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands. They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing’s for sure: no one ever noticed him, except me. My name is Antsy Bonano—and I was the one who realized the Schwa was "functionally invisible" and used him to make some big bucks. But I was also the one who caused him more grief than a friend should. So if you all just shut up and listen, I’ll tell you everything there is to know about the Schwa, from how he got his name, to what really happened with his mom. I’ll spill everything. Unless, of course, "the Schwa Effect" wipes him out of my brain before I’m done.” – The Schwa Was Here
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (paperback, Kindle, Nook)
“Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?” – The Twenty-One Balloons
A View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (paperback, Kindle, Nook)
“How did Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching ten years after being paralyzed in a car accident, choose these four to be her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? And how did this unlikely foursome become even unlikelier champions, in far more than just the state middle school competition? The View from Saturday is a rich and rewarding journey that answers these questions and raises many more.” – The View from Saturday
The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman (paperback)
“Best friends Jeff and Wiley are nickname addicts. It's only when a spunky red-haired environmentalist named Cassandra enters their lives that they begin to doubt their nicknaming prowess. No name seems to say it all. On top of everything, some of the nicknames that Jeff and Wiley have invented are backfiring on them. Will the nicknamers be able to get it together before it's too late?” – The 6th Grade Nickname Game
Summer Reading – Assignments
Assignment: Complete the Summer Reading Sheet and “Breadwinner” activity sheet.
Assignment: Complete a Summer Reading Sheet for each book and design an advertising poster to promote each of the selections you chose.
Summer Reading Sheet
Answer the following questions, for each book, on separate paper.
Be sure your answer sheets have your name, date, book title, and author as their headings.
1. Characters: Give a brief description of the characters in this book.
2. Point of View: Who is telling the story? Is it someone in the story or outside of it?
3. Mood: What is the feeling that the story produces?
4. Setting: Where and when does the story take place?
5. Conflict: Briefly describe the struggle in the story, and explain how it was resolved.
6. Plot: Give a brief summary of the events that take place in this book.
7. Evaluate: Pretend that someone asks you if this is a good book to read. What would you say?
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)