Dear Students and Families,
Welcome to this next “chapter” of your life--fifth grade! Students and adults often ask how to prepare for it. The best thing you can do is READ! In between all your fun summer activities, or at the end of a busy day, settle in with a good book. We believe in giving students as much choice and opportunity as possible in discovering new books. Research shows that when children get to select their own books, they are not only better able to find something at their independent reading level, but are also more interested and invested in reading, in general. Attached you will find some books that are recommended for fifth grade and I am happy to recommend more if you would like over the summer.
Please be sure to NOT read the following books as they may be part of our class novel studies next year: A Wrinkle in Time, Restart, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Sign on the Beaver, Circus Mirandus, Fortunately, the Milk, No Talking
For our summer reading, we are going to play BINGO!!! If you complete a “blackout” (meaning you fill in the whole board) you will get a prize the first week of school! All you have to do is complete the reading task in each of the boxes and have an adult initial them. You should read at least 20 minutes for each box. Bring in your BINGO board on the first day of school and one of the books, plays, or magazines you read, so you can take part in a Book Chat. A Book Chat is where you’ll share your thoughts on what you read, make connections between texts, and make recommendations to friends. Fill out the attached questionnaire to help you remember what you read and some other questions to help you explore your reading. You only need to fill it out for one text.
1. If you would like another way to track your reading, I have created you a login and password for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge. They have new weekly videos and activities as well as an online timer and tracker. You can earn badges each week when you log your minutes. I’m excited to check and
see how many minutes you have been reading!
2. The Los Angeles Public Library also has a summer reading challenge where you log your books and do some fun activities to get to win free books and prizes! (I did it last year along with my whole family!)
3. If you love the LA Dodgers, check out their Summer Reading program at: https://www.dodgersreadingchampions.com/index.phpto try to read and win Dodgers’ prizes.
Here are some other great websites if you are looking for some additional activities and games for your student to do over the summer:
- http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/ - This site has a variety of games and activities for kids to do to reflect on books and practice writing.
- https://www.weareteachers.com/awesome-apps-for-the-six-traits-of-writing/ - A great list of apps (some free, some paid) to practice writing.
- http://www.readingrockets.org/article/get-ready-summer-ideas-teachers-share-families - A whole list of ideas for summer break including links for blogging, geocaching, gardening, and DIY projects.
- https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/20-best-podcasts-for-kids - Listen to podcasts about new topics. Great for car rides!
Happy reading! Please do not hesitate to email me this summer if you have any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy summer reading!
Entering 5th Grade Reading Assignment