5th to 8th Grade Summer Reading 2016
In a child’s development of good reading habits, summer reading is one of the most important activities. Summer reading prevents academic loss over the summer, and the benefits are huge. The strategies and reading skills that students have learned during the school year are strengthened. With that said, summer reading should also be enjoyable and fun. The summer reading assignment is to read two books; one non‐fiction and one fiction of your child’s
choice, with your guidance, of course. If you need a place to start looking,here are a few websites to help your child to choose a book.
*You can use AR Bookfind to enter the topic or author and it will generate a list of books where you can then choose the appropriate grade level: http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx
*You can also use Lexile reading site to help find books at your child’s appropriate reading level:
Here are some more websites to help you select a book:
Please remember that these are only suggested lists but your child can choose whichever age/grade level appropriate book they want to read this summer.
On the first day of class, two assignments will be collected and will be the first two grades of the term.
● In one paragraph, give a brief summary of the book.
● Describe, in your own words, new facts that you learned.
● Did you like this book? In one paragraph, describe why you did or did not like this book.
● In one paragraph, give a brief summary of the story. Include the main characters, the
action, and how the story ended.
● In one paragraph, describe the DETAILS of the setting(s): where and when the story takes
place. Remember, the setting is not limited to cities and dates. It can be seasons,
historical events (like “during the Great Depression”), or even country vs. cityscapes.
● Pick your favorite character. In one paragraph, describe this character’s feelings
throughout the story. Some examples are: happy, sad, scared, lonely, excited. Tell why
the character felt the way s/he did, using specific examples from the book.
● Choose your favorite event from the book. In one paragraph, describe your mood when
you read this passage. Was it frightening, creepy, terrifying? Exciting, moving, thrilling?
Gloomy, depressing, disheartening? Happy, joyful, cheerful? Give specific examples from
the book to explain your mood.
● Did you like this book? In one paragraph, describe why you did or why you didn’t like this
Each paper will include a cover page with your name, date, the title of the book, the author, the publisher, date of publication, and the number of pages.Each paper will be typed, using Times New Roman or similar 12 point font. Please double space your paper and turn in a final revised and edited draft.
Students should also practice their multiplication and division facts for Math over the summer.