Elementary English Summer Reading

2017-2018 English Summer Reading List 

Incoming Grades 1st-5th

To nurture the continuous growth and learning, the administration and elementary school faculty encourage all of our students to keep up with their reading activities during summer vacation. To help with this encouragement we have come up with reading assignments that are grade level appropriate. Starting early on the reading is a great suggestion.

In addition to the required reading we have also included a list of recommended books and phone apps that can help to increase your child’s reading skills. Frequent reading directly correlates with improved vocabulary, writing skills, and test scores.

LOWER ELEMENTARY:

Required – Continuing with your Reading A-Z reading program. Each student is required to complete a minimum of EIGHT hours of reading on the Reading A-Z app during the summer. Like during the school year, the student will have the same log-in information and just continue from where they left off at the end of the year. The teachers will receive a report when school returns letting them know which student completed the minimum of EIGHT hours.

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least three of the books listed are read during the summer.

Incoming 1st Graders:

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least three of the books listed are read during the summer.

  • Steve & Wessley in the Ice Cream Shop by J.E. Morris
  • Ride, Fly Guy, Ride! By Tedd Arnold
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  • Phonics Comics by Nora Gaydos
  • Who Says That, Cat the Cat? By Mo Willems

Incoming 2nd Graders:

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least three of the books listed are read during the summer.

  • Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
  • Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Myth-O-Mania Get to Work Hercules by Kate McMullan
  • Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke
  • Cam Jansen the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • If You Give ... series by Laura Joffe Numeroff

 

Phone Apps for Lower Elementary

Letter_School.pngLetterSchool – practice with writing letters


2.pngRocket Speller – spelling done while playing games

read_comp_1-2.pngReading Comprehension Grade 1 & 2 – gives a story and they have to listen, read along, and answer comprehension style questions along the way.

brain_pop.pngBrain Pop – There is a daily video on a variety of topics followed by a game.

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY:

Required – There are two options for upper elementary students (grades 3-5). Pick the one option that you prefer.

  1. Continuing with your Reading A-Z reading program. Each student is required to complete a minimum of EIGHT hours of reading on the Reading A-Z app during the summer. Like during the school year, the student will have the same log-in information and just continue from where they left off at the end of the year. The teachers will receive a report when school returns letting them know which student completed the minimum of EIGHT hours.
  2. Pick one novel from the list of books below for the incoming grade level. Read the novel and then make a poster that covers beginning, middle, end of the novel along with characters, title, and student name. The poster will be presented to the class and is due during the first week of class. 

Incoming 3rd Graders:

  • Ramona, the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
  • Half Magic by Edward Eager
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • The Best School Year Ever by Barabara Robinson
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • The Richest Poor Kid by Carl Sommer and Jorge Martinez
  • Judy Moody (series) by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds
  • Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, Message from Chief Seattle by Susan Jeffers

Incoming 4th Graders:

  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Family under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson and Garth Williams
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Caroline Nakajima
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and Keith Ward
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Charlotte Jaffe and Barbara Doherty
  • The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
  • Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

 

Incoming 5th Graders:

  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements
  • The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

 Recommended: It is highly recommended that each student read an additional TWO books listed above during the summer.  

 

Phone Apps for Upper Elementary

voc_and_spell_city.pngSpelling City – works on spelling and vocabulary skills


1.pngOur Story – allows students to write and make their own stories using their own photos or art.


brain_pop.pngBrain Pop – There is a daily video on a variety of topics followed by a game.

9-11_app.jpg Reading Comprehension ages 9-11 – non-fiction style stories with reading quizzes. Fits in with common core literature requirements.

fable.pngReading Comprehension: Fables – Not only does this cover reading comprehension skills, but it also allows students to play against one another live in a reading comprehension battle.