Congratulations to your son or daughter for successfully completing 5th grade. I am certain that each of them will be successful next year as well.
The summer reading list is enclosed with your child’s report card. I have chosen four possible novels for the students. They are to choose two of them to read this summer. All students are required to read at least two novels this summer. Attached is a list of the novels from which they may make their selections. In addition to the choice of books, students have a choice of activities for follow up. They are listed with the summaries of each book. The completed project will be due by the end of the first FULL week of school. These activities will be graded and averaged into the first quarter reading grade. Please remember to remind your child to complete their summer reading neatly. They may use the computer to type up their project or write it with their best cursive handwriting. I look forward to seeing their project in August.
I have also posted this letter on my school blog for you to access all summer long if needed. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions. I will be checking my email over the summer months from time to time. Have a great summer and happy reading!
Summer Reading for Rising Sixth Graders
Read TWO of these books and do ONE of the listed activities for ONE book. Work is due the first full week of school.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The story begins in Berlin 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches alongside as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides he must explore his new home. While exploring, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different than his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
The Clone Codes by The McKissacks
In the year 2170 an underground abolitionist movement fights for the freedom of cyborgs and clones, who are treated no better than slaves. The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. Thirteen-year-old Leanna’s entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
Apolonia “Lina” Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who’s just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books, she’s having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend’s divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in cascarones, Lina’s life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.
Projects (Chose ONE for ONE book you read)
- Book Timeline: Use complete sentences and pictures to illustrate 10 important events from the novel. Each event should include a paragraph, with correct spelling and grammar, describing what happened and how it affected the characters in the story. Dates should be written, if known. Remember to include the title and author on the top of your timeline.
- Book as a Movie Project: Write a 3-5 page script as if you were producing the movie for the book. Include all characters and who you would use to play each character. Use complete sentences and at least 15 important events from the book. Accompanying your script, you must have an illustrated (must be drawn and not a copy of the cover of the book) movie poster that promotes your movie.
- Letter Exchange Project: Write a series letters between you and a character from the story, or between two characters of the story. You will need to write six letters altogether: three from you to the character in your book and three from the character back to you. Include a cover page with the title, author and an illustration. Each letter should be about a page long. In your letters, ask the character questions that have to do with the character’s life and the story. Have the character answer the questions in his or her letters back to you. Write about things that you find interesting, things that you and the character have in common, or events from the novel.
- Graphic Novel Project: Write a graphic novel (comic strip style) of the book by using 10 important events. The front cover should include the title of the book, name of the author (your name), and a large picture of an important scene. The pages should tell the story in frames with pictures (which are drawn and colored), captions and thought and speech bubbles. Use correct spelling and grammar.
Student Supply List for Rising Sixth Graders 2019-2020
- Loose leaf paper (on going necessity)
- 1 ream of copy paper
- 4 very large “stretchable” book covers
- 6 spiral or composition notebooks for Math, Reading, Religion, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies
- A 1-inch binder for Spanish
- 1 pencil pouch (preferably the soft kind)
- 1 foot-long ruler with inches on one side and centimeters on the other
- #2 pencils (on going necessity)
- eraser tops (on going necessity)
- blue pens and red pens
- 1 box of crayons or colored pencils (16 or 24)
- 2 yellow highlighters (one for homeroom and one for your travel bag)
- 2 boxes of tissues (we may need more depending on cold/flu season and allergies)
- 1 Clorox or Lysol wet wipe dispenser
- 1 pack of EXPO markers (these can be different colors)
- 1 sturdy cloth bag to carry books in from class to class
- 7 folders for Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Reading, Religion, and Guidance.
Please label all your child’s belongings