Summer 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

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 attached. I have chosen five 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. The students will pick one of the two books they read and complete one activity from the list attached. 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 grades. 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, 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!


Mrs. Grant


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 Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children, published in 1950. It is one of the most popular children’s books, especially in England. Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that is ruled by the evil White Witch. Four English children are relocated to a large, old country house following a wartime evacuation. The youngest, Lucy, visits Narnia three times via the magic of a wardrobe in a spare room. Lucy’s three siblings are with her on her third visit to Narnia. In Narnia, the siblings seem fit to fulfill an old prophecy and find themselves adventuring to save Narnia and their own lives.


The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

Baseball is in the Schneider family blood. Each member of this family, from family founder Felix Schneider in the 1800s to Snider Flint in the present day, has a strong tie to the game and to Brooklyn. Through the years this family has dodged bullets on a battlefield, pitched perfect games, and dealt with the devastating loss of family and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nine innings—nine generations. One game—one family. Through it all, one thing remains true: the bonds of family are as strong as a love of the game.


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.


Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

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.



  • Loose leaf paper (on going necessity)
  • 2 reams of copy paper
  • 1 very large “stretchable” book cover for Math textbook
  • 3 composition notebooks for Reading, Religion, and Language Arts
  • 2 composition or spiral (lined or graph) notebooks for Math (I know some students complete their math better on graph paper so it is student preference)
  • A 1-inch binder for Spanish (they can use the one they brought in last year)
  • 2 one-half inch binders for Social Studies and Science (please make sure they have pockets inside)
  • 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
  • A pack of glue sticks
  • 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
  • 6 folders for Vocabulary, Language Arts, Math, Reading, Religion, and Guidance.

Please label all your child’s belongings