Summer Reading and Math Maintenance

Summer Reading

Summer reading is a great way for children to enjoy good books while also preparing them for the upcoming school year.  The books selected for summer reading will be the basis for classroom discussion and activities during the first week of school.  Students should read books for the grade they will be entering.  All of the titles listed are available in paperback through bookstores, online for an e-reader, or through the public library.

Rising Kindergarten through 5th Summer Reading Requirements

No required reading.  However the value of reading to your child daily is priceless and will give them a significant advantage as they begin kindergarten.

1st Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”Biscuit Goes to School” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
•”Johnny Appleseed” by Jane Kurtz
•”Clifford the Big Red Dog” by Norman Bridwell

For each book read, students should write a one paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Reports should be handwritten and include a sentence for each of the following:

•The title and author of the book.
•What is the plot (what is the book about)?
•What happened first in the book?
•What happened next in the book?
•What happened last in the book?
•Their opinion of the book and why they liked or disliked the book

2nd Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase” by Cynthia Rylant
•”Nate the Great and the Phony Clue” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
•”Butterflies” by Susan Ashley

For each book read, students should write a one paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Reports should be handwritten and include a sentence for each of the following:

•The title and author of the book.
•What is the plot (what is the book about)?
•What happened first in the book?
•What happened next in the book?
•What happened last in the book?
•Their opinion of the book and why they liked or disliked the book

3rd Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark” by Johanna Hurwitz
•”Mercy Watson to the Rescue” by Kate DiCamillo
•”A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author” by Ron Roy

For each book read, students should write a three paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
•The title and author
•What is the setting of the story (where and when does it take place)?
•Who are the main characters? Describe any including a physical description (what do they look like) and personality traits (are they friendly, shy, mean). Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
•What is the book’s plot (what is it about)?
•Write at least four sentences to explain what the book is about.
•Write about something that surprised you in the story.

Paragraph 3:
•What is your opinion of the book?
•If you liked the book, what was your favorite part?
•If you didn’t like the book, what didn’t you like about it? Be specific.
•If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? How would you change it?

4th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”26 Fairmount Avenue” by Tomie DePaola
•”Beezus and Ramona” by Beverly Cleary
•”The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney

For each book read, students should write a three paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
•The title and author
•What is the setting of the story (where and when does it take place)?
•Who are the main characters? Describe any including a physical description (what do they look like) and personality traits (are they friendly, shy, mean). Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
•What is the book’s plot (what is it about)?
•Write at least four sentences to explain what the book is about.
•Write about something that surprised you in the story.

Paragraph 3:
•What is your opinion of the book?
•If you liked the book, what was your favorite part?
•If you didn’t like the book, what didn’t you like about it? Be specific.
•If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? How would you change it?

5th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy” by Jeanne Birdsall
•”Snow Treasure” by Marie McSwigan
•”The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart

For each book read, students should write a three paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
•The title and author
•What is the setting of the story (where and when does it take place)?
•Who are the main characters? Describe any including a physical description (what do they look like) and personality traits (are they friendly, shy, mean). Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
•What is the book’s plot (what is it about)?
•Write at least four sentences to explain what the book is about.
•Write about something that surprised you in the story.

Paragraph 3:
•What is your opinion of the book?
•If you liked the book, what was your favorite part?
•If you didn’t like the book, what didn’t you like about it? Be specific.
•If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? How would you change it?

Middle School Summer Reading Requirements (ALA students see below)

6th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor
•”Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert O’Brien
•”Where is the Parthenon?” (Where Is/What Was series) by Roberta Edwards

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

7th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
The Wizard of Oz/The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Unabridged) by L. Frank Baum
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution by Jim Murphy

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

8th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima by Michael French (Adapted for young people from James Bradley’s bestseller)

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

ALA requirements

6th Grade ALA List
Both are Required Reading:
•”Rascal” by Sterling North
•”Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

7th Grade ALA List
Both are Required Reading:
•”Peter Pan” (Unabridged) by J.M. Barrie
•”I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

8th Grade ALA List
Both are Required Reading:
•”The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Unabridged) by Emma B. Orczy
•”Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima” by Michael French (Adapted for young people from James Bradley’s bestseller)

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

Math Maintenance

We are asking each parent to log the number of minutes their child spends working on either timed math facts or math maintenance.  Just 10-20 minutes a day will help your student keep their skills sharp and make the return to school in the fall much easier.  A simple log that includes the student’s name, dates, and minutes is acceptable. This log should be turned in to their 2017-2018 teacher during the first week of school for documentation. NO grade will be given but, if your child does not turn in a log of his/her math minutes, it will be recorded as such. Some grades have mandatory summer requirements and that is noted below: otherwise assignments are HIGHLY recommended, but not required.  

Below you will find the teacher recommendations for summer math practice; please select according to the grade your child will be entering.

Math Requirements

No required work

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

https://www.ixl.com/math/kindergarten

http://www.sumdog.com

Hundreds Chart – Have your child practice writing their numbers to 100.

Practice reading and writing number words (one, two, three, four…)

Practice Addition Facts up to 10.  (Examples: 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+1=4…)

Practice Subtraction (Examples: 1-1=0, 2-1=1, 3-1=2)

Review time on the hour and on the half hour.

Identifying the penny, nickel, dime and quarter and the value of each coin.

Calendar Skills

Summer Math Reinforcement Packet Students Entering into 3rd Grade

 Have your child complete one page (one side), three times a week of the math packet.  Please return this completed packet  in August to his/her third grade teacher.

 

We recommend the following sites:

www.sumdog.com

www.ixl.com

www.turtlediary.com

www.brainpop.com

CA$H OUT – This site is a wonderful way to give students practice with making change.  The site is designed so students can make it easier or harder depending on their level of comfort with this concept.

PBS 3rd Grade Money Game – Students must determine the correct combination of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and  dollars necessary to purchase food items in this interactive game.

Rising 6th grade

 

  • Review your math facts daily.  There will be a test when you return to school.

 

The two options listed below are highly recommended for rising 6th graders.  While neither is required, either option that is completed will earn the student a test grade upon submission at the start of the school year.

  1. Go to any math website and take quizzes, print out your scores, turn them in at the beginning of school for a test grade. (30 or more quizzes)
  2. Purchase 5th grade Summer Skills Math Sharpener, complete it and turn it in for an extra test grade. (www.summerskills.com)

www.sumdog.com

www.ixl.com

http://www.math-drills.com/

http://www.math-play.com/5th-grade-math-games.html

http://www.abcya.com/fifth_grade_computers.htm

Parent Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/math to create a Khan Academy account.
  2. Select “New User/Sign Up” then “Sign in to claim points”
  3. Sign in with your home email.
  4. In the search bar type in 6th Grade Math Mission.
  5. Start Your Mission. You will be leveled and then your math program will start.  When you click on this icon, you will be taken to a page where there is a list of topics.
  6. Complete the course in sequential order. I would advise working on the course about 20-30 minutes/day.
  7. When you have completed all topics for the 6th Grade Math Mission, please send the Percentage of Completion page to either Ms. Walsh or Mrs. Mendell.
  8. Those students who are entering Pre-Algebra in 6th grade should complete at minimum 75% of the 6th Grade Math Mission Khan Academy course this summer.
  9. Walsh’s email address is kwalsh@aquinastars.org
  10. Mendell’s email address is jmendell@aquinastars.org
  11. Course Complete page should be emailed to us by August 22, 2017.

Khan Academy

Parent Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/math to create a Khan Academy account.
  2. Select “New User/Sign Up” then “Sign in to claim points”
  3. Sign in with your home email.
  4. In the search bar type in 6th grade math.
  5. Click on “6th Grade Math Khan Mission”.
  6. Complete the course in sequential order. I would advise working on the course about 20-30 minutes/day.
  7. When you have completed all topics for math 6, please send the Percentage of Completion page to Mrs. Glascock at jglascock@aquinastars.org
  8. The students who were in 6th grade need to complete at minimum 50% of the 6th grade math Khan Academy course this summer
  9. Those that complete the minimum requirement will receive a 100% test grade upon return.
  10. Course Complete page should be emailed to me by August 22, 2017.

Khan Academy

Parent Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/math to create a Khan Academy account.
  2. Select “New User/Sign Up” then “Sign in to claim points”
  3. Sign in with your home email.
  4. In the search bar type in Pre-Algebra
  5. Click on “Pre-Algebra Khan Academy”.
  6. Start with “Arithmetic Properties”. When you click on this icon, you will be taken to a page where there is a list of topics.  Start with “Place Value”.  Watch the video and then do the practice exercises.
  7. When you successfully answer the questions in a topic, you will be taken to the next area. For instance, after “Place value” is “Rounding Whole Numbers”.
  8. Complete each list of subtopics under “Rounding Whole Numbers”, as you did for “Place Value”. When you complete this section, go to the next topic.
  9. Complete the course in sequential order. I would advise working on the course about 20-30 minutes/day.
  10. When you have completed all topics for Pre-Algebra, please send the Percentage of Completion page to Mrs. Mendell
  11. Those students who were in Pre-Algebra during the 2016-2017 school year, you should complete at minimum 75% of the Pre-Algebra Khan Academy course this summer. 
  12. Mendell’s email address is jmendell@aquinastars.org
  13. Those that complete the minimum requirement will receive a 100% test grade upon return.
  14. Course Complete page should be emailed to us by August 22, 2017.

Khan Academy

Parent Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/math to create a Khan Academy account.
  2. Select “New User/Sign Up” then “Sign in to claim points”
  3. Sign in with your home email.
  4. In the search bar type in 7th grade math.
  5. Click on “7th Grade Math Khan Academy”.
  6. Start with “Negative numbers: addition and subtraction”. When you click on this icon, you will be taken to a page where there is a list of topics.  Start with “Intro to adding negative numbers”.  Watch the video and then do the practice exercises.
  7. When you successfully answer the questions in a topic, you will be taken to the next area. For instance, after “Intro to adding negative numbers”, you will go to “Intro to subtracting negative numbers”.
  8. Complete each list of subtopics under “Intro to subtracting negative numbers”, as you did for “Intro to adding negative numbers”. When you complete this section, go to the next topic.
  9. Complete the course in sequential order. I would advise working on the course about 20-30 minutes/day.
  10. When you have completed all topics for math 7, please send the Percentage of Completion page to Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org
  11. I have attached some copies of pages on the 7th Grade Math Course. These should serve as a guide to the flow of the course.
  12. The students who were in math 7 in 7th grade need to complete at minimum 50% of the 7th grade math Khan Academy course this summer                                  
  13. Those that complete the minimum requirement will receive a 100% test grade upon return.
  14. Course Complete page should be emailed by August 22, 2017.

Khan Academy

Parent Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/math to create a Khan Academy account.
  1. Select “New User/Sign Up” then “Sign in to claim points”
  1. Sign in with your home email.
  1. In the search bar type in Pre-Algebra
  1. Click on “Pre-Algebra Khan Academy”.
  1. Start with “Arithmetic Properties”. When you click on this icon, you will be taken to a page where there is a list of topics.  Start with “Place Value”.  Watch the video and then do the practice exercises.
  1. When you successfully answer the questions in a topic, you will be taken to the next area. For instance, after “Place value” is “Rounding Whole Numbers”.
  1. Complete each list of subtopics under “Rounding Whole Numbers”, as you did for “Place Value”. When you complete this section, go to the next topic.
  1. Complete the course in sequential order. I would advise working on the course about 20-30 minutes/day.
  1. When you have completed all topics for Pre-Algebra, please send the Percentage of Completion page to Mrs. Mendell.
  1. Those students who were in Pre-Algebra during the 2016-2017 school year, you should complete at minimum 75% of the Pre-Algebra Khan Academy course this summer.

 Mendell’s email address is jmendell@aquinastars.org

  1. Those that complete the minimum requirement will receive a 100% test grade upon return.
  1. Course Complete page should be emailed to us by August 22, 2017.

Khan Academy
Parent Instructions
1.Go to https://www.khanacademy.org/math to create a Khan Academy account.

2. Select “New User/Sign Up” then “Sign in to claim points”

3. Sign in with your home email.

4. In the search bar type in Algebra.

5.Start with History and Overview of Algebra. When you click on this icon, you will be taken to a page where there is a list of topics. Watch the videos and then do the practice exercises.

6.When you successfully answer the questions in a topic, you will be taken to the next area. For instance, after History and Overview is Intro to Variables.

7.Complete each list of subtopics under each section. When you complete a section, then go to the next topic.

8.Complete the course in sequential order. I would advise working on the course about 20-30 minutes/day.

9.When you have completed all topics for Algebra, please send the Percentage of Completion page to either Ms. Walsh or Mrs. Mendell.

10.Those students who were in Algebra in 7th grade should complete at minimum 75% of the Algebra Khan Academy course this summer.

11.Ms. Walsh’s email address is kwalsh@aquinastars.org

12.Mrs. Mendell’s email address is jmendell@aquinastars.org

13.Course Complete page should be emailed to us by August 22, 2017.