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:

  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (1.6 reading level)
  • Any Henry and Mudge book by Cynthia Rylant (low to mid 2nd grade range)
  •  Any Nate the Great book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (mid to upper 2nd grade range)

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:

  • “Night of the Full Moon” by Gloria Whelan (4.2 reading level)
  • 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:

  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (3.9 reading level)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (4.5 reading level)
  • Blood on the River by Lisa Carbone (5.3 reading level)

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:

  • Fever, 1793″ by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • “Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Wednesday Wars” by Gary D. Schmidt

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)

All middle school students are required to read both books on the summer reading list.  All of the titles listed are available in paperback in book stores or online, electronically for an e-reader, or through the public library.

6th Grade

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Saint Paul the Apostle: The Story of the Apostle to the Gentiles by Mary Fabyan Windeatt

7th Grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry

If All the Swords in England by Barbara Williard

8th Grade 

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

Saint Pius the X: The Farm Boy Who Became Pope by Walter Diethelm, O.S.B.

All students must be ready to discuss the plot, theme, and characters (The 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When, and Why) of each book.  Students should be prepared to take a quiz on both books when we return to school.  

ALA requirements

Choosing one book from the grade-level list, students should type a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first Tuesday after school begins.  This is a graded assignment.  Reports must be double-spaced.  The report may be typed or handwritten, but if typed, must be in Times New Roman 12pt. font with one-inch margins.  Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences 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 you 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  Summer Report Rubric

  • Format/Mechanics (1pt./paragraph) – Double-spaced, heading, 1” margins, spelling, grammar usage
  • Length/Directions (1pt./paragraph) – Paragraphs are 5-7 sentences, include details and/or examples from the novels
  • Content (2 pt./paragraph) – Each paragraph answers the questions in a clear and  concise fashion

Math Maintenance

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

Rising 1st – 5th grade students:

We are asking each elementary 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 2020-2021 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. Assignments are HIGHLY recommended, but not required.

Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students:

Students have mandatory summer requirements noted below, due August 10th, 2020. 

 

Math Requirements

No required/recommended work.

Recommended:

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

Recommended:

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.

or you may log time spent reviewing 2nd grade math concepts on:

www.sumdog.com

www.ixl.com

www.turtlediary.com

 

We recommend the following sites:

www.sumdog.com

www.ixl.com

www.turtlediary.com

 

 

The upcoming 6 th grade students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 5 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they should email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Convert between standard and expanded form”), B.4 (“Fill in the Missing Digits”), or J.1 (“Divide by powers of ten”). For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows:
complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Decimals (G)
Adding and Subtracting Decimals (H)
Multiplying Decimals (I)
Dividing Decimals (J)
Fractions and Mixed Numbers (K)
Adding and Subtracting Fractions (L)
Multiplying Fractions (M)
Dividing Fractions (N)
Ratios (Q)
Percents (R)
The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020, at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.

 

The upcoming pre-algebra students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 7 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Prime or composite”), B.4 (“absolute value and opposite integers”), or J.1 (“Understanding Ratios”). For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want
to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Fractions and Mixed Numbers (F)
Operations with Fractions (G)
Ratios, rates, and proportions (J)
Proportional Relationships (K)
Percents (L)
One Variable Equations (S)
Pythagorean Theorm (Y)

The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at
cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.

Students going from 5 th grade math into pre-algebra are required to do the following assignment. It is due the first day of class. Please do the assignment on loose leaf paper. Please make sure your name is on it and each section is labeled; for example, “Lesson 1 page 9”. This is your only math summer assignment. The students are not required to do the iXL assignment.

This assignment will be in the Saxon Course 3 textbook.
1) Here is the link to the online textbook
https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1844/student_ebook_course_3.pdf
2) Here is another link to the online textbook that you will have to download
https://www.pdfdrive.com/saxon-math-course-3-e18916999.html 

All the problems that are to be completed are in the “Practice Set”
Lesson 1: page 9: a – h
Lesson 2: page 16: a – k
Lesson 3: page 22: a – c
Lesson 4: page 28: a – c
Lesson 5: page 33: a – d
Lesson 6: page 38: a – c
Lesson 7: page 44: a – i
Lesson 8: page 51: a – f
Lesson 9: page 57: a – h
Lesson 10: page 65: a – m
Investigation 1 : pg70 : 1 – 11 (there is no practice set for this lesson)
Lesson 11: page 75: a – j
Lesson 12: page 82: a – u
Lesson 13: page 89: a – j
Lesson 14: page 94: a – l
Lesson 15: page 101: a – j
Lesson 16: page 105: a – j
Lesson 17: page 111: a – i
Lesson 18: page 117: a – j
Lesson 19: page 123: a – g
Lesson 20: page 129: a – g
Investigation 2: page 134: 1 – 12 (skip 10 – There is no practice set for this lesson)
Lesson 21: page 143: a – l
By completing this assignment, you will catch up with the students who were in the STEM program during 5th grade. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org.

The upcoming 7 th grade students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 6 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Place value in whole numbers”), B.4 (“Multiply numbers ending in zeroes”), or K.1 (“Fractions of whole numbers I”). For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Fractions and Mixed Numbers (I)
Adding and Subtracting Fractions (J)
Multiplying Fractions (K)
Dividing Fractions (L)
Operations with Integers (N)
Mixed Operations (O)
Ratios and Rates (R)
Percents (S)
The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

The upcoming pre-algebra students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 7 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Prime or composite”), B.4 (“absolute value and opposite integers”), or J.1 (“Understanding Ratios”). For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want
to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Fractions and Mixed Numbers (F)
Operations with Fractions (G)
Ratios, rates, and proportions (J)
Proportional Relationships (K)
Percents (L)
One Variable Equations (S)
Pythagorean Theorm (Y)

The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.

The upcoming algebra students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 8 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Factors”), B.4 (“Compare and order integers”), or J.10 (“Percent of change”).
For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of
95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Operations with Integers (C)
Exponents and Square Roots (F)
Scientific Notation (G)
Pythagorean Theorem (R)
One-Variable Equations (W)
One-Variable Inequalities (X)
Linear Equations (Y)
Monomial and Polynomials (BB)
The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.

The upcoming pre-algebra students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 7 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Prime or composite”), B.4 (“absolute value and opposite integers”), or J.1 (“Understanding Ratios”). For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want
to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Fractions and Mixed Numbers (F)
Operations with Fractions (G)
Ratios, rates, and proportions (J)
Proportional Relationships (K)
Percents (L)
One Variable Equations (S)
Pythagorean Theorm (Y)

The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.

The upcoming algebra students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the 8 th grade math section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Factors”), B.4 (“Compare and order integers”), or J.10 (“Percent of change”).
For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of
95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Operations with Integers (C)
Exponents and Square Roots (F)
Scientific Notation (G)
Pythagorean Theorem (R)
One-Variable Equations (W)
One-Variable Inequalities (X)
Linear Equations (Y)
Monomial and Polynomials (BB)
The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.

The upcoming geometry students are required to login into iXL
( https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars ) and go to the algebra section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell or Miss Jones over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills. To receive a
maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills. An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Compare and order rational numbers”), B.4 (“Add and subtract rational numbers”), or J.4 (“Solve two-step linear equations”). For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80. The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%. The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:
Operations (B)
Solve Equations (J)
Single Variable Inequalities (K)
Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities (L)
Linear Functions (S)
Linear Inequalities (T)
System of Linear Equations (U)
Exponents (V)
Factoring (AA)
The assignment is to be completed by August 10, 2020 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete. Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a
SmartScore of 80. Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the
coming school year. Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org or Miss Jones at cjones@aquinastars.org with any questions.