Summer Assignments


Rising First and Second Grade

Over the summer months, we ask your child to participate in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal Program.

Summer reading is a proven method of encouraging reading. Allowing your child to self-select books helps develop enthusiastic readers. Teach your child to use the “Five-Finger Rule” when selecting books. It is one of the best ways to test a book for readability. The rule is as follows:

1. First choose the book you think you would like to read.

2. Find a page of text somewhere in the middle of the book. Find a page with lots of text (words) and few or no pictures.

3. Begin to read the page. It is best to read the page aloud or in a whisper if possible while doing the test so you can hear the places where you have difficulty.

4. Each time you come to a word you don’t know, hold one finger up.

5. If you have all five fingers up before you get to the end of the page, wave the book “good-by.” It is probably too difficult for you right now. Try it again later in the year.

6. If you have no fingers up when you finish the page, then the book may be too easy a read for you.

7. If you have less than five fingers but more than one or two fingers up when you finish reading the page, the book may be just what you need to grow as a reader.


Authors/Series Names

Shel Silverstein
Arnold Lobel-Frog and Toad
Cynthia Rylant
Jan Brett
David Adler-Young Cam Jansen
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Peggy Parish-Amelia Bedelia
Nate the Great
Box Car Children
Tommie de Paola
Beatrix Potter
Franklin Books
Henry and Mudge
A.A. Milne
Arthur Books
Easy Biographies
Books about animals
Books about Canada, Mexico, and the United States
Books about Matter, Magnets, Life Cycles, Plants, Light, Sound
Easy lives of the Saints
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Keep your MATH SKILLS sharp too:  download this math log

Over the summer months, we ask your child to participate in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal Program. Here is a suggested reading list:
Because of Winn-Dixi by Kate Dicamillo
 The BFG by Roald Dahl
 Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
 Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
 The Story of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
 The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
 Who Was…? biographies for kids series
 The Borrowers by Mary Norton
 The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
 The Magic Treehouse series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
 The 39 Clues series by Rick Riordan
 I Survivied series by Lauren Tarshis
 Black Lagoon Adventures by Mike Thaler
Keep your MATH SKILLS sharp too:  download this math log
Over the summer months, we ask your child to participate in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal Program.

Butler,Dori Hillestad Trading Places with Tank Talbott
Patterson,Nancy Ruth The Winner’s Walk
Peterson,P.J. White Water
Moss,Marissa Mighty Jackie:The Strike-Out Queen
Bledsoe,Lucy Jane Tracks in the Snow
Horvath,Polly Everything on a Waffle
Fleischman,Sid The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story
Whelan,Gloria Friend on Freedom River
Hahn,Mary Downing The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story
Stanley,Diane The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
Platt,Richard Pirate Journal: The Journal of Jake Carpenter
Holm,Jennifer The Stink Files(One or Two)

Writing: It would be beneficial for your child to become more comfortable with cursive over the summer.  Please refer to their third grade handwriting book to ensure that they are forming the cursive letter correctly.

Keep your MATH SKILLS sharp too:  download this math log



Read as much as you can over the summer! It helps you grow in so many ways: reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and just learning about the world!

Assigned Reading

Read at least 3 books during the summer. Keep a log and bring it in on the first day of school. Click here for a log that you can print out, or just use a piece of loose-leaf. We cannot wait to be AMAZED by all of the reading you do over the summer!

1) Lemons by Melissa Savage ~ A fun summer adventure about friendship and Bigfoot! It is available in paperback, as a Kindle book, and as an audio recording. Have fun reading this one!

Please note: This is our ALL – READ which means ALL of us will read it! So when we get back to school in August, we will all have this book to talk and share ideas about. It is also one of the Battle of the Books books, so if you want to be in Battle of the Books, you will already have one book finished!

2) Any NON-FICTION book ~ A biography, a how-to book, or an informational book

3) Any other book that you want to read. It can be another fiction book, or another non-fiction book.

Don’t forget, if you read at least 8 books, you can fill out the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Log, and get a free book!


Please continue to keep your math skills sharp over the summer!  

There are several websites (including Khan Academy) students can use.  OR a quick Google search “Math Games for 5th graders” will provide you with a list of sites you can play games on while practicing your math skills.  

**MOST IMPORTANT – Please continue to practice your multiplication and division facts.

This is a great way to pass time on long car trips 😉


If you’re looking for good books to read, here is the Battle of the Books list for 2018-19. The only one that is required is Lemons. The others are just suggestions.

2019-2020 Battle of the Books*


Lemons by Melissa Savage

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale


The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


Anne of Green Gables (Graphic Novel) by Mariah Marsden

Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare


BOB by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

Nevermore: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Historical Fiction

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Front Desk by Kelly Yang


Framed! by James Ponti

Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley


Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

You Want to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz

Realistic Fiction

New Kid by Jerry Kraft

Restart by Gordon Korman

*We hope that you’ll consider participating in the Battle of the Books next year.

If you do plan to be in Battle of the Books, please know that you do NOT need to read all of these books over the summer. We have the whole school year to read them!

Comments are closed.