Dear Upcoming Fifth Graders:
We are looking forward to meeting you on August 20, 2012. Please be present on the first day of school so that you don’t miss out on all the learning, fun, and special activities that we have planned.
Over the summer we want you to have some time to rest and get recharged for the upcoming year. We also want you to get some exercise, and that includes your brain. We hope that you take time this summer to do some reading. We challenge you to do two things this summer that involve reading. First, you should get a library card at your nearest branch of the public library. That will allow you to check out plenty of books to read without having to purchase them. Second, we challenge you to begin working on reading your 25 books. You can get credit for all books read this summer. The books that 5th graders read are longer than those read by the lower grades. Therefore, books longer than 125 pages can be counted for additional “book” credit. For example, a 260 page book can be counted as 2 books. When school starts, you will share with us what books you read over the summer along with a short response to get credit for them for our Principal’s Reading Challenge, which is based on our fifth grade reading standards. To “brush up” on math facts, we encourage you to regularly visit the math fact café at www.mathfactcafe.com.
Again, we look forward to meeting you and working with you this fall. We have lots of great projects and events planned for this coming year, and we know you’ll want to be a part of them. We will be having a fifth grade orientation at the beginning of the school year, so please plan to attend with your parents so we can meet you.
GO WILDCATS! J
Backpack without wheels
One-1 ½” view binder
One -1/2 view binder
4 Composition books
2 packages of 8 tab dividers
500 sheets notebook papers (wide-ruled)
4 pks. WOOD #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)
1- Pack of pens (blue, black, or red)
1 pencil sharpener
1 hand soap
1 hand sanitizer
Check with your child’s teacher to learn your child’s reading level.
Ask local librarian for assistance with additional leveled titles.
Titles are recommended, not required.
During the summer you should be reading daily in order to maintain reading skills and strategies. In response to your reading, fifth grade teachers are asking that each student complete a Response to Literature based on any of the books you read over the summer. Below is a list of requirements for each section of the Response. Remember, in a response, the writer’s main focus is to write about interpretations, analysis, evaluations, or reflections. Make sure that you use specific details from the text to support your thinking and ideas. Bring this response to your fifth grade teacher on the first day of school.
► Title Page (Title of the book, your name, due date, illustration)
► 1st Paragraph – Introduction/Summary
□ Title, Author
□ Main Idea
□ Reflection Statement
► 2nd Paragraph – Responding to the setting
□ Identify and describe the setting(s).
□ Explain how the setting is important to the story.
□ Would you change the setting? Why or Why not?
□ What are you reminded of when you think about the setting?
► 3rd Paragraph – Responding to the Plot
□ What is the problem in the story?
□ How was the problem solved?
□ Identify at least three important events. Explain why you think these events were important.
□ If you could change any event in the story, what would it be and why?
□ What are you reminded of as you think of important events in the story?
► 4th Paragraph – Responding to the Characters
□ Who were the main character(s) in the story? Tell whether the character was an antagonist or protagonist.
□ What do you think the main character learns about himself or herself? What makes you think that?
□ How did the characters make you feel?
□ Which character is most like you and why?
□ Think about the choices and actions of the main character? What would you have differently? Explain why.
□ What or Who do the characters remind you of?
► 5th Paragraph – Closing
□ Wrap up statement (Summary)
□ Reflection – What did you learn from reading the text?
□ Invitation/Persuasion/Encouragement statement to others
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