Fifth Grade 2017 Summer Reading

Dear Fifth Graders and Parents,

The summer slide, it sounds fun, but it can make the transition from fifth to sixth grade very difficult.  GBDS students can start strong in the fall if their reading habits don't slide during the summer months.  The more students read, the stronger their skills are in all subject areas.  Students will be required to read at least one book of their choosing over the summer.

Don't forget that summer should still be fun!  Summer reading is an opportunity for students to relax and enjoy themselves.  If you get to pick your books, you will be more likely to spend time reading, not because you have to, but because you want to.  You can read any books you want this summer, but if you are looking for some suggestions, refer to the "Relaxing Recommendations" list.

Readers should pick books that appeal to them, not books that frustrate them.  If you have to check the dictionary every 5 minutes, how can you get lost in a book?  Use the five-finger rule: find a book that looks good, open it to any random page, and hold up a finger every time you find a word you don't know.  At the end of the page, if you have 4 or 5 fingers up, you're in the wrong book.

After completing the book, each student is required to create a "File Folder Book Report."  A full set of instructions and necessary materials can be downloaded HERE.

This assignment should be brought to school with you on the first day and will count as your very first grade entered into my grade book!

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I am looking forward to an exciting year!

Happy reading.

Mrs. Goff

CLICK HERE to download the "File Folder Book Report" packet

CLICK HERE to download the "Relaxing Recommendations" list