June 2016

Dear Fifth Graders and Parents,

I am so looking forward to getting to know you all next year! In order to prepare for fifth grade, I would like you to choose one book from the list of suggestions attached.

After reading the book, each student is required to complete a series of self-selected assignments outlined on the PICK 10 chart attached. Rather than complete the traditional report, students are allowed to choose which assignments they would like to do based on the text. Each assignment has a point value and the students must do enough of them to equal 10 points all together. For example, your child might choose to complete two 5-point exercises, or two 4-point exercises and one 2-point activity to reach 10. Any combination is acceptable, and the choice is up to your child.

This assignment should be brought to school with you on the first day.

Also, please continue to review your math facts throughout the summer as you will need to use these facts as we advance next year. You should work toward memorizing all of the common multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts.

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

Happy reading!

Mrs. Goff

Suggested Fiction Titles and Series


Anderson, Laurie Halse
Angleberger, Tom
Bosch, Pseudonymous
Buckley, Michael
Cabot, Meg
Colfer, Chris
Daneshvari, Gitty
Davies, Jacqueline
DuPrau, Jeanne
Hiaasen, Carl
Ibbotson, Eva
Kessler, Liz
Klise, Kate
Konigsburg, E.L.
Lord, Cynthia
Messner, Kate
Rowling, J.K.
Snicket, Lemony
Saunders, Kate
Stead, Rebecca
Stewart, Trenton Lee
Tarshis, Lauren
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Various authors
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Various authors



Vet Volunteers (series)
Origami Yoda (series)
The Name of This Book is Secret* (Secret series)
The Fairy-Tale Detectives* (Sisters Grimm series)
Allie Finkle (series)
The Land of Stories (series)
School of Fear*
Lemonade War*
City of Ember*
One Dog and his Boy
The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Regarding (series)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Capture the Flag (series)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*
The Bad Beginning* (Series of Unfortunate Events)
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Liar and Spy
Mysterious Benedict Society*
I Survived (series)
Shredderman series
Royal Diaries series
Little House series
The Other Side of the Story (series) 

* Indicates the first book in a series that is best read in order

Pick 10

Draw the main character. Write at least two sentences that describe the character’s personality traits.

1 point

Retell the main events in the story by creating a 5-frame comic strip that shows the beginning, middle and end of the story. Include captions

5 points

If you were the main character, how would you have solved the problem in the story? Write an explanation about what you would have done differently.

2 points 

In a five sentence paragraph, compare the main character to either yourself, another person you know, or character in another text.

3 points


Create a different story ending.

3 points 

Write a review for the story you have read. Would you recommend others read it? Why or why not?

4 points 

 Create a Venn Diagram that compares this book to another text you have read. Be sure to have at least 3 items in each of the sections of the diagram.

4 points

 Select a part of the story that you would like to change. In a paragraph explain what you would change and why.

3 points

 If you could trade places with one character, who would you choose? Explain why using details from the story.

2 points

 Imagine you are the author of the story. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

5 points

Copy a sentence from the story that you feel is very descriptive. Draw a picture that reflects the description.

2 points


Fill a brown lunch bag with 4 artifacts that relate to the book. On the outside of the bag explain the significance of each artifact.

1 point





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