Required Summer Homework List 2020
The ‘three R’s’ are the way to keep skills current and great minds growing; throw in some sun, fresh air, swimming, sports, games, tree climbing, and play, and you have the recipe for a perfect summer.
Summer homework packets included a list of prompts for students’ writing, and more details. Students should write at least once a week, most weeks, to your best ability on your choice of topics. So with twelve weeks of summer, we require at least nine (9) writing samples. Four are due by Summer School Day.
Each student has been given two small Mathematics Packets, one due by Summer School Day, and the other due the first day of school in the classroom. These include some: basic skills, review work, and engaging math activities to keep skills sharp and avoid summer learning loss.
It’s great for children to make a habit of daily reading, for many it’s a delightful part of the bedtime routine. As we begin a year of studying Ancient World History, every grade is reading books about ancient civilizations (with some fun summer twists).
Entering 1st graders read (or listen to) at least one, 2nd graders read two, and 3rd graders read all three:
*Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile – by Tomie DePaola
*Dinosaurs Before Dark – Magic Tree House 1, by Mary Pope Osborne
Searching for Stinkodon – Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald
For children who want to read more, the Magic Tree House series is a great easy reader choice
Entering 4th and 5th graders read at least two, and 6th graders all three:
*Cavemice #1: The Stone of Fire by Geronimo Stilton
Danger in Ancient Rome – Ranger in Time #2 by Kate Messner
Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Entering 7th and 8th graders read both and a book of your choice:
*Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll
On Etruscan Time by Tracy Barrett
*Due by Summer School Day* – 4 Writing Samples, Math Pack 1, *Book – to be read and a “work” due, also will be reviewed and discussed there.
For each book, students need to turn in some work that shows you read and comprehended the book. This could be any activity that demonstrates reading. For example, you may choose to: write a traditional book report telling about the story, film yourself giving a book review, make up a song that recaps the story, write a detailed summary, make a commercial for the book, write questions and answers, reenact a story skit, design a poster -must include written details, build a diorama- must include descriptive writing, or any idea that demonstrate comprehension. You also need to be ready to take a test over each book and talk about them in class.
For planning purposes: during the school year students are generally expected to read 15-30 pages per day of books at their reading level. Parents are always invited to read along and discuss books with their children. If a book is too difficult for your child please assist him or her. In any case, it can be great to take turns reading pages or sections aloud, and enjoy the book together.