Required Summer Homework List 2020

It is the mission of Renaissance Academy to help every child enrolled reach his or her greatest potential. To truly reach their best, children need to keep up with their learning all year long, and to facilitate this we give summer homework. This seems even more vital this year. Assignments are similar for everyone, but we expect very different levels of work from students of different abilities. Each child should do his or her own best.

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.

It is very important for children to keep their brains active over the summer – studies show that children can lose up to three months of progress over the short summer months without some academic stimulus. We have worked to create a homework list that is engaging, not too challenging, and has just enough to keep minds working.

Evidence repeatedly demonstrates the best way to improve reading is by reading; in all learning, skills improve through practice. Children should read or be read to daily, and take a minimum of half an hour a couple times a week to focus on math or writing.
The books can be ordered online, through a bookstore, or borrowed from the library. Please help your child succeed in the coming school year by supplying them with these wonderful books as quickly as possible and ensuring he or she completes these tasks.

Have a great summer!

Writing

To keep up your written language skills – write at least once a week, almost every week. So with this extra long summer, you should end up with an abundance of writing. Turn in your best.

Required: * Eight (8) nice writing samples in best penmanship or typed with a minimum of three (3) times as many sentences as your grade level. *Alternative: Keep a Journal. If instead of 8 carefully written samples, you would like to keep a regular journal and enter shorter, less careful, free writing daily, or at least every couple days, you may turn that in instead.

Beginning writers make an effort and phonetic spelling is fine. You can draw pictures to add, or use them instead if not quite writing yet. Older students should write freely but still use correct capitalization and punctuation to your best ability. Cursive should be used in 4th grade and above. Topic Ideas (Note – these are just topic ideas, you can write about anything you choose. In fact, if you have a great idea and want to write a book, or a story, or something else, go for it and you can turn that in instead.)

Imagine you were magically zapped anywhere in the world, write about where you went and what happened next.

Take a trip to the zoo and write about it.

Write about your favorite book, TV show, movie, …

Go for a walk on the beach, and write about it, Think about our five senses – what did you see, hear, feel, smell, taste…?

Describe a character from a book you just read.

Watch a sunset, describe it in detail, use strong adjectives and adverbs.

Help someone in your family, do an activity to the point of being tired/winded, etc – tell us about it. What did you do? How did it help? How do you feel?

Write detailed directions for how to do a household task – laundry, make a bed with fresh sheets, …

Describe a member of your family

Use one of these starters and finish the paragraph:
o This week I…
o The most fun thing I did this year was…
o If I could have any magic power it would be…
o I liked it when I went with my family to…
o I just finished reading ___and my favorite part was when…
o My dream vacation would be to …
o When I grow up, I want to…
o My favorite thing to do is …
o I was sitting on my couch when I Heard a mysteriously sound, I looked up and Merlin the magician appeared. I …
o I am really good at …

* Four Writing Samples must be turned in by Summer School Day. You may turn in to teachers there or send to school by that date for full credit. (& school year homework passes!)

Arithmetic

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.

Mr. Geoff’s Math

Ms. Lara’s/Ms. Darla’s Math

Ms. Ashley’s Math

Ms. T’s Pre-Algebra 

Ms. Stephanie’s Algebra 1

1st-3rd Math Activity Options

Lower Elementary (1st-3rd) Math Packet 1

Lower Elementary (1st-3rd)  Math Packet 2

Reading

Reading – It’s great to make a habit of daily reading, for many it’s a delightful part of the bedtime routine. Three enjoyable and fairly simple books are assigned over the summer, use the rest of the time to read your own choices. For each assigned book, you need to turn in some work that shows you read and comprehended the book. You need to answer questions for one book in your level, for others you can do 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 Q &A, reenact a story skit, design a poster -must include some written details, build a diorama- must have some descriptive writing, or any other idea that demonstrate comprehension.

You also need to be ready to take a test over each book and talk about them in class.

As we begin a year of studying of Middle Ages – Renaissance – World History, every grade is reading books related to feudalism and the Middle Ages.

You may turn in to teachers there or send to school by that date for full credit, & school year homework passes.

NOTE: The books can be ordered through your local bookstore, online(i.e. Amazon),, or borrowed from the library. Please ensure your child’s readiness for our class in July, and for the regular school year, by following through on summer homework and supplying them with these wonderful books as quickly as possible!

Entering…

Grades 1-3

Grades 1-3: entering 1st graders read at least one, 2nd graders two, and 3rd graders read all three:

The Sword in the Stone (level 2) (Hello Reader) by Grace Maccarone, level 1.6, 32pp

Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House*) by Mary Pope Osborne, level 2.5, 65pp (Questions Here)

Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria-Skurzynski, level 3.4 64pp

* For children who want to read more, the Magic Tree House series is a great easy reader choice

For children who want to read more, the Magic Tree House series is a great easy reader choice

Grades 4-5

Grades 4 and 5: entering 4th and 5th graders read all three: *Marked books due Summer Day 7/16 *

*Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House*) by Mary Pope Osborne, level 2.5, 65pp (Questions Here)

The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff, level 4.8, 76pp (Questions Here)

Life as a Viking by Lassieur, Allison, level 5.6, 112pp

* Questions attached for two books, only one set required and choose any project for the other books.

Grade 6-8

Grades 6-8: entering 6th – 8th graders read all three. *Marked books due Summer Day 7/16 *

*The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood, level 5.2, 216pp

The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff, level 4.8, 76pp (Questions Here)

Life as a Viking by Lassieur, Allison, level 5.6, 112pp

*Books Due – Must be read and a ‘work’ turned in by Summer School Day and will be discussed there.

*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.