Summer Reading – Reading on the Go! Visit this site for resources and challenges to keep reading muscles growing!
Tips to Make Summer Reading Happen
- CHOICE:Let your kids choose the books that they read.
- BOUNTY: Fill your house with lots of books. More books = more chances for your children to find a fantastic book that they can’t put down.
- LIBRARY: Use your public library and check out the many books available electronically through MyOn on your Clever account.
- TIME: Kids need opportunities for reading. So, make sure they’re not filling all their time with TV, video games, and iPad time.
- TECHNOLOGY: Ebooks and audiobooks count as reading, too! Books can be found on MyOn which available through your Clever account.
- READABILITY: Make sure your child is reading books that he or she can comprehend. When choosing a book, use the Five Finger Test to decide if it’s a just right book. During and after reading, ask your child to tell you a little bit about the story.
- COZY READING SPACE: Kids love a Cozy Book Nook. It doesn’t have to be fancy; let your child create a special space.
- DOWN-TIME: Remember to make time during the day for rest and reading.
(Adapted from Imaginationsoup.net)
Five Finger Test
1. Open a book to the middle – any page.
2. Start reading. When you come to a word you don’t know, that’s okay. Hold up one finger for that word.
3. If you come to any other words you don’t know, hold up one finger for each word.
4. Stop at the end of the page.”
You will know if it’s a just right book because of how many fingers you are holding up:
0 = easy
1 – 5 = just-right
5+ = challenge (save for later)
Help your student gain important background knowledge by reading a non-fiction book from any of these fantastic science topics that students will be exploring during the school year:
K – Scientists, Sound, Changes in Materials, Sound (vibrations), Plants and Animals, Gravity, Day and Night,
Near and Far, Force – Push and Pull,
1st – Stars, Gravity, Sun, Water on Earth, Push and Pull, Changing Motion, Sorting, Living and Non-Living, 5 Senses,
2nd – Rocks, Soil, Sun, Severe Weather, Observation and Measurement, States of Matter, Measuring Volume, Altering
Materials, Magnets, Human Body, Life Cycles
3rd – Sun, Gravity, Light, Magnets, Heat Energy, States of Matter, Plant Structures and Growth, Animal Classification,
4th - Stars and Moon, Rocks and Minerals, Sound, Renewable/Non-renewable resources, Sound, Energy,
Heredity and Learning, Flower Reproduction, Metamorphosis,
5th - Solar System, Climate, Weather, Matter, Electricity, Physical/Chemical Changes