Summer reading is very important! Randolph’s curriculum works best when it builds upon what parents are doing at home. When students see that parents and teachers believe in the value of reading, they are more likely to feel the same way.
Students who love to read will see success in school. This begins at home where students are encouraged to read, their parents set an example of reading in front of them, and their parents read aloud to them. Becoming a good reader takes practice. Offer your children quiet times and good places to enjoy reading. Read aloud to them on a regular basis; students whose parents do so perform better on standardized tests, have larger vocabularies, and find more success in all subjects.
This summer, we ask rising 5th graders to use the attached Summer Reading Selfie Bingo sheet to read a minimum of four books to complete a Bingo. Parents should take a photo of their child with each book read. All fifth graders who Bingo will receive a small reward at the beginning of the school year, and any student that completes a blackout of the entire board will receive a larger prize. Students should bring their completed Bingo sheet and printed pictures to Language Arts class the first full day of school. Instead of sending in printed photos, parents may choose to upload the pictures to Vidigami by opening the 5th grade folder and choosing Summer Reading.
Please encourage your child to choose a variety of fiction and nonfiction that coincides with his or her reading ability and interests. We have included a suggested reading list of fiction books other fifth graders have enjoyed, but if none of our ideas fire your imagination, ask a librarian for other suggestions. There are a lot of options out there!
Guidelines for Non-Fiction Reading:
The non-fiction book selection for summer reading may include: history, nature, geography, technology, current events, biography, or poems.
Choose a non-fiction book…
which you are interested in – please don’t choose something to impress parents or teachers!
connected to an activity you enjoy or have experienced.
that has good pictures, tables, graphics, and captions.
that seems readable – not too simple or too complicated.
Reading a non-fiction book is a different process, so please remember…
It is okay to just read some sections of the book.
It is okay to read the chapters or sections out of order.
It is okay to read the Table of Contents in the front to decide which sections you want to review/read.
It is okay to check the glossary in the back of the book (or a dictionary) if you don’t know the meaning of a word.