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Middle School Summer Reading: 5th Grade Summer Reading

Everything you need to know for summer reading for grades 5-8 for 2020.

Summer Reading Requirements

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!"

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." - Frederick Douglass

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” -Commission of Reading, Becoming a Nation of Readers

Summer reading is very important!  Randolph’s Middle School 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.

Summer reading requirements for rising fifth grade:


  • One non-fiction book of choice (including any from the Suggested Reading List)
  • Any three books of your choice (including any from Suggested Reading List) 


We believe students enjoy reading more when allowed to read books and articles of their choice.  We would like them to read age-appropriate material and realize that some families would appreciate a suggested reading list, which we have done. By all means, if your child finds another book in the library, bookstore, or family bookshelf which you feel is appropriate, allow them to read it as part of their “summer reading requirement.”

These titles will be recorded on a sheet of paper for their summer reading log and be signed off by the parent after each book.  Three of these books will count toward their “30 Book Challenge.” Please take the time to discuss the book with your child.  Find out what they liked, what they did not like, would they recommend it to anyone else?

We also encourage you to read some additional books aloud to your child!

Before school starts in the fall, please have your child choose one of the following activities to reflect on their book. The worksheets are attached below. They will choose to either discuss their favorite character from one book, or they will discuss their favorite scene. We look forward to seeing your child begin to dig deeper into their reading.

***This worksheet and their reading log will be due the first day of classes.

Please encourage your child to choose a variety of fiction and nonfiction that coincides with his or her reading ability and interests. 

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.

Suggested Fiction Reading

Suggested Fiction Reading

Suggested Fiction Reading

Suggested Fiction Reading