Summer Assignments 2017

The summer 2017 reading lists and math assignments are provided below. Please click on the grade level your child will be entering in August 2017. Instructions are listed under each tab. Please note that some grades have worksheet/sample sheets/log sheets to download.

If you have any questions, please contact the teacher listed in each tab or Sister Immaculata.

Reading logs can be downloaded here.

First Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering first grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Tessa Ribble & Mrs. Jean Taber
Contact information: ribblet@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: First day of school

Assignment 1: Complete the Reading Log for students entering grade one

(The packet of worksheets sent home with students from the kindergarten teachers is a good option for parents to help students keep their skills sharp. Students are encouraged to bring it completed to the first-grade teachers at the beginning of the school year for a prize, but it is not taken as a grade. )

Suggested Books:

Bulla, Clyde. Daniel’s Duck
Changler, Edna. Cowboy Sam (series)
Frasconi, Antonio. The House that Jack Built
Graham, Margaret. Benjy’s Dog House
Hoff, Syd. Sammy the Seal
Hoff, Syd. Danny and the Dinosaur
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed
Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch
Littledale, Freya. The Magic Fish
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends (series)
Offen, Hilda. A Treasury of Mother Goose
Seuss, Dr. Beginner Books (series)
Seuss, Dr. Bright and Early Books (series)
Tabak, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Wood, Audrey. Quick as a Cricket
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (series)
Davoll, Barbara. The Potluck Supper (series)
Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia
Flack, Marjorie. Angus and the Ducks
Freeman, Don. Corduroy (series)
Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen
Galdone, Paul. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances (series)
Hunt, Angela. A Gift for Grandpa
Keats, Ezra. Peter’s Chair
Marshall, James. George and Martha (series)
McGovern, Ann. Stone Soup
Minarik, Else. Little Bear (series)
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series)
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia (series)
Rey, Margaret & H.A. Curious George (series)
Richardson, Arleta. A Day at the Fair
Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great (series)
Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog (series)
Buckley, Helen. Grandmother and I
Burton, Virginia. Maybelle the Cable Car
Coerr, Eleanor. The Josefina Story Quilt
De Regniers, Beatrice. May I Bring a Friend?
Ets, Marie. Just Me
Gramatky, Hardie. Little Toot (series)
Hader, Berta. The Big Snow
Keats, Ezra. Whistle for Willie
Lewis, Kim. Floss (series)
Lowry, Jannette. The Poky Little Puppy
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine that Could
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (series)
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear

Accelerated Reader:

Students may choose, but are not required, to take an Accelerated Reader test on their summer reading books upon returning to school in August.

Second Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering second grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Jada Edmondson and Sister Marie Noelle
Contact information: edmondsonj@overbrook.edu or srmnoelle@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: First day of school


Assignment #1: Read Miss Nelson is Missing, by Harry Allard
Pretend you are a student in Miss Nelson’s class. Write a letter to Miss Nelson asking her to come back to the class. Be sure to apologize and list the good behaviors you will have in the future. Your letter should be at least four sentences and written neatly in a letter format. Students will receive a quiz grade for completion of the letter based on completion of the requirements. Download the letter template here.

Assignment #2: Rising second-graders are required to read a total of 600 minutes for their summer reading assignment. This averages into 60 minutes per week during the 10 weeks of summer vacation. Please record the title of the book and how many minutes you read for each entry. We ask that the completed log be signed at the top by the parent and returned the first day of school. Students will receive a 100% quiz grade for turning in a completed log on the first day of school. At least one of the books you read should be a short chapter book. For suggested books, see below.

Suggested Books:

Mary Pope Osborne / Magic Tree House series
Sara Pennypacker / Clementine series
Patricia Polacco
Betty MacDonald / Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series
Kate DiCamillo / Mercy Watson series
Annie Barrows / Ivy + Bean series
Cynthia Rylant / Henry & Mudge series
Laura Ingalls Wilder / Little House series
David Adler / Cam Jansen series
Gertrude Chandler Warner / Boxcar Children series
E.B. White (just NOT Charlotte's Web)
Jeff Brown / Flat Stanley books
Deborah or James Howe / Bunnicula series
Doreen Cronin
Jane O’Connor / Fancy Nancy books
Jan Brett
Nancy Krulik / Katie Kazoo series
Geronimo Stilton
Ellen Miles / Puppy Place series
Ron Roy / A to Z Mysteries
Jon Scieszka
Matt Christopher (sports chapter book series)

Accelerated Reader: Students may choose, but are not required, to take an Accelerated Reader test on their summer reading books upon returning to school in August.

Third Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering third grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Marion Cianciolo and Mrs. Georgina Saxon
Contact information: cianciolom@overbrook.edu or saxong@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: First day of school

Assignment #1: Read the book, Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate Di Camillo. (BL: 3.9; ISBN: 9780439250726). Complete the graphic organizer. Bring it to class on the first day of school. This will help you to be ready to discuss the book in class and complete an in-class project. A quiz grade will be given for completion of the graphic organizer fully and neatly.

Assignment #2: Over the summer, keep a reading log of the books you read to reach 750 minutes before school begins. Pacing your reading throughout the summer is the best way to keep being a strong reader and be prepared for third grade. If you read one hour and 15 minutes per week for the 10 weeks of summer vacation you will reach your goal. Print and use the reading log found linked on this page above. Bring your reading log including parent/guardian signatures to school on the first day. Completion of this reading log will be a quiz grade.

Suggested books (Accelerated Reading level is given):
Julian’s Glorious Summer by Ann Cameron 3.1
Cam Jansen (any of the series) by David Adler 3.2-3.9
The Littles by John Peterson and Roberta Carter Clark 3.3
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler 3.8
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher 3.9
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor 4.0
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol 4.1
Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker 4.5
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits
and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall 4.7
Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman 4.7
Ribsy by Beverly Cleary 5.0
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck 5.0
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary 5.1
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 5.3
The Borrowers by Mary Norton 5.3
Frindle by Andrew Clements 5.4
Ramona Quimby, age 8 by Beverly Cleary 5.6

Accelerated Reader: students may choose, but are not required, to take an Accelerated Reader test on their summer reading books upon returning to school in August.

Fourth Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering fourth grade
Contact information: srimmaculata@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: First Day of School

Required summer reading: Title: A Cricket in Times Square (A.R. Level 4.9)

Author: George Selden

ISBN-10 number: 0312380038

Assessment: After reading this book, choose one of the following writing assignments to complete. This page should be three-fourths to one page in length.

  • Pretend that you are Chester Cricket after his first day with Tucker in New York City. Write a diary entry telling all about your day. Remember to include details about where you went and how you felt.

  • Write a letter to the author about your favorite part of the book. Include details.

Quiz grade based on evidence that the story was read by the student and following the directions outlined above. Correct grammar and spelling will count as a portion of your grade.

Required summer reading book #2: For your second book, you may choose one from these 10:

1.Title: Sarah Plain Tall (AR level 3.9)
Author: Patricia MacLaclan

2. Title: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (AR level 4.7)
Author: Louisa May Alcott

3. Title: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (AR level 5.1)
Author: Robert C. O’Brien

4. Title: Lassie Come Home (AR level 5.4)
Author: Eric Knight

5. Title: The Black Stallion (AR level 5.2)
Author: Walter Farley

6. Title: Frindle (AR level 5.4)
Author: Andrew Clements

7. Title: Shiloh (AR Level 4.4)
Author: Phyllis R. Naylor

8. Title: Misty of Chincoteague (AR 5.3)
Author: Marguerite Henry

9. Title: Heidi (Adapted) (AR level 3.9)
Author: Joanna Spyri

10. Title: Hatchet (AR 5.7)
Author: Gary Paulsen

Assessment: Fill in the Basic Story Map and bring it with you the first day of school.

Quiz grade based on evidence that the story was read by the student and following the directions outlined above. Correct grammar and spelling will count as a portion of your grade.

Accelerated Reader: You may choose, but are not required, to take an accelerated reader test when you return to school in August.

Fifth Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering fifth grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Kesha Wall
Contact information: wallk1@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: August 2017

There is one required book and a choice of one other book for rising fifth-graders.

Required summer reading: Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
ISBN number: 978-0-439-12042-5

Assignment: We will discuss this book as a class in August, and will revisit certain elements of it throughout the school year. Please obtain a copy of the book (you do not need to purchase a copy, as you will not need to bring it to school) and read it. You will select three characters (Esperanza must be one of them) and create a character web for each one. (See the example done for Lucy from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe linked below.) Please include at least four to five bubbles around each character, and write in each one a one or two word character description. This may be handwritten on blank white paper, or it may be typed like the example below. You should use a different sheet for each character, so use your space.

In addition to the character web, please create a timeline of eight events that take place over the course of the book. It is up to you how you want to do this. You may use poster board, large index cards, a computer-generated timeline, etc. Each event may have an original illustration to go with it. Be sure to number the events and write only one sentence describing what is happening. You will be given a reading quiz grade for this assignment which is due the first day of school.

Example of character web

Select one additional books from the following books:

Title: Firegirl (AR 4.1)

Author: Tony Abbott


Title: A Single Shard (AR 6.6)
Author: Linda Sue Park

Title: Princess Academy (AR 6.0)
Author: Sharon Hale

Title: Wonder (AR 4.8)
Author: R.J. Palacio

Title: Holes (AR 4.6)
Author: Louis Sacher

Title: Island of the Blue Dolphins (AR 6.4)
Author: Scott O'Dell

Title: Where the Red Fern Grows (AR 4.9)
Author: Wilson Rawls

Title: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (AR 5.9)
Author: Robert C. O’Brian

Title: My Side of the Mountain (AR 5.9)
Author: Jean Craighead George


Assignment:

Using cursive, write one paragraph of at least five sentences stating whether or not you liked the book and your reasons why. Also, write one message you learned from reading the book. While you will need to take three Accelerated Reading tests the first quarter of school, AR tests on the summer books are not required. You may take a test on them if you feel comfortable being tested on the content. If the library is open and you take AR tests during the summer, only one of those summer tests will count on your first quarter grade.

Sixth Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering sixth grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Cindy Buss
Contact information: bussc@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: August 2017

Assessment #1:

Title: Bud, Not Buddy

Author: Paul Christopher Curtis

Assessment: Bud, Not Buddy will be the focus of our first unit of study. Therefore, the student is asked to respond to the following questions. It is expected that responses will be thorough and written in complete sentences.

1. What kinds of families do we see in the novel? How does Bud define family? Who is Bud’s family at the end of the novel?

2. Bud has a very active imagination. How does this help him throughout the novel? Does it ever get him in trouble? Explain.

3. What does this book tell us about lying? Is it sometimes good? Is it always bad? Why does Bud lie?

4. Life was really hard for most Americans during the Great Depression. What are some ways Bud, Not Buddy shows us how hard it was?

  • Your responses may be typed or written by hand. If typing, use the Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please double-space. If writing, print or cursive is acceptable; however, the work must be legible. The student’s name is to be written in the upper, right-hand corner. This assignment will be collected on the first day of school. A test on Bud, Not Buddy will follow at the end of the unit.
  • Accelerated Reader: Students may choose, but are not required, to take an accelerated reader test on Bud, Not Buddy upon their return to school in August.

Assignment #2

Students are asked to choose a book to read that is at or above their reading level and on the Accelerated Reader list. A brochure advertising this book will be created and submitted on the first day of school. See an example of a brochure.

The cover of the brochure will state the title of the book (in italics), the author, the student’s name, the class, and the date. The inside of the brochure will have five sections: plot, theme (name and describe two), character analysis (choose a main character and identify how he/she changes from the beginning to the end of the story), your recommendation of the story to another sixth grade student, and three author facts. The back of the brochure will list the sources referenced for this assignment, ex. for image, quote, author information. Other items to include in the brochure are one picture or graphic and one quote from the novel.

This assignment will be graded on the following:

  • presentation of information
  • organization and attractiveness
  • evidence of thought in selection of graphics, pictures, and quote
  • mechanics and grammar
  • Accelerated Reader: Students will be required to take an accelerated reader test on their book upon their return to school in August. This accelerated test along with the brochure and a class presentation of the book will form the basis for the grade on this summer reading assignment. (Information about the book presentation will be discussed in class the first week of school.)

Seventh Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering seventh grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Cindy Buss
Contact information: bussc@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: August 2017

Assignment #1

Title: Freak, the Mighty

Author: Rodman Philbrick

Assessment: Freak, the Mighty will be the focus of our first unit of study. Therefore, the student is asked to respond to the following questions. It is expected that responses will be thorough and written in complete sentences.

1. Kevin teaches Max a lot about robotics and reading. But what other lessons does Max learn from Kevin? What lessons does Max teach Kevin?

2. Could the book have ended differently? How would a different ending have changed the character development?

3. What do you think Max’s life will be like now, after he has finished writing his book?

4. If you and your best friend teamed up, what would your superhero name be? Explain why.

5. What are your top ten favorite words? What makes them your favorite words?

  • Your responses may be typed or written by hand. If typing, use the Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please double-space. If writing, print or cursive is acceptable; however, the work must be legible. The student’s name is to be written in the upper, right-hand corner. This assignment will be collected on the first day of school. A test on Freak, the Mighty will follow at the end of the unit.
  • Accelerated Reader: Students may choose, but are not required, to take an accelerated reader test on Freak, the Mighty upon their return to school in August.

Assignment #2

Students are asked to choose a book to read that is at or above their reading level and on the Accelerated Reader list. A brochure advertising this book will be created and submitted on the first day of school. An example of a brochure can be found here.

The cover of the brochure will state the title of the book (in italics), the author, the student’s name, the class, and the date. The inside of the brochure will have five sections: plot, theme, character analysis, recommendation, and author facts. The back of the brochure will list the sources referenced for this assignment. Other items to include in the brochure are two pictures or graphics and one quote from the novel.

This assignment will be graded on the following:

  • presentation of information
  • organization and attractiveness
  • evidence of thought in selection of graphics, pictures, and quote
  • mechanics and grammar
  • Accelerated Reader: Students will be required to take an accelerated reader test on their book upon their return to school in August. This accelerated test along with the brochure and a class presentation of the book will form the basis for the grade on this summer reading assignment. (Information about the book presentation will be discussed in class the first week of school.)

Eighth Grade Reading Assignments

For students entering eighth grade
Teacher assigning summer reading: Mrs. Cindy Buss
Contact information: bussc@overbrook.edu
Work to be completed by: August 2017

Assignment #1

Title: Strong Inside : Young Reader’s Edition

Author: Andrew Maraniss

Assessment: Strong Inside will be the focus of our first unit of study. Therefore, the student is asked to respond to the following writing prompt. It is expected that thoughts will be thorough and contain examples from the novel to support ideas.

  • In a paragraph of no less than twelve sentences, explain the significance of the title. How did Perry Wallace exhibit an inside strength both literally and figuratively?
  • This paragraph may be typed or written by hand. If typing, use the Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please double-space. If writing, print or cursive is acceptable; however, the work must be legible. The student’s name is to be written in the upper, right-hand corner.
  • This assignment will be collected on the first day of school. A test on Strong Inside will follow at the end of the unit.
  • Accelerated Reader: Students may choose, but are not required, to take an accelerated reader test on Strong Inside, if one is available, upon their return to school in August.

Assignment #2

Students are asked to choose a book to read that is at or above their reading level and on the Accelerated Reader list. A brochure advertising this book will be created and submitted on the first day of school. See an example of a brochure.

The cover of the brochure will state the title of the book (in italics), the author, the student’s name, the class, and the date. The inside of the brochure will have five sections: plot, theme, character analysis, recommendation, and author facts. The back of the brochure will list the sources referenced for this assignment. Other items to include in the brochure are two pictures or graphics and one quote from the novel.

This assignment will be graded on the following:

  • presentation of information
  • organization and attractiveness
  • evidence of thought in selection of graphics, pictures, and quote
  • mechanics and grammar
  • Accelerated Reader: Students will be required to take an accelerated reader test on their book upon their return to school in August. This accelerated test along with the brochure and a class presentation of the book will form the basis for the grade on this summer reading assignment. (Information about the book presentation will be discussed in class the first week of school.)

Summer math for rising first-graders

Summer math for rising second-graders

Summer math for rising third-graders

Summer math for rising fourth-graders

Summer math for rising fifth-graders

Summer math for junior high (grades 6-8)

SUMMER AR Days:

Summer AR will take place on the days and times this summer as listed below. However, AR will be located in the library office/workroom and will only have four (4) computer stations available during these times.

These limitations are necessary in order to accommodate the library renovations, the re-location of the art room, the loss of the computer lab and the various cleaning and maintenance schedules throughout the summer. As a result, please be patient and expect to be here a bit longer than usual, given the limited computer availability. Also, be mindful of the AR protocols about students completing their testing independently and direct them to the assigned monitors should they have any questions.

Days/Times:

  • Wednesday, June 7th – 9-11 a.m. (Moderator: Mr. Cronin)
  • Wednesday, June 14th – 9-11 a.m. (Cronin)
  • Wednesday, June 21st – 9-11 a.m. (Cronin)
  • Wednesday, June 28th – 9-11 a.m. (Cronin)
  • Wednesday, July 12th – 9-11 a.m. (Sister Immaculata)
  • Wednesday, July 26th – 9-11 a.m. (Sister Immaculata)

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