Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017-2018 5th Grade Summer Reading Requirements

Rising 5th Grade Summer Reading List

The following books should NOT be read during the summer because we will read these together during the school year:

Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Required Book: Frindle by Andrew Clements
Frindle will be assessed when students return to school in the fall. We will complete 
several activities as a review and take a test during the first few weeks.

Options for Books #2 and #3
Students should read two other age appropriate chapter books. Below are very popular books with upper elementary readers however, you are not limited to the books on this list. Students will demonstrate comprehension of books #2 and #3 in the following ways:

*An AR quiz should be taken for one of the books either during the summer on the 
designated days when our lab is open or during the first week of school. You may 
want to verify that a book has an AR quiz at

*For the last book, students should prepare a Book Share (like show and tell for books) to be presented during the first two weeks of school. Students should choose an item represented in the book and bring it in to show the class. Students should be able to briefly tell the story and explain how the object is related to the book and why it is important.

*We encourage you to monitor your child’s book selections so they will be a good fit for your child and your family. The following books have been suggested by fifth graders or other “experts” in children’s literature, but we cannot be certain that the content and reading level will suit your child. 

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(Please do not read a book that was read in previous grades.)

Some popular suggestions for books #2 and #3 are:
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
Potter Wookie by Obert Skye
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Dubois
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Historical Fiction
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Journey to America by Sonia Levitin
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
Down to the Last Out by Walter Dean Myers
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Stolen into Slavery-The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith
and Dennis Fradin
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Books About Animals
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Popular Series
Crispin Trilogy (should be read in order) by Avi
Great Illustrated Classics
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I Survived … series by Lauren Tarshis
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
Left Behind: The Kids by Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Popular Authors
Beverly Cleary
Andrew Clements
Gary Paulsen
Rick Riordan
Recommended for GIRLS by Fifth Graders
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Socks by Beverly Cleary
Recommended for BOYS by Fifth Graders
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
Force Out by Tim Green
Holes by Louis Sachar
Robin Hood (select an age appropriate version)
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Swiss Family Robinson (select an age appropriate version)