SUMMER Elementary Activities 2019
Summer Reading projects are due on Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Writing focus – Please bring in a letter to a favorite person with a properly addressed envelope that also includes a return address. It would be great if they could tell about what they want to do when they grow up. They could also talk about their dreams for the future. Please place a stamp on the envelope.
Reading – Find the reading project below and complete it.
Math – Get on MobyMax and practice your math skills to stay on track!
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Grow your brain summer series!
We have been doing some great research on the importance of children learning how they can grow their brain! Using the analogy of sports and the growth that is realized from practicing your skills, we are striving to teach our students to do the same thing with their brain. They can build the plasticity of their brain through regular reading, math exercises and exposure to activities that make their brain grow. Here is just some of the great information that we have discovered:
- At first, the new skill might feel stiff and awkward. But as we practice, it gets smoother and feels more natural and comfortable. What practice is actually doing is helping the brain optimize for this set of coordinated activities, through a process called myelination.
Fact: When you learn a brand new skill your brain gets larger in size
- Myelin is a whit stuff(matter), a fatty tissue that fills the 50% of the brains. Myelination increases the speed and strength of the nerve impulses by forcing the electrical charge to jump across the myelin sheath to the next open spot on the axon(a part of neuron, a long “cable” that reaches out and interacts with other neurons’ dendrites.
- Making sure that your child has a good diet, exercise, and limited or NO time using technology or watching TV. The high level stimulation
What is wrong with children in today’s world?
Today’s children are being deprived of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood, such as:
- Emotionally available parents
- Clearly defined limits and guidance
- Balanced nutrition and adequate sleep
- Movement and outdoors
- Creative play, social interaction, opportunities for unstructured times and boredom
Instead, children are being served with:
- Digitally distracted parents
- Indulgent parents who let kids “Rule the world”
- Sense of entitlement rather than responsibility
- Inadequate sleep and unbalanced nutrition
- Sedentary indoor lifestyle
- Endless stimulation, technological babysitters, instant gratification, and absence of dull moments
- Could anyone imagine that it is possible to raise a healthy generation in such an unhealthy environment? Of course not! There are no shortcuts to parenting, and we can’t trick human nature. As we see, the outcomes are devastating. Our children pay for the loss of well-balanced childhood with their emotional well-being.
How to fix it?
- If we want our children to grow into happy and healthy individuals, we have to wake up and go back to the basics. It is still possible! I know this because hundreds of my clients see positive changes in their kids’ emotional state within weeks (and in some cases, even days) of implementing these recommendations:
- Set limits and remember that you are your child’s PARENT, not a friend. Offer kids well-balanced lifestyle filled with what kids NEED, not just what they WANT. Don’t be afraid to say “No!” to your kids if what they want is not what they need.
- Provide nutritious food and limits snacks.
- Spend one hour a day in green space: biking, hiking, fishing, watching birds/insects
- Have a daily technology-free family dinner.
- Play one board game a day. (List of family games)
- Involve your child in one chore a day (folding laundry, tidying up toys, hanging clothes, unpacking groceries, setting the table etc)
- Implement consistent sleep routine to ensure that your child gets lots of sleep in a technology-free bedroom
- Teach responsibility and independence. Don’t over-protect them from small failures. It trains them the skills needed to overcome greater life’s challenges:
- Don’t pack your child’s backpack, don’t carry her backpack, don’t bring to school his forgotten lunch box/agenda, and don’t peel a banana for a 5-year-old child. Teach them the skills rather than do it for them.
- Teach delayed gratification and provide opportunities for “boredom” as boredom is the time when creativity awakens:
- Don’t feel responsible for being your child’s entertainment crew.
- Do not use technology as a cure for boredom.
- Avoid using technology during meals, in cars, restaurants, malls. Use these moments as opportunities to train their brains to function under “boredom”
- Help them create a “boredom first aid kit” with activity ideas for “I am bored” times.
- Be emotionally available to connect with kids and teach them self-regulation and social skills:
- Turn off your phones until kids are in bed to avoid digital distraction.
- Become your child’s emotional coach. Teach them to recognize and deal with frustration and anger.
- Teach greeting, turn taking, sharing, empathy, table manners, conversation skills,
- Connect emotionally – Smile, hug, kiss, tickle, read, dance, jump, or crawl with your child.
- We must make changes in our kids’ lives before this entire generation of children will be medicated! It is not too late yet, but soon it will be… -Victoria Prooday
**This story was written by Victoria Prooday, a registered Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist, founder and clinical director of a multidisciplinary clinic for children and parents.
For Rising Kindergarten Students
Each child is required to choose one of the books from this list and draw a picture about the story. Please send the book along with the picture on the first day of school.
- The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
- The Kissing hand by Audrey Penn (Any book by this author)
- My Five Senses & Feelings by Aliki
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- A Bad case of The stripes by David Shannon
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert (Any book by this author)
- Corduroy by Don Freeman Julius (Any book in this series)
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
- Miss Spider’s Tea Party (Any book in this series) by David Kirk
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Good Night, Gorilla & 10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathman
- No, David! by David Shannon (Any book by this author)
- Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney (Any book in this series)
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
- Clifford (Any book in this series) by Norman Bridwell
- Arthur by Marc Brown (Any book in this series)
- The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper Ramona
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
- Anything Dr. Seuss, of course!
For Rising 1st Grade Students
Book Report – Story Mobile
Each upcoming first grader is to pick one book from the following list and complete the assigned Story Mobile book report. Students may choose a book from the list below or a different non-fiction book that is on their level.
In addition to the Book Report, students are to read The Giving Tree.
There will be activities and assignments designed around this book the first week of school.
We need Veterinarians by Lola M. Schaefer
Wasps by Helen Frost
Ants by Cheryl Coughlan
We Need Doctors by Lola M. Schaefer
Parrotfish by Lola Mm. Shaefer
Polar Bears by Marcia S. Freeman
You are to create a Story Mobile using a book from the above list.
For Rising 2nd Grade Students
All 2nd grade students are required to read A to Z Mysteries The Absent Author. We will discuss and complete activities with this book the first week of school.
All upcoming 2nd graders need to choose ONE NON-FICTION BOOK to read and complete the Mobile project.
NON-FICTION Book List-EXAMPLES
National Geographic Reader Series
Step into Reading Nonfiction Series
Scholastic Science Vocabulary Readers Series
DK Readers Nonfiction Series
A to Z Mysteries Series (Roy)
Magic Tree House Series (Osborne)
Frog and Toad Series (Lobel)
The Boxcar Children Series (Warner)
Cam Jansen Series (Adler)
Judy Moody and Stink Series (McDonald)
Nate the Great Series (Sharmat)
Amber Brown Series (Danzinger)
Magic School Bus (Chapter books and Picture Books)
2nd Grade Mobile Project
Choose and read a nonfiction book on your level Make a list of 5 facts you learned from the book. Use this information to create a mobile. Below is a list of materials you will need and the instruction for creating a mobile book report.
- Plastic or metal clothes hanger or other material
- 7 strings of yarn of different lengths
- Hole punch
- Sturdy paper squares/circle/ rectangles (whatever shape you’d like, think about your topic) at least 4”x4”
- For card number 1, write the title of the book on one side of the card and the author’s name on the other side. Be creative with your title.
- For cards numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, write one fact that you learned from the book on one side of the card and draw an illustration of it on the other side of the card. These can be in the form of a statement or a question. They must be complete sentences and they may not all start the same way (I learned…, Did you know…) Shake up your writing! No typing, in your own writing and words!!
- For card number 7, write your name on one side of the card and write a sentence or two telling about what you thought of the book on the back of the card. Be sure your name stands out!
- Use a hole punch to punch one hole at the top of each card
- Tie one side of each string of yarn to the bottom of the hanger, spacing them evenly.
- Take one card and tie it to the bottom end of one string. Continue with the rest of the cards and strings.
- Decorate your “hanger” to match the topic of your book. Be creative.
Mobile Grading Rubric
|Card 1- The title of the book is on one side of the card and the author’s name on the other side. Decorate your “hanger” to match the topic of your book. Be creative.||10 pts|
Cards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 have one fact from the book , handwritten by student, on one side of the card.
Facts are written as a complete statement or a question with correct punctuation. Sentences are varied. (I learned…, Did you know)
|Cards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 An illustration of the fact is drawn and colored on the back side of the card||20 pts|
|Card 7-Your name is on one side of the card and on the back of the card is one or two complete sentences telling what you thought of the book.||10 pts|
|The “hanger” has been decorated to match the topic of the book.||10 pts|
For Rising 3rd Grade Students
All 3rd grade students are required to read Charlotte’s Web. We will discuss and do some activities with this book the first week of school.
Students also need to choose one non-fiction book and complete the t-shirt project below. Below is a list of some suggested book series or you may choose another non-fiction book on your AR level. You may choose a book on a person, animal, event, or place. Choose something that is interesting to you. Be prepared to take an AR test on your book.
Non-fiction “Magic Treehouse” companions
“Who Was”, “Who Is”, “What Is”, “Who Was” series
National Geographic books
For Rising 4th Grade Students
** Required Novel: The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden **
Fourth grade summer reading entails two reading tasks. The first task is to read the novel listed above which is the required novel for their grade. This novel will be discussed in length and detail during the first month of school. The second task is to select ONE nonfiction book and follow the attached instructions for completing the “Soda Bottle Book Report”. A list of recommended nonfiction books is below.
- Any book from the Who Is.. series
- Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
- On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunksy
- Man Fish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne and Eric Puybaret
- The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with Chimps by Jeanette Winter
- Energy Island by Allan Drummond
- Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin
- Redwoods by Jason Chin
- Hippos are Huge by Jonathan London and Matthew Trueman
- The Tree Lady by Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry
- Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colon
- Mary Walker Wears the Pants by Cheryl Harness and Carlo Molinari
4th Grade Soda Bottle Book Report
Students will be expected to complete a book report for a nonfiction book of their choosing. They will be depicting their character, event, or concept using a 2-liter bottle. Along with the 2 liter bottle, students will write information about their book on index cards, notebook paper, or printer paper (it may be typed), which will be placed on ½ sheet of poster board. The following information should be placed on each index card:
Component 1: Title of book and author
Component 2: 5-7 sentence summary of the book.
Component 3: 2-3 Interesting facts learned in the book
Component 4: Your favorite part of the book
Component 5: Tell whether or not you would recommend the book and explain why or why not.
Soda Bottle Grading Rubric
1 (Not Evident)
Poster displays title and author in large, legible print that is easy for readers to identify.
Poster displays title and author , but it not neatly presented
Poster displays title and author, but it is not easily identified by the reader.
There is no title or author.
A summary containing 5-7 sentences is displayed. The summary contains important dates and details relevant to the book, person, event, concept.
A 5-7 sentence summary is displayed, but it does not contain dates or important information relevant to the book, person, event, or concept.
A summary is displayed, but it does not contain 5-7 sentences.
No summary is present.
2-3 interesting facts are present, and are relevant to the book.
2-3 interesting facts are present, but it is not clear as to how it connects to the book.
Interesting facts are present, but there are less than 2-3 sentences.
There are no interesting facts listed.
The student’s favorite part of the book is described in detail with an explanation of why it is his/her favorite part. The student has also indicated whether they would recommend the book and why.
The student’s favorite part of the book is described, but there is no explanation as to why it is their favorite part. The student has also indicated whether they would recommend the book and why.
The student’s favorite part of the book lacks details and is unclear. Or he student has not indicated whether they would recommend the book and why.
There is no favorite part of the book or explanation listed. No book recommendation is present.
All written work is free of grammatical and spelling errors.
The written pieces have 1-2 grammatical or spelling errors.
There are 3-4 grammatical or spelling errors.
There are 5 or more grammatical or spelling errors.
Soda Bottle Design
Soda bottle accurately represents the person/animal, event, or concept that is covered in the book.
Soda bottle represents the person/animal, concept, or event, but does not reflect time period or key characteristics are missing.
Student has created a soda bottle, but it is unclear as to what the bottle represents.
Student did not create a soda bottle representation of their book.
For Rising 5th Grade Students
**Required Novel: A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park **
Fifth Grade Academy summer reading consists of two reading tasks. The first task it to read the required novel. This novel will be discussed in length during the first month of school.
The second task is to select one nonfiction book and follow the attached instructions for completing the “Brochure” project. Please read a nonfiction book pertaining to:
*Wright brothers, George Washington Carver, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, William McKinley, or Theodore Roosevelt. The Who is….series is a great place to start.
Famous American Brochure Directions Template
- Open up Microsoft Publisher. Click on “brochure.”
- Choose one of the preset templates.
- Click “create.”
- Be creative.
- Have fun.
(If you don’t have access to Publisher, then try Word, (3 column table) then poster board, and lastly, paper.)
Be sure to include the following information:
* By: Your Name * Class: Your teacher (Mr. Howard)
* Name of Famous American * Picture of Famous American
*Birthdate and Place of Birth * Family (parents, siblings, notable relatives)
* Hobbies/interests * What their childhood was like
* Map showing where they are from
** Character Traits
**Their contributions to. their country and/or the world
Student examples are shown below