It is hard to believe that we are approaching 4th of July Weekend, so how about a few book ideas to fire up those readers who are joining you for summer school. I did a little research for newer book series options for each grade as well as books that seem to hit several summer reading lists. I love finding new options, and I hope you see a few that peak your interests too.
First to Second GradeStudents going into second grade will range typically between the primer level to the fourth grade level, so selecting books for this range depends greatly on the child. The books above are on a first to second grade level. Some have only been released in hardback, so you will have to locate them at the library. I have a few favorites from this list including the Fly Guy series (Kids love them!) and Diary of a Worm (Doreen Cronin). The "new to me" picks are Stick and Stone and Claude at the Beach. I also like the looks of The Chicken Squad series.
Writing Lessons from The Writing Fix
During summer school, teachers need to keep students writing too. I absolutely love The Writing Fix website for resources, ideas, and model papers. Diary of a Worm was one of the mentor texts selected, but there are many others. I also thought The Deep Blue Sea and The Summer My Father Turned Ten looked interesting. You can look for fun summer options [here].
Writing Lessons from the Writing Fix
For all students, keeping a daily journal is a great way to do "quick writes". These are timed writing sessions where you tell the student they have ten minutes to write about... It can be a picture or an oral prompt. I have used many of the mentor text lessons on The Writing Fix, but there are also other options on the site.
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Fourth to Fifth Grade
Writing Ideas from the Writing Fix
For the upper grades, we expect much more detail and substance in written work, and for many divisions, we begin state assessments at this level. Have no fear, there are lots of options for the upper grades too. Teachers can use excerpts of wonderful read alouds to model the Six Traits as well as the many picture book options from such greats as Patricia Palocco, Patricia MacLachlan, and Dav Pilkey. Below are a few of the options I love for summer.
Whether you are teaching summer school this summer or not, I hope I gave you a few options to check out, to recommend to your kids, or to add to your collections. I am totally a book addict and need to be part of book buyers anonymous as evidenced by the 14 milk crates of books I brought home from my classroom. :-)
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Next week's topic is Creating Critical Thinkers. We will be sharing ideas on how to improve reading comprehension and thinking skills. The image we will use next week is below for those who'd like to plan ahead.
Have a wonderful week and come back soon!