Kindergarten Suggested Summer Reading List
Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Below is a list of titles to get you started on summer reading but please feel free to read whatever you and your child enjoy the most. Happy Reading!
Books About Me
- The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
- I Like to Be Little by Charlotte Zolotow
- It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work my Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis
- Incredible You! 10 ways to let your greatness shine through by Dr. Wayne Dyer
- When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer
- Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
- Just Me Books by Mercer Mayer
- Berenstain Bear Books by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Curious George by H.A. Rey
- Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch
- 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch
- Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
- The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Beginning, Middle, End Concepts
- 3 Billy Goats Gruff by Glen Rounds
- A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
- Click Clack Moo: Cows the Type by Doreen Cronin
- Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
- Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
- It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
- The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
- Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Color and Counting/Math Books
- Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
- Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
- Each Orange Had Eight Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti Jr.
- Rooster Off to See the World by Eric Carle
- Painting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- The Greedy Triangle by Marylin Burns
- Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
- 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
- A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
- Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells
Caldecott Winners and Honor Books
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Mirette on the High Wire by Emily McCully
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
- Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
- Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
- James Marshall’s Mother Goose by James Marshall
- Tommie dePaola’s Favorite Nursery Tales by Tommie dePaola
Folktales and Fairy Tales
- John Henry by Julius Lester (Caldecott book)
- Rumplestiltskin by Paul Zelinsky
- Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
- Cinderella by Marcia Brown
- The Three Little Bears by Paul Galdone
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbornsen
- The Three Little Pigs by Rodney Peppe
- The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
- The Hare and the Tortoise by Brian Wildsmith
- Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff
- We Are Best Friends by Aliki
- Benjamin and Tulip by Rosemary Wells
Non-fiction and Science Books
- My Five Senses by Aliki
- Cars and How They Go by Joanna Cole
- Eyewitness Juniors Amazing Frogs and Toads by Barry Clake
- Non-fiction books are highly recommended for rising kindergarteners. Look for books with pictures and photographs of real things, i.e. animals, cars and trucks, airplanes, countries and culture, nature, sports, etc. Most libraries have a large selection of DK books which most children love to read and look at. Check with your librarian for recommendations.
In the midst of your summer vacation find time to cozy up in quiet nook and lose yourself in a great story. Please feel free to read books from this list or any other books that interest you. Happy reading!
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A biography of your choosing.
*(Please keep notes on your biographer’s accomplishments and qualities as you will be given an assignment when you return.)
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & Tasha Tudor
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White & Edward Frascino
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
Because of Winn- Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien & Zena Bernstein
The Mouse & the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Zip by Ellie Rollins
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler
The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan & Brian Selznick
Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes by Marlane Kennedy
Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The Bell Bandit by Jacqueline Davies
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
Henry Hubble’s Book of Troubles by Andy Myer
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner & Jeremy Holmes
What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville & Mike Wimmer
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott
Skinnybones by Barbara Park
Little League: State Showdown by Matt Christopher
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Satch & Me by Dan Gutman
Stat: Standing Tall and Talented by Amar’e Stoudemire
How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby
Strudel’s Forever Home by Martha Freeman
Summerkin by Sarah Prineas
The Chicken Doesn’t Skate by Gordon Korman
Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs by Mixed Authors
Dreamer by Cathy Hapka
Duke by Kirby Larson
Lucky by Chris Hill
Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles
Mystery & Thriller
The Haunted States of America… by Joan Holub
The House With a Clock in it’s Walls by
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
**Loved Authors and Series
The Hardy Boys series
Nancy Drew series
Harry Potter series
Wings of Fire series
Whatever After series
Who Was/ What Was series
Required Reading for Upcoming 5th Graders: Wonder R.G. Palacio
Students should be keeping notes about important concepts in the book as they are reading. Please have in writing the following questions and answers:
- What is the setting of the book (location and time it takes place)
- Who are the main characters in the book?
- What is the major conflict (the big problem) in the book?
- How does the book end?
Titles for Suggested Reading: Please read one additional book over the summer from the list below( feel free to read as many as you’d like!!!!) Please follow the same format as above with the four major questions answered about the second book read.
- In the Year of the Boar and Jack Robinson: Betty Bao Lord
- Hatchet (Brian’s Saga #1): Gary Paulsen
- Heat: Mike Lupica
- The Underdogs: Mike Lupica
- Bridge to Terebithia: Katherine Patterson
- Shiloh: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Indian in the Cupboard: Lynne Reid Banks
- Island of the Blue Dolphins: Scott O’Dell
- Stone Fox: John Reynolds Gardiner
- Matilda: Roald Dahl
- Trumpet of the Swan: E.B White
- Phantom Tolbooth: Norton Juster
- Ralph S. Mouse: Beverly Cleary
- Harriet the Spy: Louise Fitzhugh
- Walk Two Moons: Sharon Creech
- The View from Saturday: E.L. Konigsburg
Additional Review for Language Arts and Math Skills: We suggest that over the summer you keep up your Math and Language Arts skills by practicing with these websites and online reference tools. See how many certificates you can get!!!!!!!
IXL Language Arts Grade 4 skills
IXL Math Grade 4 Skill
Math Magician Multiplication Mr. Nolde’s Science Lab coolsciencelab.com
Math Magician Division coolsciencelab.com
Middle School Summer Reading 2018
1. An assessment will be given on the following required books in September, so you should take notes (on main characters, setting, conflicts, and major plot developments) while you’re reading. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy these great books!
Required reading for incoming 6th graders: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Required reading for incoming 7th graders: Holes by Louis Sachar
Required reading for incoming 8th graders: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
2. In addition to the required book, please read at least one book from the suggested titles below (one that you have not read before). You will be given an assessment at the beginning of the school year based on the book of your choice from the list below. You should take notes while you’re reading (on main characters, setting, conflicts, and major plot developments). Feel free to read as many books as possible!
Suggested reading for middle school:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Grayson by Lynne Cox
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Heat by Mike Lupica
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies
Good morning, St. Patrick School Families!
After a few days of rest and recovery following our Swing into Spring on Cinco de Mayo fundraiser, I’m happy to report to our entire community that we had a very successful evening having fun while raising money for the school! We are still reconciling final numbers with our business manager, but it’s safe to say that we exceeded our goals and did it while having a fantastic time! I’ll send another update next week once the final tallies are complete and expenses paid.
We can’t thank everyone enough for the support on Friday evening. The volunteers who worked tirelessly to secure sponsors and donors, who set up the event and made sure everything looked beautiful and festive, and who did an impeccable job running our checkout process all deserve a hearty round of applause. Many special thanks to our small but mighty committee: Katie Conroy, Linda Donovan, Maria DiGoia, Rose Knox, Mary Murphy Phillips, Speiro Kalogerakis, Kathy Farelli, Angela Welsh, Angela Karogiannis, Gerard Marino, Miriam Vanoni, Cristina Silvestro, Trish Pratt, and all of our families as we took time away to work on this event.
The event wouldn’t have been as successful if it weren’t for our auctioneer, 4th grade dad, Mat Gagne. His enthusiasm, humor, and love for the school shone through as he encouraged us to raise our paddles for St. Patrick School.
It’s not too late to “Raise the Paddle”! Those who attended our event on Friday night heard about the school’s efforts to raise money for two playgrounds AND a 3-D printer to enhance the educational opportunities of our older students. Everyone was given the opportunity to “Raise the Paddle” for these efforts. I’m thrilled to announce that $16,000 was raised to be split between these initiatives. We want to extend the opportunity to the entire school to contribute to this exciting effort between now and the end of the school year. In addition!! I’m pleased to report that we will have a commemorative plaque made to recognize all of the families and individuals who contribute to this effort. So far, that plaque will include the 58 families who contributed on Friday night. We look forward to expanding the list!
If you’d like to pitch in, you may send in a check to St. Patrick School with the memo “Raise the Paddle” in any amount you’d like (on Friday evening we gave the options of $1000, $500, $250, $100, and $50). Alternatively, you may donate online using the school’s website (http://stpatrickschoolstoneham.org/donations) and clicking on the yellow “Donate” button at the bottom. Just be sure to “Add special instructions to the seller” to indicate this is to be directed to the Raise the Paddle effort.
Attached right below you will find a link to a slideshow that we showed on Friday night that features each St. Patrick class telling us what they love about their school. I hope you enjoy it!
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend one more heartfelt “Thank You!” to our event sponsors who made this event possible!
Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry
The Damico Family
The Rowan Family
The Dalton Family
BAE Systems, International
The Savings Bank
Zoo New England
Dr. Mickey’s Pediatric & Orthodontic Specialists
Wakefield Custom Dental
McDonald ~ Finnegan Funeral Home
The Intoppa Family
The Vanderploeg Family
The Dimambro Family
BC High School
Arlington Catholic High School
Bishop Fenwick High School
Ronnie Smith, Alwayz Entertainment
The North Ave Band
Our 22 families who purchased faculty sponsorships so that all of our faculty and staff members who wanted could attend for free!
St. Patrick School Community,
As we close another trimester this year, report cards go home and we embark on the last trimester of the year it is important to note that behind the scenes a lot of preparation is already happening for next school year. Trips are being planned and booked, professional development workshops are providing our teachers with the skills they need to implement new programs for next year, job descriptions are being carefully crafted for new positions, meetings are taking place with resources in our community that can help us provide our students with the best opportunities for success and so on and so on. I have already mentioned meetings taking place to start a high school placement test prep course and now I want to inform you of a meeting I had this last Monday with the Math Department Chair at Arlington Catholic High School.
I had the great opportunity to be invited to visit AC and meet with Mr. Hyland to discuss a plethora of things in terms of math at the middle school level and transitioning into the high school level. We discussed different tracks according to student placement on the exams that 8th graders will take soon and how that will affect their coursework in high school and their opportunities at colleges and universities after high school. We also discussed methodologies of instruction, homework, assessments, and key concepts for the successful transition to high school.
Mr. Hyland was gracious enough to share with me the curriculum maps for their various freshman math courses so that in our planning process for next year we can make sure that we are aligning our curriculum to best prepare students for those high school courses. This will make a huge impact knowing exactly the units and skills that students will cover their freshman year.
I shared with Mr. Hyland a course plan for our 7th and 8th graders next school year and he was very impressed. He stated that this will be a great opportunity for our students and he is pleased to see this happening. I look forward to continually communicating the advancements we are making as a school and sharing the excitement that so many of us share in the future of St. Patrick School.
7th & 8th Grade Math Program
The middle school math courses are designed to both strengthen fundamental math concepts and transition students into higher level math courses at the pace that is appropriate to their developmental readiness. Seventh grade students will take either Pre-algebra or Honors Pre-Algebra. Each provides a strong foundation in computational skills as well as the building blocks for the abstract thinking needed in future math courses. Students strengthen their skills in operations with decimals, fractions, percentages, and integers. They work with and apply concepts in algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. There is a focus throughout on problem-solving and reasoning skills, and students gain a greater appreciation of math by applying mathematical concepts to real-world situations.
Students in the Pre-Algebra course in seventh grade spend more time with each concept and continue with Honors Pre-Algebra in eighth grade (standard 8th grade track). These students will be prepared to take Algebra I in ninth grade. The students in the Honors Pre-Algebra course in seventh grade work through the curriculum more rapidly and are prepared to take Algebra I in the 8th grade and Honors Algebra I or Honors Geometry in 9th grade (accelerated track).
Eighth grade students take either Algebra I or Honors Pre-algebra depending on the math skills and developmental readiness of the student. MAP testing results, end of unit assessments in sixth grade, parent and teacher recommendation will be used as deciding factors for placement into appropriate course. Students in the latter course continue to broaden their arithmetic skills and move deeper into geometry, algebra, probability, and statistics while building a strong foundation for high school math courses. The Algebra I course is the same course as the local high schools course. The students move through the content at a faster pace and are challenged by factoring and other rigorous concepts.
First graders have been engaged in various STEAM learning activities. STEAM is an innovative, exciting method of instruction that encourages all learners to participate in combined disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The teacher is the facilitator, but the students are the ones who are actively discovering and learning through experimentation and inquiry. They participate in collaborative hands on learning which is not only educational, but encourages risk taking and inspires the interest of every child.
Mrs. Stott has come into the classroom on several occasions and taught the students about various science content areas including sound. They participated in various scientific experiments where they created and made instruments that made vibrations. The kazoo was the BIG hit!