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Administrative Contact Information for MSAW Elementary:

Mrs. Stacy Blanchard          Dr. LaQuita Gaffney          Mrs. Tara Christmas

Elementary Director                                Dean of Students                               Guidance Counselor

stacyblanchard@ipsb.education               laquitagaffney@ipsb.education               tarachristmas@ipsb.education

 

 

 

Did you know....research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months are more likely to fall victim to the "summer slide" — the learning loss that takes place during the long break from school. Parents say summer reading helps their child during the school year mainly because it helps keep their kid’s brain active and that reading requires constant practice.  In addition, “80% of children ages 6–17 agree that summer reading will help them during the school year.” —Kids & Family Reading Report™, 6th Edition

 

In order to ensure all of our students have this advantage, summer reading is mandatory for all students entering grades K-5.

 

Students Entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade

  • Choose at least one book from his/her grade level’s book list to read with family.  They will then complete an assignment on his/her book of choice. Students may read more than one book if wanted; however, only one book is required for the assignment.

 

Students Entering 2nd-5th Grades

  • This year, our summer reading is attached to Accelerated Reader.  Students will choose books from the appropriate grade level book list to read over the summer.  During the first two weeks of school, students will take an Accelerated Reader quiz (or quizzes) on the book(s) that he/she chose for summer reading.  Each book’s AR point value is included on the list, as well, to help guide students in choosing books to reach the number of AR points that is being required for each grade level.


 

Students Entering 2nd Grade

  • Must earn 4 Accelerated Reader Points

 

Students Entering 3rd Grade

  • Must earn 5 Accelerated Reader Points

 

Students Entering 4th Grade

  • Must earn 6 Accelerated Reader Points

 

Students Entering 5th Grade

  • Must earn 7 Accelerated Reader Points





Entering Kindergarten Book List

 

*It is mandatory that students choose 1 from the list.  They may read more than one if they would like to do so.  The assignment handout will be given out when students return from summer break.  All summer reading assignments are due by August 31.*





 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson

 

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

 

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

 

You’re Mean, Lily Jean!  by Frieda Wishinsky

 

Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa Satin Capucillo

















 

Entering First Grade Book List

 

*It is mandatory that students choose 1 from the list.  They may read more than one if they would like to do so.  The assignment handout will be given out when students return from summer break.  All summer reading assignments are due by August 31.*




 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

 

We are Growing by Laurie Keller

 

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

 

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School by Kimberly Dean

 

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

 

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins











 

Entering Second Grade Book List

 

Students in second grade will need to reach 4 AR points from his/her summer reading.  Below is a list of books to choose from, along with how much it is worth in Accelerated Reader.  Students may choose any combination of books in order to obtain his/her 4 points.  AR quizzes will be taken during the first two weeks of school.  Also, extra points that are earned will be put towards their AR goal for the first nine weeks.  

 

Book Title

Author

Reading

Level

AR Point

Value

Bink and Gollie

Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

2.2

0.5

Dog Man

Dav Pilkey

2.6

1.0

Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-Ha-Ha!

Barbara Park

2.8

1.0

National Geographic Kids

*Any from series- examples: Bug Hunt/The Best Pet

*Choose any from the series.*

Wide Range

Range

0.5 and Up

Fly Guy Presents: Sharks

Tedd Arnold

2.8

0.5

The Tiny Seed

Eric Carle

2.7

0.5

First Grade Stinks

Mary Ann Rodman

2.3

0.5

Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog

Cynthia Rylant

2.8

0.5

The Fishy Field Trip

A Magic School Bus Chapter Book

Schwabacher, Martin

4.4

2.0

 




 

Entering Third Grade Book List

 

Students in third grade will need to reach 5 AR points from his/her summer reading.  Below is a list of books to choose from, along with how much it is worth in Accelerated Reader.  Students may choose any combination of books in order to obtain his/her 5 points.  AR quizzes will be taken during the first two weeks of school.  Also, extra points that are earned will be put towards their AR goal for the first nine weeks.  


 

Book Title

Author

Reading

Level

AR Point

Value

Clementine

Sara Pennypacker

4.5

2.0

Third Grade Angels

Jerry Spinelli

2.9

1.0

How to be Cool in the Third Grade

Betsy Duffey

3.5

1.0

I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916

Lauren Tarshis

3.9

1.0

Bad Kitty: School Daze

Nick Bruel

3.3

1.0

Crenshaw

Katherine Applegate

3.8

3.0

What do You do with a Tail Like This?

Steve Jenkins

3.0

0.5

Magic Tree House series

*Any from series- examples: A Crazy Day with Cobras/

Pirates Past Noon

Mary Pope Osborne

2.0-4.0

1.0-2.0

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White

4.4

5.0

 




 

Entering Fourth Grade Book List

 

Students in fourth grade will need to reach 6 AR points from his/her summer reading.  Below is a list of books to choose from, along with how much it is worth in Accelerated Reader.  Students may choose any combination of books in order to obtain his/her 6 points.  AR quizzes will be taken during the first two weeks of school.  Also, extra points that are earned will be put towards their AR goal for the first nine weeks.  


 

Book Title

Author

Reading

Level

AR Point

Value

Fourth Grade Rats

Jerry Spinelli

2.6

2.0

The Lemonade War

Jacqueline Davies

4.1

4.0

My Weird School series

*Any from series- examples: Coach Hyatt is a Riot!/

Dr. Nicholas is Ridiculous!

Dan Gutman

3.0-4.0

1.0

Finding the Titanic

Robert D. Ballard

4.0

0.5

Super Storms

Seymour Simon

3.8

0.5

Smile

Raina Telgemeier

2.6

1.0

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume

3.3

3.0

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

Paula Danziger

3.7

1.0

I Survived: The American Revolution, 1776

Lauren Tarshis

4.6

2.0

 




 

Entering Fifth Grade Book List

 

Students in fifth grade will need to reach 7 AR points from his/her summer reading.  Below is a list of books to choose from, along with how much it is worth in Accelerated Reader.  Students may choose any combination of books in order to obtain his/her 7 points.  AR quizzes will be taken during the first two weeks of school.  Also, extra points that are earned will be put towards their AR goal for the first nine weeks.  

 

Book Title

Author

Reading

Level

AR Point

Value

Wonder

R.J. Palacio

4.8

11

The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

4.1

9.0

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

Louis Sachar

3.4

5.0

Who/What Was? Series

*Any from series- examples: What was the Boston Tea Party?/ Who was Steve Irwin?

Various Authors

4.0-6.0

1.0

El Deafo

Cece Bell

2.7

2.0

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

5.2

3.0

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

4.6

5.0

Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly

4.7

6.0

Who Would Win? Series

*Any from series- examples: Alligator vs. Python/

Ultimate Bug Rumble

Jerry Pallotta

3.0-5.0

0.5-1.0