2016-2017 5th and 6th Grade Summer Reading
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Monday, May 23, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Requirements

Upcoming 5th & 6th Grade Students


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):


We would like to begin by welcoming you and your child to a new year at C.E. Hanna.  We have tons of exciting and challenging activities planned for the 2016-2017 school year…starting right now!


We are all looking forward to a fun-filled yet relaxing summer break, but did you know that months away from school can result in a loss of previously learned skills and reading fluency rates?  Studies have shown that children who read over the summer do better academically when school starts back in the fall.  In order to help combat this “summer slide,” the staff at CEH has implemented summer reading requirements for upcoming 5th & 6th grade students.  With your cooperation and support we feel confident that we can help every student reach his/her potential of becoming an avid reader both for pleasure and for academic success.


EVERY student entering FIFTH grade is REQUIRED to read Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar.  In addition, EVERY student entering SIXTH grade is required to read The School Story by Andrew Clements.  During the first full week of school in August, students will be held accountable for their reading by taking a test, completing station activities, and/or completing a project.  Others assignments may be given at the discretion of the teacher. Please note the assignments WILL BE GRADED and WILL AFFECT the overall average of the first nine weeks of school.  We are notifying public libraries and local bookstores of our selections, but you may also choose to download a copy, order online, borrow from a friend, etc.  Students will NOT need a hard copy of the book to bring to class.  Students new to C.E. Hanna will have two weeks to read the assigned book before being given the assessment.


In addition, teachers have also added to the website a reading comprehension packet for upcoming FIFTH and SIXTH grade students.  Please note the packet is NOT required, but is available to print on the website if you feel your child needs extra practice throughout the summer. There are a variety of texts to choose from as well as multiple choice and open-ended type questions.  When answering the multiple choice questions one idea is to have the students go back and mark the text they used in order to find the answer.  For short answer responses, have students write in complete sentences and be very specific with details.  An answer key is provided for your convenience in checking work.


In closing, we would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation as well as understanding that reading is a LIFELONG skill, and just like any other skill it takes practice in order to improve.



CEH Faculty

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