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Summer Reading & School Supplies - 5th Grade

  5th GRADE  -  2018-19

Please bring these items to your homeroom teacher on the first day of school.

 Mrs. Gerent & Mr. Miedama's Classes

  • Jumbo glue sticks
  • 2 box of tissues
  • 1 soft pencil case
  • 1 dozen #2 pencils- Ticonderoga 
  • 1 pack of highlighters (any color)
  • 2 pack of subject dividers
  • 2 one inch hard covered binders only please
  • 2 twin pocket folders
  • 1 subject notebook with holes
  • 1 pack of personal dry erase markers with eraser (Black)
  • Magnificent manners

 Mrs. Coley & Mrs. Ruffenach

  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • 1 soft pencil case
  • 1 dozen #2 pencils- Ticonderoga
  • 2 packs of subject dividers
  • 2 one inch hard covered binders only please
  • 3 marble composition books
  • 1 twin pocket folder
  • 1 subject notebook with holes
  • 2 packs of erasers
  • 1 pack of personal dry erase markers with eraser (Black)
  • Outstanding organization

 Mr. Nunan's Class

  • 2 dozen #2 pencils- Ticonderoga
  • 1 subject notebook with holes
  • 1 pink eraser
  • 1 one inch hard covered binder
  • 1 pack of subject dividers
  • 2 boxes of tissues (For Classroom)
  • 2 twin pocket folders
  • Awesome attitude



Summer Reading List

 The books listed below support and reinforce the concepts and skills taught within the current classroom reading program throughout the school year.

To read a book review and summary, please visit the following websites and enter the book title: Follett Library Resources for review sources (requires logging in),, School Library Journal, or Kirkus Reviews

Entering 5th Grade:

Whittington - Armstron
Interest level: 3-6 
Reading level: 3.8
Kirkus starred (July 1, 2005)
Into Bernie's barn, filled with castoff animals he has either actively collected or hasn't the heart to refuse, wanders Whittington the cat, an ugly bruiser of a tom who seeks community. Abby and Ben, Bernie's grandchildren, also seek refuge in the barn; they live with him because their mother is dead and they don't know where their father is. Over the course of seasons, from winter till fall, Whittington tells the story of his namesake, Dick Whittington, and his famous cat. Entwined with Whittington's storytelling is Ben's struggle to learn to read, and the commitment of both humans and animals to his success. The magic that allows Abby and Ben and the animals to talk to each other is understated and assumed, unremarkable. What is remarkable is the compelling quality of both characterization and story. Even as the youthful exploits of the long-dead Lord Mayor of London bring together friend and foe in the barn, the finely drawn characters and the small-scale but no less monumental struggle of Ben to read keep the pages turning. It's a lovely paean to the power of story and the words that carry it along.

Chasing Vermeer - Balliet
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 5.4
Kirkus starred (May 15, 2004)
Art, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns make this art mystery a great read. Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay set out to find the connection between their teacher (a freewheeling constructivist teacher), the eccentric woman in their neighborhood, the bookstore owner, and an international art thief. Balliett intersperses fascinating information about Johannes Vermeer and his paintings throughout the two friends' quest to solve the mystery-a mystery layered with pentominoes (a mathematical tool consisting of 12 pieces), puzzling clues, and suspicious strangers. Helquist's detailed black-and-white chapter illustrations hold hidden messages, clues related to the pentominoes, and more puzzles. Fans of E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game will find equal pleasure in this debut by a talented writer.

The Year of the Dog - Lin
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 4.8
Booklist starred (January 1, 2006 (Vol. 102, No. 9)
Gr. 3-5. When Lin was a girl, she loved the Betsy books by Carolyn Hayward, a series about a quintessentially American girl whose days centered around friends and school. But Lin, a child of Taiwanese immigrants, didn't see herself in the pages. Now she has written the book she wished she had as a child. Told in a simple, direct voice, her story follows young Grace through the Year of the Dog, one that Grace hopes will prove lucky for her. And what a year it is! Grace meets a new friend, another Asian girl, and together they enter a science fair, share a crush on the same boy, and enjoy special aspects of their heritage (food!). Grace even wins fourth place in a national book-writing contest and finds her true purpose in life. Lin, who is known for her picture books, dots the text with charming ink drawings, some priceless, such as one picturing Grace dressed as a munchkin. Most of the chapters are bolstered by anecdotes from Grace's parents, which connect Grace (and the reader) to her Taiwanese heritage. Lin does a remarkable job capturing the soul and the spirit of books like those of Hayward or Maud Hart Lovelace, reimagining them through the lens of her own story, and transforming their special qualities into something new for today's young readers.

Yellow Star: - Roy
Interest level: 4-8
Reading level: 5.2
School Library Journal (July 1, 2006)
In thoughtful, vividly descriptive, almost poetic prose, Roy retells the true story of her Aunt Syvia's experiences in the Lodz Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The slightly fictionalized story, re-created from her aunt's taped narrative, is related by Syvia herself as a series of titled vignettes that cover the period from fall, 1939, when she is four years old, until January 1945-each one recounting a particular detail-filled memory in the child's life (a happy-colored yellow star sewn on her favorite orange coat; a hole in the cemetery where she hides overnight with her Papa). The book is divided into five chronological sections-each with a short factual introduction to the period covered. An appended author's note tells what happened to Syvia's family after the war. A time line of World War II, beginning with the German invasion of Poland, is also included. This gripping and very readable narrative, filled with the astute observations of a young child, brings to life the Jewish ghetto experience in a unique and memorable way. This book is a standout in the genre of Holocaust literature.

Rules - Lord
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 4.5
Library Media Connection (October 2006)
Catherine's younger brother, David, is autistic. She wants so badly for him to be "normal" that she makes up rules for him. While Catherine is struggling with her feelings about David, she meets Jason, a wheelchair-bound young man who communicates by pointing at word cards in a notebook. Catherine loves to draw and notices that Jason needs a larger and more colorful vocabulary. She makes him some new words, and their friendship begins. Catherine eventually comes to terms with her feelings of shame about David and about being seen with Jason after a confrontation with Jason at his birthday party. The first-person narrative is very engaging, and readers will identify with Catherine's struggles and cheer for her at the end. This is a great book to help students gain some understanding about autism, while also providing a good read. The author is the mother of an autistic child. Recommended.

Additional Reading Ideas

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly, and it's lucky for Sophie that he is. Whisked off to giant land, Sophie is shocked and horrified by the BFG's repulsive neighbors. 
Theme - Changing Worlds

The center of the cafeteria is Krista's realm and Lauren knows that aside from looks, money, and being the ultimate "Don't You Wish You Were Me" girl, Krista's got something else Lauren will never have - confidence. That is, until Celeste arrives and changes everything.
Theme - Changing Worlds

It Only Looks Easy
Before the first day of seventh grade is over, Kate's year is nearly ruined. Her beloved dog is run over by a car and Kat reacts impulsively, doing the wrong things for the right reasons. Suddenly, she is looked at differently by the kids in school, by the principal, and even the police.
Theme - Conflict

Nerd No More
Wiggie Carter wants desperately to be cool and he's willing to get into serious trouble to do it.
Theme - Changing Worlds

This captivating novel provides an intimate glimpse into Sacajawea's legendary journey, when, at age sixteen, she is asked to join Lewis and Clark in their expedition to explore the land from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean.
Theme - Coming of Age

Sarah Bishop
The tale of a girl's strength and courage during the American Revolution.
Theme - Coming of Age

Time Pieces
A beautiful coming of age story - 11 year old Valena, lives in the past and present as she struggles with the racism in her daily life and listens to and learns from her mother's tales of her proud family history.
Theme - Coming of Age

Freedom Train
Harriet Tubman risked her life helping other slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Theme - Conflict

Across Five Aprils
Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War. 
Theme - responsibility

Challenge at Second Base
Tempted to quit the team when his rival for second base looks too tough to beat, Stan sticks it out after receiving a mysterious note.  
Theme - Courage

Cricket in Times Square
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. 
Theme - friendship

Dicey's Song
New beginnings

Gentle Annie
Dedication; courage

Green Book, The
As their small stock of essential supplies dwindles, a group of refugees from earth struggle to make their strange new planet provide life's necessities. 
Theme - courage; survival

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Friendship; conflict; being different

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a tough boys' juvenile detention center in the Texas desert. As punishment, the boys here must each dig a hole every day, five feet deep and five feet across. Ultimately, Stanley "digs up the truth" -- and through his experience, finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Theme - redemption; self-discovery

House of Dies Drear
A black family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.  
Theme - determination; supernatural experience

How to Eat Fried Worms
A black family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.  
Theme - determination; supernatural experience

Johnny Tremain
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. 
Theme - overcoming a handicap; determination

Just My Luck
Ten-year-old Olivia, lonesome for her best friend who moved away, meets a funny-looking boy who joins in her obsessive quest for a dog. 
Theme - friendship; growing up; changing

Miracle Worker, The
One of the most beautiful and heartfelt dramas of our time, this is the inspiring story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan--The Miracle Worker.
Theme - overcoming a handicap; struggle

Numbering All the Bones
It is 1864. The Civil War is coming to an end, and Southern slaves are slowly gaining their freedom. But for 13-year-old Eulinda, a house slave on a plantation in Kentucky, it is the most difficult time of her life. Her younger brother, falsely accused of stealing, has been sold. Then her older brother Neddy runs away. And Eulinda is left alone in a household headed by a cruel mistress-and a master who will not acknowledge that Eulinda is his daughter. 
Theme - changes; conflict

On My Honor
When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.   
Theme - guilt; growing up

River, The
Because of his success surviving alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days, fifteen-year-old Brian, profoundly changed by his time in the wild, is asked to undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the psychology of survival. 
Theme - survival; determination

Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder.  
Theme - courage; family dedication

In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.
Theme - growing up; changes

Summer of the Swans
Sara is 16. It's her summer vacation and she's depressed except when she's with her mentally challenged brother. When Charlie goes missing what will she do?
Theme - dedication; growing up

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.
Theme - courage

Wolf Rider
After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, fifteen-year-old Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him.  
Theme - changes; struggle

Non-Fiction Reading Ideas

  • Brave Settlers in a New Land
  • From Spain to America
  • Lewis and Clark
  • The Pilgrim's First Year
  • Abraham Lincoln: Great Man, Great Words
  • Exploring a New World
  • Thomas Jefferson: A Man of Ideas
  • Early Americans
  • Jamestown
  • Learning About the First Americans
  • Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
  • His Name Was Amerigo
  • Starting America: Thomas Jefferson and His Writings
  • Vespucci Sails for America
  • Exploring with Amerigo Vespucci
  • The Jamestown Colony
  • Paul Revere and the American Revolution
  • Women of the Civil War
  • Archaeologists Explore Early America
  • Conflict in the Colonies