Summer Scholars Guide

Summer Scholars Guide

Kindergarten Summer Scholars Guide

West Elementary 
Scholars Summer Guide
Kindergarten
2019-2020
wes.warrenschools.com
931-473-3801

This guide provides an overview of what your child should have learned in Kindergarten this year.
Information is based on the current Tennessee Academic Standards.  If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he/she will be well prepared for 1st grade. 

Standards your child should have mastered in Kindergarten:
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Naming upper and lowercase letters, matching letters with sounds, and printing them.
•    Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to describe an event.
•    Learning to recognize, spell, and properly use basic Kindergarten sight words. 
Ex. the, to, from, are, is, was, of, I, has, color words, number words, etc. 

MATH:
•    Comparing two groups of objects to tell which group has more than or less than.
•    Adding with a sum of 10 or less and subtracting from a number of 10 or less; solving addition and subtraction word problems.
•    Correctly naming shapes regardless of orientation or size.
•    Adding and subtracting small numbers quickly and accurately.

Standards your child will be working on in First Grade:
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Using phonics and word analysis skills to figure out unfamiliar words when reading and writing
•    Getting facts and information from books or passages that are read.
•    Writing about a topic, suppling some facts, and providing some sense of opening and closing 
•    Producing and expanding complete simple and compound statements, questions, commands, and exclamations
•    Identifying the correct meaning for a word with multiple meanings, based on a sentence or paragraph in which the word is used.
•    Learning to think about distinctions in the meanings of words that have similar meanings. For ex., walking, strolling, strutting, marching, etc. 
•    Taking part in conversations about topics and texts being studied by responding to the comments of others. 
  
Math:
•    Solving addition and subtraction word problems in situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing.  For ex., 5 apples were on the table.  I ate some apples.  Then there were 3 apples.  How many apples did I eat?
•    Quickly and accurately adding and subtracting with a sum of 10 or less
•    Understanding what the digits mean in 2-digit numbers. (place value)
•    Using understanding of place value to add and subtract.  For ex., 38 + 5, 29 + 20, 64 + 27, 80 – 50
•    Measuring lengths of objects by using a shorter object as a unit of length
•    Making composite shapes by joining shapes together, and dividing circles and rectangles into halves or fourths.

Help your Child Learn at Home
Suggested activities to do with your child this summer.
•    Read with your child at least 20 mins every day.
•    Ask your child to explain his/her favorite parts of the book.
•    Have your child draw a picture and describe it to you.
•    Ask your child questions that require counting.  
•    Play the “I am thinking of a number” game.  For ex., “I am thinking of a number that makes 11 when added to 8.  What is my number?”
•    Look for word problems in real life.  For ex., If you open a new carton of eggs and you use 4 eggs, close the carton and ask your child how many eggs are left.  

This guide is a list of suggested books you might like to read to your child over the summer. It is not required reading, and incoming first graders are not expected to read these books on their own. Simply enjoy!
FICTION
•    Miss Nelson is Missing
•    The Magic School Bus books
•    Stone Soup
•    The Kapok Tree
•    Leo the Late Bloomer
•    Frog and Toad books
•    Froggy Goes to School (series)
•    Make Way for Ducklings
•    The House at Pooh Corner
•    Amelia Bedelia books
•    Skippyjon Jones books
•    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
•    Nate the Great Series
•    Hurray for Diffendoffer Day
•    I Can Read with my Eyes Shut
•    Elephant and Piggy books
•    Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day
•    Dogzilla
•    Three Samurai Cats
•    Piggy and Gerald books
•    Pete the Cat
•    Fly Guy

NON-FICTION
•    A Seal Named Patches
•    In the Past
•    The Noisy Paint Box
•    Can an Aardvark
•    If Sharks Disappeared
•    Sea Bones
•    Hawk Rising
•    Animal Babies
•    Superhero Pets
•    Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum
•    Weird but True
•    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
•    Hidden Figures
•    The Great Chicago Fire
•    A Butterfly’s Life
•    Otis and Will Discover the Deep
•    The Boy Who Loved Math
•    Learn Coding with Rody
•    The Worse of Friends, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud

1st Grade Summer Scholars Guide

West Elementary 
Scholars Summer Guide
First Grade
2019-2020
wes.warrenschools.com
931-473-3801
This guide provides an overview of what your child should have learned in 1st Grade this year. Information is based on the current Tennessee Academic Standards.  If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he/she will be well prepared for 2nd grade.

Standards your child should have mastered in First Grade:
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Using phonics and word analysis skills to figure out unfamiliar words when reading and writing
•    Getting facts and information from books or passages that are read.
•    Writing about a topic, suppling some facts, and providing some sense of opening and closing 
•    Producing and expanding complete simple and compound statements, questions, commands, and exclamations
•    Identifying the correct meaning for a word with multiple meanings, based on a sentence or paragraph in which the word is used.
Math:
•    Solving addition and subtraction word problems in situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing.  For ex., 5 apples were on the table.  I ate some apples.  Then there were 3 apples.  How many apples did I eat?
•    Quickly and accurately adding and subtracting with a sum of 10 or less
•    Understanding what the digits mean in 2-digit numbers. (place value)
•    Using understanding of place value to add and subtract.  For ex., 38 + 5, 29 + 20, 64 + 27, 80 – 50
•    Making composite shapes by joining shapes together, and dividing circles and rectangles into halves or fourths

Standards your child will be working on in Second Grade:
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Determining the lesson or moral of stories, fables, and folk tales.
•    Using text features (ex. captions, bold print, indexes) to locate key facts or information efficiently
•    Writing an opinion about a book he/she has read, using important details from the material to support that opinion.
•    Writing stories that include a short sequence of events and include a clear beginning, middle, and end.
•    Taking part in conversations by linking his/her comments to the remarks of others and asking and answering questions to gather additional information or deepen understanding of the topic
•    Determining the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix or suffix is added to a known word.
•    Retelling key information or ideas from media or books read aloud.  

Math:
•    Solving challenging addition and subtraction word problems with one or two steps
•    Quickly and accurately add and subtract within 20 
•    Understanding what the digits mean in 3-digit numbers (place value)
•    Using understanding of place value to add and subtract 3-digit numbers; also adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers quickly and accurately 
•    Solving addition and subtraction word problems involving length
•    Measuring accurately to the nearest inch or centimeter
•    Building, drawing, and analyzing 2-D and 3-D shapes to develop foundations for area, volume, and geometry in later grades. 

Help your Child Learn at Home
Suggested activities to do with your child this summer.
•    Read with your child at least 20 mins every day and assist your child by reading every other paragraph
•    Have your child write a thank you note or letter to family members or friends
•    Look for word problems in real life.  Some ex. might include: When saving for a purchase, compare the cost of the item to the amount of money you have;  then ask your child to determine how much more money he or she needs to buy the item.  
•    Play “draw the shape.” For ex., ask your child to draw a hexagon with one side longer than the others, or ask him/her to shade in ¼ of the rectangle.  

This guide is a list of suggested books you might like to read to your child over the summer. It is not required reading, and incoming second graders are not expected to read these books on their own. Simply enjoy!
FICTION
•    Miss Nelson is Missing
•    The Magic School Bus books
•    Stone Soup
•    The Kapok Tree
•    Leo the Late Bloomer
•    Frog and Toad books
•    Froggy Goes to School (series)
•    Make Way for Ducklings
•    The House at Pooh Corner
•    Amelia Bedelia books
•    Skippyjon Jones books
•    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
•    Nate the Great Series
•    Hurray for Diffendoffer Day
•    I Can Read with my Eyes Shut
•    Elephant and Piggy books
•    Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day
•    Dogzilla
•    Three Samurai Cats
•    Piggy and Gerald books
•    Pete the Cat

NON-FICTION
•    A Seal Named Patches
•    In the Past
•    The Noisy Paint Box
•    Can an Aardvark
•    If Sharks Disappeared
•    Sea Bones
•    Hawk Rising
•    Animal Babies
•    Superhero Pets
•    Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum
•    Weird but True
•    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
•    Hidden Figures
•    The Great Chicago Fire
•    A Butterfly’s Life
•    Otis and Will Discover the Deep
•    The Boy Who Loved Math
•    Learn Coding with Rody
•    The Worse of Friends, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud

2nd Grade Summer Scholars Guide

West Elementary 
Summer Scholars Guide
Second Grade
2019-2020
wes.warrenschools.com
931-473-3801
This guide provides an overview of what your child should have learned in 2nd Grade this year. Information is based on the current Tennessee Academic Standards.  If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he/she will be well prepared for 
3rd grade.

Standards your child should have mastered in Second Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Using text features (ex. captions, bold print, indexes) to locate key facts or information efficiently
•    Writing an opinion about a book he/she has read, using important details from the material to support that opinion.
•    Taking part in conversations by linking his/her comments to the remarks of others and asking and answering questions to gather additional information or deepen understanding of the topic
•    Determining the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix or suffix is added to a known word.
Math:
•    Solving challenging addition and subtraction word problems with one or two steps
•    Quickly and accurately add and subtract within 20 
•    Understanding what the digits mean in 3-digit numbers (place value)
•    Using understanding of place value to add and subtract 3-digit numbers; also adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers quickly and accurately 
•    Solving addition and subtraction word problems involving length
•    Measuring accurately to the nearest inch or centimeter
•    Building, drawing, and analyzing 2-D and 3-D shapes to develop foundations for area, volume, and geometry in later grades.


Standards your child will be working on in Third Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Reading closely to find main ideas and supporting details in a story
•    Comparing the most important points and key details presented in two books on the same topic
•    Writing opinions or explanations that group related information and develop topics with facts and details
•    Writing stories that establish a situation and include details and clear sequences of events that describe the actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters
•    Independently conducting short research projects that build knowledge about various topics
•    Asking and answering questions about information he/she hears from a speaker or while participating in classroom discussions, offering appropriate elaboration and details that build on what others have said
•    Reading stories and poems aloud fluently, without pausing to figure out what each word means
•    Distinguishing the literal and nonliteral meanings of words such as something is fishy and cold shoulder

    Math:
•    Multiplying and dividing up to 10 x 10 quickly and accurately, including knowing the times tables from memory
•    Solving word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
•    Beginning to multiply numbers with more than one digit
•    Understanding fractions and relating them to the familiar system of whole numbers.  For ex., recognizing 3/1 and 3 are the same number
•    Measuring and estimating weights and liquid volumes, and solving word problems involving these quantities
•    Finding areas of shapes, and relating area to multiplication
•    Reasoning about shapes (for ex. all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares

Help your Child Learn at Home
Suggested activities to do with your child this summer.
•    Read with your child at least 20 mins every day and let your child read to you or assist your child by reading every other paragraph
•    Encourage your child to find a picture from a newspaper, magazine, or print from online, cut it out, paste it on paper, and write a story about it.
•    Look for “word problems” in real life. Some ex., Find everyday occasions to use your multiplication facts such as, how many days are there in four weeks? Or Determining how many candies each child will get if 36 candies are shared equally with 9 children  

This guide is a list of suggested books you might like to read with your child over the summer. It is not required reading. Simply read, discuss, and enjoy!
FICTION
•    Miss Nelson is Missing
•    The Magic School Bus books
•    Stone Soup
•    The Kapok Tree
•    Leo the Late Bloomer
•    Frog and Toad books
•    Froggy Goes to School (series)
•    Make Way for Ducklings
•    The House at Pooh Corner
•    Amelia Bedelia books
•    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
•    Nate the Great Series
•    Hurray for Diffendoffer Day
•    I Can Read with my Eyes Shut
•    Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day
•    Henry and Mudge books
•    Magic Tree House series
•    Junie B. Jones series
•    Boxcar Children series

NON-FICTION
•    A Seal Named Patches
•    In the Past
•    The Noisy Paint Box
•    Can an Aardvark
•    If Sharks Disappeared
•    Sea Bones
•    Hawk Rising
•    Animal Babies
•    Superhero Pets
•    Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum
•    Weird but True
•    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
•    Hidden Figures
•    The Great Chicago Fire
•    A Butterfly’s Life
•    Otis and Will Discover the Deep
•    The Boy Who Loved Math
•    Learn Coding with Rody

3rd Grade Summer Scholars Guide

West Elementary 
Summer Scholars Guide
Third Grade
2019-2020
wes.warrenschools.com
931-473-3801
This guide provides an overview of what your child should have learned in 3rd Grade this year. Information is based on the current Tennessee Academic Standards.  If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he/she will be well prepared for 
4th grade.

Standards your child should have mastered in Third Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Reading closely to find main ideas and supporting details in a story
•    Comparing the most important points and key details presented in two books on the same topic
•    Writing opinions or explanations that group related information and develop topics with facts and details
•    Reading stories and poems aloud fluently, without pausing to figure out what each word means
•    Distinguishing the literal and nonliteral meanings of words such as something is fishy and cold shoulder
Math:
•    Multiplying and dividing up to 10 x 10 quickly and accurately, including knowing the times tables from memory
•    Solving word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
•    Beginning to multiply numbers with more than one digit
•    Understanding fractions and relating them to the familiar system of whole numbers.  For ex., recognizing 3/1 and 3 are the same number
•    Measuring and estimating weights and liquid volumes, and solving word problems involving these quantities
•    Finding areas of shapes, and relating area to multiplication

Standards your child will be working on in Fourth Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Describing the basic elements of stories such as characters, events, and settings by drawing on specific details in the text.  
•    Paying close attention to key features of informational books and articles:  these include understanding the main and supporting ideas; being able to compare and contrast information; and explaining how the author uses facts, details, and evidence to support particular points.
•    Write summaries or opinions about topics supported with a set of well-organized facts details, and examples
•    Paraphrasing and responding to information presented in discussions, such as comparing and contrasting ideas and analyzing evidence that speakers use to support particular points.
•    Relating words that are common in reading to words with similar meanings (synonyms) and to the opposites (antonyms)
•    Comparing ideas, characters, events, and settings in stories and myths from different cultures
•    Writing complete sentences with correct capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

    Math:
•    Using whole number arithmetic to solve word problems, including problems with remainers and problems with measurement
•    Adding and subtracting whole numbers quickly and accurately (numbers up to 1 million)
•    Multiplying and dividing multi digit numbers in simple cases for example 1638 x 7 or 24 x 17
•    Understanding and applying equivalent fractions for example recognizing that ¼ is less than 3/8 because 2/8 is less than 3/8
•    Adding, subtrating, and multiplying fractions in simple cases such as 2 ¾ - 1 ¼ or 3 x 5/8, and solving related word problems
•    Understanding simple decimals in terms of fractions for example rewriting 0.62 as 62/100 
•    Measuring angles and finding unknown angles in a diagram

Help your Child Learn at Home
Suggested activities to do with your child this summer.
•    Make reading a fun part of your child’s daily routine.  Please make sure they are reading books throughout the summer.  
•    Encourage your child to use logical argument to defend his/her opinion such as why your child deserves a raise in allowance.
•    Ask you child to compare numbers using phases like “times as much” for example, if the family cat weighs 8lbs and the family dog weighs 56lbs, how many times as much does the dog weigh. 
•    Ask your child to compare fractional amounts for example, if one recipe calls for 2/3 a cup of oil, but another recipe calls for ¾ a cup of oil, which recipe calls for more oil?
•    Talk about the news together.  Pick one story in the news, read it together, and discuss the meaning of the story.  


This guide is a list of suggested books you might like to encourage your child to read over the summer.  Simply read, discuss, and enjoy!
FICTION
•    The Magic Tree House books
•    Boxcar Children series
•    The One and Only Ivan
•    Because of Wind Dixie
•    Sarah Plain and Tall
•    Ramana Quiby
•    How to Eat Fried Worms
•    The Chocolate Touch
•    The Phantom Tollbooth
•    Stuart Little
•    The Mouse and the Motorcycle
•    Mr. Poppers Penguins
•    Little House on the Prairie series
•    Horrible Harry series
•    Judy Moody series
•    Stone Fox
•    Grandfather’s Journey
•    Muggy Maggie
•    Amber Brown series
•    Rabbit Hill
•    Cam Jansen series

NON-FICTION
•    Moto and Me
•    Sharks Natures Perfect Hunter
•    When Green Becomes Tomatoes
•    Cricket in the Thicket
•    The Secret Life of the Red Fox
•    Avalanche Dog Hero’s
•    Basketballogy
•    The World is not a Rectangle
•    Higher Steeper Faster
•    The Real Poop on Pigeons!
•    Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum
•    Weird but True!
•    Relish:  My Life in the Kitchen
•    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
•    What makes a Monster
•    Pink is for Blob Fish 

4th Grade Summer Scholars Guide

West Elementary 
Summer Scholars Guide
Fourth Grade
2019-2020
wes.warrenschools.com
931-473-3801
This guide provides an overview of what your child should have learned in 4th Grade this year. Information is based on the current Tennessee Academic Standards.  If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he/she will be well prepared for 
5th grade.

Standards your child should have mastered in 4th Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Describing the basic elements of stories such as characters, events, and settings by drawing on specific details in the text.  
•    Paying close attention to key features of informational books and articles:  these include understanding the main and supporting ideas; being able to compare and contrast information; and explaining how the author uses facts, details, and evidence to support particular points.
•    Write summaries or opinions about topics supported with a set of well-organized facts details, and examples
•    Paraphrasing and responding to information presented in discussions, such as comparing and contrasting ideas and analyzing evidence that speakers use to support particular points.
Math:
•    Using whole number arithmetic to solve word problems, including problems with remainers and problems with measurement
•    Adding and subtracting whole numbers quickly and accurately (numbers up to 1 million)
•    Multiplying and dividing multi digit numbers in simple cases for example 1638 x 7 or 24 x 17
•    Understanding and applying equivalent fractions for example recognizing that ¼ is less than 3/8 because 2/8 is less than 3/8
•    Adding, subtrating, and multiplying fractions in simple cases such as 2 ¾ - 1 ¼ or 3 x 5/8, and solving related word problems
•    Understanding simple decimals in terms of fractions for example rewriting 0.62 as 62/100 
•    Measuring angles and finding unknown angles in a diagram

Standards your child will be working on in Fifth Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Summarizing the key details of stories, dramas, poems, and non-fiction materials, including their themes or main ideas
•    Identifying and judging evidence that supports particular ideas in an author’s argument to change a reader’s point of view
•    Integrating information from several print and digital sources to answer questions and solve problems
•    Writing stories, real or imaginary, that unfold naturally and developing the plot with dialog, description, and effective pacing of the action
•    Reporting on a topic or presenting an opinion with his/her own words, a logical sequence of ideas, sufficient facts and details, and formal English when appropriate

Math:
•    Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and solving word problems of this kind
•    Multiplying fractions, dividing fractions, and solving related word problems
•    Generalizing the place value system to include decimals, and calculating with decimals to the hundredths place
•    Multiplying whole numbers quickly and accurately for example 1638 x 75, and dividing whole numbers, such as 6971 by 63
•    Understanding the concept of volume, and solving word problems that involve volume
•    Graphing points in the coordinate plane to solve problems
•    Analyzing mathematical patterns and relationships


Help your Child Learn at Home
Suggested activities to do with your child this summer.
•    Make reading a fun part of your child’s daily routine.  Please make sure they are reading books throughout the summer.  
•    Encourage your child to use logical argument to defend his/her opinion such as why your child deserves a raise in allowance.
•    Go to a musical with your child and discuss the way the actors bring the words to life.
•    Ask your child to compare fractional amounts for example, if one recipe calls for 2/3 a cup of oil, but another recipe calls for ¾ a cup of oil, which recipe calls for more oil?
•    Do arithmetic with decimals for example when balancing a checkbook.
•    Using the length, width, and depth of a garden plot to determine how many bags of soil to buy.

This guide is a list of suggested books you might like to encourage your child to read over the summer.  Simply read, discuss, and enjoy!
FICTION
•    The Magic Tree House books
•    Boxcar Children series
•    The One and Only Ivan
•    Because of Wind Dixie
•    Sarah Plain and Tall
•    Ramana Quiby
•    How to Eat Fried Worms
•    The Chocolate Touch
•    The Phantom Tollbooth
•    Stuart Little
•    The Mouse and the Motorcycle
•    Mr. Poppers Penguins
•    Little House on the Prairie series
•    Horrible Harry series
•    Judy Moody series
•    Stone Fox
•    Grandfather’s Journey
•    Muggy Maggie
•    Amber Brown series
•    Rabbit Hill
•    Cam Jansen series

NON-FICTION
•    Moto and Me
•    Sharks Natures Perfect Hunter
•    When Green Becomes Tomatoes
•    Cricket in the Thicket
•    The Secret Life of the Red Fox
•    Avalanche Dog Hero’s
•    Basketballogy
•    The World is not a Rectangle
•    Higher Steeper Faster
•    The Real Poop on Pigeons!
•    Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum
•    Weird but True!
•    Relish:  My Life in the Kitchen
•    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
•    What makes a Monster
•    Pink is for Blob Fish 

5th Grade Summer Scholars Guide

West Elementary 
Summer Scholars Guide
Fifth Grade
2019-2020
wes.warrenschools.com
931-473-3801
This guide provides an overview of what your child should have learned in 5th Grade this year. Information is based on the current Tennessee Academic Standards.  If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he/she will be well prepared for 
6th grade.

Standards your child should have mastered in 5th Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Summarizing the key details of stories, dramas, poems, and non-fiction materials, including their themes or main ideas
•    Identifying and judging evidence that supports particular ideas in an author’s argument to change a reader’s point of view
•    Integrating information from several print and digital sources to answer questions and solve problems
•    Writing stories, real or imaginary, that unfold naturally and developing the plot with dialog, description, and effective pacing of the action
•    Reporting on a topic or presenting an opinion with his/her own words, a logical sequence of ideas, sufficient facts and details, and formal English when appropriate
Math:
•    Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and solving word problems of this kind
•    Multiplying fractions, dividing fractions, and solving related word problems
•    Generalizing the place value system to include decimals, and calculating with decimals to the hundredths place
•    Multiplying whole numbers quickly and accurately for example 1638 x 75, and dividing whole numbers, such as 6971 by 63
•    Understanding the concept of volume, and solving word problems that involve volume
•    Graphing points in the coordinate plane to solve problems
•    Analyzing mathematical patterns and relationships

Standards your child will be working on in Sixth Grade
Reading and Language Arts:
•    Gaining knowledge from materials that make extensive use of elaborate diagrams and data to convey information and illustrate concepts
•    Evaluating the argument and specific claims in written materials or a speech, and distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons in evidence from claims that are not
•    Writing brief reports that examine a topic, have a clear focus, and include relevant facts, details, and quotations
•    Conducting research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and sharpening the focus based on the research findings
•    Reviewing and paraphrasing key ideas and multiple perspectives of a speaker
•    Determining the correct meaning of a word based on the context in which it is used for example the rest of the sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence

Math:
•    Understanding ratios and rates, and solving problems involving proportional relationships.  For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours
•    Dividing fractions and solving related word problems.  For example, how wide is a rectangular strip of land with a length of ¾ of a mile and area ½ a square mile
•    Using positive and negative numbers to describe quantities; understanding the ordering and absolute values of positive and negative numbers
•    Working with variables and expressions by generalizing the way numbers work.  For example when adding numbers, the order doesn’t matter, so x + y = y + x

Help your Child Learn at Home
Suggested activities to do with your child this summer.
•    Make reading a fun part of your child’s daily routine.  Please make sure they are reading books throughout the summer.  
•    Encourage your child to use logical argument to defend his/her opinion such as why your child deserves a raise in allowance.
•    Go to a musical with your child and discuss the way the actors bring the words to life.
•    Determine the average speed of a family trip, based on the distance traveled and the time taken; or estimate the time that a trip will take, given the distance and an estimate of the average speed
•    Find the surface area of the walls and ceiling in a room to determine the cost of painting the room
•    Do arithmetic with decimals for example when balancing a checkbook.


This guide is a list of suggested books you might like to encourage your child to read over the summer. Simply read, discuss, and enjoy!
FICTION
•    Where the Red Fern Grows
•    Maniac Magee
•    The One and Only Ivan
•    Because of Wind Dixie
•    My Side of the Mountain
•    Hatchet
•    How to Eat Fried Worms
•    The Chocolate Touch
•    The Phantom Tollbooth
•    Stuart Little
•    The Mouse and the Motorcycle
•    Mr. Poppers Penguins
•    Little House on the Prairie series
•    Old Yeller
•    Sounder
•    Stone Fox
•    Grandfather’s Journey
•    The View from Saturday
•    Middle School the Worst Years of my Life
•    Rabbit Hill
•    Island of the Blue Dolphins

NON-FICTION
•    Moto and Me
•    Sharks Natures Perfect Hunter
•    When Green Becomes Tomatoes
•    Cricket in the Thicket
•    The Secret Life of the Red Fox
•    Avalanche Dog Hero’s
•    Basketballogy
•    The World is not a Rectangle
•    Higher Steeper Faster
•    The Real Poop on Pigeons!
•    Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum
•    Weird but True!
•    Relish:  My Life in the Kitchen
•    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
•    What makes a Monster
•    Pink is for Blob Fish