Burleigh Summer 2019 Reading Information - Parents Please Read

 

Burleigh Elementary 2019

Summer Reading Plan

Dear Burleigh Families,

 

 It is our goal at Burleigh Elementary to help every student become a skilled reader who develops a lifelong love of reading.  Throughout the school year, we do everything possible to accomplish this goal by providing explicit instruction, high-interest reading materials, time to read, and time for students to talk about their reading with others.  We appreciate all you do to support your child's reading at home.

Much research shows, however, that children can experience "summer reading loss" over the months when school is not in session.  Studies have shown that some children can experience up to a 3-month loss in reading level. One study of first, second, and third graders in a middle-class neighborhood found that nearly 45% of the students declined in decoding skills and 25% of the students declined in fluency over the summer.

We want to ensure that this does not happen to our students at Burleigh Elementary!   We know that many families have the best intentions, but our busy lives take over and before we know it, the summer has come to an end.  Therefore, we have again created a school-wide plan to encourage families to set goals and make time for reading over the summer months.

Attached you will find the following:

1. A goal setting contract:  It is well known that successful people set goals and put them in writing. Your child's class will be talking about setting reading goals for the summer.

  • Print off the contract. Then, please read the list of suggested goals together.  Discuss the goals he/she set and feel free to revise if necessary. Sign the contract together to help set your child up for a summer full of reading.

  • You might also want to set a family goal for reading aloud to your child!  Children of all ages enjoy being read to, and there are many reasons why reading to your child is beneficial (providing an expert model of fluency, engaging in conversation about text, modeling your own love of reading and books).

  • Keep the contract in a prominent and safe place as a daily reminder of the goals that were set. (The refrigerator might be a good place to keep it!) When school starts, your child should bring in the completed contract. If necessary, additional copies can be printed from the Burleigh website.  We feel that an important component of this plan is the setting and accomplishing of specific goals, which is why we are requiring the contract be returned instead of just confirmation that students read over the summer.

2. A summer reading calendar:  This can be used to help you and your child monitor progress towards the goals that were set.  It may not be necessary for everyone to use this calendar, but it can be an extremely useful tool.  To keep it simple, you might have your child place a sticker or draw a star in the space on the calendar for each day that he/she reads.  You could also make notes related to your child's goals such as "public library" or "book club" or "book swap". This will help everyone keep track of how much reading is going on as well as the goals that were set.

  • Students can keep track of when they do their own reading, but they can decide if they also want to track when parents read aloud to them.  Even 5th graders enjoy being read to!

  • If you read more than once in a day, put 2 stickers or stars in the spot for that day!

3. Summer reading suggestions:  You will find a variety of ideas for incorporating reading into each day.

We all know the summer will pass quickly.  Setting goals and establishing the habit of keeping track of our reading can help each child maintain the skills and habits that he/she has worked so hard to develop over the school year.  We hope you will join us in this effort to help your child continue to grow as a reader over the summer!

 

Most Sincerely,

Burleigh Teaching Staff

Mr. Pleister, Principal

Mrs. Ellis, Associate Principal

Mrs. Johnson, Reading Specialist

 


 

Burleigh Summer Reading 2019

We all know that it is very important to make time for reading this summer. Talk to a parent/teacher about how you will fit reading into your summer.  What will you read? When will you read and with whom will you read?

 

Here are some ideas...

  • Read __ times a week

  • Read before bedtime, when you get up, or after breakfast __ times a week

  • Participate in the public library program or a book club with some friends

  • Attend a summer school reading class or read with a tutor __ times per week

  • Have a neighborhood book swap or swap books at a Little Free Library

  • Research a topic such as a vacation spot, a hobby, an  animal, or any topic

  • Read __ books in a series or read __ books by your favorite author

  • Check out new books every week from the library and read them

  • Your own idea____________________________________________

 

Together with your teacher and parents, choose and write at least three plans or goals for how you will fit reading into your life this summer.  You can use the calendar on the back to keep track of what you do to meet your goals.

 

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At the end of summer, return the signed contract to your teacher to show that you completed your goals and you will be rewarded with a new book!  Returning the signed contract lets us know that your child not only read over the summer, but also focused on specific reading goals.  

 

Yes, I accomplished my goals on my Summer Reading Contract!

 

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Summer  Literacy Tips

  • Pick a time to read every day, and talk to your child about what he or she is reading.  Asking open-ended questions like, "What do you like about this book?" can help get the discussion going even if you have not read the book yourself.

  • Go to the library often, and allow your child to choose books to read to himself or herself and to have read aloud.  Also check-out audiobooks. You can even download audiobooks and ebooks from the Public Library's website!

  • Subscribe to a magazine or check out magazines from the library.

  • When running errands, have your child write the list and then have him/her be the one to cross things off as you go.  Also point out signs on the road and in the stores.

  • Read to your child.  Get a chapter book going and read a few chapters each day or before bedtime.

  • Listen to audio books whenever you are in the car, or take this opportunity to talk with your child about what he or she is reading.

  • Have reading materials all around your home and car.  Take them with you when you go places, even if it is a short trip to the park or pool.  Have your child take a reading break when you stop for a drink or snack.

  • Have your child read to a younger child or a pet.  Having someone listen to you read boosts fluency, purpose and motivation.

 


Online Resources for Summer Reading

Access the district Overdrive to get access to books digitally for free! Use "Burleigh" to log in.

The Brookfield and Elm Grove Public Libraries' Children's Summer Library Program.  Find out all the great events that are happening just around the corner!

This is a really fun article that lists different family summer adventures and how to connect them with reading.  A MUST READ!

Access the International Literacy Association's Children's  and Teachers' Book Choices for the best books to consider checking out at the library or purchasing.

This site lists tips and links to help you keep your kids reading over the summer.

  • http://readwritethink.org/beyondtheclassroom/summer/

This website is full of learning resources.  It includes grade level suggestions, podcasts and book reviews.

  • Some other websites to consider: wonderopolis.org, dogonews.com,  professorgarfield.org, and kidsreads.com


Dive into These Books for Those Hot Summer Days...

Kindergarten

Great books to read to your child!

Franklin is Messy,  Paulette Bourgeois

Town Mouse, Country Mouse,  Jan Brett

No Jumping on the Bed! Arnold, Tedd

Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten, Slate, Joseph.

One Morning in Maine,  McCloskey, Robert

Biscuit,  Alyssa S. Capucilli

Chickerella,  Auch, Mary Jane

Are You My Mother?,  P.D. Eastman

Planting a Rainbow,  Lois Ehlert

Owen,  Kevin Henkes

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends, Appelt, Kathi

Froggy Goes to School,  Jonathan London

Brown Bear, Brown Bear,  Bill Martin

Just Me and My Dad,  Mercer Mayer

Amos & Boris,  Steig, William

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,  Laura Numeroff

Dr. Seuss' ABC,  Dr. Seuss

Duck on a Bike,  David Shannon

An Extraordinary Egg, Lionni, Leo

The Napping House,  Don & Audrey Wood

Any Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, Counting and Alphabet Books

 

First Grade

Piggie and Gerald series by Mo Willems

Hi! Fly Guy,  Arnold, Tedhi fly guy book

Henry and Mudge series Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter and Tabby series Cynthia Rylant

Poppleton series Cynthia Rylant

Young Cam Jansen series David Adler

Fox series Edward/James Marshall

Little Critters Books by Mercer Mayer

Franklin Books Paulette Bourgeois

Little Bear Books Else Minarik

Nate the Great series Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Junie B. Jones series Barbara Park

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

Fancy Nancy Books by Jane O'Connor

Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parrish

Froggy Books (series) London, Jonathan

Pete the Cat Series by James Dean

Splat the Cat Books by Rob Scotton

Curious George (series) Rey, Margaret

Clifford (series) Brickwell, Norman

Frog And Toad (series) Lobel, Arnold

George And Martha (series) Marshall. James

Pinky And Rex (series) Howe, James

 

Second Grade

Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest Steve Jenkins

I Am Rosa Parks Rosa Parks

Cam Jansen series David Adler

Franklin series Paulette Bourgeois

Arthur series Marc Brownpinky and rex

Golly Sisters series Betsy Byars

Horrible Harry series Suzy Kline

Andy Shane series Jennifer Richards Jacobson

Magic Tree House series Mary Pope Osborne

Jigsaw Jones series James Preller

Marvin Redpost series Louis Sachar

Horrid Henry series Francesca Simon

Pinky and Rex series James Howe

Nate the Great series Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Amber Brown (series) Danziger, Paula

The Stories Julian Tells (series) Cameron, Ann



Third Grade

A‐Z Mysteries (series) Roy, Ron Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron

Amber Brown (series) Danziger, Paula Hungry, Hungry Sharks Joanne Cole

Animal Dads Sneed Collard

Insectopedia Douglas Florian

My Father's Dragon Ruth Stiles Gannett

Roxie and the Hooligans Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Chocolate Touch Catling, Patrick Skene

Stink series Megan McDonald

Gooney Bird Green Lois Lowry

My Name Is Maria Isabel Ada, Alma F.

Henry (series) Cleary, Beverly

Wishworks Inc Stephanie Tolan

The Houdini Box Brian Selznik

Ramona series Beverly Cleary

Time Warp Trio Series John Sceiszka

The Zach Files series Dan Greenburg

Magic Tree House series Mary Pope Osborne

Weird Planet Series Dan Greenburg

Backyard Sports Series Michael Teitelbaum

Bailey School Kids (series) by Debbie Dadey

Ivy + Bean (series) by Annie Barrows

Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits, Dahl, Roald

 

Fourth Grade & Beyond

Tales of a 4th grade Nothing- Judy Blume

Books by Beverly Cleary

BFG- Roald Dahl

James and Giant Peach- Roald Dahl

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler- E.L Konigsburg

Lemonade Wars- Jacqueline Davies

Island and Dive Series - Gordon Korman

Mr. Lemoncello's Library (series)- Chris Grabenstein

 

Frindle- Andrew Clements

Raymie Nightingale- DiCamillo

Flora and Ulysses- DiCamillo

Shiloh- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Esperanza Rising- Pam Munoz Ryan

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert O'Brien

Love That Dog Sharon Creech

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse Bruce Hale

No Talking Andrew Clements

Poppy series Avi

Grand Escape and sequels Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Swindle Gordon Korman

Zoobreak Gordon Korman