June 11, 2018
Dear Future Fifth Grade Students,
I am pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry…
I am so excited you will be joining me and your fellow fifth graders for a magical year! It will surely put a spell on you! There are so many wonderful things to look forward to next school year. We work hard in fifth grade, but we play hard as well. We will explore everything from our ancestry, stars, colonial history, fractions, poetry, and the Sacraments. There are many field trips to look forward to such as STARBASE (rocket science!), the Flynn, Perkins Geology Museum, Mt. Independence, and a fun end-of-year trip.
Fifth grade is a year filled with many fun and creative projects as well, such as a t-shirt book report, a Native American group project, and the Wax Museum, just to name a few. With that said, there are some things you can do over the summer to prepare yourself for fifth grade. Following are a list of assignments to keep you in tip-top-shape when you enter fifth grade.
READING: Over the summer it is important to keep your skills sharp by continuing to read. Reading anything will help you with that summer reading slide. You have many options such as reading newspapers, magazines, comics, graphic novels, blogs, articles, and most importantly, books! Did you know that if you read twenty minutes every day over the summer you will have read 1,400 minutes, or the equivalent of almost four school days? Please complete the summer reading bingo sheet. It is best to read books that are “just right” for you. The books you select should not be too easy, or too challenging. PLEASE DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING TITLES. It’s okay if you have read them in the past. (Dear Mr. Henshaw, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Maniac Magee, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Hoot, Walk Two Moons, Loser, The Penderwicks, Schooled, Hatchet, The War that Saved My Life, Blood on the River, A Long Walk to Water, Wonder, The Boy on the Wooden Box). If Mom and Dad read to you sometimes, that counts as well! The more you hear a fluent reader read and stop and ask questions, the better reader you will become. Remember, you still need to read yourself too. Reading stamina will help you succeed in fifth grade. Please turn in your reading bingo sheet the first week of school to be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble!
MATH: I have included a skills review packet for you to keep your math skills sharp over the summer. This packet is designed to be practice. It will include concepts taught in fourth grade. Complete one page a day to keep your math skills from dwindling away! If you turn in your completed math packet the first week of school, you will receive a small prize. *All students should know their math multiplication facts 1-12. Spend time this summer practicing your basic facts so when we cover long multiplication and division, you aren’t spending time computing basic facts.
GEOLOGY: We will study Geology in the fall. Over the summer you can get a head start on collecting rock specimens for us to study. Make a rock collection from the different places you visit in Vermont over the summer (if you don’t roam around our state, this will assist you in getting in touch with Vermont). Get good, clean rocks that are freshly broken. (Rocks from river beds or that are smooth are not good for this project.) Rocks should be no larger than the size of an egg and should fit easily inside an egg carton for storage. Number the rocks in your egg carton and on an index card, tell me where you found each one. (Ex. #1: COLCHESTER, #2: ST. ALBANS etc.) Rocks are not due until late September/early October.
· Ask a responsible adult to go with you on your rock collecting expedition.
· Always collect safely. Wear goggles, gloves, and a hat.
· Do not collect rocks on or under steep or overhanging rock ledges.
· These rocks must be from VERMONT.
· You must have a total of six rocks.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Do you know Vermont’s state motto? How about the three branches of government? Have you ever visited the Vermont Statehouse? Learning about our state and nation’s history and government is important! This summer, Seven Days is challenging students to learn more about the rights and duties of U.S. citizens. While this is not a requirement for incoming students, it is a powerful learning opportunity for students ages 9 to 14--students, like you! To learn more visit: https://goodcitizenvt.com I have included the scorecard for your convenience.
Have fun this summer! Enjoy your friends, family, and the beautiful weather. Remember to take a little time each day to pray. Thank God for His beautiful creations, and summer vacations to allow us to recharge. I look forward to seeing you in the fall. Email me if you have any questions at email@example.com and remember you can find more information about fifth grade on my website at www.cksvt.org.