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Summer Reading for Students entering Grade 5



Henry Barnard School Fifth Grade

 Summer Reading

for students entering Grade 5 in August 2019



Students entering fifth grade at Henry Barnard School are expected to read at least three books this summer. Two books must be from the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award (RICBA) 2020 nominated books. One RICBA book must be a nonfiction title (nonfiction genres on the RICBA list include:, biography, memoir, science and poetry), one must be a fiction title.  You can find the list of RICBA 2020 nominees on the HBS library website, right beside the Summer Reading tab. For further RICBA resources, use this link .The third book is a free choice and does not need to be from the RICBA list, but it is recommended as all fifth grade students will be asked to read a total of ten RICBA books by early February. 


Upon completing the reading, students will choose one project from the list below to go with one of the three RICBA books they chose to read (from the above criteria).  The project should be brought in at the beginning of school.  Titles and authors of the other two (or more) books the student read should be neatly listed and brought in with the project.


ABC Book: Create a book that has one page for each letter of the alphabet.  Each letter should stand for some person, idea, or thing from the book, and describe how it relates to the story.  


Media Presentation: Create a media presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Glogster) that includes the main characters, the main problem, and the solution to the story. A maximum of seven slides is required.


Post Cards: Design three post cards on index cards that depict events in the story you read. One side of the post card should show a picture of the place and event described, and the other side should have a note describing the place and event.  Address the post card to a character in the story – add your own postmark and stamp!


Map: Draw and color a map showing where the action in the story took place.  Label each important location and explain its importance.


Artifact Box:  Collect items (or pictures of items) that represent important actions or themes in the story. Label each one and explain its importance.  The box should contain at least five items.     


Story Brochure: Use the Google Doc to create an accordion style pamphlet to present to the class.  If you choose to not add text to the back of the brochure, create pictures that display some important parts of the story.                                                        

Have Fun!!




Oral Book Report Assessment Rubric

Name: ____________________________     Book Title: ____________________________________                                                                                 

For students entering Grade 5 in August 2019      


Your child is expected to bring the completed Summer Reading Project to school on the first day. All students will present their project to their classes orally during the first few weeks of school. Projects will be graded according to the following rubric.


Summer Reading Oral Report Assessment Rubric

                                                                                                             Yes                     No

The student completed a quality book project.                                                                    
Effort is evident.                                                                                    ____               ____ 


The student was able to accurately explain the                                                                       
main components of the story (setting, characters,                                                      
events, problem & solution.)                                                                 ____               ____ 


The student clearly demonstrated his/her                                                   
understanding of the book s/he read.                                                   ____               ____


The student spoke clearly and loudly.                                                   ____               ____ 


The student made eye contact with his/her audience.                          ____               ____ 


The student was able to accurately answer questions                                                            
from classmates about the book.                                                           ____               ____ 

Score: _____________

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