Summer Reading Assignment

Summer Reading Assignment Grade 5

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Welcome to the Summer Reading Challenge of 2021. In an effort to have our students sharpen their reading skills over the summer, your child will have the opportunity to choose and read at least two books over the summer that are of interest to them. Research shows that reading books during the summer may keep a reader from regressing. When choosing books, be sure that they are “just right” books, not too hard and not too easy. You can borrow books from your current classroom library and/or get books from the public library. Incoming 5th graders are asked to read 20-25 minutes daily, or a minimum of 2.5 hours per week. Our Summer Reading Challenge requires your child to read daily to meet the recommended grade-level expectations. In addition, we would like your child to complete two reading responses from the choices listed below, one response for each book. Both responses are due on or before September 24, 2021.

With each turn of a page, we hope your child will wonder, question, and continue their journey of being a lifelong reader and learner.

Summer Reading Responses for Incoming 5th Graders

Choose two responses to write about, one for each book. Be sure to use your neatest handwriting, complete sentences, and proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. For both assignments, clearly introduce your book (title, author, and genre).

1. Book Talk: Write a 3 paragraph essay of the beginning, middle, and end of the book.

2. Persuasive Poster: Design a persuasive poster for your book. Try to convince others to read the book.

3. Book Jacket: Create a book jacket that includes illustrations, an enticing synopsis, author bio, and favorable reviews.

4. Comic Strip: Summarize the book into a comic strip. Focus on the main character, his/her problem, the setting, plot, and the solution.

5. Walk in a Character’s Shoes: Write 5-10 questions that will give this character a chance to talk about the choices they faced. Then, answer the questions as if you were the character. As you write your answers, talk about the events, thoughts, and feelings that surrounded your choices and discuss the impact of your decision(s).

6. Biography or Historical Fiction: After reading a biography or historical-fiction novel, make a timeline to show the main events of the story. Use drawings, clipart, or magazine cutouts to illustrate events along the timeline. Then draw a map showing the location(s) where the story took place.

7. Non-Fiction: Identify five new things you learned. Be sure to include details about each new fact.

8. Non-Fiction: Imagine you are an expert on the subject you are reading. Describe your job, what makes it interesting, and what you would do on this job.

9. Non-Fiction: create a poster identifying the main topic of your book and facts/details you learned about the topic. Be creative.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe summer. Enjoy getting lost in your books and remember: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller

Looking forward to seeing you in September,

Your Future Fifth Grade Teachers

See PDF:  Summer Reading Assignment Grade 5 - 2021 

Summer Reading Assignment Upcoming 6th through 8th Graders

Dear Upcoming 6th through 8th Graders,  

We hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and safe. We are writing to share the 2021 LOMS Summer Reading Assignment and the Island Park Schools Summer Reading Challenge with you. In the spirit of our ELA Curriculum, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, you will read “Just Right” books (or books slightly above) and respond using the same approach you used throughout the school year. Your current teacher will be sending you an email with a reminder of your current Reading Level. All middle schoolers are expected to read 20 minutes per day, or 2 hours 20 minutes per week during July and August. 

Students, you have been invited to join a Google Classroom for the grade you will be in next year.   Please make sure that you have accepted the invitation and joined the classroom.  Your teacher for next year has posted the assignment in the classroom for you to complete.

You will hand them in to your ELA teacher no later than Friday, September 24, 2021. This assignment will be graded. In addition, we challenge you to participate in our Daily Reading Challenge which is detailed on the back of this letter.

Resources for Summer Reading:

  • One or more book(s) selected from your classroom library. This book should be returned to your English Language Arts teacher in September.
  • Select books from the Island Park Public Library.
  • You can apply for a digital library card if you do not have one-

  • Nassau Digital Doorway (Nassau County Library System) -  

You will need your library card number.  You will, also, need an Amazon account to sign into the Kindle app to borrow books from the Nassau County Public Library System. You will need to download the Kindle app to borrow e-readers.  You do not need a Kindle, only the Kindle app and an Amazon account.

  • You can download the Libby App to your smart device to access the Nassau Digital Doorway as well.
  • You can log onto to find books that are “just right” or slightly above your reading level.
  • You can find free digital books through Open Library
  • Junior Library Guild is offering free access to a limited catalog
  • You have access to the New York Public Library using the SimplyE app:

Have a happy, healthy, and safe summer. Enjoy getting lost in your books and remember: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller


Ms. Cochran, Mr. D’Auria and Mr. Gillen

See PDF:  Summer Reading Assignment 2021