First, I cannot believe that I am ALREADY talking about this, but our librarian has been hinting around that she would like our summer reading lists! Geez Louise!
So my teammate and I were talking about the three books that she historically has had students read over the summer. Next year will be my first year teaching fifth grade reading (we are moving to self-contained classrooms), soooo I don't really know what to offer. First, I was thinking that one of the books, Cricket in Time Square, is a fourth grade read--but that's okay for the below grade level readers. Then, once I got thinking about below grade level reading and the fact that they should technically be end of year fourth grade reading levels (hey, I said technically), I started to feel overwhelmed and we both agreed to think about it tomorrow.
So I need your input. We want to get the kids to actually read, so we are thinking something more popular (no more dry lists from 1983). Don't get me wrong, classics are great--but I know fifth grade minds pretty well by now and I know that the beach over a classic novel wins every time!
What books do you put on your summer reading list?
How many students actually do the reading/project??
I'm all ears!!!