Summer Learning Book Talk Directions

Choose one of the three to five books you read over the summer to present as a book talk in your 6th Grade Language Arts class. Use an 8½ x11 or a 9×12 piece of paper for your presentation.

Front of the Paper

1. Create a visual representation of the book. This could be a picture of the setting, the characters, or your favorite event in the story.

2. Include the title and author of your book.
Back of the Paper
1. Write a complete summary of your book. Be sure to include specific and important details about the events in the story including how the story ends.

2. Write down your favorite passage and the pages it came from. Be sure to have a sticky note while you read so you can easily find your favorite part again and use it for this book talk.

3. Would you recommend this book to a classmate? Evaluate what is good/bad about the book using some specific details about the plot, characters, problem, and solution of your novel.

Recommended Summer Book List for Incoming 6th Graders

All students attending Bryant Middle School must read 3-5 books over the course of the summer. Then, they must select one of the books to present to the class as a Book Talk upon returning to school in the Fall. (Details about the assignment will be shared by your Language Arts teacher in the Fall). Here are some recommendations but you are encouraged to use your lexile level from the Spring Reading NWEA to choose a high interest book of your choice that will challenge your reading ability.

**********Please choose a chapter book and not a graphic novel.***********

Crash by Jerry Spinelli Lexile: 560
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson Lexile: 580
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Lexile: 590
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Lexile: 640
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Giff Lexile: 650
Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine Lexile: 670
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Lexile: 670
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Lexile: 670
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Lexile: 720
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Lexile: 740
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh Lexile: 760
Refugee by Alan Gratz Lexile: 800
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Lexile: 810
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Lexile: 820
Matilda by Roald Dahl Lexile: 840
Lost in the Pacific, 1942 by Tod Olson Lexile: 880
The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis Lexile: 920
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick Lexile: 930
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis Lexile: 950
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Lexile: 1000


Fifth Grade End of the Year Reminders and Save the Dates!

Baby Picture Board! Please bring in a baby picture of you! Just of you! A size 4X6 would be great!

Pool Field Trip is June 11th : Permission slip is due June 7th 2019

Promotion Ceremony is Thursday  June 13th at 2:00 pm

Fifth Grade Breakfast: Friday June 14th starting at 9:00 am (only students)

Please reach out to us if you June 13th at 2:00 pm

Fifth Grade Teachers


Monday June 10th is our annual end of the year Field Day celebration. We have obstacle course blow up and a bouncy house. Lots of fun games, Cotton Candy, Sno Cones and Popcorn. PTA is providing lunch for all students with pizza, chips and water. You can bring a lunch from home if you prefer.

Please put sunscreen and bug spray on at home. DO NOT send any sunscreen or bug spray to school. Students cannot use it at school.

Be sure to wear tennis shoes to school for field day. NO sandals, NO Flip Flops allowed.

Parent volunteers are needed to make this a success. Please call Ms. Sandi at 313-827-6750 if you can help out for a couple hours.

Sorry no siblings, only parents and students of River Oaks Elementary may attend Field Day


Preschool, Kgn, 1st & 2nd grade attend field day in the morning.

3rd, 4th, & 5th attend field day in the afternoon

Thank you in advance for helping during Field Day.. Without parent participation we could not have a successful field day…


Summer Learning: Math and Literacy

Dear Parent/Guardian,
According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in grade-level equivalency in reading. In order to close the summer learning loss gap in reading and math, middle school students will be expected to complete Summer Learning before they return in the fall. Teachers will grade the completed summer work when school opens in August. Below are the expectations for math and literacy. Thank you so much for supporting your child’s development through summer learning.

Complete 60 minutes of Khan Academy practice a week (Practice only, videos will not count), based on their NWEA level.
Students need to access Khan through Clever from the Dearborn Schools Student page.

Below is the grade breakdown by minutes for Math.
480+ minutes A
384 – 479 B
336 – 383 C
288 – 335 D

Read 3-5 books from your building’s recommended reading list.
Be prepared to present a Book Talk in September when you return to school.

Read for 30 minutes!

Please turn in shirt money: 8.00 dollars a shirt (cash only)

PTA: carnation sale! 1.00 a piece: please support the PTA

NWEA Testing begins next week!

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