2012 PCRS 1st Grade Summer Reading
The purpose of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature, explore their local libraries and to continue developing independent reading skills. PCRS students Pre-K3-Grade 8 are expected to participate in the program.
Students entering first grade are required to obtain their own library card and use it frequently. Local libraries are offering great reading events and incentives. Check it out!
This summer, students should read (or be read to) a minimum of five books required* from the suggested list and five additional books of choice. The documentation is to include the title of the book, feelings about the book, and a parent or guardian’s initials to verify that the student has completed the required reading. A reading log is provided to download at the bottom of this page for that purpose and must be turned in by the first day of school. Students, who turn in the completed log on time, will receive a surprise and their first A for reading in the grade book. The optional bonus challenge is to read more than 10...go for it 20, 30, 40, or more books this summer, log them, and get double the prize. In addition to the reading log, incoming first graders should be reading at least 10 minutes a day. It makes a difference! Kiss your brain and read!
During the school year, students will be expected to complete a reading log of 15 books per month. Getting in the habit now of reading and logging books will be good practice, good skill-building and hopefully lots of fun. The more you read, the smarter you get. Please do not feel limited by the requirement. The sky is the limit. Read and enjoy!!!
There is one requirement all students must complete and return the first day of school. First Grade…welcome to the jungle! Please read Over In The Jungle by Marianne Berkes. Read it a few times and really get the rhythm. Go on a book or web safari and pick your favorite jungle animal. Draw and color a big colorful picture of it on an 8 ½ X 11 sheet. Complete the rhyme provided by following the pattern and inserting your animal’s name and other pertinent info.
Try these great favorites as well as other books by these awesome authors…
**Berkes, Marianne. Over In The Jungle. Read, sing and act out these awesome jungle animals. We’ll learn more about them when you come to First Grade.
Brown, Marc. D.W. All Wet D.W. bosses her brother Arthur into carrying her on his shoulders at the beach because she says that she hates the water - until she gets a big wet surprise.
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Biscuit. Read any book in the series. Read about the adventures of a little yellow dog.
Cowley, Joy. Chameleon, Chameleon A colorful chameleon encounters friend and foe while making his way from one tree to another in search of a tasty insect dinner.
*Crimi, Carolyn. Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies More interested in books than timber-shivering or plank-walking, Henry is the laughingstock of the swarthy pirate crew. But when no one heeds his red-sky-at-morning warning and the ship is lost, it is Henry's book-smarts that save the day. This book demonstrates that readers are leaders!
Eastman, P.D. Are You My Mother? A little bird asks animals, planes, and boats, "Are you my mother?" until he finds his own mother.
Eastman, P. D. Go Dog Go! A story about busy dogs of all sizes and colors, engaged in all manner of silly activities.
Falconer, Ian. Olivia Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.
Fleming, Denise In the Tall, Tall Grass Rhymed text presents a child's view of creatures found in the grass from lunch time till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles.
Geist, Ken and Gorton, Julia. Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark The story of the three little pigs is reinvented for under the sea, with three fishies building their homes, and a nasty shark that tries to get the better of them.
*Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum loved her name…until she went to school
Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You : Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together Collection of short retellings of familiar Mother Goose fairy tales, each told in two voices designed especially for young children and adults to read together.
Lies, Brian. Bats at the Beach . Nothing says summer like a day at the beach, but who enjoys the beach at night? Bats, of course! They build campfires, apply moon-tan lotion, dig sand caves, and eat bug-mallows for desert.
Martin, Bill. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.
McFarland, Lyn. Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack A hungry mouse finds a table full of delectable morsels in quantities, which illustrate counting from one to ten.
McMullan, Kate. I Stink! Follow the trash truck as it collects stinky garbage from A to Z, all the way to Mount Trash-orama. Make another friend, the backhoe loader, when you read I’m Dirty!, which is also by the McMullans.
*Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, her dog begins to talk.
*Muth, Jon. Zen Ties A giant panda named Stillwater teaches young children - through haiku - the importance of being kind to others
Parish, Peggy. Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia. With Amelia Bedelia baseball is a whole new kind of ball game.
Rathmann, Peggy. 10 Minutes Till Bedtime A boy's hamster leads an increasingly large group of hamsters on a tour of the boy's house, while his father counts down the minutes to bedtime.
Reynolds, Peter. The Dot "Just make a mark and see where it takes you," Vashti's art teacher advises. When a simple dot gets kudos in class, Vashti ups her own antie and makes quite a splash at the art show.
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Duck! Rabbit! Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Dog and Bear : Two Friends, Three Stories Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear, a dachshund and a teddy bear.
Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games. Sequel: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Shannon, David. No David! A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.
Showers, Paul. The Listening Walk. Shhhhh. Don’t say anything. Just listen.
Slonim, David. He Came With the Couch When a family acquires a new couch, they discover that something else comes along with it, and they gain a new friend in the process. Winner of the 2007-2008 Virginia Readers' Choice Award.
Thomas, Jan. Rhyming Dust Bunnies Three dust bunnies have fun with rhymes while a fourth dust bunny tries to warn them of danger.
Urbanovic, Jackie. Duck at the Door When Max the duck decides to stay behind when his flock flies south, Irene invites him to stay with her for the winter. Sequel: Duck Soup and Duck and Cover.
Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus When the bus driver leaves readers in charge of the bus he reminds them, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus.” The pigeon then begs, pleads, and bargains with readers to let him drive.
Willems, Mo. Are You Ready to Play Outside? Winner of the 2009 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award. Read any book in the Elephant and Piggie series.
*If your child is an independent reader, then he/she should pick books that are best suited for success. Give books the five finger test. Go to the middle of the book. If your child reads a page or two out loud to you and misses five words, then the book will most likely be frustrating. You may certainly read it together, however. Make this summer one your child will enjoy and remember. Read! Read! Read! And your child will succeed.
Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?
(shared on mailring by Emmy Ellis; source unknown)
Let's figure it out -- mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain
these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?
ABCs Of Reading To And With Your Child
Ask questions while reading together. "What do you think will happen next?"
Buy books as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays.
Chat about what is happening in the book and how it relates to everyday life.
Drop everything and read. Set aside 20 minutes a day during which the whole family reads.
Examine book illustrations in detail. Select books that have large, bright pictures.
Find books that interest your child. Make suggestions, but don't turn reading into work.
G ive hints when your child gets stuck on a word.
Have fun. Smile and enjoy the story. Read with a slow, relaxed voice and be expressive.
Invite your child to the bookstore. Take time to lounge in the chairs and browse the books.
Join in your child's reading successes. Celebrate every small step with sincere praise.
Kids love to receive mail. Send your child a magazine subscription in an area that interests him or her.
Learn to read with, and not just to, your child daily. Read aloud, share ideas, and answer questions.
Model reading. Share with your child, whether you're reading for information or for entertainment.
Never force your child to read. If you're both too tired or discouraged to read, take a break.
Offer your child a variety of reading materials, such as books, magazines, cereal boxes, comics, and newspapers.
Predict story elements, draw conclusions, and retell the story with your child.
Q uiz your child at the end of a story. Informally, of course!
Reread books to familiarize your child with words and to build self-confidence.
Sing songs, recite poetry, and do fingerplays to help develop language and listening skills.
T ry to help your child understand that it's okay to make mistakes.
U nderstand that reading is developmental and that it takes time and practice to become fluent.
Visit your local library on a regular basis. Sign your child up for his or her own library card.
Welcome wordless picture books into your collections. They generate conversation and allow the nonreader to create his or her own stories.
"X"hibit patience when your child is selecting books. Your support is empowering.
You are the most important person in helping your child develop a lifelong love of reading.
Zealous readers are the result of supportive and nurturing role models.