+ Graded Summer Reads: Nonfiction from TextProject

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Visit the TextProject site to download nonfiction reading for your third, fourth and fifth graders to engage with over the summer.  http://www.textproject.org/

Students who don’t read much over the summer show a decline in reading performance from the end of one grade to the start of the next.

Research done at Harvard University shows that even reading four or five books over the summer helps to prevent “summer slump.”

Having books at home often predicts how much students read over the summer.  SummerReads offers additional options, providing downloadable free, accessible and engaging non-fiction texts.

SummerReads are accessible, since the difficulty of the texts is based on the TExT model developed by Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert.  The TExT model of reading  used to develop QuickReads and ZipZoom. 

This model uses research to identify the words and phonics knowledge that students need to succeed at particular grade levels.  These critical words are repeated often in SummerReads.

And SummerReads are engaging.  Topics of SummerReads deal with information about summer activities and games:  games that children play in the summer, places that they might visit in their communities, weather that usually happens only in summer and so on.

A Book a Week, and Free

Three levels of texts are each aimed at getting students ready for a particular grade level in the fall — third, fourth and fifth.

In this abundance of texts, each of the five books at every level has three chapters.  Your child has fifteen unique selections, one for each week of summer vacation.   And these are texts children will not have seen in school.  They are brand new and summer specific!

Topics at each level are places to visit, nature,  weather, summer sports and summer fashion.

With Resources for Teachers and Parents

Each book starts with guidelines on how to use the book.  There are comprehension questions at the end of each one.  And students will find a place to keep records of their reading. 

If students are at a library or a location with a computer, a recording of each text will be made available (beginning June 1st), so they can monitor and check their reading. 

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021  or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com.


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