+ Free Downloadable “Summer Reads” for Grades 3, 4, 5

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A post at the AOGPE Facebook page sent me to this site: http://textproject.org/products/summerreads/

Students who don’t read much over the summer show a decline in reading performance from the end of one grade to the beginning of the next.  Harvard researcher James Kim shows that even reading four or five books over summer break helps prevent this summer slump.

In addition, having books at home will determine how much students read over the summer.  Unfortunately the very students who are the most at-risk are the ones who have access to few or no books.  SummerReads wants to change this situation by providing accessible, engaging texts for at-risk readers… and it’s FREE.  And it provides sufficient text for an entire summer of reading.

SummerReads offers accessible and engaging texts for summer reading.

Accessible texts

The difficulty of  each of these grade-leveled texts is based on the TExT model developed by Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert.  The TExT model of reading is the same one used to create Quick Reads and ZipZoom.

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

Engaging topics

Topics of SummerReads deal with information about summer activities and themes — games that children play in the summertime, places in the community which they might visit, weather that usually happens only in summer, and so on.

Each text is aimed at getting the student ready for their next grade and the reading they will be doing at that level: the third, fourth or fifth grade.

At each level there are seven 7-page books;  each book has three chapters.  This means there are 21 unique selections, one for each week of the summer break.  Children will not have seen these at school: they are brand new.

Each book starts with guidelines (for the student) on how to use the book.  There are comprehension questions at the end of each book.  There is also a place where students can keep records of their reading of chapters within books.

Finally, if students have access to computers at a library (or at home), a recording of each text will be available.  This recording can allow students to monitor and check their reading.

Titles: Grade 3

  • Parks
  • Moths
  • Heat Wave
  • Bats and Balls
  • T-Shirts and Shorts
  • Berries
  • July 4th

Titles: Grade 4

  • Lakes
  • Birds
  • Thunderstorms
  • Swimming
  • Hats and Caps
  • Melons
  • Labor Day

Titles: Grade 5

  • Mountains
  • Extreme Trees
  • Hurricanes
  • Bikes and Boards
  • Flip-Flops and Fins
  • Fruit Trees
  • Memorial Day

Check these out for your child (or students) this summer!

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

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