Dear Families of Students entering Third Grade,
Summer vacation is just around the corner and it’s time to begin thinking about summer reading. The third grade teachers ask that Mr. Lincoln’s Way
by Patricia Polacco be read aloud by an adult and discussed
with your child. The focus of your conversation should be on the character traits as outlined in the Mission Skills Assessment
. This will prepare your child for a conversation in September.
The teachers also ask that each child read at least four “just right” books on any topic. The children should record the title and author of the books they read and return the list to their third grade teacher in the fall. The children should use the attached reading log.
A “just right” book is not too easy and not too hard. It means that your child:
- Is interested in the book.
- Can read and figure out almost all of the words.
- Understands what he or she is reading (can tell you what the story is about or what he or she is learning).
- Can read fairly smoothly. If your child is stumbling over many words, she or he will not be able to focus on reading for understanding.
The faculty has compiled a list of recommended titles for summer reading. There are links to award-winning books and other excellent sites that you might like to explore. Please see the sidebar.
As you help your child to establish a summer reading routine, please keep in mind that our goal is to help children to become successful life-long readers. All of us are firm believers that children’s reading skills improve through independent practice and through read aloud. Thank you for participating in our summer reading program and have a delightful summer of reading with your child.
Kristen Giacalone, Valerie Schirmer and Michal Speck
The Third Grade Team