Rectory School

An Independent, Coed, Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (Early Childhood-9)

Rectory Summer Reading 2019

Summer is here, and we encourage our students to continue exploring and investigating the world around them. What better way is there to learn something new than to sit down in a cozy spot with a great book! During the summer of 2019, Rectory students are expected to read at least two books: the required book(s) for their grade and a book of their choice. This summer, our entire school, including our students in K-9 and our Faculty, are reading books about the environment!

Elementary School (Grades K-4)

For Students Entering Grades K-1

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE K-1:

  1. Read (or have someone read aloud to you) Not for me, please: I choose to act green by Maria Godsey. Fill out the Grade K-1 Reader Response Form, and know that K-1 students may dictate their responses to their parent. Children will bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

  2. Select and read one other book of your choice, in the fiction genre. Fill out the Grade K-1 Reader Response Form, and know that K-1 students may dictate their responses to their parent. Children will bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

For Students Entering Grades 2-3

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 2-3:
  1. Read (or have someone read aloud to you) Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat by Anna Branford. This adventure book will lead us into our fall science study of Rocks & Minerals. Fill out the Grade 2-3 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

  2. Select and read one other book of your choice, in the fiction genre. Fill out the Grade 2-3 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

For Students Entering Grade 4

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 4:
  1. Read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Fill out the Grade 4 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

  2. Students can choose ONE of the following: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen OR The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Fill out the Grade 4 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school with you in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

  3. The third required book this summer is a book of your choice. Fill out the Grade 4 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school with you in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

ES Book Review Forms & Suggested Reading Resources

**Elementary School Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 13, 2019.

In addition, the elementary teachers have created a "FIREFLY Summer Reading Log" for our elementary children. For fun, we ask them to use the log as they read both picture books and chapter books during the summer months. The intent is for our children to always have a book nearby that they are engaged with and interested in. Books that are read independently may be logged in, as well as those that are read aloud with family members. The children may print out as many copies of the log as needed, and bring them back to school with them during the first week of school.

We have recommended some reading lists and resources that are developmentally appropriate for elementary children. We hope that you spend some time browsing through these resources with your child and find books that are suited to your child's interests and reading levels!

Middle School (Grades 5-9)

For Students Entering Grade 5

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 5:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

  1. Read Hoot (978-0375829161) by Carl Hiaasen. No written review is required.
  2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books: 
  • Sing Down the Moon (978-0547406329) by Scott O’Dell (A)
  • The Fighting Ground (978-0064401852) by Avi (B)
  • The Birchbark House (978-0786814541) by Louise Erdrich (B/C)
  • The Fifth of March (978-0152050788) by Ann Rinaldi (C)

"A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade level material independently

"B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade level material independently

"C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade level independently.

Then, fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. 

 3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are: iMovie, Prezi, Animoto video, PowerPoint, poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 13, 2019.

For Students Entering Grade 6

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 6:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

  1. Read Hoot (978-0375829161) by Carl Hiaasen. No written review is required.
  2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books: 
  • Compass South (978-0374300432)by Hope Larson (A)
  • Navigating Early (978-0307930651) by Clare Vanderpool (B/C)
  • Peak (978-0152062682) by Roland Smith (C)

"A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade level material independently

"B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade level material independently

"C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade level independently.

Then, fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. 

 3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are: iMovie, Prezi, Animoto video, PowerPoint, poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 13, 2019.

For Students Entering Grade 7

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 7:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

  1. Read The The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (978-1-250-07371-6) by Phillip Hoose. No written review is required. If you are an emerging reader who may be learning a new language or who struggles reading grade level material independently, please read Hoot (978-0375829161) by Carl Hiaasen. No written review is required.
  2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books: 
  • Out of the Dust (978-0590371254)by Karen Hesse (A)
  • With Every Drop of Blood (978-0440219835) by James Lincoln Collier (A/B)
  • The Dangerous Summer of Jesse Turner (978-1507789056) by Diana Deep (B)
  • Witnesses to Freedom (978-0140384321) by Belinda Rochelle (B)
  • Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories (978-0698118706) by Ellen S. Levine (C)

"A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade level material independently

"B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade level material independently

"C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade level independently.

Then, fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. 

 3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are: iMovie, Prezi, Animoto video, PowerPoint, poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 13, 2019.

For Students Entering Grade 8

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 8:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

  1. Read The The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (978-1-250-07371-6) by Phillip Hoose. No written review is required. If you are an emerging reader who may be learning a new language or who struggles reading grade level material independently, please read Hoot (978-0375829161) by Carl Hiaasen. No written review is required.
  2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books: 

The Golden Bull: A Mesopotamian Adventure (978-1580891820) by Marjorie Cowley (A)

  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead (978-078681658-3) by Avi (A/B)
  • I, Juan de Pareja  (978-0312380052) by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (B)
  • Anna of Byzantium (978-0440415367) by Tracy Barrett (B/C)
  • A Short History of Progress (978-0786715473) by Ronald Wright (C)

"A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade level material independently

"B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade level material independently

"C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade level independently.

Then, fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. 

 3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are: iMovie, Prezi, Animoto video, PowerPoint, poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 13, 2019.

For Students Entering Grade 9

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 9:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

  1. Read The The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (978-1-250-07371-6) by Phillip Hoose. No written review is required. If you are an emerging reader who may be learning a new language or who struggles reading grade level material independently, please read Hoot (978-0375829161) by Carl Hiaasen. No written review is required.
  2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books: 
  • Refugee (978-0545880831) by Alan Gratz (A)
  • A Short History of Progress (978-0786715473) by Ronald Wright (B)
  • Prisoners of Geography (978-1501121470) by Tim Marshall (C)

"A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade level material independently

"B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade level material independently

"C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade level independently.

Then, fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. 

 3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are: iMovie, Prezi, Animoto video, PowerPoint, poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 13, 2019.

MS Book Review Forms & Suggested Reading Resources

Middle School students may submit a creative book review or choose one of the forms listed below. Examples of creative reviews include, but are not limited to, posters, PowerPoint presentations, iMovies, Prezi, Animoto video, and dioramas.

**Middle School reviews are due no later than September 13, 2019