Thoughts About Summer!

SummerReading (1)

We teachers are busy gathering resources for students to use over the summer. Reading lists, informative websites, learning apps-I have compiled and gathered and shared. I hope my 3rd through 5th graders work hard on their keyboarding skills on rainy days. I hope they get to the library and read a great book every week. That can be done regardless of weather, right? Possibilities include on a hammock, under a tree, on a park bench!

summerreadingWe are lucky that we live by the ocean. I hope that you get to ride the waves and pick up shells. Maybe you will be lucky enough to get to a Red Sox game! Just don’t forget that reading every day is so important. If you have a little sister or brother, offer to read to them, too!

If I don’t see you at the public library, I will see you in August ready to hear about the good books you’ve read!

Don’t forget sunscreen! 🙂


Reading and Learning Resources

Keyboarding Resources

Math Resources



Great Stone Face Book: small as an elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Book review from Barnes and Noble:

Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?

Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and “spinning” wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself – starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties – and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.

Great Stone Face Books

Great Stone Face ( books are 25 books chosen annually for students in grades 4-6 that librarians and teachers ‘booktalk’ to encourage the kids to read.. In April, all the kids vote on their favorite and the Great Stone Face Book of the year is chosen.
The first one I will be presenting is Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.
Since this book is a graphic novel, kids seem drawn to it naturally as many enjoy the comic-book format. I will read a review I found online and then show them this site:
Since it’s aimed for girls, I don’t know if it will be a big winner this year, but what do I know…Nate the Great won last year and it was clearly a boys’ comic!

Ladybug book: The Perfect Square by Michael Hall

In library, Mrs. Kaiser is reading all the Ladybug books to k-2.  Don’t know what the Ladybug books are? Check out this page!

Last week she read The Perfect Square.


To follow up, we made all kinds of squares using Kid Pix in computer class today with kindergarten to extend this week’s book, The Perfect Square by Michael Hall.

Here are a few examples of squares by kindergartners: