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                                          June 18, 2019

Summer Reading Assignment (4th going into 5th grade)


Here is your summer reading assignment—choose well and enjoy!  Summer reading assignments will count towards the first trimester grades in Grade 5.  Many books are available on,, or Brooklyn Public Library. You may also download them to your Nook, Kindle, or Tablet as well.  

Required:  Choose two books from this list to complete your literature charts


  • Song for a Whale  (Lynne Kelly)


  • No Fixed Address  (Susan Nielsen)
  • Dancing Home (Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta)
  • See You in the Cosmos (Jack Cheng)
  • Zoe in Wonderland  (Brenda Woods)
  • The Honest Truth  (Dan Gemeinhart)



  • Amos Fortune, Free Man  (Elizabeth Yates)
  • Elijah of Buxton  (Christopher Paul Curtis)


Recommended–feel free to read more than 2 books.  Here are some suggestions:


  • The Orphan of Ellis Island  (Elvira Woodruff)
  • Sugar  (Jewell Parker Rhodes)
  • Liberty  (Kirby Larson)
  • Brave Like My Brother  (Marc Tyler Nobleman)
  • The Case of the Missing Trophy  (Angela Shelf Medearis)
  • Dork in Disguise  (Carol Gorman)
  • Any book from the Pegasus Series
  • Any book from the Rip and Red Series

Keep track of your daily reading on the reading log. For the Required Reading, you must complete a Literature Chart for each book (Complete chart in blue or black ink.  Don’t forget to write your name.)  The list of books above and Literature Chart will also be posted on my page (5th grade) on the school website at

Your reading assignments are to be handed in on the first day of school-9/4/19


Summer Religion Assignment

In 5th grade the focus of our study will be the Seven Sacraments.  For your summer assignment you are going to research one of the sacraments.  This will be your first grade of the year.

Use a piece of 11” x 14” white poster board (available at Dollar Tree).  On the poster be sure to write the sacrament as well as your name. When you do your research, please make sure to research Catholic sacraments

The poster should be colorful and creative

Your task- Become an expert about 1 of the Sacraments. Prepare a presentation covering the following elements:

Explain your Sacrament

  • What type of Sacrament is it? Initiation, healing or service (vocation).
  • Identify the other Sacraments in this group.
  • Explain the meaning of this Sacrament. In your answer, you should say something about what this shows about God’s relationship with us and something about the importance of this Sacrament in people’s lives.

History of the Sacrament

  •  Write four or five interesting facts about the history of the Sacrament. For example, has its name changed? Has the way it is celebrated changed?


The Sacrament today

  • Who can administer this Sacrament? Eg, a priest? a lay person?
  • When is this Sacrament celebrated? Can it be celebrated more than once?
  • All the Sacraments involve visible actions, signs and rituals that have developed over time. Draw or show the essential sign and action that must be carried out when this Sacrament is celebrated. Explain it in one sentence.
  • Write some of the key phrases or sentences that are spoken during this Sacrament. Identify who says each of these.
  • Identify two other symbols associated with this Sacrament? Illustrate and explain each symbol.

This project is to be handed in on the first day of school–9/4/19

Sacrament:   ________________________________________________





Construction Paper ( a small amount for use in class)

# 2 Pencils (No Mechanical Pencils)

Pencil Case


Covered Pencil Sharpener


Pens- erasable-dark blue or black  (NO GEL PENS) 

Colored Pencils (No Markers)

Ruler (6”or 12”) with Centimeters and Inches

Hand Sanitizer (Personal Size)

Chapter Book or Informational Book

Book Bag

*No Binders due to limited desk space








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