Did you know that the single most important thing for young readers is the amount of time they spend reading? Summer is a time when children, like most of us, can carve out some time to read and enjoy books of personal interest. So, along with building sand castles and watching fireworks, please encourage your child to read!
During the last week of school, your child received a letter containing his/her Fountas and Pinnell Independent Reading Level (IDR). The IDR will assist you and your child in selecting a "just right book". For assistance with searching for a book by IDR or finding the level of a specific tile, you will find Scholastics' "Book Wizard" helpful.
For a complete list of 2015 notable children's books, including this year's Newbury, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Award and Honor books, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children.
In the past, the district had the pleasure of hosting Susan Zimmermann, author of Mosaics of Thought: Teaching with the 7 Keys to Comprehension. Please click here to access Mrs. Zimmermann's professional website on the reading comprehension strategies your child uses each and every day: using background knowledge (schema), creating mental images, questioning, inferring, determining importance, synthesizing, and monitoring for meaning or "fix-ups".
As a parent/guardian, you may be looking for great book recommendations and tips on how to get your child reading throughout the summer months. We highly recommend you access James Patterson's site, READKIDDOREAD.com.
Please see below for Cedar Drive Middle School's Summer Reading Information. Parents, please be aware that there are different assignments for students entering grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8 in September.
As your children’s school year comes to an end, thoughts of sleeping late and spending time with friends are, no doubt, on their minds. We hope they will spend just a little time reviewing and maintaining the math skills they acquired this year, as to assist with the prevention of any “summer slide” that may occur over the summer.
To ensure that your children have a successful start in their math class, we have prepared a Summer Math Assignment that will be completed by students prior to the start of classes in September. They will be assessed on the concepts in the packet at the start of the school year.
Please encourage your child to work on the assignment consistently throughout the summer. Thank you for your help and cooperation.
Toporopa - World Geography games
Tagxedo - Allows students to make word clouds out of anything they can imagine
Learn Your Tables - International - Learn your times tables and access other free mathematics sites
Coolmath - Free, fun mathematics games for kids
Science Bob - A cool summer science site with ideas for experiments, research, and projects
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) - An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology
e-learning for kids - An engaging and fun site that offers activities, by grade level, in the areas of math, science, environmental skills, computer skills, health, language arts, and life skills
Catch the Science Bug - Recognized by theAssociation for Library Service to Children as a "Great Web Site"
Invention At Play - Interactive website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Visit the Invention Playhouse for activities designed to enhance problem solving, visual thinking, collaboration, and exploration
Story Jumper - See how easy it is for students to become published authors (fee)
Science With Me - Fun science kids' activities
(Sources identified on Edutopia)
Please check back throughout the summer for additional sites that might appear!
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