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5th Grade List

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  • Fablehaven: Book 1 (RL 4.8) - Mull, Brandon

  • Out of My Mind (RL 4.3) - Draper, Sharon

  • The One and Only Ivan (RL 3.6) - Applegate, Katherine

  • Gregor the Overlander (RL 5.0) - Collins, Suzanne

  • Nooks and Crannies (RL 5.8)- Lawson, Jessica; Andrewson, Natalie

  • The Vanishing Coin (RL 4.0) -  Egan, Kate; Lane, Mike

  • Spirit Animals: Wild Born Book One (4.9) - Mull, Brandon

  • Swindle (RL 4.8) - Korman, Gorman

Entering Grade 5:   Welcome to the Belmont Middle School Summer Reading Program 2018!


  1. Choose one book  to read this summer.  Try to pick a “Just Right Book” for you (a book that has about 3 words a page that are challenging but no more) and one that you find interesting and will enjoy. You can borrow books from the Elkins Public Library, or the Belmont Public Library, buy them on your own, or order them through Mrs. Hensel. Please see Mrs. Hensel for order forms and pricing. Order forms are due by:  May  17 th .   

  1. Read your book!

  1. Complete the Summer Reading Journal in this packet. You will write three journal entries that are a minimum of 50 words each. Write your first entry after you have read 1/3 of the book, the second after you have read 2/3 of the book, and the last entry upon the completion of your book. Journal entries must reflect your personal impressions. Do not write a summary but rather your connections, reactions, feelings, and generalizations to or about characters or to the story. Feel free to make comparisons to other books or to write your opinion of the book. Make sure it is justified!

  1. Choose one passage that you particularly connected with or enjoyed. Be sure to write down the page number and describe why you picked the particular passage.

  1. At the beginning of the school year, you will share these entries with students who have read the same book that you have. You may also have a project or paper that your teacher will assign. Reading the book, writing thoughtful journal entries, picking a good passage, and being prepared to share your impressions will count as your first language arts grade.