West Springfield Elementary Schools
Suggested Summer Reading Activities
Grades 3 - 5
- Summarize one of your fiction books by creating a picture or cartoon strip.
- Write a paragraph about what you think the authors purpose was for writing the book.
- Pretend you are one of the characters in the story and create a diary or journal. Write at least five entries that might have been written by that character.
- Record yourself reading a book and replay it so that you can listen to yourself read. Repeat this activity so that you can listen to yourself improve.
- Choose a character in your book, and name one thing you admire about that character. Write to tell why you admire him or her.
- Divide a paper into thirds and label the sections "Beginning", "Middle", and "End". Write at least one sentence for each part of the story.
- Create a bookmark or book jacket illustrating a scene from the book using your own artwork. Be sure to put the title and author on your work.
- If you read a non-fiction book, write five facts you learned from your reading.
- If you read historical fiction, tell or write about three things that were different in this book from life today.
- Write a recommendation for a book to share with a friend. Tell about the characters, the problem in the story, or some interesting information. Don't give away the ending!