Entering 5th Grade Literacy
Welcome to the Literacy Virtual Learning University page! We’re so glad you’re here! Below are some activities to challenge and keep you learning throughout the summer. If you are unable to complete the challenges below for any reason, feel free to adjust the activity to meet your learner's specific needs. Happy Learning!
Challenge 1: Get a Hold of a Good Book and READ!
Pick a book, or two or three, from the Summer Reading Suggestions. Visit the library to check out new books and read! Keep returning to the library all summer to read, read, and read some more!! You can keep a tally or list of the books you read throughout the summer.
Challenge 2: Random Notes of Kindness
Research shows that positive brains have an advantage over brains that are neutral or negative. Focusing on positivity can improve your happiness and overall engagement. With this in mind, write a quick note to a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone in your community that shares a compliment, positive quote, or how they bring happiness to your life. Keep a tally of the number of people you spread kindness to throughout the summer.
Challenge 3: You’re on the Air
Write a commercial to promote your favorite book, author or series. Include a summary, favorite part or fact and why you think someone else might like to read it. Make sure to use language that entices your audience to pick up the book. Consider recording your commercial for others to watch.
Challenge 4: #Hashtagchallenge
After reading a book of your choice, create a collection of hashtags that would encourage others to read that text. If you have a social media account, tweet about it.
Examples: #ifyoulikemysteries #whodoneit #surpriseending
Challenge 5: Choose Your Own Adventure
Read an adventure book with a clear plot such as the Savvy series, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 39 Clues, etc. Invent a board game based on the plot.
Challenge 6: Comic Strip
Write a comic strip about a topic or character from a book you read. See how long you can keep the strip going. Consider the following book titles if you’re looking for inspiration:
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Challenge 7: Explore Your Local Libraries
Libraries are unique to the community around them. They try to create programing and activities that match the needs of the population they serve. Ask an adult to take you to as many local libraries as you can to explore a variety of free activities. Consider attending a summer class or registering to participate in the summer reading program.
Local Libraries to visit:
- Schaumburg Public Library
- Elk Grove Village Public Library
- Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin
- Palatine Public Library
- Barrington Public Library
- Indian Trails Library in Wheeling
- Roselle Public Library
- Wheaton Public Library
- Elmhurst Public Library
- Batavia Public Library
- St. Charles Public Library
- Oak Park Public Library
- Bloomingdale Public Library
Challenge 8: Food for Thought
After going out to eat with your family, write a review about your experience at the restaurant. You may write about the food you ordered, the service you received or the environment. Consider offering suggestions to improve your experience. Are there any new items you’d like to see added to their menu? What was your favorite part of the experience? Would you return? Why or why not?
Challenge 9: Screen-Free Challenge
Here’s your challenge if you choose to accept it… Give up digital entertainment for an entire day or even a week! Challenge yourself to say no to TVs, computers, tablets, cell phones, and video games! To help yourself succeed, tell your family members about your challenge and invite them to participate. You can hide your devices or even hang a “Don’t Turn Me On” sign on your TV. For a bonus, keep a journal of how you feel during your screen-free day or week. What is it like to be screen-free? How long will your family survive this screen-free challenge?!
Challenge 10: Trade Up
Summer is the time for play and to have fun! Think about books you’ve read or are reading. Who are your favorite characters, real people, or interesting topics? Create trading cards that highlight these key “players”. Include a picture, stats, fun facts, accomplishments, etc. Create and trade as many cards as you can!