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Upper Level

Summer Homework

Details about summer homework for Upper Level Students can be found below. Happy reading and enjoy your summer!

Happy summer!

Each school year, children learn and strengthen their reading skills. Research shows that summer reading helps children retain and build upon skills that they acquired during the previous school year. At EACMSI we encourage children to read over the summer to create a reading habit and encourage a love of books.

We are asking Upper Level students to read at least five books this summer. They should select three books from the Upper Level Summer Booklist July 2020 and two more of their choice. Novel selections for the 2020-2021 year are noted on the booklist so that students do not read them over the summer.

Students should complete a UL summary sheet for each book they read. These summary sheets will serve as notes to remind children about the story and characters. Students should record enough information about plot, character, and setting to be useful throughout the school year in our literature discussions. One of the books you read will be used for our first writing assignment and oral presentation in September.

For many years our community has recognized the need to encourage reading during the summer. In Upper Level we know that it’s also necessary to keep math brains in gear! It is best if students work a little each week to keep math skills sharp. We expect that all students will continue to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts so those tables are mastered. It is often obvious which students have worked on math regularly over the summer. This summer we are suggesting that students work on Symphony Math or Ascend for a half hour a week. If you complete Symphony Math please email Patrice who will reset you in the program for further practice. While you may want to go on with new work, it is essential that you also go back and go over the work you did in math this year to retain all you learned. Review is so important to lasting mastery of concepts and processes. If you do the review over the summer, it often means less review in September before moving on to new material.

The final task for Upper Level students this summer is to hone their keyboarding skills. With our adventures in distance learning this Spring, it became important to have effective typing skills. Becoming a proficient typist comes from practice over time. We would like new and returning students to spend 15 minutes, four days a week in a practice program called TypingClub.

The goal for students is to achieve both speed and accuracy so they may be able to use word processing for some school assignments when they return in the Fall. Many more of our assignments are using Google Classroom and require solid typing. We look forward to monitoring everyone’s progress!

To access the program follow the steps below:

1. Type eacmsi.typingclub.com into the Search bar of the browser.
2. You should see a blue page which says “Typing Club” and “Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School” underneath it.
3. Under “Your user name”, students should type their first initial and last name. No space, no hyphens, all lower case letters (ex. tcatercyker).
4. Under “Your password” type Homerow! (capital H and ! at the end) and then click “Sign in”.
5. You should see a page entitled “My Lesson Plans”. Click Start and have fun!

We wish you a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. See you in September!

Terry Cater-Cyker

For problems with Symphony Math or Ascend contact Patrice
For problems with Typing Club contact Deb

 

Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca
Upper Level Summer 2020 Reading List

At EACMSI we encourage children to read over the summer to create a reading habit and encourage a love of books. We are asking Upper Level students to read at least five books this summer. They should select three books from the list below and two more of their choice. Novel selections for the 2020-2021 year are noted on the booklist so that students do not read those over the summer!

FIRST YEAR UPPER LEVEL STUDENTS should choose at least 3 books from this list:

Endling: The Last Katherine Applegate
Lu: Jason Reynolds
Bob: Wendy Mass
Inkling: Kenneth Oppel
The Season of Styx: Malone Kekla Magoon
Cicada: Shaun Tan
Saving Winslow: Sharon Creech
Iggie’s House: Judy Blume
Crenshaw: Katherine Applegate
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson: Bette Lord
Black Star, Bright Dawn: Scott O’Dell
The Trouble with Tuck: Theodore Taylor
Poppy: Avi
Poppy and Rye: Avi
Ragweed: Avi
Abel’s Island: William Steig
The Magician’s Elephant: Kate DiCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Kate DiCamillo
Trumpet of the Swan: E. B. White

We will make novel selections for the year from the following list. Please do not read these books:

My Side of the Mountain: Jean Craighead George
The Birchbark House: Louise Erdrich
Freedom Train: Dorothy Sterling
Chains Laurie: Halse Anderson
Shiloh Phyllis: Reynolds Naylor
Pigs Might Fly: Dick King Smith

Please find the Upper Level Reading Summary Sheet here.

Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca
Upper Level Summer 2020 Reading List

At EACMSI we encourage children to read over the summer to create a reading habit and encourage a love of books. We are asking Upper Level students to read at least five books this summer. They should select three books from the list below and two more of their choice. Novel selections for the 2020-2021 year are noted on the booklist so that students do not read those over the summer!

 

SECOND YEAR UPPER LEVEL STUDENTS should choose at least 3 books from this list:

Rain Reign: Ann Martin
Ruth and the Green Book: Calvin Ramsey
The Lions of Little Rock: Kristin Levine
The Parker Inheritance: Varian Johnson
Finding Langston: Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Unteachables: Gordon Korman
The Watsons Go To Birmingham: Christopher Paul Curtis
Louisiana’s Way Home: Kate DiCamillo
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl: Stacy McAnulty
Ghost: Jason Reynolds
Sylvia and Aki: Winifred Conklin
Full Cicada Moon: Marilyn Hilton
Maniac Magee: Jerry Spinelli
Red Scarf: A Memoir: Ji-Li Jiang
Tuck Everlasting: Natalie Babbitt
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Brian Selznik
Journey to the Center of the Earth: Jules Verne
Elijah of Buxton Christopher: Paul Curtis
Gingersnap: Patricia Reilly Griff
A Long Walk to Water: Linda Sue Park
A Simple Shard: Linda Sue Park
Journey to Topaz: Yoshiko Uchida

We will make novel selections for the year from the following list. Please do not read these books:

Number the Stars: Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia: Katherine Paterson
The Wanderer: Sharon Creech
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Mildred Taylor
Selections by Madeline L’Engle
Antarctica, Journey to the Pole: Peter Lerangis
Stepping on the Cracks: Mary Downing Hahn
The Liberation of Gabriel: King K. L. Going
The Mighty Miss Malone: Christopher Paul Curtis
Stella by Starlight: Sharon Draper
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: Robert O’Brien

 

Please find the Upper Level Reading Summary Sheet here.

Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca
Upper Level Summer 2020 Reading List

At EACMSI we encourage children to read over the summer to create a reading habit and encourage a love of books. We are asking Upper Level students to read at least five books this summer. They should select three books from the list below and two more of their choice. Novel selections for the 2020-2021 year are noted on the booklist so that students do not read those over the summer!

THIRD YEAR UPPER LEVEL STUDENTS should choose at least 3 books from this list:

Piecing Me Together: Renee Watson
The Science of Breakable Things: Tae Keller
Hello Universe: Erin Entrada Kelly
Breakout: Kate Messner
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World: Ashley Herring Blake
The Collectors: Jacqueline West
So Tall Within: Gary Schmidt
One Crazy Summer: Rita Williams-Garcia
The Crossover: Kwame Alexander
Inside Out and Back Again: Thanhha Lai
Amal Unbound: Aisha Saeed
The Night Diary: Veera Hiranandani
The Front Desk: Kelly Young
Darius the Great Is Not Okay: Adib Khorram
The Journey of Little Charlie: Christopher Paul Curtis
Ghost Boys: Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Red Pencil: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Chain of Fire :Beverley Naidoo
Gracefully Grayson: Ami Polonsky
George: Alex Gino
Out of Mind: Sharon Draper
A Little Piece of Ground: Elizabeth Laird
Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter: Astrid Lindgren
The Drummer Boy of Vicksburg: G. Clipson Wisler
Which Way Freedom: Joyce Hansen
The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Elizabeth George Speare
Ella Enchanted: Gail Carson Levine
Storyteller: Patricia Reilly Griff
The Cross of Lead: Avi
The Fighting Ground Avi

We will make novel selections for the year from the following list. Please do not read these books:

If I Just Had Two Wings: Virginia Frances Schwartz
A Tale of Two Castles: Gail Carson Levine
The Door in the Wall: Marquerite de Angeli
The Midwife’s Apprentice: Karen Cushman
Dealing with Dragons: Patricia C. Wrede
Zeeley: Virginia Hamilton
Any title by Virginia Hamilton
Following My Own Footsteps: Mary Downing Hahn
Wintering: William Durbin
Slave Dancer: Paula Fox
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy: Gary D. Schmidt
Red Thunder: John P. Hunter
Constance: Patricia Clapp
Fire, Bed and Bone: Henrietta Branford
Romeo and Juliet or Julius Caesar: Shakespeare
Esperanza Rising: Pam Nunoz Ryan
Sounder: William H. Armstrong
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: William Kamkwamba
Home of the Brave: Katherine Applegate

If you like to read books in a series, these might be of interest.

The Last Dragon Chronicles: Chris d’Lacey
The Oz Collection: Frank Baum
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Rick Riordan
Heroes of the Olympians: Rick Riordan
The Mysterious Benedict Society: Trenton Lee Stewart
The 39 Clues: Rick Riordan
Emily Windsnap Series: Liz Kessler
Wolves of the Beyond: Kathryn Lasky
Guardians of Ga’Hoole: Kathryn Lasky

 

Please find the Upper Level Reading Summary Sheet here.

Terry Cater-Cyker: tcatercyker@eacmsi.org

Karen McCaffery: kmccaffery@eacmsi.org

Marianne Montague: mmontague@eacmsi.org

Marisa Rae: mrae@eacmsi.org

Badshavellie Naicker: bnaicker@eacmsi.org

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