May 2016 Dear Parent/Guardian - Norristown Area School District



May 2016 Dear Parent/Guardian - Norristown Area School District
May 2016
Dear Parent/Guardian:
With the end of the school year quickly upon us, we know that you are making plans for your
child’s summer vacation activities. Research indicates that one of the best ways to become a
better reader is to READ! Yes, practice is the key to success!
Attached you will find the Norristown Area School District Summer Reading List for students.
Please feel free, however, to choose any other books your child would like to read with your
child. With each book read he/she takes one step closer to becoming a reader. We have included
a Summer Reader’s Log for your child to record all the books they have read.
1. Your child reads a book that interests him/her.
2. Your child writes the title and author of the book, on the log.
3. Your child talks with a listener about what happens in the book.
The goal for all students is to read as many minutes per week as possible.
Have your child bring his/her Reader’s Log and calendar page to school in September 2016.
Any child who has completed the reading requirements will be invited to a special fall Reading
Celebration. The above information can also be found on the Norristown Area School District
website. (
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and hope you have a wonderful summer!
Norristown Area School District
Mayo de 2016
Estimado Padre/Tutor:
Con el final del año escolar rápidamente sobre nosotros, sabemos que usted está haciendo planes
y actividades este verano para su hijo/a. Investigaciones indican que una de las mejores maneras
para ser mejor lector es LEER. ¡Sí, practicar es el secreto para obtener éxito!
Adjunto se encuentra la Lista de Lectura del Distrito Escolar del Área de Norristown para los
estudiantes. Sin embargo, siéntase en libertad de escoger cualquier otro libro que a su hijo/a le
guste leer. Con cada libro leído su hijo/a está un paso más cerca de convertirse en lector. Hemos
incluido un Registro de Lectura de Verano para que usted y su hijo/a puedan escribir todos los
libros que han leído.
1. Su hijo/a lee un libro que le interesa.
2. Su hijo/a escribe el titulo y el autor del libro en el registro.
3. Su hijo/a habla con una persona que escuche sobre lo que ocurre en el libro.
El objetivo para todos los estudiantes es leer tantos libros este verano como sea posible.
Haga que su hijo/a traiga su Registro de Lectura a la escuela en septiembre del 2016. Los
niños/as que han completado los requisitos de la lectura serán invitados a una celebración
especial de lectura en otoño. La información en esta página se puede encontrar en la página web
del Distrito Escolar del Área de Norristown. (
¡Agradecemos su participación y nuestros mejores deseos son que pasen un verano maravilloso!
Distrito Escolar del Área de Norristown
Suggested Book Title
Henry and Mudge (series)
Cynthia Rylant
Get Ready for Second Grade
Amber Brown (series)
Paula Danzinger
Fox Outfoxed
James Marshall
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An
African Tale
Amelia Bedelia (series)
Strega Nona
Historical Fiction: In the Garden
With Dr. Carver
Ricky Ricotta’s Giant Robot
Poetry: The New Kid on the Block
Sneak Preview
Henry is told by his parents that he cannot have a baby brother or move to a new street to find new friends, but they agree
when Henry asks if he can have a dog.
Amber Brown and her classmates are worried about the new teacher. The students' concerns are soon put to rest as Ms.
Light meets them at the door wearing cool earrings and revealing an upbeat attitude.
Even the sly Fox can be outfoxed in his dealings with his friends. Whether he is in The Big Race, dealing with his neighbor
Lulu, or trick-or-treating with his friends, something always goes wrong with Fox's clever plans!
John Steptoe
Two daughters react differently to the king's search for a wife.
Peggy Parish
Tomie dePaola
When Amelia Bedelia takes on a housekeeping job, her literal interpretation of instructions causes confusion.
When Strega Nona is away, Big Anthony tries reciting the magic verse over her pasta pot, with disastrous results.
Susan Grigsby
George Washington Carver visits an Alabama town.
Dav Pilkey
Jack Prelutsky
Apple Pie Fourth of July
Janet Wong
Suryia and Roscoe; The True story
of an Unlikely Friendship
Poetry: Stopping by Woods on a
Snowy Evening
Judith Viorst
Ezra Jack Keats
Who Eats What?
Patricia Lauber
Just Like Josh Gibson
Angela Johnson
Gooney Bird Greene
What Can You Do with a Paleta?
Lois Lowry
Bhagavan “Doc”
Robert Frost
Arthur Dorros
Carmen Tafolla
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
and Bryan
A Day's Work
Eve Bunting
Ricky feels lonely and is picked on by bullies. But, he finds courage he didn't know he had when Dr. Stinky tries to force
his new creation, a giant robot, to destroy the city. Ricky and the Robot become friends and help each other out.
More than 100 humorously illustrated poems about Baloney Belly Billy and other strange beings.
Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on this all-American holiday, a feisty ChineseAmerican girl tries to tell her mother and father how things really are.
A young girl uses various arguments to convince her parents to let her have her ears pierced.
An informational book about the relationship between an orangutan (Suryia) and a dog (Roscoe). Suryia and Roscoe form a
close friendship full of play and care. Beautiful photographs capture young readers’ attention immediately.
Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy
Evening" has been an enduring favorite.
While everyone in his building is having colorful dreams, Roberto watches as the paper mouse he made in school saves a
furry friend in the street.
Informative and intriguing, this science book teaches children to think about the complex and interdependent web of life on
Earth. Every link in a food chain is important because each living thing depends on others for survival.
When Grandmama was a little girl, she could hit a ball a mile! But back in the 1940s, girls were not supposed to play
baseball with the boys. Now, she's ready to tell her granddaughter about how she finally got to use her talent.
Through the entertaining story of Gooney Bird Green, Lois Lowry helps children write stories.
Riding on a bus with her grandma, a little girl imagines they are carried up into the sky to see the sights of New York City.
As she walks through her neighborhood, a little girl describes a delicious frozen fruit treat from Mexico.
When a terrible drought struck William's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with
nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution.
There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap
metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they
needed to farm the land.
When Francisco's grandfather arrives from Mexico speaking no English and in search of a job, Francisco becomes his
translator. In his desire to help Abuelo find work quickly, Francisco lies about what his grandfather knows how to do,
creating trouble for both of them. In the end, Francisco learns an important lesson in this poignant story about immigrant
families and day laborers.
Check Out poetry by the following authors:
Fun and Popular Series and Authors:
Jack Prelutsky
Shel Silverstein
Alan Katz
Kenn Nesbitt
Dan Gutman
Ted Arnold
Barbara Park
Arnold Lobel
Reading Activities to do with your child:
Ask your child to tell you the story elements: who the characters are, where the story takes place, what the problem is
and how it was solved.
Ask them to tell what the story was mostly about (the main idea).
Have your child explain why they did or did not like the book and give reasons why.
The SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud
to children by parents or other family members. Read with and to your child daily!!
Some effective ways you can help your child improve his/her reading skills include:
Read yourself! Your actions really do speak louder than your words and when you model reading, your children will want to
follow your example.
Make sure your children read every day! Reading - like shooting baskets and playing the piano - is a skill. Like other skills, it
gets better with practice. Children who read more become better readers
Schedule regular trips to the library. Make sure everyone in your family has a library card. While you are there, check out a
book yourself!
Read aloud to your children. Research shows that this is the one most important thing parents can do to help their children
become better readers. Set aside some time each day for reading aloud. Even 10 minutes a day can have a big impact. Bedtime is a
natural reading aloud time. Other busy families read aloud at breakfast or just after dinner.
Give books as gifts.
Make reading a privilege. Say, "You can stay up 15 minutes later tonight if you read in bed." Or you might say, "Because you
helped with the dishes, I have time to read you an extra story.
Mire los poemas de los siguientes autores:
Jack Prelutsky
Shel Silverstein
Langston Hughes
Kenn Nesbitt
Actividades de lectura que puede hacer con su hijo/a:
Pida a su hijo/a que le cuente sobre los personajes del libro, en qué lugar
se desarrolló la historia, cuál era el problema y cómo se resolvió.
La ACTIVIDAD MÁS IMPORTANTE para construir el conocimiento necesario para obtener éxito en la lectura es leer en voz alta a los
niños/as. Los padres u otros miembros de la familia deben de hacerlo. ¡Lean con/y a su hijo/a todos los días!
Algunas maneras efectivas con las que usted puede ayudar su hijo/a mejorar sus habilidades de lectura incluyen:
¡Lea Usted! Sus acciones hablan más que sus palabras y cuando usted modela la lectura a su hijo/a el/ella querrá seguir su ejemplo.
¡Asegúrese que su hijo/a lea todos los días! La lectura – como jugar básquetbol o tocar el piano – es una habilidad. Como otras
habilidades, la lectura mejora con la práctica. Los niños/as que leen más se hacen mejores lectores.
Hagan paseos regulares a la biblioteca. Haga que todos en la familia obtengan una tarjeta de la biblioteca. ¡Mientras este ahí, aproveche
y consiga un libro para usted mismo!
Lea en voz alta a sus hijos/as. Tenemos información que indica que esto es lo más importante que un padre puede hacer para ayudar a su
hijo/a a convertirse en un mejor lector. Tómese un momento cada día para leer en voz alta. Leer 10 minutos cada día ayuda mucho con la
lectura. Cuando su hijo/a se va a dormir también es un buen momento para leer en voz alta. Otras familias muy ocupadas, leen en voz alta
en la mañana durante el desayuno o después de la cena.
Dé libros como regalos.
Haga que la lectura sea un privilegio. Diga, “Te puedes quedar hasta 15 minutos más tarde esta noche, sí lees en la cama.” O podría
decir, “Porque me ayudaste con los platos, tengo tiempo de leer otra historia más.”
Distrito Escolar Del Área de Norristown
Verano Del 2011
Summer Reading Book Log
1 star: I didn’t like the book 3 stars: I like the book
Reading Log for _______________________________ 2 stars: The book was okay 4 stars: I LOVED the book
Book Title
How many stars?

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