The Big Read
What better way is there to spend your summer vacation than by reading great books? You can do all the reading required for the Big Read without the added pressure of homework. The quizzing will be held in October for grades 2 through 6 and in January for the 1st grade. Are you ready for the challenge?
This is how it works….
To take part in the Big Read you are required to read all of the books listed for your grade. This is an optional activity; however, we encourage students to participate.
The reading may be done independently, parents may take turns reading pages with you, or your parents may share the books with the family by reading them aloud. The intent of The Big Read program is to encourage families to read together and to enjoy reading books with buddies.
As you read, you may want to journal things you want to remember and review later for the quizzing. Things to include are: author, main characters, problems that occur, unusual settings and themes.
Before quizzing begins in the fall, you must bring in the list of books along with a parent signature showing you have read the books. You may use the back of this letter to keep track of your reading. You may drop your signed list off to Mrs. LaLonde in the library or to your classroom teacher.
Not all of the books must be read by the beginning of school. You will have time before quizzing to finish your reading, sign up for your team, quiz with team members, and plan your team names and costumes for the final event.
First graders, feel free to read your books this summer or wait until you have polished your reading skills before reading the books on your list. Remember, your quizzing is not until January.
Reading Lists for Summer 2017:
A Fish Out of Water – Palmer
The Very Quiet Cricket – Carle
Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp – Hoff
The Josefina Story Quilt – Coer
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear – Wood
Little Puffin’s First Flight – London
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Henkes
Thunder Cake – Polacco
Sam and the Firefly – Eastman
Food Fight – Shields
Mercy Watson to the Rescue – DiCamillo
Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President – Redmond
Horton Hatches the Egg – Seuss
Who Cloned the President? (Capital Mysteries) – Roy
Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland – Yee
Abe Lincoln’s Hat – Brenner
Dolphins! – Bokoske & Davidson
Afternoon on the Amazon – Osborne
The Boxcar Children (book #1) – Warner
Diary of a Spider – Cronin
Fables – Lobel
Because of Winn-Dixie – DiCamillo
Upchuck & the Rotten Willy – Wallace
Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse – Wissinger
Amelia Bedelia Means Business – Parish
Friendship According to Humphrey – Birney
Sarah, Plain and Tall – MacLachlan
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims – Bulla
Moonshot; The Flight of Apollo 11 – Floca
The Trumpet of the Swan – White
Alaska’s Dog Heroes – Gill
Nuts To You – Perkins
Henry and Ribsy – Cleary
Snowflake Bentley – Martin
Love, Ruby Lavender – Wiles
Shiloh – Naylor
My Life as a Prickly Porcupine from Pluto – Bill Myers
Who Was J.R.R. Tolkein? – Pollack
Found – Haddix
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Lewis
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Atwater
Little Pilgrim’s Progress – adapted by Helen Taylor
We the Children – Clements
Sweet Home Alaska – Dagg
My Side of the Mountain – George
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere – Longfellow
Gregor the Overlander – Collins
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness – Peterson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Baum
Wonder – Palacio
War Horse – Morpurgo
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp – Appelt
Heart of a Samurai – Preus
Each year Grace Christian hosts the ACSI Speech Meet for students in grades 1-8. Students compete in categories such as Bible Memory, Poetry, Dramatic Reading, and Patriotic Oration. Teachers will help students select pieces to be memorized then students will prepare at home for the school level meet. Teachers will judge students at grade level to select competitors for the final meet incorporating several Christian schools in Alaska. Please contact the Elementary office for more information at 345-4814.