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Summer Reading at HTS – 2021
Picture Books (an option for Rising PreK – 3rd Grade)
Early Chapter Books and Series (an option for Rising K – 3rd Grade)
The Upper School Program:
Welcome to the Summer Reading Program at HTS – 2021!
We would like you to read, read, and read some more this summer! Read at whim, read for information, read for the thrill of living in an imaginary world! Why is it so important that you set aside time for reading every day? You need to engage with books every day so you can maintain, and ideally strengthen, all the literacy skills you learn during the previous school year. Any time you read you are strengthening your reading muscles.
We have prepared comprehensive lists for the 5th/6th grades and the 7th/8th grades, and hope everyone can find dozens of titles to interest and inspire you. At minimum, we expect you to read on average 20 minutes a day – or 6 chapter books.
One of your 6 books will be part of a new summer reading program we’re very excited about.
Here are the details:
- Each teacher has selected a book and will lead an hour-long discussion about the book during the first week of school. It will be a mystery to you which teacher has selected which book (perhaps you can try to guess!)
- Your assignment is to review this list of books and decide which book you would like to read this summer and discuss next year.
- Then sign up for the group you would like to join using this form. Each group will be limited to 15 students.
- Read your book, perhaps take a few informal notes about something that most interested you about the story, and come prepared to talk about your book in September.
You are responsible for procuring your book – from a local bookstore (we love Politics and Prose) or from your local library. If you have any trouble getting a copy of your book, let Mrs. Morell know and she’ll help you.
If you have any questions, please Email Mrs. Morell – email@example.com Happy Reading!
The Lower School Program:
A few thoughts on summer reading:
Summer reading should be fun! We would like to inspire a joy of reading among our students, so have included engaging, entertaining, even silly reads.
Picture books bring tremendous benefits to children who are in the early stages of developing their reading skills. Illustrations shown alongside text offer invaluable tools to help kids build understanding, fluency, vocabulary and other foundational literacy skills. The imagery in a picture book brings the pages to life, serving as a visual roadmap for the story. Enjoy these magical stories, and please don’t feel that your children need to rush to early readers and chapter books!
Emerging readers love series, so we have included a huge number of possibilities across many genres. When students read a series, they deepen their connection with the books’ characters, increase comprehension, increase reading time, and have a good idea of what they’d like to read next.
We recommend that our students read a minimum of 20 minutes per day, either alone or with an adult. Ideally their amount of reading time should match or exceed their daily minutes of “screen time”.
We encourage you to visit local libraries and independent bookstores – our favorite is Politics and Prose in Northwest DC, which has a wonderful children’s section.
We have linked all our titles to a list on Bookshop.org, which supports Independent bookstores.
If you buy your books on Amazon, please consider using the HTS Smile program (link is on the main page of the website).
We love this piece written by Julie M. Wood, Ed.D. that appeared on the PBS Parents Website:
As parents, one of our major roles is to make sure that children set aside time every day to read – to read for pleasure, for information, for the vicarious thrill of living in an imaginary world. Why is this so important?
Children need to engage with books every day so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, all the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year. Assistant Principal Twana Santana-Embry compares reading to exercising, telling her students that any time they read they are “strengthening their reading muscles.”
The stakes for children who do not read over summer vacation are high. Substantial research on this topic shows it’s usually the students who can least afford to lose ground as readers who are most likely to suffer from summer reading loss and fall far behind their peers.
The few months of loss in reading skills compounds over the years; by the time children reach middle school, those who haven’t read during the summers may have lost as much as two years worth of achievement.
The good news is that if children read just six books over summer vacation, they will likely avoid summer reading loss. Here are a few ideas for reaching–and going beyond–this six book goal:
Take books with you and your child everywhere you go; to the doctor’s office, on picnics, on road trips, etc.
Let your child choose the books s/he wants to read (as long as they’re age-appropriate and are written at the just right level of difficulty).
Support his reading experience by talking about the books and helping him understand and interpret what s/he reads.
Read aloud to your child, even if s/he can read on his own. It helps build vocabulary and listening comprehension skills.
As you’re reading aloud, be sure to interact with your child by asking what s/he thinks might happen next, what a certain character is likely to do, whether the story is real or make-believe, and so forth. Above all, have fun!
If you are more comfortable reading to your child in a language other than English, by all means do so. What your child learns in his or her native language will help create a bridge to learning English.
We truly believe that encouraging your child to continue flexing his or her reading muscles over summer vacation is the single most important thing you can do to help develop literacy learning.
We hope you enjoy exploring these lists with your child to identify wonderful summer reading options.
Digital Reading Resources
While I love physical books, I’d also like to highlight a few resources for accessing books on screens – anything to keep our kids reading! For chapter books, The Libby App available through the DC Public Library allows kids to check out books on their mobile device. Our returning US students should have a DC Public Library card (send me an email if you don’t know the number), or it’s easy to apply for a card online (even if you live in Maryland or Virginia). For picture books, Bookflix , Tumblebooks and Trueflix are available with a DC Public Library card, and Epic Books is a free resource that provides hundreds of wonderful online options, without a library card.
We have nearly 10,000 books in our collection, and you are welcome to search for your favorite titles using this link to our Library Catalog. There is no need to login, just click on the ‘Holy Trinity School’ link, then look for the catalog tab.
- Brainpop and BrainPOP Jr. (free access during school closures)
- Wide Open School (powered by Common Sense Media)
- Common Sense Media Tips
- Crash Course (primarily for Upper School students – videos on a huge range of topics)
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Ted Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing (primarily for Upper School students)
- Mo Willems Lunch Doodles (via the Kennedy Center)
- WJLA- ABC-Outside the Classroom (M-F @ 9:00 am)
- 100 Screen Free Things to do with Kids
- Typing Club (all students in grades 3-8 have accounts. Login using your HTS Google account.) Be sure to use proper finger placement! Reach out to your tech teachers for additional information.
Virtual Field Trips:
- Museum Resources for Distance Learning
- Virtual Tours of National Parks
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – The Black Photographers Annual
Reading and Writing:
- Librarian’s @htslibrary Instagram page
- The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Virtual Activities
- Audible (offering free books to download)
- Pull out your Library card + download books to read! (Email the librarian if you don’t know your library card number)
- Bookflix (Picture books accessible with a library card)
- Tumblebooks (Picture books accessible with a library card)
- Trueflix (Picture books accessible with a library card)
- Kanopy Kids (Picture books and movies for younger and older kids accessible with a library card)
- Just for Kids Access Video (Picture books, Learning help, and TV shows for younger and older kids)
- Audible Stories for kids (free audiobooks)
- Storyline Online (free literacy program where actors read to children)
- Word Games from Merriam-Webster
- New York Times Learning Network
- Newsela (contact Beth Hoffmann or your classroom teacher if you need help with login information)
- Zinn Education Project – People’s History Project for Elementary and Middle School
- Libby App (E-books and Audiobooks)
- Story Time from Space
- Just for Kids videos from the DC Public Library
- Sporcle: Name the Countries of the World
- Yoga for kids
- Make a fort to read in.
- Go Noodle at home
- Cooking with Kids from the Food Network
- Hogwarts Escape Room:
- Dogman Escape Room with guest star Pete the Cat
- A bunch of escape games, more like stand-alone ‘get out of a trap’ scenario:
- Digital Escape Rooms, plus step by step to making your own: