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Fifth Grade Summer Expectations

The recommendations below are highly encouraged for our soon-to-be 6th graders in order to keep their skills sharp and to continue growing. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)


Reading – The Top Priority

How Much Reading? - Students are strongly encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes a day.

Highly Recommended: All incoming 6th graders should finish the Lexia program for 5th grade.


Chapter Books

Students are encouraged to read at least 2 chapter books during the summer depending on the rate of your reader (recommended time: 30 minutes a day). Families are encouraged to read aloud together often. This is especially beneficial for students who are reluctant readers, or those who struggle to model expressive, fluent reading. As you read together, ask your student to recount to you what the important events were in the chapter. Ask if any of the characters have changed in the novel. Ask your student a few questions about the chapter to see if he/she understood what he/she read.


Nonfiction Reading

Have your student read non-fiction text, too! This can be as simple as choosing an article from the newspaper or choosing an article online and asking your student to read it and tell you about it. What was the article about? Why is it important? What did the author want the reader to learn? Your student may login to with his/her SJV account (sign into the SJV account, first, and then click “Sign in with Google”) and read articles if he/she would like to.


Tips to Improve Comprehension

  • Reading Notebook – Students can write a short summary after reading 2-3 chapters, or every couple of days. Students should process the reading to make connections, predictions, and discuss why things are happening in the story. The goal is to improve their analysis of the characters and plot.
  • Reading Log: The student writes a line or two from each chapter, or reading session. This will provide them note taking skills and prepare them for an end of the book conversation, or summary.
  • Conversations about Books – Talk with your student often about what he/she is reading currently. Your student can tell you what is happening with characters in a chapter book, what they are learning in an informational text, and his/her opinion of the text.
  • When you are done with the novel, have your student tell you what he/she thought that the theme of the novel was. Why would the author have written the novel? Discuss whether or not your student liked the novel or not and why.



  • Students are highly encouraged to engage in some type of writing at least once a week.
  • Story writing: Students can write a short story. Good author’s write stories based on their experiences and interests. Also, you can encourage your child to write a prequel or sequel of a popular story.
  • Quick writes/writing prompts: Give your child a question to answer, a topic to argue, or a book/movie/TV show to review. They can pretend they are a famous entertainment critic.
  • Poetry: I encourage students to write some poetry. In a no pleasure environment, they can practice using figurative language .
  • Research: Have your student research a topic and write a little report. Does your child want to buy something, or go somewhere special? They can write a little research essay about the topic and then receive the reward!
  • Daily Writing Journaling – In a notebook, composition book, or diary, students are encouraged to write about their experiences, thoughts, feelings, hopes, and more. A great idea is for them to record what is happening during the summer with a pandemic. This is having them record their history of 2020 and what has happened, what is happening, their observations, and their feelings.


Literacy Apps

  • Lexia – Students work on grammar, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary at their own pace. Students are encouraged to work toward advancing 2 levels over the summer.
  • Raz – Books and quizzes
  • Epic – Books (some with quizzes) including picture books, informational texts, and chapter books


Math – It is recommended each student practice 3 times per week in one or more of the following. When possible, look for real world situations/examples to practice the following skills.

  • Multiplication Memorize all multiplication facts 0-12 before 6th grade. Each child is different, and this may take daily practice for several minutes each day. After mastery, continue to practice during the summer to keep up speed and accuracy.
    • Xtra Math
    • Flash Cards
    • Multiverse on Mathletics
    • Timed Tests (from online resources).
  • Rounding and Estimating - all 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
    • Practice rounding numbers and estimating using all 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
    • Estimating whole numbers and decimals.
    • Estimating with Powers of Ten
  • Operations with Decimals – Students should practice problems using all 4 operations, using numbers with whole numbers and decimal values to the thousandths place.
    • Create problems by rolling several dice.
    • Practice with money
    • Mathletics lessons
    • ST Math lessons
    • Worksheets can be found online.
  • Fractions Review
    • Review fraction basics, simplifying fractions, equivalent fractions.
    • Basic operations with fractions with like, and unlike denominators.
    • ST Math


Math Apps Recommendations

  • Xtra Math 3-5 times per week if have not mastered x facts yet
  • Mathletics 1-2 times per week
  • ST Math 1-2 times per week
  • Prodigy Math (free and students can “challenge” their friends. You make their log in for them

Math Resources