Summer Reading Assignment

Grades K-2

Fun, Engaging Reading Project

K-2 students will be expected to read a minimum of 4 books and complete a project, based on one of their summer reading selections. Two of the books must be STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) based theme for their project selections.

Students will also be responsible for completing a self-evaluation-reading assignment rubric (see sample below) upon completion of their self-selected project. These projects were created to promote cre- activity, engagement, and fun with reading! Students will have the choice of picking from a variety of projects in which they will then bring with them on the first day of school.

Summer Reading Project Selections

Here are some selections to choose from:

Life-Size Portrait

Create a life-size portrait of one of the characters from your book. The portrait should include a written piece that tells about the character. The piece should also include information about events, traits, or conflicts in the book that involved the character.

STEAM Resources

K-2 Summer Reading Assignment Rubric Self-Evaluation

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International Literacy Association compiles outstanding book lists with categories including Children’s Choice and Teachers’ Choices.


STEAMing Hot Summer Resources

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Begin your adventures in reading by participating in the K-8 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge from Monday, May 7 thru Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Keep track of how many minutes you spend reading this summer and log them into the Scholastic Reading Challenge link on this site. There is a great section for parents too!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Summer Program encourages you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, just by following these three steps:

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Take your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

A great free source for reading and literacy resources. Look for the Parent & Afterschool section for activities, games, tips and how-to’s for ages KG through 12th grade.


Log on to the district website and click on the Clever tile to access MyOn with many available free e-books.

Texas Library Association

Preventing Summer Slide

For some children, summer is a time dedicated to playing video games, sleeping in, vacationing and relaxing as much as possible before the beginning of yet another school year. Children may argue that summer should be spent taking a break from

academics and enjoy doing “nothing”. As parents and educators we need to ensure that our children do not fall into what is commonly referred to as “summer slide”.

The summer slide: it sounds fun, but it can make the transition from grade to grade really difficult. Research shows that students who do not read during the summer may experience a decrease in their reading level.

But guess what? Students who read regularly during the summer often improve their reading level and ability! Harmony students can start strong in the fall

if their reading habits don’t “slide” away during the summer months. In this newsletter we have posted a list of summer reading projects for students to select from. Inside you will also find a suggested reading list, creative ways to engage your child with reading, strategies on how to help your child select texts, and parent resources you can access free online.

Presenting the 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López (Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Scholastic Press)
  • Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One (Readers to Eaters)
  • Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights Press)
  • Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Antonio Castro L. (Cinco Puntos Press)
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley (Scholastic Press)
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora (Scholastic Press)
  • Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press)
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)
  • Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Slider by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)
  • Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Bowman, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee and Low Books)
  • The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert, illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Barbara Fisinger (Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Making Connections

Quick Tips to Promote Reading

Schedule weekly trips to the public library

Let your child pick reading material that is of interest to them

Read together with your child

Attend story hours, readings and plays offered at your local library or bookstore

Encourage your child to read in bed. Consider letting your child stay up late if they read.

Be a model: Read, read, read in front of your child.

Give Me a Five!

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Helping your child select a “just right” book is very simple. To encourage youngsters to read it is important that they select books that are of interest to them and that they don’t encounter a level of reading frustration because the text is too difficult.

A smart way to guide your child in proper book selections is to incorporate the “5 Finger Rule”. First, have your child choose a book they have an interest in reading. Next, open the book to a random page and have your child read aloud or whisper read the first few lines of the page. Listen carefully and ask your child to hold up one finger for each word that they do not know or stumble upon.

If your child holds up 5 fingers before reaching the end of the page that is a sign that the book is too difficult. Holding up 1 finger or none signifies the text may be too easy. The magic number to look for is 2 fingers.