Room 113 News May 31st

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Due to room availability, we have changed the date of our previously mentioned celebration to

Tuesday June 7th - Endangered Animal Presentations and End of Year Celebration

10-10:30- Classroom

10:30-11:00- Shared lunch in MPB

Please sign up to bring a dish to share if you can. Here is the link: Hagen Celebration of Learning Lunch Sign-up

Tuesday May 31st - Early Release

Wednesday June 1st - Music Share 1:25pm in Mrs. Wong's classroom

Thursday June 2nd - Free Dress uniforms

Summer Reading

The Importance of Summer Reading:

The importance of reading over the summer cannot be emphasised enough. Your child has acquired so many new skills and has become capable of independently reading for 25-45 minutes. Summer reading can be a combination of you reading to your child, your child reading to themselves, or you partner reading with your child. It’s important that your child reads “just right books” orally to maintain practice reading fluency and avoid the dreaded SUMMER SLIDE, in which reading skills regress.

What does “just right” mean?

Just right books are books students can read and understand without help. The majority of what a child reads should be at their independent level. This builds skills taught in class and also builds reading stamina and confidence. Enjoyment is critical and reading books that are too difficult takes away the satisfaction that comes from reading. Let me know if you'd like your child's exact independent reading level to use with these websites. 2nd Graders typically read level L, M, or N books at this time of the year. has an excellent leveled reading section that lists books by non-fiction and fiction within each letter level. is a website where you can search for books by reading Level.

Reading Lists

I have included some resources for older children as well. Each title is a link and there are also links embedded into each section. Reading more difficult books aloud to your children is an excellent activity to share with your child over summer.

ALSC 2015 Summer Reading Lists
These lists come from Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Books on these list will keep students interested in reading all summer. The reading lists are divided into three categories: Kindergarten-2nd Grade; 3rd-5th Grade; and 6th-8th Grade.

ALSC 2015 Notable Children’s Books
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has identified a list of books that are the best of the best in children’s literature. This list includes the current Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Geisel, and Batchelder Award winners and Honor books, among other notable books. The list includes books for a wide range of ages, from babies through age 14. They reflect and encourage children’s interest in outstanding ways. The list is divided into four categories – young readers; middle readers; older readers; and all ages.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Booklist for Young Readers
The National Endowment for the Humanities has created summer reading lists with lots of classics on them – Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Grades 4 to 6.

HAISLN 2015 Recommended Reading Lists
These annotated 2015 reading lists, which contain a lot of more recent books, come from the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN). These lists are broken down into grade levels and can be downloaded in PDF format. Preschool – K Reading List; Grades 1 & 2 Reading List; Grades 3 & 4 Reading List; Grade 5 Reading List; Grade 6 Reading List and Grades 7 & 8 Reading List.

2015 Boston Public Schools and Boston Public Libraries Summer Reading List
Their lists this year features books about all kinds of heroes – local, global, environmental,
historical, animal, and even children. Check out their reading lists: Kindergarten-Grade 2; Grades 3-5; and Grades 6-8.

Every Hero Has A Story! Reading Lists from Connecticut
Many libraries across the country are using “Every Hero Has a Story” as the theme of their 2015 summer reading program. The following lists were compiled by Linda Williams at the Connecticut Department of Education and Connecticut State Library: Grades K-2; Grades 3-4; Grades 5-6; and Grades 7-8.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Scholastic has summer reading lists for Ages 3-5; Ages 6-7; Ages 8-10; and Ages 11-13.

New York Libraries Summer Reading 2015 Booklist
This PreK-5 list was created by librarians at Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library,
Queens Library, and the New York City Department of Education School Library System. There are book lists for Preschool and PreK; Kindergarten and Grade 1; Grades 2 and 3; and Grades 4 and 5.

Hornbook Summer Reading List

Funny Boys! Books for Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Here’s a list of funny stories similar to Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Award Winning Historical Fiction for Grades 4-8
All of the books on this list are award winning books. These awards include the John Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. They represent time periods from the medieval times to the 1970s.

Best Narrative Nonfiction for Grades 4-8
These nonfiction books are written in a story format and are very engaging. Narrative nonfiction books are informational books written in an engaging story-like format. This list contains some of the top award winning narrative nonfiction books.


Our class strived to use i-pads as tools for creation vs. consumption. Here are some apps to consider downloading for summer that your child is very familiar with.

Puppet Pals HD Directors Cut - make puppet shows out of anything you can photograph

Educreations - make screencasts using live annotation and speech

Adobe Voice - make movies with music, themes, icons, and pictures...make short movies about your vacation for your relatives...

Popplet - design mind maps/graphic organizers

Picollage - make collages using your own pictures or pictures from the web...arrange and scale to increase the level of thinking...great for combining photos

Social Studies

We are preparing our speeches about endangered animals we have been researching for the past month. Students have worked together to gather facts and have been using their organizational and writing skills to pull their information into a sleek product. Students will give their speeches on June 7th and will also debut their films.

Reading and Writing

We have continued our study of Folklore and have used these stories to dramatize and act out the characters' roles. As writers, we have used our reading to inspire our own adaptations of classic stories where one main story element has been changed.
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Our class has moved into a study of geometry. We are exploring attributes of different shapes such as right angles, parallel lines, and congruency. Today, we categorised quadrilaterals, which was quite tricky!
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