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Summer Reading Assignment: Students must read a minimum of 2 books at her/his level. It is a free choice, but only one may be a graphic novel. **Students are required to complete only one project: a poster or a slide presentation. Please see below for details.

Summer Reading Assignment

All incoming fifth and sixth grade students are

required to read a minimum of two books at

his/her independent reading level. Only one of the

books may be a graphic novel.  The other must be a

chapter book.  Students are required to complete

only ONE project...either a poster or a google

slide presentation (link to sample is below).  Students may

complete more than one project for extra credit. 


  • Poster should be standard poster board
  • Title and Author in larger font 
  • Include 3-4 hand drawn pictures in color with a caption explaining each picture.
  • Neatness counts!  All papers glued to the board must be done so with care.
  • Capitalization, spelling and punctuation count.  Please be sure to edit your work.
  • Must include a typed or very neatly handwritten summary of the book which includes the following: 


1. Write a few sentences – in your own words – stating the main idea or gist of the story.

2. Write a few sentences about the setting of the story. (Where/when/special conditions ie war, natural disaster, etc)

3. Write a few sentences about the main characters. 

4. Write a few sentences about the conflict (problem) of the story. 

5. Write several sentences to summarize the sequence of events using transitions effectively:
First, ... Then, ... Next, .... Finally, ...

6. Write a few sentences about how the conflict was resolved.

7. Explain if/how the solution has impacted the characters.





Google Slides - Book Report 

Link to sample: 


Be sure to title your presentation as follows:


Your Name - Summer Assignment 

  • Complete the project in the slides using your gmail address
  • Use should use the Book Report format that is offered at the top
  • You may be creative with your pictures and format but it must include all of the information on the sample and must be in the correct order.  Read the notes in the attached sample.  (Summary, Setting, Main Characters, Conflict, Resolution, Theme)
  • Capitalization, spelling, and punctuation count.  Please be sure to edit.
  • Share the project with me:






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Look in Homework file below


disregard this

supply list until

further notice


5/6 Supply List (Try to avoid plastic where possibile)

One accordian binder (7 pocket) or other organizational system for transporting work

One 1" 3-ring binder (cardboard or kraft paper - NO PLASTIC)

One single-subject spiral notebook

Two boxes pencils to be donated to the class

Two boxes pencil top erasers to be donated to the class

One ultra-fine-point black Sharpie

One box fine-point Sharpies

Two fine-point dry-erase markers

One each: yellow, pink, green highlighter

5th Grade only: Red, yellow, and purple two-pocket folder with fasteners

5th Grade only: one 5-subject notebook

5th Grade only: One college-ruled composition book (not spiral bound)

6th Grade only: Blue and green two-pocket folders with fasteners

Note:  Your child may need additional pencils for school throughout the year as well as colored pencils, glue sticks, and a ruler at home.


Important:  This list is for each child, not each teacher.  All the above supplies will cover what is needed in all four core academic classes.





We are currently working on personal narrative writing.  We'll focus on choosing the small moments of our lives and telling the story bit-by-bit to create tension and focus on the heart of the story.






6th Grade! You may find it very useful to click on the link below and review the flipbook of Sign of the Beaver to help complete your homework!



Click here for the flip book of Sign of the Beaver



Contact information for Mrs. Simmons

Email is the best way to reach me during the school day.

Please don't rely on my voicemail at school if you need to

speak with me or your child. I may not check it.

Text or call my cell phone after school

school  508-627-3316  ext. 174

mobile:  508-989-8157










The Iroquois by 5G


The Cherokee by 5G


The Hopi by 5G


The Cherokee by 5S


The Hopi by 5S


The Iroquois by 5S


The Northwest Tribe by 5S






 Be sure to read a minimum of 20

         minutes per night.

Add to your sequence of event 

         Brain Frame nightly.



















Dear Parent/Guardians of 5th and 6th Grade Students,

We want to take this opportunity to clarify our snack and celebration plans. In 5th and 6th grade, fruit is provided at the start of 2nd period (9:35). It is a “working” snack rather than a “break”. The expectation is that there will be no food from home in the classroom. However, water bottles are recommended.

As you may know, The Wellness Committee has recommended that we celebrate birthdays with activities rather than food. Here in 5th/6th grade, we are excited to celebrate your child’s birthday during our advisory time with songs and activities. We’ll be sure they feel special on their big day! We kindly ask that you do not send in food for your child’s birthday.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and look forward to working with you to ensure a great year for your child!

Best wishes,

Erin Simmons (ELA), Mary Ellen Guyther (Math),

Kara Gelinas (Science), Pati Nelson (Social Studies)




in the


File Cabinet File Cabinet for Mrs. Simmons' Class

June 17, 2019
incoming 5th grade 2019.docx

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June 17, 2019
Incoming 6th 2019.docx

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June 21, 2016
Rubric for Book Poster (Summer Work)
This is the rubric needed to complete the summer work with accuracy. It is very important to read this BEFORE you complete the poster.
Click here to download.

June 19, 2013
Summer Reading List for Fifth and Sixth Grade
These are just recommendations, not requirements. Choose a book that is just right for you!
Click here to download.


Recommended sites
5th Grade Book Blog
Our fifth grade book blog!

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