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MMS Summer Reading/Math Info

SUMMER READING for MMS:

Summer is a time to break out of usual reading patterns and explore new interests, ideas, and authors. Reading should be viewed as a portal to lifelong learning. It is not a chore, but a mechanism to help students discover themselves through literature. Reading can also bring a lifetime of pleasure and enlightenment. Research strongly suggests that reading, like most skills, improves with practice and decreases when we don’t engage in it for even a short time, so we encourage students to read over the summer from a variety of genres.

To connect this philosophy to the English curriculum at Middlesex, incoming students are asked to read at least three books over the summer of their choice. In selecting these books we ask that each book be from a different genre. Some ideas of genres are science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction (includes sports fiction, romance, etc.), fantasy, mystery, non-fiction (biography, autobiography, informational), and adventure/suspense novels.  Parents may help students select books by referring to the resources located on the DPS Parent Curriculum Wiki @ http://dpsk-5parents.wikispaces.com/Literacy.

Upon completion of each book, students must write a review of the book. To help students develop their book reviews, we have included a set of suggestions that may help guide their thinking. These reviews should include the title, author, genre, and total pages.

In a book review, it is helpful to…
  • begin with a brief summary of the book.
  • be clear about why you liked or did not like the book. Talk about something specific from the book.
  • give a rating.
  • talk about what type of reader/person  would like this book and why.
  • compare the book to another book or movie.

Students should complete their review prior to September as sixth grade teachers will be expecting them to bring hard copies on the FIRST DAY of school.

 

SUMMER MATH for MMS:

 

As a way to assist your child in transitioning to the middle school, the Middlesex Math Department

in collaboration with their elementary school colleagues, has created a Grade 5‐6 Summer Math

Packet. To access the packet, please visit the MMS website at http://www.darienps.org/middlesex and

look for the link. The purpose of the packet is threefold, to:

 

  • Reinforce skills that are deemed secure for all exiting fifth graders
  • Identify areas of relative weakness for review that can be revisited independently
  • Reduce the need for extensive review at the beginning of the school year, so new concepts

can move forward

 

All concepts and skills reflected in the Math Packet have been previously taught and reviewed.

There should be no need for specialized instruction – just time, space, and occasional guidance. An

answer key has been provided to assist as well.

 

If you find that your child could use some additional practice and reinforcement, there are a number

of websites available that your child will be familiar with from elementary school.

 

The first two sites are links to Fall 4 Math.

 

These other websites are more interactive in nature.

 

Although this packet is not a requirement, we feel it can help ease the transition to middle school and

help students reinforce their skills prior to the start of 6thgrade.  Don’t wait till August to start your Summer Reading/Math.  Good luck at MMS and have a great summer!

HW 6/11/15 (Fri. – B Day)

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night.

Writing:  Memorize 6-Word Memoir!

Math: PRACTICE SONGS!

Science: None.

History: None.

Other/Reminders: 5th Grade Breakfast tomorrow at 7:30 in the Library; Promotion and Award Ceremony Monday 9:00 am!

HW 6/10/15 (Thur. – A Day)

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night.

Writing:  Memorize 6-Word Memoir!

Math: None.

Science: None.

History: None.

Other/Reminders: 5th Grade Breakfast Friday at 7:30 in the Library; Promotion and Award Ceremony Monday 9:00 am!

HW 6/9/15 (Wed. – F Day)

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night.

Writing:  Memorize 6-Word Memoir!

Math: None.

Science: None.

History: None.

Other/Reminders: 2nd half of Field Day 6/10 8:35-10:30; Click here for the ‘End of Year’ Schedule.

HW 6/5/15 (Mon. – D Day)

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night and enter on Log (Book Log); Fantasy Book Game Project due MONDAY (Create a Game directions).

Writing:  Memorize 6-Word Memoir!

Math: Unit 9: Numbers, Data and Space: Finish ‘Luxury Car’ Packet if needed.

Science: None.

History: Slavery and the Civil War: BRING IN SOCIAL STUDIES BOOK FOR RETURN.

Other/Reminders: Field Day 6/8; Click here for the ‘End of Year’ Schedule.

HW 6/3/15 (Thurs. – B Day)

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night and enter on Log (Book Log); Fantasy Book Game Project due June 8th (Create a Game directions).

Writing:  Harris Burdick Story due Friday, 6/5.

Math: Unit 9: Numbers, Data and Space: Finish ‘Making Ends Meet’ packet.

Science: None.

History: Slavery and the Civil War: BRING IN SOCIAL STUDIES BOOK FOR RETURN.

Other/Reminders: Field Day 6/8; Click here for the ‘End of Year’ Schedule.

HW 6/1/15 (Tues. – F Day)

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night and enter on Log (Book Log); Fantasy Book Game Project due June 8th (Create a Game directions).

Writing:  Bring in the name and address for a company you would like to learn more about (food company, tech company, sports equipment company, etc…); Harris Burdick Story due Friday, 6/5.

Math: Unit 9: Numbers, Data and Space: Finish SB p. 45-51 as needed.

Science: None.

History: Slavery and the Civil War: BRING IN SOCIAL STUDIES BOOK FOR RETURN; Bring in National Treasure Permission Slip (Movie Permission slip).

Other/Reminders: West Point Field Trip 6/2 – Bagged, labeled lunch, no electronics besides cameras, dress for weather; Field Day 6/8; Click here for the ‘End of Year’ Schedule.

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