Summer Math and Reading

From guest storytellers in the First School to the daily "Quiet/Reflection Time" in the Lower School to book discussion groups and activities in Middle and Upper School, the Key School libraries promote reading for pleasure throughout the school year. Each library (Manse, Ford K. Brown and Upper School) provides summer reading lists for students with carefully selected titles for recreational reading as well as curricular reading. Summer reading lists for Middle and Upper School students are accompanied by links to guiding questions, study guides or detailed assignments. The summer reading sites also offer links to widely respected book lists for young readers.

In addition to reading, math packets for the Lower, Middle and Upper School students (as well as science and foreign language work for the Upper School students), aim to keep young minds from growing rusty over the summer months. Completing the work found in each grade or course-specific packet ensures that students will hit the ground running when school meets again.


PLEASE REFER TO THE DIVISION/GRADE YOUR CHILD WILL BE GOING INTO FOR
THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR.

FIRST SCHOOL

Resources

Interested in raising a family of readers? Check out this book.


Recommended Reading Lists:

Books to Enjoy Over the Summer

Seeking inspiring titles to share with your child? Librarian Angela Baccala has put together a wonderful list of books. Go to the Manse Library cloud. Click on "Catalog" (top left) then on Resource Lists and you will see First School Suggested Reading.

LOWER SCHOOL

Summer Math Packets

Rising fourth and fifth grade students will receive a hard copy of their summer math packet in the mail. The completed packet should be brought in the first day of School and given to their homeroom teacher. If needed, a copy of the math packet for rising fourth graders can be obtained from Beth Neumann in the Lower School Office and a copy of the math packet for rising fifth graders can be obtained either from Beth Neumann or Heather Nye in the Middle School Office.

Rising first, second and third grade students do not have a required math packet to complete over the summer. However, if parents/guardians would like review materials for their child, they should contact Ellie Young, Lower School math coordinator.

Let's See What You Read this Summer!

LET'S SEE WHAT YOU READ THIS SUMMER!

Create a READ poster & email it to Miss Angela abaccala@keyschool.org or bring it to school in August. Create a poster using an app or good old-fashioned paper. Show what books you read this summer, where you did some reading, who you read with…the possibilities are endless. If you like, you can use #keyreads and post your READ poster on social media! Posters will be displayed in the Manse in the fall.

Check out these examples.

Resources

Interested in raising a family of readers? Check out this book.


Recommended Reading Lists:

Books to Enjoy Over the Summer

Librarian Angela Baccala has put some wonderful book lists together.

Go to the Manse Library cloud. Click on "Catalog" (top left) then on "Resource Lists" and the Summer Reading Lists for these categories: Chapter Books, Graphic Novel, Non-Fiction, and Picture Books.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

5th Grade Summer Math & Reading

Summer Math Work

Click to view required math packets

Required Reading

During the summer we continue to be a community of readers: relaxing with new stories and uncovering treasures. You must read at least FOUR books over the summer. Complete the two required readings below and the reading responses for each book, and read at least two other books of your choice. Record all your books in the Summer Reading Log.

1. Blood on the River: James Town 1607
Author: Elisa Carbone
ISBN: 9780142409329
Reading Response for Blood on the River

2. Wonder*
Author: R.J. Palacio
ISBN: 9780375869020 (hardcover)
* You are asked to read ONLY the original book, and not the "Julian Chapter" or any other “chapters” that have appeared since the book was first published.
Reading Response for Wonder

What to bring the first day of school.
Be prepared to bring copies of Blood on the River and Wonder, the completed Reading Responses, and your Summer Reading Log with you on the first day of school.

Having trouble deciding what to read? Reading lists compiled from the suggestions of your teachers, librarians and peers are available on the Ford K. Brown Library website. Go to Key School’s FKB/Upper School Libraries webpage. Click on "Catalog" at the top left, then click the "Resource Lists" in the left column. You will see a variety of recommended titles.

Don’t forget to list your readings (novels, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in your log. Get together with friends, form book clubs, and email each other about your favorite characters. Enjoy the summer community of reading.

For questions about the required reading, contact Humanities Chair Jane Zanger.

6th Grade Summer Math & Reading

Summer Math

Click to view required math packets

Required Reading

During the summer we continue to be a community of readers: relaxing with new stories and uncovering treasures. You must read at least FOUR books over the summer. Complete the two required readings below and the reading response for When You Reach Me, and read at least two other books of your choice. Record all your books in the Summer Reading Log.

When You Reach Me
By: Rebecca Stead
ISBN: 9780375850868
Reading Response for When You Reach Me

One biography of your choosing

Be prepared to bring in an artifact that represents an interest, success or notable achievement of your biography subject when instructed by your teacher. This will be used for the Biography Artifact Investigation in class during the first week of school.

Bring copies of When You Reach Me, the biography you chose, the completed Reading Response for When You Reach Me, and your Summer Reading Log with you on the first day of school.

Having trouble deciding what to read? Reading lists compiled from the suggestions of your teachers, librarians and peers are available on the Ford K. Brown Library website. Go to Key School’s FKB/Upper School Libraries webpage. Click on "Catalog" at the top left, then click the "Resource Lists" in the left column. You will see a variety of recommended titles including biographies.

Don’t forget to list your readings (novels, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in your log. Get together with friends, form book clubs, and email each other about your favorite characters. Enjoy the summer community of reading.

For questions about the required reading, contact Humanities Chair Jane Zanger.

7th Grade Summer Math & Reading

Summer Math

Click to view required math packets

Required Reading

During the summer we continue to be a community of readers: relaxing with new stories and uncovering treasures. You must read at least FOUR books over the summer. Complete the two required readings below and the reading responses for each book, and read at least two other books of your choice. Record all your books in the Summer Reading Log.

Be prepared to bring Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, the completed Reading Responses, and your Summer Reading Log with you the first day of school.

Having trouble deciding what to read? Reading lists compiled from the suggestions of your teachers, librarians and peers are available on the Ford K. Brown Library website. Go to Key School’s FKB/Upper School Libraries webpage. Click on "Catalog" at the top left, then click the "Resource Lists" in the left column. You will see a variety of recommended titles.

Don’t forget to list your readings (novels, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in your log. Get together with friends, form book clubs, and email each other about your favorite characters. Enjoy the summer community of reading.

For questions about the required reading, contact Humanities Chair Jane Zanger.

8th Grade Summer Math & Reading


Summer Math

Click to view required math packets

Required Reading

During the summer we continue to be a community of readers: relaxing with new stories and uncovering treasures. You must read at least FOUR books over the summer. Complete the two required readings below and the reading response for each book, and read at least two other books of your choice. Record all your books in the Summer Reading Log.

Required book for all eighth graders:

Animal Farm
By: George Orwell
ISBN: 9780451526342
Reading Response for Animal Farm

Read ONE of the three books listed below:

  • All American Boys
    By: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    ISBN: 9781481463348

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    By: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
    ISBN: 9780061730337

  • Maus I
    By: Art Spiegelman
    ISBN: 9780394747231
Reading Response for your book choice


Be prepared to bring your copy of Animal Farm and either All American Boys, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, or Maus I, the completed Reading Responses, and your Summer Reading Log with you on the first day of school.

Having trouble deciding what to read? Reading lists compiled from the suggestions of your teachers, librarians and peers are available on the Ford K. Brown Library website. Go to Key School’s FKB/Upper School Libraries webpage. Click on "Catalog" at the top left, then click the "Resource Lists" in the left column. You will see a variety of recommended titles.

Don’t forget to list your readings (novels, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in your log. Get together with friends, form book clubs, and email each other about your favorite characters. Enjoy the summer community of reading.

For questions about the required reading, contact Humanities Chair Jane Zanger.

UPPER SCHOOL

Foreign Language Required Reading & Assignments

If your course is not listed, there is no summer work required.

ARABIC

Arabic II

  • Alif Baa Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds
    By: Brustad, Al-Batal and Al-Tonsi
    3rd Edition
    ISBN: 9781589016323

  • Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
    By: Brustad, Al-Batal and Al-Tonsi
    3rd Edition
    ISBN: 9781589017368
Click for review packet

Arabic III

  • Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
    By: Brustad, Al-Batal and Al-Tonsi
    3rd Edition
    ISBN: 9781589017368
Click for review packet

FRENCH

French I/II

Complete this work packet. Read all explanations and directions carefully. Verbs need to be conjugated in the present tense. The activities will introduce you to the basic concepts covered in the course or help you review them.

French III

  • Lisons comme ça!
    By: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
    ISBN: 9780658017414
    This text will be used in the upcoming school year

Read Deuxième Partie, Les grandes figures de l'histoire, chap.1-11, pp. 66-101. Select six characters and answer the questions at the end of the chapters in complete sentences in French.

French IV

  • Le Petit Prince
    By: Antoine St. Exupéry
    ISBN: 9780156013987

Read the entire book. Select your four favorite chapters and explain in four paragraphs in French, about ten lines each, why you selected those chapters.

French V

  • La Symphonie Pastorale
    By: André Gide
    ISBN: 9782070360185

Read up to page 62. Summarize the reading in French in about three pages, double spaced. Select two of the following characters and characterize them in two different paragraphs, about twelve lines each: le Pasteur, Gertrude, Jacques, and Amelie.

French Literature and Film

  • Candide, Ou, L'Optimisme, et Autres Contes
    By: François Voltaire
    ISBN: 9782266082662

Read Chapters 1 - 10 and be ready to discuss them.

LATIN

Advanced Latin

  • The Aeneid of Virgil
    Translation by Stanley Lombardo
    ISBN: 9780872207318
    Read the poem in its entirety and answer the questions on the outline provided.
    Click for outline.
  • De Bello Gallico
    By: Julius Caesar, Translation by Carolyn Hammond for Oxford World's Classics
    ISBN: 9780199540266
    Read books 1,4,5,6, and 7 and answer the questions on the sheet provided.
    Click for sheet.

SPANISH

Spanish summer readings and assignments will be available soon.

Humanities Required Reading & Assignments

If your course is not listed, there is no summer work required.

European Civilization

10th Grade
The Picture of Dorian Gray
By: Oscar Wilde
ISBN: 9781416500278
Guiding questions

American Civilization

11th Grade
The Underground Railroad
By: Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 9780385542364
Guiding questions


English 12

12th Grade
Slaughterhouse-Five
By: Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN: 9780812988529
Guiding questions

Math Assignments

Science Assignments

If your course is not listed, there is no summer work required.

Advanced Biology

  • Campbell Biology
    By: Reese, et al
    11th Edition, 2017
    ISBN: 9780134082318

Read Chapters 2-7. There will be a test the second week of class. Make vocabulary cards. Cards must be hard copy, not digital

Advanced Chemistry

  • Chemistry
    By: Zumdahl & Zumdahl
    8th Edition, AP Edition, Revised 2012
    ISBN: 9781111577346

Please read Chapters 1-3 and complete the following problems by the first day of school.

  • Chapter 1: 31,33,35,37,39,47,55,59,87,89,91
  • Chapter 2:
    51,53,57,59,65,71,75
  • Chapter 3: 33,37,43,47,53,59,65,69,75

Books to Enjoy over the Summer

To supplement required summer readings, Key’s librarian has selected books that are highly appropriate for each grade’s curriculum. View the list!