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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.

The math packets found on the Lower, Middle and Upper School pages aim to keep young mathematical 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.


FIRST SCHOOL

Books to Enjoy over the Summer

Seeking inspiring titles to share with your child? Try some of these tried and true selections.

Online Resources

The Horn Book Magazine is an invaluable resource for librarians, teachers and all those who are interested in children's literature. The Using Books at Home page contains valuable information for parents about how to raise a reader.

Recommended children’s reading from the New York Public libraries "Book Lists" site includes titles listed by type and genre and comprises classics and soon-to-be classics.

An additional site that may be of interest is the Association for Library Service to Children’s 2018 Summer Reading List. These printable lists are too good not to share!

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.

Reading Letter & Record

May 2018

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that it is the end of the 2017-2018 school year. An end to the school year marks the start of the Summer Reading Program! Our Summer Reading theme is “Go Anywhere with a Book!” Participation in the program helps your child retain and improve upon the reading skills acquired during the school year.

Your child will have two options for recording their summer reading! If you go to a museum, visit family in another city, or take a trip this summer, pick up a postcard. Alternatively, your child can use the postcard found on the Summer Math and Reading pages of Key’s website and draw where a book “took them” this summer. Then your child can list six books he or she read this summer on the back and mail it to the Manse Library or turn it in to their homeroom teacher when school is back in session.

The updated Summer Reading Lists should provide the children with many suggestions for reading fun. There are lists of picture books, chapter books and non-fiction books, as well as graphic novels. These titles are meant as points of departure only. Students should choose whatever books they want to read. Where will books take you this summer? We can’t wait to hear about everyone’s summer travels―fiction or non-fiction! Have a great summer and happy reading!

Cordially,

Angela Baccala
Library Department Head

Reading Record

GO ANYWHERE WITH A BOOK!

Online Resources

The Horn Book Magazine is an invaluable resource for librarians, teachers and all those who are interested in children's literature. The Using Books at Home page contains valuable information for parents about how to raise a reader.

Recommended children’s reading from the New York Public libraries "Children's Literature Blogs" include a variety of lists and information on the best new children’s literature.

An additional site that may be of interest is the Association for Library Service to Children’s 2018 Summer Reading List. These printable lists are too good not to share!

Books to Enjoy over the Summer

MIDDLE SCHOOL

5th Grade Summer Math & Reading

Summer Math Work

Click to view information.

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.

Blood on the River: James Town 1607
By: Elisa Carbone
ISBN: 978-0142409329
Reading Response for Blood on the River

Wonder *
By: R.J. Palacio
ISBN: 978-0375869020 (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

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? Your peers, librarians and teachers recommend:

BLACK-EYED SUSAN NOMINEES 2018-2019

Grades 4-6
Grades 6-9

FANTASY

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

MYSTERIES

NATURE and ANIMALS

REALISTIC FICTION

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 information and math packet.

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: 978-0375850868
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? Your peers, librarians and teachers recommend:

BLACK-EYED SUSAN NOMINEES 2018-2019

Grades 6-9
Grades 9-12

BIOGRAPHY

ADVENTURES AND JOURNEYS

FANTASY

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS

HISTORICAL FICTION

MYSTERIES

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 information and math packet.

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 The Outsiders, Brown Girl Dreaming, the completed Reading Responses, and your Summer Reading Log with you the first day of school.

Having trouble deciding what to read? Your peers, librarians and teachers recommend:


BLACK-EYED SUSAN NOMINEES 2018-2019

Grades 6-9
Grades 9-12

ADVENTURE AND SURVIVAL

FANTASY

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

MYSTERIES

OUR WORLD

POETRY


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 information and math packet.

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:978-0451526342
Reading Response for Animal Farm

Read ONE of the three books listed below:
Reading Response for book choice

  • All American Boys
    By: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    ISBN: 978-1481463348

  • Maus I
    By: Art Spiegelman
    ISBN: 978-0394747231

  • Salt: A World History
    By: Mark Kurlansky
    ISBN:978-0142001615

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

Having trouble deciding what to read? Your peers, librarians and teachers recommend:

BLACK-EYED SUSAN NOMINEES 2018-2019

Grades 6-9
Grades 9-12

AROUND THE WORLD

BOOKS TO RELAX WITH

FANTASY

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS

HERE AT HOME

MYSTERIES

POETRY

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

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: 978-1589016323

  • Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
    By: Brustad, Al-Batal and Al-Tonsi
    3rd Edition
    ISBN: 978-1589017368
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: 978-1589017368
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: 978-0658017414

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: 978-0156013987

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: 978-2070360185

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: 978-2266082662

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

LATIN

Advanced Latin

  • The Aeneid of Virgil
    Translation by Stanley Lombardo
    ISBN: 978-0872207318
    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: 978-0199540266
    Read books 1,4,5,6, and 7 and answer the questions on the sheet provided.
    Click for sheet.

SPANISH

Advanced Spanish Literature

Spanish II


Spanish III

  • ¿Dónde está Eduardo?
    By: Blaine Ray and Lisa Ray Turner
    ISBN: 978-0929724690
    Click for assignment


Spanish Literature and Language

Humanities Required Reading


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: 978-1416500278
Click for guiding questions

American Civilization

11th Grade
The Underground Railroad
By: Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 978-0385542364
Click for guiding questions


English 12

12th Grade
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
By: Neil Gaiman
ISBN: 978-0062459367
Click for guiding questions

Math Assignments

Science Assignments

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

Advanced Biology

  • Campbell Biology
    By: Urry, et al
    11th Edition, 2016
    ISBN: 978-0134082318

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: 978-1111577346

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 librarians have selected books that are highly appropriate for each grade’s curriculum.

BOOKS TO ENJOY

Ninth grade recommended reading list.

Tenth grade recommended reading list.

Eleventh grade recommended reading list.

Twelfth grade recommended reading list.

Black-Eyed Susan Nominees 2018-2019 (Grades 9-12)