Balanced Literacy- Grade 5- Mrs. Townsend



    Summer Reading 2022

    Reading over the summer is a great way to prevent the "summer slide" and help students prepare for 5th grade. Reading and/or listening to novels really helps students retain what they have learned throughout the year. The following are some suggested, but optional resources to help you get started. 


    Ocean County Library

    Scholastic Summer Reading

    Association for Library Service to Children

    100 Books of Summer for Kids

    I do ask that you not read the following novels, since we read them in 5th grade as a part of novel studies and literature circles.

    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munz Ryan

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

    Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

    Flush by Carl Hiaasen

    Welcome Fifth Graders!
    Step into the wonderful world of reading and writing! My classroom and teaching style is designed to respect you as individuals and encourage you to reach your full potential. I understand that everybody is unique and special, and I also recognize that not everyone learns the same way. It is my goal to find the best avenue to help each of you reach your full potential. In order to ensure that everyone receives the optimal experience academically and socially, I take careful consideration before all instruction is planned and implemented. I promise that I will always try my best to make reading and writing engaging and exciting! 
    I am thrilled to begin this exciting year with all of you! There are so many great things to look forward to and I can’t wait to experience it with all of you!
    I hope this website is helpful for both students and parents. It is a great resource for information, extra support, and fun. Let the learning and exploring begin!
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