Suggested Reading and Writing Guide
- Upcoming Kindergarten and First Grade: Children should be read to 3 to 5 times a week for 15 or more minutes. If you have an independent reader, great! Let them read. Remember, guided reading helps build fluency.
- Upcoming Second Grade: Children should read independently for at least 15 minutes, 30 minutes preferably, 3 to 5 times a week. It is still a good idea to read aloud to your son or daughter. They will enjoy hearing from you and watching your good literate behaviors. Engage them by asking key questions about the book.
- Upcoming Third and Fourth Grade: Children should read independently for at least 30 minutes 3 to 5 times a week. If they will let you, continue to read aloud to them – they learn from good models. Engage your child by asking questions about the book they are reading.
Book Review (Writing) Examples are included at the end of the Reading-Review Lists Document and on the document Sample Book Reviews
- Upcoming Kindergarten: The book review includes an opinion and a statement about the book. (Use the example as a guide) Allow your child to draw and dictate to you if they are uncomfortable about writing. Encourage them to draw/write about 3 to 5 stories they read during the summer. They will choose their favorite to turn in at the beginning of the school year along with their reading record. Remind them, this is not for a grade, but they should do their best.
- Upcoming First and Second Grade: The book review includes an opinion with text support. (Use the example as a guide) The review should follow the same format as they practiced in class. A picture can be included to illuminate their thinking. Have them write anywhere from 3 to 5 reviews from their list of books. They will choose their favorite to turn in along with their reading record.
- Upcoming Third and Fourth Grade: The book review includes a title, short summary, explanation of their favorite part with text support and finally a recommendation. (Use the example as a guide) A picture can be included to illuminate their thinking. With a more mature reader, there may be fewer books; therefore few opportunities to write a review. Encourage your child to write at least two reviews. They will choose their favorite to turn in along with their reading record in the fall.
Links for Book Review Examples by Grade Level
Scholastic Review Examples:
Spaghetti Book Club – Review Example and Books