Elementary Summer Scholars
Please support your child in striving to become an Upper Darby Summer Scholar.
To be honored as a Summer Scholar, your child must complete and return some of the activities for their specified grade level. An adult signature is required on some of the documents and all completed documents are due on or before September 11, 2015.
We are confident that participation in these summer learning activities will help prevent major “vacation regression” and will provide opportunities for individual as well as family fun. Thank you in advance for your support.
For all grade levels:
- Read daily (at least 15 minutes) and log your reading on the Summer Book Log. An adult must initial each recorded book. Use the summer reading list included in the summer scholar packet for good book ideas.
- Select a favorite fiction and non-fiction book and complete the graphic organizer and summary included in the summer material. Be prepared to participate fully in a classroom book group discussion about your two books. You may use your organizer and summary to help you prepare for the discussion, but you must be able to talk about the details of the books in your own words.
- Review the Summer Scholar Activity Board for the grade level you will be entering. Select at least 10 activities (one for each week of summer vacation) that you will complete. Have a grown-up initial each box you complete on the Activity Board.
- Practice skills needed for math next year by working on the problems in the Prerequisite Skills inventory Packet enclosed (these additional sheets are cannot be found in the online version of the summer scholar packet). Mini lessons and additional practice can be found in the back of your Standards Practice textbook titled “Getting Ready”. These math sheets will not be collected in September they are for additional practice.
- Become fluent (memorize) your grade level math facts. You can continue to access First in Math using your username and password until August 15, 2015. Students entering grades 2-5 will be required to take a 1.5 timed test when returning in September.
Elementary Summer Scholars (recommended)
- Students Entering Kindergarten - Summer Scholars Packet
- Students Entering First Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Second Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Third Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Fourth Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Fifth Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
High School Reading (required)
Optional Reading Guides
- From the Earth to the Moon
- Jane Eyre
- The Grapes of Wrath
- The Scarlet Letter
- Wuthering Heights
- The Giver
- Code Orange
- Fallen Angels
- The Code: The Five Secrets of Teen Success
Middle School Reading
Students entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in Upper Darby School District are given an opportunity to choose from a large selection of books for their summer reading enjoyment. This list includes current, classic, and international books. Students should select one book from the International List and one book from the General Reading List. After the students have completed their reading, they should follow the directions listed for each grade level, completing either the Dear New Friend letter for students entering sixth grade or The Plot Thickens! organizer for those students entering seventh or eighth grades.
Students are encouraged to choose wisely. They should try to select books that will interest them and books that will keep them involved with the characters and their lives. Most of the books can be accessed from our local libraries and bookstores. Online versions of many books are available on E-readers -Nook, Kindle, IPad, etc. Complete instructions and the complete International and General Reading Lists, along with short descriptions of all books on those lists, can be found by clicking on the link below. If you are unable to download and print from the website, some hard copies will be available in your school’s office and will be sent home upon request.
* Upper Darby would like to acknowledge the Shipley School for their contributions to our summer reading lists.
Middle School Reading (required)
* Please be aware that some of the books on the list contain more mature subject matter and may not be suitable for all children. Parents are encouraged to help their children choose books from the suggested list that they feel are best suited for their children.