Summer Reading at Skyview!

    For students entering grade 6 in the Challenge Program

    Summer is a great time to unwind, spend time outdoors, and enjoy time with family and friends. It’s also a great time to READ! Summer reading allows students to stretch their imaginations, relax, and maintain and continue to grow their reading comprehension and vocabulary.

    Skyview teachers want you to keep reading this summer, and we are requiring all students to participate in our Skyview Summer Reading Program. The program is simple:

    1. Read two books (one (1) fiction and one (1) non-fiction) over the summer that are in your ZPD (see below). Pick books you are interested in reading! You can check to see if your book is in your ZPD by visiting arbookfinder.com. You can use the Advanced Search feature on this site to find books that are related to your interests.
    2. Students in the challenge program are required one of the historical fiction books listed on the next page in addition to the two books of your choice. Students are required to complete the graphic organizer at the end of this letter/packet and it is recommended to read closer to the start of school as students will begin the year completing a series of activities using the book. The graphic organizer is also posted on Mrs. Laskey/Mr. Shatzman’s website.
      1. 3 books total – 2 of your choice and 1 historical fiction book from the list
      2. 2 AR tests or story map for the 2 books of your choice
      3. 1 graphic organizer for the historical fiction book
    3. Choose a way to show what you’ve read for the 2 books of your choice:
      1. Arrange to visit the Skyview or Arcola computer lab over the summer during one of our AR Days to take an Accelerated Reader quiz. Accelerated Reader is a computer-based assessment program that asks students comprehension questions based on what they have read. Students must achieve an 80% or better on the quiz. OR
      1. Complete a story map with detail. Story maps will be collected in the first week of school. (Students may choose either option for each book. If a book does not have an AR quiz associated with it, the Story Map option must be selected for that book.)
      2. Complete the graphic organizer in detail that coincides with the historical fiction book. Graphic organizers will be collected in the first week of school.

    Students took a test called the STAR Reading Assessment that gives a measure of reading comprehension. While no one test can give us a complete picture about a child’s abilities, we can gain valuable information from this assessment that will assist us and your child in improving his/her reading achievement. From this set of scores, the program also offers a valuable measure that will assist your child in selecting books at just the right level.

    When a reader chooses books that are “just right,” he/she can improve vocabulary and comprehension faster than if reading books that are too easy or too hard. We will refer to this reading level as the Zone of Proximal Development or ZPD. The ZPD suggests the readability-level range from which your child should be selecting books for optimal growth in reading without frustration. The ZPD is the approximate range of books that will challenge your reader without causing frustration or a loss of motivation.

    The focus of this program is not on taking a test or doing a project. It’s about encouraging your child to read. To help with that endeavor, we will be adding a special Summer Reading section to the Skyview website with lots of great activities you and your child can do to make reading fun (www.methacton.org – choose Skyview from Schools drop down menu in upper left). We also encourage you to check out all of the great programs available at the Lower Providence Community Library (www.lowerprovidencelibrary.org).

    If you have any questions about our program, please contact your child’s teacher.


    Happy Reading,


    Mr. Shatzman


    Skyview computer lab will be open for AR tests at the following dates/times this summer:


    Wednesday, July 25    10:00 am – 2:00 pm


    Thursday, August 2      10:00 am – 2:00 pm


    Tuesday, August 7       10:00 am – 2:00 pm


    Thursday, August 16    10:00 am – 2:00 pm


    The computer lab will also be open during our annual Scavenger Hunt Open House on August 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm



    Arcola computer lab will be open for AR tests at the following dates/times this summer:


    Tuesday, June 26                  5:30 – 7:30 pm


    Tuesday, July 10                    7:30 – 9:30 am


    Thursday, July 19                  5:30 – 7:30 pm


    Thursday, August 9               7:30 – 9:30 am


    Tuesday, August 21              5:00 – 8:00 pm   





    6th Grade Challenge Historical Fiction Summer Reading Book Choices (choose one)


    Title: Fever 1793
    Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Overview: In 1793 Philadelphia, fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
    Awards: American Library Association Award
    ISBN: 9780689838583


    Title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
    Author: Jacqueline Kelly
    Overview: Set in Texas in 1899, this is the story of spunky Calpurnia Tate who is more interested in science and nature than in learning to be a lady and her life with her family, which includes six brothers.
    Awards: Newbery Honor Book, several state awards
    ISBN: 9780805088410


    Title: The Green Glass Sea
    Author: Ellen Klages
    Overview: It's 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is sent to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all--"the gadget." None of them--not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey--know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives.
    Awards: Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
    ISBN: 9780142411490