Summer Reading and Assignments: The summer months provide an opportune time to read, enjoy stories and learn new information from books. When parents and children read together, they are building language and new knowledge. They also create wonderful memories and experiences, which stay with children for many years. Our staff have put together summer reading lists and projects designed to foster enjoyment of reading, to expose students to a variety of genres, and to encourage independent reading. It is intended to help students maintain reading proficiencies acquired during the school year.
Many of the reading assignments reference the “BFCCPS Virtues” families new to our community can find information here about Prudence, Fortitude, Temperance and Justice here with definitions for each.

 

Kindergarten through Grade Five:

 

All students in Kindergarten through Grade Five have reading lists and assignments posted.
Please visit this google folder to download your child’s summer reading list and assignment.

 

Grades 6-8: This year we will be using a new model of summer reading assignments for students in grades 6-8 that we’re calling Summer Book Clubs. You can find the complete list of books and descriptions here. Students will be assigned one of their five choices before leaving for summer vacation and receive a general list of questions for reflection as they read. Note that there is no written assignment associated with Book Clubs. At the start of next school year students will meet with their Book Clubs, other students and a faculty member that read the same book, to discuss their books, including character connections. Book assignments went out via email to both students and parent/guardians on July 3. Please email Kelsey Kolic at kkolic@bfccps.orgwith any questions about Summer Book Clubs.

Math Enrichment:

 

Kids and adults alike enjoy playing games that are fun and motivating. Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning. Providing repeated opportunities for students to play games, allows mathematical ideas to emerge as students notice new patterns, relationships, and strategies.

 

This summer, try playing some of the games below with your child for a chance to build some valuable math skills and some family fun. Game on!

 

Card/Dice Games:
Math War
Pig
Two-Fisted Pennies
Nim-7
Nim
Acing Math Card Games
Coordinate Grid Battleship
Online Games:
Turtle Pond
Factorize
Product Game
Board Games:
Tiny Polka Dot
Prime Climb
Set
Mancala

Zearn

 

Many parents have inquired about continued use of the Zearn platform over the summer (please know that this is not required). If you do choose to have your child use Zearn during this time, please be aware of the following three points.

 

Grades 1-5 teachers have reset the students’ Zearn accounts at the beginning of the grade that they just finished. This will allow the students to practice and revisit all topics from the previous grade.

 

Please DO NOT allow your child/children to go forward into the next grade level on Zearn. For example, if your child has completed Grade 3, they should NOT start Grade 4. You should only use Zearn to review and reinforce and not to advance into subsequent grade levels.

 

When students complete a lesson, they earn a badge. The students can click on the badge and complete a “bonus.”