Resources 2020 and Reading Lists

Dear Elementary Parents and Students,

I shall miss the CandyCanes over the summer! I’m looking forward to sharing stories and experiences in our new school year—and hugs!

As we break for summer, I am offering some resources in the hope that they will enrich summer break. They include:

  • PDF Multi-cultural anthropology and Social Studies activity
  • Kids Series history videos.
  • Virtual museum tours websites for ‘sofa” field trips.
  • Websites for Social Studies lessons/activities
  • Parent Resources for exploring your student’s reading choices.
  • Reading Suggestions websites
  • Hard copy Reading Lists for Elementary students.

NOTE: Because Elementary has an age-range of 6-10 years old, Parental Guidance for reading choices is important.

Rainard School curriculum Scope and Sequence for 2017/2018 will be FREEDOM. Books about American History, the American Revolution, and government are suggested. The Last of the Mohicans (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) by James Fenimore Cooper is a great classic.

The Who Is, What is, Where Is series offer enjoyable overviews on a myriad of topics and students love them.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder series is strongly recommended for summer reading, especially Little House in the Big Woods, which is the first book in the series. In class, we will explore her book Little House on the Prairie as we go in-depth on the American Westward Expansion, the Homestead Act, Pioneers, Inventors, and the fifty States and Capitals.

Westward Ho! Here we come!

Have a Wonderful Summer,
Ms. Cane


Create a Culture Pbl

A Complete Framework for Students to Use in Creating an Original Culture

Written by Carol Nordgaarden. Illustrated by Bev Armstrong.

This Multi-cultural anthropology and Social Studies activity offers a PBL template for students, which will spur productive thinking and answer important questions about the many aspects that make up a culture. The questions and ideas can be elucidated with hands-on crafts and artwork. Learners can apply anthropological information to develop their culture, but it is only limited by their imagination! The project is aimed at public school intermediate level; however, parents can guide the pace and choice of cultural topics for their gifted student. Each page can stand on its own, or it can be an extended project that is compiled as a research booklet at the end.

” I would love to see some results in the fall!”

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This resource was given during Distance- Learning. Unfortunately, we did not get to do our Vikings PBL during last quarter. Please encourage an exploration of the legacy of the Vikings. Additionally, have students watch The Vikings on Kid’s Animated History With Pipo.

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Web Museum Virtural Tours Resource

10 Museums with Virtual Tours for Kids Who Need A “Field Trip”. Some museums included are:

  1. The British Museum. Chris Jackson/Getty Images News/Getty Images. Explore one of the most comprehensive museums in existence.
  2. The Louvre.
  3. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.
  4. Museo Del Prado.
  5. The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis.

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Ten virtual museum tours for Parents who need a break!

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Live Animal Webcams by the Sierra club

Just watching the jellyfish float by makes everything better!

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These resources can help parents guide their children’s reading choices:

  1. Allyn, Pam, What to Read When
  2. Baskin, Barbara, Books for the Gifted Child
  3. Codell, Esme, How to Get Your Child to Love Reading
  4. Dreyer, Sharon, The Best of Bookfinder
  5. Halsted, Judith Wynn, Some of my Best Friends are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers.
  6. Oppenheim, Joanne, Choosing Books for Kids
  7. Silvey, Anita, 100 Best Books for Children

When asked which books I recommend for my students, I invariably emphasize Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books, Texas Library Association Bluebonnet books, and timeless classics. Encourage learners to try a variety of genres, even if they think they will not like it. Read together to get them started.

Note: Having a Hardback Dictionary with thumb-tabs at hand while reading is an exceptionally good strategy. I am particularly fond of dictionaries that include Mr. Webster’s name on them: Merriam-Webster, etc.

Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books Association for Library Service to Children, 1922 – Present

This comprehensive listing has books from 1922 to the present. Choose books from across a wide spectrum of time periods to show change: through time, with thought, of writing style and language; and the evolution of discoveries and facts.

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Texas Library Association Bluebonnet books lists

The Texas Association of Libraries website is an excellent resource for the Bluebonnet Award book lists and popular and classic summer reading suggestions.

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Children’s Literature Classics

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Hoagies’ Gifted: Reading List

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Basher Series Science Books

All topics are informative, and children love them! “The Basher Science series are little books that teach big science concepts in ingenious ways. Simon Basher’s hip, kicky style and colorful characters make science learning fun and fundamental ideas easy to remember.” Quote from Macmillan Publishing website.

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This interactive site offers downloads and activities from the Basher series.


Summer 2020: The reading suggestions are to encourage the fun and enjoyment of reading. It is not expected that readers will ingest the entire list but give it a few nibbles! After all, what would summer be without getting lost in the alternate world of an engrossing book!

Genre Book Title Author
Adventure My Side of the Mountain ** J. C. George
Adventure Pippi Longstocking ** Astrin Lundgren
Adventure/Fantasy Rowan of Rin Series Emily Rodda
Adventure/Historical Fiction Hatchet/Mr. Tucket Series * Gary Paulsen
Fantasy Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine
Fantasy Catherine, Called Birdy Karen Cushman
Fantasy The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper
Fantasy Book of Three Lloyd Alexander
Fantasy Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke
Fantasy The Littles* John Peterson
Fantasy Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Betty MacDonald
Fantasy The Phantom Tollbooth ** Norton Juster
Fantasy The Lightning Thief ** Rick Riordan
Fantasy The Time Warp Trio Series John Scieszka
Fantasy The Borrowers* Mary Morton
Fantasy Babe and others Dick King-Smith
Fantasy Matilda and others* Roald Dahl
Fantasy/Mystery Hank the Cowdog * John Erickson
Historical Fiction Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry** M. Taylor
Mystery A-Z Mystery Series* Ron Roy
Mystery Chasing Vermeer** Blue Balliett
Mystery Nate the Great* Marjorie Sharmat
Mystery Cam Jansen* David Adler
Mystery Westing Game E. Raskin
Mystery Encyclopedia Brown Series* Donald Sobol
Realistic Fiction Ramona Series* Beverly Cleary
Realistic Fiction The Secret Garden * F.H. Burnett
Realistic Fiction Frindle/Things Not Seen Andrew Clements
Realistic Fiction Twinkie Squad/Schooled Gordon Korman
Realistic Fiction Henry Reed series Keith Robertson
Realistic Fiction View from Saturday * E.L. Konigsburg
Realistic Fiction The Moffats Series Eleanor Estes
Realistic Fiction The Great Brain* JD Fitzgerald
Science Fiction A Wrinkle in Time and others ** M. L’Engle

materials which would be helpful for the French students

Preschool and Primary Students

These are suggestions for you if you want to practice your French during the summer break.

1. You can sing Karaoke, do some activities to learn French.

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2. Youtube : Songs of Alain Lelait ( les nombres, les saisons, la chambre, la famille …)

3. You can listen to the songs of Alain Lelait and watch the clips

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Primary and Elementary Students

These are suggestions for you if you want to practice your French during the summer break.

1. You can listen to audiobooks in French under Jeunesse..

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2. Youtube : Songs of Alain Lelait ( les nombres, les saisons, la chambre, la famille …)

3. You can listen to the songs of Alain Lelait and watch the clips

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Practice the vocabulary and the grammar on Duolingo French and Duolingo French for Classroom.

Duolingo classroom for Primary Students:
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classroom code: XUXWUU

Duolingo classroom for Elementary Students :
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classroom code: HCCCUF

Read books on Storyplayer

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Code-PreK-Primary students : TMXD6-6
Name : the name of your child
Password : the name of your child

Code-Elementary students : TMXJC-82
For the rallyes-lectures / reading logs, the students must go on the website. The app will not work.

Watch some movies in French on Netflix

French movies : Miraculous : Tales of ladybug and cat noir / Mini Wolf / Simon / Sahara…

Movies with French audio : The Willoughbys / PJ Masks / The Little Prince / Pokemon Mewtwo strikes back…

Intermediate and Middle School Students

These are suggestions for you if you want to practice your French during the summer break.

A few good grammar books and paper dictionaries if you want to practice and improve your grammar and conjugation :

Bescherelles conjugaison (grades 6 & 7)
ISBN: 978-2218951985

Larousse concise French-English / English/French Dictionary
ISBN: 978-2035700025

Grammaire progressive du francais- French edition
ISBN: 978-2090380996

A good book :
The Little Prince: a French/English Bilingual Reader
ISBN: 978-0956721594