Rebecca DesJardin and Beth Davenport

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(Updated 6/12/20)

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Summer Literacy


Hey there Belmont Students! We have 10 weeks of summer vacation! What a great time to get caught up on some relaxing summer reading and writing! Let’s see if you can meet this 10-week reading and writing challenge! You can do the activities using materials from your house or using digital tools.

Week 1: Write a book review for a “nonfiction” book. Tell the audience whether you would or would not recommend and why. Give your book a star rating : * Did not enjoy it, **It was ok, ***It was an enjoyable read, ****Awesome read, but not amazing *****Absolutely amazing 
Word of the Week: ocean  Definition:  a very big body of saltwater. Example Vanessa loved going to the ocean and splashing in the waves. Synonym: sea

Week 2You are the movie director: Choose a “fiction” book to read. Make a presentation with pictures and explanation of: Who would you cast to be the main characters? What song would you choose as the theme song? What would the locations look like?
Word of the Week: feast  Definition: a big meal on a special day . Example: My mom spent all day cooking a delicious Chinese food feast to celebrate. Synonym: meal

Week 3:Make a Travel Brochure: Choose a ”nonfiction” book about a place or think about a place you have visited (anything from going to the pool to visiting another country.) Create specific sections to describe the: attractions,  location, interesting facts, reasons to visit.
Word of the Week: blossom  Definition: to make flowers. Example: After many months of sunlight and water my plant finally began to blossomSynonym: flower

Week 4Reader’s Theater: Choose a “fiction” book and create a play for your friends and family to act out. Think about: Who will play which roles? What will they say?  What will the scenery look like? What costumes and props will be needed?
Word of the Week: meadow  Definition: a field of grass or wildflowers. Example: Sarah liked to go to the meadow to pick flowers to give to her mom. Synonym: grassland

Week 5: Make a diorama: Choose a section from a “nonfiction” book and make a 3-dimensional model of that portion of text.
Word of the Week: peculiar  Definition: not like the normal or usual; odd or curious.Example: When Wendy said, "Hello, Earthlings, Wendy am I," we knew she had a peculiarway of speaking. Synonyms:  funny, strange

Week 6: Write a book review for a “fiction” book. Tell the audience whether you would or would not recommend and why. Give your book a star rating ‘ * Did not enjoy it, **It was ok, ***It was an enjoyable read, ****Awesome read, but not amazing *****Absolutely amazing 
Word of the Week: shabby  Definition: worn or faded from use or wear. Example: She wore a pair of shabby pants with patches and rips. Synonyms:  dingy, frayed, worn

Week 7You are the movie director: Choose a “nonfiction” book to read. Make a presentation with pictures and explanation of: Who would you cast to be the main characters (scientists, explorers, famous people?)  What song would you choose as the theme song? What would the locations look like?
Word of the Week: tidy  Definition: neat, clean, and in good order. Example: Harry likes to keep his desk tidy. He has a special place for every pencil and notebook. Synonyms:  orderly, trim

Week 8:Make a Brochure: Choose a ”fiction” book think about what took place in the story. Create specific sections by story elements: characters, setting, problem, and resolution. Include a short summary of the story.
Word of the Week: ease Definition: freedom from concern, trouble, or work Example: I wasn't worried about the future; I was totally at easeSynonyms: security, peace

Week 9Reader’s Theater: Choose a “nonfiction” book and create a play for your friends and family to act out. Think about: Who will play which roles? What will they say?  What will the scenery look like? What costumes and props will be needed?
Word of the Week: essential  Definition: needed; necessary; extremely important. Example:If you're going to play soccer, it's essential that you have a ball. Synonyms: basic, fundamental

Week 10: Make a comic strip: Choose a section from a “fiction” book and create a comic strip showing your favorite scene from the book.
Word of the Week: disclose  Definition: to make known. Example: My grandfather has never told us what goes into his special chicken dish, but he promised to disclose the ingredients one day. Synonyms: reveal