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Summer Reading High-5 Challenge

Young boy sitting on a hillside over looking the ocean while reading a book.

Try to complete at least 5 of the activities from the list below!

Did you know…

Children in grade 3-5 on average lose approximately 20 percent of their school-year gains in reading over the summer months?1

  • Watch TV with the sound off and read the closed captions.
  • Find a recipe you want to make and write out a grocery list of food that you will need.
  • Read a book and watch the movie. Decide which you liked best and why.
  • Write a postcard, draw picture on the back, then address it and mail it. You could be on an imaginary trip or you could pretend you are a tourist in your own yard or hometown – what will you visit, eat, and enjoy? Check out this Postcard Planning Sheet for ideas!
  • Read a story to a stuffed animal or your pet.
  • Help your parents cook a meal or bake something by reading the recipe.
  • Write a letter or email to a family member or friend to brighten up their day.
  • Pitch a tent or build a fort in your yard and read inside it!
  • Listen to author Jon Laser reading a story he wrote titled: Grow Kind. You could read and record a story you authored!
  • Make a doodle to share how you're feeling or how you felt about something that happened this week.
  • Read a book that teaches you something new.
  • Create a comic strip.
  • Choose one of your favorite stories and act out the characters.
  • Write a letter to the author about what you liked about the book.
  • Write a message or story using sidewalk chalk in your driveway.
  • Write out a message using anything but paper and your pen or brailler. Get creative!
  • Read a book to a younger sibling or friend. Use different voices to make the story exciting!
  • Go for a walk, read the street signs with your monocular along the way.
  • Read a book written by a child author. Don’t know any? Check out this list: 30 books by child authors.
  • Call a friend or family member and read them a part or all of your favorite book.
  • Go for a walk and see how many items you can find that start with the letter a, b, c…
  • Listen to a book at Storyline. Draw a picture to go with your favorite part.
  • Create a SUMMER Sensory poem. Check out this template for organizing your ideas: Summer Sensory Poem. Here is an example of a Sensory poem:


Making sandcastles on the beach,

Ice-cream dripping down my hand,

Sailing on the deep blue sea,

Diving down to find a shell.


Not sure where to find books? Check out this link on how to sign up for CELA and Bookshare to access books from home!

1 Thum Y. M., & Hauser, C. H. (2015). NWEA 2015 MAP Norms for Student and School Achievement Status and Growth. NWEA Research Report. Portland, OR: NWEA