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Incoming 5th Grade

Read the three books listed below. Be prepared to take a test on each book in September. Take brief notes so you can refresh your memory prior to the test.

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy – Kathy Lasky                                   
Meg Lowman is a scientist who has spent years studying the rain forest canopy. Lasky and Knight join her in the treetops of Belize to record the wonders of plant and animal life found more than 100 feet above the ground. Lasky also explains the methods scientists use to conduct research in this environment, sometimes under extremely difficult circumstances. 

 

The War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith
When Peter’s grandfather moves from Florida to live with him and his family, Peter is dislocated from his beloved bedroom and forced to live in the upstairs attic. Peter is angry and upset, and feeling like he has no other recourse, he decides to take matters into his own hands by declaring “war.”

The U.S. Constitution and You – Syl Sobel
Discover how the Constitution provides for the federal government's three branches--legislative, executive, and judicial. Then they see how it gives all citizens many rights, including the right to vote, to enjoy freedom of speech and the press, to worship according to one's religious beliefs, etc.