5th Grade

ELA Summer Projects


Dear Incoming 5th grade students, 


We are so excited to start the 2020-21 school year with you in the fall! We have a lot of fun things planned for us come September. In the 5th grade, we will be learning about human rights through various non–fiction and fiction texts. 

In math, we will be persevering through multi-step problems across many content areas.  Therefore, you will need to master your basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) I suggest you study, study, study. We will have a fact- o- thon on the first day back! Students will have 2 minutes to answer 80 basic fact questions. We will also have a lot of hands- on fun group activities and projects! We have attached a math calendar for your child to complete over the summer (read the directions carefully) and return it on the first day of school. We are really looking forward to getting to know you next year. 

We are including a list of summer reading books for incoming 5th grade students! The best way to get ready for next year is to continue your studies throughout the summer, that is why we are asking that you read a book from the list and creatively tell us about it through a non- conventional book report. What does this mean? You will not be completing an essay instead you will choose to create a book report in a bag, book report in a box, or a book report on a t- shirt. Creativity is what we are looking for so colors, drawings and really bringing these books to life is your main focus. Here’s what needs to be included in your book report: 


Book Report in a Bag

Book Report in a Box

Book Report on a T-shirt

Brown paper bag or paper gift bag 

*Title and author of the book

*Cover page (printed picture of the real one on one side and a picture of what you would change it to if you had a chance on the other side)

* Characters should be listed on the bind of bag 

*A summary of the book should be on the other bind of the bag 

*Something that represents the setting of the book 

*Something that represents the plot of the book 

*Something that represents the relationship between two characters in the book 

*Something that represents a lesson that is taught in the book 

* On index cards explain why you chose the objects you placed in your bag and one that explains the new cover page you created 

You can use any box that has a lid

*Title and author of the book

*Cover that represents the book (you can draw, use magazine clippings, 

* A diorama that represent the beginning, middle and end of the book 

* There should be at least 8 objects that represent the part of the book that is represented in your box

* On index cards explain why each object you chose is important to the book 

On a white or light colored shirt 

*Front of the shirt should represent the cover with the title and author’s name (Make it really look like the cover)

*Right Sleeve- Main character at the top and all other characters below

*Left Sleeve should represent the setting and plot of the book 

* On the top of the back should be a summary of the book (make sure it is not a retell) 

* At the bottom of the back explain your favorite part of the book and explain why 

Book List (by levels)

Drama Queen by Lola Levine (P)

The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson (P) 

Tale of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (Q)

Punished by David Lubar (Q)

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Q)

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (R) 

Sister by Raina Telgemeier (R) 

All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins (S) 

My life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen (S) 

The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep (S)

Trouble  Maker by Andrew Clements (T)

Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl (T) 

The Hero Two Door Down by Sharon Robinson (T)

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (U) 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (U)

The City Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (U)

Silent to the Bone by e.l. koningsburg (V) 

Crash by Jerry Spinelli (V) 


These books are recommendations. If you have a book that is on your level, you may read it. If you have concerns about knowing your book level, you can check Scholastic’s Book Wizard online. 


Continual practice is crucial to the success of the school. Working hard, being organized and being respectful are all important parts of being a fifth grader. Again, we are very excited to meet you all in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!


Educationally Yours, 


5th Grade Team 


Math Summer Challenges

Directions: Follow the daily activities to practice different math concepts. Feel free to extend any of the activities listed. Choose at least two activities per week. At the end of the summer you will have a total of 16 activities.When the work is complete, have a parent intial the box showing that you completed that activity. Give the calendar and your work to your teacher on the first day of school.







Using a restaurant menu or newspaper advertisement, choose an appetizer, salad and main dish. Find the total of your meal.

Find a chart or graph in the newspaper. Find the range of the numbers for the information that was graphed.

Gather 5-chapter books. Determine how many pages are in each book. Find the mean, median, and mode of these numbers.

Figure your age in months. Figure out how many days old you are. Don’t forget leap years!

Figure out how many days old you are. Don’t forget leap years!

Gather three store receipts. Find the total amount that was spent not counting the tax.

Make five triangles using ten toothpicks.

Survey five people to find their favorite outdoor activity. Graph the results.

List at least 24 different combinations of coins that equal $1.00. (There are 294 ways!)

Use a magazine to find three pictures that have at least one line of symmetry.

Calculate the average age of the people that live in your house. How would the average change if your grandmother lived with you and she was 90 years old?

Measure the length and width of your bedroom. Multiply to find the area. Be sure to label your answer with the correct unit of measurement.

Gather 5 different size boxes. Measure their height and width in inches and centimeters. Order the heights from smallest to largest. Do the same for the widths.

Using a deck of cards, take two cards at a time and multiply the numbers. (Let a Jack = 11, a Queen = 10, a King = 0, and an Ace = 1.) Write the multiplication equation for each pair of cards. Repeat this until all the cards have been used.

Do jumping jacks for one minute and count how many you were able to do. Do sit-ups for 15 seconds and count how many you were able to do. Divide the number of jumping jacks you did by the number of sit-ups you did.

Find four numbers that are larger than 1,000 in a newspaper. Put them in order from least to greatest and then from greatest to least.

Use paper to draw a hexagon, pentagon and octagon. Now see if you can find a line of symmetry for each.

Use an eyedropper; drop water onto different size coins. Count the number o drops you can put on each coin before water begins to spill off. Graph your results using a bar graph.

Empty of a small bag of different colored candy. Express the amount of each color as a fraction. (Hint:  the number of pieces of candy of each color to the total number of candies

Write down the names and prices of five cars you find in the newspaper. Order the prices from least to greatest. Round the price of each car to the nearest thousand. 

Directions: Follow the daily activities to practice different math concepts. Feel free to extend any of the activities listed. Choose at least two activities per week. At the end of the summer you will have a total of 16 activities.When the work is complete, have a parent intial the box showing that you completed that activity. Give the calendar and your work to your teacher on the first day of school.







Go outside and gather as many rocks or pebbles as you can in 10 minutes. Count how many you have and multiply this number by 6 to see how many rocks you could gather in one hour (60 minutes)

Look in the newspaper to find out how many minutes long a movie you would like to see is. Multiply the number of minutes by 2. Determine how many hours and minutes this is.

If your family ordered two pizzas for dinner and each pizza had 8 slices in it, how many pieces of pizza would each of your family members be able to have? (They each must have the same number of pieces). What could you do with any left over pieces?

Draw two shapes below. Color 1⁄2 of each shape red. Color 1⁄4 of each shape blue.

Weigh yourself on the scale. Multiply the number of pounds by your age.

Roll two dice or number cubes. Total the numbers. Multiply that number by 4. Repeat this 5 times.

Flip a coin 25 times. Write a fraction to show how many times it came up heads and one to show how many times it came up tails.

Change the fractions you wrote yesterday to decimals. Add the fractions together and change the answer to a decimal.

Find all the different ways you can divide a deck of cards into equal amounts with no cards left over. Write division sentences to show the different ways you found. 

If you get up at 7: 30 a.m. and need to be at your friend’s house at 8:15 a.m., how much time do you have to get ready if it takes you ten minutes to walk there?

Use a ruler to draw a 3cm by 4cm rectangle. Then find its perimeter. Now find its area. Be sure to label your answers. Now find the area and perimeter of a square that has sides that are 5 inches long.

Use the numbers 4, 5, 3, and 2 and any operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to create at least 10 problems that all have different answers.

Write two different number sentences that are equal to 48. Each number sentence must contain the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).

A cantaloupe weighs 56 ounces. There are 16 ounces in a pound. How many pounds does the cantaloupe weight?

There are four cups in one quart and 4 quarts in a gallon. How many cups are there in 4 gallons of fruit punch? How many pints is this?

Linda is going to have new flooring put in her bedroom. If her bedroom is 8 feet by 10 feet, how many square feet of flooring will be needed? What is the area and perimeter of Linda’s bedroom?

Ben has 6 square tiles. Each tile has a width of 8 inches. He lays the tiles down in a long row. What is the perimeter of the row of tiles?

Name some capital letters that when printed have at least on pair of parallel lines. Did you find any that have two pair of parallel sides?

Evan can paint 18 pots in one hour. His brother can paint fewer pots per hour than he paints. How many pots can they paint in 3 hours, 30 minutes?

Tyler sent a package with one 60-cent stamp, four 32-cent stamps, and four one-cent stamps. What was the total postage on the package?