Summer Resources: Fifth Grade

2020 Summer Activity/Learning Suggestions
Fourth-Graders going into Fifth Grade

Welcome to fifth grade! The intention of summer practice is to integrate school learning into home life. Below you’ll find suggestions that include  playful activities that also reinforce academic skills, in a relaxed family environment. This year, given the COVID situation, we have added more online opportunities for learning over the summer. We’ve also included quick links to specialist google slide lessons for art, music, and Spanish, in case your student would like to access these over the summer.

Wishing you a restful and restorative summer!


  • Reading

    Daily, with a few visits to the bookstore or local library (online or when they reopen) to retain reading skills and a love of reading. Join a kids’ book club (some of you already have one). Keep a log of your reading to show next year’s teacher. If you enjoyed “Turtle in Paradise” by Jennifer L. Holm, you might want to try the sequel, “Full O’ Beans.” You may want to practice reading on Raz-Kids. Your account will be accessible all summer (email me, Meredy, if you want to level up!).

  • Play letter and number games

    Keep a journal, write letters to friends and family, write stories, poems, and songs. Become a pen pal with a cousin or friend who lives far away. Work in your cursive journal until it is complete. Collect delicious words that you can add to your mini-journal for next year. Keep practicing your keyboarding skills on Typing Club.

  • Organization

    When you buy classroom materials for fifth grade, have your child involved in the process, and familiar with the materials they bring in on the first day of school. Now is the time to think about your best working environment at home and set that space up with all the tools you need. This can work for doing projects at home, doing home-school connections, and/or working in a remote situation if that becomes a necessity.

  • Social Skills

    Have play dates (actual or virtual) with different OGS students over the summer, especially next year’s fifth graders (kids your child doesn’t usually play with).

  • Joy

    Schedule lots of “needs-nothing” time, with open space and no agenda. The summer is a time to connect as a family in a relaxed environment, enjoying being together!

Specialist Lessons