Summer Homework

Summer Reading

As a middle school student in the West Bloomfield School District, your student is encouraged to engage in reading over the summer. Research shows that continual reading is a predictor of future academic success. Just 10-20 minutes a day of reading can make the difference between improving reading skills and falling behind. In order to promote daily reading, students are encouraged to participate in a summer library reading program. The kick-off for the Summer Reading Program at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library is Saturday, June 15. This reading program offers many incentives and prizes for reading for the whole family. Although there is no required assignment, students can earn an Independent Reading Credit for the 2019-2020 RAP program by reading 1 novel and completing a One Page Reader’s Response/Book Review activity. To receive credit, students need to hand in this activity to their language arts teacher sometime during the first week of school in September.

Since choice and self-selection are considered a better motivator for reading, students are allowed to choose what they read this summer. The list below offers some suggested books that are recommended for middle school students. The WBTPL will have copies of these books available for checkout. Students are encouraged to choose books that are within their Lexile range; however, a Lexile score is not the only indicator when choosing a book. Lexile levels are merely a suggestion of the level of vocabulary and difficulty of the text. Interest in the novel topic can play a significant part in a student’s success with a book. Also, if you are willing to read the text with your student or listen to an audio version of the book, the Lexile level may not be an issue.

Summer Reading Options

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: 950L

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: 1000L

Behind Rebel Lines  by Seymour Reit: 830L

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson  680L

Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis: 620L

Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland: 840L

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: 1080L

So. B. It by Sarah Weeks: 860L

Eight Keys by Suzanne La Fleur: 590L

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: 590L

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: 780L

Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin: 960L

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick: 1000L

The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings: 810L

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson: 950L

The Traitor’s Gate by Avi: 810L

Gossamer by Lois Lowry: 660

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements: 690L

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: 880L

To Be a Slave by Julius Lester: 1080L

Heat by Mike Lupica: 940L

Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt: 990L

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephardt: 660L

Ungifted by Gordon Korman: 730L

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse: 690L

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals: 1000L

Maze Runner by James Dashner: 770L

Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis: 1000L

Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne: 690L

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt: 700L

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel: 1050L

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: 700L

Summer Math

If students continue to flex their mental math muscles over the summer, it will have a positive impact on how much math material they retain. Studies support the painful truth that students lose about two months of math ability over the summer months.

In order to support your students, a team of middle school math teachers prepared Summer Math Review Packets.

There is a packet that reviews: 

Each packet provides a set of review problems on a select number of math concepts and an answer key to check for understanding. There are 10 weeks of summer, so plan on 10-15 minutes of work per week for your student.

For parent support, you can go to This is the website for College Preparatory Mathematics, our middle school math instructional materials. Once at the website, select “Parent Guides,” select “Core Connections, Courses 1-3,” and then select the course number. Course 3 is 8th grade. Course 2 is 7th grade. Course 1 is 6th grade.

These packets are not required but are strongly recommended to support your students as they transition into the next grade level. Thank you for supporting your student this summer. We look forward to seeing you next year.