EMMA C. SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Breakfast Book Club (PTA)

Breakfast Book Club (PTA)

PTA Sponsored Activity

 

BREAKFAST BOOK CLUB    

welcomes you and your student back to school!

 

As the school year begins, you have the unique opportunity to enroll your student in the Breakfast Book Club at Emma C. Smith Elementary.  Breakfast Book Club is open to children of all reading abilities in grades 1-5.  It meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. and adjourns at 8:15 a.m. in time for school.  Meetings include a continental breakfast in the multi-purpose room before the students are divided into grade-level discussion groups. 
Some of the benefits of being a Breakfast Book Club member:

  • Breakfast with friends once a month.
  • Age-appropriate books to read and keep.
  • Development of discussion skills in a friendly environment.
  • Creative activities connected to the book.
  • Sharing the love of books with friends.

A description of the different reading groups can be found below. The most important aspect of the program is for the children to enjoy reading.  Parents are always encouraged to read the selections with their children.

Please consider enrolling your child in this successful program.  For the 12th year in a row, the cost is $50 per child, which includes breakfast and the books are yours to keep.  For your convenience, you can return this form, along with your payment, at Orientation on August 16th or you can sign up and pay on-line through the Smith Web store at smithpta.myschoolcentral.com.  You also have the option to turn in the form to the PTA mailbox along with a separate check payable to Smith PTA.  The deadline to register for Breakfast Book Club is September 21st.  This provides ample time to purchase and distribute the books prior to the October meeting for those that sign up on the 21st. 

The first meeting will be at 7:30 am on September 21st in the multi-purpose room.   At this meeting the kids will have breakfast, receive their book, and have an orientation meeting for interested students and parents.  Our first discussion sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 19th.  If you have any questions, please call Sabrina Mena at 925-456-0569 or email csmena@comcast.net.

 

1st Grade:

  • Group A is for students who like being read to and are beginning readers. Previous reading lists for this group have included books from the Clifford, Little Critter and Froggy series. The selections start at early first-grade level and progress to late-first grade level. 
  • Group B is for students who enjoy being read to and are already self-confident readers. The reading list for this group will include books from the Science Solves It, Henry and Mudge, and Arthur series. The selections start at late first-grade level and progress to mid second-grade level.

2nd Grade:

  • Group A is for students who still enjoy listening to stories and prefer to read picture books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by David A. Adler, Kevin Henkes, and Robert Munsch. The selections start at early second-grade level and progress to early third-grade level. All of the books are on the Smith School AR List.
  • Group B is for students who still enjoy listening to stories and are developing an interest in chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books from the Capital Mysteries, My Weird School, and Magic Tree House series. All of the books are on the Smith School AR List.

3rd Grade:

  • Group A is for independent readers who enjoy reading shorter chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by Dan Gutman, Roald Dahl, and Beverly Cleary. The selections start at third-grade level and progress to mid fourth-grade level. The books are worth either 1.0 or 2.0 AR points.
  • Group B is for independent readers who prefer longer chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by Avi, Roald Dahl, and Jenny Nimmo. At the end of the year, they will read a book club favorite, Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. The books range from 4.0 to 10.0 AR points.

4th Grade:

  • Group A is for independent readers who enjoy reading shorter chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by James Howe and Beverly Cleary. The selections start at fourth-grade level and progress to early fifth-grade level. The books are 100-150 pages long, worth either 2.0 or 3.0 AR points.
  • Group B is for independent readers who prefer longer chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by Suzanne Collins and Sharon Creech. The selections start at fourth-grade level and progress to early fifth-grade level. The books are 200-300 pages long, worth 4.0 to 9.0 AR points.

5th Grade:

  • Group A is for independent readers who enjoy reading shorter chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by Angie Sage and others. The selections range from early to late fifth-grade level.  The books are 125-200 pages long, worth 2.0 to 5.0 AR points.
  • Group B is for independent readers who prefer longer chapter books. Previous reading lists for this group have included books by Anthony Horowitz and Eva Ibbotson. The selections range from early to late fifth-grade level. The books are 175-275 pages long, worth 6.0 to 9.0 AR points.

 

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