Summer Reading & Math

Grade 6

Math Recommendations

The 6th Grade math teacher recommends working on IXL over the summer to strengthen and retain math skills. There is no specific requirement, but it is a great online program to review, reinforce, and enhance math skills. We have seen tremendous growth for those that use the program during the summer months. If you forget your password or are new to Legacy then please reach out and we will set up login information. Please contact 6th-grade teacher Kathy Watts at

Reading Recommendations

Studies show that daily reading offers students several benefits. It improves concentration and memory, critical thinking, vocabulary and language skills, and written expression. Because reading comprehension is a cross-curricular skill, it also yields higher achievement in all school subjects and helps students better deal with increasing demands of schoolwork as they grow older. Advanced reading comprehension that develops in students who read for pleasure is also the single biggest indicator of success on the ACT and SAT. Finally, students who read regularly develop empathy for others, learn about the world beyond themselves, become life-long learners, and have a productive way to deal with stress.

To help students develop these important skills, we recommend students read 20-30 minutes 5 times per week. Advanced students hoping to be best prepared for Honors-level classes should challenge themselves more by reading 45 minutes 5 times a week. In addition, we encourage families to develop a culture of reading in your home. Parents, let your child see you reading for pleasure, and talk to him or her about the books you love. Have a book club, letting your teen choose the book, and then come together over delicious food to talk about the book. Starting or continuing read-alouds as a family can also create passion for reading in students and connect your family in new ways as well. Creating a family reading culture will positively impact your child’s learning, deepen family relationships, and forge impactful memories.

As with any suggested reading list, we encourage parents to preview books both for content and reading level to make sure books are right for your student.

Developing Book List 

The Wanderer, Sharon Creech
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, Christopher Paul Curtis
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Kate DiCamillo
The Slave Dancer, Paula Fox 
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery, The Voice That Challenged a Nation
The Wright Brothers, Russell Freedman
Spy Camp, Stuart Gibbs
Our Only May Amelia, Jennifer L. Holm
The Neptune Project, Polly Holyoke
A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park  
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff 
Counting by 7’s, Holly Goldberry Sloan 
Liar and Spy, Rebecca Stead 
Surviving the Applewhites, Stephanie S. Tolan 

Growing Book List 

The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander 
The High King, Lloyd Alexander
The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
A Corner of the Universe, Ann M. Martin 

Challenging Book List 

The Moorchild, Eloise Jarvis McGraw
A String in the Harp, Nancy Bond 
The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley
An American Plague, Jim Murphy
Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice, Phillip Hoose
Savvy, Ingrid Law
Catherine, Called Birdy, Karen Cushman 

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