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5th Grade Book Requirements

5th Grade Book Requirements:

Each quarter your AC 5th grade ELA student will be required to read 5 books at or above their reading level.  Students will complete a required book report for one book each quarter.  Students must show evidence of having read the other 4 books by passing an AR test or writing a Reader’s Response letter following the format below.  These letters should show the student put time and effort into the writing.


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It has come to our attention that many parents (and some students) are not clear on the Accelerated Reader requirement.  We wanted to give you the information in one place, so we made this page to share with you.

How do I access AR from home to see scores?

At this time, students may not take AR tests from home, but you may request to receive emails when your child takes an AR test.

To log in to your child’s account:

  1. Go to the website   
  2. Log in using your child’s user name and password. He/she uses the same username and password used to access AR in the classroom.

How many books do I have to read?

You should read 5 books on your reading level each nine weeks.

How do I know my reading level?

I have told the students to read a book on the 5th grade level.  For the first quarter, you may read books above a 4.8 reading level.  For the second quarter, you should be reading books that are at least 5.0 reading level.

For the third and fourth quarter, students should read books that are above 5.2 reading level.

What books can I read?

Every quarter you may read one picture book on a 5th grade level to count as a test.    The other books should be chapter books with text on a 5th grade reading level.

What grade do I need to make to consider passing?

You must have a 70% or above to count as a book you have read.

What if my book isn’t an AR book?

See the directions below for a book report paper which can be graded as an AR test.

What if I read the book, but I cannot pass the test?

See the direction below for a book report paper which can be graded as an AR test.

How will I be graded?

Completing the 5 books requirement will earn a 100% for a project grade.  4 books will earn an 80%, etc.

What are the directions for the book report paper?

The paper is a grade, so Mrs. Gillett expects it to be a very well written paper.  This is not something that you can do quickly if you want a good grade.  Remember that this is a way to bring up a low AR score.

You may write a letter to your teacher explaining the following things.

    *  Paragraph 1 –  book title, author, characters, and setting
     *  Paragraph 2 – Short summary of the book
     *  Paragraph 3 – Two connections that they had with the book (other things it reminded them of that they have read, seen, or experienced and a recommendation with a reason (did they like it or dislike it and why)

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