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As a school, we are focusing on the 16 Habits of The Mind. We are familiarizing students, parents, and staff with these sixteen key concepts, as we will be utilizing them while teachers plan and in daily conversations with children in 2020-21. These elements will teach all of us to think, reflect and learn. We challenge you to identify your thinking and see what category your mind is at during that time. In the student choice boards below you will see the sixteen habits in bold.
16 Habits of The Mind (chart)
16 Habits of the Mind (explanation)
Parents/Guardians: As a staff, we realize that a few folks would rather have worksheet type activities for their children. However, at Overall Creek, we are not heavily focused on worksheets or memorization. We are staying true to the vision of Overall Creek Elementary as a STEM school that prepares our children for 10-20 years from now (problem solvers and collaborators), and staying as true to our students as we can at this time. Finally, the activities created for this week (and down the road) are truly designed to help the parents/guardians who are not teachers, who are working, have multiple children at home and just plain old unsettled. Thank you for your understanding.

2020 Summer Reading Lists
Lists are for the students' 2020-21 grade-level.
As always, we want students (and parents) reading each day. If the suggested lists do not meet your child's needs or interest, simply read ANYTHING. However, suggested reading and what the content of the books contain will be referred to during the coming school year.


Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!
A Place Called Kindergarten
The Good Egg is Good
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
Pete the Kitty and The Groovy Playdate
You Can Do It, Bert!
Llama, Llama Misses Mama
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka 123
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade
Judy Moody- Megan McDonald
Stink! – Megan McDonald
Bad Kitty- Nick Bruel
Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney
Magic Tree House- Mary Pope Osborne
A to Z Mysteries- Ron Roy
Cam Jansen-Davis A. Adler
Kitty Corner—Ellen Miles
Puppy Place-  Ellen Miles
I Survived-  Lauren Tarshis
Vet Volunteers- Laurie Halse Anderson
Nancy Drew Clue Crew- Carolyn Keene
Bad Guys- Aaron Blabey

3rd Grade
Book Series (any book in the series)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
Fudge, Double Fudge, Super Fudge - Judy Blume
Vet Volunteers - Laurie-Halse Anderson
I Survived - Lauren Tarshis
Nate the Great - Marjorie W. Sharmat, Craig Sharmat, Mitchell Sharmat 
A to Z Mystery – Ron Roy
Sarah Plain and Tall Trilogy (Sarah Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Winter's End) - Patricia MacLachlan
Nancy Drew - Carolyn Keene
Hardy Boys - Franklin Dixson

4th Grade

5th Grade
The Land of Stories Series
I Survived Series
The Lightning Thief
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The Secret Garden
Walk Two Moons
The Wringer
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The War that Saved my Life
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

6th Grade

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Island by Gary Paulsen
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Series by Jacqueline Kelly
  • The Giver Series by Lois Lowry
  • Hatchet Series by Gary Paulsen


Summer Expectations for All Otters (guardians too) Each Day
20 minutes of Reading & Math

Online Book Resources

Special Area (Choice Boards are for all grades and special areas)
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Counselor Cool Stuff

Choice Board
Citizenship Activities

K-6 LEXIA Link
K-6 iReady Link
Prodigy Link

Choice Board
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Words & Letters
Sight Words
Tips for Kindergartners
Prodigy (Math)

1st Grade
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2nd Grade

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Prodigy (Math)

3rd Grade
Choice Board
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Prodigy (Math)

4th Grade
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5th Grade
Choice Board
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6th Grade
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Speech Practice
Speech Articulation Choice Board
Speech Buddies
Mommy Speech
Speech Sprouts

Choice Board (K-6)