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Literacy Activities and What Your Child Learns (K-5)

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Elementary School / Grade K-5

The Long Beach Unified School District is committed to providing the instruction that will make every student in the district a skilled and proficient reader. Through a reading instructional program that includes sequential and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, and comprehension, students learn the skills and strategies necessary for them to become proficient readers.

The information that follows gives you specific details of the learning that is expected of students at each grade level, as well as examples of reading passages that a grade-level reader should be able to read. Also included are suggestions for activities you can do at home to help increase your children's reading skills. Many of these suggestions for at-home activities come from Parent Information Brochures published by the California State Department of Education Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, 1999.

California Reading Lists Grades K-12

These lists have been develop by the State to assist parents and students in selecting books written at a level of difficulty that corresponds with a student's reading ability as measured by state standardized test results.

Long Beach School District Reading Lists Grades 1-8

This page lists books selected for students by Long Beach Unified School District teachers and librarians. The books are interesting, engaging and appropriate for students in each grade level.

Some titles may be familiar to you. Others may introduce you to new authors and illustrators. Either way, be sure that the books you and your youngster select to read are ones you both find enjoyable. Recreational reading should be a pleasant experience.

While we have only included one title by each author, you will find that many of these authors have written more than one book. Reading list (English) teachers and librarians at your school and at the public library will be happy to help you find more books by these authors.

Reading List by Grade Level:

First Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Second Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Third Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Fourth Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Fifth Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Sixth Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Seventh Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)
Eighth Grade Reading list (English) Reading list (Spanish)