ETSD Summer Literacy and Math Project


The Evesham Township School District recognizes the value of maintaining reading and math levels that students have acquired during the 2018-2019 school year. To that end, the district will again be implementing a summer literacy and math project to provide engaging ways for students to not only practice reading and math skills, but more importantly encourage lifelong readers and mathematicians.

Click here to view parent letters for elementary and middle.


In terms of literacy, we expect all elementary school students to read a minimum of five books this summer and all middle school students to read a minimum of three books. All but one book should be self-selected by the students.

The initial book that all students are required to read is modeled off of the national campaign called One School, One Book. This campaign aims to build a community of readers within our school as everyone - students, teachers, and even administrative staff - will be participating so that we can all reap the many benefits.

For all incoming elementary students, the story we have selected is available at both the primary and upper grade levels. Grade 3 is a transition year, and parents should decide which level book is most appropriate for their child.

  • The primary book is Best Friends: The True Story of Owen & Mzee by Roberta Edwards.
  • The upper elementary book is Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship told by Isabella & Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu.

For all incoming middle school students, we have modified the concept of One School, One Book to include choice, so is now called One School, One Theme. This allows middle school students to choose their one required reading from three books: I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, or The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea. Click here to see a description of each of the three titles, under the theme of overcoming obstacles.

There is a literacy choice board that is to be utilized for any of the books being read this summer. Select the appropriate literacy choice board below:

Optional reading log templates may be found at the following links:


Students are also encouraged to maintain their math skills by working on self-selected math tasks that represent a variety of concepts from the designated choice board for math. This summer's math focus is on data. A minimum of five math activities are to be completed this summer. Select the appropriate math choice board below:

As an option on the literacy and math choice boards, students may choose to create a post on Padlet. If selecting this option, simply click on the link in the choice board that will direct students to Padlet. Students must log in to Padlet using their school Google account. All students are expected to post appropriately and entries will be monitored. Click here for an overview of Padlet and expected online etiquette.

Eighth grade students: click here for Lenape Regional High School District summer reading.

In addition, if you are interested in the Evesham Library summer reading program or the Barnes and Noble reading program, click the links below:

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