• Reading


    For information about the Elementary Curriculum for 
    Reading/English Language Arts in Prince George's County Public Schools, 
    please visit the following link: 



    To build an effective reading program, reading teachers must assume many roles. These roles encompass:


    Management of the Reading Program




    Instructional services


    Resource services (to parents and teachers)




    Other related services


    Reading and Achieving

    abcAmerican novelist, John Steinbeck summed up the task of learning to read, as "the greatest single effort that the human mind undertakes, and he must do it as a child." Children who read achieve. It is no wonder that students who score high on the SAT have read more words than students who don’t. Children can’t do it alone. Parents and teachers must support their efforts. What needs to be done? Simply follow the 3 R's:

    1. Read with your child every day.

    Often times when children begin to read, parents/guardians stop reading. Reading with your child should continue on through the grades. Reading is a social experience. It is a time to connect and explore your child’s thinking.

    2. Reach into your wallet to buy books, magazines, and other reading material for your child and yourself.

    Buying books does not have to be expensive. The libraries offer books no longer in circulation for sale. The best buys are in used bookstores. You can find quite a variety of books, but you will need to be selective as to the quality. Nothing, however, beats having children pick their own brand new book. It is empowering for the child and helps them feel committed to reading. Many bookstores offer programs that feature discounts for books.

    3. Rule the TV.

    Put a reasonable limit on televisions, video, and video games so there will be time for reading in your child’s life.The research is too clear-too much television can interfere with the intellectual development of children. It is suggested that children watch no more than three hours of television a day.

    We love to read and love to see students reading. We feature our favorite books below and hope you and your child will enjoy them too.



    Books for Reading Pleasure


    Favorites for Ages Five to Eight

    Eric Carle books 

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    The Very Busy Spider
    The Very Lonely Firefly

    Beverly Cleary

    Ramona the Pest

    Judy Blume


    Russell Hoban

    Bread and Jam for Frances

    P.D. Eastman

    Go, Dog, Go

    Peggy Parrish

    Amelia Bedelia

    Dr. Seuss

    Cat in the Hat

    Marc Brown



    Favorites for Ages Eight to Ten

    Mary Pope Osborn

    Magic Treehouse

    Judy Blume

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    Frances Hodgeson Burnett

    The Secret Garden

    Betsy Byers

    Summer of the Swans

    Beverly Cleary

    Dear Mr. Henshaw

    Roald Dahl

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Mary Norton

    The Borrowers

    Donald Sobal

    Encyclopedia Brown

    Mildred Taylor

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    E.B. White

    Charlotte’s Web


    Favorites for Ages Eight to Twelve

    Louisa May Alcott

    Little Women

    Judy Blume

    Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret

    E.L. Konisgsburg

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    Madeleine L’Engle

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Lois Lowery

    The Giver

    Katherine Patterson

    The Great Gilly Hopkins

    Jerry Spinelli

    Maniac Magee

    J. R. R. Tolkin

    The Hobbit

    Gary Paulson

    The Hatchet

    Louis Sachar






    Pointer Ridge has several reading incentive programs for children in grades kindergarten through five. These programs are designed to motivate children to read more, both at school and at home, by rewarding them for their reading accomplishments. Participation in these reading incentives is very important to your child's reading development and required as part of the homework requirements. The more your child reads, the better he/she will read. The following reading incentive programs will be used a Pointer Ridge.

    (October - February)

    The Book-It program is a five-month reading incentive program for children in grades kindergarten through five. The classroom teacher sets monthly goals for each child in the class. Each child is given a monthly reading log to record the books read. At the end of each month, the book log is handed in to the teacher and students who reached the goal are presented with a Pizza Award Certificate. The child can redeem this certificate for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza at any participating Pizza Hut.


    This reading incentive program is offered to students in grades four and five. During a designated time period, the students are to read a specified number of minutes and record titles on a special reading log. The reading logs are usually due during the month of March and rewards are given when received at the end of April.


    pitchrsmbatlftsmThis program is offered to students in grades Kindergarten through five. Students are to read four books and write a paragraph about each book. The classroom teacher initials a special bookmark as each paragraph is submitted. The reward for reading is a free ticket to a designated Bay Sox game.


    This program is done from October through January. The student is asked to read a certain number of books in this time period and will be awarded a fee ticket to Six Flags if the goal is met. The tickets are awarded in June.