St. Francis Required Summer Reading - Rising 3rd Grade

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For rising 3rd graders

Dear Parents, 

 Learning and Reading researchers continually trumpet the fact that reading is the single most effective activity to prevent summer learning loss (a.k.a. the Summer Slump). Studies show that students who read as few as six books during the summer months gain or maintain reading skills achieved during the preceding school year, while students who don’t read during the summer may fall back as much as a grade level in their skills. This summer your child will need to complete one of the Required Reading books and its assignment, as well as two Reader’s Choice books. Your child may ask for help understanding the assignments, but s/he must draft and edit them independently. The ideas and editing should reflect his/her abilities, not those of someone who helped him/her. 


Choose one of the following (books are listed in order of difficulty) and complete the assignment. 

Dymonde Daniel: Make Way for Dymonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes

Smart, confident Dyamonde Daniel sits in her third-grade classroom and wonders why she’s been at her new school for weeks and still doesn’t have a best friend. In walks Free, a new student who is so quiet and grouchy that Dyamonde secretly names him Rude Boy. What do you know about first impressions? Think about how people perceive you the first time they meet you? Your assignment is to describe yourself as if no one knows you at all. Describe your hobbies, foods you like to eat, places you like to visit, and any information you want to share to give us a great first impression of yourself. 

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

This book tells the story of an exciting summer spent by loving but competitive pair of siblings, Evan and Jessie. They have a personal conflict which becomes a professional one as well, as they set out to outsell each other at each of their lemonade stands. Your assignment is to write a story about a time when you had a conflict. Have you ever felt competitive with someone close to you, like a sibling or a good friend? How did the conflict begin/happen?  What did you do? How was it resolved?  

 Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Mr. Fox and his family live under a tree on a hill, along with his friends. In order to keep his family fed, he steals food each night from one of the three mean farmers who also live on the hill. The farmers seek revenge and make many plans to get rid of Mr. Fox. Your assignment is to write a letter either to Mr. Fox letting him know that you think what he is doing to the farmers is okay, OR, a letter to one of the farmers letting him know that Mr. Fox is committing a crime.

 The assignment should…

  • be written in your own handwriting 

  • have your name and date at the top

Reader’s Choice:  Choose at least one additional chapter book and one non-fiction book to read this summer.

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book #1) Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142415559
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Puffin Books - March 4th, 2010

The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547237657
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Clarion Books - May 4th, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142410349
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007