For rising 4th graders
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 read two books and complete a writing assignment. One book may be anything s/he chooses, but the other must be a realistic fiction book about a child's summer adventure. Some suggestions are below.
Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
The Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sarah Pennypacker
Aurora County All Stars by Deborah Wiles
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald
Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka
How Tia Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alverez
Who doesn't love summer vacation? It's nearly three months of sleeping in, playing outside, drinking lemonade, and creating unforgettable memories. The characters in our summer reading all share their tales of unforgettable summers. Think of an exciting, fun, tragic, or hilarious story about your summer that you would like to share with your classmates. If you're feeling imaginative, you may even stretch the truth a little and make your story more dramatic.
Your piece should...
-be written and edited by you alone. It should reflect your abilities, not those of someone who helped you.
-be handwritten on wide ruled notebook paper
-have a title
-have your name and date at the top
Reader's Choice: In addition to the summer adventure book you read, you will need to read an additional book of your choice. You do not need to write about this book this summer; we will do that together when school starts.