Summer Reading Assignment: Please read at least one book off the summer reading list and complete one of the following report options: Written, Cereal Box, or Oral Report.
Option #1 - Written Book Report
Each paragraph should include at least five complete sentences. Please remember to indent your paragraphs. Your report may be handwritten or typed.
- First Paragraph– Include the title, author, and the genre of the book. Also, explain why you chose to read this book.
- Second Paragraph– Describe the main character(s) in the book. Use many adjectives and vivid details. Also describe the setting of the book. Where does the story take place? Is it in the present time period? Past? Future?
- Third Paragraph– Give a short summary of the plot. How does the story begin? What is the problem in the story? How is the problem resolved? Include information about any important events.
- Fourth Paragraph– Give your opinion of the book. It’s ok if you didn’t like it! Include reasons to support your opinion.
Option #2 - Cereal Box Book Report
Cover an empty cereal box with paper and decorate it as follows:
- Front–Hand draw a picture of your favorite scene in the book. Place the title where the cereal name belongs and the author’s name in place of the manufacturer’s name.
- Side 1 – Paragraph One- Describe at least three main characters in the book from most important to least important. Make sure you describe their traits and give examples from the book that show those traits.
- Side 2 – Paragraph Two– Write a description of the setting of the book. Make sure you include plenty of details.
- Back – Paragraph Three– Write a brief summary of the book. Make sure you include the problem in the book and how it is solved. Make a decorative border around your summary out of symbols meaningful to your book.
- Extra Credit – (Inside the box) Design one of the following: a game (maze, puzzle, etc.), a song, a craft, or something else that relates to the story and/or include a story related prize.
Option # 3 – Oral Book Report
- Your report should be no less than three (3) minutes in length.
- Please include the following information in your oral report:
d. Genre of book & what makes your book the genre it is
e. Main Character(s)
f. Summary of the story, including the most important events in the story
- Give your opinion of the book with reasons to support your opinion. You don’t have to like your book, but be sure explain why.
- Reminders: Speak loudly and clearly; Use and interesting voice; Practice beforehand; Try not to simply read your report.
Fourth Grade Book List:
Avi –Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?, Poppy , The Secret School
Babbit, Natalie –Tuck Everlasting
Baker, Deidre –Becca at Sea
Barrows, Maggie –The Magic Half
Blume, Judy –Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge-a-Mania, and sequels
Bosch, Pseudonymous –The Name of This Book is Secret and sequels
Brittan, Bill –The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree
Bunting, Eve –The Summer of Riley
Byars, Betsy –The T.V. Kid , The Dark Stairs, McMummy
Christopher, Matt –Soccer Halfback, others
Cleary, Beverly –Ramona Quimby, Age 8; Ramona, Forever, Ramona’s World, Dear Mr. Henshaw
Clements, Andrew –Frindle, School Story, The Report Card, Lost and Found
Cox, Judy, -That Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom
Dahl, Roald –Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach
Dahlberg, Maurine –The Story of Jonas
Dale, Anna –Spellbound
Davies, Jacqueline–The Lemonade War
DiCamillo, Kate –Because of Winn-Dixie
Fleischman, Sid – The 13thFloor – A Ghost Story
Fleming, Candace-The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School
Greenwood, Barbara –The Last Safe House
Gutman, Dan –The Get Rich Quick Club, The Homework Machine,
The Million Dollar Strike
Haddix, Margaret Peterson –Found and sequels, Among the Hidden and sequels
Henry, Marguerite –Misty Of Chincoteague, King of the Wind
Holt, Kimberly Willis –My Louisiana Sky, Dancing in Cadillac Light
Kehret, Peg –Earthquake Terror, Searching for Candlestick Park
King-Smith, Dick –Harry’s Mad, The School Mouse
Levine, Gail –Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg
Lisle, Janet –Afternoon of the Elves
Lowry, Lois -Number the Stars, Stay: Keeper's Story
Maguire, Gregory -Seven Spiders Spinning , Six Haunted Hairdos
Markey, Kevin -The Super Sluggers:Slumpbuster, Super Sluggers: Wallball
Martin, Ann -The Doll People, and sequels
McKissack, Patricia -Abby Takes a Stand, A Song for Harlem
Morpugo, Michael-Kensuke's Kingdom
Naylor, Phyllis -Shiloh, Grand Escape and sequels
Osborne, Mary Pope -Favorite Greek Myths
Pullman, Phillip -The Firework-Maker's Daughter
Robinet, Harriette –Walking to the Bus – Rider Blues
Santopolo, Jill -Alec Flint, Super Sleuth
Selznick, Brian –Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck
Sleator, William -Into The Dream
Smith, Alexander -The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean
Spinelli, Jerry -The Fourth Grade Rats
Stewart, Trenton Lee –The Mysterious Benedict Society and sequels
Sutherland, Tul -Who was Harry Houdini? and others
Taylor, Theodore -The Trouble with Tuck
Tolan, Stephanie -Wishworks, Inc
Van de Velde -Smart Dog
Voight, Cynthia -Angus and Sadie
Yep, Lawrence -The Earth Dragon Awakes
Any Newbery Medal Award Books are Acceptable
Summer Mathematics Assignment:
Please have your child complete the provided math packet over the course of the summer. If you need an additional math packet, please contact Lauren Willson at firstname.lastname@example.org
This math packet highlights the information taught during the third grade year. The children will continue to practice these skills throughout fourth grade. Please use these types of problems as a guide for additional math review work throughout the summer. Studies have shown that math skills decline over the summer without practice. With your help we can ensure that the children begin the next school year with a strong mathematical understanding.