Assignments by Grade (Grades K-8)
Full-Day Kindergarten
- What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch

Half-Day Kindergarten
- What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know,* E.D. Hirsch

Note to Parents: When you begin reading this summer, start with the Language and Literature section of What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know. Half-Day Kindergartners do not have the opportunity to cover all of the core content due to limited time. They greatly benefit from hearing these stories, poems, sayings and phrases along with your guidance. There are many youtube.com videos to complement the What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know content - the videos will also expose them to Full-Day Kindergarten music content.

Throughout the school year you may want to read selections from the History/Geography section of What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know. The information in that section will help students prepare for first grade

Grade 1
- What Your First Grader Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch
- The Leader in Me, Stephen Covey

Grade 2
Parents of incoming second graders should pick one or two of the following Tall Tales to read with your child:

- Paul Bunyan, Steven Kellogg
- Pecos Bill, Steven Kellogg
- Johnny Appleseed, Steven Kellogg
- John Henry, Julius Lester

AND

Pick one (or more) of the following Magic Treehouse books to read (by Mary Pope Osbourne):

- #16: Hour of the Olympics
- #21: Civil War on Sunday
- #47: Abe Lincoln At Last!
- #10: Ghost Town at Sundown
- #14: Day of the Dragon King
- #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn
- #5: Night of the Ninja
- #23: Twister on Tuesdy
- #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast


AND

Start enjoying our amazing second grade curriculum in this book:

- What Your 2nd Grader Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch

Grade 3
REQUIRED: Incoming third graders should read ALL of the first three books in the list below.

- Who Was Isaac Newton, Janet Pascal and Tim Foley
- Vacation Under the Volcano, Mary Pope Osborne (or a higher level book on Pompeii or Ancient Rome)
- Pilgrims - Magic Tree House Fact Tracker, Mary Pope Osborne

Additional recommended reading to help build student background knowledge:

- Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
- Falling Up, Shel Silverstein
- The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Magic School Bus Science Chapter Books, Various authors
- Any non-fiction books about the water cycle, animals/plants, weather/climate, and/or geography
- Any non-fiction books about Ancient Rome, Vikings, the Thirteen Colonies, and/or European explorers


Grade 4
REQUIRED:

Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate

AND one of the two following historical fiction books:

- George Washington’s Socks, Elvira Woodruf

OR

- Toliver’s Secret, Esther Wood Brady

Grade 5
REQUIRED: Incoming fifth graders are asked to read a minimum of two books this summer -- one from the HISTORICAL FICTION list and one from the FICTION LIST below.

HISTORICAL FICTION

- Across Five Aprils, Irene Hung
- An Island Far From Home, John Donahue
- The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary Blackwood
- House of Dies Drear, Virginia Hamilton
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Caroline Nakajima
- A Family Apart, Joan Lowery Nixon

FICTION

- The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick
- My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead
- 11 Birthdays, Wendy Mass

Grade 6
Incoming sixth graders are required to read the following book and complete a summer reading project:

Wonder,
R.J. Palacio
 
After reading the book, students must:

1) Download and complete the book report pamphlet project.

Sample book report pamphlet
Book report pamphlet template (Microsoft Word)

2) Download and complete the book report pamphlet rubric to self-grade their work on the pamphlet.

3) Print both the book report pamphlet and the self-graded rubric. Both documents are due as hard copies (printed) the first full week of school.

Grade 7
Incoming seventh graders are required to read the following book and complete a summer reading project:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,
Mildred D. Taylor
 
After reading the book, students must:

1) Download and complete the book report pamphlet project.

Sample book report pamphlet
Book report pamphlet template (Microsoft Word)

2) Download and complete the book report pamphlet rubric to self-grade their work on the pamphlet.

3) Print both the book report pamphlet and the self-graded rubric. Both documents are due as hard copies (printed) the first full week of school.

Grade 8
Incoming eighth graders are required to read the following book and complete a summer reading project:

The Giver,
Lois Lowry
 
After reading the book, students must:

1) Download and complete the book report pamphlet project.

Sample book report pamphlet
Book report pamphlet template (Microsoft Word)

2) Download and complete the book report pamphlet rubric to self-grade their work on the pamphlet.

3) Print both the book report pamphlet and the self-graded rubric. Both documents are due as hard copies (printed) the first full week of school.

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