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					                                         Fifth Grade Summer Reading Program

                                                Mullen Elementary School

                     The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and
                     to continue developing their independent reading skills. Student participation in the program is voluntary.
                     Students who choose to participate in the program are required to complete a minimum number of readings
over the summer.

Students in Grades 5 who participate will complete a list of books read. The documentation is to include the name of the author,
the title of the book, and a parent or guardian statement that the student has completed the reading. For Grade 5 students who
participate in Prince William County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, the Public Library documentation will apply.
Students will receive an extra A (100) for each book completed, for a total of three. Completion of the summer reading will be
recorded for students by the end of the second week of school.


                                                           Lexile Levels

To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2012 English SOL score will include a Lexile
Level. The Lexile Level is based on a student’s SOL score on the English portion of the SOL and approximates his/her reading
level. This means a child should be able to read and understand books in a Lexile range of approximately 100 points below to 50
points above the designated score.

Knowing a child’s Lexile range can help to locate books that he/she might enjoy reading. Student interest and motivation for
reading books that are age appropriate are critical factors to consider as book choices are made. Remember that nothing replaces
conversation with the student, his teachers, and librarians in making great choices.

It is important to note that the Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Many other factors affect the
relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual
book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, but parents should always consider these other
factors when making a decision about which book to choose.




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                                              PWCS Fifth Grade Summer Reading Program

                                                          Suggested Reading

The following titles are suggestions for summer reading. Other books selected by the student with guidance from a parent/guardian and/or
librarian are also acceptable. Participation in the PWC Public Library Summer Reading Program and its documentation are also acceptable.


Author                Title                    Pub.     Lexile   Annotation
                                               Date     Level
Clements, Andrew      No Talking                2007    820      The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth
                                                                 grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
                      The Report Card           2004    700      Fifth-grader Nora Rowley has always hidden the fact that she is a genius from everyone
                                                                 because all she wants is to be normal, but when she comes up with a plan to prove that grades
                                                                 are not important, things begin to get out of control.
Colfer, Eoin          Artemis Fowl series      2001-    600-      Stories about Artemis Fowl, a young evil genius, and his battles with fairies who use magic,
                                               2009     800      technology, and a particularly nasty troll to try to defeat him.
Curtis, Christopher   Elijah of Buxton         2008     1070     Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves
Paul                                                             fleeing the American South in 1859, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher
                                                                 who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
Dahl, Roald           George’s Marvelous        1981    640      George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some
                      Medicine                                   marvelous medicine to take care of her.
                      Matilda                  1988     840      Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating
                                                                 headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
Davies, Jacqueline    Lemonade War             2007     630      Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the
                                                                 same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through
                                                                 lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.
Di’Camillio, Kate     Because of Winn Dixie    2009     610      Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone
                                                                 mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the
                                                                 somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown and lets go of some of the sadness.
Gutman, Dan           The Homework Machine     2007     680      Brenton has invented a machine that does homework. When he and three others are assigned
                                                                 to the same group in school, they form an alliance of convenience that grows into something
                                                                 more after the temptation of the machine draws them together.
Howe, Deborah         Bunnicula                1979     700      Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their
and James                                                        foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
Lewis, C.S.           The Magician’s Nephew    1955     790      When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets
                                                                 mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with
                                                                 human speech.
Lord, Cynthia         Rules                    2006     780      Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal
                                                                 existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.


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Author              Title                         Pub.    Lexile   Annotation
                                                  Date    Level
Paulsen, Gary       Hatchet                       1987    710      After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning
                                                                   to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive
                                                                   his parents' divorce.
Pennypacker, Sara   Clementine                    2006    790      While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old
                                                                   Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to
                                                                   banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
                    Any other book in the         2007-   600-
                    Clementine series             2008    700
Polacco, Patricia   Pink and Say                  1995    590      A story of friendship during the Civil War between two 15-year-old Union soldiers.
                                                                   Say, who is white and poor, tells how he is rescued by Pink, who carries the wounded
                                                                   Say back to the home where Pink's black family were slaves. Based on a true
                                                                   incident with a sad ending.
Selznick, Brian     The Invention of Hugo         2007    820      When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris
                    Cabret : a novel in words                      train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life
                    and pictures                                   and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
Spinelli, Jerry     Maniac Magee                  1990    820      After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes
                                                                   athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Urban, Linda        A Crooked Kind of Perfect     2007    730      Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the
                                                                   organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother,
                                                                   her jittery father, and her school social life.
Wallace, Rich       Any book in The Winning       2004-   600-     Features all of the exciting sports being played at the Hudson City Middle School.
                    Season series                 2007    800
White, E.B.         Charlotte’s Web               1999    680      When John Arable's pig gives birth to a litter of piglets, he decides to kill the runt of the litter.
                                                                   However, his daughter Fern begs him to let it live. He gives it to Fern as a pet, and she names
                                                                   the piglet Wilbur.
Wilder, Laura       Little House on the Prairie   1935    760      A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they
Ingalls                                                            build a house, meet neighboring Indians, dig a well, and fight a prairie fire.
                    Any other book in the                 550-     Laura Ingalls Wilder focuses on what the daily life of her pioneer family was like as the
                    Little House series                   850      frontier era in this country was ending.




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                                         Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program

                                                   Mullen Elementary School

                     The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and
                     to continue developing their independent reading skills. Student participation in the program is voluntary.
                     Students who choose to participate in the program are required to complete a minimum number of readings
over the summer.

Students in Grades 4 who participate will complete a list of books read. The documentation is to include the name of the author,
the title of the book, and a parent or guardian statement that the student has completed the reading. For Grade 4 students who
participate in Prince William County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, the Public Library documentation will apply.
Students will receive an extra A (100) for each book completed, for a total of three. Completion of the summer reading will be
recorded for students by the end of the second week of school.


                                                           Lexile Levels

To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2012 English SOL score will include a Lexile
Level. The Lexile Level is based on a student’s SOL score on the English portion of the SOL and approximates his/her reading
level. This means a child should be able to read and understand books in a Lexile range of approximately 100 points below to 50
points above the designated score.

Knowing a child’s Lexile range can help to locate books that he/she might enjoy reading. Student interest and motivation for
reading books that are age appropriate are critical factors to consider as book choices are made. Remember that nothing replaces
conversation with the student, his teachers, and librarians in making great choices.

It is important to note that the Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Many other factors affect the
relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual
book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, but parents should always consider these other
factors when making a decision about which book to choose.




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                                            PWCS Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program

                                                          Suggested Reading

The following titles are suggestions for summer reading. Other books selected by the student with guidance from a parent/guardian and/or
librarian are also acceptable. Participation in the PWC Public Library Summer Reading Program and its documentation are also acceptable.


Author              Title                        Pub.    Lexile   Annotation
                                                 Date    Level
Alphin, Elaine      Ghost Cadet                  1991    830      A young boy spends his summer in New Market, Virginia. He meets the ghost of a young cadet
                                                                  who lost his life during the Civil War battle which took place near his Grandmother’s farm. He
                                                                  learns about what life was like during the Civil War.
Blume, Judy         Soupy Saturdays with the     2007    420       Seven stories with universal situations giving a peek at how a brother and sister relate to each
                    Pain and the Great One                        other.
                    Cool Zone with the Pain      2008    370       More adventures at school and at home with Jake, a first-grader, and his older sister Abigail,
                    and the Great One                             known to each other as the Pain and the Great One.
                    Superfudge                   1980    560       Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge.

                    Double Fudge                 2002    450      His younger brother's obsession with money and the discovery of long-lost cousins Flora and Fauna
                                                                  provide many embarrassing moments for twelve-year-old Peter.
                    Fudge-a-Mania                1990    490       Pete describes the family vacation in Maine with the Tubmans, highlighted by the antics of his
                                                                  younger brother Fudge.
Cleary, Beverly     Muggie Maggie                1990    730       Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to
                                                                  read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge for her.
                    Ramona’s World               1999    750      Ramona Quimby expects fourth grade to be the best year of her life; and although things do not go
                                                                  just as she had hoped, she still manages to have her share of adventures.
                    Any other book in the                700-
                    Ramona series                        900
Dabey, Debbie       Leprechauns Don't Play       1992    650      There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could a very short basketball
                    Basketball                                    coach from Ireland really be a leprechaun? The Bailey School kids are going to find out.
                    Any other book in the        1992-   500-
                    Bailey School Kids series    2005    700
Danzinger, Paula    Amber Brown Goes             1995    630      Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her
                    Fourth                                        parents divorce.
                    Any other book in the        1994-   600-
                    Amber Brown series           2003    800
DiCamillo, Kate     Because of Winn- Dixie       2000     610     Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all
                                                                  the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Holmes, Jennifer    Babymouse: Queen of the      2005-            An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the
                    World                        2010             most popular girl's slumber party.
                    other books in this series
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Author               Title                        Pub.    Lexile   Annotation
                                                  Date    Level
Krosoczka, Jarrett   Lunch Lady and the           2009-            The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on
                     League of Librarians         2010             destroying a shipment of video game systems, while a group of students known as the
                     other books in this series                    Breakfast Bunch provides backup.
Lubar, David         Punished                     2006    540      Logan and his friend Benedict are playing tag in the library when a mysterious man
                                                                   punishes him for his disrespect by making him speak only in puns.
McDonald, Megan      Judy Moody                   2000    530      Third grader Judy Moody comes to school on the first day in a bad mood, but that all
                                                                   changes when she gets an assignment to create a collage about herself.
                     Any other book in the        2000-   500-
                     Judy Moody series            2009    600
Osborne, Mary        Civil War on Sunday          2000    340      Jack and Annie are transported by their magic tree house to the time of the Civil War
Pope                                                               where they meet Clara Barton.
                     Any other book in the        1992-   200-
                     Magic Tree House series      2009    500
Pennypacker, Sara    Clementine                   2006    790      While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old
                                                                   Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish
                                                                   pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
                     Any other book in the        2007-   600-
                     Clementine series            2008    700
Ron, Roy             Who Cloned the               2001    340      KC discovers that the President of the United States has been replaced by a clone and sets
                     President?                                    out with her friend Marshall on a dangerous mission to set things right.
                     Any other book in the        2001-   400-
                     Capital Mysteries Series     2009    650
                     The Absent Author            1997    510      Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery
                                                                   author Wallis Wallace.
                     Any other book in the        1997-   400-
                     A to Z Mysteries Series      2007    650
Sachar, Louis        Sideways Stories from        1978    460      Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which
                     Wayside School                                was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
                     Marvin Redpost: Class        1999    430      Even though they have all come to school in holey clothes, Marvin and his third grade
                     President                                     class manage to impress their surprise visitor--the President of the United States.
                     Any other book in the        1993-   300-
                     Marvin Redpost series        2000    450
Scieska, Jon         Knights of the Kitchen       1991    630      One minute they're looking at pictures of knights in the book, a birthday gift from Joe's magician
                     Table                                         uncle, the next minute they're battling fire-breathing dragons. Will Joe, Fred, and Sam escape
                                                                   death?
                     Any other book in the        1991-   500-
                     Time Warp Trio series        2005    700
St. George, Judith   The Ghost, the White         2007             Shortly after their mother takes the office of president, KayKay Granger and her sister begin to
                     House and Me                                  suspect that Abraham Lincoln's ghost is haunting the White House and begin to investigate.


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                 Prince William County Public Schools
                        Summer Reading 2012
                    Documentation Grades 3 – 5


Students in Grades 3 – 5 will receive an A (100) for each book completed, for a total of three.
Please include the name of the author, the title of the book, and a parent or guardian signature
stating that the student has completed the reading.


                  Book Title                                     Author
    1.
    2.
    3.


My student has read the above list of books.




Parent or Guardian signature


**Please note students may also participate in the Prince William County Public Library Summer
Quest Program, and the Public Library documentation will apply.



                Student’s Name                             Classroom Teacher




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