Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program

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					                                        Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program

                                                           JW Alvey 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. Summer
reading is due by the end of the first week of school.

                                                      Lexile Levels

To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2009 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
Avi                      Poppy                      1995     670      Poppy, a deer mouse, urges her family to move next to a
                                                                      field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr.
                                                                      Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
Base, Graeme             Enigma: a magical          2008     230      When Bertie the badger visits his grandfather at a
                         mystery                                      retirement home for magicians, he learns that his
                                                                      grandfather’s rabbit, Enigma, has disappeared along with
                                                                      everyone’s magical things, and the reader is invited to
                                                                      help bread a code to find the items hidden throughout the
                                                                      book. Includes a built-in decoder
Bulla, Clyde             A lion to guard us         1981     360      Left on their own in seventeenth-century London, three
Robert                                                                impoverished children draw upon all their resources to
                                                                      stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in
                                                                      search of their father.
Byars, Betsy             My dog, my hero            2000     670      A panel of three judges has to decide which dog out of
Cromer                                                                eight finalists deserves to win the title of My Hero.
Christopher, Matt        Tough to tackle            1971     680      Disappointed at first by not being large enough to make
                                                                      quarterback, Boots discovers that there is as much
                                                                      challenge in playing tackle.
Fritz, Jean              George Washington’s        1969     710      Having the same name and birthday as George
                         breakfast                                    Washington, a young boy wants everything else in his life
                                                                      just as Washington had it, but he cannot find out what
                                                                      Washington ate for breakfast.
Heller, Ruth             Ruth Heller’s how to       1992              Rhyming text describes how various insects camouflage
                         hide a butterfly & other                     themselves to protect against predators.
Jenkins, Steve           The Beetle Book            2012              An illustrated introduction to a variety of beetle species
                                                                      with information on unique characteristics and how these
                                                                      insects have adapted to survive.

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MacHale, D. J.           Black Water              2004   680    15 year old Bobby Pendragon places himself, his friends,
                                                                and the people of Halla in danger in order to protect the
                                                                territories from a mysterious plague.
Meloy, Maile             The Apothecary           2010   740    This story follows a 14 year old girl whose life
                                                                unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in
                                                                1952 and gets swept up on a race to save the world from
                                                                nuclear war.
Munsch, Robert           Lighthouse: a story of   2003   650    After her grandfather’s funeral, Sarah wakes her father in
                         remembrance                            the middle of the night so they can go to the lighthouse
                                                                her grandfather loved and remember other night-time
                                                                visits there.
Paulsen, Gary            Brian’s return           1999   1030   After his experience surviving alone in the Canadian
                                                                wilderness, sixteen-year-old Brian finds it increasingly difficult
                                                                to live as a normal high school student and begins planning to
                                                                return to the place where he feels he really belongs.
Reeder, Carolyn          Acorss the lines         1997   1000   Edward, the son of a white plantation owner, and his black
                                                                house servant and friend Simon witness the siege of
                                                                Petersburg during the civil War.
Sachar, Louis            There’s a boy in the     1987   490    An unmanageable, but loveable, eleven-year-old misfit learns
                         girl’s bathroom                        to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school
                                                                counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.
Spinelli, Jerry          Stargirl                 2000   590    At first the students at Arizona’s Mica High School are
                                                                captivated by Stargirl Caraway’s unusual, carefree behavior;
                                                                however, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her
                                                                unique in their story that pits individuality against conformity.
Wallace, Rich            The Ball Hogs            2010   540    9 year old Ben, a natural athlete and member of the
                                                                Bobcats co-ed soccer team, wants to overcome his
                                                                inexperience and proves himself on the field, but his
                                                                obnoxious teammate, Mark, keeps hogging the ball.

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                   Prince William County Public Schools
                       Summer Reading 2011
                      Documentation Grade 4

Students in Grade 4 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

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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