Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program
Occoquan 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.
To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2011 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
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
Author Title Pub. Lexile Annotation
Wendy Mass 11 Birthdays 2009 650L After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together,
Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not
speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their
eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen
as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over
Andrew Clements No Talking 2007 820L The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School
challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking"
Nathan Wilson 100 Cupboards 2009 650L Twelve-year-old Henry York and his cousin Henrietta discover
100 hidden portals to other worlds in the bedroom wall of his aunt
and uncle's house.
Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux 2003 670L The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual
talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to
be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to
Lenore Look Alvin Ho: allergic to girls, 2008 600L A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes
school and other scary and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors,
things wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of
Lee Bennett America at War Poems 2008 740L A collection of more than fifty poems and paintings that reflect
Hopkins Americans' views on and response to warfare from the American
Revolution through the Iraq War.
Kevin O’Malley Backpack Stories 2009 450L Four separate stories tell, in words and cartoons, the surprising
history and activities of the ordinary backpack.
Michael Burgan Benedict Arnold: 2007 540 Presents a brief biography of American traitor Benedict Arnold in
American Hero and graphic novel format, and describes both his heroism and his
Traitor betrayal during the American Revolution.
Emily Sohn Adventures in Sound with 2007 630L Superhero Max Axiom uses the powers he obtained in a freak
Max Axiom, Super accident to explore the science of sound. Presented in graphic
Biskup Agnieszka Exploring Ecosystems with 2007 750L In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Max Axiom
Max Axiom, Super Scientist as he explains the science behind ecosystems.
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Sharon Creech Love That Dog 2001 1010L A young student, who comes to love poetry through a
personal understanding of what different famous poems mean
to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn Dixie 2000 610L 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.
Dean Pitchford The Big One-Oh 2009 750L Determined not to be weird all his life like his neighbor, Charley
Maplewood decides to throw himself a tenth birthday party,
complete with a "house of horrors" theme, but first he will have to
make some friends to invite.
Frances Dowell Phineas L. MacGuire 2006 810L Fourth-grade science whiz Phineas MacGuire is forced to
Erupts team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project,
but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if
they have any chance of winning.
Mary Hahn Deep and Dark and 2007 650L While spending the summer with her aunt and cousin at the
Dangerous: A Ghost family's vacation home in Maine, thirteen-year-old Ali stumbles
Story upon the secret to the childhood tragedy that her mother and
aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.
Henry Winkler Help: Somebody Get Me 2006 780L Fearing that he may be failing fourth grade, Hank enlists the
Out of Fourth Grade help of his friends, and even his annoying younger sister, in an
effort to prevent his parents from attending a parent-teacher
Sara Pennypacker The Japanese Ninja 2009 670L Flat Stanley mails himself to Japan to visit his hero, martial arts
Surprise movie star Oda Nobu, and becomes his personal ninja.
Dan Greenburg Attack of the Giant 2007 800L When the babies who are being fed on human snot mutate
Octopus into half-human brats, Hedy Mandible uses her hypnotic
control over Cheyenne to force her to teach them proper
behavior, while the Jackal initiates another elaborate scheme
to assassinate Wally.
Jon Scieszka Oh, Say I Can’t See 2005 560L After arriving in Pennsylvania during the winter of 1776, time
travelers Joe, Fred, and Samantha inspire General George
Washington, "the man on the one dollar bill," to carry out a
surprise attack on Hessian troops in Trenton, New Jersey, that
will change the course of the Revolutionary War.
Ron Roy A Spy in the White House 2004 590L KC tries to uncover the White House spy who is leaking secrets
about the upcoming wedding of her mother and the president.
Roland Smith Storm Runners 2011 700L Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his
father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could
have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a
hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Prince William County Public Schools
Summer Reading 2012
Documentation Grades 3 – 4
Students in Grades 3 – 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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