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					                                        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.


                                                      Lexile Levels

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

                                                          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
 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
                                                                     again.
 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"
                                                                     contest
 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
                                                                     ruin.
 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
                                                                     everything.
 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
                    Scientist                                        format.
 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
                                                              conference.
 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
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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