Summer Reading Program
Delaware County Christian School
For Students Entering 4th Grade
The summer reading program at DC is a way to develop in your child a love
for reading and to maintain the current level of skills that your child has
worked to achieve during the school year. We hope that you will
enthusiastically support this program and make reading a daily part of your
Fourth Grade Teachers
How To Help Your Child Select A Book
YOU are the key in helping your child select summer reading books that will be
of high interest and will also be at your child's independent reading level. The
independent reading level (Zone of Proximal Development) is the level at
which your child can comfortably read and understand material without adult
supervision. Your child's current ZPD range is ____________. Please use these
guidelines in helping your child select appropriate reading material.
Find books about your favorite topic or hobby.
Look for books by a favorite author/illustrator.
Browse through the book to see if the illustrations are interesting.
Read the book summary on the back cover or book jacket.
Choose a book that is at your independent reading level.
Use the "Five Finger Rule". Choose a book that you think you
would like to read. Open to any page and begin reading. If you
come to five words you can't pronounce or don't understand, put the
book back. It's too hard for you.
For younger children, you may want to use the "Three Finger Rule".
Please return this page to your child's teacher on the 1st day of 4th Grade.
Name Grade Teacher
Historical Fiction Book Theme:
Title_________________________ Why did you choose this theme?
Setting: Place____________________ ________________________________
What three things in this book are
different from life now? Title____________________________
Be ready to summarize some of the
Christian Biography information you learned about this topic
Title_________________________________ during the first weeks of school.
Author_______________________ Additional Books
Setting: Place_________________ Title________________________
What Christian character qualities are Title________________________
demonstrated in the life of this person? Author______________________
Required Summer Reading for Fourth Grade
You might want to start with this assignment first. By the time a student enters fourth grade,
each should have his or her own library card for the public library. Investigate this first, and use the
library all summer for the rest of the assignments.
All summer reading books should be at a reading level appropriate for the student.
Achievement test results may be helpful if there is a question about this.
A total of seven books will be required.
Historical Fiction set in the United States
We will be studying regions of the U.S. in fourth grade. This will help get you thinking!
Below are some suggested titles, but there are many other good choices as well.
The Sign of the Beaver, Speare Reading Level 4
Skylark, MacLachian Reading Level 3
Sarah, Plain and Tall, MacLachian Reading Level 3
Trouble River, Byars Reading Level 5
Little House Books, Wilder Reading Levels 3-6
Caddie Woodlawn, Brink Reading Level 5
Strawberry Girl, Lenski Reading Level 6
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Dalgliesh Reading Level 3
Cave-in; St. Claire, Pennsylvania, Duey Reading Level 5
A Message for General Washington, Schurfranz Reading Level 4
American Girls Collection Reading Levels 4-5
Biography of a Christian Leader or Missionary
There are several good series of these types of books. Check your church library or a
Christian bookstore. Books by these authors would be appropriate:
Trailblazer books by Dave & Neta Jackson
Missionary series by Janet & Geoff Benge
Today's Heroes series
Books on a Theme
Read three books about one theme. At least one of the books should be non-fiction,
informational. For example:
To Space & Back, Sally ride with Susan Okie
On the Shuttle, Barbara Bonder
Exploring Your Solar System, Elizabeth Rathburn
Rand McNally Children's Atlas of the Universe
Miss Pickerell and the Blue Whales, E, MacGregor
Stormy, Misty's Foal, Marguerite Henry
Eyewitness books: Horses
Draw 50 Horses, Lee J. Ames
My Mane Catches the Wind: Poems About Horses
Selected by Lee Bennett Haskins
In addition, read two other books of your choice.