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                   Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program
                   Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School
                   2014
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 should 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 maximum 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 2014 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.
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. Date
Lexile Level
Annotation
Byars, Betsy Croomer
Dog Diaries: Secret Writes of the WOOF Society
2007
610
At the first annual meeting of WOOF--Words of Our Friends-assorted dogs preserve their heritage by sharing tales of canines throughout history, including Abu, who ruled all of Egypt except for one pesky cat, and Zippy, who simply must find the squeaky toy.
Creech, Sharon
Hate that Cat
2008
NP
Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous works and how they relate to his life.
Coville, Bruce
My Teacher is an Alien
2009
650
After Susan sees Mr. Smith the substitute teacher peel off his face, she know he’s an alien and only Peter believes her; together they work to save the class from Mr. Smith’s horrible plans.
Prelutsky, Jack
It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles
2000
1090
A collection of humorous poems such as “The Dancing Hippootami,” “You Can’t Make Me Eat That,” “My Father’s Name is Sasquatch,” and “Dear Wumbledeedumble.”
DiTerlizzi, Tony and Black, Holly
The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1: The Field Guide
2005
600
The Grace children discover a field guide to fairies in their Great Aunt Lucinda’s old vicotorian house that sends them on a fantastic journey into a world of elves, dwarves, and trolls.
Blume, Judy
Superfudge
2005
560
 
Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother Fudge
McDondanld, Megan
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
2005
480
 
The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as the Stink, learns all about the shortest.
 
 
Scieszka, Jon
Summer Reading is Killing Me!
1998
610
At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children’s books.
Urban, Linda
A crooked kind of perfect
2007
730
"Sandpiper." 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.
Urban, Linda
The Center of Everythin
2013
 
For Ruby Pepperdine, the center of everything is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi's hug. That's how everything is supposed to be--until it goes spinning out of control. Now Ruby's best friend, Lucy, is mad at her. Her new friendship with Nero is pretty bumpy too. Worst of all, Ruby regrets what happened with Gigi. How Ruby didn't listen. And now it's too late to make things right. But Ruby has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear her read her winning essay. And it all depends on her twelfth birthday wish-- unless she messes that up too.
Uhlberg, Myron
Dad, Jackie, and me
2005
610
In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers' first baseman, Jackie Robinson
Uhlberg, Myron
A Storm Called Katrina
2011
 
When flood waters from broken levees submerge their New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a young cornet player and his parents evacuate their home and struggle to survive and stay together
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Eleven
2008
600
When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered
Jonell, Lynne
Emmy and the incredible shrinking rat
2007
780
When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal
St. George, Judith
The ghost, the White House, and me
2007
800
Shortly after their mother takes the office of president, KayKay Granger and her sister begin to suspect that Abraham Lincoln's ghost is haunting the White House and begin to investigate
Davies, Jacqueline
The lemonade war
2007
630
"Sandpiper." 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. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand
Friedman, Laurie
Mallory vs. Max
2005
NF
Eight-year-old Mallory feels left out when her older brother, Max, gets a dog that becomes the center of attention.
Clements, Andrew
No talking
2009
820
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
Fitzgerald, Dawn
Vinnie and Abraham
2007
NF
Includes bibliographical references. Tells the story of Vinnie Ream, an aspiring artist living in Washington D.C. during the Civil War, who gained a reputation as a sculptor and succeeded in persuading President Abraham Lincoln to sit for her--an honor that led to her winning a government commission to create a statue of Lincoln after his assassination.
Frazier, Sundee Tucker
Brendan Buckley's universe and everything in it
2007
630
Brendan Buckley, a biracial ten-year-old, applies his scientific problem-solving ability and newfound interest in rocks and minerals to connect with his white grandfather, the president of Puyallup Rock Club, and to learn why he and Brendan's mother are estranged
 
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.
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 an young paraplegic.

Prince William County Public Schools
Summer Reading 2014
Documentation Grade 4
 
 
Students in Grade 4 will receive an A (100) for each book completed, for a maximum 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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