Modified Summer Reading Project Dear Fourth Grade Students

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*Modified for Mrs. Parlapanides’ Students – Entering Grade 4

Modified Summer Reading Project

Dear Fourth Grade Students,

The school year has come to an end, but learning will not stop! Please read, read, read every day to keep building your reading skills and stamina. Each student entering fourth grade is expected to complete a summer reading project. All students are expected to read ONE book and complete ONE project for that book. Attached is the rubric on how you will be graded. Bring your project and rubric with you on the first day of school.

This is a modified Summer Reading Assignment for __________________________. A copy of this assignment was included in your Report Card on the last day of school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Summer Reading Project, please email me at Miss Pio and I look forward to seeing you in September! Have a great summer!


Mrs. Parlapanides

Project Choices

Use standard poster board for your background. Be sure to use images or objects large enough to be easily seen. Use a minimum of 10 images or objects to represent all or several elements of literature. Be ready to present your collage and discuss your story with your classmates.

Create a song or poem about the main character. Your poem should be at least 100 words long and the song should be about two minutes. You may record your poem or song on paper or audiotape.

Rewrite a specific part of the book. Change the ending or major decision. The change must be significant.

Find a container that represents something unique about a character in the book. Fill the container with at least 10 objects that represent something about that character or that are related to the story.

Fold good quality paper to create a book jacket that has a front, spine, back, and flaps. The front cover should contain artwork that represents the book, the title, and author. Place the title, author, and publishing company on the spine. On the back cover, write a summary of the book (using your own words). On the inside front flap, write something about the author. You may look at professionally designed book jackets, but do not copy.

4th Grade SUGGESTED Summer Reading List

Independent Reading Level __________.

**Suggested books according to your independent reading level were highlighted on the hard copy that was sent home in your Report Card.

Rules by Cynthia Lord (Reading Level: Not Levled / Grades 3-7)
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming (Reading Level: S)
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wright (Not Leveled / Grades 3-5)
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies (Reading Level: S)

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (Reading Level: S)

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Reading Level: O)

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Reading Level: R)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (Reading Level: O)

My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville (Reading Level: S)

Time for Andrew, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn (Reading Level: S)

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville (Reading Level: R)

Stealing Home by Matt Christopher (Reading Level: V)

The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail and an Even Smaller Ant by Avi (Reading Level: Q)

4th Grade SUGGESTED Summer Reading List
Independent Reading Level __________.

**Suggested books according to your independent reading level were highlighted on the hard copy that was sent home in your Report Card.

Additional Titles for Emerging Readers:

Pinky and Rex Series by James Hoe (Reading Level: L)
The Kids of Polk Street School Series by Patricia Reilly Giff (Reading Level: L)
Cam Jansen Series by David A. Adler (Reading Level: L)
The Bailey School Kids Series by Debbie Dadey (Reading Level: M)
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (Reading Level: M)

Judy Moody Girl Detective Series by Megan McDonald (Reading Level: M)
Amber Brown Goes to Fourth by Paul Danzinger (Reading Level: N)
The Bald Bandit by Ron Roy (Reading Level: N)
Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla (Reading Level: N)
Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements (Reading Level: O)
Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary (Reading Level: O)
Firetalking by Patricia Polacco (Reading Level: O)

Summer Reading Project Rubric


Title of Book________________________________________________________________

Project Chosen______________________________________________________________

  • The project was handed in on time. (10 pts.) __________

  • The directions of the project were followed. (30 pts.) __________

  • The project was neat. It showed careful effort. (20 pts.) __________

  • The writing was edited for conventions. (10 pts.) __________

  • The writing was of high quality. (20 pts.) __________

The writing demonstrated the student’s

understanding of the book.

  • The oral presentation was strong. (10 pts.) __________

The student spoke loudly and clearly, made eye contact,

and had good pacing.

Explosion 2 1 Total Score _________

Grade ____________

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